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).
UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.
|Alternative entry requirements
Applicants with a first degree below the typical offer may be required to provide a good GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score.
We also consider applications from individuals with considerable management experience but no first degree.
|English language requirements
IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 overall with 24 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.
Additional candidate requirements:
You will have three or more years full-time work experience, which includes evidence of responsibility for supervising or managing other people as a line manager or project lead.
You will be expected to present confidently in class and work effectively with other students, undertaking a variety of pressurised group challenges.
You will want to deepen your knowledge of management, harness your soft skills and participate in out-of-class activities such as AMBA, alumni, voluntary or social events.
Please visit the Fees and fundingpages for the latest information about tuition feesand the different sources of funding which may be available to you.
It is important to work out how you are going to fund your MBA early in your decision-making process. 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 also apply for a Career Development Loan from the government. More information about funding your study as a UK student can be found on the Graduate Prospects website: funding my further study.
International and EU students may want to investigate other possibilities, such as scholarships or smaller agencies. Information about funding your study as an international student 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 .
Term 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.
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 extensive use of facilitated group work, individual consultations, personal and group reflective exercises and experiential open space learning approaches, the following topics will be covered:
Theme of self-awareness and gap identification
Personality type indicators (e.g. Myers Briggs)
Personal development planning
Goal and target setting Networking strategies
Theme of teams building teams
An experiential introduction to leadership and management roles
- An introduction to working effectively in cross cultural teams
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Theme of skills presentation skills
- Academic skills for UK Universities
Financial Analysis and Market
This course draws together key MBA content strands from micro economics, accounting, finance and business analysis, this course seeks to provide you with a broad understanding of the management of decision-making, control and reporting.
The business topic level is used as a context for introducing project management skills and a range of financial and quantitative analysis and evaluation techniques. 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.
A critical and qualitative perspective is used to examine the interplay between organisations and society to consider current issues in modern capital markets, financial institutions and corporate governance and to weigh the importance of risk, ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Consumers and Markets
This course is organised into five key topics:
- Marketing management by way of ab initio introduction
- Global brand and consumers
- Integrated marketing communications focussed on social and digital media
- Marketing research
- Marketing the self
Creativity will be integrated into learning approaches throughout the topic, in particular through the use of hands-on projects which include brainstorming and the creation of communication campaigns, brand audit and market research.
Marketing management provides students with an introduction to consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, brand management, and the 4 Ps (product, price, place and promotion). This topic features extensive use of real world interaction in the form of case study analyses and guest speakers, and also introduces the students to the ethical issues inherent to marketplace development.
Global brand and consumers covers important aspects of consumer behaviour that every manager should know, 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. It encompasses understanding consumers cultural differences and taking a brand international. Utilising a social and digital media focus, the integrated marketing communications topic challenges students to develop appropriate plans harnessing creativity to engage consumers, while at the same time delivering a unified, consistent message across platforms.
In marketing research, you will select relevant quantitative 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.
Marketing the self is orchestrated by careers specialists, students will undertake a portfolio of activities aimed at enhancing their employability skills, including writing effective cover notes job applications and resumes, interview techniques, giving presentations and networking.
Strategy, Technology and Operations in a globalised context
Essentially this course provides a nuanced answer to the question, what do we mean by globalisation from a strategic, technology and operational context. In so doing, this course first surveys and establishes the globalised environment before moving on to consider the key concepts appropriate to the study of strategic management, information technology and operations.
It draws together key MBA content strands from strategy, economics, operations management, information systems, knowledge management and sustainability, this course seeks to provide students with a substantial understanding of business in a dynamic global context and some of the more important inherent interrelationships that underpin it.
As part of this topic you will learn how sustainable development may be achieved and the increasing importance given to responsible organisations to support this and will develop your critical understanding of globalisation from different strategic and operational perspectives.
Starting with an appreciation of the development of international trade, regulation and the functioning of the global economy, the course will progress you with critical awareness of a range of strategic and operational issues and dilemmas in a globalised world. In so doing, you will be encouraged to advance and apply your awareness of various strategic and operational analytical tools deployed by companies operating in a globalised context.
People, Leadership and Organisations
The course draws together key MBA content topics from:
- Human Resource Management
- Leadership and Organisation Theory
- Philosophy of Management
This course aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the management of individuals and groups in organisations. The course aims to develop your understanding of organisations, the functions of management and leadership, and their scope and limitations, in different organisational contexts and draws on students' experiences as leaders and followers to enable them to understand a wide range of organisational phenomena, including motivation, teamwork, culture and change management.
The course introduces you to the key concepts and policies underlying international human resource management (HRM) in organisations. With the growth of ‘knowledge work’ and what some see as a ‘knowledge economy’, human resources have increased in importance for the firm, and therefore appropriate strategies for managing these resources have become critical to competition between companies.
The course examines the impact of labour markets and other factors on the changing nature of human resource management over recent years, focussing on the core HR issues that firms have to deal with in a globalising economy. It explores HRM strategies in multinational corporations and, discusses the problems and issues in managing workforces across national borders.
The course will provide you with an understanding of how philosophical issues, techniques and skills can contribute to their effectiveness as managers and enhance your ability to deploy the knowledge, expertise and skills gained in this and all other programme modules.
The course provides not only concepts and theories but also some practical tools to help you develop your own potential as a leader and manager.
