MBA in Finance (Part time MBA)
The University of Leicester offers a part time MBA in Finance that is AMBA accredited. Touching on the central role Finance plays in the growth, development and survival of a corporation, this MBA course teaches working professionals in the financial industry the knowledge and skills to guide organisational decision making.
Covering topics such as short-term and long-term capital market practices, capital structure and dividend policy, the MBA in Finance compiles current and emerging theories and best practices to help students gain a strong grasp of the shifting global financial landscape.
Blending online learning with MBA masterclasses, students can choose to study this Finance MBA in the convenience of their home, or broaden their horizons by attending the MBA residentials at any of Leicester’s Global Centres.
Apart from the general University of Leicester MBA, there are two other specialisation options;
* This information is correct at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change by the University of Leicester
Important notice: For health and safety reasons, Virtual MBA workshops with UK University faculty will be used in the interim, until the current situation stabilises.
Benefits of an MBA in Finance
Learn to understand new and alternative financial sources, identify their associated risks and how to manage and mitigate them. Gain the knowledge to evaluate Mergers & Acquisitions prospects, and guide the financial strategic decisions of your organisation.
MBA degree also awarded a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Upon successful completion of the CMI qualification, you will also be awarded CMI’s Foundation Chartered Manager status.
A great return on investment, the University of Leicester MBA in Finance provides the freedom of time and place, not requiring students to leave work or their family to pursue the program. Students can also explore an industry of their choosing for the final Leicester MBA Project.
The University of Leicester has been recognised by the Association of Graduate Recruiters of being one of the best institutions in the UK to prepare students for the working world.
All students will have access to both the Leicester School of Management Career Development Managers as well as the University’s Career Development Service.
Leicester Finance MBA graduates hold senior Financial positions in a wide range of industries.
An undergraduate degree from an approved institution, which is equivalent to a UK Honours Degree; or an acceptable professional qualification, such as CIMA or ACCA.
We also encourage applications from those with either the University of Leicester’s Diploma in Management or the University of Leicester’s Professional Diploma in Management.
At least 3-5 years relevant working experience (defined as having worked in a supervisory, managerial or professional role).
If your undergraduate degree or other academic qualifications are not considered as equivalent to a UK Honours with a 2:2, or if you do not possess an undergraduate degree and wish to apply, you will be required to demonstrate at least 5 years relevant work experience (defined as having worked in a supervisory, managerial or professional role), and either one of the following:
- complete a 400 word essay which asks you to reflect on aspects of your relevant work experience. This will be followed by a 30-minute welcome conversation via Skype with the MBA Director.
- OR, submit a GMAT score of 550+ achieved no more than 5 years ago.
English language proficiency –
The MBA Admissions Assessment is utilised to assess English language proficiency. This involves a multiple-choice section which will test your knowledge of the English language for business and reading skills and completing a 400-word essay asking you to reflect on your professional experiences.
OR, submit an IELTS test score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing OR a TOEFL Test of 250 (Computer)/575 (Paper)/90 (IBT)
Managing and Developing People and Organisations
The module starts with an induction to the programme and introduction to teaching and learning management knowledge and skills. The module covers individual and group behaviours in organisations; general management at operational and strategic levels; leadership in and out of organisations; strategic human resource management system; interpersonal relations and communications; and managing change.
Managing Value Creation Processes from Idea to Market
This module covers managing resources, systems and processes in organisations, including planning and design, production and operations, marketing, and sales/distribution of goods and services; managing innovation, including creativity, intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial behaviour, enterprise development and intellectual property.
Managing Finances and Strategic Decision Making
This module covers financing of organisations, financial management, managerial applications of accounting and micro-and macro-economics; principles and practices of strategy, strategy formulation and planned and incremental approaches to decision making, business level strategy and competitive advantage, corporate level strategy and portfolio management; ethics, corporate governance, social responsibility and sustainability and their impact on management.
Learning and Professional Development Portfolio
When completing the non-credit bearing Learning and Professional Development Portfolio, as you progress through your studies, you will produce a structured collection of evidence and reflection that supports and documents your learning and development. The portfolio is both a tool and a product of learning.
As a tool, the portfolio helps you learn to record, reflect on and take responsibility for managing your development. As a product, the Portfolio allows you to substantiate your CV, job/promotion application, selection interview, or performance appraisal/professional development review to current or prospective employers and to demonstrate continuing professional development for the purposes of membership in or licensing by a professional body.
You will submit your portfolio at the end of each of the first four modules on the programme and will be required to pass the module in order to progress to the final module. You will be supported in your work on the Portfolio by your personal tutor, who will provide you with guidance and regular feedback. Submission of your portfolio is required although you are not required to ‘pass’ it at each stage.
You will then submit your final portfolio as a pre-requisite before progressing on to the Organisational Research and Consultancy Methods module and the MBA Project. A pass grade must be achieved for your Learning and Professional Development portfolio before you can start your MBA project.
Managing International Marketing Communications, Brands and Relationships
This module provides an in-depth engagement with a wide range of current marketing concepts, issues and challenges. The two key dimensions are: how to organise and manage marketing relationships and supply chains in both consumer and business-to-business contexts; and, to understand and operationalise effective programmes for communications, promotion and stakeholder engagement activities. In modern business administration these two dimensions are co-ordinated and implemented through effective and sustainable strategic brand management processes which underpin the basis for the development of brand equity, brand value and competitive positioning.
Managing Finance for Corporate Policy and Strategy
Finance plays a central role in the survival, growth and development of a corporation. It is an essential dimension of most corporate policy decisions and involves an understanding of the practices of the short term and long term capital markets. Alternative sources of finance are associated with different risks, which need to be identified, managed and mitigated when managers make strategic decisions such as whether or not to merge with or acquire another company. Another important set of decisions which require an understanding of finance involves the choice of capital structure and dividend policy. Financial innovation is rapid with new alternative sources of finance coming to the market. Managers, especially of SMEs, need to know about these new sources along with the risks associated with them.
Option choice: Managing Human Resources Strategically
Many organisations declare that ‘people are our most important asset’, and human resource managers often contend that they take an increasingly strategic role in organisations. However, other organisations have achieved success through business models which emphasise low levels of investment in their workers.
The aim of this module is to examine the extent to which Human Resource Management can be considered to be a strategic business function. Through an examination of the employment relationship, including recruitment and selection, training and development, motivation and reward, and performance and change management, you’ll analyse the different approaches that organisations take to managing their people.
Organisational Research and Consultancy Methods and the MBA Project
The Organisational Research and Consultancy Methods and the MBA Project consists of two parts:
- You will focus on organisational research and consulting methods
- You will undertake an independent MBA project, which can be an in-company project, business start-up plan or a research inquiry into a specific management or business issue
The MBA Project is a substantial written piece of work and will equate to 60 credits and will be studied over 6 months. You will be able to choose to complete one of the following:
- A live consultancy style study in their company
- Business research
- Business start-up plan
- A traditional dissertation
* Information correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change by the University of Leicester