Global MBA

Overview

Develop world-class business acumen and take your career to the next level with the University of London's new Global MBA

  • Developed by Queen Mary University of London, whose postgraduate finance programmes are rated among the world's best for gaining entry to major financial institutions.
  • Professional accreditation from major bodies, including CMI and CIMA. You'll have the chance to gain Chartered Manager status during the course of the programme.
  • Flexible learning options: if you need to travel, you can take your studies with you. Change the pace of your studies easily.
  • You receive high quality support, either from designated MBA academics online or from local teaching institutions supporting the programme.

Programme details

The Global MBA equips you with an expert understanding of the challenges facing today’s global business leaders through a combination of core modules, optional modules, and a strategic project.

Award You study Study period Indicative cost
MBA 6 core modules, 4 optional modules, Strategic Project 1-5 years* [See Fees tab]
Postgraduate Diploma Any 4 core modules, plus any 4 further core or optional modules 1-5 years* [See Fees tab]
Postgraduate Certificate Any 2 core modules, plus any 2 further core or optional modules 1-5 years* [See Fees tab]

*Minimum study period is subject to module availability. See the 2017-18 release schedule.

How it works

Entry Route 1

If you have at least a second class Bachelor degree (or equivalent) and three years of relevant work experience in a management-based role, apply via entry route 1.

Entry Route 2

If you meet just one of these criteria, you can apply for entry route 2, whereby you take a preparatory course and two specific core modules. [See Requirements for more details.]

The Global MBA: Structure

You can pursue a general MBA or follow one of five key specialist pathways:

  • Accountancy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Leadership

You achieve a specialist MBA by taking at least three optional modules and your strategic project in your preferred specialism. You can also specialise in the Postgraduate Diploma by taking at least three optional modules from any one pathway. [See Structure for more details.]

Prestige

The Global MBA has been developed with academic direction from Queen Mary University of London, a Russell Group member and one of the world’s most diverse universities. It has students and staff from over 160 countries, and 44% of the student body comes from outside the UK.

The University of London has over 150 years' experience in delivering world class education via distance and flexible learning. Our programmes are respected by employers all over the world. [See what employers say.]

How you study

Our online learning resources include reading materials, multimedia content, formative assessments, learning activities, and facilities for you to interact with your tutor and fellow students.

You are guaranteed tutor support, either online or face-to-face at a local teaching institution (where available). Tutors are there to introduce the modules, respond to your queries, and provide guidance on your assessments.

When you first register, you'll get access to two short induction courses designed to introduce you to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), electronic portfolios, and the University of London online library.

Your time commitment

You can complete the MBA in as little as one year or take up to five years. This flexible programme allows you to study at your own pace (either part-time or full-time), adjusting your intensity to suit your needs.

Each MBA module lasts 22 weeks and requires an average of 6-8 hours per week - though this may differ from one week to the next. You can study up to six modules at a time (or four plus the Strategic Project).

Summary of key dates

Global MBA July 2017 October 2017 January 2018
Applications open 20 March - 21 June 26 June - 13 Sept 18 Sept - 13 Dec
Registration deadline 23 June 15 Sept 15 December
Course starts 10 July 02 October 08 January
Examinations begin December February 2018 June 2018

Hear from the Programme Director

Prof Ioannis Kokkaris, Queen Mary University of LondonProf. Ioannis Kokkoris, Global MBA Programme Director

"Whether it is advancing your career, switching to another industry or starting your own business - the University of London Global MBA will give you the confidence, the skills and the connections to create your own success story."

Professor Kokkoris holds a Chair in Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance.

Structure

Structure and syllabus

The Master of Business Administration is a 180 credit degree programme. For the MBA, you must complete:

  • six core modules (90 credits total)
  • four optional modules (60 credits total)
  • a Strategic Project (30 credits).

Master of Business Administration with a specialism

To achieve an MBA with a specialism, at least three of your four optional modules and your Strategic Project must be in the same specialism. The following specialisms are available:

  • Accountancy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Leadership.

See the routes available: Global MBA programme structure [PDF].

