Name of Programme
MBA Master of Business Administration
MBA Master of Business Administration [Part Time]
Final Award
MBA
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Business [Management]
Programme Code(s)
PMBF1PBA / Full Time / 1 Year
PMBP2PBA / Part Time / 2 Years / MBA Master of Business Administration [Part Time]
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Master’s Degrees in Business and Management (June, 2015)
Admission Criteria
2:2 (Hons) degree or equivalent.

IELTS 6.5;

Minimum 3 years work experience
Applicable Cohort(s)
From September, 2018
FHEQ Level
7
UCAS Code
Summary of Programme
The MBA Programme provides students with the opportunity to develop considerable specialised and general business knowledge, and their decision making, analytical, leadership, interpersonal and communication skills. The acquisition and development of these five key skills is embedded in all aspects of the programme. In addition to content relating to key functional areas (corporate strategy; strategic marketing; finance; operations; and information systems), the MBA programme offers students the opportunity to explore personal development issues, to gain insights into innovation, and to develop expertise in entrepreneurship and data science. Students may also explore how to manage people across cultures, will refine project management skills, and will conduct a major, evidence-based project. The MBA’s focus on academically rigorous and managerially relevant content ensures that, upon graduation, students are well equipped to perform to a high standard in the contemporary world of business.
Educational Aims of the Programme
• To develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of organisations, their management and the changing internal and external contexts in which they operate;
• To enable students to enter management positions with an ability to deliver results and/or to prepare students for further research in management disciplines (e.g. DMBA);
• To develop students’ critical understanding of the complexity of business and management in order to improve the effectiveness of decision-making in organisations;
• To develop managers who can contribute a balanced outlook which incorporates an ability to evaluate economic, environmental, social and ethical concerns;
• To develop enduring skills and an appreciation that these skills can be enhanced and developed through life-long learning.
• To develop the necessary knowledge, critical understanding and skills to enable students to enhance their employability in an increasingly competitive environment.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Business Research Methods;
2. Operations Management;
3. Information Systems;
4. Personal Development;
5. Professional Effectiveness;
6. Project Management;
7. Corporate Strategy;
8. Leadership in Practice;
9. Financial Information for Business;
10. Strategic Marketing;
11. Innovation
12. Entrepreneurship;
13. Managing People Across Cultures;
14. Data Science;
15. How to apply business research methods or Data Science to enhance understanding of complex organizational problems (MBA Project Module).

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired through lectures, seminars and workshops. These will have a strong practical and/or experiential orientation achieved through the use of group work, case studies, DVDs, etc., and, where possible, the direct involvement of industry experts.

Classroom-based tuition will be supported by guided self-study which will be enhanced by dedicated ‘learning skills’ sessions – sessions geared towards developing students’ capacity for reflexivity, academic capabilities and personal effectiveness.

The ‘MBA Project’ module will provide a forum for students to apply their knowledge within a practical context. It will simultaneously use and develop reflective skills, as their ability to independently identify, investigate and demonstrate an enhanced understanding (through primary or secondary research) of a complex organizational problem.

Our VLE will be used to provide support materials to students, and additional medium for communication.

Assessment Strategy

Coursework (e.g. written essays, reports,) will be used to assess:
1. Knowledge and understanding of course material;
2. Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical organizational problems;
3. Ability to evaluate the efficacy of theory in relation to both wider academic debates and their existing practical work experience;
4. Ability to construct clear, concise and well-reasoned written arguments;

Learning Journals will be used to assess:
1. Improvements in learning and development;
2. Capacity for personal, critical reflection;
3. Ability to articulate reflections on learning and progress, identify and make changes that improve personal performance;

Group projects and presentations will be used to asses:
1. Ability to form task-orientated workgroups;
2. Ability to work with others on specific tasks/projects;
3. Ability to work with others to construct clear, concise and well-reasoned written and/or verbal arguments;

Written examinations will be used to assess:
1. Knowledge and understanding of course material;
2. Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical organizational problems;
3. Ability to evaluate the efficacy of theory in relation to both wider academic debates and their existing practical work experience;
4. Ability to construct clear, concise and well-reasoned written arguments under conditions of severe time constraints;
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. The ability to access, understand, evaluate and apply complex social theory;

2. The ability to undertake quantitative and qualitative research, and be able to apply that research to complex organizational problems;

3. The ability to evaluate qualitative and quantitative data (both primary and secondary) in ways which support organizational decision-making;

4. The ability to communicate effectively across a range of different media, and present quantitative and qualitative data to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

5. The ability to perform effectively as an individual and as part of a multicultural workgroup;

Teaching/Learning Strategy

The acquisition of skills in areas 1-3 will be achieved through a tutor-led pedagogical model (lectures, seminars and workshops) which promote the critical scrutiny of theory, discussion and debate about application(s) to contemporary organizational problems.

Guided Independent study and assignments (including preparatory reading, written essays and individual and group project and presentations) will play a formative role in supporting the development and acquisition of skills in all areas, but specifically in areas 4 and 5. In relation to these areas (communication and team working) skill acquisition will be initiated though direct tuition (study skills sessions during the Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness module). During these sessions, students will be taught skills associated with good communication, individual and group effectiveness. Assignments and collaborative group work build on this initial tuition and help students to refine their skills. Learning will be aided through written feedback on performance (provided as part of the assessment process) and exercises designed to promote individual and group reflexivity (e.g. learning journals and reviewing video recordings of presentations – ‘video reflexivity’).

