The Loughborough MBA

The Loughborough MBA

Study options

We offer three ways to study: full-time over 1 year; full-time over 2 years with internship; or part-time over 3 years.

Year 1 for all Full-time students

The first year of the full-time MBA pathway provides a balanced general management education that is specifically targeted at developing globally-minded, socially responsible leaders who have a grounding in complex leadership and management issues.  The mixture of core and elective modules are designed to deliver the necessary broad-based management knowledge, while also reflecting the diverse needs and prior experiences of more experienced managers.  With a specific focus on maximising business performance and enabling you to fulfil your potential, we support you in developing intellectual, analytical, personal and enterprise knowledge, skills and behaviours to become an effective leader that can provide direction and vision, whatever organisation you go on to work in. 

2-year MBA pathway with internship

By choosing our 2-year MBA pathway with a 45-52 week professional internship in your second year, you have the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable UK work experience and maximise your post-MBA earning potential through a supervised work internship with a leading company
  • Apply what you have learnt to a live commercial environment
  • Build your UK work experience in a management or consultancy role (non-UK internships may be permitted)
  • Extend the time you have to search for post-MBA employment

It may even result in a direct route to employment with your internship company.

My MBA Internship with a local SME

Prafulla, an international student from India and recent Loughborough MBA graduate, explains why he chose to do his MBA with an internship in the UK.

My MBA Internship with a local SME

How the internship works

Whilst securing your internship will be your responsibility you will be given exceptional support from our specialist MBA team, who will provide workshops and skills sessions throughout the year to help you fine tune your CV and interview technique.

You will be supported whilst you are on internship through company visits from your supervisor.

Internships last 45-52 weeks and usually start at the end of the first year of study. There is some flexibility for the internship start date and the salary is negotiable with your internship organisation.

Applications and Visas

  • If you are certain you wish to opt for the 1 year MBA you will need to register on the 1-year MBA and apply for the appropriate visa if required. If you later decide to add an internship you will need to extend your visa to cover the extra time required before any internship commences.
  • If you wish to opt for the Internship pathway you will need to register on the 2-year MBA and apply for the appropriate visa if required. If you later decide not to undertake an internship, or do not secure one, you can transfer to the one-year programme.

Part-time Executive MBA Students

Those wishing to study part-time can do so on our new Executive MBA programme. This pathway typically takes around 3 years to complete. Modules are studied through a combination of block study and online learning for core modules and block study for electives, taken with the Full-time MBA student cohort. Creating connections between the full-time and part-time cohorts creates a more diverse learning environment for all students, due to cohort profile differences.  

Those wishing to specialise, can do so through our Executive MBA (Sports Management) pathway.  Drawing on Loughborough University’s long heritage and reputation for sport, this pathway covers all the same core content of the EMBA programme but then also includes 50 credits of sports management focused modules.  It is aimed at those wishing to gain both the general senior management learning of an MBA programme alongside developing the capabilities to succeed in sports organisations and businesses.

Senior Leaders Apprenticeship

The Executive MBA programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.  This enables eligible applicants and their employers to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy to fund the MBA programme. 

Applicants to the Apprenticeship undertake the Executive MBA programme alongside a package of personal development and work-based activities. This package is designed to prepare students for the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA) which tests the knowledge, skills and behaviour defined within the Apprenticeship Standard. 

If you are unsure of your suitability for the programme or your eligibility for funding via the Apprenticeship Levy please complete the form below. Our Admissions Team will review your details and will contact you with their recommendation or to discuss your options.

Apprenticeship Expression of Interest

Please see our Apprenticeship pages for further information. 