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration is a 120 credit award. For this award you must complete:

  • any four core modules (60 credits total)
  • any four other modules (either further core or optional modules) (60 credits total).

To achieve a specialist Postgraduate Diploma, you will need to complete a minimum of three optional modules from within the same specialism. The specialist areas are listed above.

Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration is a 60 credit award. For this award, you must complete:

  • any two core modules (30 credits total)
  • any two other modules (either further core or optional modules) (30 credits total).

A Postgraduate Certificate in one of the specialist areas listed above is not available.

When are the modules available?

Five of the core modules will launch in April 2017. Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management will be offered for the first time in July 2017. For specialism modules, see the module release schedule.

Global MBA modules

Core modules

Accounting and Finance [BAM010]

Accounting and Finance is of critical importance in the support of all business activities. This module will give you a better understanding of how businesses perform and the decisions and problems they face. These issues are discussed daily by managers and the media.

You will learn how financial information is prepared and communicated and how it is used as an effective tool for decision making and control. This information includes areas of financial and management accounting and the main principles of finance.

No prior knowledge of accounting is assumed for this module. It adopts a global perspective and encompasses the regulatory framework adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Economics for Managers [BAM020]

This module will introduce anyone without a background in economics to the basic concepts and models, including supply and demand, production and cost functions, industry structure, product and resource pricing, national accounting, money demand and money supply.

It will provide you with a good understanding of how fundamental economic theory determines firms' decision-making, as well as the external business environment in which a firm operates. You will also gain a stronger understanding of how contemporary economics events help to shape the world economy.

Anyone from an interdisciplinary working environment will benefit from a detailed understanding of these concepts.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Marketing for Managers [BAM030]

Marketing is vital for the survival and long-term viability of contemporary businesses. This module concentrates on concepts such as shaping consumer behavior, conducting primary and secondary research, developing and implementing efficient marketing strategies, and serving and satisfying customers, in both domestic and international contexts.

Participants who study this module will become familiar with the core marketing functions that facilitate decision-making and enhanced outcomes in the marketplace.

By the end of the module, you'll be able to evaluate the marketing process, explaining the importance of understanding customers and the marketplace, and identifying the steps of developing a marketing plan and successfully implementing a marketing strategy.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management [BAM040]

This module provides an understanding of key theoretical and practical issues relating to organisational behavior and human resource management. It is best suited to those who wish to develop a reasoned and analytical understanding of human behaviour in organisations.

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of how organisations behave and how they manage their people. It aims to provide you with the ability to lead people more effectively to enhance organisational performance. The module will critically analyse the purpose of HR within organisations and how strategic and successful HR policies are implemented.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Strategic Management [BAM050]

With businesses facing increasingly complicated and challenging environments, they need strategies to create competitive advantages to succeed and survive over the long term. It is important for managers to know how organisations intend to engage with their environment and how to develop new competitive advantages.

This module focuses on models conceived by observing businesses in developed countries and applies to all firms including global corporations. It will introduce you to the key concepts, frameworks and practices of strategic management.

As a core module of the MBA programme, it prepares you to respond quickly to today’s challenging business environment and develop a critical understanding of the purpose, formation and implementation of strategy in maintaining or achieving competitive advantages.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Successful Leadership [BAM060]

The role of a manager requires organising, controlling, planning and motivating others to perform the work of the organisation. This module prepares you for strategic leadership and transformational roles in organisations.

The module draws upon a variety of literature to illustrate the breadth of leadership approaches. In preparing you for strategic leadership, it helps you identify, evaluate and hone your own personal leadership styles. 

You'll explore the relevance and significance of current leadership orthodoxy and how it fits against contemporary expectations of people in organisations. You'll also explore case studies to place this theory in real-world contexts.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Accountancy

Financial Reporting and Analysis [BAM210]

This module examines the financial reporting of companies, and how such reporting can be analysed to evaluate performance. A basic prior knowledge of accounting is assumed.

You will learn how accounts are constructed and analysed, then examine the impact of various issues on the reported numbers. These include the reporting of tangible and intangible assets, continued and discontinued operations, historic costs vs fair value accounting, and business combinations.

