Cardiff Business School Courses

The Cardiff MBA

About the Cardiff MBA programme

Turning theory into practice

A truly international programme with practical outputs, the Cardiff MBA will equip you with the insight into business practice you need for your future in a changing global environment.

A thorough grounding in business theory

The programme will provide you with detailed knowledge of the theories at the core of business management. You can choose one of five specialist pathways or select your own combination of electives for a general MBA that reflects your particular interests and strengths.

Practical experience of business processes

As part of the MBA programme you will complete an integrated business plan, with input from experienced external business practitioners. Rather than a traditional dissertation, the course concludes with a business project. This gives you the chance to showcase your theoretical knowledge in a simulated, practical environment.

An education for life

As well as equipping you with the knowledge foundation you need to excel in the business world, the MBA will develop your interpersonal skills, your business intuition, your sense of entrepreneurship and your ability to tackle everyday challenges, within a supportive environment of friendly competition and collaboration.

Programme Structure

The Cardiff MBA programme consists of a set of core subjects studied in the Foundation and Application stage, a choice of optional pathways and an individual Business Project.

Phase 1 - Foundation Stage (core) – September to December

Designed to give you a strong grounding in the basics of business management, the Foundation phase introduces you to the core components that make organisations function. You'll understand the resources that an organisation requires, the processes that control organisational operations, and the approaches through which organisations relate to their international and external environments. It also develops the skills you will need to complete your MBA study successfully.

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Phase 2 - Application Stage (core) – January to March

The Application phase provides you with the opportunity to advance your thinking and knowledge by developing and applying the core themes studied in the Foundation phase. This phase focuses on the strategic business context, the development of organisational human capital, the management of the marketing function and the analysis and control of financial and business operations.

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Business Plan

You will undertake a business plan that is group based, giving you the opportunity to develop team working skills. You will work in an international, multicultural team where you will solve complex business problems, integrating the skills and knowledge gained in other modules.

Each member of the group takes on a formal leadership role for a period. The task requires groups to identify and plan the first five years of a start up business. The group business plan will involve input from external business mentors, giving you the opportunity to test your ideas and to develop further understanding of the dynamics of businesses.

Judges in previous years have included the senior managers from Golley Slater, Eversheds, the Welsh Government and the Cardiff Devils.

Phase 3 - Specialisation Stage – April to June

Increasingly, MBA students want to focus their studies on specific areas of business and management.

The School offers different optional pathways: Marketing and Strategy, Human Resource Management, Accounting and Finance, Operations Management and Logistics, and International Management.

Accounting and Finance Pathway

One lead elective (core)

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Two electives

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Followed by a business project in an Accounting and Finance area

Leadership, Consulting and Change Pathway

One lead elective (core)

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Two electives from:

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Followed by a business project in a related area

International Management Pathway

One lead elective (core)

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Two electives from:

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Followed by a business project in an International Management area

Operations Management and Logistics Pathway

One lead elective (core)

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Two electives from:

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Followed by a business project in an Operations Management/Logistics area

Marketing and Strategy Pathway

One lead elective (core)

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Two electives from:

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Followed by a business project in a Marketing and Strategy area

General MBA

Three electives from

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Followed by a business project

Phase 4 - The Business Project – June to September

Replacing the traditional dissertation, the Business Project provides the opportunity to test the theories you have learnt in a simulated, practical environment. Knowledge from across the subjects studied in the Foundation and Application phases will be integrated within this project, the final part of the Specialisation period. Teaching faculty from across the Academic Sections of the School will be involved in the project part of the programme.

You will be supported by a member of faculty who will act as your internal project mentor throughout the duration of the project.

Assessment

The Foundation and Application phases will both be assessed by a combination of assignments and examinations. The exception is the group business plan, which is a 7000 word report.

The elective modules within the Specialisation phase will be assessed by a combination of assignments, project and examinations.

The Business Project of the Specialisation phase will be assessed by an individual report of 10,000 words.