MBA The Loughborough Executive MBA degree

Entry requirements
2:2 +
Full-time
See Full-Time MBA listing
Part-time
Up to 4 years (typically 3 years)
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
£27,500
International fee
£27,500
Location
Loughborough
Application status
Open

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students, or those taking a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate diploma, should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Overview

Our Executive MBA will enable you to supercharge your career at a triple-accredited (AACBS, EQUIS, AMBA) top 10 UK business school with a 40-year track record of developing innovative managers and successful business leaders.

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

Executive MBA

Our part-time executive master's of business administration is designed to equip you with the skills to manage complex business challenges; develop creative solutions for contemporary business issues; lead innovative change programmes to capitalise on new opportunities and become an effective leader of people.

Through modules such as Business Analytics and Problem Solving for Leaders, the programme focuses heavily on practical problem-solving skills to address real business challenges, through modules such as Business Analytics and Problem Solving for Leaders. Our work-based assignments give you the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to current business problems, enabling you to improve organisational effectiveness and enhance your leadership skills throughout the programme. Our blended learning approach allows you to balance learning and business pressures.

Learning alongside a cohort of experienced managers with a minimum of 5-years’ professional/managerial experience will enable you to share fresh perspectives on similar problems and build lasting business networks. You will also have the opportunity to meet and work with our internationally diverse full-time cohort on some modules.

Executive MBA - Sports Management Pathway

We also offer a specific sports management pathway on our Executive MBA for those candidates who wish to tailor their learning to the Sport sector. The course is designed to provide you with all the core MBA knowledge, skills and behaviours, whilst allowing you to develop context specific knowledge and skills related to Sports Management through tailored optional modules and your work-based project. Voted No. 1 for Sports subjects, Loughborough University is an ideal place to study if you are focused on working in the Sports sector.

Degree Apprenticeships Both programme pathways can be done as a Level 7 Senior Leaders Apprenticeship.

Who should study this programme?

The Loughborough Executive MBA is designed to help those with a minimum of 5-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. This programme typically takes around 3 years to complete.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

As a triple-accredited (AACBS, EQUIS, AMBA) Top-10 UK business school 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)
  • our links with over 2,000 international corporate partners will enable you to benefit from commercially-relevant teaching
  • you will exercise practical problem-solving skills to address real business challenges through modules such as Business Analytics and Problem Solving for Leaders
  • our Managing Innovation module will give you the opportunity to work on live business projects to commercialise new technologies as part of a group consultancy project
  • optional international summer school enables you to study and network with MBA delegates from around the world
  • through our award-winning Careers Network and a dedicated MBA careers team, we can support you to enhance your employability and career progression.

What you'll study

The Loughborough Executive 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.

Those wishing to specialise can do so through our Executive MBA (Sports Management) pathway. Drawing on our long heritage and reputation for sport, this pathway covers all the same core content of the Executive MBA 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.

Modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics. To give you a taster, we have provided a brief outline of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

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. To gain the award of MBA (Sports Management) students must take all compulsory modules that account for 150 credits, two core sports management electives and a choice of one other elective (10 credits).

The following information is intended as an example only and is based on module information for the 2019/20 year of entry. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes. Updated Programme and Module Specifications are made available ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Personal Effectiveness (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. develop your self-awareness of personal effectiveness and recognition of how to influence others
  2. explore the application of theory for fostering more effective work relationships
  3. build strategies for continuing personal development.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • theories of motivation
  • tools and techniques for reflective practice and self-awareness
  • models and formats of formal and informal feedback
  • emotions in the workplace
  • negotiation and influencing
  • conflict management
  • personal resilience.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • analyse diverse perspectives, preferences and approaches adopted by self and others in work contexts
  • compare and contrast motivation theories and your impact on effective leadership and management to understand how individual behaviours influence others
  • explain how to build rapport and trust with people of diverse views, thereby enabling challenging conversations
  • explain a range of negotiation models and strategies.
  • analyse, discuss and agree personal, work-related goals
  • give, receive and analyse feedback at all levels to develop your own and others' performance
  • use self-awareness as a way of improving interpersonal skills
  • develop personal resilience
  • develop the ability to self-reflect, empathise with others and adapt behaviour as a result
  • integrate feedback and learning from self-reflection and apply insights to future actions
  • proactively engage in self-development
  • use a range of study skills in order to critically evaluate information.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 1,000-word personal development plan: 25%
  • 1,000-word reflective diary: 25%
  • 2,000-word critical essay: 50%

Accounting, Financial Management and Economics (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for an understanding of financial management and its impact on decision-making in a variety of organisational contexts
  2. develop your ability to analyse and interpret organisational performance
  3. expose you to a range of issues surrounding accounting for sustainability
  4. give you an understanding of economic concepts and models appropriate to business decision-making.

