Over the course of your MBA, you will study a total of 10 modules. See below for the modules which you will study.
Operations and Project Management
Operations Management (OM) involves all the activities, decisions and responsibilities for managing the production and delivery of products and services. Managing business operations is not only vital to implement and support any organisation’s strategic plans, but it can also drive strategic change and be a key source of competitive advantage. Operations strategy reconciles an organisation’s resources with international market needs by determining the right priority of the five competitive factors: cost; quality; speed; dependability and flexibility. A key part of the business operations is project management, and this module expands the theory of project management into a business context and integrates the practical tools and techniques required to manage projects successfully.
Research Applications in Global Business
The international business environment provides a wide range of information for managers and stakeholders and an increasingly key skill for managers is the ability to identify scan, collect, analyse and synthesise sources of information to form the basis of communication and decisions. This module provides the foundation for international business research and the core analytical skills required by business professionals to maximise the value of information. Students will develop the skills to understand business information requirements, the veracity and validity of different sources of a variety of information sources. This module will help students to develop the ability to analyse and report on research findings.
Global Marketing Management
This module aims to develop students' understanding of the marketing function and its application across international borders. Marketing has traditionally been based largely on predictable and static models of buyer behaviour where exchange has been assumed to be transactional, and strategy based on tried and tested prescribed tools and techniques which were developed in the USA. Present day customers are sophisticated consumers of product and service offers, mobile, articulate and can discriminate between alternative offers, and consequently make choices that hitherto were unthinkable. This rise of 'globalisation' in the marketing arena is a key focus of this module. Individuals and organisations have significant switching power, can accept and reject offers quickly, and have portfolios of acquisition patterns that are unpredictable.
International Human Resource Management
This module encourages the manager (current or future) to recognise the role played by Human Resource Management in the effectiveness 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 strategic HRM in supporting the development of corporate strategy is identified. The importance of effective HRM in the management of change and organisational development is analysed as is the process of globalisation and the management of human resources in different organisational and national cultures.
Business Strategy - A Global Approach
This module investigates strategy within an international context. It assess the impact of globalisation on contemporary organisations, evaluates how managers should respond to different national cultures and assesses the pros and cons of a variety of international market entry options. There is an analysis of the evolution of strategy theory and its linkages with business history, industrial economics, military strategy, leadership, organisational theory and decision making theories. The impact of Japanese business success upon strategic thinking is examined in detail as representing an inflection point in strategic theorising. The relevance of the resource based models of strategy will be critically examined. This provides a basis for examining classifications of strategic thinking, particularly those by Whittington, by Mintzberg et.al, and by De Wit and Meyer. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills.
Driving Quality Improvement in Healthcare Professional Practice
Ideas about improvement stem largely from the early days of the quality revolution with the pioneering work of Juran and Deming paving way for the work of Donabedian and Ovretveit in a health care context. It can be argued that Improvement as a set of concepts and principles is a natural successor to notions embodied within Total Quality Management. Arguably the most fundamental concept of improvement is that it requires change (although it should be recognised that not every change equates to an improvement!). As a result of this paradigm, changes made to practice and service delivery must be tested and studied (often using a variety of models and approaches that are applicable to the work context) to determine whether changes adopted improve the overall quality of service. A key focus for this module is the theory / practice emphasis that enables the learner to understand some key concepts surrounding improvement (in a short intensive study week) followed by a substantive placement in a work based setting applying these concepts; understanding the context of the organisation; identifying a mutually agreed achievable plan for improvement; working with teams to bring about improvement; disseminating plans for improvement to the work-based setting and acting as an effective change agent.
Enquiry into Healthcare Professional Practice
Professional practitioners are increasingly required to include evidence based research as a basis for decision making in delivering the most effective high quality services. The continual development in managerial and medical technologies, diagnosis, treatments and practices requires healthcare workers to continually update their knowledge, experiences and skills to address the complex care needs of their customers and patients. Furthermore, the vast number of academic publications available to staff working in health and social care means that they need to have an understanding of how to select the appropriate literature and to assess their reliability and validity. The purpose of this module is to assist the students in adopting a spirit of enquiry towards their professional practice through developing the research skills necessary to undertake a systematic enquiry into an aspect of their professional practice.
Managing Healthcare Finance
Finance is a key resource in any healthcare organisation, regardless of sector or size, and this module has been developed to introduce the key elements of healthcare finance to students, and explore how finance can be managed and utilized to avoid risk, control and reduce costs, and potentially give competitive advantage. This module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of key financial information, - analysis and sources for general managers in modern healthcare. The module develops students’ understanding of the four key areas of managing finance within healthcare; sources & allocation of funds, costs & budgets, performance measurement & accountability & Business & Service Planning - in the NHS Knowledge & Skills framework. Students will be able to identify sources of finance for healthcare organisations and critically evaluate their appropriateness using analysis techniques for managing resources. The module explores the role of financial information within healthcare decision making, looking at the range of techniques available and how the accountant’s role fits with the roles of non - financial managers, with emphasis placed on the application of techniques to genuine healthcare scenarios.
The continued importance of public health agenda has been emphasised by the publication of The World Health Report 2007 “A Safer Future: Global Public Health Security in the 21st Century” and The World Health Report 2008 “Primary Health Care Now More Than Ever.” This shows how the world is at increasing risk of disease outbreaks, epidemics, industrial accidents, natural disasters and other health emergencies that can become a threat to global public health security. This module is aiming to improve the health of populations, through the use of best available evidence, prioritising services to those who are likely to experience greatest health threats and poorest access to services to achieve health gain. Public health is concerned with the distribution and natural history of diseases in populations and with the planning of preventive programmes and services for the treatment of disease. It seeks to raise the level of health in groups of people, rather than being concerned with the treatment of individuals. This module is designed to provide a conceptual and practical understanding of public health problems and to introduce the main concepts, principles and practices of public health. By exploring a range of scenarios, the students will gain an understanding of how commonly encountered public health problems can be approached.
Postgraduate Major Project
This module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Masters stage integrative case study. This major case study is practical, desk based, and is designed to promote critical thinking and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate some or all of the following in a practitioner environment:
- The ability to challenge and meaningful question issues in relation to their business and management specialisms, reflecting upon international business environments.
- Depth of knowledge which may involve working at the current limits of theoretical, practitioner and or research understanding.
- Critical understanding of method and its relationship to business knowledge and application
- Awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice through reflection and application of international ethical and governance codes
- The ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory
- The ability to communicate these processes in a clear and effective manner. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the application of advanced research methodologies and method in a manner that supports the activities of an international business practitioner, as appropriate to their specialism.
In developing such a link the module will further aide development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. The module is designed to evaluate the deeper knowledge and understanding of students by assessing applied research skills within an international business environment and to assess their ability to assimilate new knowledge and facts and respond to these appropriately within defined time constraints.