MBA Global (online)


Course Description

Gain the strategic knowledge and confidence you’ll need to excel in managerial roles within the business sector. You will apply everything you learn to real business scenarios and consider issues from a global perspective.

Online course description

Since its conception at Harvard over a century ago, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is recognised worldwide as an essential qualification for anyone aspiring to become a successful manager or an inspiring leader.

Our new online MBA Global will equip you with the strategic knowledge and confidence to succeed and excel in managerial roles within the business sector. It is designed for a new generation of ambitious business professionals and graduates with an international outlook. The business world is experiencing rapid growth on an international scale and now, more than ever, managers within every industry need to devise with a strategy for global scalability. Throughout the course, you will develop skills and study areas valued and needed by the industry.

An online MBA

Our dynamic online MBA Global allows you to apply everything you learn to real-world business scenarios. Expanding further than a classroom based education, your assignments will require you to implement your theoretical knowledge to tackle contemporary scenarios faced by global businesses. You will be able to critically examine a wide variety of areas and topics, such as strategic leadership, financial management, global operations, markets and resources, business research methods and data analysis. The later stages of this MBA Global will then focus on key themes in international business such as risk management and global supply chain management.

Not only that, but our MBA Global is cleverly structured so that you can move beyond a domestic business mindset to consider issues and seek solutions in a truly global context.

Skills you will learn

  • Strategic awareness and thinking
  • Confident leadership
  • Presenting logical and relevant arguments
  • Critical evaluation
  • Innovation and the confidence to challenge traditional ways of thinking

Areas you will study

  • Strategic management
  • Strategic leadership
  • Risk
  • Supply chain
  • Sustainability

See website for module information.

How you will learn

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Careers

Upon graduation from this online MBA Global, you will be well equipped for a successful career in managerial and leadership roles. The hands-on work-based learning elements of this programme enable you to generate immediate impact whether progressing to a new role or advancing within your existing organisation. As an MBA, you mark yourself as having achieved the internationally recognised standard in strategic leadership and management, and your new career prospects will reflect this.

As your career within multi-national organisations advances, you will typically become involved across many intricate dimensions of business management. You will be competent to implement robust theoretical and practical knowledge that can be applied across any industry worldwide.

As a graduate of our online MBA Global, you will be excellently equipped with the ability to tackle areas including but not limited to:

  • Recruitment and training
  • Strategic planning and decision making
  • Financial analysis and forecasting
  • Competitor and macro environment research
  • Communication with internal and external stakeholders such as directors, customers and investors

Gaining a postgraduate degree like the MBA Global can also significantly boost your earning potential. Latest government statistics* show that postgraduates earn on average £6,000 more per year than graduates.

Eventually, your career opportunities will be widened exponentially as your higher level academic understanding of globalised business, accompanied by a worldwide influencer network and extensive work experience, prepares you to transition into senior, directorial, executive and C-level (chief officer) roles. Similarly, this fundamental academic knowledge can be repurposed to support you if you boast an entrepreneurial flair and seek opportunities to start up or grow your own business.

Our support continues once you’ve completed your course too. You are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

*Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2015, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills


Visit the MBA Global (online) 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

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (minimum upper second class) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject or a professional qualification deemed to be of equivalent standing. Alternatively, applicants may have significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement. Applicants meeting these criteria may not have previously studied at university.

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