MBA (Master of Business Administration) Full-Time


The Chester MBA is a three-stage programme of management learning, leading to a Master of Business Administration degree.

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Campus Queen’s Park Campus, Chester
Course MBA
Length 1 Year Full-time
Start date September 2016

Why study this course?

The full time MBA is an established programme drawing students from diverse national, cultural and educational backgrounds.

The course is designed to provide aspiring managers and those wishing to accelerate their management careers with the knowledge and capability to think and work strategically as well as acquire the softer skills essential to succeed as a leader of people and change. 

The strong links the University has with world-class private and public sector organisations inform the curriculum design and development of the MBA course. The one-year course focuses on (amongst others) management issues, contemporary issues including: corporate social responsibility, sustainability, ethics in business, community engagement, and social entrepreneurship.

Through a mix of learning methods which incorporate the use of case studies, discussions, presentations, group work and digital media with formal tutor-led sessions; you will be exploring what it really means to be a strategic leader in the global environment.

The Chester MBA will lead you on a strategically designed and choreographed learning route that examines various facets of international management through tutor-led, group working and experiential ‘hands on’ sessions that put academic theory into actionable practice. These sessions are particularly useful in understanding the application of various practical nuances in global business management.

An MBA from Chester is about acquiring the skills for fresh thinking, positive impact on the community and leadership in an ever-changing globally competitive environment. It will also provide you with the platform to work alongside incredibly talented and diverse colleagues and build a collaborative community which is an invaluable lifelong network.

Key features of the University of Chester MBA

  • Highly successful track record of delivering MBA programmes to managers in world class organisations
  • An internationally diverse and close knit campus community
  • Uses proven management learning methods including Action Learning, Problem Based Learning and Experiential Learning
  • Small group class sizes with Learning Support Group structures
  • One-to-one tutorial support providing  strong individual contact with course tutors 
  • *Specialisation pathways in International Marketing, Services Management, Project Management
  • Opportunities to work on real life business projects
  • Personal / professional development support through the University’s Careers and Employability team
  • Safe and secure campus environment  in an international city location, home to world class organisations
  • Student membership of Chartered Management Institute (UK’s premier professional management community with over 100,000 members)
  • One year programme
  • Member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of Business Schools (ABS).

 * Please note all specialisations are available subject to demand.

Alumni/Student Profiles:

Kunal Barthakur (Indian)

Kunal Barthakur

My experience at University of Chester has been the most enriching of my life. I have met some awesome people and made some great friends for life! The city of Chester is a calm and quiet place suitable for study environment. Studying abroad has helped me broaden the horizons of my knowledge and accentuate my personal goals and aspirations. The MBA programme gave me many opportunities for enhancing and demonstrating leadership abilities. The theoretical models covered in the programme were directly applicable in real world management setting. The lecturers were very supportive and helped me a lot in attaining an in-depth knowledge of the subjects which helped me secure a distinction in two modules. Living and studying abroad has been a challenging experience for me and it was hard at times to stay away from all your loved ones and immerse yourself into a new social and cultural environment. One of the most valuable lessons that I learnt whilst studying for an MBA was how to manage my time; balancing the demands of study, part-time work and friends.”

Course Structure:

Modules studied Stage 1:

Leadership in Action

Marketing Across Boundaries

Finance for Managers

Indicative Content:

  • The evolution of management and organisational leadership
  • Managing the self and others
  • Diagnosis of manager learning style preferences
  • Personal CPD planning
  • Developing managers and leaders, communities and organisations

Indicative Content:

  • The Marketing concept and process
  • The business evnvironment and globalisation of the market place
  • The influence of the cultural environment on international market development and transactions
  • Buyer Behaviour and target marketing
  • Marketing research, marketing mix decisions, international marketing, e-marketing and social marketing

Indicative Content:

  • Introduction to accounting
  • Framework of financial statements
  • Accounting system and adjustments to accounts
  • Critical and reflective awareness of the importance of application of 

Modules studied in Stage 2: 

Leading and Managing Ethically

Strategic Management


Indicative Content:

  • The psychological contract and affective well-being
  • Nature of leadership
  • HRM strategy and its 'fit' to organisational goals
  • Managing flexibility
  • HR activities on the line
  • HR activities on the line


Indicative Content:

  • Understanding strategy
  • Analysing resources and capabilities
  • Expectations and purposes
  • Strategic choice
  • Strategy development and implementation



Creative Thinking & Problem Solving for Managers

Managing Excellence in Processes & Projects

Strategic Service Management


Indicative Content:

  • Understanding "wicked" problems
  • Introduction to hard, soft, & creative tools, techniques and methods
  • Developing creative management thinking skills for managers
  • Application of creative management thinking to provide innovative solutions to organisational problems
  • Evaluating the innovative solution to a soft management problem



Indicative Content:

  • Strategic role of excellence in the processes and project management
  • Process design, delivery and improvement
  • Core processes and value added thinking
  • Total quality, from control to continuous improvement to excellence
  • Project management principles



Indicative Content:

  • Competing through services and creating a service advantage
  • Service maintenance and innovation
  • Service and relationship quality
  • Quality management in services and managing services across geographical boundaries
  • Managing relationships and service culture


International Marketing Strategy 


International Business 



Indicative Content

  • The module compliments the comprehensive conceptual and contextual appreciation of both buyer behaviour and marketing communications – but here in an international context. 
  • This unique module further underpins the study of marketing management and as such is another critical and fundamental element to this pathway. It links strategic marketing to corporate strategy, and the necessary strategic decisions required in a contemporary global marketing context.

Indicative Content

  • Increasingly, the international dimension is effecting every business and market; ignoring this trend is perilous decision. In the emerging era, every industry must be considered a global industry. Globalisation fundamentally changes the game of business.
  • Frameworks and models developed for the analysis of purely domestic business often fall short in the international business context. In this world of growing interconnectedness facilitated significantly by the advancement in information and communications technology, one must think globally in order to succeed.




Modules studied in Stage 3:

BU7406 Preparing for Research Consultancy

BU7407 Management Research in Action

Indicative Content

  • To provide students with the necessary skills to undertake a personal programme of academic research
  • To enhance students' project planning, presentation, critical reflection and study skills

Indicative Content

  • Provide students with the skills to develop the work from an existing research proposal into a piece of rigorous management research or an organisation-specific project.
  • To provide students with the skills to write up an extended piece of research, demonstrating academic rigour, including consideration of methodological and ethical issues associated with the research project.
  • To enhance students' project planning, presentation, critical reflection and analysis skills.


Assessment for each taught module is normally by submission of one or two pieces of work and/or a piece of "in class" work totalling 4,000 words or equivalent.

All assessments facilitate the application of business principles to organisational policy and leadership practice.

A research project, or “dissertation” of c. 12,000 words, enables you to tailor the MBA to your personal leadership development needs or the specific challenges facing your organisation. You will be fully supported and guided during this research project by an experienced management researcher who will act as your personal research supervisor.

This programme will enhance your prospects when applying for senior positions within management as the in-depth academic and practical knowledge gained will be evident to your prospective employer. It also opens up opportunities outside your chosen programme of study as it demonstrates both your ability to learn and intellectual capacity.

Some students have progressed their study at Chester through our Doctorate in Business Administration or Doctorate in Professional Studies.


Applicants will normally be expected to hold an appropriate first degree with a minimum of lower second class honours or equivalent.

Work Experience:

Normally, a minimum of two years' work experience in a business-related position, normally at supervisory level.

Extra Information:

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency along with their formal qualification; typically this would be IELTS 6.5.


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