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Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time or two years with a placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:


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Introduction:

The Nottingham Business School MBA is designed to enhance your management knowledge, your leadership capabilities, your global perspective and your professional career. It has been awarded a Dual Award status by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Our MBA has three core principles at heart:

  1. The principles of responsible and sustainable management are central to our School and the programme. We’ll help you to develop the insights, capacities and skills to create and maintain responsible, efficient business practices, as well as to develop your sustainable mind-set, promote responsible leadership and influence organisational cultures.
  2. The learning style and opportunities are characterised by experiential learning, manifest in the two consultancy projects and a pedagogy designed to increase opportunities for experiential elements in each module.
  3. We offer a personalised pathway, with the freedom to specialise in the areas that interest you most and to shape your skills and experiences around the career you want.

The NBS MBA aims to prepare you to be more informed across all areas of business administration so that you are able to take up senior strategic management roles as part of your career progression.

We have designed a curriculum which will challenge your thinking, stretch the boundaries of your knowledge and demand reflection on your previous managerial decisions and actions. If you take the programme seriously and go beyond the minimum requirement to pass, it will help you to consider how to be an ethical and effective leader so that you can make a positive contribution to your future organisation, employees and society.

What you’ll gain from this degree?

  • we offer a more hands-on experience than most other UK business schools. You will complete two hands-on experience projects; one within the UK and one internationally.
  • our Personal, Professional and Leadership Development module will include opportunities for academic and industrial mentoring, careers support and individual personal and professional development based around your needs.
  • develop global management skills and immerse yourself in a multicultural atmosphere, with a dynamic community of staff and students from around the world.
  • articulate a critical understanding of the contemporary issues, theories and conceptual frameworks used to explain and guide management and leadership activities in organisations.
  • critically appraise the range of tools and techniques required to transform the culture and capabilities of organisations to meet the challenges of a turbulent and dynamic business environment.

We also offer a range of Online MBA programmes.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

  • This course has been awarded a Dual Award status by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
  • NBS is part of the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.
  • You will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year. Academic Mentors help you make the most of your time at NBS.
  • Create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique MBA degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want.

Course accreditation

  • EQUIS logo

What you’ll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique MBA degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want.

Leading with Purpose

  • Customer Centric Marketing
  • Leading People and Organisations
  • Leading Responsible and Sustainable Organisations
  • Leading Strategy
  • Leading Innovation

Leading Agile Transformation

  • Finance for Strategic Decision Making
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Business Planning

Building and Leading a Resilient Organisation

  • Governing Organisations
  • Digital Transformation
  • Global Consultancy Experience
  • Business Research Project

Professional Leadership Development

This module is taught throughout the course develops professional, strategic transferable skills which students can deploy in the workplace.

The purpose of the module is to increase students understanding of how to manage their own continuous professional development in order to be a more effective leader and to enable sustained career success.

Specifically the aims of the module are to:

  • Enable an understanding and appreciation of the importance of effective continuous learning in realising potential.
  • Develop an understanding of key competencies and attributes relating to development as a leader.
  • Develop students’ ability to use reflective practice to improve their performance and continuous development.
  • Enable an understanding of how to identify ongoing development needs for continuous career management.

The module content can be grouped into three core themes:

  1. Developing core personal and professional competencies
  2. Developing leadership capability
  3. Reflective practice, development planning and career management.

You can choose to add a year's work placement, making your MBA a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain career-enhancing real-world experience. Your placement year will last up to 48 weeks (minimum 36 weeks). If you are unable to take a full year's placement, but have completed the minimum 36 weeks you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience.

Please note that placements are not guaranteed and you will need to work hard in securing one during your first semester. We have a dedicated Employability team who are here to help and support you during the placement process with CV writing, creating a LinkedIn page, interview tips, where to search for a placement etc. You can visit the Employability team’s page for further information.

This course has been awarded Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute, which means you can graduate with a Masters degree and a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

In addition to the qualification and included with Dual Accreditation is student membership with CMI for the duration of the course. Membership whilst you are on the course is included in the course fee. The CMI’s online resource portal, ManagementDirect, offers digital resources, networking, mentoring and support.

You will gain the CMI qualification upon graduation and you are then eligible to become a full member of the CMI and have the opportunity to work towards Chartered Manager status should you wish.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Amber Tipper

MBA Master of Business Administration

My wish to enter a new career path with excellent leadership capabilities has encouraged me to choose MBA. This degree has given me strategic knowledge needed to climb even higher.

Aquila Yeong

MBA Master of Business Administration

I’ve travelled to 11 countries while studying my MBA at NTU and I did quite a number of assignments while travelling.

Gourav Ray

MBA Master of Business Administration

MBA is more of a professional course than academic, so it is essential to have a work based learning structure. Accreditation is also very important and with the current AACSB accreditation I am even more pleased to be here.

Xuejiao Kong

I would like to say the way of thinking. NTU has changed my life in terms of believing in myself, having an open mind and being innovative.

How you’re taught

Teaching and Learning

Nottingham Business School adopts a distinctive approach to the design of student learning opportunities. Your learning is structured around theory, practice, experience & observation, and reflection & improvement. You’ll not only be taught the latest strategies, but also will be given every opportunity to put your learning into action in real business settings. We structure our courses to encourage constructive learning, self-directed study, critical thinking and team work. You’ll spend much of your time in small group workshops and tutorials discussing and analysing your experience of business practices and behaviours.