Module content

Topics covered may include:

  • the role and context of accounting and financial management in organisations
  • concepts and conventions in accounting
  • periodic reporting of profit, cash flow and financial position
  • interpreting and analysing financial statements
  • capital budgeting
  • the limitations of traditional financial accounting in assessing wider organisational performance
  • external reporting of sustainability
  • financial governance
  • management control for a sustainable strategy
  • an introduction to micro-economics
  • supply, demand and market equilibrium
  • competition and pricing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you be able to:

  • explain and discuss basic accounting terminology, the underlying conventions, financial statements and other accounting information
  • analyse and interpret financial performance
  • evaluate the usefulness and limitations of financial information in the management of an organisation
  • critically evaluate the theory and practice of environmental, social and sustainability accounting
  • explain how economic theory can be used to help management decision-making
  • apply accounting concepts and principles
  • select and apply appropriate techniques to aid financial decision-making
  • use economic theory to help explain how a specific organisation and its consumers behave
  • incorporate and manipulate numeric data in financial analysis
  • interpret numerical and diagrammatic financial and economic information
  • gather, organise and present relevant information from a variety of sources
  • evaluate information and make written arguments in a time-pressured situation.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 2-hour exam: 50%
  • 2,000-word individual coursework assignment: 50%

Managing People (10 credits)

This module will give you a broad and deep understanding of the issues associated with the management of human resources within organisations. It will also develop your skills in people and performance management.

Module content

This module will address key human resource issues, including:

  • culture
  • regulatory and compliance issues
  • managing individual and team performance
  • learning, training and development
  • motivation and reward
  • empowerment and delegation
  • coaching
  • the contribution of human resource management (HRM) to corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • recruitment and selection
  • managing people in diverse and international contexts.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically analyse alternative organisational approaches to the management of human resources
  • evaluate the links between strategic HRM and individual performance
  • evaluate the links between strategic HRM and organisational performance
  • evaluate contextual factors which influence people management
  • explain regulatory, legal, health and safety and compliance requirements related to HRM
  • understand ethical and confidentiality issues related to HRM
  • develop and analyse strategic choices relating to the deployment of people at work
  • construct HRM strategies relevant to specific organisational contexts
  • evaluate the organisational impact of HRM activities, such as workforce planning and design, diversity, inclusion and employee well-being
  • discuss and explain arguments in writing
  • use ideas and knowledge from a variety of sources, including academic literature, case studies, data, and your own experiences to inform your learning
  • develop and enhance presentation design and delivery skills.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 4,000-word individual report: 100%

Strategic Marketing (10 credits)

This will module will give you an understanding of the principles and tools relating to the marketing concept and explore strategic marketing issues.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • an introduction to the marketing concept
  • the role of marketing in organisations
  • strategic marketing planning
  • analysing consumer markets
  • segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • competitive marketing strategies
  • a brief outline tactical marketing mix activities (products/services, price, promotion, place, people, physical evidence, processes)
  • marketing ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • international marketing
  • marketing relationships
  • market disruptions.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain the principles of the marketing concept and critically evaluate its use in addressing business problems
  • critically evaluate the importance of a strategic marketing approach
  • explain the challenges of applying ethics in marketing
  • explain marketing strategy issues that are appropriate to the local and global competitive and market conditions faced by organisations in different contexts
  • apply strategic marketing planning frameworks and associated models to analyse/solve/discuss strategic marketing problems
  • develop marketing strategies in a particular organisational context
  • evaluate the role of key stakeholder relationships to successful marketing efforts
  • work effectively in a team situation
  • explore and utilise learning resources to help solve practical problems
  • write a report suitable for dissemination to an organisation's management
  • discuss and explain arguments in writing.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 3,000-word group report: 50%
  • 2,500-word individual report: 50%

Business Analytics (10 credits)

This module will develop your:

  1. understanding of the role of business analytics in an organisation
  2. understanding of big data, and related ethical issues, and how it can be used to inform decision-making
  3. appreciation of a range of analytical methods to improve decision making in organisations
  4. awareness of cyber security issues.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • business analytics and the role of data
  • statistical analysis
  • forecasting and optimal resource allocation techniques
  • an introduction to cyber security.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the role of data in organisational settings and the importance of cyber security
  • critically evaluate the relevance and use of forecasting techniques in organisational settings
  • explain the relevance and use of optimisation techniques in organisational settings
  • create and evaluate forecasts from historic data
  • create and evaluate optimal resource allocations
  • develop forecasting and optimisation models using appropriate computer-supported technology
  • effectively communicate the significance of big data analytics to the organisation
  • interpret and effectively communicate the results of a range of analytics approaches to a data set
  • evaluate information and make written arguments in a time-pressured situation
  • summarise and present key findings to an audience
  • work independently and think critically.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures/workshops: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 2-hour exam: 50%
  • 2,000 word individual assignment: 50%

