Master in Business Administration

Overview of the program

An MBA qualification continues to be the flagship qualification for post-graduate business students seeking to increase subject knowledge, build a portfolio of management skills and enhance future career prospects in a competitive and increasingly global arena. 

The MBA suite consists of a number of routes (see above) all of which encompass three core topics, which provide the foundation for a successful business, namely strategy, finance and leadership. 

MBA - There is a mix of traditional ‘hard core’ academic business Master’s modules consisting of Strategy, Finance, Marketing and HRM which continue to be the foundation for this type of programme. The programme routes offer other modules, drawing on a wide range of bodies of knowledge, which reflect the context within which an organization is required to trade. The outcome is a rounded business outlook with insights into corporate governance, environmental concerns, marketing and HRM perspectives within a framework of effective and critical reflective practice.

Key course features

  •    Focus on career development skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.
  •    Access to a network of aspiring business managers drawn from various sectors and organizations.
  •    The research element of the programme enables students to identify, investigate, analyse and propose sound solutions in relation to a business problem.
  •     Teaching is interactive and, where possible, based on contemporary business issues throughout the programme.

What will you study?

The programme is delivered through a series of six or eight taught subject specific modules over two trimesters. Whilst there is a theoretical element within each module, the focus is on contemporary business issues and problems to provide case studies and the opportunity for critical debate to enhance knowledge and practical application.

Students also study research methods and submit a research proposal at the end of trimester two.  Students are encouraged to select a research topic of a contemporary nature, related to business and management, which has potential value and relevance to future career aspirations. During the third semester students complete a dissertation which involves a research element and attendance at a series of individually arranged supervision meetings.


  •    Implementing Strategies (Core)
  •    Integrated Communications (Core)
  •    HRM in Context (Core)
  •    Financial Insights & Business Intelligence (Core)
  •    Creative Change and Innovation (Core)
  •    Emphasising the Environment (Core)
  •    Research Methods and Dissertation (Core)
  •    Evaluating Risk and Decisions (Optional)
  •    Strategic Marketing (Optional)
  •    Customer Continuity and Growth (Optional)
  •    Resourcing and Talent Management (Optional)
  •    Reward Management (Optional)
  •    Contemporary Leadership Themes (Optional)

*optional modules offered will be at discretion of IST depending on student number

Career Prospects

The career direction of MBA students is both diverse and specialised, however roles requiring effective planning and undertaking of projects is strongly evidenced, together with enhanced responsibilities and the management of a team or group where leadership skills and decision making are clearly required.  Other roles may be more focused on a specialism such as human resources, marketing, and finance and accounting.

Past students have become Operations Managers, Lean Managers, Project Managers in a range of fields, Human Resource Managers and Marketing Managers.  This list is not exhaustive.


    Teaching at IST is in English.


    Full time 12 months.