MBA Business Administration


Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most coveted and internationally recognised postgraduate management degree in the world. The Nottingham Business School MBA is designed to prepare you to handle a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations so that you are able to see the interconnectedness of your actions. You will acquire the knowledge needed by senior managers at the strategic management level to enable you to help your organisation develop and achieve their strategic objectives.

As the global environments become more volatile, the demand for experienced and educated managers is increasing. The complexity of the external environment and the complex, often-disaggregated organisations require more conceptually astute, well-informed and educated managers to deal with the unpredictable globally interconnected world of business and management.

Delivered in a world-class learning environment by internationally acclaimed academics and business leaders, the MBA integrates theory and practice to bring you hands-on experience to significantly strengthen your management knowledge, leadership capabilities and understanding of the global business.

By completing the Nottingham Business School MBA, you’ll be joining an elite management group in the employment market, which stands you out from the competition.

What will you gain from this degree?

  • You will complete two hands-on experience projects; one within the UK and the other one internationally.
  • We’ll help you to develop the insights, capabilities and skills to create and maintain responsible, efficient business practices, as well as to develop sustainable mind-sets, promoting responsible leadership and influence organisational culture.
  • We offer a personalised pathway, with the freedom to specialise in the areas that interest you most, to shape your skills and experiences around the career you want.
  • Grow with our Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Programme.
  • Develop global management skills and immerse yourself within a multicultural atmosphere, with a dynamic community of staff and students from around the world.
  • The MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 qualification in Management and Leadership. Our partnership with the CMI means that you'll enjoy complimentary student membership for the duration of your course, and for the first year after graduation.
  • We are the highest ranked modern university for business and management courses in the Complete University Guide 2019.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique MBA degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want.


Semester One

  • Responsible and Sustainable Leadership
  • Managing Organisations
  • Managing Marketing
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Managing Finance

Semester Two

  • Elective module (see below)
  • Strategic Renewal and Transformation
  • Strategic Change and Consultancy

Semester Three

  • International Consultancy Project
  • Business Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Paid work placement (two-year route only)
  • Business Research Project

Throughout the year you will be studying Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Programme and if you complete the two-year option you will also complete a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience module.

You can choose one elective module from the list below:

  • International Human Resource Management
  • Uncap Creativity and Innovation
  • Financial Modelling
  • Strategic Operations
  • Valuation of Investment Products
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
  • Branding and Corporate Reputation Management
  • Digital Marketing Management

Assessment Methods

An important part of the MBA learning process is the formal assessment. One of the functions of assessment is a measurement of your progression but other attendant skills are developed during the process. The skills required to succeed in the assessment are also skills you will require in the workplace such as conceptualisation, analysis, evidence-based argument, effective communication, information-processing, working within a preset boundary of time.

Consultancy Projects

A unique feature of the Nottingham Business School MBA is the opportunity to put your skills into practice during two hands-on business consultancy projects. The first, part of your Strategic Change and Consultancy module, is a team project for a UK business. The second is in an international context, giving you the chance to internationalise your experience and develop your global business mindset while tackling fascinating, real-world challenges with a critical impact on organisational performance.

The Team Consultancy Project in the UK

You will take an integrative and critical approach, in a UK location, to applying the perspectives and disciplines covered during the course, and experience a strategic management perspective.

You'll also complete a consultancy report and give a formal executive board presentation. Projects have been completed for companies such as 3M, Boots, The Red Cross, Experian, CISCO, and British Telecom

The International Consultancy Experience

This module culminates in an international study tour, including attending workshops hosted by one of our prestigious international partners, going on company visits, and presenting to your client organisation.

Placement Opportunities

You can choose to add a year's work placement, making your MBA a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain career-enhancing real-world experience. At every stage, our MBA is informed by the needs of the global business community, thanks to 600+ connections with progressive, proactive organisations worldwide. The insights, expertise and placement opportunities they provide all help to make sure our graduates forge exceptional careers all over the world.

Your placement year will last up to 48 weeks (minimum 36 weeks). If you are unable to take a full year's placement but have completed the minimum 36 weeks you can qualify for a Placement Diploma in Industrial Experience. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in Semester Three

How you’re taught

The way we teach

We've developed a cycle of learning based on theory, practice, experience and observation, and reflection and improvement. So, you'll not only be taught the latest strategies but also given every opportunity to put your learning into action in real business settings. We structure our courses to encourage constructive learning, self-directed study, critical thinking and teamwork. You'll spend much of your time in small groups workshops and tutorials, discussing and analysing your experience of business practices and behaviours.


We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real-world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance are in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.


All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

We offer a more hands-on experience in comparison to other UK business schools. During your MBA you’ll complete two consultancy projects – one within the UK and one Internationally.

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Business School, we’re focused on your employability from the start of your degree. We provide you with a learning experience that integrates theory and practice.

Graduates from this course have gone onto roles within the public, private and third sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • Financial Controller
  • Communications Manager
  • Financial Accounts Manager
  • Consultant
  • Managing Director
  • Operations Manager

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also the following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and timeout
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

You can choose to add a year’s work placement making your MBA a two-year course. it's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

NTU is ranked 16th overall and 18th for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Entry requirements


You will need:

  • an undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • two academic or vocational references.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a degree will be considered, if they can demonstrate in their personal statement that they have been in a senior management position, managing people and budgets, for more than eight years.


You will need:

  • an undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • two academic or vocational references.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
  • For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Follow these simple steps:

  • Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it to keep your details safe.
  • Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  • Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  • Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  • Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  • Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

Fees and funding

The course fees for 2019 entry have not been set yet but below are September 2018 entry fees as a guide:

  • One year (full-time): £16,500
  • Two years (with placement)*: £17,885 (£16,500 in year one and £1,385 in year two)

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Last updated Oct 2018

About the School

Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University is an international business school with a rich and vibrant student community. We are EQUIS and AACSB accredited school focused on innovating ... Read More

Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University is an international business school with a rich and vibrant student community. We are EQUIS and AACSB accredited school focused on innovating business education. We provide a personalised, experiential learning experience full of opportunities that will enhance your career and future prospects. Whether you want to study for a Bachelor’s degree, a Master's, or MBA we have the right course for you and an expert faculty to help meet your needs. Read less


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