MBA (Master of Business Administration) Full-Time


Become the leader you want to be

An MBA is considered as the ‘gold standard’ in management and leadership education. Our MBA course nurtures whole-person leadership development, aiming to equip you in achieving career success and your personal ambitions.

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

Why choose the Chester MBA?

The Chester MBA works with managers and leaders from private companies, public sector organisations, charities and business start-ups. 

It aims to hone your practical leadership and management skills, and develop your policy making capabilities. During the course, you will develop expertise in business management knowledge and leadership thinking, across a broad range of areas: human resource management, finance, marketing, operations, creative-thinking and strategy. See how this has transformed careers for our students: Student Stories

Key features of the University of Chester MBA

  • A highly successful track record of delivering MBA courses to managers in a variety of organisations
  • The MBA teaching team has passionate, research-driven academics, who are experienced business professionals
  • Engages students in action learning, problem based learning and experiential learning; all proven management learning techniques
  • One-to-one tutorial support, classroom based with small groups and learning action groups offer a supportive network for students to study and socialise
  • Students can customise their own MBA with a choice specialism to match their career goals*
  • Opportunities to work on real life business problems and projects
  • Our MBA is values-based, which includes:

    (1) Developing transformational leadership;

    (2) Inspiring ethical leaders with integrity;

    (3) Cultivating reflective-action learners

*Note: all specialisms are available subject to demand.

Our track record of success is proven in the many examples of how the Chester MBA has transformed people’s careers, generated opportunities and given our graduates the confidence to achieve what matters to them. View our student stories to see just some of these transformational examples.

Student Stories

Global networking opportunities

The Chester full-time MBA is an attractive course to UK, EU and international students, offering postgraduate students the opportunity to build a network of business professionals whilst studying, and to connect with the UK’s wider business community. All of this is enhanced by the University’s links with wider organisations.

As a place to live and learn, Chester is a thriving, historic and culturally rich city. Chester is well served by motorway and railway networks, providing frequent, fast rail links to London and other major cities in the UK.  

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 environment 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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