The Cardiff
MBA

Starts 22nd September 2014

Lasts for 12 months

We require at least an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent

IELTS: 6.5

Tuition fees: £11,475 (UK/EU) £18,660 (Rest of the world)

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About the 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.

"My favourite lectures were those which were interactive, with practical demonstrations in the class"- Fahad Al-Naeem, MBA graduateRead more about Fahad's time at Cardiff Business School

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.

Study Skills

This module prepares students for the academic challenges of postgraduate study. The module will provide the opportunity for students to develop a range of strategies for gathering, evaluating and communicating information, drawing on the full range of the University’s learning resources and support systems.

Students will be encouraged to develop skills they will later come to rely on, such as self-discipline and social skills.

The module also incorporates Business Statistics, providing students with the capacity to effectively handle information in a business context.

The Business Environment

The aim of the module is to recognise and discuss the activities of key national and international agencies that impact on business organisations by understanding the nature of moral hazard and key social and political changes that impact on work and work organisations.

It encourages students to recognise the economic, political, social, environmental and cultural implications of the expansion of global capital.

Financial Analysis and Control

This module provides an understanding of the concepts and techniques underpinning financial accounting, management accounting and short-term decision making.

Following 10 two hour lectures, students will be able to analyse and interpret financial data and apply that knowledge to practical examples.

Marketing

In today's highly competitive markets the success or failure of a product/service may be determined by the marketing decisions you take. This module will help you develop and apply the analytical and decision-making skills required by senior managers in any industry. It will enable you to analyse and critically evaluate marketing problems and opportunities by exploring and applying the latest thinking in marketing.

Using a combination of lectures, readings and in-class case studies, you will be exposed to the fundamental approaches in product/market selection, new product development, sales management, communications management, pricing and profit planning, management of channels of distribution and marketing research.

Operations Analysis

Operations Analysis provides students with a comprehensive understanding of a suite of methods, tools and techniques used to improvement processes.

This module presents problems faced in managing operations. It then encourages students to formulate scenarios that optimise those processes, using visualisation techniques and critical evaluation.

Organisational Behaviour

It may be a cliché but it is also an inescapable fact that people are the main resource of any organisation. Moreover, just about everything that you do and experience in the world involves organisations. This module builds on real life examples to explore organisations as they really are: social and emotional, complex and messy, controlling and political, sexual and liberating.

We will be exploring such questions as:

  • how can we change organisational cultures?
  • what motivates people at work?
  • why might resistance to change be encouraged?
  • how do we make ethical decisions?

Stimulating, analytical, critical, and practical, this module uses case studies, organisation simulations, lectures, and small group work to gain a deep understanding of human behaviour in organisations.

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.

Financial Management

In this module, students critically evaluate traditional and alternative product costing techniques, as well as techniques of investment appraisal.

Theories and models are then applied to real world examples, allowing students to gain a practical understanding of financial management.

Human Resource Management

In this module we will take a critical look at the latest thinking around HR strategy and performance management. Through a mix of lectures, exercises and case studies we will examine processes such as recruitment and selection, training and development, reward, equality and diversity, and work life balance. We aim to help you make decisions about which processes may work in your organisation based on academic research and enhanced professional judgment.

International Business

Business is increasingly organised across national boundaries. Successful managers must understand the dynamics of the international business environment and at the same time have the skills to leverage the potential of cross-cultural teams that may span the globe. This core module will introduce students to key topics and concepts in international business management.

Themes addressed include the dynamics of globalization and its impact on business organisation, the structuring of contemporary multinational corporations including new challengers from emerging economies, international corporate strategy, and business ethics and corporate social responsibility in the international environment.

Marketing Management

The module provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of strategic marketing, the role of planning and implementation in market-led strategic change, and the boundary spanning role of marketing in the strategic corporate environment.

By the module's conclusion, students will be able to:

  • display knowledge of a wide variety of strategic marketing concepts, models and frameworks built on learning of previous module, Principles of Marketing
  • appraise the rationales behind strategic marketing perspectives
  • discriminate between different management, strategic, and marketing philosophies and orientations
  • critically evaluate situational problems affecting the structure and organization of strategic marketing
  • evaluate the components and processes in the framing of marketing strategies and programmes
  • assess the implementation barriers facing strategic change and develop cogent and logical approaches to market-led change
  • comprehend and develop the strategic relationship of marketing between the customer and the business
  • develop critical awareness of the strategic, political and ethical role of marketing within the corporate environment.