Decision-making 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 module will:

  1. introduce the concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship theory, design thinking and creativity
  2. enable you to utilise a detailed risk analysis tool to evaluate a commercial opportunity
  3. explore the implementation of a new product or process, whilst understanding the constraints under which many firms operate, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start up business
  4. enable you to collaborate with an external business in a consultancy capacity.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • the theory of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial action
  • design thinking
  • idea generation
  • value proposition
  • market research and analysis
  • strategic assessment
  • commercialisation strategy
  • business plan components
  • pitching for investment.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • assess and evaluate product or service ideas using risk analysis tools and techniques
  • research and evaluate the most appropriate local and/or international markets for a business idea
  • explore the commercial potential of an innovative idea in selected market segments
  • analyse a new business idea in terms of product/service attributes and customer needs
  • evaluate the technological, operational, legal, organisational, financial and market issues associated with a product/service concept
  • gather and structure the information required to formulate an appropriate commercialisation strategy
  • formulate the key elements of a plan for the implementation of a new product or service
  • collaborate effectively in groups
  • gather, organise and present information from primary and secondary sources
  • demonstrate effective decision-making in a complex and ambiguous environment
  • engage in informed debate in a consultancy environment
  • summarise and present key findings to an audience.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • group assignment: 40%
  • group report: 60%

Operations Management (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide you with an understanding of the ways in which organisations manage their operations
  2. develop skills in using operational management techniques to improve operational effectiveness
  3. develop an appreciation of global contexts and challenges that impact operations management.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • process planning
  • facilities layout
  • capacity planning scheduling
  • inventory management
  • strategic procurement activities
  • supply chain management
  • total quality management
  • performance measurement
  • international and ethical aspects of operations.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain the methodologies used by operations managers to decide how, where and when a product or service should be manufactured or delivered
  • evaluate how these methodologies can be used to achieve the requisite timeliness, quality, delivery and costs
  • explain how operations management strategies and practices may need to change in the face of competition and modern technology
  • explain and analyse manufacturing and services operations
  • understand the complexities of decisions in operation systems that involve people and technology
  • propose and assess options for the improvement of manufacturing and/or service operations
  • explore and discuss the global and ethical implications of operations decisions
  • develop solutions to operations management challenges
  • apply quantitative numerical reasoning and interpret numerical information
  • analyse case studies.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 huors
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 4,000-word individual report: 100%

Leading the Organisation: Leading People (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide a theoretical and practical introduction to leadership and strategic human resource management (HRM) practices
  2. help you apply leadership theory to your own workplace and your own behaviour
  3. develop your skills in persuasive communication.

Module content:

Topics studied may include:

  • the development of leadership theory
  • contemporary theories of leadership
  • the role of the leader's individual characteristics
  • developing leaders
  • shaping organisational culture
  • leadership in international contexts and the impact of culture
  • ethical issues in leadership
  • leading resilient organisations
  • leading change.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • describe and critically evaluate the diverse perspectives on leadership
  • understand the process of organisational and individual leadership development
  • debate the differences in cross-cultural approaches to leadership
  • critically assess the factors that contribute to leadership effectiveness
  • evaluate ethical considerations in managing and leading an organisation
  • analyse the impact of leadership behaviours in contemporary organisational situations
  • develop the ability to critically evaluate a range of leadership theories
  • use theory and research in leadership to inform your own leadership behaviour and understand that of others
  • effectively build organisational engagement with strategic HRM practices and initiatives
  • use storytelling and persuasive communications to influence operational strategies
  • use ideas and knowledge from a variety of sources, including academic literature, video case studies and data from your own experiences to inform learning
  • discuss and explain arguments both verbally and in writing.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • individual presentation: 35%
  • 2,500-word individual report: 65%

Leading the Organisation: Strategy, Governance and Markets (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide you with the knowledge and skills to formulate a strategic business plan
  2. equip you with knowledge on strategic positioning, strategic capabilities and resources, strategic options, scenario planning and innovative strategic thinking
  3. develop your understanding of risk factors and the importance of stakeholder engagement and governance models.

