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London Met Online MBA - Study for working professionals reshaped

Are you keeping pace with new developments in a fast-changing world? Is your career path on track?

One way of staying ahead and advancing your career is to enrol on a postgraduate course. In the era of constant digital disruption leaders, managers, and decision-makers need to look ahead. The same is true for universities and online course providers. They need to translate business and employability developments into their MBA programmes.

London Met Online’s new master’s degree in business administration has been developed with business trends, digital developments, and the integration of innovative approaches in mind. Introducing new topics in the MBA programme aims to address the needs of professionals across generations in their journey to advance or switch their careers, industries, and locations.

Course Information

Our Online MBA course is suitable for individuals seeking to develop their careers in business and management, building on their experience in the workplace. It is suitable for students without a prior business management degree, but students will have sufficient work experience to inform their learning and contribute insights to their fellow students. The course is demanding and so a strong work ethic and commitment to accelerated learning is required. Throughout the course, the aim is to develop the critical thinking, business decision making and interpersonal skills that are required for a successful business career as managers, business owners or entrepreneurs.

Our industry-relevant online MBA courses can set you up for success if you are looking to:

  • Explore a career in business and strategy
  • Advance to a senior role in your workplace
  • Make a career change or set up your own business
  • Build your network of business professionals

This new online MBA embeds student feedback and responds to changes in the market for MBA courses. The course enhances the teaching of operations, strategy and problem-solving and adds skills such as negotiation. It also brings more focus to the issues of climate change and technology disruption.

Online study is flexible, convenient and affordable. Read more about our part-time MBA Online and full-time MBA Online.

  • Delivery
  • Market
  • Course Aims
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Course Structure
  • Entry requirements
  • Delivery

    Students today are jugglers; few have the luxury to devote themselves to full-time study on campus at master’s level. Therefore, our approach to learning and teaching aims to provide them with the essential resources online in an efficient and effective manner as well as inspire them to explore areas of interest in depth.

    The course will be delivered online using a mix of in-person teaching and learning and online content including recorded lectures, facilitated online workshops, online readings, and group work.

    Students will be able to flex the amount of study they do from one to three modules per term to enable them to deal with changes in circumstances. They can complete the course in one to three years.

    Students will only study one 20-credit module at any given time. They will be able to join the programme at the start of any taught module. When an online bootcamp is made available, it will be a non-credit optional module to help prepare students for Level 7 study.

    All modules include the use of a virtual learning environment. Core materials, e.g. handbooks, presentations, reading materials etc, are made available on the platform, which also provides the vehicle for online collaboration and other blended learning activities.

    The programme has a collaborative learning approach where students will undertake group work, presentations, case studies, writing for diverse audiences and research-based problem-solving exercises, all of which contribute to the student’s practical skills.

  • Market

    A key element of the course is its emphasis on making sense of the current volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business world combined with applying the tools, techniques and thought processes needed to compete successfully.

    The impact of accelerating climate change, technology development and changes in world power are increasingly evident and making sense of these mega-trends is essential.

    Students will develop and refine their skills in complex problem solving, critical thinking, and business and people management. The importance of understanding and managing digital technology is a theme throughout the programme, as is the development of soft skills.

  • Course Aims

    A master’s degree in business administration will prepare you to make a significant change in your career: taking on greater leadership and management responsibility, switching industries or starting a business. This requires the development of:

    • broad knowledge of how businesses function and how they are managed and governed
    • strong financial awareness
    • problem-solving skills that can deal with complexity, uncertainty and incomplete data
    • understanding of environmental scanning in order to manage effectively in a changing world, particularly in relation to climate change, technology disruption and global politics
    • strategy setting and execution skills including change management
    • the essential soft skills demanded of managers and leaders – communication, negotiation, networking and team working
    • insights into the wider role of businesses in addressing societal problems in a sustainable manner
    • understanding of the need for ethical management and governance

     

    The MBA also aims to prepare its graduates to be:

    • able to undertake independent, ethical research
    • critical thinkers in a world of fake news and conspiracy theories
    • free from unconscious bias and committed to equality of opportunity
    • ready for lifelong learning
  • Learning Outcomes

    The learning outcomes support the aim that all London Met graduates will be able to demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity, and will act as inclusive, collaborative, and socially responsible professionals in their discipline.