Strategic Management

This module will teach you to analyse a company's business environment, select a strategy, and construct an organisation necessary to put it into action. We will explore the latest thinking and apply tools to arrive at insights that are both applicable in the business world, yet deeply rooted in a robust academic understanding.

Carefully selected cases and in-class exercises will put you in a senior management position (e.g. CEO, Director) where you will have to make decisions in relation to designing and implementing appropriate competitive strategies that enable firms to achieve and sustain positional competitive advantage.

Group 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.

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.

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)

Corporate Governance

This module analyses the conflicts of interests that may emerge in corporations. These conflicts of interests include those between the providers of finance and the management, those between the shareholders and stakeholders, and those between different types of shareholders such as the large controlling shareholder and the minority shareholders.

The module reviews a range of ways of preventing or mitigating these conflicts of interests. The module adopts a strong international perspective.

Two electives

Managerial Finance

The Managerial Finance module builds upon the Financial Management core module and aims to provide students with a more advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied techniques of managerial finance. The topics covered are:

  • working capital management and sources of short-term funds
  • financial strategies
  • capital investment decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty
  • investment appraisal and capital rationing
  • inflation and its impact on investment appraisal
  • portfolio theory and the Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • Efficient Market Hypothesis
  • long term funds and the cost of capital
  • dividend policy

Multinational Financial Management

The module examines key financial management issues faced by multinational corporations in undertaking international operations.

Topics covered will include:

  • an introduction to exchange rates and foreign exchange markets
  • issues involved in raising finance locally and internationally
  • foreign exchange exposure measurement and management
  • international derivatives and hedging
  • foreign direct investment
  • international investment decision-making processes, project appraisal in global companies
  • political risk
  • international working capital management
  • international corporate governance.

Followed by a business project in an Accounting and Finance area

Leadership, Consulting and Change Pathway

One lead elective (core)

Management Consulting

The Management Consulting module provides students with practical skills for the consulting world by engaging them in real-life consulting dilemmas.

The module is based on a series of cases from the lecturer's extensive consulting experience and tutorials from the leading management consultancies around the world. The course uses the Harvard Business School ‘Case Method’ which is deployed by most major consulting firms when recruiting candidates.

Students who successfully complete the module will be eligible to receive a Diploma in Professional Consulting from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Two electives from:

International Management

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the key cultural, national and organizational issues that impact on the management function in a global business environment.

Active involvement in seminars, case-analyses and discussion groups will enable discipline specific intellectual and transferable skills to be developed.

Leading and managing people performance

This module explores the development, application and impact of strategic people management. We consider how people management systems can be designed to enhance people and organisational performance; look at evidence regarding what works and why; and consider who is responsible for leading and managing people performance.

We consider key contemporary issues in people management including culture and culture change, downsizing, managing knowledge work and international labour standards and staffing.

Management of Change

The aim of the elective is to describe and analyse the way organisations change and the role of managers in change processes. Students will be introduced to relevant theories and practices relating to change management and utilize various case studies and other exercises to put these to use.

The elective focuses on how to diagnose the problems associated with major changes in organisations, combines understanding of major theories of change with recently developed techniques of change management, and critically appraises the relevance of a variety of change management approaches to different sectors of the economy. Students are encouraged to conceive the role of manager as 'reflective practitioner' and question their own underlying assumptions and much conventional wisdom.

Management in Emerging Economies

Management in Emerging Economies provides students with a practical insight into the fast-growing Southern economies that are changing the face of the global economy. Throughout the world, companies from formerly marginalized economies are finding and exploiting market niches and transforming both their own countries and the traditional picture of multinational development.

The module looks at the keys to success at the corporate, national and international policy levels. It examines why some development approaches succeed and others do not, and explores some of the challenges faced by operators in emerging and developing economies.

