MBA International Business

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MBA (International Business) at UEL builds on our long-standing experience of offering a wide range of postgraduate programmes both in the UK and overseas. The programme is offered as a career development generalist programme within a given sector for those who have a first degree (or equivalent) and relevant work experience on which the learning process should build.

The programme can be considered as a management conversion programme at Masters level. The MBA is based on the recognition that international and global business skills and understanding are required if firms and those working within them are to compete effectively and thus maximise the potential or their resources.To build on this recognition the programme offers an optional extra semesters study in Washington DC, USA at the Kogood School of Business which includes a business related internship, for UEL on-campus students.

The main emphasis is on leadership through strategic management where students are expected to ground their new knowledge within the base of their previous professional experience. Students are expected to reflect on and learn from prior experience and combine this with new knowledge to apply to new situations. The main aims of the programme then are;

* To facilitate the advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.
* To develop knowledge and understanding of key areas of management.
* To develop a career in business and management through the development of relevant skills at the appropriate level or to facilitate further research or study in the area.
* To facilitate the application of knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues through critical and analytical approaches to management theory, practice and research.
* To enhance the ability to evaluate management techniques, tools and models in a variety of contexts.
* To recognise the relationship between ideas and practices.
* To develop personal and interpersonal skills that is relevant to management and communicates the arising issues in written and oral form.
* To equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve the appropriate level of post graduate award and continue their lifelong learning development.

The programme consists of four 30 M-level credit modules and a 60 M-level credit Dissertation module:

* International Marketing and Operational Product/Service Delivery.
* Information Systems and Financial modelling.
* International Business Strategy.
* International Human Resource Management.
* Management Dissertation/Business Simulation


What is this programme designed to achieve?
This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

* To offer a programme that allows the advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing external international context in which they operate.
* To provide students with a programme offering a balance of theory and practical skills which will facilitate their intellectual and professional development.
* To develop the ability to critically engage with the current knowledge base of business and management theory. To apply that knowledge and understanding to complex issues both systematically and creatively.
* To provide students with the tools to plan and carry out a piece of advanced research in a chosen field of business and management.
* To equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve the appropriate level of post graduate award to enhance lifelong learning and personal development.

What will you learn?

* Upon completion of the programme students are expected to have gained knowledge and develop understanding in the following areas:
* The impact of contextual forces on organisations including a range of contemporary issues.
* An understanding of the theories and approaches to the market and customers in terms of the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services.
* The concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and services.
* The finance of business and how it is managed and used for reporting.
* The management and development of people within organisations.
* The development and management of communication and information technologies and their impact on organisations.
* The development of relevant business policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder needs.
* The use, range and limitation of research techniques

Thinking skills

* Critically evaluate relevant literature surrounding managerial issues.
* Relate general theory to specific contexts.
* Diagnose and evaluate managerial responses to given situations.
* Identify and critically reflect on previous managerial and problem solving responses.
* Demonstrate competencies in critical and creative thinking to key issues.
* Analyse data from collected research.
* Select and use appropriate methods and techniques of identifying, researching, diagnosing and resolving managerial and organisational problems and present findings in a clear and logical manner.

Subject-Based Practical skills

* Critically analyse and reflect on subject specific knowledge and skills.
* Reflect on its relationship with past experience.
* Present research findings in an accepted manner.
* Complete a major problem solving exercise either within a specific area (management report) or business simulation.
* Use IT to search for, sort and retrieve information.

Skills for life and work (general skills)

* Work reflectively and sensitively with others either on an individual basis or in groups.
* Undertake individual research projects and assignments within deadlines set.
* Management of own time and group time where appropriate.
* Develop interpersonal and communication skills, including presentation and written.
* Develop understanding of the meaning of management and the skills required to become an effective manager.
* Strengthen competence in lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
* To manage within time frames.


For admission to postgraduate business and management programmes, applicants normally need to have either:

* An undergraduate honours degree from a recognised/accredited university with a minimum 2.2 classification, or equivalent
* Pass in a recognised Premasters or Masters Qualifying Programme

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

Postgraduate applicants are normally required to produce two supporting references, at least one of which should preferably be academic.
Candidates are also expected to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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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