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Course Overview

The Roehampton MBA is designed to prepare students for the challenges of senior management within an international environment. You will gain a foundation in the key operational and functional areas of business and management, and develop knowledge on strategic management and decision-making. You will be supported in your own personal development, through activities aimed at enhancing managerial skills and taking your career to the next level.

The course is fully recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Successful completion leads to eligibility for membership of the CMI and the potential to gain chartered manager status.

Key information

    Course name


    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Roehampton

    Professional recognition

    Yes – Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees




    Work placement


    Course location

    Collegiate campus, London

Academic entry requirements

Standard Entry: • a demonstration of the ability to study successfully at postgraduate level, which will normally mean at least a second class honours degree in any subject or an equivalent management or professional qualification (for example, in accountancy, human resource management, logistics, nursing, surveying, engineering) or the successful completion of an appropriate access programme; • two years

English entry requirements

Graduates for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band. Applications without this level of English qualification may enrol in the summer pre-sessional English course to obtain an equivalent qualification.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project.

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

A generalist career in international organisations, more specialist employment in the finance, marketing and human resources management (HRM) sectors globally.


The MBA programme consists of 8 taught modules (140 credits) plus a dissertation (40 credits) giving a total of 180 credits. Of the taught modules 6 are core and 2 are options offered in the first and/or second term to increase opportunities for students to specialise further in the areas of marketing, human resource management or finance.

MBA students must take 100 credits from the list of core modules below and 40 credits from the list of optional modules.

Compulsory (Autumn term)

  • International Management and Human Resource Management (MBA)
  • Managerial & Personal Development


Compulsory (Spring term)

  • Management Research Methods
  • Strategy, Change and Leadership
  • Financial and Performance Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management


Optional (40 credits)

  • Consultancy Practice
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Ethics and Professional Issues
  • International Capital Markets and Banking
  • Managing Projects
  • Contemporary Issues in Project Management
  • Current Research in Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Brands and Brand Management
  • Contemporary Issues in International HRM


Compulsory (40 credits)

            Dissertation (Marketing focus)


Reasons for choosing this course

An MBA is a degree that is designed to prepare those with experience of the workplace for the challenges of strategic management. Students from round the world explore, debate and discuss together key issues of importance to contemporary professional management. In this way, students increase their personal managerial knowledge and develop sophisticated interactive and inter-cultural skills of interest to employers worldwide. 

The University of Roehampton MBA has four integrated, essential business and management themes.

i. The first theme is a strong knowledge of the key functional areas of business and management, covering topics such as finance and resource management, international economic environment and marketing, human resource management and organisational analysis together with an appreciation of the contemporary context of business. 

ii. The second theme is a strategic and integrative appreciation of management challenges, including an exploration of senior managerial decision-making, and the implications of change and innovation.

iii. The third theme is a personal development programme that includes activities aimed at enhancing managerial skills and the opportunity to take optional modules to develop specific in-depth managerial knowledge, for example, in the fields of brand management, ethics, cross-cultural management etc.

iv. The last theme is the application of knowledge to a personally selected management project and supported by a module in Management Research Methods.

AIMS: The programme aims to:

  • develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts, frameworks, purpose and practice of management in contemporary organisations;
  • equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in a management role at middle management and above;
  • provide opportunities for exploring key areas of management theory and practice in depth, and reflect on their application to the global and strategic context of business;
  • develop evaluative, intellectual, inter-personal and reflective skills to provide a foundation for continuing personal and professional development;
  • provide opportunities for the development of key skills, such as teamwork, leadership, planning, oral and written communication, self-management, problem-solving, decision making and financial literacy;
  • develop an ability to conduct management research and use a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques to support this.


Main learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration will be able to:

  • critically understand theoretical and conceptual frameworks and critically evaluate and apply models, concepts and theories relevant to functional and strategic management;
  • assess the potential impact of the effects of contextual and global environmental forces on organisations, industry sectors and the practice of management;
  • use communication and information technology to analyse data and make high quality and accessible presentations of complex ideas;
  • recognise, select and apply ethical values to situations, problems and decisions;
  • work effectively in a group, for example as a leader selecting appropriate leadership styles, setting targets, motivating and monitoring;
  • be self-critical and an independent learner's with good time management skills;
  • value identity diversity of people in national and international organisational cultural contexts;
  • undertake research tasks including designing and managing or commissioning work in areas of strategic management and understand the criteria for commissioning others to undertake such work.

In addition, students who successfully complete the MBA will be able to:

  • critically evaluate and apply qualitative and quantitative research methods to management and organisational problems, synthesize and analyse data and critically evaluate information from a range of sources.