MBA - Master of Business Administration
What makes an MBA at Worcester special?
The Worcester MBA is an internationally-recognised postgraduate qualification in management, which will challenge you to stretch your natural abilities. This one-year full-time programme focuses on the very latest management techniques and includes an optional 6 month internship, introductory bursary, access to our Future Leaders' Programme and membership/additional qualifications from the prestigious Chartered Management Institute.
You will learn to develop sustainable strategies which can work within a hypercompetitive environment in both the physical place and the virtual space. You will consider how to recruit the very best employees, through techniques such as creating an effective brand as an employer, innovative job design and analysis of key metrics. You will explore international operations management in terms of managing the global supply chain, outsourcing and cross-functional team working. You will hone your financial decision-making skills enabling you to demonstrate your ability to optimise shareholder value, even in complex circumstances such as mergers and hostile takeover.
The MBA enables students with no direct prior management experience to be exposed to some of the challenges and tensions that exist within the management levels of the contemporary organisation. The broad curriculum allows students to collectively consider issues facing business today, analysing business and organisational problems, developing the ability to recognise and exploit opportunities, and to act in a decisive and entrepreneurial way to gain Advantage.
- No previous work experience required
- An optional 6 months internship in the UK
- Introductory £2,500 bursary for qualifying full-time international students. See the finance section below for more details
- A multinational programme enabling you to share your experience and build global mindsets.
Certificate in Strategic Management (a Chartered Management Institute qualification) optionally awarded upon successful completion of the programme, which will greatly impact your long term career aspirations. You will also have access to Associate Membership of the CMI.
What qualifications will you need?
A first or second class Bachelor degree (equivalent qualifications can be considered)
The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.
Please see our International pages for additional information
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful that I have come here as the university has helped me a lot with my career and I would recommend studying here to anyone.
Ahmad Mazen Abughazaleh, Jordan, MBA
What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
International Operations Management
Strategic Marketing in the Digital Economy
Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Delivering Change
Business Investigation & Discovery
Strategy, Sustainability & the Global Economy
Strategic Resourcing and Talent Management
Financial Decision Making for Managers
6 month Internship (unaccredited)
Consultancy Project Dissertation (based on internship, or ‘client’ brief)
As an MBA student you will have the chance to meet and network with expert entrepreneurs and business academics at our enterprise events which take place in the Business Incubation unit at Worcester Business School.
You can look forward to external events such as:
- Malvern Festival of Innovation
- A visit to West Midlands Innovation Centre
- Social Enterprise West Midlands networking events
- Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
- Grow with Confidence Small Business Forum
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Typically lectures in Worcester Business School are two or three hours long. During this time, you will experience a range of learning activities intended to stimulate you and enable you to learn effectively.
Lectures usually begin with a classroom lesson that lasts around 45 minutes, introducing the underpinning concepts of a topic. You will be expected to participate here – by offering your opinion, by using an Electronic Voting System or by interrupting when you wish to challenge what the lecturer is suggesting.
After the introductory lecture you will often be split into small seminar groups during which you will work individually or with two or three other students on case studies which will enable you to explore the subject in greater depth. We believe that collaborative learning with your fellow students is very important.
Between lectures you will carry out further study - we adopt an ‘open door’ policy and you will be encouraged to seek the help of lecturers. Most class materials will uploaded to Blackboard (our VLE) before sessions and these materials can be downloaded at University or from anywhere with an internet connection. Many modules have set up on-line discussion facilities to enable you to collaborate with other students between sessions.
I really appreciate the most excellent support provided to me throughout my MBA journey.
Walid Abou El-Dahab, UAE, MBA
Meet the team
Our postgraduate programmes are delivered by a diverse range of faculty. Our programme tutors are experts both in their subject matter and in the delivery of this in innovative and powerful ways.
Examples of our faculty include:
Dr Tim Sellick
Tim began the development of his sales and marketing expertise as the Director of a Direct Marketing agency where he worked for over a decade. He then moved into academia after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) delivering programmes for Birmingham City University for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and for professional participants. Tim then then joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in 2009 to work in Executive Education.
Since 2011 Tim has worked at Worcester Business School where he teaches Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy, and Sales Management.
Tim is a multi-award winning case writer and has authored a winning case in the EFMD’s Excellence in Practice Awards twice. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (and a Chartered Marketer), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Association Academy.
Dr Lynn Nichol
Lynn is Head of Leadership, Management and HR Subject Group, a Principal Lecturer in HR and course leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration at Worcester Business School. She is a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academic. She has supervised two PhDs, one DBA and one MRes to completion.
Dr Mike Bagshaw
Mike is an Organisational Psychologist and Management and Leadership Development professional with over 20 years of consultancy experience in the UK and abroad. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sector, helping them to overcome the more difficult people management, development and leadership issues.
An experienced one-to-one coach and mentor working with people who represent the critical intellectual capital for the future. Mike is also an experienced conference speaker both in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the British Psychological Society.
Dr Robin Bell
Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and your Study Abroad Tutor. His research looks at SME development and the role of entrepreneurship in business growth. He has acted as a peer reviewer for articles in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. Recently he has spent time lecturing in China, France and Germany. He previously worked for Orange PCS and Next PLC, was elected to serve in public office (2007-2012) and continues to act as a governor for a special educational needs school in the South West of England. In his spare time he is a passionate (Bristol) rugby fan and is a RFU qualified referee.
