M.A. Global Management - Pathway in Family Business

Regent's University London

Application deadline: We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.
Tuition fee:
  • £ 15,550 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 15,550 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MA Global Management with pathways offers an enhanced study of global organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.

There is an emphasis on learning through experience, with global business simulations, action learning weeks, and an optional work placement.

The Family Business pathway explores the leadership, succession planning, management, family, career and personal issues found in family-owned and managed companies.

It will develop your understanding of these organisations and skills needed to address the challenges of family companies and families in business face.

The programme pays special attention to family dynamics, leadership in family business, and strategies and options for achieving growth and sustainability.

Why should I choose this programme?
80% of the worlds businesses are family-owned, but while such businesses are often strong market competitors, the ability to regenerate and revitalise a family business is important if it is to continue to grow, or to thrive into subsequent generations of family ownership.

This programme focuses on strategies to help a family business to survive and thrive for future generations.

Key skills, aims and objectives
* A deeper understanding of family organisations and the skills to address the challenges that families in business face
* A sound knowledge of family business and the ability to critically evaluate, reflect on, integrate and apply family business concepts
* An appreciation of the standards, ethics and values required to sustain a family business, in both the local and global context
* The ability to communicate effectively with family members from multiple generations, their peers and the wider community
* Entrepreneurial qualities enabling you to contribute to the efficiency and growth of the business
* The ability to review and provide guidance for possible conflict resolution within a family business

Future opportunities
This pathway has been designed to promote your future development as an individual who can help a family business to survive and thrive for future generations.

You will evolve as a confident family business successor, able to become the enterprising and knowledgeable owner of the business of your forefathers.


There are two entry points a year in January and September.

If you begin your studies in September, the course will take approximately 12 months to complete.

If you start in January, it will take approximately 16 months.

Students who qualify to take the elective work placement module may need to add three to four months to the total programme duration.

Additional information

If you have already decided which subject area you wish to study, you can indicate your preferred specialist pathway at the point of application.

If you have not yet decided, you have until the end of the first term to confirm or to change your choice, following discussions with the programme director.

You will be asked to indicate your choice of elective modules for the first term in the first week of Term 1, and your choices for the second term at the end of Term 1.

In Term 1 all MAGM students study a range of core modules designed to provide the competencies and contexts underpinning global management.

In Term 2 you will take a range of core and specialist modules assigned to your pathway.

In Terms 1 and 2, in addition to the core modules on your chosen pathway, you will complete a 10-credit elective module.

You must also attend pre-term action learning week sessions in term 1 and 2, along with the experiential management, leadership and teams programme, as part of the Business and Life Essential Skills (BUS 700) module.

In the third term you undertake an individual business research project or dissertation, allowing you to further personalise your studies.

Please note that elective modules and pathways are subject to change and availability. Not every module is available each term, and some have pre-requisite requirements

Learning through experience

The programme has a recurring emphasis on global business simulation to allow you to implement theoretical learning. A compulsory Global Management Simulation module (MGT 704), which runs across four intensive days at the end of Term 2, enables you to combine all your learning from the first two terms in a team experience.

Work placement

The programme includes an elective Work Placement module in Term 1, available to qualifying students. The Careers & Business Relations Department offers support in finding and arranging placements. Placements last for a minimum of 40 working days, or 280 hours, allowing you to significantly develop your practical business skills in a real-life context.


We require a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree, in any discipline, from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Centre will be accepted. If you are unsure as to the comparability of your qualification, please contact us.

Exceptional entry

If you do not meet the direct entry requirements for admission to this programme, you may be eligible for exceptional entry. To be accepted via this route you must have undertaken a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an organisational setting. You will be required to provide a 1000-word statement outlining your rationale for applying to the programme, and how your previous experience is of relevance. Finally, you may be required to attend a formal interview with the programme director and/or Postgraduate Admissions Panel where relevant.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 577
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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