University of Leicester MBA programme modules:



Description of compulsory modules


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.


Description of optional modules


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

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.


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 this page, but may be subject to change by the university.