MBA - Master of Business Administration 

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Course Overview

The MBA is an internationally recognised and respected qualification for managers. Applicants are from both the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. The teaching programme is aimed at those who are looking to develop their careers and at ‘high flyers’ that need an understanding of all the major functions of business providing generalist knowledge for prospective leaders. In addition to enhancing successful students’ career prospects, the course aims to encourage independent and creative thinkers. This is done by following the UK Quality Assurance Agency guidelines in giving students a ‘strong practical and professional orientation’ differentiating it from other masters programmes.

All students complete seven taught modules (five compulsory core modules and two optional modules) together with a final dissertation/project .

Course Content

Core Modules:

The core modules are designed to expose participants to state of the art thinking in the key management disciplines and provide opportunity throughout to apply theory to real life management situations.

  • Strategic Management
  • Operations Management
  • Accounting for Decision-Makers
  • People and Organisations
  • Marketing

Elective Modules:

Participants will be able to choose from a range of electives. These will include:

  • Management of Finance
  • Capital Markets and Derivatives
  • Principles of Islamic Finance
  • Islamic Investment Banking
  • Health informatics
  • Health Sector Project Management
  • Managing People in a Global Context
  • Developing People for Leadership and Management
  • Buyer Behaviour
  • Strategic Global Marketing
  • Product Development Management
  • Managing the Product Development Process
  • Project Management Theory and Practice
  • Delivering Successful Projects
  • Research Methods

Successful completion of a combination of these subjects (with core modules and final project / dissertation) will entitle students to the award of MBA. However, students may opt to undertake a specialism, studying two subjects in the same area, for example Principles of Islamic Finance and Islamic Investment Banking; the programme offers several pathways for students wishing to have their specialisms noted, and these include:

  • MBA (Finance)
  • MBA (Islamic Finance)
  • MBA (Health Sector Management)
  • MBA (Human Resource Management)
  • MBA (Marketing)
  • MBA (Product Development Management)
  • MBA (Project Management)

MBA Dissertation/Project:
The dissertation or project is a final double module. Whether an academic piece of research or an investigation into the launching of a business project; it is designed to be an intellectually challenging piece of individual management research. It will equip successful students with the knowledge, capabilities and competences required of today’s managers, in a world in which the ability to research new information is increasingly important.

Students are allocated a supervisor, who will provide constructive comment on their work as it develops. Students have access to online as well as standard library facilities. The entire process, from development of a draft research proposal and schedule, through selecting methods and drafting chapters, is supported by the Cardiff School of Management supervisors but managed and implemented by the student.

Employability & Careers

There have been developments within the School and Institution to encourage employability. The module in Core Skills in the first semester, for example, has introduced the student to the maintenance of personal records.
Careers events and a Blackboard on-line module allow students opportunities to further their knowledge. “Campus Pack” offers students the capacity to build their e-portfolio within their online modules. This is designed with the following aims:

  • Social Assignments: Empower instructors, academic technologists, and instructional designers to build and implement assignments and activities from a palette of re-usable social media tools including wikis, blogs, journals, podcasts, and templates.
  • Social Network and Academic Commons: Implement a secure social network and community for instructors, students, departments, and administrators.
  • e-Portfolios: Provide every individual a space and network to create, categorize, assess, and present academic and co-curricular activities with instructors, peers, advisors, or anyone in the world.
  • Personal Development Plans: Personal Development Plans (PDP) facilitate the structure necessary for students to reflect upon individual learning, performance, and achievement, and map personal, educational, and career development. Institutions can easily design template profiles to meet the needs of different users and skill set groups.

The Alumni office and the MBA Team have also been developing networks, for example through social media such as Linked In. The success of these networks has been evidenced by the amount of former students currently in contact with the university about their employment, allowing current and former students to form links, and network.

The invitation to join with Merseburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, to offer a Project Management Summer school is further evidence of the reputation now established and enhances any professional accreditation applications further. In July 2013, a tuition programme was offered, combining theory and practice and adhering to PMI global standards. This summer school opportunity not only offered the opportunity to foster partnerships in Europe alongside valuable learning experiences for students, it was centred on a live project. The project included the subdivisions of Funding, Regional Development and Visitor Centre, marketing strategy and Information systems.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet one of the following:

  • Possess, or expect to obtain, a degree from a recognised university with a minimum of a 2:2 classification;
  • Have a minimum of five years relevant management experience;
  • Hold a professional or other qualification which is deemed as acceptable for admission by the university.

The MBA programme is conducted in English, and thus candidates are expected to have an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score if they have not undertaken their previous studies in the language. The IELTS score should be no lower than 6.0, with no sub score being lower than 5.5. For TOEFL, applicants should have a minimum overall score of 72, which should be comprised of a minimum score of 20 in speaking, 17 in writing, 18 in reading and 17 in listening.

There are quality assurance measures taken at programme, school and institutional level to ensure standards are consistently met.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
12-16 months, depending on start date.
October, February and July intakes.

Assessment is via a combination of examinations, assignments and the final dissertation.

Selection Procedure:
Selection for this course is through an application form and, where necessary, an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme team:
Tel: +44 (0) 29 2041 7168

See Also:
Cardiff School of Management