University of Nottingham Malaysia

Master of Business Administration MBA


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Qualification: MBA
Fees: Malaysian - RM62,600 per programme, Non-Malaysian - RM68,365 per programme
Mode: 1 year (full-time), 2-4 years (part-time)
Intake: February (part-time), June (part-time), September (full-time and part-time), November (part-time)
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

Our MBA programmes provide courses in general corporate and financial management for individuals seeking career advancement or diversification.The MBA adds value to your first degree by developing an integrated and critically-aware understanding of management and organisations in a global context. You will develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines while allowing customisation with specialist modules in various areas of management. The syllabus is the same to that offered in Nottingham University Business School, UK.

MBA programmes

The MBA programmes we offer are:


  • February (part-time)
  • June (part-time)
  • September (full-time and part-time)

Course structure

You must complete a total of 12 taught modules (8 core modules and 4 elective modules) and a Management Project.

Most modules will involve group work with like-minded individuals from diverse industries and countries. You will also develop the skills to implement agreed solutions effectively and efficiently, along with interpersonal skills to enable you to interact across a wide range of business stakeholders.

We also host a Business Leaders Seminar Series, which serves as a platform for interaction and exchange of ideas with industry leaders from various sectors. You will also have the opportunity to attend study skills sessions, workshops on soft skills such as teamwork, leadership and critical thinking, and additional workshops and seminars on research methods relevant to management projects.


All teaching will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC) based in Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Programme delivery

Our MBA offers both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2-4 years) study modes. Taught modules are delivered in 'block' format at our Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre. Students will be able to select elective modules they wish to undertake and complete the programme according to their own schedule.

Each module will generally have 33 hours of teaching, delivered in 'block' format over a period of 9-12 days with breaks in between.

Overseas study

Individuals wishing to study overseas can take up to two approved modules delivered by Nottingham University Business School UK, or our overseas partner institutions (subject to the availability of modules).

Global experience opportunity

The Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) Malaysia MBA programme organises international study tours for students every year. These study tours offer a unique and invaluable business and cultural programme, allowing students to gain direct experience of contemporary business and management issues.

The tours include visits to global companies such as Lenovo and Tencent, meetings with top executives as well as relevant universities for exposure to business engagement and business research apart from cultural excursions.

Study tours are usually organised in January each year, and the destinations focus on emerging markets. Past study tours have taken students to Shanghai, Ningbo, Beijing and Taiwan.

Students at NUBS Malaysia are also invited to participate in MBA study tours that are organised by NUBS UK, which include study tours to the United States, China and other parts of the world.

The study tour is an option available to full-time and part-time MBA students, as a separate activity from those covered by the programme's fees.


Depending on the module, you may be assessed by examination, group or individual coursework, group or individual presentations, or a combination of assessment methods.

Management Project

Each student is required to complete a management project that will focus on an area of interest. Students may choose any one from three types of management project:

  • Management Research Project (20,000 words) on an approved subject (weight 100%)
  • Company-based Individual Research Document (15,000 words) (70%) + Individual presentation (20 minutes including Q&A) and submission of slides (30%)
  • Management Project (Business Analysis Project) (15,000 words) (70%) + Individual presentation (20 minutes including Q&A) and submission of slides (30%)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent) or a relevant professional qualification deemed equivalent to a first degree with honours, plus at least three or more years of full-time management or leadership work experience, normally gained since graduating from the first degree. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.



Core modules

Accounting and Finance
This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting, management accounting and finance. Both commercial and not-for-profit organisations will be considered.

Financial reporting is the process of presenting financial (and other) information to a range of stakeholders in order to ensure appropriate accountability and stewardship. Students will be encouraged to consider the need for integrity in financial accounting and reporting, and the potential limitations of regulation and standards.

Management accounting is concerned with the preparation and presentation of accounting information to aid managers in their jobs of planning, decision making and control. New and traditional management accounting techniques are analysed in the context of a changing management context with its emphasis on strategy, costing and performance metrics. The content of the module is aimed primarily at managers and not accountants.

The finance section emphasises two of the major financial decisions, the investment decision and the financing decision - where the money comes from and how it is best used within the organisation. 
Business Economics
In the mixed economy, society's productive resources are allocated by a mixture of planning (government and firms) and decentralised decision making (individuals and markets). The module provides an introduction to the economic analysis of resource allocation at the level of individual consumers, firms, markets and the overall economy to show how these alternative economic principles can be used to promote the optimal allocation of resources for society as a whole. 
Entrepreneurship and Creativity
Entrepreneurship is now seen as a positive force for economic development in virtually all economies, yet there is no clear consensus as to what it is or how it is manifested. This course sets out to identify entrepreneurship in theory and its economic contribution, positive and negative, in practice. Finally, it considers whether policy intervention can encourage entrepreneurship activity and if so, how this may best be achieved.
Leadership, People and Organisational Capability

This module explores key contemporary issues in organisational behaviour and the management of people in diverse and dynamic contexts. The topics covered will include employee motivation, leadership and working in teams, power and politics, conflict, change, culture, inclusion and contemporary challenges for an emerging industrial age.


