MBA Global

MBA Global 2020-12-22T13:36:00+00:00

Course Details


Level 7

ECTS Credits


Duration of Study Programme

1.5 Years

Awarding Body

Phase One: Pearson (UK)

Phase Two: University of Derby

Phase Three: University of Derby


October & March

Malta/EU Price


Course description

Our new MBA Global will equip you with the strategic knowledge and confidence to succeed and excel in managerial roles within the business sector. It is designed for a new generation of ambitious business professionals and graduates with an international outlook. The business world is experiencing rapid growth on an international scale and, now more than ever, managers within every industry need to be equipped with a strategy for global scalability. Throughout the course you will develop skills and study areas valued and needed by the industry.

Skills you will develop

  • Strategic awareness and thinking
  • Confident leadership
  • Presenting logical and relevant arguments
  • Critical evaluation
  • Innovation and the confidence to challenge traditional ways of thinking

Areas you will study

  • Strategic management
  • Strategic leadership
  • Risk
  • Supply chain
  • Sustainability

The purpose of this degree and the defined pathways are:

  • The advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.
  • Preparation for and/or development of a career in business and management by developing skills at a professional level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area. This includes the development of positive and critical attitudes towards leadership, change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business and management environment.
  • Development of the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice within an international context.
  • Development and enhancement of a range of general transferable skills and attributes which are highly appropriate for a career in business but are not limited to this.
  • Development of lifelong learning skills, including engendering enthusiasm for business and learning as part of continuing personal and professional development.

What you will study

To achieve the MBA Global, you will need to complete 30 ECTS at each phase, totalling 90 ECTS.

You will conclude Phase 3 of your MBA Global studies with a Dissertation worth 30 ECTS.

Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

  • Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills

This unit gives an organisational perspective, but it offers learners an insight into how it can contribute to development of their strategic management and leadership skills through assessing requirements for their current or future job roles and measuring these against relevant National Occupational Standards. Learners will develop analytical and long-term planning skills through the use of case studies and research.

Finally, this unit will enable learners to research a range of management and leadership development methods and evaluate their in meeting the skills requirements for effective leadership.

  • Professional Development for Strategic Managers

This unit is designed to enable learners to take responsibility for their learning and development needs to gain the personal and professional skills needed to support the strategic direction of an organisation. Learners can achieve this through analysing their current skills and preparing and implementing a personal development plan.

This unit highlights the importance of seeking feedback from others to improve performance by continuously reviewing learning needs. The development of appropriate personal and professional skills will allow learners to cope with demanding responsibilities and career progression.

Learners will conduct a skills audit to evaluate the strategic skills they need to meet current and future leadership requirements and then use it to identify their preferred learning style. This will also inform the structure of a personal development plan.

Evidence for this unit needs to be generated continuously throughout the qualification, enabling learners to take ownership of their development needs.

Learners will need to demonstrate that they have a regularly updated and realistic personal development plan that fits with their preferred learning style.

This unit will also enable learners to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of their learning against the achievement of strategic goals and their chosen career path.

  • Strategic Change Management

Strategic change impacts on the human resources structure of the organisation and this often means a restructuring of the workforce or changes in working practices.

Almost inevitably, change will generate resistance from some, particularly those who feel that the change will have no positive benefits for them. Other people may resist change simply because they prefer the status quo. Organisations need to ensure that they have strategies in place to manage resistance to change and this should be part of the overall model that they adopt for managing the change. Once in place, progress towards change will need to be monitored.

Learners will develop an understanding of the models of strategic change and the role that stakeholders play in this process. They will then examine the need for change in a selected organisation and plan the implementation of a model for change.

  • Strategic Marketing Management

Strategic marketing is a way of focusing an organisation’s energies and resources on a course of action that can lead to increased sales and dominance of a targeted market. A strategic marketing strategy combines product development, promotion, distribution, pricing, relationship management and other elements of marketing. It identifies an organisation’s strategic marketing goals, and explains how they will be achieved, ideally within a designated timeframe.

Without a strategic marketing plan, organisations can waste resources, miss opportunities or, in a worse case scenario, threaten their own survival. Strategic marketing executives have up-to-date knowledge of competitive dynamics and know how to integrate marketing strategy into an overall business strategy.

Strategic marketing management provides a comprehensive examination of all the major components of marketing strategies and their integration into organisations.

It is the basis for continued success in highly competitive markets.

  • Strategic Human Resource Management

The nature of the changing business environment requires adaptable strategic human resource plans. Organisations have a range of human resources policies that explain how human resources are managed. In many cases, there is a legal or regulatory requirement that insists on the existence of these policies. In other instances, organisations may wish to demonstrate good corporate practice in matters relating to employment.

