MBA in Business Management MBA
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year)
Start date: September 2014 and January 2015
- The programme
- Supporting information
- Entry requirements
- Finance and fees
- How to apply
- Employment and careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to ‘real world’ situations through the use of case studies provided by major organisations
- The Liverpool Business School has an excellent reputation for external research and collaborative ventures with partners across a range of sectors in the UK and internationally
- Close links with business and employers
- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
The Masters in Business Administration will challenge your intellect, advance your managerial skills and boost your career prospects. You will gain an understanding of financial management, economics, operations management, research, law, HR, marketing and strategy. By linking these specialist areas, you will gain insights into how organisations function while also developing your skills in leadership, creativity and problem solving - all of which are essential for effective management. Furthermore, these skills are transferable across many industries and sectors.
This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make an immediate contribution to your organisation. Taking an international and interdisciplinary approach to learning, you will gain an understanding of the key areas of international business and management and the way in which these key areas impact upon each other. Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to ‘real world’ situations through the use of case studies provided by major organisations.
The MBA team adopts an integrated approach to the teaching of the key business disciplines providing tomorrow’s managers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to operate as effective decision makers in a variety of roles. Academics have impressive profiles as active researchers, international journal editors and renowned textbook writers as well as bringing a wealth of industry experience directly into the classroom. In addition to the skills and experience of the team, the programme attracts a variety of guest lecturers from the private and public sectors, bringing a professional perspective on how multinational and small and medium enterprises can maintain competitive advantage.
The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do. The programme team’s research interests reflect the wide-range of knowledge and skills that constitute MBA study. Staff are actively involved in management consultancy, risk management, entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic management, operational performance, global corporate finance and governance, information systems, educational technologies, intercultural communication and international negotiating.
Our team is highly regarded and sought after as supervisors at master’s and doctorate levels. The School has a strong reputation in external research and in collaborative ventures with partners across a range of sectors in the UK and internationally.
Why study this course at LJMU?
You will be taught in the £38million Redmonds Building, in the heart of Liverpool city centre's Knowledge Quarter. Academics teaching on the programme have a wide range of research interests and professional experiences. Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to ‘real world’ situations through the use of case studies provided by major organisations.
Participants on the MBA often enjoy the mix of fellow students who study on the programme - from seasoned professionals returning to education, to new graduates and students from overseas, this mix enriches the overall student experience.
Introduction to the School
Liverpool Business School (LBS) is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.
We offer a diverse range of high quality undergraduate, postgraduate and research based programmes covering all aspects of business and management. With expertise particularly in finance, marketing, public relations, information management and human resources, LBS has a strong reputation in external research and in collaborative ventures with partners across a range of sectors in the UK and internationally.
Whether you have just finished your degree, are currently in employment or are returning to study after a break, our postgraduate and professional programmes will enhance your academic and professional development.
Staff research interests
The programme team’s research interests reflect the wide-range of knowledge and skills that constitute MBA study. We are actively involved in management consultancy, risk management, entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic management, operational performance, global corporate finance and governance, information systems, educational technologies, intercultural communication and international negotiating. Our team is highly regarded and sought after as supervisors at masters and doctorate levels.
How will I be assessed?
The MBA has a range of assessment methods designed to reflect the learning outcomes of each module, the particular content and skills being taught and as far as possible, to mirror the activities and approach of the real needs of the world of work. In addition to oral presentation skills, writing reports, analysing case study data and completing business research, simulation exercises using the most up-to-date technology give the opportunity to demonstrate business acumen at both operational and strategic levels. The Managing Strategy module also assesses performance through a traditional exam.
Admission to the MBA in Business Management. Our philosophy enables us to accept a wide range of applicants, the key criteria being that all candidates must demonstrate an ability to benefit from, and contribute to, the programme.
Given the general nature of assessment, your qualification and experience will normally match the criteria below:
- A good honours degree from a recognised University or equivalent awarding institution; or
- A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or
- An award that the university has agreed to accept as equivalent to a degree.
- Where English is not your first language or your first degree was not wholly taught and assessed in English, you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
- It is desirable that you have post graduation work experience but it is not essential.
You need to complete an application form and provide evidence of previous qualifications. Please ensure that you take time over your application. Provide us with a clearly written form and a statement of purpose which also details any work experience you have. Include copies of your qualifications and marks and your English language certificate if needed. Also include academic references.
Will I be interviewed?Interviews are not normally necessary.
Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2013-2014 are £5,000.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2013-2014 are £11,925. Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.
Home and EU student fees can be paid in full or by instalments throughout the academic year. International students must pay 50% to enrol and the remaining balance within 4 months of enrolment.
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email email@example.com for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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Employment and careers
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
To find out more about our postgraduate courses and research opportunities plus the range of facilities and support we offer, click on the links opposite.
Liverpool is a fantastic student city, bursting with opportunities and lots of things to do: a legendary music scene that's bigger than just the Beatles, a city centre bursting with clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. Plus award-winning shopping facilities, museums, galleries and theatres, not to mention two Premier League football clubs, golf courses, beautiful parks and outstanding countryside a few miles up the motorway.
The city recently won Trip Advisor’s Best Nightlife Destination Award 2011, beating Manchester, London, Glasgow and Brighton. The city has also achieved Purple Flag accreditation, commending Liverpool as a safe place to enjoy a night out.
Liverpool is also a city that is very supportive of all the students who live, work and study in its universities. With such a warm and hospitable culture – Liverpool is the perfect 24-hour student city.
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