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 below) 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 organisation 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.
MBA (Marketing) - The inclusion of the Marketing route is particularly distinctive and is readily embedded within the programme. The overarching teaching and learning strategy which encompasses current business and marketing issues together with issues arising within the students’ workplaces if, and where, appropriate. This ensures the three-fold framework of skills, mind-set and knowledge are oriented towards this particular body of knowledge throughout the duration of the taught element of the programme for students electing to take this route. When progressing to the dissertation route there would be a clear expectation for the student’s research questions to focus on a topic that would benefit from research into Marketing.
MBA (HRM) - Similarly, the HRM route is of increasing relevance where people are the foundation of a vibrant world economy and requires a mind-set that is supported by an understanding of HRM practices where transferable business knowledge and key management skills are important. During the generic taught modules students will be encouraged and supported to bring HRM issues into classroom debate as a pre-curser to including and emphasising current issues in their assignments. When reaching the dissertation stage, again there would be a clear expectation that HRM students would base their dissertations on a research topic that is of international relevance.
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.
Opportunity to attend IST’s business related events and masterclasses.
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.
Aims of the programme
Throughout the programme of study, the emphasis is founded on the application of
theoretical knowledge to business scenarios and problems where an operational solution
is sought. In order to achieve this outcome, the aims of the programmes are:
- To enable students to study a major-subject programme with closely related pathways
and focus on particular aspects of a broad subject area in which they have prior knowledge or experience through previous study or employment and understand how the boundaries of new knowledge are expanded through research.
- To enable students to develop an in depth knowledge of a new subject or field of study and acquire a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject.
- To train students in the range of techniques and systematic procedures that are required when conducting academic research linked to the subject area of business and management.
- To encourage critical skills, a knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics together with the ability to reflect on personal progress as a learner and undertake independent study.
- To supervise students in the development of a research proposal within an area of individual interest and subsequently undertake an extended piece of research that includes a critical review of existing literature or other scholarly outputs that makes up a significant proportion of the programme’s assessments and may be more specialised in an area of employment or practice related to a particular profession
- To equip students with a range of techniques and methods applicable to professional activities and skill possession as a means of enhancing future employment prospects through the demonstration of originality and creativity in making sound judgements in the absence of complete data.
- To support effective communication, the exercise of initiative, self-direction and autonomy.
- 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)
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.
- IELTS 5
- Bachelors’ Degree
- Work Experience more than 3 years in the field