Module content

Topics covered may include:

  • environmental research and analysis
  • horizon scanning
  • organisational structures
  • business strategy and competitive positioning
  • stakeholder engagement and current governance issues
  • risk analysis
  • corporate ethics
  • market structures.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate strategic management concepts
  • explain the importance of innovative idea creation and opportunity spotting, including working with strategic partners
  • critically evaluate potential strategy choices
  • explain the relevance of gaining stakeholder buy-in and commitment, recognising the importance of good governance and ethical leadership
  • evaluate a range of organisational structures to support the effective implementation of strategy
  • identify and evaluate market drivers of strategy utilising a variety of tools including environmental analysis and horizon scanning
  • create and evaluate an innovative strategic plan, using strategic options, in a particular organisational context
  • use business and risk analysis tools to analyse company performance
  • set a clear agenda and gain support from key stakeholders
  • identify key factors related to the successful implementation of a corporate strategy, including risk factors
  • use economic theory to analyse the economy and how it might influence corporate strategy decisions
  • select and use appropriate investigative and research skills, analysing data to make effective decisions
  • work independently and think critically
  • analyse the multiplicity of factors and inter-relationships that make up a complex scenario
  • demonstrate effective report writing skills.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 11 hours
  • lectures: 21 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 4,000-word individual coursework assignment: 100%

Leading Strategic Change (20 credits)

This module will:

  1. develop your understanding of the changing nature of the practice and processes of strategic management
  2. develop your skills in strategic analysis, the development of strategic options and change management
  3. encourage an openness to new ideas and an awareness that in many situations there are a range of alternatives which should be evaluated.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • processes of strategic management
  • organisational politics, stakeholders, social responsibility, aspirations and leadership in global contexts
  • environmental analysis
  • strategic capability and competitive advantage
  • strategic developments options
  • strategic evaluation
  • leading strategic change
  • designing written information and presentations for strategic communication.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain alternative approaches to global strategic management
  • apply theoretical concepts, models, frameworks, tools and techniques which support processes of strategic management
  • explain and apply the process of strategic change
  • lead and implement strategic change
  • recommend with justification, future strategies for the development of alternative types of organisation
  • obtain, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources, including publicly available material
  • work effectively in groups
  • develop your presentation skills
  • undertake a holistic systems thinking approach
  • understand change management issues.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 56 hours
  • guided independent study: 144 hours

Assessment

  • group presentation: 10%
  • 4,000-word group coursework assignment: 30%
  • 2,500-word individual coursework assignment: 60%

Professional Development sessions (0 credits)

This non-credit bearing module will provide you with the essential study skills for success at MBA level, as well as developing a framework for extensive careers and employability support.

Plus one of the core modules below, depending on the pathway you take:

Work-Based Learning Project and Research Methods (30 credits)

This module is taught across three semesters and will:

  1. give you a working knowledge of the standard processes and methods used in business and management research
  2. provide an opportunity for you to experience executing a negotiated, practically-based research study in a work-place setting
  3. integrate ideas from the MBA programme into this problem-solving context.

Module content

This module provides focused study on a project subject area, which you will decide upon in consultation with your project supervisor. As such, topics covered will include research methods and conducting and reviewing a literature search.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand the processes involved in conducting a research project in a business and management context
  • provide an in-depth explanation of a specific business-related subject chosen by the student that integrates and further develops aspects of the MBA programme
  • evaluate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in business and management research
  • select, define and delimit an appropriate business-related problem for further research
  • discover, evaluate and review pertinent literature sources
  • develop specific research questions or hypotheses relating to the selected problem
  • apply appropriate research methods to investigate the selected problem
  • develop an appropriate data collection instrument, and collect data from an appropriate group of respondents, or secondary data sources
  • analyse a business issue in some depth, identifying alternative solutions and/or recommendations and drawing out implications for best-practice
  • identify and evaluate the inherent limitations, and assumptions made in the performance of the study conducted
  • articulate the aims, context, content and outcomes of the research project
  • retrieve, record, analyse and present data effectively
  • script a substantial report with a fair standard of clarity, structure and brevity
  • work independently with self-confidence
  • achieve effective time management and personal resource planning
  • negotiate access and confidentiality requirements with participating actor(s).

Teaching and learning

  • project supervision: 12 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 12 hours
  • guided independent study: 276 hours

Assessment

  • poster and viva: 20%
  • 12,000-word project report: 80%

Sports Management Work-Based Learning Project and Research Methods (30 credits)

This module will:

  1. give you a working knowledge of the standard processes and methods used in business and management research
  2. povide an opportunity for you to experience executing a negotiated, practically-based research study in a sports management work-place setting
  3. integrate ideas from the MBA programme into this problem-solving context.

Module content

This module provides focused study on a project subject area, which you will decide upon in consultation with your project supervisor. As such, topics covered will include research methods and conducting and reviewing a literature search.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand the processes involved in conducting a research project in a business and management context
  • provide an in-depth explanation of a specific business-related subject chosen by the student that integrates and further develops aspects of the MBA programme
  • evaluate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in business and management research
  • choose, define and delimit an appropriate business-related problem within a sports context for further research
  • discover, select and review pertinent literature sources
  • develop specific research questions or hypotheses relating to the selected problem
  • apply appropriate research methods to investigate the selected problem
  • develop an appropriate data collection instrument, and collect data from an appropriate group of respondents, or secondary data sources
  • analyse a sports management issue in some depth, identifying alternative solutions and/or recommendations and drawing out implications for best-practice
  • recognise and state the inherent limitations, and assumptions made in the performance of the study conducted
  • script a substantial report that clearly sets out the aims, context, content and outcomes of the research project
  • retrieve, record, analyse and present data effectively
  • script a substantial report with a fair standard of clarity, structure and brevity
  • work independently with self-confidence
  • achieve effective time management and personal resource planning
  • negotiate access and confidentiality requirements with participating actor(s).