Academic Mentors

Every postgraduate student will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year. Academic Mentors help you make the most of your time at NTU. They will support you in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development.

Assessments

An important part of the MBA learning process is the formal assessment. One of the functions of assessment is a measurement of your progression but other attendant skills are developed during the process. The skills required to succeed in assessment are also skills you will require in the workplace such as conceptualisation, analysis, evidence-based argument, effective communication, information-processing, working within a pre-set boundary of time. We have a range of assessment types but no exams.

Consultancy Projects

A unique feature of the Nottingham Business School MBA is the opportunity to put your skills into practice during three hands-on business consultancy projects. The first, part of your Change Management module, is a team project for a UK business. The second is a strategic business plan which you will develop for a local business. Your third and final project is in a global context, giving you the chance to internationalise your experience and develop your global business mind-set while tackling fascinating, real-world challenges with a critical impact on organisational performance.

You may incur minor additional costs to attend international trips on the course.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language classes are offered to international students at no extra cost. The classes aim to provide focused support in the skills you need in order to develop your English in your subject area.

Further information please contact the Nottingham Language Centre based in the DICE building on City Campus:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 6156 | Email: englishsupport@ntu.ac.uk | Website: www.ntu.ac.uk/nlc

Personalisation

We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

You may incur additional costs to attend international trips on the course.

Staff Profiles

Julie Rosborough

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Julie currently is the MBA Portfolio Lead and is responsible for the design, recruitment, delivery and external client and alumni engagement of the Executive MBA and Full Time MBA courses. Prior this role Julie lead the MSc…

Wendy Chapple

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Dr Chapple is an Associate Professor in Management in Nottingham Business School. She is also a member of the Responsible Business (RSB) Lab. Her research portfolio includes international comparative analysis…

Rotimi Olaniyan

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Dr. Rotimi Olaniyan is a senior lecturer in marketing and a practice oriented scholar, with teaching responsibilities in the areas of Strategic Marketing; Leadership and Employability; Marketing Metrics and Analytics;

Mark Taylor

Senior Lecturer

College of Business Law and Social Sciences, Nottingham Business School

Mark is a Senior Lecturer within the Accounting and Finance Department at Nottingham Business School (NBS). Mark has just submitted his PhD thesis which considered the use of Advanced Management

Suzanne Ross

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Suzanne is a Senior Lecturer in Executive Education with Nottingham Business School (NBS), Programme Leader for the Post Graduate Diploma in Global Business in Company programme, and Module Leader for…

Shaun Gordon

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Shaun is a lecturer in creativity and innovation, with a professional background in business and in the public sector. Awarded his PhD in 2016, Shaun continues his academic research interests

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Business School, we’re focused on your employability from the start of your degree. We provide you with a learning experience that integrates theory and practice.

Graduates from this course have gone onto roles within the public, private and third sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • Head of Procurement
  • Project Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Finance Director

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and time out
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

As a student you will have access to our virtual learning environment, where you will be able to get in touch with our Employability team for CV support, application, interview and job hunting advice, career ideas and employer videos.

You can visit the Employability Team on your local campus every day during term time. They are also open outside of term time too, except on University closure days. So drop in, say hello, and get help with quick enquiries or book an appointment with a careers consultant from your school.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship to behavioural science, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

Campus and facilities

Nottingham Business School's professional approach to management education is supported by a suite of state-of-the-art teaching rooms and the latest in communication and information technology. The School provides a high-quality management learning environment, designed to encourage creative thinking about real-world issues.

Dryden Centre

A short walk from the Newton building and Boots library, the Dryden Centre facilitates on-campus teaching for Nottingham Business School’s postgraduate and executive education courses. Benefit from the newly built NTU Dryden Enterprise Centre next door that provides dedicated support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Entry requirements

You will need the following:

  • 2:2 degree and 3-5 years professional experience
  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree we can accept 8+ years of professional experience

Other requirements:

  • Vocational and academic references

As part of the application process, we will meet with you to identify your individual training needs. This will allow us to provide personalised support as we assign you an Academic Mentor who will be with you through the duration of the course to help you achieve your training and learning objectives.

Get in touch If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need the following:

  • 2:2 degree and 3-5 years professional experience
  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree we can accept 8+ years of professional experience

Other requirements:

  • Vocational and academic references

As part of the application process, we will meet with you to identify your individual training needs. This will allow us to provide personalised support as we assign you an Academic Mentor who will be with you through the duration of the course to help you achieve your training and learning objectives.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component.
  • For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Fees and funding

The below fees and funding information relates to courses starting between September 2022 and August 2023. Fees for September 2023 are to be confirmed.

Home fees for September 2022 entry

Study route

Home fees

One year (full-time)

£21,500

Two years (with placement)*

£22,885 (£21,500 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and funding pages will answer your questions.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for Master degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs. Find out more on our postgraduate loans page.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a postgraduate scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

If you have graduated from NTU with a qualifying award from NTU during or after the 2017/18 academic year and you’re progressing onto this course you will be eligible for our alumni discount.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

The below fees and funding information relates to courses starting between September 2022 and August 2023. Fees for September 2023 are to be confirmed.

International / EU fees for 2022 entry

Study route

International / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£21,500

Two years (with placement)*

£22,885 (£21,500 in Year One and £1,385 in Year Two)

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

If you have graduated from NTU with a qualifying award from NTU during or after the 2017/18 academic year and you’re progressing onto this course you will be eligible for our alumni discount.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account in the Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

Good luck with your application!

Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Good luck with your application!

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