Crossing Cultures – International Study Visit
Crossing cultures is a capstone module situated towards the end of the formal MBA programme. Using a residential international study visit, experiential engagement with organisations and critical theoretical input from Royal Holloway eminent guest lecturers, it aims to provide you with a rounded consideration of organisations and some of their functions using a strong, international perspective. Interaction with a range of guest speakers and field visits should allow you to further integrate your theme based learning and practice.
Year in Business Project
This employability enhancing, capstone, independent research project aims to help link learning derived from the other courses on the programme, whilst blending new skills and knowledge to demonstrate learning drawing from experience working in a business context. You will be given the choice of topic, which is likely to be a current issue or problem, and take responsibility to identify and select an organisational or industry context. You are encouraged to consider a full range of enterprises, which may comprise a family business, SME, charity, division of a leading multinational organisation, public sector organisation or even be related to a summer internship opportunity.
You are expected to demonstrate strong scholarship skills by undertaking a substantial review of secondary sources, comprising both academic journals and industry publications. Using relevant market research techniques highlighted in a clear and concise methodology, students will undertake a substantive and unique primary research study. A critical analysis will intertwine key insights developed from the primary and secondary research. In addition to a clear introduction and conclusion, an executive summary will take the place of an abstract. Particular importance will be given to justified and feasible managerial implications and students will be required include an additional summary communication in a presentation format.
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.
View the full course specification for International Management (MBA) in the Programme Specification Repository..
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- cognitive skills of critical thinking, synthesis, and other forms of qualitative analysis
- effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities
- numeric and quantitative skills, including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation
- developed effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, individual initiative and enterprise self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures and business and management issues
- interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion, presentation and team-work
Career planning and development forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA. The Personal Development Programme is an important feature of the course: it is fully integrated into the core MBA curriculum and runs throughout the entire academic year, ensuring that students 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 UK and international job market and bring you into contact with employers.
Dedicated MBA Careers Advisor
The MBA Careers Advisor supports students studying the Personal Development Portfolio module and provides students with individual, tailored, careers coaching. Topics discussed during the one-to-one sessions range widely, from career choice and identifying potential
career paths, to writing CVs and application forms and preparing for interviews. Sessions take place at regular hours during the week, and you are free to book as many sessions as you require.
Our live Business Consultancy project will provide you with the opportunity to work as a team and consolidate the skills you will have acquired throughout the programme. You will work in groups on a real business situation, the challenge being to provide recommendations to the company to implement and benefit from.
In addition, our Management Insights series will provide you with the opportunity to attend industry seminars and network with alumni and professionals.
Annual MBA Study Tour
Each year our MBA students visit another country for 5 days to attend academic lectures at another university, engage with other students and visit companies to gain a broader insight into international business and culture.
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 beyond the formal learning environment in the evenings and during weekend social and semi-social activities. MBA candidates, particularly those who choose to live off campus, are married or have family caring commitments, are strongly encouraged to plan to engage with the rich programme of activities that is offered to the wider University campus community.
During the Autumn term, (term dates) you will participate in the induction module which takes place each day over two weeks and then follow two theme modules (Consumers and Markets and Financial Analysis and Markets) intensively and will be expected to be available from 0900 until 1800, Monday to Friday for all on-campus programme activities. Some evenings may run later due to external speakers, social events and interactions with other business schools. Formal classes are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday predominantly designated as a study day.
Over the Spring term, having completed exams from the first term, you will study two more theme modules (Strategy, Technology and Operations in a globalized context and People, Leadership and Organisations). Formal classroom based sessions will follow a similar timetable requiring 0900-1800 on campus attendance.
During the Summer term you will work on the Crossing Cultures – International Study visit module in May, which blends a number of engaging group sessions and a five day group international study visit and the Business Consultancy Project in June. July and August see students working in peer groups to complete their Individual Business Project. The MBA programme extends beyond third term, until the end of June, to allow networking and learning with flexible and distance learning MBA plenary attendees. Most MBA candidates opt to stay on campus during July and August to complete their individual business project, but it is possible to undertake this from another location.
The Royal Holloway MBA has been designed specifically to stretch you – the challenge is to respond by developing your personal and analytical skills. You will be committed to a heavy workload and able to meet deadlines for each course, assignment and examination, whilst also attending various MBA events.
Focusing intently on a variety of subjects at a time makes this an extremely rigorous and demanding study experience. You should be prepared to make the required commitment to study for approximately 50 hours a week both during the day and in the evening in order to cover all the assigned course material in this programme.
Classes run from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and it is strongly recommended that you do not look to undertake paid employment during the MBA programme.
You will be regularly assessed predominantly through course work projects, undertaken as individuals and in groups and by a modest number of individual exams.
MBA candidates are encouraged to demonstrate the application of newly learnt theory into practice, drawing on their own professional experience and by integrating their exposure to real world business activity. You will undertake a live group consulting challenge, acting as management consultants to address a pressing, current business issue with an organizational partner keen to obtain meaningful recommendations that can be implemented. Additionally the individual business project allows students to select a real business issue in a company or industry of their own choice to help consolidate and further develop their general management expertise.
Taught programmes on campus are supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE). Resources available to you online 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 together with an experienced team of careers specialists, study skills and administrators are able to provide advice, support and encouragement in practical and academic matters throughout the programme. The key point of contact will be the MBA Director (see also MBA Directors blog) who plays an active role in teaching and supporting you through a demanding and challenging MBA experience.