Followed by a business project in a related area

International Management Pathway

One lead elective (core)

International Management

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the key cultural, national and organizational issues that impact on the management function in a global business environment.

Active involvement in seminars, case-analyses and discussion groups will enable discipline specific intellectual and transferable skills to be developed.

Two electives from:

Global Marketing

In this module we examine the ways that multinational enterprises develop their international marketing strategy. We explore the stages of globalisation and we use case study methodologies to deepen students’ understanding of a number of themes.

Topics include:

  • the nature and importance of global marketing
  • firm internationalisation; standardisation and adaptation in global markets
  • the importance of market research and information utilisation in global marketing strategy

International Sustainable Business

The module examines the way in which business is responding to the challenges posed by recognition of the need to become sustainable.

Among the topics covered are:

  • sustainability as a concept
  • life-cycle analysis; industrial ecology
  • ecological foot-printing
  • corporate social responsibility
  • the sustainable consumption and production movement
  • bio-mimicry

The module reviews policy measures affecting business and sustainability, and provides case studies of the more sustainable businesses currently trading. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of industries.

Management in Emerging Economies

Management in Emerging Economies provides students with a practical insight into the fast-growing Southern economies that are changing the face of the global economy. Throughout the world, companies from formerly marginalized economies are finding and exploiting market niches and transforming both their own countries and the traditional picture of multinational development.

The module looks at the keys to success at the corporate, national and international policy levels. It examines why some development approaches succeed and others do not, and explores some of the challenges faced by operators in emerging and developing economies.

Multinational Financial Management

The module examines key financial management issues faced by multinational corporations in undertaking international operations.

Topics covered will include:

  • an introduction to exchange rates and foreign exchange markets
  • issues involved in raising finance locally and internationally
  • foreign exchange exposure measurement and management
  • international derivatives and hedging
  • foreign direct investment
  • international investment decision-making processes, project appraisal in global companies
  • political risk
  • international working capital management
  • international corporate governance.

Management Consulting

The Management Consulting module provides students with practical skills for the consulting world by engaging them in real-life consulting dilemmas.

The module is based on a series of cases from the lecturer's extensive consulting experience and tutorials from the leading management consultancies around the world. The course uses the Harvard Business School ‘Case Method’ which is deployed by most major consulting firms when recruiting candidates.

Students who successfully complete the module will be eligible to receive a Diploma in Professional Consulting from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Followed by a business project in an International Management area

Operations Management and Logistics Pathway

One lead elective (core)

Strategic Operations Management

This module provides students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the latest developments in operations management strategy. On completion students will be able to show a comprehensive understanding of the context and assumptions behind the application of various operations management strategies, demonstrate a practical understanding of operations management strategy in a range of corporate scenarios and show originality in their application.

Two electives from:

International Sustainable Business

The module examines the way in which business is responding to the challenges posed by recognition of the need to become sustainable.

Among the topics covered are:

  • sustainability as a concept
  • life-cycle analysis; industrial ecology
  • ecological foot-printing
  • corporate social responsibility
  • the sustainable consumption and production movement
  • bio-mimicry

The module reviews policy measures affecting business and sustainability, and provides case studies of the more sustainable businesses currently trading. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of industries.

Lean Operations

The Lean Operations module uses real case studies of lean operations to provide students with deeper understanding of identifying, analyzing, and improving operational performance through the application of the Lean and quality management principles/tools and techniques in different types and sizes of industries.

Theory and practical examples from the following topics are included in the module: Lean thinking concepts, mapping and diagnostics, quality and production management techniques such as Six Sigma, Statistics Process Control (SPC), cellular layout and line balancing, scheduling and materials management such as Material Requirement Planning (MRP), Kanban and Just-in-Time (JIT).

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module provides the student with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the latest developments in purchasing and supply chain management strategy. We take a look at management decision making across organisations.

In particular, we are concerned with the notion of purchasing and supply chain management and the competitive benefits that may be gained from the adoption of a supply chain or network perspective. It has been claimed that it is not firms, but supply chains that compete.

Successful organisations today broaden their energies to the design and management of processes that extend beyond the traditional enterprise boundaries and organise them throughout a value chain of multiple interconnected companies.

