Postgraduate Factfile: MBA in Business Management MBA
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year)
Start date: September 2014 and January 2015
Find out more about this programme at our PG Open Day on Thursday 27th March.
- The Programme
- Supporting info
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
- Employment / 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 Master's 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.
What will you study?
Semester 1 core modules
Managing the International Organisation (30 credits)
This module introduces you to the major issues of managing business resources, including people, information, knowledge and technology. The module takes a multidisciplinary approach to managing the resources within the global environment.
You will critically evaluate the strategic importance of resources, core competencies and dynamic capabilities and evaluate how they may be used by companies in an attempt to develop a sustainable competitive advantage. You will also critically explore the role of leaders and managers in bringing about transformational and transactional change within international organisations.
The outline syllabus for the module covers:
- Using information for competitive advantage
- Organisational structure, culture and processes
- Technology development and application
- Knowledge management and the learning organisation
- Enterprise-wide information and systems
- IHRM challenges
- Global digital business and its architectures
- Intangible resources (people, data, information, knowledge and systems) and international business strategy
Managing Finance and Market Awareness (15 credits)
This module integrates the study of the economic, marketing and financial contexts of business and enables you to gain skills and confidence in critically evaluating and interpreting data in these fields through evaluating economic measures undertaken by institutions globally; analysing the strengths and weaknesses of economic and financial tools and their appropriateness for different situations; interpreting financial reports; appraising the performance of public and private sector organisations and the application of the marketing mix.
The outline syllabus of the module covers:
- The economic context to marketing and finance
- The impact of the recession on business internationally
- Marketing approaches, mix, strategy and implementation
- The presentation and analysis of financial information
- Key performance indicators
- Investment appraisal and medium/long term strategy
- Costing and management accounting
- Pricing products and services
Managing Operations for Market Performance (15 credits)
In this module you investigate the strategic, tactical and operational context of operations management and its relationship to market performance. You evaluate the significance of design, location, layout, supply chain management, scheduling and quality. You have the opportunity to select and apply established operations management tools and evaluate the results for optimising market advantage.
The outline syllabus for the module covers:
- Design of products and services
- Queuing theory and systems, facility layout principles
- Process flow charting
- Operations strategy
- Capacity planning and supply chain management
- Operations service systems
- Continuous improvement
- TQM and its limitations
- Operations resilience and risk management
Semester 2 core modules
Managing Strategy (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the higher level strategy process in a range of organisational contexts and assists you in acquiring practical experience in dealing with strategic issues. You will learn how to appraise and critique the role of objectives and stakeholder theory in the strategic management process, evaluate the key models and tools of strategic analysis and the main approaches to the achievement of competitive advantage.
You will have the opportunity to develop strategic plans that demonstrate an appreciation of structural, cultural and behavioural issues involved in successful change.
The outline syllabus for the module covers:
- The nature and scope of managing strategy
- Strategic decision making styles and processes
- Macro and micro environmental analysis
- Strategic capability analysis
- Role of market positions and resource capability in delivering and sustaining competitive advantage
- Corporate strategy for multi-business firms
- Implementation and managing strategic change
Managing Business Research (15 credits)
This module provides you with a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business management can be critically reviewed. It also helps you to develop your research competencies, in particular those relating to data collection and analysis, that enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting.
You have the opportunity to examine, plan and evaluate issues surrounding qualitative and quantitative research processes for business; examine the relationships between research philosophy, science and empiricism; develop skills using anthropological, ethnographic, phenomenological and positivist approaches and critically evaluate research design.
The outline syllabus for this module covers:
- Kuhn’s analysis, paradigms, Popperian critique, interpretive and realist approaches
- Critical theory and ethics of research
- Qualitative approaches and use of NVivo for analysing text
- Data – primary and secondary sources, data types, sampling procedures and methods
- Quantitative approaches – use of SPSS and hypothesis testing
- Managing the research process – timescales and project management
In addition to your core modules you will undertake two 15 credit option modules.
These options are chosen during your first semester where staff will present their specialist areas and engage in a Q&A session with you to discuss issues such as content, assessment, skills and potential career paths.
We offer range of these subjects according to student demand:
- Experience through internship
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Project Services
- Business Analysis
- Global Corporate Finance and Governance
- Marketing Management
- Managing HR Strategy
The research stage
The Managing Business Research module prepares you for the next stage of programme.
In this independent study stage of your MBA you are tasked with preparing a 20,000 word dissertation that applies managerial concepts and research techniques to a significant organisational issue or problem.
