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Master of Business Administration (MBA) – International


The Master of Business Administration (MBA) - International

The MBA (International) course is designed for professionals who are seeking to improve their management and leadership skills and broaden their theoretical knowledge of business and management. Over the duration of the 12/24 months, course students will acquire a deeper knowledge of all the key business functions. Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the significance of the interrelationship of functional areas to the overall success of a business, in both international and local markets. The course offers its applicants the opportunity to study at a postgraduate level while maintaining and enhancing their contribution to their employer.

The programme will develop an understanding of successful business strategy and effective executive leadership management. Recognising that today business is conducted across international boundaries and that globalisation is a phenomenon that impacts all organisations.  The focus of the course is on the specific challenges facing organisations that have global operations, or that transact business internationally. The course will also support the development a range of transferable executive skills including leadership, problem-solving, creativity and innovation, finance, operations management, strategic decision making, team management, designing corporate cultures and many others. 

Mode of Study

Full-time - 12 Months

Part-time - 24 Months

September, January or May Start


£8,500 (Your fees include all tuition, examination, and study materials scuh as the required textbook) 

Structure and content

The MBA modules

Over the course of your MBA, you will study a total of 7 modules. Below are outlines of the modules you are likely to study. Please note these are subject to change – check online for updates.

Strategic Management in a Global Context

The module focuses on the managerial, multi-business, multi-industry, multicultural, and multinational complexities of achieving and sustaining competitive advantage. The overarching goal of the module is to have students demonstrate their capacity to develop and execute organisational strategies in actual or simulated business situations.

A key feature of this module will be the use of a business simulation as a problem based learning vehicle for student cognitive development.

International Marketing, Innovation & E-Commerce

The Module has three main strands. These strands form the basis for the critical investigation of new marketing strategies designed to return organisational performance to levels that make businesses economically and commercially viable in the future.

International Marketing develops a critical awareness of changing international markets, the key management aspects of global marketing strategy in the context of an intensively competitive and changing market, together with cultural and cross-cultural marketing activities.

Innovation explores competitive advantage through innovation. Participants will examine tools and techniques for product and service design and development. The Module uses contemporary case studies, projects and speakers.

E-Commerce examines the range of different business models being implemented through the internet. The transition to e-business continues to grow, supported by advanced levels of marketing communications. Synchronous online feedback from consumers and customers can influence corporate reputation and organisation profitability, as well as targeted distribution services.

International Leadership and Entrepreneurship

This module will examine and explore the complex global environment in which organisations now operate, requiring leaders in all sectors to act as entrepreneurs, rather than traditional managers. The module will consider how technology has created a new dynamic of unpredictable volatility in the world from business innovation to political and cultural change, requiring leaders to develop an increased international awareness and an ability to lead across international, cultural and ideological boundaries. The module will consider a variety of theories and concepts relating to the increasing need for entrepreneurial leaders to embrace positive disruption and ‘chaos’ in the marketplace in order to innovate and remain competitive and relevant in a complex environment. 

Managing Finance and Operations

This module is designed to meet the needs of business executives with limited knowledge and understanding of applied financial pressures within a corporate environment. Module participants with more extensive practical experience will be encouraged to share their experiences with the group and will be expected to reflect upon our class debates and critically compare to those practices witnessed in their work environment.

Rather than focus upon the financial reports, so hence profit performance, of companies this module will consider the financial sustainability of companies through appropriate funding of the business’ activities.

Information Systems and Data Management

Today’s management of information systems are associated with databases, the Internet, mobile technologies, and server rooms. However, “information management” has been around since before the invention of these tools. Management Information Systems (MIS) is a formal discipline within business education that bridges the gap between computer science and the well-known business disciplines of finance, marketing, and management.

International Human Resource Management and Change

This module encourages the manager to recognise the role played by Human Resource Management in the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation nationally, internationally and globally. It explores the range of HRM functions and practices and the location of the responsibility for such activities within the management hierarchy. The role that managers need to play in the application of sustainable and strategic HRM in supporting the development of strategic management is identified and evaluated. The importance of effective HRM in the management of change, organisational development, ethics, corporate social responsibility, global citizenship and sustainability is identified and analysed, as is the process of internationalisation and the management of human resources in different organisational and national cultures.


This Module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master’s level research project. The project will address a real-life business related question (probably from the student’s own work place) and also enable students to demonstrate the features associated with academic mastery.

Throughout this module students are expected to demonstrate significant capacity in areas including individual research, application of academic understanding and thought to real-life business issues and problems, the application of logical argument and the ability to communicate through the written word.

A key focus of the dissertation is to ensure that students have an international focus to their research work. This would include discussion and consideration of the cultural aspects of any recommendations made. Similarly, every student will also be required to directly consider the sustainability of their findings and recommendations in both a global and business-specific context.

Every student will be allocated a supervisor who will assist them in formulating their research questions, research methodology and methods. Every student will also be required to attend research methodology classes prior to their completion and submission of a Research Proposal, which will detail the research question(s), outline literature review and chosen methodological approach.

Teaching and assessment


Full-time Schedule:

Tuesday & Thursday - 18:00-21:00

Saturday - 10:00-16:30

Part-time Schedule: 

Tuesday & Thursday - 18:00-21:00

The MBA Students are assessed through assignments and a dissertation.

Assessment is by assignments based on the six taught modules together with a 15,000-word dissertation based on the candidate’s own organisation, or an organisation that the candidate is intimately familiar with. 

Entry Requirements

Students must:

Have equivalent of a UK first degree at 2:2 or above plus relevant experience.


Have previously been taught in English and have sufficient command of English to undertake postgraduate study or have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 or better. 

We welcome applications from all those interested in furthering their education, particularly mature students. So, if you do not meet the general entry requirements but can demonstrate that your life/work skills would make you suitable, you should still consider applying.


In today's tough jobs market graduates need to stand out from the crowd to successfully secure that all important first full-time job after university. We believe your degree from ARU London will enhance your employability.

This programme has been developed by academics, together with senior industry professionals to encapsulate the exact requirements which are required by global businesses. The course is designed for professionals who are in management or executive management positions and who are seeking to broaden both their knowledge and expertise. The course has also been designed to fulfil employer’s needs which may be required to progress an applicant’s career.  Moreover, an MBA will provide the opportunity to progress to a DBA or PhD.

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