Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Students outside Newton
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years with a placement

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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’ll complete two hands-on experience projects; one within the UK and the other one internationally. You can read our blog on previous trip to Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 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.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. We're also ranked in the top 95 European Business Schools in the Financial Times (FT).

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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. Take a look at our current term dates to give you an idea of the module structures.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.

  • Modules

    We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.

    Below shows the semesters and modules you will study in each one:

    Semester OneSemester TwoSemester Three
    Strategic Change and Consultancy

    Elective module, you can pick one from below:

    - International Human Resource Management

    - Uncap Creativity and Innovation

    - Financial Modelling

    - Strategic Operations

    - Valuation of Investment Products

    - Corporate Governance and Accountability

    - Branding and Corporate Reputation Management

    - Digital Marketing Management

    International Consultancy Experience
    Managing OperationsStrategic Renewal and TransformationBusiness Research Methods and Data Analysis
    Managing Marketing Paid work placement (two-year route only)
    Managing People and Organisations Business Research Project
    Managing Finance  

    Throughout the year you will be studying Personal, Professional and Leadership Development and Responsible and Sustainable Leadership modules. If you complete the two-year option you will also complete a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience module.

  • Specialist routes

    In the second semester, the personalisation aspect of the programme comes into its own via a choice of electives, or the option to specialise your MBA.

    You can choose one of the following specialisms and then study the modules during your second semester:

    SpecialismModule OneModule Two
    MBA with FinanceFinancial ModellingRisk Management
    MBA with Digital MarketingDigital Marketing ManagementDriving Digital Marketing
    MBA with Global Supply Chain ManagementStrategic OperationsGlobal Supply Chain Management
  • Placement Opportunities

    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.

    See our placements page for further details and read our frequently asked questions document for additional help.

    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 placement page for further information.

  • Professional Development

    When you graduate, you'll receive both the Masters degree and a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership. Our partnership with the CMI means that you'll enjoy complimentary student membership for the duration of your course, and for the first year after graduation.

NTU is ranked 16th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 - the national league table focuses on student satisfaction and graduate employment.

NTU is ranked 18th for our Business, Management and Marketing courses in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

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.

Consultancy Projects

A unique feature of the Nottingham Business School MBA is the opportunity to put your skills into practice during two hands-on business consultancy projects. The first, part of your Strategic Change and Consultancy module, is a team project for a UK business. The second is in an international 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.

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. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

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.

NTU has been awarded a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its outstanding teaching and learning.

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

98% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

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.

Visit Employability Online 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.

98% of our postgraduate students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

The University has invested a massive £90 million in the regeneration of two Grade II listed buildings, Newton and Arkwright, at the heart of the City Campus.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • two academic or vocational references.

In exceptional circumstances applicants without a degree will be considered, if they can demonstrate in their personal statement that they have been in a senior management position, managing people and budgets, for more than eight years.

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need:

  • a undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • two academic or vocational references.

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.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  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.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  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!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

If you would like more information about our courses, fees and funding or the application process please email nbs.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Fees and funding

Course fees for Home / EU students for 2019 entry are:

Study route

Home / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£18,000

Two years (with placement)*

£19,385 (£18,000 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 or our funding page will answer all 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 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 25% 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.

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.

Course fees for International students for 2019 entry are:

Study route

International fees

One year (full-time)

£18,000

Two years (with placement)*

£19,385 (£18,000 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

If you’re an international student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details.

You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% 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.

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.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460