MBA Masters in Business Administration:18 months

The Bolton Master of Business Administration (MBA) could be your chance to take your career to the next level. This stimulating course explores the skills required to tackle complex, strategic business challenges, supporting you to grow as a leader in almost any field you choose.

Masters in Business Administration:18 months

Key information

Award:

MBA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

18 months

Location:

University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Whatever sector you currently work in, this MBA is a full-time career development programme designed to help you develop the strategic thinking skills needed in today's global economy.

The course covers vital skills and knowledge that can be applied in almost any organisation, such as developing awareness of management and leadership practices, developing creative and systematic approaches to underlying business issues, and understanding how business and management practices can be improved.

Over 18 months, the programme seeks to cultivate key intellectual capabilities of research, critique, synthesis and innovation, culminating in a master's level professional capstone project.

We aim to optimise learning by employing a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, group tutorials, individual tuition and guest speakers. By tutoring you in strategic thinking skills, the course will support you in developing the sought-after analytical and critical competencies that prestigious employers in today's global economy value so highly.

Highlights
  • 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.
  • Teaching and supervision are delivered by a dedicated team of experienced and well-qualified staff drawn from business and academia.
  • The University's excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use.
  • You'll be given access to an academic skills and professional practice module that will assist in your studies.
  • You'll have opportunities to work with experienced academics to undertake your own research and develop your own areas of expertise.
  • We aim to offer opportunities for you to engage directly with local and regional organisations, many with internationally significant presence, as part of the learning process.
Key Features
  • This course aims to develop your critical knowledge of organisations, their management and the complex business issues they face.
  • You'll have the chance to apply research and analysis skills, culminating in a capstone project.
  • An academic skills and professional practice module is available to all full-time MBA students. This module is designed to provide a strong base from which to develop the academic skills required for study.
  • Teaching is conducted by a highly-dedicated team with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subject areas and close links to business and industry.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work in advance, ensuring that in-class learning is highly interactive.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
Professional recognition

After successfully completing your MBA programme, you may apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute. Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available from http://www.managers.org.uk/


  • Normally, you should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in any subject (or an equivalent professional qualification) PLUS at least two years of work experience in a business or management capacity.
  • We'll consider your application if you don't possess the academic qualifications listed above but have at least three years of work experience in a business or management capacity.
  • 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 must 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 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 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.

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 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 key business practices and further skills in areas such as operations management, marketing, strategy and financial management.

An MBA is often a route to promotion or a career change. Companies in every industry around the world seek out business and management professionals with an MBA. Every business, from tiny start-ups to large companies, needs 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 – financial institutions, technology companies, blue-chip companies and SMEs – recruit MBA graduates. Employers look favourably on MBAs because studying for this qualification promotes knowledge and skills that apply 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 worldwide, so if you're interested in a global business career, it could be beneficial – especially as qualifications from UK business schools are so well regarded. It can also help you specialise in your current sector or a new industry you want to move into.

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

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use this qualification as a stepping-stone into various other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate. Some possibilities 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 students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,480 for the academic year 2024/25.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £15,950 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

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.

Bursaries

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


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@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.

This course is not currently accepting international online applications.

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


We take a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. You can expect a range of learning and teaching methods, including face-to-face or online lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, guest speakers and master classes. We'll expect you to devote a significant amount of time to guided independent study. This can include, for example, general background reading, online activities, assessment work and preparation for sessions.

The Bolton MBA fosters an independent learning culture and offers a rewarding yet challenging learning experience. Our assessment strategy facilitates real-world learning and authentic assessment that serves several functions. The obvious and primary function is to evaluate your achievement. However, assessment also helps you organise and develop your learning. We'll provide feedback to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Assessments fall into two general categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments don't contribute to your overall module grade. However, they are an integral part of a module's learning strategy, so you are required to complete them. They will be marked, and you'll receive feedback on your level of achievement. Summative assessments, on the other hand, are activities for which the marks will contribute to your overall module grade. You'll also receive feedback on these assessments so you can see what you've done well and where you can improve.

We employ many different forms of assessment, such as coursework, reports, case studies, oral presentations, research proposals and an extended project.

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
  • Marketing and Operations
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Strategy
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic HRM
  • Digital Business and Data Analytics
  • Business Ethics, Sustainability and CSR
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Project
  • Academic Skills and Professional Practice
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
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

Iain Stalker
Programme Leader

I.Stalker@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903697

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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