    Knowledge and understanding 

    On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

    • critically evaluate the performance of a business through research and analysis of its market positioning, marketing, financial results, strategy, organisational design and culture, and identify opportunities for improvement
    • systematically evaluate the impact of current trends including climate change and environmental degradation, technology development and market demographics, globalisation and the implications for their personal careers   
    • understand and critically analyse entrepreneurial perspectives and processes, whether within established businesses or start-up ventures
    • demonstrate a critical awareness of how financial strategies and analysis support business performance management and decision-making
    • demonstrate the competencies required to think and act effectively as a leader and to negotiate with confidence in a range of settings
    • critically evaluate what it means to be a change agent and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to design, initiate and lead change in diverse organisational settings
    • analyse and evaluate the impact of digital technologies on business and how they are reshaping strategic priorities, business models and associated risk management

    Specific skills

    On completion of the programme students will be able to: 

    • communicate powerfully and effectively to a range of audiences and stakeholders 
    • create and execute solutions to problems using the best available theory, evidence and data
    • embrace digital technology effectively to enable successful personal and business functioning
    • leverage and analyse incomplete data to make decisions

    Transferable skills 

    On completion of the programme, students will: 

    • know and capitalise on their strengths and communicate them to potential employers and will have developed greater self-confidence in their abilities
    • work effectively in teams in multicultural environments at all levels
    • apply reflective practice in order to continue developing as a leader and manager and to engage in independent, life-long learning
  • Course Structure

    With the flexibility and convenience of at least six start dates every year, you can start your MBA when it suits you.

     

    The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

     

    Module Code
    Module Title
    Status
    Credit
    Notes
    Module Code
    MN7010EI
    Module Title
    Level 7 Business Study Bootcamp
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    0
    Notes
    Delivered online to prepare students for Level 7 business study. Students complete this module before starting their first 20-credit module.

    This module will enable students to build key skills and knowledge that will enable them to maximise the value they gain from the MBA and accelerate their return to studying successfully as independent learners at Level 7.

    The aims of the Boot Camp are to ensure that students:

    • have clearly defined goals for the programme and a plan to achieve them
    • understand the structure of the course, the assessments and how they will learn
    • are ready to start their first module

    The module is intended to prepare students to critically read and evaluate research and practice within their chosen field of study and then to design a research proposal for their final project.

    On successful completion of this module students will:

    • understand the structure and context of the course
    • have understanding of the tools and techniques for business problem solving including problem definition, data gathering and analysis
    • understand how and why case studies are used and the approach to solving them
    • know the expectations for writing and presenting and be able to create a professional business report using MSWord
    • understand how to be effectively in a group or team
    • understand how to use the universities online resources to access and reference relevant books, journals and articles
    • understand how to participate in online, learning effectively
    • understand the approach to learning and teaching including assessment, how to avoid plagiarism, and referencing.

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    Students will study the topic online and independently using the materials provided on the VLE. In addition, they will attend three hour workshops.

    Note: 1 credit = 10 hours’ learning (i.e. 30 credits should total 300 hours)

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Three one-hour workshops 3
    Guided independent study 11 hours per week 33
    Assessment preparation/delivery 11
    Placement/study abroad 0
    Total learning hours for the module 50
    Module Code
    MN7027EI
    Module Title
    Business Problem Solving
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    20
    Notes
    Teaching will be one module at a time. Students can start the course with any taught module after completing the Bootcamp.

    This module will help prepare students to become well-informed and effective managers, business owners and entrepreneurs able to lead, manage and solve problems in dynamic and complex environments.  The emphasis is on the practical skills of problem solving, critical thinking, presenting proposals, researching, analysing and making recommendation for a senior management or executive audience.  

    The module is intended to prepare students to critically read and evaluate research and practice within their chosen field of study and then to prepare a proposal for their final project.

    On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    • Apply suitable theories and frameworks to analyse and create solutions to business problems using robust and defensible methods
    • Design and plan an effective, practical business problem solving project
    • Communicate clearly and effectively problem analysis and solutions, and research findings.

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    Students will attend weekly three-hour workshops during which time they will receive material in the form of lectures/discussions, issues, and participate in group activities including complex problem-solving exercises.

    Independent reading and problem solving.

    Independent research to identify a suitable project for their final 60 credit module.

    Note:  1 credit = 10 hours’ learning (i.e. 30 credits should total 300 hours)

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Six two-hour workshops including time allocated to the simulation 12
    Guided independent study 88
    Assessment preparation/delivery Includes identifying a suitable project subject. 100
    Placement/study abroad 0
    Total learning hours for the module 200
    Module Code
    MN7028EI
    Module Title
    Breakthrough Leadership Skills
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    20
    Notes
    As above

    The module equips students with a range of skills and knowledge essential to thinking and acting effectively as an inclusive leader. Students will review concepts and cases enabling the critical evaluation of organisational and team design for high performance.

