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Global MBA

Three start dates per year: January, May and September

Next course start date: May 2023

Next welcome week: May 2023

Application deadline: May 2023

Duration: two years (part-time)

Format: online, with optional face-to-face events

Total fees: £12,000 (payment by instalment and funding options available)

Additional costs: due to the nature of the subject, and copyright restrictions placed on institutional libraries by some publishers, students will need to purchase some core texts.

Support with your application:  Contact our course adviser team today for application advice.

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This MBA is part of the Hull University Business School, a leading UK business school with internationally recognised accreditations from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Hull Global MBA also aligns with The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Chartered Manager membership – elite professional recognition for exceptional managers and leaders. 

Why this Global MBA?

With the rapid rate of change and disruption across industries, future business leaders will need to be agile and resilient to take on unknown and complex challenges. 

Our Global MBA blends leading-edge academic thinking with industry best practice. This postgraduate programme will equip you with the expertise and tools needed to be an impactful leader in a carbon neutral, digitally transformed future. 

You’ll learn how to understand the language of numbers, make data-driven decisions, lead people development, and much more. We’ll also explore important societal themes of today and tomorrow, including Industry 4.0, social justice, and sustainability. High profile global industry experts will speak on the modules, helping to bring the theory to life.   

Your studies won’t focus purely on the development of knowledge and skills, but the development of soft leadership behaviours and psychologies through self-reflection. With our support, you can look forward to a transformational journey to realising your full potential and to deliver return on investment back to your business.    

Plus, as our Global MBA programme is both online and part time, you’ll be able to immediately apply what you learn to your current work, while still earning your qualification in two years. 

What you learn

As an MBA student, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Drive the development, critical review, and implementation of operational policies and practices, plus ensure compliance with internal and external governances 

  • Guide organisational strategy such as change and agile transformation programmes, diversification, new product implementation, and customer experience improvement  

  • Interpret complex data to make decisions based on reliable evidence and strategic insight about organisational requirements such as financial budgets and resource allocation 

  • Lead and respond to crisis management for solutions that meet the needs of both the organisation and its stakeholders in a responsible, ethical manner  

  • Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships with key senior internal and external stakeholders to influence key decision makers as appropriate  

  • Proactively keep up to date with social, economic, and technological developments and promote innovation to approach changing requirements and new opportunities  

  • Operate effectively in cross-cultural settings, with a deep understanding of the importance of globalisation and a strong awareness of different markets 

  • Be a reflective, transformational leader in the achievement of business goals as well as continuous professional development opportunities for yourself and your team  

 

We also offer an Executive MBA for individuals who would prefer to learn on-campus.

Course modules

Our modules have been thoughtfully designed to help you cultivate long-term success as a business professional. You study the following compulsory modules. 

Leadership Catalyst (15 credits) Grey

 

No matter who you are or where you’re from – we know you’ve got the potential to be a brilliant leader.   

We’ll start with an overview of the programme, but after that, it’s all about you – your experience, your skills, knowledge, behaviours, and your aims. 

You’ll reflect on and analyse your journey so far, using academic literature, inspiring case studies, and personal research to pinpoint areas to develop, skills to hone, and measure your growth throughout the course and beyond. This new level of self-awareness will provide a solid footing as you discover your own leadership style and unique place in the business world. 

Right from the get-go, you’ll be developing vital study skills and training in essential systems. As well as a strong academic and theoretical approach, you’ll explore fundamental principles of leadership, including growth mindsets, decision-making, and persuasion.

This module won’t just help you get the most out of your course; it will prepare you for your own transformative leadership journey. 

The Global Economic Environment (15 credits) Grey

 

The world has been turned on its head and organisations have been forced to rapidly adapt to survive. Take a look at the wider global economic environment and its impact on business performance.   

Equipped with a knowledge of the concepts, tools, and approaches needed to view business through a critical economic lens (micro and macro), explore how global events and trends including AI development, cryptocurrency, the pandemic, and climate change affect decision-making and the way businesses and ventures function.   

You’ll develop a global mindset, learn how the market works, and the power individuals and communities have to influence the global economy.   

