The Loughborough MBA MBA

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
up to 4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£27,000
International fees:
£27,000
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

Among

just 1% of business schools in the world to hold

AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

Fully accredited

by the Association of MBAs

(AMBA)

Overview

The Loughborough MBA is designed to equip you with the skills to become an elite performer in business, accelerate your career, and give you the knowledge to know how to maximise business performance in a global environment.

If you want to be an elite performer in business, accelerate your career and learn how to maximise business performance in a global environment, our internationally-recognised MBA will help you achieve your professional ambitions.

At Loughborough University, with our long heritage and unrivalled reputation for sport, we understand the mind-set needed to go from being a high-achiever to an elite performer. Our focus is on guiding you through a transformational experience that will enable you to fulfil your potential.

You will learn to: manage complex challenges, from exporting to new markets to getting the most out of your team; problem solve creative solutions for real business challenges; and lead innovative change to capitalise on opportunities.

Learning alongside an international cohort of experienced managers with a minimum of 3-years’ professional/managerial experience will enable you to share fresh perspectives on similar problems and build lasting business networks.

Applying for your visa

If you are certain you wish to opt for the one year MBA you will need to register on the one-year MBA and apply for the appropriate visa as required. Please note however, under new UKVI rules you cannot extend your visa whilst in the UK. Therefore, if you subsequently decide to extend to the 2-year version with internship, you would be required to leave the UK and apply for a new visa overseas.

If you wish to opt for the Internship pathway you will need to register on the two-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 easily transfer to the one-year programme.

What makes this programme different?

As one of the Top-10 business schools in the UK and one of the top 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation, we have a 40 year track record of developing innovative managers and successful business leaders sought after by leading employers.

  • The Loughborough MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and was re-accredited by AMBA in August 2015
  • Through our award-winning Careers Network and a dedicated MBA careers team, we support improving your career prospects, either by supporting you in finding an optional internship to enhance your employability or post-study employment.
  • Our links with over 400 international corporate partners will enable you to benefit from commercially-relevant teaching and apply the theory you learn to the workplace
  • You will exercise practical problem solving skills to address real business challenges through modules such as Business Analytics and Problem Solving for Leaders
  • Our unique Managing Innovation module is the first of its kind in the UK and will give you the opportunity to work on live business projects to commercialise new technologies as part of a group consultancy project
  • Includes an optional international summer school, where you can study and network with MBA delegates from around the world

Who should study this programme?

The Loughborough MBA is an AMBA-accredited MBA programme designed to help those with a minimum of 3-years’ professional/managerial experience who wish to transform their career from being a high-achiever to an elite performer in the world of management and leadership.

Successful applicants must hold a minimum of three years’ professional work experience (required by AMBA-accreditation) plus either a bachelor’s degree from a UK or recognised overseas university, membership of an approved chartered institute or a Diploma in Management Studies.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here.

English language requirements for international students

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22

See full list of English language qualifications we accept.

Candidates who choose the MBA with professional internship option are expected to have a very good standard of English.

Study options

The Loughborough MBA can be studied in one of three ways:

  • Full-time over one year, for maximum career-acceleration;
  • Full-time over two years, including a 45-52 week professional internship, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable UK work experience to maximise your employability;
  • Part-time over 2-3 years, designed for working professionals.

Year 2 (optional) - For those taking the professional internship 2-year MBA pathway

Professional Internship – 45-52 weeks

If you choose our 2-year MBA pathway you will undertake a 45-52 week professional internship your second year. This will give you 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

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.

It is also possible for part-time students to undertake an internship, depending on your circumstances. Please contact us to discuss this if it is of interest.

Part-Time MBA programme

To gain the award of MBA, 180 credits need to be achieved.

For the Part-time programme, the compulsory core modules are the same as the Full-time programme (except Leading Strategic Change and Corporate Finance) and account for 120 credits.

60 credits must be selected from the optional modules (which include Leading Strategic Change and Corporate Finance).

The Professional Development lectures held on Wednesdays are non-assessed (non-credit bearing) and are optional sessions for Part-Time students.

What you'll study

The Loughborough MBA is designed to provide managers with a challenging educational experience in terms of general intellectual and personal development, within the context of the academic study of business and management.

Modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

To gain the award of MBA, 180 credits need to be achieved. All the core modules are compulsory and account for 150 credits. 30 credits must be selected from the optional modules.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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)

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.

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.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Optional modules

30 credits to be selected.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To provide an understanding of: the strategic importance of information systems (IS) and information technology (IT), the impact of new technologies on industries and competitive environments, how IS/IT strategies are formulated, and how business value is achieved through IT. The module aims to introduce the principles and key concepts of conceptual modelling for aligning information systems to business strategy and business process, to introduce the key theoretical concepts in modelling business strategies using Systems Dynamics.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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.

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.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework as well as exams.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Field trips
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

The School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

As an MBA student, we are committed to providing you with the very best careers development support to ensure you maximise your post-MBA potential. With our award-winning Careers Network, you can utilise our global vacancy database with the world’s leading recruiters; receive dedicated MBA careers support; and benefit from the UK’s largest on-campus annual careers fair. The Loughborough MBA attracts a variety of professionals from all walks of life, and graduates of the programme have enhanced their careers at senior level in high profile companies.

Graduate destinations

Loughborough MBA graduates have enhanced their careers at senior level in a range of high profile companies, including:

Loughborough MBA graduates include:

  • Commercial Director at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services
  • Network Manager for Elliot Group
  • Senior Group Captain in the Royal Air Force
  • Manager at DNV GL
  • Senior Project Leader at British Gypsum.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Accenture, Project Manager
  • Balfour Beatty, Manager
  • Barclays, Senior Business Design Analyst
  • Birmingham Airport, Engineering Performance Manager
  • Caterpillar, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Chicago Brick & Iron, Business Development Manager
  • E.ON, Risk Engineer
  • Imago, Head of Sales & Marketing
  • Kier Group, Process Engineer Manager
  • NHS, Senior Manager
  • Rolls-Royce, Account Management
  • Sainsbury's, Retail Consultant
  • TNT Post UK, Business Development Director
  • Weidmuller, Managing Sales and Marketing Director

Your personal development

All our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

Furthermore, on successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and holistic understanding of:

  • The internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations - including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context they operate in;
  • The external context in which organisations operate - including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological factors, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations;
  • How organisations are managed - including the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and management of organisations with regard to relevant theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external context.
  • The contexts and processes in which enterprsie and innovation are able to thrive and prosper - including managerial style, organisational culture and stakeholder expectations.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£27,000
International:
£27,000

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Don't just take our word for it – hear what our students have to say about studying The Loughborough MBA.

Parmdeep Vadesha

MBA Student

I needed to understand how to run a business, how to manage people, how to scale and that's why I came to Loughborough to do my MBA.

Zoe Poo

MBA Student

I have great classmates from all over the world - its one thing for sure that I will bring this experience along with me throughout my life.

Longzhou Li

MBA Student

The school itself provides us with a lot of resources and we have great opportunities to liaise with people in the business world.

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