The module takes a global perspective and refers largely to the regulatory regime of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Accounting for Managers [BAM200]

Management accounting is a dynamic discipline which interacts with many facets of the organisational environment in which it exists. It entails the application of long-established techniques and of newly-emerging concepts.

This module covers areas such as job costing and process costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, capital investment decisions and budgetary control systems in the light of changes in modern day operational circumstances.

You'll have the opportunity to explore emerging themes within the field of management accounting which are regarded as important for organisations seeking to evolve their management accounting systems. The module pays particular attention to concerns and issues in an international setting.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

International Accounting [BAM215]

The trend towards globalisation has placed an important focus on many issues relating to International Accounting. This module will help you understand International Accounting theory and provides an opportunity to gain real world accounting expertise within an international context.

It brings into focus the context of accounting information, adjusting for social, political, economic, natural and cultural environments.

The module is suited to anyone who is looking for an international perspective on contemporary issues relating to accounting and finance. You'll acquire the skills to pursue careers in auditing, financial institutions and management consultancy.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Advanced Management Accounting [BAM205]

This module provides insight into advanced aspects of planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control.

It considers a range of strategic management accounting techniques and critically examines the impact of behavioural and social issues in the use and implementation of management accounting techniques.

This module will help to encourage critical and analytical thinking surrounding the interplay between accounting and management.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Entrepreneurship and Innovations

Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship [BAM315]

Venture capital has been the driving force behind some of the fastest growing sectors of today's economy. Companies famous for receiving venture capital or business angel funding early in their development include Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon.

Venture capital is a significant source of investment for innovative entrepreneurs. It is essential that entrepreneurs and business managers understand strategies, tools and techniques in securing venture capital finance.

This module explores how funding is obtained from venture capital firms by entrepreneurs, and how those within the industry make and manage investments. It sits alongside the Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity module which takes a broad look at the production and analysis of company financial information for entrepreneurs, and the range of debt and equity financing methods available.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Entrepreneurial Marketing [BAM305]

Marketing is especially important in entrepreneurial situations, when there is often limited time, money and marketing talent to establish a presence in a crowded market place.

This module views marketing from an entrepreneurial perspective, focusing on the different approaches required when compared to marketing for established firms and new ventures looking to act globally from the outset.

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to develop marketing strategies for entrepreneurial firms.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity [BAM300]

Entrepreneurial success requires the ability to both obtain finance and to manage it appropriately. Awareness of the various sources of funding is crucial to entrepreneurs seeking investment. The ability to critically analyse this information is also essential for entrepreneurs to identify and overcome risks and challenges that may face a company during its growth.

In this module, you will learn the importance of financial information to entrepreneurial firms and develop an understanding of how a firm's financial information can be used for obtaining funding. The module sits alongside the optional Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship module, which focuses on the operation of the professional venture capital industry.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Innovation and Change [BAM310]

Many successful organisations, from start-ups to large established firms, often have one thing in common - they are good at managing change to achieve sustainable competitive advantages.

Innovation thus plays a key part in the formation, development and growth of firms and innovation can involve combing knowledge from different parts of the world. The theories covered in this module can be applied globally.

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to manage innovation in today’s rapidly evolving global marketplace.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Finance

International Corporate Finance for Managers [BAM400]

This module is an introduction to corporate finance: how firms fund themselves; how they choose between different types of finance; and how those financing decision influence investment decisions.

This is the only finance module that looks at finance from the perspective of the firm rather than the investor. It is a key module for those planning to work in the finance area of a firm or for those wish to understand the relationship between firms and financial markets.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF]

International Financial Markets and Institutions [BAM405]

This module is an introduction to international transactions and the role of foreign exchange markets.

You'll learn about international capital flows and balance of payments accounting, how the foreign exchange market operates, and how standard foreign exchange contracts are valued. It will also describe the role of key international institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO.

