MBA Retail Management

Do you want to take your career in retail to the next level? The University of Bolton’s MBA in Retail Management explores the skills required to tackle complex, strategic business challenges in one of the largest economic sectors. This stimulating course aims to prepare you for a career at senior management level.

Retail Management

Key information

Award:

MBA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

At the University of Bolton we pride ourselves in delivering higher level qualifications that are designed in consultation with the private sector, helping this MBA course benefit from truly international recognition amongst employers. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Retail Management is a full-time career development programme for those with previous management experience, designed specifically to prepare you for a career in retail management. It focuses on developing the strategic thinking skills needed in today’s global retail economy.

We’ll guide you to develop vital skills and knowledge of different retail organisations, their management and supply chains, and help you explore creative and systematic approaches to understanding business issues. We’ll also support you to develop the knowledge needed to improve business and management practice, in addition to encouraging you to build your intellectual capabilities in research, critique and synthesis.

This combination of academic and professional skills will help give you the tools to work with self-direction and originality, and to contribute to business and society at large. Overall, we offer opportunities and support for you to develop the sought-after analytical and critical competencies that prestigious employers in today’s global economy value so highly.

Highlights
  • This MBA qualification is designed to prepare you for a wide range of retail occupations – the skills and knowledge gained by graduates of this course are intentionally focussed on those highly prized by employers.
  • You’ll have opportunities to engage directly with local and regional organisations, many with an internationally significant presence.
  • Teaching and supervision is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced and well-qualified staff drawn from business and academia.
  • This MBA course offers you the chance to join a well-established postgraduate community and study alongside fellow professionals aiming for a senior career in management.
  • You’ll also have opportunities to work with our experienced academics to undertake your own research and develop your own areas of expertise.
Key Features
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home to ensure your in-class learning is highly interactive.
  • You Tube videos featuring relevant scenarios in authentic retail environments are used as part of the teaching materials to re-create the feel of a real working environment.
  • Your assignments will focus on research into established retail organisations and you’ll be encouraged to engage in genuine and current retail-centred research.
  • The final dissertation gives you opportunity to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of a strategic issue relevant to your organisation together with your recommendations and an implementation plan.
  • The University’s excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use and you’ll be given access to a research and study skills module which can assist in all your studies.
  • There is an opportunity to apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute providing you fulfil the appropriate terms and conditions.
Professional recognition
After successfully completing your MBA programme you may apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available from http://www.managers.org.uk/ We’ll be seeking dual award agreement with the CMI for Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership within six months of validation of the course.

  • You should have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and a UK Honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
  • We’ll consider your application if you don’t possess the above qualifications but have substantial managerial experience.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • When applying you must include a reference from your current employer. The reference should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and give a breakdown of your job content and roles and responsibilities.
  • Your application form will need to be accompanied by a reflective overview of the managerial responsibilities you have undertaken to date.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the Bolton MBA is designed to help you gain a critical understanding of the problems and challenges facing retail enterprises and organisations and equip you with the analytical and critical faculties to identify potential solutions. As a graduate, you’ll possess an overview of the key business practices, and further skills in areas such as operational management, marketing, strategic planning and accounting relevant to the retail context.

An MBA is often a route to promotion or a career change. Retailers around the world seek out business and management professionals with an MBA. Every business, from tiny start-ups to large companies, need someone with experience and the necessary education to support common business processes like accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, public relations, sales, and management.

What can I do with this qualification?

A wide range of employers within retail – international, multinational, national, regional and SMEs – recruit MBA graduates. Employers look favourably on MBAs because studying for this qualification promotes knowledge and skills that are applicable to any organisation (regardless of the sector). The universal appeal stems from the MBA's focus on collective business principles.

Popular options for MBA graduates include human resource management, investment banking, management consultancy, marketing and supply chain management. An MBA is also highly respected around the world, so if you're interested in a global business career then it could be beneficial – particularly as qualifications from UK business schools are so well regarded. It can also help you to specialise in your current sector, or a new industry that you want to move into.

If you want to continue your studies then you could opt for a research degree (MPhil, DBA or PhD).

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Accountancy
  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Advertising
  • Self-employment
  • Logistics
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22
2020£8,500-£8,500
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22
2020£13,950-£13,950

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.

Bursaries

Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk


A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to help you understand and develop a range of concepts, knowledge and skills. Some of these methods are offered during formally timetabled classes with a tutor; others may be adapted to fit in with your own learning. You’ll also be expected to devote a significant amount of time to guided independent study. This can include, for example, general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments.

Our aim is to maximise access to learning and meet your learning needs and developing your skills in both academic and workplace arenas. The methods used include an ‘away day’, lectures, workshops, tutorials (group and individual), guest speakers, development of information literacy, and personal development planning (PDP). Individual tutors may use methods they feel are particularly suitable for their specialist area.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to make sure you achieve the overall aims of the programme, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as being a way to assess your achievement, assessment also helps you to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses.

The assessments you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories, formative and summative. Formative assessments don’t contribute to your overall module grade, but they are a part of the learning strategy for a module and you’re required to complete them. Summative assessments do contribute to your overall module grade. You’ll also receive feedback on these assessments, so you’ll know what you’ve done well and where you can improve. Many different forms of assessment are used. The major ones being coursework (usually essays), reports/case studies, oral presentations, research proposal and the dissertation.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Leadership and Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation II
  • Retail in the Digital World
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Omni-Channel Retailing Strategies
  • Procurement and Operations Management
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Fredrick Agboma
Programme Leader

F.Agboma@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903697

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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