2018 entry - Year 1 (all full-time students)

Core modules

Business Economics - 10 credits

This core module, which takes place in the autumn semester, explores the building blocks of the firm and the market place as well as the external economic environment which impacts upon them. The module gives the student a clearer understanding of the forces at work in the business world and an introduction to important contemporary economic challenges.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam

Accounting and Performance Management - 10 credits

This module aims to critically evaluate accounting practice and the use of financial information in organisations, using selected contemporary problems and techniques appropriate to the management of organisational performance in a variety of 21st century contexts.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Management of Human Resources – 10 credits

The module covers a range of HR activities such as Performance Management, Recruitment & Selection and Learning & Development. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate theory and practice, develop relevant skills, reflect on their own experience and identify options for improved practice in the future. In contemporary organisational forms day to day management of human resource aspects is often devolved to operational managers. Hence, even if students do not choose to specialise in HR, they will find themselves appraising, performance managing, recruiting and problem solving. This module aims to provide the skills to facilitate this.

Assessments

Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Business Analytics – 10 credits

The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of business analytics in an organisation, help students understand how data and information systems/technologies can support an organisation and develop an awareness of how analytical methods (forecasting and optimal resource allocation) can help an organisation improve decision making.

Assessments

Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Leading Strategic Change – 20 credits

Concentrates on the leading aspects, looks at the issues of change management and applying strategic models to a detailed case study with students working in groups, acting as a consultancy team, to provide a strategic plan for a company. Asks the question- as leader of a team what would you personally do and how would you cope?

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Business Administration Project and Research Methods - 30 credits - OR Work-Based Learning Project and Research Methods (if on Internship pathway) - 30 credits

Business Administration Project and Research Methods

This major piece of work, supported by an academic supervisor, allows you to research and write an independent, detailed piece of work in an area of personal or company interest, in order to improve your research, evaluation and report writing skills, as well as your ability to directly apply the management concepts you have learnt across the modules.

Work-Based Learning Project and Research Methods

Students are required to undertake a work based project which will be developied in collaboration with an employing organisation. They will identify the key issues, develop data  collection strategies, identify solutions and aspects of best practice. The solutions are presented as a written report.

Corporate Finance – 10 credits

The aims of this module are to: develop a broad understanding of core issues in corporate finance which are of particular importance to students' professional needs; develop numerical reasoning and the ability to interpret numerical data. On completion of this module students should be able to: discuss advantages and disadvantages of various sources of finance; understand and use various capital budgeting techniques for a variety of scenarios; evaluate the impact of capital structure and dividend policy on the value of the firm; evaluate arguments and evidence in relation to key issues in corporate finance; use appropriate tools to analyse problems faced by corporate treasurers.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

 

Marketing – 10 credits

This module takes an applied approach to studying the fundamentals of marketing thinking and of strategic marketing. Using company case studies, students work to solve organisational marketing issues. The course teaches theoretical and managerial frameworks that can be immediately put into practice. Students will be able to critically evaluate the importance of a strategic marketing approach; critically evaluate the importance of marketing management; critically evaluate the use of strategic marketing planning frameworks and models; discuss those marketing planning implementation issues that are appropriate to the competitive and market conditions faced by an organisation at a given point in time.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

 

Problem Solving for Leaders – 10 credits

The module covers a range of specific leadership behaviours and structured approaches designed to support the development of competences in problem solving and decision making. It provides students with an opportunity to experience these behaviours and approaches in the classroom, and a framework against which the effectiveness of their problem solving efforts can be assessed.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership – 10 credits

The module aims to critically evaluate traditional perspectives on leadership, help students understand their own leadership styles and leadership for different situations, and consider approaches to leadership appropriate to global businesses in the 21st century. Irrespective of specialism MBA’s can expect to find themselves in a leadership role. The technical aspects of most roles can be learned, leadership skills are harder to acquire and this module aims to facilitate that process.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Managing Innovation – 20 credits

This is a capstone module for the MBA intended to integrate learning across and throughout the programme. A practical module which gives students the opportunity to work with an outside organisation that needs an innovative solution for their future growth. Using a novel idea generation and risk analysis tool, students work in groups and combine all the knowledge they have gained from their MBA to bring an independent perspective to their partner company’s business.

Assessments

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Professional Development Sessions - zero credits

(compulsory for Full Time students, Zero Credit rated)

This module aims to prepare students with essential study skills for success at MBA level, as well as preparing a framework for extensive careers and employability support. All part time students are invited to join in with this module.