    The module will also equip students to perform better in the team-working, cross-cultural contexts that are typical of contemporary workplaces and in settings requiring emotional intelligence, enhanced coaching skills and negotiation skills.

    Critical to the value of the module is the encouragement of continuous learning and reflection.

    On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    • Critically evaluate approaches to inclusive leadership within business organisations
    • Demonstrate competency in the use of reflection for critical self-evaluation, learning and change
    • Demonstrate competency in critically evaluating their strengths and planning their own personal development for leadership including team working, inclusion, coaching and negotiation

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    WebLearn will be used to guide students through additional independent study using case studies, videos, articles and other readings and other online resources such as LinkedIn Learning.

    The module summative assessment includes reflective writing and students will have access to a Strengthscope personal assessment report to help them understand their personal strengths.

    Note:  1 credit = 10 hours’ learning (i.e. 30 credits should total 300 hours)

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Six two-hour workshops 12
    Guided independent study Online and offline 88
    Assessment preparation/delivery Group and individual work 100
    Placement/study abroad 0
    Total learning hours for the module 200
    Module Code
    MN7029EI
    Module Title
    Financial Decision Making
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    20
    Notes
    As above

    This module aims to provide practical methods and approaches to enable business managers and entrepreneurs to understand and use financial information to make effective business decisions.  The financial decision-making process demands the understanding of key financial management issues, performance indicators and methodologies to critically analysing accounting and financial information. Strong financial literacy is essential in business.

    The module also aims to introduce and examine the preparation and use of accounting and information to inform financial decisions. It provides the understanding of key performance indicators, cashflow management, full costing, working capital management techniques and the budgeting process to manage finances and support management decisions on investment projects and making capital investment decisions. The module concludes with a practice of developing business plan, capital investment decisions and aspects of financing businesses.

    On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    • Critically evaluate company financial performance and make recommendations for improvement;
    • Demonstrate an understanding and use of the appropriate analytical techniques to be applied to business case development and Investment appraisal; the raising of finance and the distribution of funds to investors;
    • Communicate financial information, analysis, issues, and recommendations clearly and concisely.

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    The module is delivered online including weekly 2-hour workshops. The workshop session is designed in an interactive manner to effectively help the learning process and engage learners through a collaborative two-way-process.

     

    Students receive in-house materials, which includes weekly lecture notes in the form of PPT presentations, scenario-based activities, and research articles. They are expected to complete set tasks in workshops (in part) and some of the tasks will be left for the students to complete outside the formal contact hours. Use will be made of the Count FEFE accounting game to support learning.

    The activity sessions are blended into the weekly tasks, so students are using computer facilities (mainly for Excel package) to analyse financial statements and word processing to write their critical analysis in the form of a report.

    Students will be required to access company data, such as financial statements, from various sources. Using manual calculations, analytic software, and business/financial simulation software, they can access data, discuss and analyse financial positions, performances and future prospects to recommend possible improvement options and develop new business plans.

    The business simulation requires students to compete in teams against each other in simulated industry covering 6 – 10 years of trading, with each simulation round representing one year. They will make a range of management decisions both financial and non-financial and receive their results in the form of accounting statements, staff feedback, and sales and marketing information.

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Workshops 12
    Guided independent study Independent study, practice and research, business simulation 118
    Assessment preparation/delivery Revision and guidance 70
    Placement/study abroad N/A 0
    Total learning hours for the module 200
    Module Code
    MN7030EI
    Module Title
    Digital Business Delivery
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    20
    Notes
    As above

    A business adds value through its operations, which today are typically highly dependent on the use of digital technology to link together organisations within the value network, connect with customers, improve delivery, personalise products and services, and match demand and supply. It is vital that managers and leaders understand both how business operations are designed, managed and improved, and the relationship between new product/service development and operations.

    Throughout the course of the module consideration will be given to the need for businesses to reduce their impact on climate change and to operate in a sustainable and ethical manner.

    On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    • Critique key practices and theories within the areas of operations management, service operations, and process management.  
    • Critically evaluate the contribution of operations management and information systems to a business organisation’s performance and strategic aims
    • Critically evaluate the business operations implications of current and emerging digital technologies as constraints, opportunities and threats.

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    Students will attend weekly three-hour workshops during which time they will receive material in the form of lectures/discussions, discuss case studies and current issues. They will also complete a range of exercises to build practical skills in forecasting, process modelling, and capacity planning.

    WebLearn will be used in support of blended learning to provide the reading list, lecture recordings, additional video material and items of topical interest.