Teaching and learning

  • project supervision: 12 hourss
  • practical classes and workshops: 12 hours
  • guided independent study: 276 hours

Assessment

  • poster and viva: 20%
  • 12,000-word project report: 80%

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. give you an appreciation of the role that outsourcing and offshoring play in shaping business and IT strategy in a global context
  2. advance your understanding of how to develop and apply outsourcing best practices in various business scenarios
  3. provide hands-on experience in executing an outsourcing/offshoring project.

 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

 

  • be comfortable applying sourcing terminology
  • evaluate how outsourcing and offshoring affect business and IT strategy
  • critically assess which key capabilities are required by client firms and suppliers of outsourcing services to achieve successful outsourcing relationships
  • understand the transition and planning issues in IT and business process outsourcing and offshoring
  • evaluate areas of a business that a client should (or should not) outsource/offshore
  • identify to which countries service should be outsourced or offshored
  • analyse risks involved in outsourcing and offshoring and be able to lead ousourcing decisions
  • design an end-to-end outsourcing/offshoring life cycle
  • apply key frameworks and mehodologies in practice, ie decision-making and implementation of outsourcing arrangements in real-life outsourcing project
  • monitor and evaluate project performance
  • apply theoretical frameworks to business situations
  • work in a team to craft and execute a strategy project.

 

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 4 hours
  • lectures: 28 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • group coursework assignment and presentation: 35%
  • individual coursework assignment: 65%

Corporate Finance (10 credits)

This module will provide you with a broad understanding of the core issues in corporate finance which are of particular importance to your professional needs. It will also develop numerical reasoning and the ability to interpret numerical data.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • an introduction to sources of finance
  • capital budgeting
  • the cost of capital
  • capital structure and dividend policy
  • the performance of ethical investments
  • exposures of firms in an international context.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will 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
  • understand and discuss performances of ethnical investments
  • discuss exposure management in international context for firms
  • evaluate arguments and evidence in relation to key issues in corporate finance
  • use appropriate tools to analyse problems faced by corporate treasurers
  • reason numerically and interpret numerical information
  • communicate quantitive information, analysis, argument and conclusions appropriately and present to a generalist but sympathetic audience.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 32 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • individual coursework assignment: 100%

Managing Corporate Reputation (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide you with an understanding of how corporate reputation can be managed well and what to do when things go wrong
  2. develop your understanding of media, media strategy and media management at regional, national and international levels
  3. give you skills in managing the media and media interactions in a rapidly changing media environment
  4. explore corporate reputation, brand management, public relations (PR) and crisis management within a sports context and compare this context with other sectors.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • the scope and significance of corporate reputation
  • the rise of corporate brands and the links between brands and corporate reputation
  • the media environment
  • public relations management
  • presentation and public communications management
  • marketing communications
  • strategic media management
  • crisis management, stakeholder analysis and management
  • PR and media management skills.

Each of these subjects will be taught using sports management and wider contextual examples to enable you to compare and contrast issues surrounding the management of corporate reputation in different contexts.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain how to develop and sustain a positive corporate reputation and brand image amongst stakeholders
  • critically evaluate media strategy frameworks and models
  • explain the role of public relations management and communication strategies in the management of stakeholders and stakeholder perceptions
  • understand the importance of ethics and socially responsible decision-making in the development and maintenance of corporate reputation within a global context
  • use frameworks, models and concepts to analyse the media environment and changes occurring within it
  • solve media and PR issues
  • apply strategic media management scenarios, frameworks and concepts to a media strategy and present reasoned arguments and conclusions
  • demonstrate socially responsible media and public relations management skills in a specific sports management context
  • analyse and evaluate rapidly changing external sporting and commercial environments
  • gather, organise and present relevant information from a variety of sources
  • demonstrate effective oral and written presentation and communication skills.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 4 hours
  • lectures/workshops: 28 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • individual crisis management assignment: 40%
  • 2,500-word individual report: 60%

Managing the Global Firm (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide you with an awareness of the diverse economic, legal, political, social, cultural and technological contexts in which organisations operate on a global scale
  2. develop your knowledge and understanding in international business and strategy theory and managerial practice, in a range of international contexts
  3. 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
  4. develop your knowledge of the different approaches that can be taken when managing firms in a global context.

