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General Management (MBA)

This MBA is aimed at students who aspire to a professional career or role in management and business in the UK or overseas. It also caters particularly for international students and those who view their career potential in an increasingly global professional environment.

While not specific to any one occupational category, the demand projections for future job growth and development for graduates of this programme require it to be viewed in an international context.


Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more. You can also apply using the link below.

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Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the key leadership and management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • An MBA in General Management covers many business aspects that will enable a student to enter into a number of career paths and industry. Graduates can expect to get a sufficient grasp of financial models, human resource management as well as marketing and corporate strategies.
  • UWTSD ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in teaching quality in Business Studies – The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme is available to Home and International applicants. Please note this course will be starting in September 2021.

The programme covers a wide range of general business and management modules. All students are encouraged to apply the concepts they have learned into practical cases in order to effectively utilize the theoretical methodology.

The modules have been designed to develop students’ potential to manage and lead organisations effectively through the development of their own abilities.

*Please note that due to student cohort sizes, the University may request that you choose an alternative pathway.

Module Topics

The MBA General Management programme will equip students with general business management knowledge to provide a solid background in a variety of methodologies.

Part 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Financial Management
    • Upon the successful completion of the Financial Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • research, apply and evaluate a variety of financial assessment techniques for application to a case study
    • research, evaluate and critically discuss various issues and theoretical frameworks used in the management and control of financial resources.
  • Human Resource Management
    • Upon the successful completion of the Human Resource Management module, the student should be able to:
    • critically review and appraise current research and advanced scholarship so to enable them to evaluate managerial and business environments
    • demonstrate a systematic understanding of current issues in HRM and IHRM within a variety of organisations so to enable them to manage effectively the design and implementation of fair, efficient and effective policies and procedures that serve to deliver upon the strategic aims of the organisation.
  • Marketing Management
    • Upon the successful completion of the Marketing Management module, the student should be able to:
    • critically appraise key marketing activities and the contribution of the marketing department to the organisation
    • anticipate and critically evaluate future developments in the field of marketing especially through technology.
  • Strategic Management
    • Upon the successful completion of the Strategic Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • synthesise the relationship between the external context of an organisation and its internal context and their impact on its strategies
    • critically evaluate competitive and development strategies, in the context of contemporary strategic management issues
      assess the factors that must be considered in strategy implementation.
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Upon the successful completion of the Entrepreneurship module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically apply and evaluate concepts and knowledge about enterprise and entrepreneurship from a range of perspectives: for example as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, support provider or policy maker
    • evaluate and review entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities.

Optional modules (One module from the list below):

  • Corporate Finance
    • Upon the successful completion of the Corporate Finance module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • understand the key themes that underpin modern corporate finance and their relevance to business capital structure and corporate governance
    • develop a critical understanding of the financing decisions of organisations in modern economies.
  • International Business
    • Upon the successful completion of the International Business module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically evaluate the main features which contribute to the international business environment and its main institutions and the key decisions underpinning international organisational strategy
    • evaluate the different modes of engagement with international markets and explore the interconnectedness between these and the economic, legal, governmental, political, regulatory, cultural and other environments in which expanding companies operate
    • conduct informed research into international business issues and apply theoretical insights to the analysis of such issues in the context of a complex international business environment.
  • International marketing
    • Upon the successful completion of the International Marketing module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically compare and contrast the impact of cultural differences and similarities between nations in a marketing context
    • identify and critically reflect on the contemporary ethical and practical frameworks of marketing within a global context.

Part 2

  • Dissertation, OR
  • Integrated Case Study, OR
  • Business Development Proposal

Modules are assessed by coursework. This may take various forms, work-based projects, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis and the final research project/dissertation. Students who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on case studies.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme is available to Home and International applicants.

Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 UK first degree or an equivalent international qualification recognised by UK ENIC or work experience of five years at a senior managerial level in lieu of first degree.

English language proficiency at or exceeding an average IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent in any other approved test), with no score less than 5.5 in any components of the test.

Normally work experience of two years or more at a managerial or supervisory level is expected.

Career Opportunities

Employability will depend greatly on international location, industry and career structure. Potential careers and advancement opportunities include management roles in Business, Human Resource Management and international workforce development, international business contexts including business entrepreneurship and regional development, Education, Health services development, Public Service and elsewhere.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with studying such as transport and any on-campus purchases including printing, coffees, snacks or other sundry items.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops, tablets, and/or software over the course of their studies. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.