MBA Sustainability Leadership (Online)

MBA Sustainability Leadership

The MBA Sustainability Leadership - Re-thinking Business in a Changing World:

This programme aims to develop creative leaders who will collaboratively address present global challenges and opportunities with the insights and skills to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for business and society.

The MBA is the premier qualification for people in a management role or seeking a management role or who want to help shape the future of their organization.

On the UWTSD MBA it is your mind that does the travelling. There is no required attendance: Fully online

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80

Scholarships and Bursaries

School/Faculty:
Faculty of Business and Management
Contact Name:
Dr Alex Bell
Contact Email:
a.bell@uwtsd.ac.uk
 



Re-thinking Business in a Changing World

We are reaching a point where sustainable business practice is becoming a key strategic priority. Organisations that have begun to realise that not only do future practices and economic models need to transform in line with the dynamics of social and environmental change, but that actually sustainable thinking makes a business more successful.

The programme is aimed at individuals engaging in sustainable practice within any organisation.  Learners will re-think business approaches by engaging together online, sharing practice, interrogating existing practice and driving change through an online collaborative learning community.

The programme provides opportunity for a stimulating learning experience led by staff informed by scholarship, professional practice and external engagement.  The values of sustainable development, global citizenship and collaboration are central to the programme’s content and learning approach.  Through a collaborative online learning experience you will respond to a growing global need for re-thinking leadership, this programme aims to develop creative leaders who will collaboratively address present global challenges and opportunities with the insights, skills and influences to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for business and society.

Students on the programme will develop knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and their management through critical engagement with their own practice.

The University of Wales. Trinity Saint David has significant experience of supporting MBA learners at a distance. As an online learner on the MBA you will benefit from a programme of study that is designed to be relevant to your current work and ambitions. The programme will connect you with key arguments and issues facing organisations and with your online tutors you engage with other MBA students across the world to address key challenges. You will be learning with other people in different locations and in different contexts, giving you an opportunity to experience a range of different approaches, practices and perspectives on sustainability in Business.

The programme is delivered through our online Virtual Learning Environment where you will get access to all your key learning activities, resources and your learning group using the latest interactive communications tools and applications. Our University support services are on hand to guide you through your studies.

The MBA programme consists of four, 30-credit taught modules followed by a dissertation in part two. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to help guide you through the independent research phase. Students who complete two or four 30-credit modules can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.

  • The Challenges of Sustainability (30 credits)
  • Management Practices: A critical perspective (30 credits)
  • Embedding Sustainability in Organisations (30 credits)
  • Leading Sustainability Change (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Please visit the website or contact the admissions tutor Dr Alex Bell a.bell@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information on programme.

The programme is taught via online learning by dedicated academic staff within the School faculty, who are experienced in guiding UK and International students through the programme via online/distance learning. Online/distance learning students will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have contact with tutors via phone, email and Skype as well as through other digital learning collaboration as appropriate.

Induction

It takes time for learners to get familiar with learning online and to get to know each other enough to fully participate. Part of the tutor’s role is introducing the different learning technologies and online learning practices to learners. Tutors stage the use of the mediating technologies so that learners are not overwhelmed and gain confidence in their use.

Prior to the commencement of the programme, there will be a one week induction period. During this time students will:

  • have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the UWTSD online VLE/Moodle environment;
  • be directed to key documents such as the handbooks, support areas and links to University documentation;
  • undertake activities to test out their access to learning materials and contact details regarding personal tutors and student services;
  • receive tutor contact details and have the opportunity to talk to their personal tutors via telephone or Skype;
  • meet with module tutors and with the other students through online discussion;
  • engage in collaborative activities and discussion to help build the online learning community e.g. the tutor may ask them to post something which represents their sense of place – a photograph or other image, poem, video clip etc.

Learner Support

Students will receive contact details of module tutors. The usual contact mechanism for module tutors will be via the weekly discussion forum, but tutors will also be available for more detailed or individual queries via e-mail, telephone and/ or Skype. Tutors will also be personal tutors providing support and representation to wider University structures and functions. Tutors will work with students, in the first instance, to identify any additional learning needs and will subsequently refer students to Student Services. Students may also have access to a discussion group for peer support and to enable the student representation process when necessary. The Student support along with the library and technical support services will engage with learners on a one to one basis through email and/or telephone.

