You can also view this information in our course finder, which also details entry requirements.
MBA Candidates accepted on the Year in Business module will require a small additional registration fee.
We use a matrix of admissions criteria to indicate which students are ready to undertake our MBA. This informs us so we can select successful students who will make up a vibrant and diverse group.
- Academic: Undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised academic or professional equivalent. Individuals who do not meet this requirement, but who possess extensive management experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Work experience: Minimum of three years' relevant work experience. This is normally expected to be post-study.
- Motivation: The MBA is a significant commitment. We need to know you have thought about the implications of studying an intensive 12-month programme. A personal statement (750 words maximum) within your application form.
- English proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to meet our requirements for English language proficiency (see below)
English language requirements:
IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies, please see here.
If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
It is important to work out how you are going to fund your MBA. You will need to make sure you can cover the cost of fees, textbooks and accommodation along with other incidental costs.
Royal Holloway has a number of scholarships available for postgraduate students, including International Excellence and Masters Trust Scholarships.
UK students can apply for a Career Development Loan from the government. More information about funding your study can be found on the Graduate Prospects website: funding my further study. International and EU students may want to investigate possibilities of scholarships from international educational organisations in EU and countries. Information about funding your study can be found on the Graduate Prospects website: how do you pay. Information on some of the scholarships and bursaries available to postgraduate students can be found here: sources of funding for postgraduate study.
The programme starts the last full week in September
Weeks 1 and 2 Foundations of Professional Development
Weeks 3 to 12 Consumers and Markets and Financial Analysis and Markets
Weeks 13-16 Christmas vacation - (time to travel in Europe/visit family & friends)
Week 17 Exam week
Weeks 18-27 People, Leadership and Organisations Strategy, Technology and Operations in a globalised context
Weeks 28-31 Easter vacation
Weeks 32-35 Crossing Cultures – International Study Visit
Weeks 36-40 Group Consultancy Project
Weeks 41-50 Year in Business Project* (for submission usually on or just before 1st September)
* Year in Business MBA students, having secured a suitable written job offer, are permitted to complete their Year in Business Project whilst working in year two.
Brief course overview
View the full course specification for International Management (MBA) in the Programme Specification Repository.
Foundations of Professional Development
Using a blend of theoretical and experiential learning approaches this introductory course aims to support and accelerate personal and team based development. Through facilitated group work, individual, personal and group reflective exercises and open space activities, you will engage in personal development planning and hone key skills necessary to succeed in UK Universities.
Financial Analysis and Markets
This course draws together key MBA content strands from micro economics, accounting, finance and business analysis, and seeks to provide you with a broad understanding of the management of decision-making, control and reporting. Financial reporting and management accounting techniques are applied at the organisational and industry level, which include sources of funds, business planning, structuring for growth, capital budgeting, cost allocation, key performance indicators and critical international dimensions including comparative accounting and transfer pricing.
Consumers and Markets
This course is organised into three key topics: marketing management, global brand and consumers, and marketing research. Marketing management will provide you with an introduction to consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, brand management, and the 4 Ps (product, price, place and promotion). Global brand and consumers covers important aspects of consumer behaviour, from the perspectives of consumer psychology and consumer culture. It also covers the fundamentals of brand management, from how to determine brand equity to managing brand image. In marketing research, you will select relevant quantitiative and qualitative methodologies to address a real world problem. A critically reflective experiential learning approach allows you to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge of practical research methods in preparation for the individual business project.ning approach allows you to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge of practical research methods in preparation for the individual business project.
Strategy, Technology and Operations in a globalised context
This course provides a nuanced answer to the question, what do we mean by globalisation from a strategic, technology and operational context. Drawing on key MBA content strands from strategy, economics, operations management, information systems, knowledge management and sustainability, this course seeks to facilitate students with a substantial understanding of business in a dynamic global context. Starting with an appreciation of the development of international trade, regulation and the functioning of the global economy, students will develop critical awareness of a range of strategic and operational issues and apply knowledge of various analytical tools to address these issues in companies across industries.
People, Leadership and Organisations
The course draws together key MBA content from: Human Resource Management, Leadership and Organisation Theory, and Philosophy of Management. This course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the management of individuals and groups in organisations, the functions of management and leadership, and a wide range of organisational phenomena, including motivation, teamwork, culture, and change management. The course introduces the key concepts and policies underlying international human resource management (HRM). Students will examine the impact of labour markets and other factors on the changing nature of human resource and organisation management, focusing on the core HR, organisations, and leadership issues that firms have to deal with in a globalising economy.
