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Develop the skills to lead and succeed on the international stage with a life-changing International MBA from a global university
Apply By18 April 2023
To Start2 May 2023
Complete within 12 months
Research with 'world-leading' impact
100% online International MBA within 12 months
QS 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
Ranked overall as a top 50 University**
Member of AACSB, CABS, EFMD and PRIME
70% of university research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
£8,880 total fees, option to pay £740 per module
*QS World University Rankings, 2023
**Guardian University Guide, 2023
***Research Excellence Framework, 2021
An International MBA to take your career to the next level
The 100% online International MBA from the University of Sunderland has been created for leaders and aspiring leaders from a wide range of industries, sectors and backgrounds who want to step up into more senior positions or who wish to take their career in a new direction entirely. The MBA equips you for strategic, cross-cultural and international roles in organisations where decision-making involves evaluation and analysis of challenging and fast-changing environments and the exploration of opportunities to implement change at a strategic level.
Underpinning this International MBA is the development of enhanced leadership skills, refined through self-reflection on personal performance. The MBA develops your ability to make informed decisions, adopt a critical perspective, communicate ideas and develop cultures that encourage and maximise the wellbeing and productivity of teams and individuals.
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A global MBA that can be studied flexibly from anywhere
What is so powerful about the MBA International is that it knows no borders or geographical limits. As it is taught and delivered entirely online, it can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no requirement to attend campus at any time during your studies.
The flexible design of the MBA has been carefully built to ensure that, if you have work or family commitments, you can study around these at times that are convenient for you, on mobile or desktop devices.
If you choose to study full-time you can complete this MBA within 12 months, fast-tracking your potential career progression.
And with six start dates per year, the next start date is never more than a matter of weeks away, ensuring that there is no need to put your ambitions on hold.
A business school acclaimed for teaching, research and skills development
The University of Sunderland Business School is proud that elements of our research in business have been recognised as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally important’ (latest REF). We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles in organisations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Barclays, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.
What will you study?
The International MBA degree is designed to develop your ability to manage and lead holistically within organisations. You will learn how to effectively integrate cross-functional practices to address business problems, create and capitalise on opportunities and provide solutions in a wide range of international organisational contexts.
The International MBA will help grow your confidence as a leader, deepen your understanding of the dynamic business environment and develop your data analysis, problem solving and innovation skills, equipping you to guide strategic direction.
Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:
Leadership and management across global contexts
Global corporate strategy
Organisational behaviour and cultural change
Big data analytics
A global University with specialist expertise in online learning
Our work with students from around the globe goes back over 40 years and is reflected in our campus locations in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London and strong international partnerships across the world including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. We take pride in being a place for diverse learner cohorts who benefit from interactions with each other and are able to grow their global professional networks.
There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was awarded The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education.
Our experience, our leading-edge technology and our expertise in delivering outstanding online learning experiences to an audience of global students are key to what sets the University of Sunderland and our online International MBA apart.
Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent) plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience
Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience
The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management
Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee
If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.
In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.
You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.
If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of
Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Becoming self-aware, reflecting and appreciating personal strengths and weaknesses supports self-development and leads to skills improvement. Pivotal to successful and effective management and leadership is an appreciation that professionals have different approaches to their work, originating from a range of diverse personality traits, attributes and beliefs. This module helps you to understand these and how they are determinants of an individual’s effectiveness and enables you to develop and enhance your ability to manage and lead others.
Walking into a supermarket and finding bananas and coffee from South America, wine from California and New Zealand and cocoa from Nigeria is a result of international trade. This module will provide you with an understanding of how countries expand their markets for both goods and services that otherwise may not have been available domestically. It will explore how international trade leads to greater competition and competitive pricing and how this affects the consumer. You will understand the flow of goods and services across international boundaries from supply and demand factors, economic integration, and policy variables.
Financial Management and Control
This module explains how to measure and compare financial performance and use knowledge of an entity’s cost in operational and strategic management. It explores cost management and analysis, costing methods and control, strategic planning, decision making and budgeting. You will consider budgetary preparation and financial control, develop an understanding of how to appraise investment opportunities and make business financing decisions and of the role of working capital.