Assessment

Not assessed

Business Administration Project and Research Methods (two-semester module) or, for those on the Internship pathway, Work Based Learning Project and Research Methods (runs over both year one and year two) (30 credits)

Optional modules

Information Systems: Strategy and Management – 10 credits

To provide an understanding of: the strategic importance of information systems (IS) and the concerns of modern Information Technology (IT)in the competitive environment; Systems Theory (including Systems Thinking and related information concepts) and to exemplify its practical utility; digitization of traditional businesses and the Digital Economy through business applications of the technology deployed, in Platforms, Auctions, data analytics/Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and robotics; explore digitization through concepts of transaction costs, disruption, network effects and innovation diffusion; and Media, Social Media, Attention Economy and immersive content, such as Virtual reality and games.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

International Management – 10 credits

This module course examines the business-environment factors and management styles that influence global companies. The module combines academic reasoning with practical applications. The aims of this module are to provide awareness of the technological, economic, legal and political context in which organisations operate on a global scale; to develop knowledge and understanding in international business theory and managerial practice; to demonstrate the different concepts in managerial styles; and finally to encourage openness to new ideas and awareness that in many situations there is a range of alternatives which should be evaluated.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Media Management – 10 credits

The aims of this module are to develop an understanding of the media, media strategy and media management at regional, national and international levels; to develop skills in managing the media and media interactions in a rapidly changing media environment. The module makes extensive use of practitioner inputs and live business problems.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 25% presentation / 75% coursework report.

Project Management - 10 credits

On completion of this module students will be able to: characterise a project and understand when to apply project management techniques to achieve an objective, recognise the role of people in projects including leaders, teams and stakeholders, describe techniques for planning projects and managing uncertainty and risk, understand the project life cycle and determine appropriate activities at each stage, evaluate criteria for project selection; critically assess the status of a project and establish suitable corrective actions, where appropriate, apply project planning and control techniques such as network analysis; understand the potential benefits of project management software.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Operations Management – 10 credits

This module is all about achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the management of resources that are devoted to the creation and delivery of goods and services in organisations. It enables students to understand the ways managers direct, design, deliver and develop their operations in order to minimise costs and add value to their end products and services. Students apply a number of different frameworks to understand traditional and contemporary issues to aid their management and leadership of operations functions within a broad range of contexts.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

International Summer School (ESSAM) – 20 credits (additional fee may apply)

This module is an excellent opportunity to join the global family of MBA’s, and work on ‘live’ business problems set by real businesses in the region. The module aims to develop an understanding of the changing nature of the practice and processes of strategic management and other advanced management topics as organisations operate in an increasingly internationalised business environment.

This is a two week residential module, availability and location to be confirmed. Additional fees may apply for this module.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services – 10 credits

The module will consider the role that outsourcing plays in shaping business strategy and IT strategy and in turn how business and IT strategy affect global sourcing. Perspectives from both the client and supplier side will be considered.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

* the optional modules are not all available every year

Year 2 (for those studying 2 years with internship)

Professional internship

45-52 weeks

Start date and salary negotiable

Plus continuation of Work-Based Learning Project and Research Methods from year one

Core modules

Personal Effectiveness - 10 credits

This module starts your MBA journey by focusing on developing key personal effectiveness skills, including, self-awareness and a recognition of how to influence others; explore how to foster more effective work relationships; and build strategies for continuing personal development.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Accounting, Financial Management and Economics - 10 credits

This module starts your MBA journey by focusing on developing key personal effectiveness skills, including, self-awareness and a recognition of how to influence others; explore how to foster more effective work relationships; build strategies for continuing personal development.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Business Analytics – 10 credits

The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of business analytics in an organisation, help students understand how data and information systems/technologies can support an organisation and develop an awareness of how analytical methods (forecasting and optimal resource allocation) can help an organisation improve decision making.

Assessments

Typically, this module is assessed by 50% coursework / 50% exam.