Overall, it moves from the single-country focus of other finance modules and gives students an international perspective on finance. Such a perspective is vital for anyone planning to work at an international organisation.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Risk Management and Decision Making [BAM415]

The module concentrates on decision-making in risky environments, which is of paramount importance to the finance industry. It offers a detailed analysis of tools and processes that are used by the financial industry to manage risk.

The module is divided into three main components.

  • The first will introduce you to the Value at Risk (VaR) approach in risk management and decision-making. You'll understand how it's calculated and under what assumptions with the help of actual case studies.
  • The second relates to the management of the risk portfolio through the analysis and applications of the ARCH(p) and GARCH(p,q) models.
  • The final component of the module is about decision-making, and an analysis of why firms tend to take biased decisions.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Portfolio Management [BAM410]

This module focuses on investment decision-making and improved portfolio management from an applied perspective. It introduces the state-of-the-art methodologies used by professional portfolio managers.

The module develops skills based on modeling of asset price procedures and empirical research findings. By the end, you should be able to:

  • understand major portfolio management and risk concepts,
  • construct advanced portfolios,
  • apply portfolio management concepts and techniques to a specific business problem,
  • resolve problems in selecting investments in a global market
  • formulate asset allocation models and decisions,
  • use different asset pricing models in portfolio construction.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Law

International Finance Law: Transactions, Policy and Regulation [BAM510]

The module examines the legal issues arising from the operations of the largest commercial banks, merchant banks, investment banks and sovereigns on the international banking and capital markets. It considers the detailed structure and content of the main international financial transactions, contracts and negotiation skills involved.

By taking this module, you'll gain a broad understanding of the core issues in international finance transactions. Through lectures, case studies and other exercises, you'll gather the theoretical and practical building blocks and conceptual tools necessary to understand and master the more advanced intellectual challenges posed by the interaction of law and policy in international financial transactions.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Corporate Finance Law [BAM500]

This module analyses transactions using sophisticated methodologies. It focuses on issues such as the use of debt and equity; due diligence; regulations surrounding takeover defences and financial assistance in the UK, US and the EU; and the protection of minority shareholders.

By taking this module, you will gain a sound understanding of the dynamics of corporate financing options, methods and techniques in light of regulatory theories, applicable legal frameworks, shareholder capitalism and public policy objectives.

It provides a critical and insightful view of current global legal developments and trends with the aim of identifying the most salient legal issues involved in corporate finance and M&As in the context of increasingly complex financial phenomena and international markets.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Corporate Governance and Ethics [BAM505]

The module covers issues affecting both the business community and the wider effects of the debate on corporate governance. It is divided into four parts.

The first investigates the origins of modern corporations, examines the most relevant corporate theories (e.g. concession theory, aggregate theory, realist theory) and analyses the influence that these theories have exerted on corporate governance.

The second part deals with some of the most important corporate governance legal issues, analysing them from both a theoretical and practical perspective (e.g. the Dodd-Berle debate, the concept of islands of conscious power analysed by Coase, the agency cost theory developed by Jensen and Meckling).

The third part focuses on the UK corporate governance debate and the various corporate governance solutions originating from it. Specifically, it examines the origin and evolution of the UK Corporate Governance Code, analysing the work of the various relevant committees up to the Walker Report (2009).

The final part deals with several scenarios in which the adoption of unethical corporate governance approaches led to the infringement of fundamental rights and produced adverse effects in the corporate world and broader society (e.g. the Kreuger and Toll Scandal, the collapse of Enron, the financial crisis).

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Legal Aspects of Financing Development [BAM515]

Developing countries vary in size and income levels, but they face similar challenges to access capital for development. This module examines the legal framework underpinning the flow of different sources of external capital to developing countries, the terms and conditions upon which capital is provided, and its development impact.

The topics include private sources of capital (private debt financing, foreign direct and portfolio investment) and public sources of capital (IMF lending, Development Banks' lending, Official Development Assistance).

You'll investigate contentious issues in international development finance such as sovereign debt restructure, the conditionality attached to financial assistance provided by international financial institutions, and the policy space conferred by international investment agreements to maximise the development impact of investment and aid. 