    Note:  1 credit = 10 hours’ learning (i.e. 30 credits should total 300 hours)

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching 12  three-hour workshops including time 36
    Guided independent study Reading, case study analysis, other learning activities e.g., forecasting, process modelling and design 54
    Assessment preparation/delivery Assessment preparation 110
    Placement/study abroad N/A 0
    Total learning hours for the module 200
    Module Code
    MN7032EI
    Module Title
    Marketing in the Digital World
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    20
    Notes
    As above

    This module is intended to help develop knowledge concerning the nature and character of marketing as well as sales in an international context, capitalising on current and emerging technologies.

    This module explores how the interdependence of economies and increasingly globalised marketing reflects the trend of organisations designing, distributing and selling products and services in many markets around the world.

    After successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Critically evaluate marketing activities and offer recommendations for improvement
    • Critically analyse potential markets for development, applying a systematic understanding of the marketing theories to complex situations while considering the impact of technology in effective marketing decision-making.
    • Communicate marketing messages in a creative and compelling manner while utilising the principles of Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning.

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    Students will have 12 hours of contact time delivered through six 2-hour workshop sessions. 

    WebLearn will be used to guide students through additional independent study using case studies, videos, articles and other readings.

    Note:  1 credit = 10 hours’ learning

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Workshops 12
    Guided independent study Readings, viewing, case studies etc. 108
    Assessment preparation/delivery Research and writing 80
    Placement/study abroad 0
    Total learning hours for the module 200
    Module Code
    MN7031EI
    Module Title
    Global Strategy and Innovation
    Status
    Core
    Credit
    20
    Notes
    As above

    Small, medium and large business operate in very different ways however they share a common business and industry environment and often will both compete and collaborate. All sizes and types of business must understand their business and industry environment as they position themselves for success.

    This module focuses on the strategic skills and knowledge needed by executives, managers, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs.

    A key element of the module is participation in the business simulation in which students will compete against each other in teams within in a simulated global marketplace. This will provide the opportunity to role play executive positions in a global business, take strategic decisions, and gain rapid feedback on their validity.

    This module focuses on the strategic skills and knowledge needed by executives, managers, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs and aims to:

    • development understand and skills in strategy development and in execution
    • provide the knowledge and skills to scan, analyse and interpret their business environment
    • develop skills in understanding trends in the business environment and to construct scenarios that can be used to test strategy
    • develop the ability to manage resources and capabilities and to critically evaluate their importance as sources of sustainable competitive advantage but also as potential sources of disadvantage when disruptive innovation occurs
    • take strategic decisions based on a deep understanding of their business and the market or markets they serve
    • foster and exploit innovation through the development of new products and services
    • critical awareness of the importance of environmental and social responsibility, ethical decision making and the need for effective corporate governance.

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    Students will attend weekly three-hour workshops during which time they will receive material in the form of lectures/discussions, discuss case studies and current issues, and participate in groups in the business simulation.

    In the early part of the module, time will be allowed in the workshops for simulation team building, discussion and decision-making, but this will move to be an activity performed by the students outside the classroom either in face-to-face meetings or online.

    The module assessment will include a reflection on the business simulation experience.

    Note:  1 credit = 10 hours’ learning (i.e. 30 credits should total 300 hours)

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Six two-hour workshops including time allocated to the simulation 12
    Guided independent study Simulation, reading, and research 78
    Assessment preparation/delivery Preparation for the group presentation and preparation of the written individual submission. 110
    Placement/study abroad
    Total learning hours for the module 200

     

    Module Code
    MN7P13EI
    Module Title
    Building Business Insights
    Status
    Alt Core
    Credit
    60
    Notes
    120 credits required. Students start the final project once they have completed the six taught modules, requiring multiple start points for the final project

    This module provides you with the opportunity to work on specific management and business issues that organisations are facing. Utilising your problem-solving skills and competences of handling and managing business challenges. Starting from problem identification and concluding with solution related recommendations, thus encouraging research into real world business and management issues impacting organisations.

    Building Business Insights brings together the learning processes from the whole MBA programme. It encourages the synthesis of knowledge, theories and skills developed in the modules during the previous terms in order to provide realistic solutions to contemporary business and management challenges.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the different approaches to business/management issue(s) in the context of their chosen area to be investigated, with the use of appropriate evidence-based information and theory.
    • Discuss and critically evaluate the different perspectives of related evidence-based and theoretical literature including appropriate referencing from diverse sources.
    • Demonstrate acumen in the design, planning, selection and collection of evidence in investigating the chosen issue using primary and/or secondary data as deemed appropriate
    • Communicate effectively including your collection of evidence in the form of reports using appropriate formats in a well-structured report 
    • Utilise reflective practice techniques to critique your performance and identify improvements.
    • Demonstrate the development of independent and self-managed learning

    The balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity within the module

    This is a project module with most of the time invested in guided research and portfolio development. Students will attend 12 hours of workshop-based teaching at the start of the module and also be able to access 12 hours of supervision time.

