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MBA Plus Who is it for?


You are a graduate in any discipline with two years’ relevant management experience seeking a mid-career qualification to enhance your career development. The MBA Plus provides an opportunity to explore current thinking in management strategies and techniques and to develop your management skills in an organisational context.


About the Course


The MBA Plus is the leading internationally recognised qualification for practising managers. The programme aims to equip Honours graduates from any discipline with the knowledge, skills and competencies to manage effectively in modern, complex and increasingly dynamic business environments. The programme balances theoretical approaches with practical application and provides students with the opportunity to build upon the skills learned through their own management experiences. Students are encouraged to develop a critical and questioning approach to the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of management education and practice.


Course Content


The MBA Plus is a general applied management course that develops a broad knowledge across all functional areas within an organisation. The Business Research Project allows you to apply knowledge, skills and competencies developed via your own experiences and during the taught programme to a specific area of management. The course is enhanced by lectures and seminars led by guest speakers and visits to companies and organisations outside of the university. There are also opportunities for you to obtain advice and support in career planning.


Modules • Critical Issues in Business


• Management and Organisational Behaviour • Financial Decision-making


• Managing Operations and the Supply Chain • Business Research Project • Strategic Marketing


• Competitive Strategy and Innovation


• Leadership in a Changing Context Plus


• MBA Plus Annual Conference: The conference gathers keynote speakers from around the world to present on pervasive issues in strategic leadership. This provides an opportunity to meet fellow MBA students, alumni and academic staff as well as network with companies and organisations associated with this University.


• MBA Plus Business Showcase: The final event in the Programme calendar allows participants to showcase their research to fellow MBA students, alumni and academic staff and to network.


For an additional fee, students can choose from the following optional elements:


• MBA Plus European Business Event


• Chartered Institute of Marketing Introductory Certificate


• Chartered Management Institute Membership


• Prince Two Foundation and Practitioner Award


50 T +44 1604 892546 E international@northampton.ac.uk W www.northampton.ac.uk Assessment


The course has a mixture of assessment involving practical work, essays, reports, case studies and examinations. The dissertation is 15,000 - 20,000 words.


Career Opportunities


The MBA Plus programme is designed to meet the needs of potential senior managers in all sectors of employment. The award is designed not only to give a thorough understanding of business and management processes, but also to develop your effectiveness as a practising manager in a national or international environment. It is designed to meet the business needs of those who have already demonstrated their managerial competence but who still have aspirations to develop their career further towards senior management level.


Duration of Course


You can choose to begin studying in either September or January with the course taking 12 months to complete. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.


Entry Requirements


You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree or an appropriate postgraduate qualification for which a degree or HND qualification was a necessary entry requirement. In addition, students must have two years’ relevant management experience. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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