This module will be particularly attractive to anyone interested in a career path in international financial institutions, development organisations, consulting firms, government bodies, law firms, commercial banks and NGOs concerned with development finance.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Leadership

Leadership and Management Models [BAM605]

This module prepares students for strategic leadership and transformational roles in organisations. Understanding management models (from the more classical to contemporary models focusing more on individuals or systems) is crucial to evaluating the effectiveness of leadership in these models.

The module uses a variety of resources to develop your understanding of management models. In preparing you for strategic leadership, it helps you identify and analyse leadership theories.

Theoretical approaches are supplemented by empirical evidence on management models and the links between these and organisational performance. The module also explores applications in real-world contexts based on case studies.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Negotiation and Conflict Management [BAM615]

Negotiation and conflict management are the cornerstones of leadership.

In order for a manager to lead and administer any organisation effectively they must be able to negotiate with both internal and external constituents. Similarly, managers must be able to identify different types of conflict, manage and harness conflict to make it beneficial to organisational and personal growth of key constituents.

Further, managers must be able to identify those conflicts that require the use of dispute resolution and the different types of dispute resolution methodologies that are available.

By taking this module, you'll learn highly practical skills used in negotiation and conflict management by employees of government agencies, investment and hedge funds, and small businesses (among others). Such knowledge will complement your skill-set to make you a highly effective leader and manager.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Leadership, Transformation and Organisational Change [BAM610]

Leadership actions can transform organisations in terms of their overall strategy and consequently the way that they are structured, organised and performed. Consequently, leadership has dominated organisational research for decades.

This module focuses on leaders and leadership at the apex of the organisation - Top Management Teams, CEOs, and Boards of Directors.

It is for anyone pursuing a career in business management. Using case studies, you'll develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex, dynamic issues and situations that arise in working environments.

By taking this module, you'll gain a deep understanding of the crucial contribution of strategic leadership to organisational change and transformation. Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives across the social sciences, you'll explore contrasting ways of conceptualising the 'organisational arena' within which management tasks take place.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Leadership and Ethical Decision making [BAM600]

An understanding of ethical decision-making is crucial to today's leaders as both corporate and individual responsibility takes centre-stage in the public eye. This module will prepare you for strategic leadership and transformational roles in organisations.

To take effective and ethical decisions, corporate leaders must understand the systems in which they lead and how they delimit the possibilities for decision-making. The purpose of the corporation as an entity which exists to provide value to its stakeholders is the starting point for ethical considerations. This module explores who these stakeholders may be and what role the corporation plays with these various groups and in society in general in a variety of national and cultural contexts.

Ethical decisions are made in the context of the personal values individuals bring to their leadership styles. This module builds on the leadership skills already developed in the core module and helps students recognise how their personal moral approaches effect and determine leadership approaches when confronted with ethical dilemmas. A key component to this module is the exploration of case studies and examples of real-world ethical dilemmas.

Credit value: 15
Study hours: 150

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Plus a strategic project [MBA only]

Accounting Project [BAM905]

This module is a capstone project involving the development of business research skills and their application to real world business and accounting related problems. You'll need to develop your approach to research methodology, applying research skills to the collection and analysis of data within a business related scenario.

This involves identifying and analysing data and information in relation to business and accounting challenges, researching alternative solutions, and applying a judgment based on assessment of the evidence.

The project provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate independent academic research skills and apply them in a professional context. You'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge from the accountancy modules and provide a thorough analysis of your knowledge and skills in a realistic case study scenario.

Credit value: 30
Study hours: 300

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Project [BAM910]

This module is a capstone project involving the development of business research skills and their application to real world business and accounting related problems. You'll develop your approach to research methodology, applying research skills to the collection and analysis of data within an entrepreneurship related scenario.

This will involve identifying and analysing data and information in relation to business and accounting challenges, researching alternative solutions, and applying a judgment based on assessment of the evidence.

The project provides an opportunity to demonstrate independent academic research skills and apply them in a professional context, which includes the requirement to present an analysis of, and potential solutions to, an entrepreneurship-related issue in a business related context.

