The core modules are designed to expose participants to state of the art thinking in the key management disciplines and provide opportunity throughout to apply theory to real life management situations.
Accounting for Decision-Makers (20 credits)
Marketing (20 credits)
Operations Management (20 credits)
People and Organisations (20 credits)
Strategic Management (20 credits)
Participants will be able to choose 40 credits from a range of electives. These will include:
Management of Finance (20 credits)
Capital Markets and Derivatives (20 credits)
Principles of Islamic Finance (20 credits)
Islamic Investment Banking (20 credits)
Managing People in a Global Context (20 credits)
Developing People for Leadership and Management (20 credits)
Behavioural Elements of Marketing: Knowing Your Consumer (20 credits)
Strategic Global Marketing (20 credits)
Product Development Management (20 credits)
Managing the Product Development Process (20 credits)
Project Management Theory and Practice (20 credits)
Management of Mega and
Complex Projects (20 credits)
Successful completion of a combination of these subjects (with core modules and final project / dissertation) will entitle students to the award of MBA. However, students may opt to undertake a specialism, studying two subjects in the same area, for example Principles of Islamic Finance and Islamic Investment Banking; the programme offers several pathways for students wishing to have their specialisms noted, and these include:
Final Module (40 credits):
The final project is a double module, completed by students after they have completed all taught modules. Whether an academic piece of research or an investigation into the launching of a business; it is designed to be an intellectually challenging piece of individual management research. It will equip successful students with the knowledge, capabilities and competences required of today's managers, in a world in which the ability to research new information is increasingly important. Students are able to choose between:
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- Capstone Project (40 credits)
- New Business Project (40 credits)
Learning & Teaching
Students are allocated a supervisor for their final, 40 credit module, who will provide constructive comment on their work as it develops. Students have access to online as well as standard library facilities. The entire process, from development of a draft research proposal and schedule, through selecting methods and drafting chapters, is supported by the Cardiff School of Management supervisors but managed and implemented by the student.
Assessment is via a combination of examinations, assignments, presentations, groupwork and the final project.
Employability & Careers
There have been developments within the School and Institution to encourage employability. The module in Core Skills in the first semester, for example, has introduced the student to the maintenance of personal records.
Careers events and a Blackboard on-line module allow students opportunities to further their knowledge. "Campus Pack" offers a student the capacity to build their e-portfolio within their online modules. This is designed with the following aims:
- Social Assignments: Empower instructors, academic technologists, and instructional designers to build and implement assignments and activities from a palette of re-usable social media tools including wikis, blogs, journals, podcasts, and templates.
- Social Network and Academic Commons: Implement a secure social network and community for instructors, students, departments, and administrators.
- e-Portfolios: Provide every individual a space and network to create, categorize, assess, and present academic and co-curricular activities with instructors, peers, advisors, or anyone in the world.
- Personal Development Plans: Personal Development Plans (PDP) facilitate the structure necessary for students to reflect upon individual learning, performance, and achievement, and map personal, educational, and career development. Institutions can easily design template profiles to meet the needs of different users and skill set groups.
The Alumni office and the MBA Team have also been developing networks, for example through social media such as Linked In. The success of these networks has been evidenced by the amount of former students currently in contact with the university about their employment, allowing current and former students to form links, and network.
The invitation to join with Merseburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, to offer a Project Management Summer school is further evidence of the reputation now established and enhances any professional accreditation applications further. In July 2013, a tuition programme was offered, combining theory and practice and adhering to PMI global standards. This summer school opportunity not only offered the opportunity to foster partnerships in Europe alongside valuable learning experiences for students, it was centred on a live project. The project included the subdivisions of Funding, Regional Development and Visitor Centre, marketing strategy and Information systems.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should meet one of the following:
Possess, or expect to obtain, a degree from a recognised university with a minimum of a 2:2 classification;
Have a minimum of five years relevant management experience;
Hold a professional or other qualification which is deemed acceptable for admission .
The MBA programme is conducted in English, and thus candidates are expected to have an acceptable IELTS score if they have not undertaken their previous studies in the language. The IELTS score should be no lower than 6.0, with no sub score being lower than 5.5. There are quality assurance measures taken at programme, school and institutional level to ensure standards are consistently met.
There are quality assurance measures taken at programme, school and institutional level to ensure standards are consistently met.
Selection for this course is through an application form and, where necessary, an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.