Module content

The content of this module reflects material from across a range of disciplines that support the management of businesses operating in an international context.

Topics may include:

  • internationalisation
  • analysis of the global business environment
  • strategy and competitive advantage
  • organisational structure
  • business alliances
  • international finance
  • international marketing
  • innovation
  • managerial roles and capabilities
  • corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics.

Each of these topics are focused on managing within an international context, across a diverse range of global contexts.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate and select appropriate entry modes for companies that operate in different business environments
  • compare and contrast key features of management theory and practice in different international contexts
  • analyse cultural differences in management styles
  • identify international management as a multi-disciplinary approach
  • evaluate contextual factors that influence the management of global firms
  • understand ethical/CSR issues related to operating in a global environment
  • apply international business and management theories to analyse business practice in different global contexts
  • evaluate the level of risk involved in operating in foreign countries
  • appreciate cultural differences and their influence on how global firms operate
  • construct appropriate strategies that are relevant for a specific organisation's international context
  • discuss and explain arguments in writing
  • obtain, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 4 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 28 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 3,500-word individual coursework assignment

Information Systems, Strategy and Management (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. equip you with an understanding of information systems (IS) and the concerns of modern information technology (IT) in the competitive environment
  2. provide a fundamental theorectical understanding of systems theory (including systems thinking and related information concepts) and exemplify its practical utility
  3. provide you with an understanding of the digitisation of traditional businesses and the digital economy through business applications of the technology deployed in platforms, auctions, data analytics/big data, artificial intelligence(AI), blockchain, cryptocurrencies and robotics
  4. explore digitisation conceptually through concepts of transaction costs, disruption, network effects and innovation diffusion
  5. provide you with a theoretical understanding of media, social media, attention economy and immersive content, such as virtual reality (VR) and games.

Module content

Today, many of the most valuable firms in the world are fundamentally IT firms. Many of the others are going through a process called 'digitisation', as they increasingly adopt the technologies of digital firms. Equally, firms (and society more widely) face many challenges arising from this process.

The aims of this module will be presented within the context of the increasing strategic importance of IS, IT, the digitisation of traditional firms and the digital economy.

A particular foundation is given through systems concepts and how they relate to information. This foundation then allows exploration of digitisation and the digital economy, and their effects on markets. Finally, the same foundation is enlarged to provide a way of approaching the complex phenomena of media, social media, attention economy and immersive content such as VR and games.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain the foundations of information systems and describe its key concerns
  • explain the phenomena of digitisation and the digital economy and to conceptually describe key technologies
  • evaluate the implications of media, social media, attention economy and immersive content
  • analyse the role played by IT in organisations and its strategic impact
  • use systems concepts to analyse systemic attributes of organizations through systems theory
  • evaluate the technological building blocks of digitisation and the digital economy
  • analyse the impact of digitisation through concepts of transaction costs, disruption, network effects and innovation diffusion
  • critique the use of media and social media as informational strategies.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 4 hours
  • lectures/workshops: 28 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 4,000-word individual coursework assignment: 100%

Project Management (10 credits)

This module will give you a critical understanding of:

  1. the role of a project manager in a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications
  2. the project planning and control techniques and human resource management methodologies available to project managers.

It will also develop project management skills that you can apply to organisational situations.

Module content

Topics covered may include:

  • projects as an operations system
  • project planning:
    • network analysis
  • project compression
  • managing costs and estimation
  • project quality control
  • progressing and expediting
  • organising for projects:
    • team selection
    • team building
  • project application
  • managing stakeholders.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain the pressures placed on project managers to meet the objectives of project performance, timely completion and cost, under conditions of high uncertainty and engaging in ethical analysis and management of stakeholders
  • critically evaluate the project management techniques available for planning and control
  • critically evaluate the human resource management methodologies available for effective project management
  • evaluate criteria for project selection
  • analyse the composition and working of project teams
  • apply project planning and control techniques, such as network analysis
  • apply project management software to a practical problem
  • apply project management theory to evaluate a completed (or nearly completed) project
  • evaluate the difficulties encountered in attempting to successfully complete a project, and the impact on required resources
  • analyse qualitative and quantitative data
  • analyse case analysis
  • gather, organise and present relevant information from a variety of sources
  • discuss and explain arguments in writing.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 4 hours
  • lectures/workshops: 28 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 3,500-word individual report: 100%

Managing Sports Organisations (10 credits)

This module will:

