Master of Business Administration

Online Master of Business Administration

2 females studying MBA
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: January 2019 / May 2019 / September 2019
  • Course duration: 2.5 years

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most coveted and internationally recognised postgraduate management degree in the world, and there's a good reason why. It is widely recognised as a passport to a successful management career, enabling managers with a functionalist role to take on a more senior, strategic position, and empowering senior managers to gain the in-depth, strategic knowledge they need to climb even higher.

Here at Nottingham Business School, we are proud to have developed an innovative and rigorous Online MBA, rich in real-world experiences, international perspectives and opportunities to personalise your learning around your ambitions. Significantly strengthening your management knowledge, leadership capabilities and understanding of global business.

The Online MBA will prepare you for a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations, enabling you to see the interconnectedness of your actions. Whichever you choose, you will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

Data Analytics Specialism

This specialism addresses the growing area of data science and science management. You'll explore methods and techniques that enable identification of data to answer strategically important questions. You'll review organisational infrastructures for capturing and managing large volumes of data, and identify database and cloud-based technologies that enhance it. Finally, you'll explore issues such as ethics, privacy, and security.

The course will equip students with the ability to address the gap many organisations have when it comes to managing big data – the lack of a structured and systematic approach to leveraging the value of big data. You will move through the well-proven CRoss Industry Standard Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM) methodology for data analytics. You will also develop a strong appreciation of the impact of big data and explore methods and techniques that will enable your organisation to identify the most important data to answer strategically important questions and thus link big data to innovation.

Finally, the course will develop your leadership and project management skills to maximise the value and impact of big data innovations within their organisation.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information about our Online MBA.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

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What you'll study

At the start of the course a week-long University induction will be offered. The induction will help to familiarise you with the online learning system and ensure that you are able to navigate the system successfully. You'll also receive a virtual library induction as well as the opportunity to refresh your knowledge on academic practice, for example Harvard referencing, report writing and critical thinking.


You begin the Online MBA with the Professional and Leadership Development module, this module will run alongside your studies from the outset. The module aims to improve your reflective practice and personal development planning, concluding with you creating a targeted development plan.
You'll then go on to complete the Responsible Leadership module which underpins learning and knowledge for the rest of the course.  Following this module you will continue to complete a series of modules, all of which are detailed below:

Phase One

The induction will be followed by a week-long induction to the personal, Professional and Leadership Development module. This module will run alongside your studies from the outset. The module aims to improve your reflective practice and personal development planning. At the end of the week long induction you will create a targeted development plan.

You'll then go on to complete two interconnected modules - Responsible Leadership and The Values-led Organisation. These modules must be taken as the first two modules a they underpin learning and knowledge for the rest of the course.

Five core modules can then be completed. These include Financial Management, Operations Management, Global Marketing Management, Organisations and People Management and Business Information and Decision Making. These modules are designed to give you a comprehensive foundation in fundamental management concepts.

Phase Two

The next phase of study consists of a Strategic Change Management Module and for elective routes.  The Strategic Change Management module will ensure that students understand the critical processes and success factors required to manage change effectively.  This knowledge will then be applied to real business situations through either a team-based live consultancy project (which includes a one-week intensive residential) or an online simulation.

The four elective modules for the generic Online MBA and the Data Analytics specialism can be found in the module section below.

Phase Three

The final module is the Business Research Project, in which students will engage in a meaningful and applied piece of research.

  • Phase One modules

    Semester one forms the core of your studies, and is designed to give you an understanding of the philosophical
    basis of our MBA.

    Responsible Leadership:

    This online module will allow you to develop the insights, capacities and skills to create and maintain responsible and sustainable business practices. You will be challenged to critically reflect on the ethical dimensions and sustainability considerations pertaining to various dimensions of business and management practice.

    The Values-Led Organisation:

    The purpose of this online module is to allow you to develop the insights, capacities and skills to create and maintain responsible and sustainable business practices. On completion of the module you will understand the interface between ethics, CSR, corporate governance and integrated sustainability.

    Global Marketing Management:

    This online module will enable you to critically reflect on the nature of marketing and the continuing relevance to the 21stcentury global business world. This will foster an enhancement of critical awareness of the extent of the marketing scope and key contemporary marketing issues. This will allow you to explore the complexity of the marketing environment which will develop wide-ranging knowledge of internal and external factors within marketing decision making.

    Operations Management:

    This online module will aim to develop a wider understanding of Operations Management through an understanding of the key principles and concepts. You will do this whilst developing a critical understanding of how those principles relate to Operations Management theory and practice which can be used to support of strategic decision making. This will improve your ability to evaluate and use theory and strategically focus the use of the tools in a range of operations environments.

    Financial Management:

    This online module is designed to critically evaluate internal and external financial information and to use this to appraise corporate performance and strategy. With a duration of 8 weeks, you will be engaging with a number of aspects such evaluating the role of value maximisation in corporate objectives, the role of financial strategy in corporate strategy amongst more.

    Business Information and Decision Making:

    This online module introduces you to the nature of data and information within and externally to organisations, and how information informs operational and strategic decision-making. This is achieved by understanding good data and information that supports key decisions as well as understanding the basic data types and analysis of issues that help create valid data and information for operational purposes.

    Organisations and People Management:

    This online module will draw upon insights from organisational behaviour that will develop knowledge and skills relevant to managing people in organisations. You will foster a critical understanding of the origins and change of classical management theory and its implementation in managing people in contemporary organisations. This will be done through understanding the management of people at individual, group and organisational levels.