Credit value: 30
Study hours: 300

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Finance Project [BAM915]

This module is a capstone project involving the development of finance research skills and their application to real world business and finance related problems. You'll develop your approach to research methodology, applying research skills to the collection and analysis of data within a finance related scenario.

This involves identifying and analysing data and information in relation to valuation, and corporate finance, researching alternative techniques, and applying a judgement based on assessment of the evidence.

Through this project, you'll demonstrate both your independent research skills and your knowledge from the finance modules and apply them in a professional context. You will present an analysis of, and potential solutions to, a finance related issue in a format suitable for a professional.

Credit value: 30
Study hours: 300

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Law Project [BAM920]

This module is a capstone project involving the development of business research skills and their application to real world business-related problems. You'll develop your approach to research methodology, applying research skills to the collection and analysis of information within a business-related scenario.

This involves identifying and analysing information in relation to legal challenges in business, researching alternative solutions, and applying a judgement based on assessment of the evidence.

The project provides an opportunity to demonstrate independent academic research skills and apply them in a professional context. You'll present an analysis of, and potential solutions to, a law-related issue in a business related context.

Credit value: 30
Study hours: 300

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Leadership Project [BAM925]

This module is a capstone project involving the development of business research skills and their application to real world business-related problems. You'll develop your approach to research methodology, applying research skills to the collection and analysis of data within a business-related scenario.

This involves identifying and analysing information in relation to leadership challenges in business, researching alternative solutions, and applying a judgement based on assessment of the evidence.

The project enables you to demonstrate independent academic research skills and apply them in a professional context. You will present an analysis of, and potential solutions to, a business-related issue concerning leadership in a format suitable for a professional.

Credit value: 30
Study hours: 300

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Strategic Project [BAM900]

This module is a capstone project involving the development of business research skills and their application to simulated real world business related problems. You'll develop your approach to research methodology, applying research skills to the collection and analysis of data within a simulated business related scenario.

This involves identifying and analysing data and information in relation to business challenges, researching alternative solutions, and applying a judgement based on assessment of the evidence.

The project enables you to demonstrate independent academic research skills and apply them in a simulated professional context. You'll present an analysis of, and potential solutions to, a business related issue in a format suitable for a professional.

Credit value: 30
Study hours: 300

Download the full module descriptor [PDF].

Study materials

How you study

You can study this programme from anywhere in the world.

Each module is studied over 22 weeks. You receive access to comprehensive learning materials online and a choice of tuition options – either online from university tutors or face-to-face at a local teaching institution (where available).

Study materials

After you register we provide you with all of the resources and study materials you need to complete the programme successfully. You can access these through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on desktop computers, laptops and other portable devices.

The modules are divided into ten topics, each with its own set of reading and learning activities. The essential reading is compiled into a single document for each topic.

Each module also includes a range of content and tools designed to help you succeed, such as:

  • video introductions of the key concepts, so it’s clear what you need to learn; 
  • activities to test your understanding. This includes discussion forums led by tutors, multiple-choice quizzes, reflective exercises and self-assessment questions;
  • additional materials from the module leader to highlight the important aspects of the syllabus;
  • further recommended reading, available from the University of London Online Library or freely available websites;
  • tools to help you monitor your progress, including a reflective exercise workbook and a tracker to build confidence in understanding each topic.

When you register, you also get access to two short introductory modules that help you get the most from your studies (see below).

Tutor support - either online or at a local teaching institution

All students receive tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

Web-supported learning

If you register for a module as a web-supported learner, you will join an online tutor group. Your tutor provides support via email and discussion groups. If you register in this way, you pay the 'web-supported learner' fee.

Institution-supported learning

If you enrol for a module with a local teaching institution, you will receive face-to-face classes and tuition. If you enrol in this way, you pay a lower 'institution-supported learning' fee to the University and an additional fee to the teaching institution for their services.

Time commitment

Studying for a University of London degree is a rewarding experience but requires a significant amount of time and effort. Each module represents about 150 hours of study - about 6-8 hours per week on average (though it may be higher on occasion).

