Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • Full or part time
      Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Business Business & Management - Other
    • Course Start
      September
    • Course Duration
      18 months part time
    • MBA Program Type
      MBA

    Course Description

    What happens when you mix an arts school with a business school?

    The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA is a different kind of MBA that places creative approaches and social engagement at the heart of future leadership. At Central Saint Martins, this course is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme, and at Birkbeck it is part of the Department of Management.

    Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

    • A different kind of MBA: This joint degree is unique in many ways ­– in pedagogy, delivery mode and stakeholder network.
    • Joint networks: You will benefit from the combined strengths of two highly regarded institutions, giving you access to an expansive and supportive international network.
    • Flexible learning: This course enables you to pursue your studies part-time while continuing in your full-time career.
    • Cross-disciplinary approach: This will prepare you for complex and ever-changing business environments. You will develop critical thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, negotiation and creative cognitive flexibility.

    We are honoured to have been shortlisted for the Reimagine Education award for innovative business education.

    Course overview

    The course challenges the orthodox business school approach to education. Instead, it focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration. You will become a new type of business graduate: one who can combine creative thinking and innovation with core financial and strategic management skills. We train future leaders with compassion, resilience and the ability to adapt to an increasingly complex world. 

    For this MBA, Central Saint Martins has entered into a high-level collaborative partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. Birkbeck is ranked amongst the top universities in the world. Over 90% of academics are research-active and many are renowned experts in their fields. It offers over 200 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

    The MBA recognises the crucial role that the cultural economy will play in wealth creation in the coming decades. The course aims to create a new network of practitioners and leaders. You will emerge with hybrid skills and approaches suited to the social and political challenges of a digital and data-driven world. That is, a world in which innovation and creativity are central to the development of new industries, products and services. 

    In 2016, the World Economic Forum consulted business leaders from major global organisations for its The Future of Jobs Report. It concluded that the ten skills and qualities an employee will need by 2020 are: 

    • Complex problem-solving 
    • Critical thinking 
    • Creativity 
    • People management 
    • Coordinating with others 
    • Emotional intelligence 
    • Judgement and decision making 
    • Service orientation 
    • Negotiation 
    • Cognitive flexibility 

    The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA embeds these in its curriculum. You will develop key management and leadership skills through a progression of assessments, activities and education sessions. You will cover expected MBA disciplines such as strategy, marketing, finance, human resources, management, operations, planning, innovation and problem-solving. You will be exposed to these throughout your studies, starting from the induction and orientation weekend. As part of this, you will be expected to negotiate, make decisions, manage and lead teams in activities and solve problems.  

    Course dates

    Year 1 (22/23): Friday 23 September 2022 – Monday 4 September 2023

    Year 2 (23/24): Friday 8 September 2023 – Monday 18 March 2024

    Please note that teaching will regularly take place over long weekends, in evenings and outside UAL term dates, including during standard student Easter and summer breaks.

    Learning and teaching methods

    During your course you will engage with learning and teaching that includes both online and face-to-face modes. Typically, this will include:

    • Online webinars
    • Workshops 
    • Team work 
    • Student presentations to tutors and facilitators 
    • Interactions with relevant businesses and project hosts 
    • Peer and external feedback 
    • Tutorial facilitation and evaluation related to team, individual and cohort 

    Assessment methods

    • Actively participate in each of the sprints 
    • Identify and perform a range of team roles 
    • Online interactions in the digital classroom 
    • Team-led and individual writing tasks and reports 
    • Individual evaluative report 
    • Group presentations 
    • Entrepreneurial team pitch 
    • Live project or dissertation 

    Careers and alumni

    The World Economic Forum consulted business leaders from major global organisations for its The Future of Jobs Report (2016). It concluded that the ten skills that an employee will need by 2020 are:

    • Complex problem solving
    • Critical thinking
    • Creativity
    • People management
    • Coordinating with others
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Judgement and decision making
    • Service orientation
    • Negotiation
    • Cognitive flexibility.

    The MBA embeds these in its curriculum.

    The course aims to prepare graduates for the next step in their careers, whether it be a transformational senior management role within their current industry, or a new role in a completely new field of work. Entrepreneurial students are encouraged to set up their own businesses.

    The emphasis on positive transformation, and a socially-motivated desire to change the world, coupled with a solid understanding of business and management will create graduates who are keen to bring about fundamental innovation and systemic change.

    With this MBA, students will be able to transfer their skills within their current industry, or across industries. With developed managerial competences and innovation practice, graduates will be able to seek employment or further their career opportunities in positions that apply design thinking to complex problems, and take a holistic view of business issues. With developed leadership capacities, they will be able to combine ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ with robust knowledge and application in organisations.

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    Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

    An Honours degree
    Or an equivalent EU/international qualification
    And normally at least three years of relevant professional experience.

    We actively seek applicant whose prior experience and track record will equip them to make a meaningful contribution to classroom activity and discussion.

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