  1. provide you with an understanding of sports-related policy and international sports environment factors and their influence on managing sports organisations
  2. develop your skills in managing sports and sports-related organisations in a global environment
  3. give you an understanding of management decision-making models that might be applied in an international sports context
  4. give you an understanding of the importance of ethics in a sports context.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • overview factors influencing the sports management macro- and micro-environment
  • international sports policy and regulations
  • drivers of change
  • developing sports customer insights
  • sports strategy
  • performance and scenario planning
  • decision-making models
  • ethics in sport.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate changes occurring within the international sports management environment
  • explain and analyse the behaviour of consumers, organisations and the international sports management environment in general
  • critically analyse how environmental factors influence management decision making in sports and sports-related organisations
  • apply analysis and decision-making tools to real-life global sports situations
  • explain key ethical issues facing sports and sport-related organisations
  • apply environment analysis frameworks, models and concepts to analyse and assess the global sports environment
  • analyse and interpret key influences on the sports management environment
  • explain how a specific sports organisation might respond to changes in policy and market environment factors
  • develop strategies and plans for improving sports and sports-related organisations' performance
  • work effectively in a small team situation
  • work independently on a written assignment
  • gather, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources to make logical arguments.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials (online learning content): 4 hours
  • lectures/workshops: 28 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • group presentation: 30%
  • 3,000-word individual coursework assignment: 70%

European Summer School in Advanced Management (ESSAM) (20 credits)

This module will develop your understanding of the changing nature of the practice and processes of strategic management. It will also explore other advanced management topics as organisations operate in an increasingly internationalised business environment.

Module content

The annual European Summer School for Advanced Management provides an opportunity to study and apply ideas in an international environment.

Typical content will cover:

  • fundamentals of strategic management
  • practice of strategic management in alternative contexts
  • evolution of international business and international firms
  • stakeholders and expectations
  • environmental analysis and strategic fit
  • strategic capability and international competitive advantage
  • organisational politics and business ethics
  • development options, directions and methods
  • internationalisation as a process, entry strategies and alternative operating contexts
  • evaluating strategic alternatives
  • organisation structure, design, configuration and context
  • managing change and effective strategic leadership
  • international business in the 21st century.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain alternative approaches to strategic management
  • assess the contribution of effective strategic leadership in managing processes of strategic change, especially in international and multinational enterprises
  • evaluate approaches and methodological tools available for a critical understanding of cultural divesity
  • analyse the strengths and weaknesses of Europe's role in a global business context
  • explain the subject of an elective chosen from six available electives
  • apply theoretical concepts and models in the area of strategic analysis, the development of strategic options and the implementation of strategy
  • identify and evaluate possible business partners for cross border integration in a global market place
  • work in a cross-cultural group to obtain, analyse and apply information about a small company and to formulate recommendations and present findings concerning appropriate company strategy
  • work effectively in groups that exhibit cultural diversity, acknowledging differences and minimising stereotyping, and guiding other group members
  • embrace a positive attitude to change and new ideas, and an awareness that in many situations there is a range of alternatives to be elicited and evaluated.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 56 hours
  • guided independent study: 144 hours

Assessment

  • 100% coursework (normally 3 x group assignments)

International Intensive Study Period (10 credits)

This module will give you an understanding of the changing nature of management in the internationalised business environment through the experience of working with a diverse student cohort. You will also develop your knowledge of one of Loughborough's partner institutions' locale and region.

Module content

Precise content will vary depending on the partner institution providing the intensive programme but syllabi are designed to allow study and apply ideas in an international environment. Typical content will cover:

  • the fundamentals and practice of management in alternative contexts
  • international competitive advantage
  • the development of options, directions and methods
  • internationalisation as a process
  • the evolution of global businesses in the 21st century.

All courses at our partner institutions are taught in English.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • explain alternative approaches to management based on international perspectives
  • explain the fundamentals of doing business in the 21st century
  • apply theoretical concepts and models in the area of management, the development of strategic options and implementation
  • synthesise and analyse relevant information and exercise critical judgement
  • work in a cross-cultural group to obtain, analyse and apply information, formulate recommendations and present appropriate findings
  • explain arguments verbally and in writing
  • work effectively in groups that exhibit cultural diversity, acknowledging differences and minimising stereotyping, and guiding other group members
  • embrace a positive attitude to change and new ideas, and an awareness that in many situations there is a range of alternatives to be elicited and evaluated
  • reflect on your own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 32 hours
  • guided independent study: 68 hours

Assessment

  • 100% coursework (may include group assignments)

How you'll be assessed

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

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Field trips
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Access to online material

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.

Therefore, in addition to the taught programme, you will also have the opportunity to attend a range of masterclasses and networking events held at Loughborough University and an international study tour. We also offer dedicated individualised careers support. Whether you are looking to advance further in your current career path or looking to change career paths, our one-to-one guidance and coaching and Professional Development programme will support you in achieving your career plans.

International Study Tours

The international study tours aim to expose you to different international experiences where you will receive a combination of lectures, industrial visits and cultural experiences and will involve visiting one of several potential destinations, for example, China, South America and the US. We ask students to make a contribution to travel and accommodation costs.