This module is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of marketing and to help managers understand the ways in which these may be used in practice. The course examines: understanding the marketing concept; the role of marketing within a business and its contribution to business performance and enhancing value; developing marketing strategy; segmentation, targeting and positioning; managing the marketing mix; and planning and implementation. These subjects are taught and debated in such a way as to provide participants with a more critical perspective on modern marketing by encouraging students to evaluate their broader social impact.

Operations Management
This module provides a thorough grounding in concepts and principles that are essential for the successful management of operations in contemporary organisations. Module topics include: the role of the operations function and the major variables in managing operations; service operations management, including service systems design and queuing systems; quality concepts and the management of quality; supply chain management concepts including material and information flows, supply chain dynamics, forecasting and sales and operations planning, postponement and mass customisation; lean thinking and lean concepts and process excellence; project management concepts and methods.
Strategic Management
This module examines the process of strategic management, focusing on the nature of strategy formulation and implementation. The analysis of strategy concepts and case study examples will be used to develop awareness of the factors that must be considered in strategic decision-making. Topics include strategic vision and mission, environmental and industry analysis; generic strategies; core competence; growth and diversification; internationalisation and the execution of strategy.
Sustainable Decisions and Organisations
This module takes the form of a series of lectures, workshops, case studies and role play and is taken by all MBA students. The course integrates and reflects upon the interdisciplinary nature of the MBA programme and challenges students' understanding and application of the material presented on the core MBA modules. This is undertaken by focusing on the role of different business stakeholders in achieving economic and environmental sustainability - through an examination of their possibly contradicting and contradictory objectives, values and decision-making processes. We have a wide range of practitioners featuring in the course. The participants have to present and defend their integrated sustainable strategy to a real board, consisting of practitioners with experience of board membership. The students also have to run a real media conference consisting of journalists from the press.

Elective modules*


Students can take any four modules from the MBA Finance electives or additional modules (see below)

MBA Finance

Students must take two of the following modules:

Corporate Finance

The module aims to emphasise the importance of answering the question "In whose interests should organisations be run?" before beginning the process of financial decision making. The module also aims to develop the key skills of forecasting and valuing risky cash flows, and the ability to apply these skills in financial decision making contexts.

Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis

The module examines the risk and return characteristics of classes of financial securities (equities, bonds, derivatives) and the processes and consequences of combining these securities in portfolios. The traditional meanvariance approach is extended in two ways, first by recognising that return distributions may not be well described by mean and variance, and secondly by examining the possibility that investors take into account non financial, ethicalconcerns in their portfolio building decisions. Any finance module, and a portfolio management module in particular,needs, post 2008, to reflect (and to reflect on) the gap between textbook treatments and "the real world". Standard text book treatments offer "the efficient markets hypothesis", "the capital asset pricing model" and "the Black Scholes model" in a relatively uncritical way, but post 2008 these models have been ridiculed in the financial press as "unrealistic". This major difference of opinion is examined in the module.

You will then choose a further two from the list of additional modules below:

Additional modules

Business and Commercial Law

This course provides students with an appreciation of the role of law in consumer and commercial transactions. One of three central aims of the course is to offer participants an appreciation of the legal status of corporations and the rights and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the corporate entity.

Business Ethics
This module examines ethical issues and dilemmas, covering a range of complex and controversial problems relating to business in a global economy. The main concepts and theories underpinning the business ethics field will be introduced, and students shall have the opportunity to apply these to business situations. More specifically, the course explores issues of human rights, globalization and sustainable development, and places these within different philosophical and cultural perspectives. The course also explores the role of corporations, multinational corporations, and Nation-States from an ethical perspective, and situates these explorations within a political-economic framework. 
Business Intelligence in the Digital Economy
This module explores the role of Business Intelligence (BI) in transforming the way companies strategize and organize for change to induce sustainable growth and innovation, new organizational forms, and intellectual property. BI is prevalently relevant to the digital economy. Being digitally fluent is a must to lead and manage, and to respond to changes in competition and markets. 
Entrepreneurship in Practice
Entrepreneurship in Practice will introduce students to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well. Whereas Entrepreneurship and Creativity focus on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Entrepreneurship in Practice will prepare students to recognise opportunities and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this. 
Innovation Management
What is Innovation Management? - definitions and models of the process; Innovation Strategy; the national and competitive environment; innovation processes within multinational firms; innovation processes within large public sector organisations; the systems of innovation specific to small high technology firms; Management techniques for innovation, shared vision, effective team working and a creative climate; Learning from Markets, marketing technological and complex products and learning through alliances; Integration of Approaches, Key themes, learning to manage and measure innovation and through the group presentations - Appraisal of innovation management within different organisations.
Leadership and Change Management
This course is about leadership based on the observation that the leadership needs of organisations vary by the stage of the organisation's existence. Leading an entrepreneurial start-up requires different skills from leading a mature organisation. Consequently, organisations need to be aware of their progress through the organisation's lifecycle and evolving needs. This course examines the stages of an organisations existence and the associated evolving leadership needs, plus additional situations such as leading in a crisis. The course focuses on identifying leadership needs and the necessary decisions together with the appropriate leadership style. As a secondary theme, there will also be a number of sessions focussing on leadership qualities and styles which will encourage participants to reflect on their own development as leaders. A number of models of leadership are considered and different leadership perspectives. Understanding of the concepts is achieved predominantly but not exclusively through the use of case study material. 


*Elective modules are subject to change


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all Malaysian and international students.


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Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
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