Global Corporate Strategy
Business is increasingly becoming global. The global view relates not only to an assessment of competitors but also the geographic and demographic arenas in which they function. This module examines key contemporary issues surrounding international and global strategic management. A framework will be established to enable you to understand the strategic management and strategic leadership processes involved in organisations. In this context, strategy can only be analysed and understood when the various stakeholders and their complex relationships are considered as part of the management of multinational enterprises. This is achieved by examining the design of strategic management and leadership processes and how strategic decisions affect the functioning of organisations operating in both domestic and international markets.
Leadership and Management Development Across Contexts
This module focuses on how leadership and management facilitate organisational, team and individual change and growth. It draws on the established body of both academic knowledge and theory and professional practice in leadership and management development.
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the complex and much debated nature of leadership and management development in a volatile, uncertain and ambiguous global environment. It covers the development of leadership and management at all levels ranging from first line to senior managers. The module also explores approaches to assessing leadership and management development needs and the design of strategies and programmes within a range of organisations and contexts.
Operations management is the administration of business practices designed to establish the highest level of efficiency within an organisation. You will learn how to focus on the conversion of materials and labour into goods and services as effectively and efficiently as possible in order to maximise profit. You will also gain an understanding of the theory and practice behind the balancing of costs with revenue in order to achieve the highest possible operating profit.
Marketing in a Digitally Connected World
Against a backdrop of new technologies and a proliferation of fast developing marketing channels, effective marketing requires an understanding and ability to design complex solutions that engage effectively with the customer journey. This module explores current marketing theory and how offline and online technologies interact with customers through a myriad of touchpoints. Customers from a range of market perspectives are considered and the application of holistic marketing approaches as a means of supporting ‘needs satisfaction’ and attaining customer loyalty is explored.
Organisational Behaviour and Cultural Change
Organisational behaviour is the study of human behaviour in organisational settings, exploring the interface between human behaviour and the organisation, and the organisation itself. A variety of factors influence organisational behaviour, including structure, policies, processes and management. You will gain knowledge of how companies can manage and lead change effectively, and by understanding organisational behaviour you will support your personal development and ability to set the standard for accepting, negotiating, and implementing change.
Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
This module develops critical insights into corporate social and environmental responsibility. Corporations have a clear ability to influence and shape the environment, our choices as consumers, the rules of government and the quality of our working lives. In recognition of this power there have been increasing calls for corporate social responsibility at national and international levels. The module examines contemporary themes using case studies to illustrate the complex relationship between business and society and the alternative frameworks through which the subject can be considered. It explores the issues of accountability and regulation and considers alternative forms of organising such as co-operatives and partnerships in order to question whether these structures enable organisations to engage with the broader aims of corporate social and environmental responsibility.
Big Data in Organisations
In this module you will investigate techniques that organisations use for performing simple analysis of data for a variety of business applications. You will develop an understanding of the types of data used in business, the differences between structured and unstructured data and how tools can be used to represent and analyse different types of data, including Big Data, in various contexts.
You will gain an appreciation of how data analytics can enhance business processes, for improved decision making in marketing, customer relationships, sales and forecasting. You will also learn how to apply simple analytical techniques to present information using data visualisation tools.
Managing Innovation and Technology Transfer
The purpose of this module is to research, discuss, debate and evaluate innovation and technology transfer. You will develop an understanding of how to develop and implement technology strategy and how to develop the processes, capabilities, networks and culture to incubate, develop and execute innovation strategies. The module explores how to develop business cases and how to create and manage new products and services.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are highly valued by employers and by enterprising individuals who are interested in starting a new business or in exploiting a unique business idea. This module enables you to seize opportunities, mitigate risks, be creative and develop problem solving skills. It provides you with the knowledge and understanding to drive your business ideas forward and overcome hurdles with the aim of successfully launching new business ventures.
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