Assessment submission and feedback mechanisms

All assessments will be submitted online and will build and reflect on the collaborative activity within the modules. The tutor will provide formative and summative feedback and will be available by email, telephone and/ or Skype for further clarification of feedback if requested by the student. Progression and award will comply with the standard University regulations for Masters programs. Arrangement for re-sit work will be provided through the University VLE.

All applicants will be individually considered for admission using the following criteria:

  • Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution.
  • Applicants must have been or be employed in an organisation so that they can draw on their professional context for learning.
  • Demonstrably appropriate motivation and ambition for studying Sustainability Leadership.
  • Fulfilling the essential criteria for the admission to the MBA Programmes which is primarily the applicant’s ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it.
  • Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered and may be admitted if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard, and are able to contribute fully to, and benefit from, the learning experiences delivered within the programme.
  • There is no requirement for attendance in the UK for the MBA Sustainability Leadership online/distance learning programme.
  • Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have demonstrable confidence to study through the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.
  • Applicants must have suitable access to computer equipment so that they can access the University VLE.

Admission criteria and entry qualifications for the MBA Programmes may also include the applicant having equivalent of:-

  • (i) A non-honours bachelors degree in a related or cognate subject from a UK university and relevant evidenced experience (normally equivalent to or comparable with two years)
  • (ii) An honours degree from a UK University in a non-related or cognate subject where the applicant has evidenced relevant experience (normally equivalent to or comparable with two years)
  • (iii) An equivalent certificated degree from a non-UK institution to those specified in (i) and (ii) above.
  • (iv) Non-degree qualifications such as the Higher National Diploma in related subjects (e.g. EdExel), or equivalent overseas qualifications, where the applicant has appropriate employment experience.(normally equivalent to or comparable with a minimum of three years)
  • (v) Qualifications from relevant Professional Bodies, which are at a level below UK Honours Degree but demonstrate relevant professional experience,(normally equivalent to or comparable with a minimum of three years)

Candidates with related employment fields, or related area/discipline/subject experience, or defined voluntary experience, or similar related employment field experience may be admitted to the programme without degree or degree equivalent qualifications if they can demonstrate their potential to meet the learning requirements of the programme.

Advanced Entry with APL/APCL Credit

Entrants with relevant and acceptable professional accreditation will be considered for exemptions.  Note: accreditation already received in qualifications are not admissible.

Interviews

Normally, all applicants at postgraduate level are interviewed. An offer of a place may be made based on the application form alone including academic history, a personal statement and a reference.

Students on the programme will develop knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and their management through critical engagement with their own practice. 

Career entry or advancement in any organisation that is seeking to re-shape itself through key individuals with the understanding to lead an organisation through its sustainability journey.

Key potential roles include: Sustainability Manager; Leader in Human Resource Development; Project Manager; Consultant; Sustainability Activist or Change Agent in Business, industry, development; The Arts; social enterprises; government; NGOs; charities, health or education.

Tuition fees are set annually by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and are available on the UWTSD web site under Postgraduate Fees.

IEMA: (Subject to annual confirmation)

International students, for whom English is not a first language, are subject to additional requirements and will be requested to provide evidence of sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the MBA Programmes. Normally an IELTs test score of 6.0 or 232 for the computer test or evidence or supplied references to working for a period of more than one year through the medium of English.

The MBA programme consists of four, 30-credit taught modules followed by a dissertation in part two. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to help guide you through the independent research phase. Students who complete two or four 30-credit modules can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.

  • The Challenges of Sustainability (30 credits)
  • Management Practices: A critical perspective (30 credits)
  • Embedding Sustainability in Organisations (30 credits)
  • Leading Sustainability Change (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

What our Students Say?

“I enjoy the flexibility of online learning. I highly recommend it to students willing to exercise discipline.”

“My online MBA experience has been great so far. I like how weekly activities are laid out and reading material is provided for each activity.”

“I appreciate their availability, support and understanding, as well as the realistic course load and expectations, given that I (and perhaps others) work and travel quite often.”

“I particularly liked how tutors attempted to link each module’s activities and assessments to both contemporary issues and student’s workplaces.”

“The on line library is invaluable for further research. Tutors and fellow students responses to activities further enhances understanding and promotes discussion.”

“I am loving the ease and aesthetics of the Virtual Learning Environment/Moodle.”