    Note:  1 credit = 10 hours’ learning (i.e. 30 credits should total 300 hours)

    Method Description Learning Hours
    Scheduled learning & teaching Workshops + Supervision 24
    Guided independent study 528
    Assessment preparation/delivery Assessment preparation 60
    Placement/study abroad
    Total learning hours for the module 600 hours

    For 20-credit modules there are two summative assessments for each module:

    These may be group or individual assessments and involve the creation of various artifacts including reports, presentations, videos, reflective writing, financial analysis, personal development planning, case study solutions and a research proposal. 

    The final 60-credit module is assessed via a portfolio that includes reflection, a video presentation, a research report and evidence of the data collected. 

    An online induction to studying at Level 7 will be provided introducing the assessments for the programme and helping students understand the basis of their grades. Throughout the course, tutors will work with students to help them become assessment-literate, including 

    • involving them in peer-to-peer feedback of draft work
    • exposing them to the work of students that previously completed the course or a similar course 
    • providing assessment guidance and coaching

    Marking will be completed in all cases online, following university guidance. Feedback / feedforward will be supportive and motivational.

    Part-time structure

    Part-time students will complete modules at a rate that suits their work and other commitments. This may in some cases mean that modules are studied consecutively as well as alternately, or with longer gaps between modules.

  • Entry requirements

    • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree from a UK or recognised international university or another equivalent international qualification in any subject, or
    • An acceptable professional qualification equivalent such as the CMI, CIM, ACCA, CIMA, at Level 6 or above

    AND 

    Sufficient work experience to benefit from the course and to provide value to their peers. It is expected all applicants will have at least two years’ work experience which may have been gained whilst studying. 

    Following the review of applications, candidates may be required to attend a selection interview. 

    All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

    If a student is a non-native user of English, they must also:

    • provide evidence that they have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English

    OR

    •  Provide evidence of an IELTS 6.0 overall (or above) with no less than 5.5 in any component.

    Get in touch to find out more or apply online. 

Career, employability, and opportunities for continuing professional development

Potential career/further study destinations:

  • Continue to work for their current organisation but at a more senior level
  • Change organisation and possibly industry in search for more responsibility and reward
  • Start their own business
  • Enter employment with a new organisation

The skills, knowledge and abilities gained on the course are expected to enable the student to identify and negotiate new opportunities and to enable them to perform successfully at the next level.

Given the nature of the MBA, further higher education study is typically not expected, although lifelong learning using a range of resources certainly is.

 

Whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects, grow into a senior role, improve your leadership capabilities, or start a new venture altogether, London Met Online is an excellent choice for postgraduate study. Get in touch and find out more.

University study online: Frequently asked questions

Can postgraduate degrees & courses be done online?

Absolutely! London Met Online MBA and International Business Management with Project Management MSc are 100% online.

How does studying with London Met Online work?

With London Met Online MBA and International Business Management with Project Management MSc a normal week is composed of up to 30 hours of study including webinars, tutorials, online facilitation, and self-study. Online face-to-face delivery is on weekends and means that students are required to log in and participate in class at a specific time each week.  During the week students can log in and access all learning materials online at any time they choose.

How much is postgraduate study in the UK?

Tuition fees are market dependent as we are charging different rates for three different regions. Find out more on our Finance Options webpage.

Is postgraduate free in the UK?

Not, however, we have several affordable payment options and plans that can help you achieve your post-graduate qualifications: Finance Options 

Why should I choose distance learning postgraduate courses with London Met Online?

Delivered by EOL, the online learning division of ECA, London Met Online programmes give you access to expert tutors, and excellent learning resources and is designed to provide students with a world-class education.

We put your job prospects and flexibility needs at the heart of our online course’s curriculum and timetables. Our industry-oriented postgraduate courses are aligned with your career goals and adapted to incorporate the changing needs of the industry and current business market.

Furthermore, London Met Online MBA and International Business Management with Project Management MSc are 100% online, affordable, and self-paced so that your work and life balance isn’t disrupted.

Do you need help navigating a London Met Online Program?

Contact us and talk to a consultant from your desired department for friendly guidance. We’ll get back you as soon as possible, during regular office hours.