Strategy (15 credits) Grey

 

We might not always be able to predict the future, but we can prepare for it.   

Every successful business has a clear strategy. It sets out their vision, their mission, and their direction, ensuring each moving part of the business works towards the common goal.   

But what happens when things go wrong? By understanding that organisations function within a far larger context – one where ecological, economic, and social systems interconnect; where disruption and challenges are often out of our immediate control – we can begin to develop a holistic understanding of complex systems to create more informed and effective strategies.

Strategy is only relevant in context, and you’ll be encouraged to relate your studies to your own organisational context throughout.  

Not only will you gain a sound theoretical understanding of complexity, and how a systems thinking approach improves planning and decision making, but you’ll pick up the tools and practical techniques to form your own strategies in the real world. And with responsible leadership at our core, you’ll be assessing risk and strategic decision making for ethical and social value each step of the way.  

Marketing in a Disruptive Digital Era (15 credits) Grey

 

In this volatile business landscape, disruption is the norm. Organisations have to be ready and willing to break the status quo. This could mean shaking up their entire business model or revamping their service or product, and it will almost always involve adapting how they reach their customers.  

In this highly interactive module, you’ll gain real, hands-on experience. You’ll get to grips with the marketing platforms and analytic tools to understand how organisations use the very latest data and harness the most disruptive digital trends to build sustainable growth for stakeholders.  

You’ll learn how to critically evaluate an increasingly competitive, online, and distraction-filled marketplace and identify key trends. You’ll understand the importance of reaching customers with the right product at the right price, at the right time, and through the right channels. By combining insight into the complete brand planning process with the University’s vision for a ‘fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future’, this module will inspire sustainable marketing plans that meet the needs of the organisation, the customers, and the environment – we call this Total Marketing.  

Accounting, Financial, and Commercial Decision Making (15 credits) Grey

 

Accounting impacts every single aspect of a business.   

In this module, you will learn to understand, interpret, and communicate in the language of numbers. Get to grips with the fundamentals of accounting and finance, and learn how to apply these principles ethically. You will explore the pivotal role they play in planning and commercial decision making, culminating in the ultimate success of an organisation or venture.   

You’ll pick up the practical skills needed to work as an effective manager. Learn to think critically and make complex data-driven decisions, including understanding and analysing financial statements and business cases, appraising investment opportunities, and benchmarking, to inform your future leadership and strategic decisions.  

Leadership Behaviours and Psychology (15 credits) Grey

 

Take a step back to reflect on your leadership behaviours and style. Look inwards, and explore what it takes to become an ethical and socially responsible role model, shaping internal cultures and promoting sustainable development, inclusivity, and diversity.

Examine new ways of working to become a transformational leader in an increasingly volatile and ambiguous business world, where developments such as new technologies and shifting customer demands continually shape the decisions we make as leaders. Discover how to respond to these changes with confidence and integrity, and learn to identify innovation opportunities amongst the chaos.

Global Talent Management and Human Resource Management (15 credits) Grey

 

People: your business’s most valuable resource.   

In this module you’ll gain a profound understanding of people management within a complex, shifting, and increasingly globalised context.   

Split into three main parts, it covers the principles of human resources management, global talent management, and organisational culture. From this, you’ll develop helpful people management strategies to apply to your own real-life experiences – giving you the tools to become a responsible and ethical leader.   

From recruiting and managing talent in a global market, to committing to corporate social responsibility; from creating diverse and supportive cultures, to the implications of the psychological contract; and from workforce health and wellbeing to the global paradox; this module covers the full breadth of theories and practices relating to talent and human resource management.   

Supply Chain and Operations Management (15 credits) Grey

 

No business function exists in isolation. Decisions made in each department will have a knock on effect on other areas. This is never more true than in operations and supply chain management. In fact, operations and supply chain strategy is a truly global concern. 

In this module, you will be introduced to its core concepts in both manufacturing and service sectors. Discover the links between operations and other business functions to gain a fuller perspective of an organisation as a whole, and learn how operational performance impacts the wellbeing, not just of an organisation, but the wider environment. After walking through each phase of the operations and supply chain lifecycle, you’ll use your new insight to identify weak spots in its performance and suggest strategic improvements.  