It is important to plan so that you meet your deadlines during each study session. You can defer sitting an exam once (subject to a fee) but you cannot defer the submission of coursework. Once you begin a module it is generally expected that you will complete it in the six-month session.

You choose how many modules you take in each session and which sessions you choose to enter. Modules take six months to complete and you can study up to six (or four modules and the project) at any one time.

Modules will run at least twice a year, depending on demand. See the schedule for 2017-18.

Fees

Fees

The fee you pay depends on:

  • whether you choose either web-supported learning or institution-supported learning, and
  • whether you live in either a Band A or Band B country [PDF 39Kb].
Module fees for MBA, PGDip and PGCert2016-2017
Band A Countries
Full Global MBA course fee*£ 8,730
Band B Countries
Full Global MBA course fee*£ 13,230
Pay-as-you go
Module fee for web supported learning - Band A£ 768
Module fee for web supported learning - Band B£ 1,163
Strategic Project fee for web-supported learning - Band A£ 1,500
Strategic Project fee for web-supported learning - Band B£ 2,290
Module fee for institution-supported learning - Band A£ 543
Module fee for institution-supported learning - Band B£ 836
Strategic Project fee for institution-supported learning - Band A£ 1,050
Strategic Project fee for institution-supported learning - Band B£ 1,603
Module continuation fee (per continued module)£ 450
Other fees
Application fee for Recognition of prior learning£ 85
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Full course fee

*Your full course fee includes all module and continuation fees for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. The benefits of paying in full at the beginning of your programme are that you receive a discount and avoid any annual fee revisions.

Pay as you go

With 'pay as you go', you pay the fees for each module as you register for them. The fees per module listed above are for all study sessions to July 2018 only. Fees are subject to annual review.

The module fee for web-supported learning is paid to the University and includes study materials, entry into assessments, and support from a University of London online tutor. 

The module fee for institution-supported learning is paid to the University and includes study materials and entry into the assessments. You pay a separate fee to the teaching institution for face-to-face tuition. (Contact the institution directly for their tuition fee.)

The module continuation fee is the cost per module if you defer an examination or need to retake any assessments. This fee includes all the study materials, entry into the relevant assessments, and support from a University of London online tutor.

Other costs

In addition to the fees payable to the University, you should also budget for:

  • RPL applications: any applications for recognition of prior learning (or accreditation of prior learning) are not included within the course fees.
  • Examinations: local examination centres charge a fee when you sit your written paper examinations. This varies from centre to centre. Contact your chosen examination centre for details.
  • Tuition: teaching institutions will charge for face-to-face tuition if you choose to take modules with institution-supported learning.
  • Preparatory Costs: if you are without one of the entry criteria for the MBA and need to enter via Route 2, you will need to complete the online course, International Business Essentials. (See 'Requirements').

When to pay

Fees are payable by the registration closing date for your chosen study session. The first registration closure date is 17 March 2017.

How to pay

You can made a single payment for all of your MBA modules when you register, or pay per module as you progress.

If you are unable to pay online, a range of payment methods are available.

All University fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP). The University accepts:

  • Western Union - Quick Pay.
  • Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB).
  • Sterling banker's draft/cheque.
  • International money/postal order.

Funding

If you are a UK or EU national and you have lived in England for three years, you could be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan.

Permanent residents in India can apply for a University of London International Academy scholarship for the July 2017 intake.

Note

Fees are subject to annual revision and typically may be increased by up to 5% per annum. For a full list of fees, please see the fee schedule.

Assessment

Assessment methods

Each module includes a mix of formative and summative assessments.

Formative assessments include activities such as quizzes, moderated forums and reflective exercises. These help you to measure your progress and understanding but do not count towards your grade. Summative assessments, which do count towards the final grade, consist of coursework and either a project or a written examination.

All assessment for any one module must normally be completed in the same study session. The coursework and projects must be submitted through the VLE by the deadlines in the study calendar. Where there is a written examination, all students take the same examination on the same day.

The grade awarded for each module is based on a weighting of the summative assessments (e.g. 30% coursework, 70% exam). See the assessment table [PDF] for information about how each module is assessed.