Dr Richard Nicholls
Richard’s main teaching and research interests focus on the management and marketing of services. His specialist areas include interaction between service customers; providing services for older consumers; and customer misbehaviour.
Richard has extensive international experience and has taught at a number of European universities, including the European Business School in Frankfurt, Poznan University of Economics and Warsaw University.
Dr Rebecca Jones
Rebecca is an active researcher investigating the impact of workplace coaching. She is a certified coach and is actively engaged in providing coaching to professionals in industry.
Rebecca has experience of teaching on a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses and her particular teaching and research expertise lie in personality, training, coaching, performance management, feedback and leadership development.
Dr Catharine Ross
Catharine teaches subjects related to people management and ethics in the Business School. Catharine has a particular interest in teaching and research concerning diversity in the workplace. She is currently involved in research on trade unions; men in female-dominated occupations; and management learning.
Dr Holly Andrews
Holly Andrews has been a lecturer with Worcester Business School since 2009. As the employability champion for the business school, Holly runs the work placements scheme and manages the core undergraduate personal development modules.
Where could it take you?
Your understanding of financial management, gained through the MBA, will allow you to operate effectively and efficiently in many different business roles. Possible career options include corporate financial management, accountancy, investment management and consultancy
Subject to permission by the UK borders Agency on application of your visa you can choose to take a 6 month internship, extending the 12 month Masters course to 18 months. Whilst an internship of your choice is not guaranteed the Business School will support you to be successful in finding a suitable internship to gain important experience within the UK workforce.
Students choosing to undertake the optional internship will have access to a placements preparation module and careers advice and support, which will assist you in preparation for interviews, CV writing, understanding assessment centres etc. Thereafter, you will be able to apply to spend your internship at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK or abroad (once confirmed with the Placements Office). Students have taken internships in DHL, Daimler, Borwell, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service, ISOQS, Sight Concern, Southco, St Richards Hospice, and Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
WBS also have links with national companies through placement programmes such as Aldi, Asda, Atos, Bosch, CGI, Eaton, Eli Lilly, Enterprise Rent A Car, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Lenova, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes, Microsoft, Napp, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo and Waitrose.
MBA Takes Business Leader on a Big Adventure
The founder of a successful social enterprise has said studying for an MBA has transformed his business.
Stephan Natynczuk set up My Big Adventure in the early 1990s providing education and support to vulnerable young people missing out on education.
“I thought about doing an MBA some 20 years ago but never got around to it,” he said. “Now I want to learn more about how businesses are run and structured. For too long I have just got by, making my business work, but I knew I needed to have a better plan for the future. I wanted to get a better appreciation of how I should be doing things.”
Stephan is half way through completing the MBA at the University of Worcester’s Business School.
“When I started the course I had no real idea just how useful it would be to me and to improving my business, “he added. “It has given me a renewed focus and enthusiasm to review and improve the way I had been working all these years.”
Stephan, a former science teacher and trained counsellor, combined his passion for teaching and helping young people, with his love of the outdoors, to create My Big Adventure, which is a not-for-profit organisation based in Pinvin, near Pershore. My Big Adventure has worked with more than 300 young people, from as young as seven years old, to help transform their lives.
Last year, the organisation won the ‘No Barriers’ - Mike Oborski Award 2014 from Wyre Forest District Council, for providing a significant service to young people within the district.
“When I started the MBA I had just the social enterprise,” Stephan said. “Since then I have set up a spin-off charity, with the help of the Mary Jane Fund, and now also offer coaching for adults. I have been able to really expand and develop my business model and now feel I have something which I can replicate.”
To find out more about My Big Adventure visit www.mybigadventure.org.uk
As Captain of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Team and coach for another local club, you would think Callum Jones would have little time left for study.
But he has just completed one of the most intensive postgraduate courses on offer and graduates today with a Distinction in MBA Business Administration.
“It has probably been the hardest year of my life,” he admits. “My days have been a good 15 hours long with training, coaching and classes. That’s without the additional studying I have needed to do.
“But it really is my biggest achievement to date. I’m so pleased to have completed the course and to have got a distinction.”
Twenty-six-year-old Callum came to the University of Worcester on a scholarship, having completed his undergraduate degree at Pace University in New York.
“I moved to America from Manchester when I was about 18,” he said. “My dad is American and I got a scholarship to go to university over there, which was fantastic.”
Having played basketball most of his life, it was always Callum’s dream to be a professional and the opportunity to play for the British Basketball League (BBL) side Worcester Wolves, while combining it with study, was enough to draw Callum back to the UK.
“I love playing for the Wolves,” he said. “We’ve got a great team here.”
As well as Captaining the Wolves, Callum is also the coach for the Worcester Sixth Form College Basketball Academy and also delivers coaching in local schools.
“I may move back to America one day,” he said. “But for the time being I love being here in Worcester. I would like to try and do some academic tutoring if I can, but will just see where the MBA takes me next.”
How much will it cost?
Please consult our course fees page for full details of tuition fees.
Bursaries and scholarships
To launch the Worcester Business School's brand new portfolio of Masters courses, we are delighted to offer each qualifying, full-time international student (non EU) a celebratory bursary of £2,500 off the published course fees. Please contact us for full details and to confirm your eligibility.
In addition international students (non EU) are eligible to apply for scholarships of up to £3,000.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
The Government may provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.
For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.
Stephan Natynczuk, UK, MBA
How do you apply?
Apply for September 2017 enrolment
Apply for January 2018 enrolment
Please note that this course may be withdrawn if insufficient student numbers are recruited.