You will cover everything from planning and controlling capacity, materials, and quality, to process design and improvement, to risk and resilience, and to the future of operations. 

Importantly, you’ll discover how efficiency doesn’t just mean a cost-effective, resource-efficient process, but one that is environmentally and socially responsible.  

Digital Transformation and Information Security (15 credits) Grey

 

The emergence of Industry 4.0 has meant businesses need to rely on technology now more than ever.   

Explore themes in pioneering technologies and learn to think critically about how technology can be used – and abused – in an organisation or project.  

No previous technical experience is required as you’ll be introduced to cybersecurity from a management perspective, discovering the methodologies used to protect businesses from insider and outsider information security threats.   

Developing an Entrepreneurial Organisation (15 credits) Grey

 

How do you build an entrepreneurial business?  

Learn from leading innovators themselves to discover the importance of entrepreneurship and adaptability in a rapidly changing, technology-driven environment.   

You’ll gain the knowledge and framework to create solid entrepreneurial strategies to help businesses thrive in the real world. You’ll develop the confidence to lead by example, encouraging a company-wide entrepreneurial mindset and culture of creativity and innovation.   

You will be able to identify opportunities for growth and change, how to adapt and build a more dynamic business, and how to evaluate risk and measure entrepreneurial success.   

MBA Project and Consultancy (30 credits) Grey

 

Put everything you’ve learnt to the test.   

This is an exciting opportunity to apply your learnings to a true-to-life consultancy project for an existing client in a supportive, low-stakes setting or lead a project within your own organisation.  

Now fully equipped with the advanced tools and knowledge, you’ll carry out high impact, relevant practitioner-based research and use your findings to generate solutions.  

Harness your ability as a manager and develop valuable consultancy skills as you design, deliver and manage each aspect of your project; from research, analysis and diagnosis, to presenting your proposals and reporting.  

Aiming to be as realistic as possible, this project will prepare you for the real-life challenges you’ll face as a professional and will help deliver return on investment back to your organisation or client.  

Teaching team

Our staff hold a rich array of both academic and industry experience to support your learning goals. With their expertise, you’ll be able to explore a range of topics within the field with a new level of depth and insight. 

Dr Sarah Shaw

Director of MBA Programmes
Dr Shaw is an award-winning Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics as well as the Business School. Her research interests include the development of sustainable performance measures, performance measurement & reporting, supply chain sustainability and food security. Sarah has 15 years industry experience of working in senior supply chain roles and is an active researcher and consultant. View Sarah's full profile.

Dr Geetha Karunanayake

Global MBA Programme Director
Dr. Karunanayake teaches a wide range of modules in Organizational Behaviour and HRM for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and also supervises Ph.D. research students. Her research interests include identity scholarship, leadership and cross-cultural issues in management. View Geetha's full profile.

How you're assessed

Course assessments are categorised into two types – formative and summative. 

Formative assessments refer to the peer and tutor feedback you’ll receive. It may be delivered formally or informally, and is used in a developmental way to assist your learning - but it does not contribute towards the final mark of the module. 

Summative assessments are used to formally measure your capabilities against the learning outcomes of each module. Summative assessments may include the followings:  

  • Writing on key topics such as COP26, Industry 4.0 and their impact on businesses   

  • Presenting business cases or strategic business proposals  

  • Coaching and mentoring focused assessments 

  • Self-reflective writing and career plans for employability post MBA  

  • Presenting business cases or strategic business proposals  

  • Coaching and mentoring focused assessments  

What are the entry requirements?

If you're unsure whether you're eligible to apply, please get in touch with our friendly course adviser team for advice:

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Career prospects

An MBA is a powerful career development vehicle. It’s internationally recognised as the quintessential qualification for advancing in management across different sectors and industries. 

Our programme’s design will prepare you for applying your knowledge into practice within senior leadership roles in the field of your choosing. 

Find out where a Global MBA can take you

Whether you’re raring to climb the career ladder, break into a new industry, or build your own enterprise; with our Global MBA you’ll gain the sought-after practical skills and in-depth knowledge to set yourself apart from the competition.  

 

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