The MBA programme provides a course in general, and corporate management, and specialisation in finance for the MBA Finance programme. Our programme 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.
The MBA programme we offer are:
We have two modes of study:
Full-time mode: All 12 modules and a management project in a period of one academic year
Part-time: 12 modules and a management project over a two to four year period.
The programme consists of a series of core modules, designed to develop your management knowledge and skills. Optional modules will allow you to concentrate on more specific subjects according to your interests and career requirements. Both full-time and part-time students must complete a total of 12 taught modules and a management project. The final stage of the MBA is a management project (individual) of 20000 words (weight 100%). The full-time mode will allow completion over a one year period while the part-time mode offers you more flexibility and allows you to complete your studies between 2-4 years.
Classes are of 3 hours each and will combine lectures, case studies, group breakout discussions, and group presentations, depending on module subject matter.
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. In addition, we have various business leaders for our 'Business Leader Series' which serve 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 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.
Module delivery and class hours
Teaching takes place at KLTC in the evenings and on weekends.
Each module will be delivered in blocks over a period of 11 days with breaks in between. Each module will generally have 33 hours of teaching.
Individuals wishing to study in the UK campus or in our other partner institutions overseas can take up to two approved modules (subject to the availability of modules).
Depending on the module, you may be assessed by examination, group or individual coursework and presentations, or a combination of assessment methods.
Each student is required to complete a management project that will allow students to focus on an area of interest. There are three types of management projects (relevant to the chosen MBA specialisation where appropriate).
- 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%)
Students may select any one type of management project after completion of their modules.
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.
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must have graduated from an approved university
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 100 (no element below 23 in speaking, 22 in reading, 21 in writing and listening) together with a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 640 with an Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score of at least 5.0
PTE (Academic): 68 (with no less than 55 in each element)
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test
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.
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.
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.
This module explores key issues in organisational behaviour. The topics covered will include employee motivation, leadership and working in teams, power and politics, conflict, change, culture and diversity.
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.
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.
MBA students can stake any four modules from the MBA Finance electives, or additional modules (see below)
MBA students can take any four modules from the MBA Finance electives, or additional modules (see below)
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.
This course examines contemporary developments in the practice of international financial management. It includes analysis of foreign exchange markets and international financial markets, including the international stock market, international banking and the Euromarkets. Emphasis is placed on discussion of risk management techniques to protect against both currency and political risks. Both long-term international investment and financing decisions and short-term exporting decisions form part of the course.
You will then choose a further one or two from the additional modules (see below)
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.
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.
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.
Managing the Human Resource
The module aims to develop an advanced understanding of human resource management. Core elements of the course include recruitment and selection, training, performance management, job design, work-life balance and health and safety.
Responsible Business: A Strategic Approach
This module introduces the way that social and environmental problems are incorporated into firm strategies. The course offers students the intellectual skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to examine the antecedents and consequences of CSR and especially, its strategic implications. Content includes analysis of the role of business in society, the global social and environmental issues that firms encounter, and firm-level strategies to address such issues. The module also discusses the theories behind the motives put forward for engaging in a socially responsible behaviour, and the impact of CSR strategies on firm performance and behaviour, reporting and governance.
*Additional modules are subject to change