  • Phase Two modules

    Strategic Change Management Module

    This module develops the theory learned in core modules, and the theoretical content of the module focuses on the nature of organisational change and its implementation. It also provides an opportunity for students to take an integrated approach to disciplines covered elsewhere on the programme while they investigate a real life organisational problem.

    Standard Route:

    Customer Engagement

    This module will provide you with a critical understanding and appreciation of the various behavioural manifestations of customer engagement. You’ll also evaluate relevant theories underpinning such customer behaviours.

    Managing Creativity and Innovation

    You will analyse the product development process and the parts played by design and creativity. You’ll study the innovation process as well as innovation management.

    Reconfiguring the Humans Resource Management Function

    This specialist module will explore the socio-economic, demographic, and technological trends and developments that are radically changing the role of the human resource management function. These various forces include changing attitudes to work and employment, the rise of the ‘gig economy’, other novel modes of nonstandard working, an ageing population, managing a multi-generational workforce, and the development of new technologies which have been labelled ‘the second machine age’ and ‘the fourth industrial revolution’.

    Advanced Global Strategic Management

    You will explore the global economy and the complexity of global strategic management. You’ll also study entrepreneurship in international business, cultural diversity and global prosperity and global strategy.

    MBA (Data Analytics)

    Statistical Approaches to Data Analysis
    This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the statistical principles and statistical methods required for the analysis of large datasets. It will introduce hypothesis testing and its applications for initial exploration and visualisation of data and for predictive modelling. Statistical decision making is informed by an understanding of the uncertainty built into common Statistical models. The module includes practical computer exercises to familiarize you with the concepts taught. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate selection, implementation and interpretation of Statistical techniques.

    Fundamentals of Big Data and its Infrastructure

    The content of this module is designed to develop and structure your understanding according to the stages an organisation moves through to develop and manage the infrastructure necessary to derive business value from large volumes of data. It will introduce you to the processes, techniques and technologies used to develop infrastructure so that they are able to manage big data and transform it into useful business intelligence. A number of key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data are also raised.

    Deriving Business Value from Big Data Systems
    This module aims to develop and structure your understanding as to how businesses can derive innovation and thus value from large volumes of data. It introduces you to a number of methods and techniques that enables businesses to identify the most strategically important data. You will explore how businesses can align their processes, skills sets, and culture to leverage the data to answer strategically important questions and thus link big data to innovation. In addition, a number of key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data are raised such as those surrounding ethics, privacy and security.

    Practical machine Learning Methods for Data Mining

    The module is designed to develop you as a Data Scientist who is able to competently work with a variety of different data sets to extract, interpret and present meaningful information. The module takes a practical approach to teaching machine learning and you will therefore use the data mining package, WEKA (www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka) to put theory into practice using realistic case studies and data, helping you to develop an intuitive grasp of the sophisticated mathematical ideas that underpin this challenging but fascinating subject.

  • Phase Three modules

    Business Research Project

    Rigorously investigating an issue of management or business relevance, typically by bringing together business theory and primary research. This is your opportunity to research a topic that interests you in great depth and develop real benefit for organisations.

  • Ongoing Learning

    Personal, Professional and Leadership Development

    Increasing your understanding of how to manage your continuous professional development in order to be a more effective, successful leader. You will have access to an academic and an industrial mentor. The mentors are there to support you through the course and to help with your development both academically and professionally.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Students will complete 500 hours of distance learning using a virtual learning environment.

The online MBA teaching team use a wide range of methods to deliver and support you as you achieve your desired learning outcomes. These include multimedia content, online exercises, case analysis, online facilitated discussions forms and wikis, and experiential / action learning through simulations or in-company live business consultancies and projects.

You are expected to be inquisitive and undertake independent study relevant for a postgraduate student. You will have access to a range of materials such as eBooks, journals, electronic databases and internet links to useful sources of research.

The online MBA course provides a flexible and engaging way to learn, with a number of ways to interact with the curriculum, including:

  • video lectures
  • real-life case studies
  • interactive assignments
  • social interaction
  • digital tools and resources
  • interactive academic support.

Assessment

Modules will be assessed in a number of ways, including written assignments which may take the form of essays, reports or case study analysis, presentations submitted via video or narrated PowerPoint.

Each module will have 30% of the assessment based on collaboration to online discussions of ideas, topics or cases studies. This will help you to engage online in an international community of learning practice and develop your cross-cultural collaborative and team working skills.

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Careers and employability

Our innovative, intensive courses prepare you for a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations, enabling you to see the interconnections of your actions. Whichever you choose, you will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

This course will provide you with a multidisciplinary qualification which will enable you to either move from a functionalist position to a more senior, strategic generalist position in the organisation, or if you are already a senior manager, it will enable you to study the core disciplines that are required for a more senior career in business administration.

Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Programme (PPLD)

Throughout your time with us, you'll attend PPLD workshops, developing professional, strategic, transferable skills. Each workshop focuses on personal, professional or career development, spanning everything from emotional intelligence to creative job hunting and conflict resolution.

Accreditation

Nottingham Business School is accredited for the quality of its business and management courses from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, placing Nottingham Business School in the world top 5%. The accreditation recognises Nottingham Business School’s unique and dedicated approach to personalised and experiential learning.

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Our online MBA is delivered by a globally-renowned team with a wealth of experience.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a first degree (normally 2.1) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • 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 0115 941 8419.

Visit the dedicated Online MA International Relations website for more information.

You will need:

  • a first degree (normally 2.1) 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 requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

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.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Help and support

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 941 8419.

Visit the dedicated Online MA International Relations site for more information.

How to apply

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Visit the dedicated Online Master of Business Administration site for more information.

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

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

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