MBA - Master of Business Administration

Required Credits/Units: 180

This challenging course will expose you to all areas of business through a diverse range of modules. You will study core areas of business with an emphasis on the strategic nature of decision-making. A critical part of the University of South Wales’s MBA is exploring how people impact on business thinking and the systems that can enhance this fundamental part of an organisation.

Educational Aims

The course aims to:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary for successful strategic leadership performance, within the context of dynamic local and global challenges.
  • Enhance the ability to source, analyse and critically appraise all types of business data and practice.
  • Develop flexible strategies for satisfying diverse stakeholder and partner demands across the whole supply chain and other value adding systems.
  • Integrate cutting-edge strategic research and practice to achieve business transformation.
  • Engender a spirit of critical enquiry and environment that fosters lifelong learning and continuous personal and professional development.
  • Develop skills of entrepreneurial leadership such as creativity, innovation, collaboration, risk taking, etc

Programme Structure/Pathway

Foundation Courses

Module Credits/Units: 0.00

The Induction Module aims to equip students with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete their programme of studies.

Postgraduate Certificate Level

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims
To develop knowledge and understanding of a range of leadership and management theories and their contemporary application in a range of organisational settings;
To provide a theoretical framework to support the development of critically reflective leadership and management practice
To prepare individuals for and/or development of a career in business and management. This may be achieved by creating opportunities to understand and critically evaluate the role leadership and management has in contributing to the achievement of organisational objectives

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

This module encourages participants to go beyond the study of theory and become active participants in the debate that is at the leading edge of strategic thinking and practice. The practice perspective in strategic management is drawn from a critique of the traditional rational economic approach to the subject and incorporates behavioural and sociological aspects of organisational decision-making. This module is a critical review of practices involved in the formulation and implementation of strategy. This module, however, takes the discussion of strategy formulation and implementation beyond a simplistic application and considers the social systems that inform and enable effective decision-making.

The module draws on sociological theory to critically explore the contribution of actors throughout the organisation to the practice of strategy. Students who complete this module are expected to be able to contribute to strategic thinking within organisations in which they involved. Consequently,this module aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge explored to enable participants to actively consider how they may personally make a difference in the different strategic contexts which may confront them. In particular, students will focus on innovative practices and an inclusive social approach to strategic development

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims
The aim of this module is to develop a student's ability to evaluate the strategic environment of an organisation; internally and externally. Specifically, the module will explore, from a critical perspective, a series of frameworks used in strategic analysis and planning. This will enhance a student's ability to direct and manage the development of business and corporate strategy in the
contexts of complexity and change.

Students who complete this module are expected to be able to actively contribute to the strategic development of an organisation in which they are, or intend to be, senior managers.

Postgraduate Diploma Level

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

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Module Aims

This module aims to provide an understanding of the issues and techniques of strategic financial management from both an internal and external stakeholder viewpoint.

Content Summary

  • Objectives of financial management:
    • Overview of key financial and non-financial objectives;
    • Agency theory;
    • Corporate governance;
    • Capital markets and efficiency;
    • Risk and return.
  • Financial statement analysis (FSA):
    • The role, purpose and content of financial statements;
    • The use of accounting and economic ratios;
    • Analysis and interpretation using electronic database resources (e.g. FAME, KeyNote);
    • Strengths and limitations of FSA.
  • Capital investment appraisal:
    • Cash flow and profit forecasting, relevant costs, incremental costs, cost behaviour;
    • Non-discounted and discounted appraisal methods;
    • The effects of inflation, taxation and risk;
    • Scarce resource issues.
  • Value, risk and the required return:
    • Analysing investment risk;
    • Portfolio theory;
    • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM);
    • The required rate of return on individual investments.
  • Strategic Financial Decisions:
    • Sources of finance;
    • Factors affecting interest rates including the yield curve;
    • The cost of debt, cost of equity, and the weighted average cost of capital (WACC);
    • Gearing and capital structure.

This module will facilitate the development of Personal Development Planning through the delivery of the key skills identified.

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims

The ultimate aim of the module is to enable the learner to conduct a proper scientific investigation and present it in a written format.

In order to do so, the module aims to:

  • develop the learner's understanding and skills of research in a management and/or professional development context. 

  • critically review a range of research methodologies and select the appropriate one. 

  • help the learner to deal with the practical aspects of planning, conducting and producing a Masters level work. 

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

By the end of the course:

  • students can understand and critically evaluate the key constructs associated with Strategic Marketing;
  • students can understand and evaluate how strategic marketing interfaces with general business strategy; and
  • students know and are able to critically appraise the difference between good strategic marketing practice and practice that falls short of professional quality.

Postgraduate Award Level

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:
' To provide an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.
' To create awareness that SOM is a core function in all organisations operational processes and is the final implementation phase of the strategic planning process.
' To explore the relationship within the value chain between strategy, marketing, design, control, human resource, procurement and other interactions involved in the managing of operational activities.
' To utilise game theory and a range of practical activities to aid the development and synthesise of problems involved in the implementation of strategic operational decisions and research to highlight difficulties of monitoring and controlling those decisions.
' To develop the student's ability and skills in strategic operational management tools and techniques.

Module Credits/Units: 40.00

Module Aims
The module explores the concept, theories and practice of project management and consultancy skills. This module builds on the research methodology skills and requirements of critical debate established throughout the program and shows how these key skills are vital within a business context to ensure rigorous decision making. It examines combining the traditional research skills with project management and consultancy skills to enable an evidenced based approach to problem solving within an organisation.
This module will improve student employability, enhance students’ ability to manage complex projects across a range of dynamic business environments in the contexts of entrepreneurship and leadership and management of change.

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