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MBA - Master of Business Administration

The MBA is an internationally recognised and respected qualification for managers. Applicants are from both the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. 

The teaching programme is aimed at those who are looking to develop their careers and at 'high flyers' that need an understanding of all the major functions of business providing generalist knowledge for prospective leaders. 

In addition to enhancing successful students' career prospects, the course aims to encourage independent and creative thinkers. This is done by following the UK Quality Assurance Agency guidelines in giving students a 'strong practical and professional orientation' differentiating it from other masters programmes.

All students complete seven taught modules, (five compulsory core modules and two optional modules), together with a final project.

Cardiff campus-based MBA graduates maybe entitled to the following ACCA qualification exemptions:

• Business and Technology

• Management Accounting

• Financial Accounting 

Course Content​​

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)

Optional Modules:

Participants will be able to choose 40 credits from a range of optional modules. These will include*:

  • Business Process and Data Analytics (20 credits) (module delivered by Cardiff School of Technologies
  • Social Media Analytics for Business (20 credits) (module delivered by Cardiff School of Technologies) 
  • Management of Finance (20 credits)
  • Finance of International Business (20 credits)
  • Managing People in a Global Context (20 credits)
  • Developing People for Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Principles of Islamic Finance (20 credits)
  • Islamic Investment Banking (20 credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour: Knowing Your Consumer (20 credits)
  • Strategic Global Marketing (20 credits)
  • Project Management Theory and Practice (20 credits)
  • Management of Mega and Complex Projects (20 credits)
  • Logistics in a Global Context (20 credits)
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management (20 credits)
  • Leadership in Health Sector Management (20 credits)**
  • Health Sector Operations Management (20 credits)**

*Please note: the offer of optional modules is subject to availability and student numbers. 

** Only available at Gulf College, Oman.

Successful completion of a combination of these subjects (with core modules and final project) will entitle students to the award of MBA. However, students may opt to undertake a specialism, studying two subjects in the same area, Management of Finance, and Finance of International Business for an MBA (Finance) award. ; the programme offers several pathways for students wishing to have their specialisms noted, and these include:

  • MBA (Business Analytics)
  • MBA (Finance)
  • MBA (Human Resources)
  • MBA (Islamic Finance)
  • MBA (Marketing Management)
  • MBA (Project Management)
  • MBA (Supply Chain and Logistics Management)
  • MBA (Health Sector Management)*

    *Available at Gulf College, Oman

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:

  • Capstone Project (40 credits)
  • New Business Project and Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)**
  • Consultancy Project (40 credits)**

**subject to student numbers and approval from Programme Director

​Learning & Teaching​

​The core and optional modules will be delivered through a mixture of lectures and seminars. All modules are supported by Moodle, the virtual learning environment which will provide students with a wide range of learning material and study guidance.

For the final 40 credit module, students are allocated a supervisor 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 Moodle on-line module allow students opportunities to further their knowledge. 

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.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should meet one of the following:

- Possess, or expect to obtain, a minimum of a second class lower division (UK 2:2 classification) degree from a recognised university;

- Have a minimum of five years relevant management experience;

- Hold a professional or other qualification which is deemed acceptable for admission .

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

There are quality assurance measures taken at programme, school and institutional level to ensure standards are consistently met.

Selection Procedure:
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.

Further information about the mandatory supporting documents can be found here.

For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

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.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme team:
Tel: 029 2041 7168

Key Course Information

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
12-16 months, depending on start date. September and January intakes. 

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses.
See if you are eligible.

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