Crossing Cultures - International study visit
Crossing cultures is a capstone module that concludes the formal MBA programme. Using a residential international study visit, experiential engagement with organisations and critical theoretical input from guest lecturers, it aims to encourage you to consider organisations and their functions using a strong, international cultural perspective. Interaction with a guest speaker and field visits will allow you to critically reflect on knowledge and skills acquired in the MBA programme.
You will be required to undertake a company-based research on a given managerial issue or dilemma, write one 5,000 word group report (50%) and present research and strategic recommendations to company management (50%).
Year in Business Placement
If you are able to obtain a suitable work placement offer, you may be considered for the option to extend your MBA programme by up to one full year, with a view to using your work experience context for your individual business project. The placement should include the equivalent of five days of formal training and an end-of-placement performance review.
Individual Business Project
This employability-enhancing independent research project aims to link the learning, derived from the programme with that drawn from the work in a business context, while mastering new business research techniques and skills. You will identify and select a current issue or problem, carry out primary research study, and write a comprehensive report. You will be expected to demonstrate strong scholarship at all stages of the project: from project conception and review of secondary sources, to analysis of the research findings and offering feasible managerial implications based on the key insights.
View the full course specification for International Management (MBA) in the Programme Specification Repository.
Career planning and development forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA. The Personal Development Programme is fully integrated into the core MBA curriculum and runs throughout the entire academic year, ensuring that you have continual access to individual careers coaching, up-to-date job market information, corporate speaker sessions, and skills workshops. These services are provided by the School of Management in collaboration with The Careers Group, University of London - one of the biggest careers services in Europe: www.careers.lon.ac.uk
Royal Holloway also runs numerous careers fairs, employer and alumni events, as well as an International Students Careers programme, all of which will improve your understanding of the job market and bring you into contact with employers.
Dedicated MBA Careers Advisor
The MBA Careers Advisor will help you craft your Personal Development Portfolia and provides tailored careers-coaching. Topics discussed during the one-to-one sessions range from career choice and potential career paths, to writing CVs and applications as well as preparing for interviews. Sessions are available free throughout the duration of the programme.
Our Business Consultancy project gives you the opportunity to work as a team on a real business situation alongside company's management and to consider skills acquired in the programme. We usually have a number of guest speakers from varius industries and organise several company visits during the programme. In addition, our Management Insights series provides opportunities to attend industry seminars and network with alumni and professionals.
Learning takes place through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, in small teams and individually in self-directed learning. Considerable importance is placed on peer-to-peer and peer group learning, which is often achieved outside the formal learning environment in the evenings and during social activities. If you choose to live off campus, you will be encouraged to engage with the programme of activities offered to the University campus community.
The Autumn term (term dates) starts with the Induction module (two weeks), which is followed by two theme modules (Consumers and Markets and Financial Analysis and Markets). You will be expected to be available from 09:00 until 18:00 Monday to Friday for all on-campus activities. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday designated as a study day for group assignments and projects.
In the Spring term, there are two more theme modules (Strategy, Technology and Operations in a globalised context and People, Leadership and Organisations). Again, formal classroom-based sessions will run Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00.
In the Summer term, there are Crossing Cultures - Internatinal study visit module (May) and Business Consultancy Project (June) both blend a few classroom sessions and independent work in group. July and August see students working individually to complete their Individual Business Project.
The Royal Holloway MBA has been designed specifically to challenge you to develop personal and analytical skills. You will have a heavy workload of class readings, cases and assignments, all while juggling deadlines for each course, group meetings, and attendance of various MBA events. Learning a variety of subjects with a daily in-class instruction makes this an extremely rigorous and demanding study experience. You should be prepared to make a commitment to study for approximately 50 hours a week to cover all the assigned course material.
As classes run from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday, it is strongly recommended that you do not look to undertake any paid employment during the MBA programme.
You will be regularly assessed through coursework projects, undertaken individually and in groups, and a modest number of exams. Typically, assessments enourage you to demonstrate your newly acquired knowledge of theory and practice, as well as draw on your own professional experience. Assessments are designed to help you to hone your problem-solving and analytic skills, and consolidate and further develop your general management expertise.
All courses are supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE). Resources available onlne may include copies of lecture slides, links to e-journals and past exam papers, as well as, course outlines and recommendations for further reading.
The academic staff at Royal Holloway, along with a team of careers specialists, study skills coachers, and administrators are able to provide advice, support and encouragement in practical and academic matters. A key point of contact is the MBA Director (see also the MBA Director blog).