Global MBA

General

Program Description

Develop world-class business acumen and take your career to the next level with our Global MBA. Build your career momentum by studying as you work and bringing fresh insights to the workplace.

The Global MBA is accredited by a number of professional bodies, including CMI and CIMA. You'll have the chance to gain Chartered Manager status through CMI, and emerge with qualifications that are highly valued by employers.

If you already hold professional qualifications and/or any other postgraduate qualification, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, meaning you can complete your degree faster.

Join the next generation of global business leaders.

The Global MBA equips you with an expert understanding of the challenges facing today’s global business leaders. It offers flexibility and a broad range of options to suit your needs and your employer's.

How you study

You can study this online programme from anywhere in the world. You receive comprehensive learning materials and a choice of tuition options.

Study materials

We provide you with all of the resources and study materials you need to complete the course successfully, including the essential reading for each module. You can access these through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on a range of devices.

Our online learning resources typically include multimedia content, activities and exercises (e.g. multiple choice quizzes, reflective exercises and self-assessment questions), as well as facilities for you to interact with your tutor and fellow students. You’ll also receive access to two short introductory modules that help you get the most from your studies.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • On the VLE you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Tutor support

All students receive tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

  • Web-supported learning: if you register for a module as a web-supported learner, you join an online tutor group. If you register in this way, you pay the web-supported learner fee.
  • Institution-supported learning: if you enrol for a module with a local teaching centre, you receive face-to-face tuition. We work with several teaching centres in seven countries and will recruit more to support the programme.

If you enrol for tuition with a teaching centre, you pay the institution-supported fee to the University plus an additional tuition fee to the teaching centre.

Time commitment

Study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time. Each module presents about 150 hours of study – an average of 6-8 hours per week. Modules will run at least twice a year, depending on demand.

Each module is studied for over 22 weeks. You choose how many to take in each session and which sessions to enter. You can study up to six (or four modules and the project) at any one time.

Assessment

Each module includes a mix of assessments. Formative assessments help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade. These include coursework and a project or written exam.

Examinations are held four times a year. You can defer sitting an exam once (subject to a fee) but not the submission of coursework. Once you begin a module it is generally expected that you will complete it in the six-month session.

Programme structure

You must complete six core modules; four optional modules; strategic project.

Core modules:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics for Managers
  • Marketing for Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Successful Leadership

Plus any four optional modules within any of the following specialisms:

  • Accountancy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Law
  • Leadership

Plus Strategic Project


To gain a specialist MBA, at least three of your optional modules and the Strategic Project must be from one specialist area:

  • Accountancy
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Law
  • Leadership

Modules are available as follows (subject to minimum student registrations):

  • All core modules and the Strategic Project are available for every session.
  • Modules in 'Accounting', 'Finance' and 'Law' will be available every January and July.
  • Modules in 'Leadership' and 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation' will be available each April and October.
  • It is strongly advised that students taking Health optional modules have prior experience of working in the health or healthcare sector.
  • Individual modules may also be studied on a stand-alone basis. A student may register for any number of core optional modules* on a stand-alone basis with the exception of the Strategic Project. Only four modules may be counted as credit towards a related award.

*Subject to module availability in each session.

Entry requirements

For direct access (Entry Route 1), you will need the following:

  • A second-class honours bachelor degree or equivalent from an acceptable institution.
  • Three years’ work experience in a managerial role (within the past five years).

We accept qualifications from around the world. If you have an appropriate professional award rather than a degree, we will consider this on an individual basis.


If you meet only one of these requirements, you can apply to join the programme via Entry Route 2.

For your application to be considered, you must have one of the following:

  • A second-class honours bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent from an acceptable institution; or
  • Three years’ work experience in a managerial role (within the past five years).

Your application will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Under this route, you are strongly advised to complete our MBA Preparation Course (about 125 hours of study), and then take only one module (preferably core) in your first study session and one module in your second session. This will help you develop the necessary skills to complete the programme successfully.

English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test.
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

Career opportunities

The University of London Global MBA provides you with the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to build and develop an executive career in the future. As a future leader, your Global MBA can provide you with specific managerial insights into the worlds of Accountancy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Health, Law and Leadership.

Beyond these specialisations, you will also gain a deeper understanding into a broader core skillset, including project management and strategic thinking as you apply your enhanced understanding of management theory to your own professional experience. From understanding how organisations grow and develop, to how to inspire and lead colleagues and teams, you will gain a range of skills which will enhance your future employability.

Many employers, from multinationals to boutique start-ups, from government departments to intergovernmental bodies, value the breadth and depth of skills that a qualification such as the University of London Global MBA offers.


Apply now and join the next intake of the Global MBA.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

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