Awarding Body - University of Bolton
Course Level - Level 7, postgraduate
Course Duration - 3 trimesters, equal to 1 year full time study
Course Intakes - January, April, and September
Entry Requirements - Applicants are normally expected to hold a first or second class honours degree of a British university or equivalent. Applicants must always have a minimum of two years relevant management experience. Students may be admitted on the basis of an assessment of meaningful and measurable prior learning or professional experience.
English as a Foreign Language - IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each unit
MBA – Finance and Banking
· CORPORATE FINANCE AND BANKING
This module provides students with a critical understanding and knowledge of the functions, operations and strategies of corporate finance and banking institutions. Key concepts, including valuation investment, financing and divided policies will be evaluated, as well as how and why financial decisions are made.
The module also aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical insight into current trends and issues in banking and finance. They are expected to develop a critical understanding of the how the regulatory environment impacts on the financial services and banking sectors, both at micro and macro level.
· RESEARCH METHODS
The purpose of this module is to prepare students with a broad understanding of research methodologies and research methods. Whilst focusing on methods that may be adopted students will be introduced to epistemology and ontology to justify their philosophical approach to research. This module introduces students to different research methodologies that they can use within their major project.
· STRATEGIC MARKETING
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the complexities of the marketing environment, marketing strategies, and associated practices and the role of marketing in a global society.. This course provides students with a consumer oriented perspective that extends beyondtraditional marketing knowledge to help students understand the roles of social and psychological forces in the planning of marketing strategies.
The course content is structured around real-world examples, anecdotes and discussions that will help students develop skills of critical analysis and problem-solving. We will draw from the work of international marketing scholars and look at marketing and consumption in the context of globalization. A key consideration to marketing and consumption practices is also the notion of sustainability. In this course, we will consider the ethics surrounding marketing practices and its relationship to sustainable environments. Finally, this module helps students understand how organizations use data and what this means in various aspects of companies, (such as advertising, supply chain, and budgets) and how this relates to specific job titles.
· APPLIED ACCOUNTING TECHNIQUES
This module provides an insight into specialist accounting based techniques such as activity based costing, environmental management accounting, lifecycle costing, target costing and throughput accounting. In addition, students will critically appraise the concept of relevant costing and management attitude to risk in decision making.,wide range of current budgeting theories (Zero Based Budgeting and Activity Based Budgeting) and use forecasting techniques, examples of which are Time Series, Regression and the Growth Model. Students will gain an increased understanding of standard costing which builds on previous knowledge through becoming familiar with current thinking on the standard setting process and relevance of standard costing.
· BUSINESS STRATEGY
The module seeks to equip students with the skills in understanding the development of corporate strategy within international market places. In achieving this objective, the unit will utilize key concepts within the strategic toolbox to develop an analytical framework through which firm strategies will be assessed. In addition, students will develop an awareness of the key theories that have developed around the internationalization process notably regarding the emergence of Multi-national companies. Key to the learning process will be the utilization of case studies to explore the practical application of key theoretical concepts and strategic techniques.
The strategy module is intended to support students in the development of creative solutions to complex strategic questions with multiple options and possibilities – how and where an organization presently stands in its market, where it is going in the future and which methods will it use to get there.
· LEADERSHIP AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the processes, practices and theories of people management and leadership within organizations. It will encourage students to engage critically with key ideaswithin these fields and apply them to relevant business contexts to develop their understanding of how to lead and manage people within an organization
Excellent organizations have leaders who shape the future and make it happen, acting as role models for its values and ethics and inspiring trust always. They are flexible, enabling the organization to anticipate and react in a timely manner to ensure the ongoing success of the organization. Leaders are the drivers of business improvement. This module will provide students with an understanding of the elements of leadership and equip them with the requisite skills of leadership.
The module aims to enable the students to synthesize and critically evaluate empowering leadership and management theory within their practice and in different sectors
· STRATEGIC FINANCIAL DECISIONS
This module is designed to develop advanced understanding of the principal theories and techniques of corporate finance and valuation. Emphasis will be placed on cost of capital estimation, distribution policy, investment appraisal, international finance, techniques of risk management and valuation of corporate entities.
· SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
The bottom line of social, economic and environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important to business. The module evaluates the concept of sustainability development and its importance and explores how organizations can contribute the physical, as well as social and economic environments in which they operate – through reducing negative impacts and enhancing positive impacts. it also critically appraises sustainable business practices (including green initiatives and CSR) and requires students to develop strategies for future improvements.
The aim of this module is to enable students to conduct substantial research study on a relevant research topic selected by the student in consultation with the module convenor and a specific supervisor.
The dissertation is the primary integrating piece of work demonstrating the graduates can address a management problem. The dissertation module builds up on the Research Methods module where the students get familiar with the research methods available. Accordingly, a high standard of achievement is expected, and the dissertation should draw on the intellectual and analytical skills and knowledge developed during the course. It will also provide an opportunity for students to develop their interests in an area and demonstrate an ability to undertake individual research.
MBA – Finance and Banking
This pathway combines business and management with the study of finance and banking practices. The programme is designed for finance professionals
aiming to progress in their career and for students looking to pursue a career in finance or banking.
Techniques which provides students with an understanding of key accounting techniques and concepts, Corporate Finance and Banking which builds students’ knowledge of modern corporate finance and banking and Strategic Financial Decisions which develops an advanced understanding of the principle theories and techniques of corporate finance.
The 60-credit dissertation module will also be based on a financial related aspect of business.