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MBA Global (including specialist pathways)

Course Description

  • We offer you a first-class educational experience where you will gain the strategic knowledge, vision and confidence to innovate, challenge and lead change
  • You can study our MBA Global programme or more specialised pathways in Global Finance and Global Hospitality Management to match your professional experience and ambitions
  • There are flexible routes for you to achieve your qualification, with full-time, part-time and block delivery options
  • Our MBA Global and all specialist pathways are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which means you can apply for Chartered Manager status on completion of your studies
  • You will learn through real-world practical scenarios drawn from across the global business sector. We also give you the opportunity to undertake a corporate placement project instead of a traditional dissertation
  • Our tutors boast extensive business and management experience and their influential global networks will open doors for you. Mentoring and coaching support will enhance your professional development and help you build vital attributes for career success

A choice of pathways

We offer three MBA pathways to match your existing experience, current role and future plans. All give you a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, markets and resources, business research methods and data analysis.

  • The MBA Global pathway helps you develop a broad-based, fully-rounded understanding and features key themes such as risk management and global supply chain management.
  • The MBA Global Finance pathway enables you to explore issues such as international finance and mergers and acquisitions in greater detail.
  • The MBA Global Hospitality Management pathway focuses on current industry trends, hospitality operations management, service quality and customer experience and satisfaction.

New frontiers for your career

This dynamic new MBA provides a smooth progression route for graduates with their sights set on international business careers. It opens the doors to rewarding and lucrative roles in leadership, management and strategy, financial and performance management, operations, markets, resources, risk and logistics.

Throughout, we will strengthen your employability alongside your subject knowledge. You’ll build an impressive and versatile portfolio of transferable skills, supported by a strong focus on career planning.

In-depth knowledge, broad perspectives

Our MBA Global is challenging both academically and practically. Featuring leading-edge theory and practical application, it will give you a critical understanding of global business and management, finance, risk and logistics.

The MBA is cleverly structured so that you can move beyond a domestic business mindset to consider issues and seek solutions in a truly global context. Each module will give you advanced and applied knowledge of key aspects of international business.  

The mark of a top manager

The MBA Global and MBA Global Finance are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders, which means you will also achieve the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, and can apply for Chartered Manager status, when you have successfully completed our programme.

Real-world learning in action

Our MBA Global has practical experience and work-based learning at its heart. You will go beyond the classroom to apply everything you learn to real-world business scenarios. All your assignments are based on genuine challenges faced by organisations today.

We draw on fascinating case studies to show you international business from fresh angles. Exciting projects will take you directly into companies to galvanise your thinking and gain experience in different business situations.

You even have the option of concluding your course with a company placement project, specialising in an area which reflects your professional interests and career aspirations.

A choice of pathways

We offer two MBA pathways so that you can select the study programme which best matches your existing experience, current role and future plans. Both give you a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, markets and resources, business research methods and data analysis.

The general MBA Global pathway focuses on key themes such as risk management and global supply chain management. Meanwhile, the MBA Global Finance pathway enables you to explore international finance, and mergers and acquisitions in greater detail.

In tune with latest business thinking

We keep your learning relevant, up to date and meaningful. Our MBA Global tutors have extensive business and management experience in a wide range of organisations. They continue to undertake research and consultancy to refresh their knowledge and share it with you.

You’ll be inspired and motivated by our thriving network of contacts from professional bodies and regional, national and international businesses. We’ll introduce you to guest speakers from a variety of sectors and professions: they will keep you abreast of latest developments and debates. You can also raise your professional profile through networking at the many conferences and business events held at the University.

An inspiring learning community

Ours is an engaging learning environment, where you’ll receive plenty of individual support from approachable and highly qualified tutors.

Our MBA Global participants come from all over the world and from all professions, so you’ll learn with - and from - a diverse group of aspiring business leaders. Everyone brings their own distinctive talents and experiences, so your discussions will be lively, illuminating and often surprising.

Visit the MBA Global (including specialist pathways) page on the University of Derby web site for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Christian Mittelhammer

294.JPG I worked in various organisations, including the German Air Force, before coming to the University of Dewrby as a mature student. Prior to my MBA I was a project engineer at August Lapple (PTY) Ltd in South Africa. I decided to pursue an MBA because I aspired to a new and bigger challenge. I wanted to apply my work and life experience to academic theories, and find new approaches and solutions.

I really like the Midlands and so looked for a University in this area. The Derbyshire Business School sounded very reasonable and the tuition fee for an MBA was financially affordable for me. Additionally, Derby appeared to be the right size to focus on your studies and not get distracted from other things. The size of Derby University proved to be perfect as the mentoring and support I received on my course was really focused on the individual and adapted to the capabilities of the different students. The support EU an internationall students receive at the University from the International Office is outstanding.

Lots of theories covered by the modules of the progeammme were new to me and I enjoyed all of them. I applied a lot of this newly gathered knowledge on a project with the English Organic Food Plc. We developed a marketing strategy, and looked atnew operational and logistical concepts for this young fast-food company.

My new employer, Durr Systems, is one of the world's leading system supplier of paint shops and final assembly lines in the automotive and aviation industries. It is located in Stuttgart, Germany. I am employed as a Junior Project Manager with the prospect of leading projects on an international basis. I combine my engineering experience with the managerial knowledge which I gathered on my MBA.

My first project was in a team concentrating on the construction of the assembly line for the new Porsche Panamera. I then moved to the aviation department where I've been involved in the planning of the new Airbus production line in China. I'm also looking forward to an up-and-coming project at Roll Royce in Derby.

An MBA is definitely worth the cost. Not just for your professional career but for your personal development. Although some stages of the study were very hard and challenging.

I had my best time in Derby and truly enjoyed it

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Entry Requirements

ou should normally hold a good honours degree (minimum upper second class) from a British university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject, or a professional qualification deemed to be of equivalent standing.


Have significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement. Candidates meeting this criteria may not have previously studied at university.

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