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

Marketing and Strategy Pathway

One lead elective (core)

Marketing Research

The aim of this module is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate commercial marketing research projects. The module will thus equip participants with the skills required to conduct and appraise qualitative and quantitative marketing.

Two electives from:

Advances in Strategic Management

This module explores the nature of contemporary strategic marketing to promote a deeper critical understanding of conventional strategy approaches and emergent ideas arising from new paradigm challenges. Creativity is applied to engender innovation in strategy, existing 'Western' strategy frameworks are challenged, and risk, implementation, knowledge and time are examined as key drivers in creating 21st century strategies.

Consumer Behaviour

This module builds on the knowledge gained from the core Marketing module by providing an insight into why consumers behave the way they do, including the psychological, social and cultural underpinnings of consumer choice. A good understanding of the main influences that affect consumers is essential to managers, since most marketing activity is based on beliefs about buyer behaviour.

The aim of the module is to provide participants with a critical knowledge of the relevant buyer behaviour theories, enabling them to develop successful marketing strategies.

Global Marketing

In this module we examine the ways that multinational enterprises develop their international marketing strategy. We explore the stages of globalisation and we use case study methodologies to deepen students’ understanding of a number of themes.

Topics include:

  • the nature and importance of global marketing
  • firm internationalisation; standardisation and adaptation in global markets
  • the importance of market research and information utilisation in global marketing strategy

E-Business

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have transformed both the way in which businesses now operate internally and the way in which businesses interact with other businesses and their customers. Electronic business is the term used to describe this interest in the transformation potential of ICT to increase the performance of business.

This module focuses on the key business issues associated with eBusiness and eCommerce and develops sufficient understanding of the technical issues to enable the student to discern the significance of ICTs to modern business.

Followed by a business project in a Marketing and Strategy area

General MBA

Three electives from

Advances in Strategic Management

This module explores the nature of contemporary strategic marketing to promote a deeper critical understanding of conventional strategy approaches and emergent ideas arising from new paradigm challenges. Creativity is applied to engender innovation in strategy, existing 'Western' strategy frameworks are challenged, and risk, implementation, knowledge and time are examined as key drivers in creating 21st century strategies.

Consumer Behaviour

This module builds on the knowledge gained from the core Marketing module by providing an insight into why consumers behave the way they do, including the psychological, social and cultural underpinnings of consumer choice. A good understanding of the main influences that affect consumers is essential to managers, since most marketing activity is based on beliefs about buyer behaviour.

The aim of the module is to provide participants with a critical knowledge of the relevant buyer behaviour theories, enabling them to develop successful marketing strategies.

Corporate Governance

This module analyses the conflicts of interests that may emerge in corporations. These conflicts of interests include those between the providers of finance and the management, those between the shareholders and stakeholders, and those between different types of shareholders such as the large controlling shareholder and the minority shareholders.

The module reviews a range of ways of preventing or mitigating these conflicts of interests. The module adopts a strong international perspective.

E-Business

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have transformed both the way in which businesses now operate internally and the way in which businesses interact with other businesses and their customers. Electronic business is the term used to describe this interest in the transformation potential of ICT to increase the performance of business.

This module focuses on the key business issues associated with eBusiness and eCommerce and develops sufficient understanding of the technical issues to enable the student to discern the significance of ICTs to modern business.

Global Marketing

In this module we examine the ways that multinational enterprises develop their international marketing strategy. We explore the stages of globalisation and we use case study methodologies to deepen students’ understanding of a number of themes.

Topics include:

  • the nature and importance of global marketing
  • firm internationalisation; standardisation and adaptation in global markets
  • the importance of market research and information utilisation in global marketing strategy

International Management

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the key cultural, national and organizational issues that impact on the management function in a global business environment.

Active involvement in seminars, case-analyses and discussion groups will enable discipline specific intellectual and transferable skills to be developed.

International Sustainable Business

The module examines the way in which business is responding to the challenges posed by recognition of the need to become sustainable.

Among the topics covered are:

  • sustainability as a concept
  • life-cycle analysis; industrial ecology
  • ecological foot-printing
  • corporate social responsibility
  • the sustainable consumption and production movement
  • bio-mimicry

The module reviews policy measures affecting business and sustainability, and provides case studies of the more sustainable businesses currently trading. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of industries.