Assessment Strategy

Written coursework (essays, reports learning journals) will be used to assess intellectual development in relation to areas 1-3 where the cognitive skills being tested are complex in nature and are principally articulated through the products of sustained intellectual engagement (e.g. written essays).

Group and individual projects and presentations will be used to assess skills associated with communication (area 4) and effective group working (area 5). These strategies enable the assessment of skills that are primarily practical in nature (e.g. verbal presentation skills; group working skills), as well as other skills such as the ability to translate complex theoretical information into simple messages suitable for non-specialist audiences.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. The ability to make decisions in complex organizational environments;

2. The ability to perform effectively group work scenarios including, where necessary, to act as an effective leader;

3. The ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely to specialist and non-specialist audiences across a range of different media;

4. The ability to critically analyse quantitative and qualitative data (both primary and secondary);

5. Academic report writing.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Initial foundations for all practical, transferable skills are laid as part of the Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness module, which runs across two terms of the programme. This module is designed to support students during their enrolment on the programme, but also to provide them with skills that will enable them to continue their learning after graduation (‘life-long learning’ skills).

All practical and transferable skills will also be embedded into the modules on the programme. For example , modules such as ‘Managing People Across Cultures’ and ‘Operations and Information Systems Management’ will both contain group working components, in order to give students the opportunity to acquire and develop skills in the areas of decision making, leading, managing and interacting with people.

Skills such as the ability to critically analyse quantitative and qualitative data are integral to the MBA project module and will be developed through initial research methods training, and developed further by direct 1:1 tutor interaction (project supervision) and guided self-study.

Skills such as academic report writing are developed throughout the programme – initially during the Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness module, but also on all modules with written assessment components.

Assessment Strategy

Group and individual presentations are used throughout the programme to assess skill acquisition and development in areas 1-3 – particularly on the Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness module.

Written essays and reports are used to assess skill acquisition and development in areas 1 and 3-5 (decision making, communication, critical analysis and academic report writing).
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Date of Annual Review

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

MBA Master of Business Administration [Part Time]

PMBP2PBA / Part Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Corporate Strategy and Leadership in Practice [L7/15U] (BPFCSLP)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
Term 2
Spring
Managing People Across Cultures [L7/15U] (BPFMPAC)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
(Continued)
June(1) Examination
Term 3
Summer
Project Management [L7/15U] (BPFPROM)
Term 4
Autumn
Financial Information for Business [L7/15U] (BPFFIFB)
December Examination
Term 5
Winter
Practical Research Methods [L7/15U] (BPFPRRM)
Operations and Information Systems Management [L7/15U] (BPFOISM)
Term 6
Spring
Strategic Marketing & Innovation [L7/15U] (BPFSMIN)
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
June(2) Examination
Term 7
Summer
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
(Continued)

 

MBA Master of Business Administration [Part Time]

PMBP2PBA / Part Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Financial Information for Business [L7/15U] (BPFFIFB)
DECEMBER EXAMINATION
Term 2
Winter
Operations and Information Systems Management [L7/15U] (BPFOISM)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
Term 3
Spring
Managing People Across Cultures [L7/15U] (BPFMPAC)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
(Continued)
JUNE EXAMINATION
Term 4
Summer
Project Management [L7/15U] (BPFPROM)
Term 5
Autumn
Practical Research Methods [L7/15U] (BPFPRRM)
DECEMBER(2) EXAMINATION
Term 6
Winter
Corporate Strategy and Leadership in Practice [L7/15U] (BPFCSLP)
Term 7
Spring
Strategic Marketing & Innovation [L7/15U] (BPFSMIN)
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
JUNE(2) EXAMINATION
Term 8
Summer
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
(Continued)

 

MBA Master of Business Administration

PMBF1PBA / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Practical Research Methods [L7/15U] (BPFPRRM)
Operations and Information Systems Management [L7/15U] (BPFOISM)
Corporate Strategy and Leadership in Practice [L7/15U] (BPFCSLP)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
Term 2
Spring
Financial Information for Business [L7/15U] (BPFFIFB)
Managing People Across Cultures [L7/15U] (BPFMPAC)
Strategic Marketing & Innovation [L7/15U] (BPFSMIN)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
(Continued)
June Examination
Term 3
Summer
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
Project Management [L7/15U] (BPFPROM)
Postgraduate Examination
Term 4
Autumn
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
(Continued)

 

MBA Master of Business Administration

PMBF1PBA / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Financial Information for Business [L7/15U] (BPFFIFB)
Practical Research Methods [L7/15U] (BPFPRRM)
Term 2
Winter
Operations and Information Systems Management [L7/15U] (BPFOISM)
Corporate Strategy and Leadership in Practice [L7/15U] (BPFCSLP)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
Term 3
Spring
Managing People Across Cultures [L7/15U] (BPFMPAC)
Strategic Marketing & Innovation [L7/15U] (BPFSMIN)
Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness [L7/15U] (BPFPDPE)
(Continued)
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
Term 4
Summer
Project Management [L7/15U] (BPFPROM)
MBA Project [L7/60U] (BPFMBAP)
(Continued)