Master of Business Administration (MBA)

No longer can business professionals rely on a limited range of expertise. To get ahead in this busy corporate world, it is important to have a broad skill set. The Master of Business Administration is designed to help you gain professional and personal skills needed to succeed in a senior management position. The programme is oriented to the needs to today’s and tomorrow’s business leaders. Students will gain professional expertise in areas such as accounting, business ethics, economics and finance, as well as specialisation in management, marketing or policy.

8 modules to be completed in a minimum of 16 months over 4 trimesters.

Core Units

Accounting for Managers

While this unit provides an introduction to accounting issues relevant to both preparers and users of business reports, it predominantly explores the principles of financial and management accounting from a user perspective. The focus of the unit is on decision-making, a practical understanding of how to analyse information obtained from the accounting system to assist in management decision-making.

Business Finance

This unit provides students an understanding of the macroeconomic setting in which corporate financial decisions are made. Students will be exposed to finance theory, tools and techniques used in financial decision-making. To assist students in acquiring this understanding, it is necessary for students to perform basic financial calculations. The conceptual framework and techniques covered in this unit will provide students, who wish to progress to a practitioner role within the finance discipline, a foundation for further studies.

Business, Society and the Environment

This unit addresses key issues about the relationship between business, society and the environment in order to foster a critical understanding of the role of firms in contemporary societies. It will pay special attention to the interplay of markets, politics, sustainability science and ethical reasoning in order to foster responsible management-and-governance approaches.

Global Business in the Asian Century

This unit addresses key issues about managing global businesses in the 21st century - often called the Asian century. It examines accelerated globalisation and the rise of Asia, and discusses how managers make decisions on firm strategy, market entry, alliances, marketing, R&D, production, supply chain management, and human resource management in a changing global business environment.

The unit places you in the role of decision makers, developing your ability to innovatively apply theories to resolving problems in challenging international business situations.

Leading the Engaged Enterprise

The modern enterprise engages with all quarters of society as it pursues its goals. The core of the engaged enterprise is its people. It is these engaged people who execute strategy with intent while continually exploring new horizons. This unit focuses on fostering and engaging with staff by distributing leadership at all levels of the enterprise, leveraging the power of groups, and reaffirming the strategic role of human capital development in learning to innovate new responses to organisational challenges.

Strategies for Growth and Excellence

This unit enables students to investigate how firms and organisations design and execute effective strategies. The unit also explores relevant issues: macro-globalisation, market competition, environmental, sustainability, information communication technology, mesogovernment regulatory frameworks, shareholder and stakeholder needs, and microresources, leadership and organisational culture and climate. Students analyse recent case studies and ‘hot topics’ in strategies drawn from the media and business journals.

Elective Units

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

This unit explores the creation of product concepts, startup enterprises and social ventures. It focuses on concept development, evaluation, commercialisation, operational sustainability, planning and financing. Students adopt an explicit process model to launch a new venture concept, and learn how to pitch and sell their new business. The unit uses case studies, media clips, innovation tools, and seminar and assessment activities to explore how new organisations can emerge from creative concepts.

Managing Strategic Risk and Projects

Strategic Risk Management (SRM) extends the concept of Risk Management in that it addresses the dynamic complexity during risk assessment processes. This innovative unit will address major types of risk management strategies at the enterprise level (Operation, Technology, Environment, etc). Students will engage with Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) frameworks and develop critical skills to analyse and identify key risks and opportunities. Project Management will be utilised with the development of a project plan to mitigate enterprise risks.

Organisational Behaviour and Management

This unit introduces students to concepts and theories of organisational behaviour useful to managers. The unit also considers behavioural impacts at the individual, group and organisational levels. The focus is on helping students to understand themselves, and how they can operate today and in the future in management contexts within a globalised world. The unit uses practical, problem-solving and experiential activities to explore organisational behaviour and challenges for managers, individuals and interactions in organisations, organizational dynamics, and organisational processes and characteristics.

Strategic Marketing Management

This unit offers a sound foundation in marketing management strategy, which is relevant for all types of profit and not-for-profit businesses and organisations. Marketing management strategy is essential practice for all brand and service operations. The main topics include the marketing mix, product life cycle, consumer behaviour, the competitive environment, strategic options, market positioning, international marketing, and online marketing.

Strategic Research in International Markets

This unit focuses on developing skills, practical in nature and based on theory. This unit presents a practical understanding of how marketing research is conducted internationally. Students will gain the capability to effectively plan and manage market research projects, and conduct basic data analysis. The unit draws together the research skills and knowledge required to fulfil a marketing management role in the context of international marketing.

Entry Requirement

  • Successful completion of Bachelor's Degree
  • 2 years of relevant working experience

English Entry Requirement

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Pass for Kaplan Academic English Programme (Level 6)

Career opportunities

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that make you more attractive to employers in the job market. Our staff use their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry-year placements which have been shown to have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

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