Problem Solving for Leaders – 10 credits

The module covers a range of specific leadership behaviours and structured approaches designed to support the development of competences in problem solving and decision making. It provides students with an opportunity to experience these behaviours and approaches in the classroom, and a framework against which the effectiveness of their problem solving efforts can be assessed.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Managing Innovation – 10 credits

This practical module gives students the opportunity to work with an outside organisation that needs an innovative solution for their future growth. Using a novel idea generation and risk analysis tool, students work in groups and combine all the knowledge they have gained from their MBA to bring an independent perspective to their partner company’s business.

Assessments

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% group coursework.

Operations Management

This module is all about achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the management of resources that are devoted to the creation and delivery of goods and services in organisations. It enables students to understand the ways managers direct, design, deliver and develop their operations to minimise costs and add value to their end products and services. Students apply several different frameworks to understand traditional and contemporary issues to aid their management and leadership of operations functions within a broad range of global contexts.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Managing People – 10 credits

The module covers a range of HR activities such as Performance Management, Recruitment & Selection and Learning & Development. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate theory and practice, develop relevant skills, reflect on their own experience and identify options for improved practice in the future. In contemporary organisational forms day to day management of human resource aspects is often devolved to operational managers. Hence, even if students do not choose to specialise in HR, they will find themselves appraising, performance managing, recruiting and problem solving. This module aims to provide the skills to facilitate this.

Assessments

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Strategic Marketing – 10 credits

This module takes an applied approach to studying the fundamentals of marketing thinking and of strategic marketing. Using company case studies, students work to solve organisational marketing issues. The course teaches theoretical and managerial frameworks that can be immediately put into practice. Students will be able to critically evaluate the importance of a strategic marketing approach; critically evaluate the importance of marketing management; critically evaluate the use of strategic marketing planning frameworks and models; discuss those marketing planning implementation issues that are appropriate to the competitive and market conditions faced by an organisation at a given point in time.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 50% individual coursework / 50% group coursework.

Leading the Organisation: Leading People – 10 credits

The module aims to: provide a theoretical and practical introduction to leadership and strategic HRM practices; help students apply leadership theory to their own workplace and their own behaviour; consider approaches to leadership appropriate to global businesses in the 21st century and develop participants' skills around persuasive communication. Irrespective of specialism MBA’s can expect to find themselves in a leadership role. The technical aspects of most roles can be learned, leadership skills are harder to acquire, and this module aims to facilitate that process.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 35% presentation and 65% coursework.

Leading the Organisation: Strategy, Governance and Markets

This module aims to: provide participants with the knowledge and skills to formulate a strategic business plan; equip students with knowledge on strategic positioning, strategic capabilities and resources, strategic options, scenario planning and innovative strategic thinking; and create an understanding of risk factors and the importance of stakeholder engagement and governance models and an introduction to important contemporary economic challenges.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Leading Strategic Change – 10 credits

Concentrates on the leading aspects, looks at the issues of change management and applying strategic models to a detailed case study with students working in groups, acting as a consultancy team, to provide a strategic plan for a company. Asks the question- as leader of a team what would you personally do and how would you cope?

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 20% group presentation, 30% group coursework and 50% individual coursework.

Professional Development Sessions - zero credits

(compulsory for Full Time students, Zero Credit rated)

This module aims to prepare students with essential study skills for success at MBA level, as well as preparing a framework for extensive careers and employability support. All part time students are invited to join in with this module.

Assessment

Not assessed

Business Administration Project and Research Methods (two-semester module) or, for those on the Internship pathway, Work Based Learning Project and Research Methods (runs over both year one and year two) (30 credits)

Work Based Learning Project and Research Methods (Sports Management)

Students are required to undertake a work-based project in a sports management work-place setting which will be developed in collaboration with an employing organisation. They will identify the key issues, develop data collection strategies, identify solutions and aspects of best practice. The solutions are presented as a written report.

Assessment

This module is assessed by 100% coursework, producing an individual project report of 12,000 words.

