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 and membership/additional qualifications from the prestigious Chartered Management Institute*
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.
Your time at university is an important investment in your future career potential and ability to compete for the most desirable graduate jobs. The employment prospects for Worcester graduates are excellent - 93% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduation and we will work with you throughout your studies to prepare you for your future career.
*subject to payment of dual accreditation fee
- No previous work experience required
- Optional 6-month internship
- Certificate in Strategic Management (CMI qualification) optionally awarded* upon successful completion of the course which will greatly impact your long-term career aspirations. You will also have access to Associate Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Free entry to our Worcester Enterprise events allowing you to network with successful entrepreneurs and leading business academics.
- A multinational programme, typically attracting students form over 20 countries, enabling you to share your experience and build a global mindset.
- UK/EU students can opt to do the course on a part-time basis.
*subject to payment of dual accreditation fee
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.
“Attending the University of Worcester helped give me the tools I needed to start my own business with confidence and a clear understanding of how small businesses operate in a global environment.
"The benefits of attending the University go beyond the classroom. I was able to connect with a diverse community of people from various backgrounds, travel within the UK and gain an understanding of the culture and people.
"Courses are fun and challenging and teachers are engaging and available outside of classroom hours. I would definitely recommend the University of Worcester to any student.”
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 email@example.com
If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Business Postgraduate page.
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?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
Skills you will gain
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:
Abdul is the MBA course leader. He has a PhD degree in Business Administration (Decision Making and Risk Analysis) from Manchester Business School, MSc Project Management from Heriot-Watt University and BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering with specialisation in Construction Project Management from Al-Baath University, Syria.
Before joining the University of Worcester he worked as a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at the University of Bedfordshire Business School for 3 years. Professionally, Abdul worked as a construction project manager in Syria between 2003 and 2006.
Dr Helen Watts
Helen’s expertise lies in Business Psychology; applying psychology to the workplace and to the marketplace. Helen has a PhD, focusing on customer retention in fitness clubs, combining consumer psychology, occupational psychology and sport and exercise psychology. Helen is also experienced in a range of research methods, quantitative and qualitative and has engaged in Knowledge Transfer projects as well as commercial research projects in the private sector.
Helen is also responsible for managing applied research projects in the Business School, helping to support the business community with their research needs. Worcester Business School is comprised of research experts across many business areas (e.g. HR, Marketing, Management, Innovation) who can help businesses to obtain the insight they require.
Nigel has had a long association with the Business School, combining his tutoring and consultancy with work for The Open University and other international organizations. He is responsible for the management and delivery of an enterprise programme, funded by the HE Funding Council, and aimed at Undergraduate students who aspire to running their own business on Graduation.
He has also contributed to the University’s Enterprise Fellowship Scheme which supports high achieving Undergraduates to further develop their enterprise ideas. Nigel has completed a number of Innovation Voucher consultancies with SMEs on behalf of the University, and has broad experience of e-tutoring and supporting group activity remotely both with Worcester and the Open University.
Laila is interested in research that advances the theory as well as the practice of various organisations. Her research expertise lies in the internationalisation of firms and subsequent capability development. She is also interested in migrant entrepreneurship and the relationship between migrant entrepreneurs and their customers.
Laila is a member of the Complex Customer Interactions Research (CCIR) group and the Applied Research group reflecting her interests in consumer research and providing research support to businesses.
Vessela has several years’ of senior operations management experience in international businesses in the field of construction, engineering and hydropower plant construction. She has also project managed the implementation of EU funded cross-country projects for a number of international organisations (Embassy of Italy, Italian Institute of Foreign Trade, Trade Consortium for Internationalization) for the promotion of the economic cooperation, trade and investment.
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.
“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. Studying here is a first class experience; all the tutors and staff understand well how to guide us to study. Ahmad Mazen Abughazaleh, Jordan
"I really appreciate the most excellent support provided to me throughout my MBA journey.” Walid Abou El-Dahab, UAE
“I chose to study a postgraduate course at the University of Worcester as it offered the MBA level programme at an affordable price. I enjoy the fact that there are many international students on the course. Additionally I think it provides a solid base of knowledge required for running a business successfully.” Stefan Kovachev, Bulgaria
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“I chose to study at the University of Worcester due to a combination of factors, The MBA programme’s curriculum is practical; the University’s facilities are impressive, the City is full of historical and modern entertainment sites; the people are amicable and courteous; cultural, sport, and career events are available and within reach; and more importantly, all of the factors create my belief of an exciting and full-of-experiences Masters year in the United Kingdom.
"My long-term goal is to travel around the world, meet new people, make lasting friendships and learn about other cultures. I believe the knowledge and experience I will gain after the MBA course at the University of Worcester will prepare me for my journey.
"I have a chance to gain international knowledge and connections to many national and international businesses in Worcester as well as other big cities such as Birmingham and London.”
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.”
“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.”
“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 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.
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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).
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.
How do you apply?
Apply for January enrolment
Apply for September enrolment
If you are a UK or EU student you can apply for part-time study starting in September.
Please note that this course may be withdrawn if insufficient student numbers are recruited.