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.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Minimum of five years’ management/professional experience plus a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) or membership of an approved Chartered Institute or a Diploma in Management Studies.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) / Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures 16 14 12

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Honours degree (AQF level 8) First Class, 80% Upper Second, 70%, H2A Lower Second, 60%, 2B
Ordinary degree - AQF Level 7 pass (mark 46 or 50) High Distinction (80% or 85%) Distinction (75% or 80%) Distinction (70% or 75%)

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahamas

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree BUET - 1st (70%) / 3.5 BUET - 2nd (60%) / 3.0 BUET - 2nd (55%) / 2.75
Other universities - Masters (1-2 years) following a 3 or 4 year degree 80% / 4.0 65% / 3.25 50% / 2.5

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 7 5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Belize

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bermuda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil - 4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado/Licenciatura or Título Profissional 8.5 (A) 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cambodia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 years 90% or 9 or 4.0 80% or 8 or 3.5 70% or 7 or 3.0

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.7/85% 3.3/75% 2.7/68%
Out of 9 8 6 5
Out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6 5.5 5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.75 3.2

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 7 or 75

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1 1.5 2

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 8 7
Título de [subject area] 85% 80% 70%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.5 3.2 2.8
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
AEI 8.5 7.0 6
TEI 8.5 7 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liceniado / Titulo de (subject area) - 4years 90% (public university) / 95% (private university) 80% (public university) / 85% (private university) 60% (public university) / 70% (private university)

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's GPA 4 GPA 3.5 3.0

Honduras

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado / Grado Académico de Licenciatura (4 year degree) - GPA out of 5 GPA 5 or 90% GPA 4 or 80% GPA 3.5 or 70%

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 17 15 13

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 80% 75% 70%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 70%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (3.6) 75 (3.0) 65 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 75% (3.0)

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's only MSc 75% MSc 70% MSc 65%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Class 2.1 2.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Malta

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malta 1st (80%) 2:1 (70%) 2:2 (55%)

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Moldova

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenţă (Diploma of Licentiate) 10 9 8

Mongolia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) 90% or 3.5 80% or GPA 3.2 70% or GPA 3.0

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Mozambique

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciatura 16 14 12

Myanmar (Burma)

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
2 year Master's degree 5 or 85% 5 or 75% 4.5 or 65%

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 65% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Honours degree (480 credits) - Level 8 First (7.0) Upper Second (6.0) Lower Second (4.0)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciatura (4 year) 90% 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
7 point Scale 6 5 4
5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A B C

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Public Universities 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Private Universities 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
2 or 3 year bachelor's plus Master's First (60%) Second (55%) Second (50%)

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Título de Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 14 13 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree (post 2003) Magister (pre- 2003) 5 4.5 / 4+ 4

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenta/ Diploma de Inginer 9 8 7

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year bachelor (Hons) degree (480 credits) 1st, 16/20 (80%) 2:1,14/20 (70%) 2:2, 12/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees 16/20 or Tres Bien 14/20 or Bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomirani/ Bachelor's degree 9 8 7

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification - 2:1 2:2
Percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Upper second Lower second
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA out of 4.5 4.0 / A 3.5 / B 3.0 / C+
GPA out of 4.3 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.7 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto 8.5 7 6.5
UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
State universities 4 years of study 80% 70% 60%
Private universities 4 years of study 90% 80% 70%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Category 1 (4 year degree) 80% 75% 70%
Category 2 (4 year degree) 85% 80% 75%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st or B+ or 70% 2:1 or B or 65% 2:2 or B- or 60%

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme National d'Ingénieu 15 (tres bien) 14 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi 3.5 3 2.5

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda 1st or 4.4 2:1 or 3.8 2:2 or 3.0

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dyplom Magistra or a Bachelors degree (11 / 5) 11 or 5 9 or 4.5 8 or 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.6

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado (4 year) 10 9 8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomi / Diplomi (Specialist Diploma) 90% or GPA 4.5 80% or GPA 4.0 70% or GPA 3.0

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado/Professional title. (4 year) 18/20 or 8/9 16/20 or 7/9 14/20 or 6/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A or 4.0 or 80% B+, 3.5 or 70% B or 3.0 or 60%

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3/4 year degree 1st or 75% 2:1 or 65% 2:2 or 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£27,500

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£27,500

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.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Find out more about master's degree funding

Our students and academics

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.

Kerrine Bryan

Part-time MBA graduate

Being a natural introvert, the MBA taught me how to utilise my existing skills to be a better leader.

Daniel Spang

Part-time MBA graduate

My MBA has challenged me as a student and as a person. I'm now more confident and qualified for more senior roles.