Optional modules

Information Systems: Strategy and Management – 10 credits

To provide an understanding of: the strategic importance of information systems (IS) and the concerns of modern Information Technology (IT)in the competitive environment; Systems Theory (including Systems Thinking and related information concepts) and to exemplify its practical utility; digitization of traditional businesses and the Digital Economy through business applications of the technology deployed, in Platforms, Auctions, data analytics/Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and robotics; explore digitization through concepts of transaction costs, disruption, network effects and innovation diffusion; and Media, Social Media, Attention Economy and immersive content, such as Virtual reality and games.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Advanced Management (ESSAM) – 10 credits

This module is an excellent opportunity to join the global family of MBA’s, and work on ‘live’ business problems set by real businesses in the region. The module aims to develop an understanding of the changing nature of the practice and processes of strategic management and other advanced management topics as organisations operate in an increasingly internationalised business environment.

This is a two week residential module, availability and location to be confirmed. Additional fees may apply for this module.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Corporate Finance – 10 credits

The aims of this module are to: develop a broad understanding of core issues in corporate finance which are important to students' professional needs; develop numerical reasoning and the ability to interpret numerical data. On completion of this module students should be able to: discuss advantages and disadvantages of various sources of finance; understand and use various capital budgeting techniques for a variety of scenarios; evaluate the impact of capital structure and dividend policy on the value of the firm; evaluate arguments and evidence in relation to key issues in corporate finance; use appropriate tools to analyse problems faced by corporate treasurers.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% individual coursework.

International Intensive Study Period - 10 credits

The aim of this module is to: develop an understanding of the changing nature of management and other advanced management topics in the internationalised business environment, especially through the experience of working with a diverse student cohort; and develop knowledge of a partner institution's locale and region through working on on ‘live’ business problems set by real businesses in the region.

This is a one-week residential module, availability and location to be confirmed. Additional fees may apply for this module.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Managing the Global Firm – 10 credits

This module examines the business-environment factors and management styles that influence global companies. The module combines academic reasoning with practical applications. The aims of this module are: to provide awareness of the technological, economic, legal and political context in which organisations operate on a global scale; to develop knowledge and understanding in international business theory and managerial practice in a range of international contexts; to explore the specific implications for managerial practice, financial management, marketing and innovation efforts to develop a rich understanding of the complexities of managing global firms; and develop knowledge of the different approaches that can be taken when managing firms in a global context.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% individual coursework.

International Summer School (ESSAM) – 20 credits (additional fee may apply)

This module is an excellent opportunity to join the global family of MBA’s, and work on ‘live’ business problems set by real businesses in the region. The module aims to develop an understanding of the changing nature of the practice and processes of strategic management and other advanced management topics as organisations operate in an increasingly internationalised business environment.

This is a two week residential module, availability and location to be confirmed. Additional fees may apply for this module.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Managing Sports Organisations – 10 credits

The aims of this module are: to provide participants with an understanding of sports-related policy and international sports environment factors and their influence on managing sports organisations; to develop skills in managing sports and sports-related organisations in a global environment; to develop an understanding of management decision-making models that might be applied in an international sports context; and to develop an understanding of the importance of ethics in a sports context.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 30% presentation / 70% individual coursework.

Managing Corporate Reputation

The aims of this module are: to provide participants with an understanding of how corporate reputation can be managed well and what to do when things go wrong; to develop an understanding of media, media strategy and media management at regional, national and international levels; to develop skills in managing the media and media interactions in a rapidly changing media environment; and to explore corporate reputation, brand management, PR and crisis management within a sports context and compare this context with other sectors. The module makes extensive use of practitioner inputs and live business problems.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 40% individual presentation / 60% individual coursework.

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services

The module will consider the role that outsourcing plays in shaping business strategy and IT strategy in a global context and in turn how business and IT strategy affect global sourcing. Perspectives from both the client and supplier side will be considered.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 35% group / 65% individual coursework.

Project Management

On completion of this module students will be able to: characterise a project and understand when to apply project management techniques to achieve an objective, recognise the role of people in projects including leaders, teams and stakeholders, describe techniques for planning projects and managing uncertainty and risk, understand the project life cycle and determine appropriate activities at each stage, evaluate criteria for project selection; critically assess the status of a project and establish suitable corrective actions, where appropriate, apply project planning and control techniques such as network analysis; understand the potential benefits of project management software.

Assessment

Typically, this module is assessed by 100% individual coursework.