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Master of Business Administration - Retail Business Management (MBA)

  • Full or part time
    On campus & Full time available
  • Course Disciplines
  • Course Start
    September
  • Course Duration
    1 year
  • MBA Program Type
    MBA

Course Description

Do you want to take your career in retail to the next level? The University of Bolton’s MBA in Retail Management explores the skills required to tackle complex, strategic business challenges in one of the largest economic sectors. This stimulating course aims to prepare you for a career at senior management level.

What the course offers

At the University of Bolton we pride ourselves in delivering higher level qualifications that are designed in consultation with the private sector, helping this MBA course benefit from truly international recognition amongst employers. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Retail Management is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience, designed specifically to prepare you for a career in retail management. It focuses on developing the strategic thinking skills needed in today’s global retail economy.

We’ll guide you to develop vital skills and knowledge of different retail organisations, their management and supply chains, and help you explore creative and systematic approaches to understanding business issues. We’ll also support you to develop the knowledge needed to improve business and management practice, in addition to encouraging you to build your intellectual capabilities in research, critique and synthesis.

This combination of academic and professional skills will help give you the tools to work with self-direction and originality, and to contribute to business and society at large. Overall, we offer opportunities and support for you to develop the sought-after analytical and critical competencies that prestigious employers in today’s global economy value so highly.

Course Highlights:

  • This MBA qualification is designed to prepare you for a wide range of retail occupations – the skills and knowledge gained by graduates of this course are intentionally focussed on those highly prized by employers.
  • You’ll have opportunities to engage directly with local and regional organisations, many with an internationally significant presence.
  • Teaching and supervision is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced and well-qualified staff drawn from business and academia.
  • This MBA course offers you the chance to join a well-established postgraduate community and study alongside fellow professionals aiming for a senior career in management.
  • You’ll also have opportunities to work with our experienced academics to undertake your own research and develop your own areas of expertise.

Key Features:

  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home to ensure your in-class learning is highly interactive.
  • You Tube videos featuring relevant scenarios in authentic retail environments are used as part of the teaching materials to re-create the feel of a real working environment.
  • Your assignments will focus on research into established retail organisations and you’ll be encouraged to engage in genuine and current retail-centred research.
  • The final dissertation gives you opportunity to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of a strategic issue relevant to your organisation together with your recommendations and an implementation plan.
  • The University’s excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use and you’ll be given access to a research and study skills module which can assist in all your studies.
  • There is an opportunity to apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute providing you fulfil the appropriate terms and conditions.

Professional Recognition

After successfully completing your MBA programme you may apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available from http://www.managers.org.uk/

We’ll be seeking dual award agreement with the CMI for Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership within six months of validation of the course.


Visit the Master of Business Administration - Retail Business Management (MBA) page on the University of Bolton web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and a UK Honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

We’ll consider your application if you don’t possess the above qualifications but have substantial managerial experience.

When applying you must include a reference from your current employer. The reference should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and give a breakdown of your job content and roles and responsibilities.

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