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- There is a practical project instead of a dissertation. Students are challenged to research, plan, manage and evaluate a project in conjunction with an external business or organisation, allowing them to develop career-enhancing skills, confidence and opportunities.
- Reflecting contemporary working practice, our teaching and assessment takes a strong group and team focus.
- QMU prides itself on small numbers, our diverse community and developing strong personal relationships with our students. This allows us to arrange, and students to participate in, regular visits and events.

Our MBA fulfils the University's vision of developing ‘ideas and influence’. We consulted widely with employers and industry experts in devising this course. We know that employers look beyond qualifications when recruiting and desire employees with real experiences. As well as regular engagement with industry, our courses take a clear and consistent focus on leadership, teams and group dynamics, challenging you to take on different roles in delivering objectives. In a global business enviroment that is constantly changing, this MBA will develop your ability to apply your knoweldge effectively within the workplace and critically within the dynamics of high performing groups and teams.

You will study a range of modules and we’ve replaced the traditional dissertation with a student-centred, business focused project that allows you to investigate, design and engage with an external business.

You can study for the general MBA or tailor your studies with our routes in Family and Smaller Enterprise, Hospitality or Tourism.

EXIT AWARDS: MBA (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single module sin areas of interest. Modules are also available as separate CPD options. CPD fees are available on request.

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 7 years

Start date: September and January

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: You will attend lectures and seminars, work in groups and carry out independent learning. You will be expected to participate in discussions, develop ideas and engage with experiential learning. Assessment
methods will include management reports, essays, exams, reflection on practice, and group work with presentations. A unique aspect of the course is the challenge to design, lead and reflect upon a project that focuses on an external business partner. A central part of the course experience is the regular involvement of industry through specific visits, guest lectures, scenario planning and project opportunities.

Teaching hours and attendance: Modules studied on-campus require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are full or part-time. In most instances the taught elements of the full-time course occur on Tuesday, Wednesday (AM) and Thursday. Part-time students have the option to select different routes each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies: QMU is an Approved Centre of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. As an approved centre, we are working towards facilitating CMI professional qualifications within our postgraduate awards. The MBA involves a number of guest lecturers and visits to industry, for example Diagio, New Lanark Heritage Centre, Nairns, Glenkinchie Distillery, and Mrs Unis Spicy Foods.

Traditionally, postgraduate students have a business-related honours degree or equivalent and industry experience. We will consider recent graduates who can demonstrate additional capabilities. In addition we also welcome applications from graduates with an ordinary degree who can show a period of post-graduation work experience or from those with substantial industry experience and a commitment to CPD.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score less than 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £11000 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £1250 per 15 credit module

International - full-time: £13500 per year

International - part-time: £1400 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £2800

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

All MBA students, will study the following core modules:

International Marketing/ Human Resource Management/ Directing Strategy for Value Creation/ Financial Management/ Business Economics

All MBA students will then take three further modules in their specific area, for example:
Family business Insight (FASE)/ International Tourism Management (Tourism)/ Operations and Supply Chain Management (General MBA)/ Global Issues and Challenges for Hospitality Managers (Hospitality)

You will also complete a 60 credit project (Business Impact and Practice) focused towards your specialism in partnership with an external organisation . This is your opportunity to discover, propose, plan, lead and deliver an externally driven project, whilst developing your skills of reflective practice and personal development planning.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Successful completion of the QMU MBA will prepare you for a range of management and leadership roles in differing sectors.

Case study: Mark Johnson, MBA

After leaving school, I worked in the operations function in a manufacturing environment, learning about production, logistics, research and development and quality control. My career progressed into financial services, providing advice to high net worth individuals and businesses. During this time I gained professional accountancy and finance qualifications which enabled me to critically review both individual and organisational business/financial plans. Eventually I decided to take the opportunity to start my own consultancy business. Drawing on my own experience of manufacturing and finance I decided to establish a small business offering bespoke microfiltration solutions to the healthcare, petrochemical, engineering and general industrial sectors. I eventually sold the business contracts and decided to take the opportunity to attend university to consolidate my business knowledge.

I had not completed an undergraduate degree, but I decided to apply to QMU after a recommendation and I was accepted onto the MBA as mature student based on my previous business experience and the professional qualifications I'd gained in finance and accounting. I wanted to fill in the holes in my business knowledge and was interested in learning about new techniques and business theory, as well as the practical application of these techniques.

The MBA course was interesting and one aspect that I greatly appreciated was the ability to access a wide range of knowledgeable staff whose door was always open. Regards course content, the most enjoyable parts of the course for me were the strategic marketing, operations management and finance and accounting modules. I found the combination of lectures, case studies, group work and presentations to be both informative and important for developing transferable business skills. I was subsequently able to draw on all aspects of the course to design and implement a real world case study, for my final dissertation.

Completing the MBA allowed me to reflect on my business career and consider how to develop further. I am able to integrate new knowledge and theories , building upon and enhancing my previous work experience. Having enjoyed the study experience, especially the research aspect I was keen to progress in this area. I am now undertaking a PhD at the Hunter centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde. I will be expanding on my MBA thesis, investigating academic entrepreneurship, value creation and its importance to the economy.



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