Leading and managing people performance

This module explores the development, application and impact of strategic people management. We consider how people management systems can be designed to enhance people and organisational performance; look at evidence regarding what works and why; and consider who is responsible for leading and managing people performance.

We consider key contemporary issues in people management including culture and culture change, downsizing, managing knowledge work and international labour standards and staffing.

Lean Operations

The Lean Operations module uses real case studies of lean operations to provide students with deeper understanding of identifying, analyzing, and improving operational performance through the application of the Lean and quality management principles/tools and techniques in different types and sizes of industries.

Theory and practical examples from the following topics are included in the module: Lean thinking concepts, mapping and diagnostics, quality and production management techniques such as Six Sigma, Statistics Process Control (SPC), cellular layout and line balancing, scheduling and materials management such as Material Requirement Planning (MRP), Kanban and Just-in-Time (JIT).

Management Consulting

The Management Consulting module provides students with practical skills for the consulting world by engaging them in real-life consulting dilemmas.

The module is based on a series of cases from the lecturer's extensive consulting experience and tutorials from the leading management consultancies around the world. The course uses the Harvard Business School ‘Case Method’ which is deployed by most major consulting firms when recruiting candidates.

Students who successfully complete the module will be eligible to receive a Diploma in Professional Consulting from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Management in Emerging Economies

Management in Emerging Economies provides students with a practical insight into the fast-growing Southern economies that are changing the face of the global economy. Throughout the world, companies from formerly marginalized economies are finding and exploiting market niches and transforming both their own countries and the traditional picture of multinational development.

The module looks at the keys to success at the corporate, national and international policy levels. It examines why some development approaches succeed and others do not, and explores some of the challenges faced by operators in emerging and developing economies.

Management of Change

The aim of the elective is to describe and analyse the way organisations change and the role of managers in change processes. Students will be introduced to relevant theories and practices relating to change management and utilize various case studies and other exercises to put these to use.

The elective focuses on how to diagnose the problems associated with major changes in organisations, combines understanding of major theories of change with recently developed techniques of change management, and critically appraises the relevance of a variety of change management approaches to different sectors of the economy. Students are encouraged to conceive the role of manager as 'reflective practitioner' and question their own underlying assumptions and much conventional wisdom.

Managerial Finance

The Managerial Finance module builds upon the Financial Management core module and aims to provide students with a more advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied techniques of managerial finance. The topics covered are:

  • working capital management and sources of short-term funds
  • financial strategies
  • capital investment decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty
  • investment appraisal and capital rationing
  • inflation and its impact on investment appraisal
  • portfolio theory and the Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • Efficient Market Hypothesis
  • long term funds and the cost of capital
  • dividend policy

Marketing Research

The aim of this module is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate commercial marketing research projects. The module will thus equip participants with the skills required to conduct and appraise qualitative and quantitative marketing.

Multinational Financial Management

The module examines key financial management issues faced by multinational corporations in undertaking international operations.

Topics covered will include:

  • an introduction to exchange rates and foreign exchange markets
  • issues involved in raising finance locally and internationally
  • foreign exchange exposure measurement and management
  • international derivatives and hedging
  • foreign direct investment
  • international investment decision-making processes, project appraisal in global companies
  • political risk
  • international working capital management
  • international corporate governance.

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module provides the student with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the latest developments in purchasing and supply chain management strategy. We take a look at management decision making across organisations.

In particular, we are concerned with the notion of purchasing and supply chain management and the competitive benefits that may be gained from the adoption of a supply chain or network perspective. It has been claimed that it is not firms, but supply chains that compete.

Successful organisations today broaden their energies to the design and management of processes that extend beyond the traditional enterprise boundaries and organise them throughout a value chain of multiple interconnected companies.

Strategic Operations Management

This module provides students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the latest developments in operations management strategy. On completion students will be able to show a comprehensive understanding of the context and assumptions behind the application of various operations management strategies, demonstrate a practical understanding of operations management strategy in a range of corporate scenarios and show originality in their application.

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.

For further information please contact Mr MatthewExton

Telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 6953

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