Assessment dates

The deadline dates for submitting coursework and forthcoming examination dates are provided in the student portal. If you have to take a timed written examination, these take place locally at the end of the 22-week study sessions.

We have over 400 examination centres worldwide, so you don't need to travel to London. Examinations are typically administered by Ministries of Education and the British Council.

Find out more about arranging your examination entry.

Requirements

Academic Requirements

Entry Route 1

To be eligible to register, you must have the following:

  • A bachelor degree (or an acceptable equivalent) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University; and
  • At least three years relevant managerial or professional experience* within the past five years.

*Managerial or professional work experience should demonstrate:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven professional excellence;
  • Clear examples of meeting and exceeding targets;
  • Leadership qualities;
  • Determination to succeed.

Please note we accept qualifications from around the world. For further guidance please see our Global MBA Qualifications for Entrance [PDF].

Applicants without a degree but with an appropriate professional award will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry Route 2

If you do not have either the academic requirements or the relevant work experience, you can apply for the programme via Entry Route 2.

To be eligible to register, you must have the following:

  • A bachelor degree (or an acceptable equivalent) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University;

OR

  • At least three years relevant managerial or professional experience within the past five years.

Applicants without a degree but with an appropriate professional award will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition to the above you will be required to complete an online preparatory course prior to registration, then two set core modules from the Global MBA programme: 'Strategic Management' and 'Economics for Managers'.

This route helps you to develop the necessary business, academic and cultural skills to complete the full MBA programme successfully. When you study the two MBA modules, you receive online tutor support.

The preparatory course, International Business Essentials, is made up of six modules and requires approximately 125 hours of study.

Register for this course.

English Language requirements

You meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System - an overall score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in the written test.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - an overall score of 59 or above, with at least 59 in both the reading and writing tests and at least 54 in the speaking and listening tests.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English - Grade C or above.
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language - an overall score of 92 or above, with at least 22 in the reading and writing skills tests and at least 20 in the speaking and listening tests.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have:

  • Substantial education (minimum 18 months) conducted and assessed in English; or
  • Substantial work experience (minimum 18 months) conducted in English.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have studied a syllabus as part of a previous qualification which is comparable in level, content and standard, you might not have to take a particular course as part of your University of London International Programmes degree if we believe that the subject has been covered to the same breadth and depth. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (or RPL) [PDF].

It is also sometimes known as Accreditation of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer or Exemption.

For more information, please see the dedicated RPL webpage.

References / Documentary Evidence

Please read the following for further information concerning references / documentary evidence [PDF]. Your documents can be uploaded with your online application form or you can email them at a later date. If you do not upload the documents with your application form, we will write to you requesting the documents that are required and will give further information about how you can submit the required evidence.

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer are recommended). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to access and upload video content
  • the ability to play videos including sound and speakers

and the following applications installed:

  • a word processor that accepts Microsoft Word formats (.doc and .docx)
  • a PDF reader (e.g. Adobe)

Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as:

  • video and audio recording capability, such as via web cam or other device
  • microphone
  • for the Strategic Project module, students will need access to Microsoft Excel (with permission to run macros) running on Microsoft Windows. Other operating systems are not supported on this module.

* Full mobile access is not available for all programmes.

Academic leaders

Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the University of London's largest colleges, with over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries.

A member of the Russell Group, QMUL works across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by its research.

In the most recent national assessment of the quality of research (REF 2014), QMUL was placed ninth in the UK.

Business Links

QMUL has a wide range of industry links and advisory connections.

Academics in the School of Business and Management have advised organisations such as the BBC, the European Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The advisory board to the School of Economics and Finance includes the former Chairman of Ofcom, the Head of Life Insurance Groups Division, the Chief Economist and Director for Economics at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London.

The School of Law has collaborations with organisations such as Mills & Reeve, Kilburn & Strode, and the global IT corporations Intel and Unisys.

Academic leaders

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Programme Director

BSc Economics (Essex), MPhil Economics (Cambridge), LLM (Warwick), PhD (KCL)

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance.

 

 

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