You will select, evaluate and apply critical management thinking to this problem or issue and support that evaluation with appropriate literature; synthesis information and data to arrive at a coherent conclusion and draw recommendations from your work.
Working in conjunction with a supervisor, you will refine the precise topic for research, building on the research proposal explored in Managing Business Research you will develop your critical skills as a researcher, both with regard to methodological justification and subject specific issues.
A small selection of recent dissertation titles below will give you an indication of the type of projects we have supervised:
- Ethics in Financial Reporting: a comprehensive study of Infosys
- Social media as a B2C marketing tool in the UK
- Online shopping in suburban communities in Malaysia
- Culture in multinational marketing for Indian companies
- Channel management and strategies for Sony Ericsson/Nokia Siemens
- Is Islamic banking a viable alternative to conventional banking in the UK?
- Gaining competitive advantage in SME retail pharmacies
- Factors affecting online consumer behaviour in Qatar
- The impact of service quality on brand perception: a study of RBS
- Proximity marketing, a path to the future?
- Employee retention in the hospitality industry: Radission Hotels UK and Ireland
- Job satisfaction and Motivation in Indian Info Tec Ltd
- Key Factors affecting consumer awareness and purchasing behaviour towards Fairtrade food products
- Factors influencing ethnic entrepreneurship: focus on
- Kurdish entrepreneurs in Liverpool
- The effectiveness of customer relationship management strategies in achieving customer loyalty at the Gallery Restaurant Liverpool
- Supply chain management in the food industry: a study of Chinese SMEs in Liverpool
- Graduate employability in SMEs in Teneriffe
- The examination of consumer decision making in the context of fast fashion: case study of Primark, Liverpool
About the teaching team
The MBA teaching 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.
Meet a member of the team
Dr Philip Kelly is research-active academic, presently supervising five PhD students and a number of MBA dissertations. Phil is widely published with interests in management generally and group work and culture in particular.
As a high impact author, Phil’s bestselling management text book, Management Theory and Practice, has been cited by 788 scholars in their respective publications. He is presently writing the 8th edition.
Recent books and papers include:
- Kelly PP and Ashwin A. 2013. The Business Environment. Hampshire, UK: Cengage Learning
- Kelly PP and Moogan Y. 2012. Culture Shock and Higher Education Performance: Implications for Teaching. Higher Education Quarterly, vol. 66(1), 24-46
- Cole GA and Kelly P. 2011. Management Theory and Practice. (7th ed.). UK: International Thomson Business Press.
- Kelly P. 2009. International Business and Management. International Thomson Business Press
- Kelly PP. 2009. Conceptualising business risk culture: a study of risk thinking and practice in contemporary dynamic organisations. International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, vol. 1(1), 19-37
- Kelly PP. 2009. Group Work and Multicultural Management Education Programmes. Journal of Teaching in International Business, vol. 20(1), 80-102
- Kelly PP. 2008. Achieving desirable group-work outcomes through the group allocation process. Team Performance Management, vol. 14(1/2), 22-38.
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.
What do past and present students say about the course?
A current student who is undertakign the MBA is 31-year-old Ammar Al-Waeel from Yemen who arrived in Liverpool as a Chevening Scholar.
Describing his experience on the MBA, Ammar said: “The MBA prepares you to be more analytical and to develop problem solving skills. It prepares you to start your own business as you study finance, HR, operations, marketing and strategy which are all very important when running your own business and to be a successful entrepreneur.”
Steven Lim Chin Yee, 32, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia graduated with Distinction on the MBA in 2013. He also received the Chartered Management Institute Leadership Award for his work as a student representative.
Discussing his MBA exprience after graduating Stephen said: "The MBA mostly met my expectations particularly the real-life business simulation tools which were used to examine case studies around current business issues. These helped stimulate my interest in learning and I gained knowledge at the same time. I believe that the quality of dissertation supervisor is higher than in other institutions, due to the smaller student groups, which allows for personalised advice and more contact time."
Rachel Higham, a current MBA student said: “The MBA at LJMU is a highly diverse degree giving me valuable knowledge in core management areas such as finance, marketing, operations and HR. The course provides students with a valuable insight into practical working life and helps prepare all students for the workplace. The course has wide range of students from all over the world bringing together culture and experiences which creates a unique, multicultural learning environment for all students on the course.”
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 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the Writing component).
- 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 2014-2015 are £5,000.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £12,000. 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 fees are payable in full on registration or you can choose to pay 50% with the balance paid in full four months later.
Further information for international students about finance, fees and scholarships can be found here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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