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Master of Business Administration MBA (part-time)

The Business School has over 20 years’ experience of MBA delivery


Reasons to study Master of Business Administration MBA at DMU:

This course is intended for ambitious managers who wish to develop and enhance their management, strategy and leadership capabilities, build networks, and broaden their knowledge from our leading resident experts.

The MBA builds on De Montfort University’s (DMU) long history of delivering successful and highly regarded MBAs. Collaborative learning, excellent facilities and internationally recognised research applied to teaching make this MBA a distinctive and transformational experience.

  • Academic expertise
    Leicester Business School has over 20 years’ experience of MBA delivery
  • Develop essential skills
    The course builds on current thinking in management education to develop critical thinkers with effective problem solving skills
  • Designed with the needs of busy managers in mind
    The course is constructed in block study format, and incorporates personal reflective learning and a dissertation
  • Competitively priced
    Our part-time MBA programme is competitively priced compared to competitors
  • Employability hub
    You will be introduced to the embedded ‘Employability Hub’ within the Business School which will enhance your CV
  • Boost your earning potential
    Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.




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Master of Business Administration MBA (Global)

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: 2 years part-time

Start date(s): September 2017

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £14,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

This course is not available to international students.

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Option 2

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You should hold a good honours degree or overseas equivalent in any subject. You should have a minimum of two years’ management experience.

If you have a postgraduate diploma in management studies, or equivalent, there is the possibility of being accredited for prior learning and joining the course in the second year.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

The MBA builds on current thinking in management education to develop critical thinkers with effective problem solving skills. Core modules explore and critically examine key business and management fundamentals, equipping you with the ability to think conceptually and holistically.

First year modules:

  • Corporate Performance Management – considers the procedures necessary in order to successfully monitor, control and manage various forms of enterprise. You will critically analyse the suitability of performance management procedures and will also interpret the outcome from the procedures. The module takes place in the context that as companies, organisations and business in general, continually evolve then it is likely that performance measurement and management systems will also go through various stages of evolution.
  • Strategic Management 1 – emphasises the integrated nature of strategic management and enables you to think conceptually and holistically about how to approach sophisticated strategic analyses for use in a wide variety of management applications. The module provides an equal examination of the external macroeconomic business environment and the internal microeconomic foundations of business strategy. It helps you to understand and apply strategic management analysis from both a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective.
  • Strategic Management 2 – provides the opportunity to explore and apply both classical and contemporary thinking in the field and to study the practice of advanced strategic management. The syllabus, learning materials and teaching/learning methods are designed to introduce, develop, apply and challenge the tools, techniques and approaches that reside within the field of strategic management. In addition, the module explores how managers can best act strategically in conditions of uncertainty, high risk and crisis. It also considers how an advanced strategic management approach influences successful new product and service development and collaboration between organisation.
  • Managing Advertising and Communications – explores the marketing communications mix and its relationship with the traditional marketing mix. You will examine the structure of the marketing communications industry and the working relationships that underpin it. You will also explore the media of marketing communications to better understand the environmental framework surrounding integrated marketing communications management. The module provides opportunities to apply marketing communications concepts to a practical situation involving problem solving, teamwork, creativity and decision making.
  • Understanding Organisational Behaviour – the Understanding Organisational Behaviour module adopts a critical and comparative approach to understanding how organisations function in contemporary society as well as the behaviour of individuals. The module looks at organisations from a macro and micro perspective. At a macro level it considers external factors such as increasing diversity and globalisation, and how organisational structures have evolved in response to this. At micro level, it considers an individual’s behaviour and the behaviour of groups.
  • Research Methodology – presents research in management and business as a strategic activity that occurs within the context of limited resources and within a framework of ethical, legal and social constraints. Attention is focused on data collection techniques appropriate for research in management and business, along with techniques for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Participants will be introduced to the conventions of reporting research and will receive guidance in relation to the structure and format of their dissertations.

Second year specialist modules:

In year two of the programme, two specialist module are studied that may include:

• Managing Organisational Change

• Entrepreneurship and Innovation

• Risk Management

• Customer Relationship Management

• Project Management

• Managing Complexity, Uncertainty and Conflict


The MBA is completed with a management dissertation that provides you with an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of interest and to apply and enhance technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

Direct entry to year two

If you have a postgraduate diploma in management studies, or equivalent, there is the possibility of being accredited for prior learning and joining the course in the second year.


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Teaching contact hours

This is a part-time course, studied over two years, and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 19 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 7 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a surgery hour each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 12 hours per work during teaching weeks

Once you have completed all the taught modules, you will then undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and should typically allow around 19 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

MBA graduates from the programme work in management role in organisations such as Rolls-Royce, DHL, Samworth Brothers, Snap-On Tools, NHS, EDF, Landis+Gyr, Kuehne and Nagel, GfK, 3M, National Audit Office, NHS, Nissan, Babcock International Group, National Grid, Jaguar Land Rover.

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We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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50% off selected PG courses

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.


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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round. If you can't visit the university in person, you can also sign up for one of our online chats. Find out more.


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