The structure and culture of organisations affects human resource management.

The publication of lists of companies that are good employers indicates how structure and culture affect personnel and how the perceptions of other parties are shaped by how employees feel about working for particular organisations.

Organisations that are good employers are more likely to attract and keep good staff.

By examining human resource management, learners will understand how human resource strategy and policies enable personnel to work in ways that contribute to the overall effectiveness of organisations in both the short and long term.

  • Managing Financial Principles and Techniques

This unit will give learners a foundation in financial principles and techniques relevant to the strategic management process. It encourages learners to explore the nature of cost-based financial data and information, the impact of the budgeting process on the organisation, and the development of cost reduction and management procedures and processes. It also focuses on the management of these costs through the use of forecasting, appraisal and financial reporting procedures. One of the main objectives of this unit is for learners to develop the confidence to apply, analyse and evaluate financial and cost information.

Learners will develop the ability to judge the sources, nature, accuracy and completeness of cost-based information and influence others to make decisions that are based on well-researched options. These important decision-making skills will be enhanced further through the use and validation of forecasting techniques, the consideration of financial statements and making judgements on the validity of information sources used in the decision-making process.

Learners will also apply strategies associated with determining sound management information with reference to sources of funds, the potential investment of resources and the interpretation of financial statements.

Learners will study issues of cost, responsibility and control in the contexts of management accounting and the management process. This unit gives learners the opportunity to enhance their competency in the construction, review and evaluation of cost-based financial information, and introduces them to the analysis and control or reduction of costs in a range of situations.

University of Derby

  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis – reflecting how managers need to be able to conduct business research in a systematic and objective manner so they can assess new business opportunities or potential future strategies. This module prepares you to apply your dissertation or corporate placement project in an organisational or industry context, and to undertake management interventions in the workplace. It brings your knowledge of your own area of professional practice together with the skills to investigate issues of professional concern. You will pursue research interests, address workplace problems and report on them in a manner consistent with the demands of masters level study.
  • Risk Management in a Global Context – providing a critical analysis of the management of risks within the global business environment, and how effective management can lead to successful performance. Using a variety of live and historic case studies, you will consider risk identification strategies, risk analysis approaches, and the management of risks.
  • Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics – taking an in-depth look at the increasing need for managing the global supply chain effectively. This aspect of an organisation is seen as a ‘strategic asset’ which can improve efficiency, customer satisfaction and financial results. As a consequence, managing the supply chain is key in terms of how an organisation performs to meet its goals and strategy.

During the programme, you will also attend two support modules to develop your personal business skills and enhance your career coaching and mentoring skills.

University of Derby – Master of Business Administration (MBA Global)

  • Dissertation / Corporate Placement Project

How you will learn

This programme is delivered with a flexible classroom-based method, through a variety of course materials, case studies, discussions, presentations, enquiry-based learning and problem-solving activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of our own teaching portal.

Method of Assessment

A range of assessments, commensurate with level 7 requirements has been devised and the programmes operate within the University’s Regulatory Framework and conform to its regulations on assessment. A flexible approach has been taken in developing the assessment strategy, to allow for the diverse nature of the student cohorts as well as the different learning preferences of individual students. Additionally, requirements of the Chartered Management Institute has been taken into consideration so that students’ employability is enhanced and those who wish to gain relevant affiliation/recognition are assisted in doing so.

Formative assessment will be provided across the breadth of modules to provide students with a structured learning approach, as well as feedback opportunities. The process may include self assessment, peer review, tutor feedback, and come from exercises based on, for example, enquiry based learning and problem based learning activities. Summative assessment will aid students in developing Masters’ levels in knowledge, skills and personal development. Over the course of a programme students will experience different assessment methods which may include computer aided tests, research projects, work based reports, case study analysis, patchwork assessment, and reflective reports.

In all cases, assessment is directly related to either a student’s personal development or in applying solutions to their own organisations or case study organisations. In all programmes the final assessment at Master’s level will normally be a major piece of independent research and application. This challenges students to demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (minimum upper second class) in any subject or a professional qualification deemed to be of equivalent standing. Alternatively, applicants may have significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement. Applicants meeting these criteria may not have previously studied at university.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme. If learners have few or no formal qualifications, they may be able to gain entry to the programme if they have the required communication and learning skills as well as the knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed. All learners will be asked to provide evidence of academic potential and commitment to confirm their ability to undertake the programme.

We welcome applications from international students. If your first language is not English you will be expected to have IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component). You may be exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency if you have gained your undergraduate degree from an English-speaking country.

All applications are considered on an individual basis.

Fees & funding

Current Fees

Full-time Part-time
Malta/EU €9,250 €9,250

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