This intensive programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates. You will gain detailed knowledge relating to problems of management in different contexts, using conceptual tools for analysing management in the private or public sector and it will provide you with critical awareness of research methodologies. Also, real industry involvement means that you will work as part of a team to provide companies with recommendations on real business situations for them to implement and benefit from.
By electing to spend a year in business you will also be able to integrate theory and practice and gain real business experience. We provide a learning environment where students can use their experience of organisations to engage with and challenge both the theoretical and case materials and work together on new intellectual and management problems.
As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential.
- Career planning and development is an integral part of our MBA. You will have continual access to individual careers coaching, up-to-date job market information and skills workshops.
- Our MBA Corporate Speakers are business leaders from a wide range of sectors including HSBC, Nomura, Xero, Microsoft, DHL, Continental, Reuters, Capital One and Cap Gemini.
- International MBA Study Tour will see you spend five days abroad at another university attending academic lectures, engaging with other students and visiting companies to gain a broader insight into international business and culture.
Core ModulesYear 1
This module, taught during your induction, will introduce you to the key elements of organisational management for commercial success. Through analysis of historical roots, you will develop an understanding of the current practices for managing customers, shareholders, and employees, and discuss how numbers and technology influence management decision-making.
This module will provide you with an introduction to personal and team-based development, through facilitated group work, individual consultations, personal and group reflective exercises, and experiential open space learning. You will look at self-awareness and gap identification, personality type indicators (e.g. Myers Briggs), personal development planning, goal and target setting networking strategies, team building, leadership and management roles, working effectively in cross-cultural teams, giving and receiving feedback, presentation skills, and academic skills for UK Universities.
This module draws together content from microeconomics, accounting, finance, and business analysis, providing you with a broad understanding of the management of decision-making, control and reporting. You will be introduced to project management skills and a range of financial and quantitative analysis and evaluation techniques. You will look at reporting and management accounting techniques and how these are applied at the organisational and industry level, including sources of funding, business planning, structuring for growth, capital budgeting, cost allocation, key performance indicators and critical international dimensions, such as comparative accounting and transfer pricing. You will examine the interplay between organisations and society, considering current issues in modern capital markets, financial institutions and corporate governance, as well as learning about the importance of risk, ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
This module will provide you with an introduction to marketing management, global brands and consumers, integrated marketing communications with a focus on social and digital media, marketing research, and marketing the self. You will take a hands-on approach, including brainstorming and the creation of communication campaigns, brand audits, and market research. You will look at consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, brand management, and the 'Four Ps' (product, price, place and promotion), with consideration for ethical issues inherent to marketplace development. You will see how brand equity is determined and how brand image is managed, encompassing consumers’ cultural differences and international brand launches. Utilising a social and digital media focus, you will develop a plan to creatively engage consumers, while at the same time delivering a unified message across platforms. You will also undertake a portfolio of activities aimed at enhancing your employability skills, including writing effective cover notes, filling in job application forms, putting together a résumé, interview techniques, giving presentations and networking.
In this module you will explore what is meant by globalisation from a strategic, technological and operational context. You will survey the globalised environment before considering the key concepts of strategic management, information technology and operations. You will develop an understanding of business in a dynamic global context and how sustainable development may be achieved, with an awareness of the increasing importance placed on organisations to take responsibility for achieving this. You will develop a 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. You will also look the analytical tools deployed by companies operating with a globalised context to solves the issues and challenges that they encounter.
This module draws together key concepts from human resource management, leadership and organisation theory. You will develop a broad understanding of the management of individuals and groups in organisations, considering the functions of management and leadership, and their scope and limitations, in different organisational contexts. You will look at a wide range of organisational phenomena, including motivation, teamwork, culture and change management. You will examine the impact of labour markets and other factors on the changing nature of human resource management over recent years, focusing on the core human resources issues that firms have to deal with in a globalising economy. You will explore human resource management strategies in multinational corporations, with discussion on how workforces are managed across national borders. You will also see how philosophical issues, techniques and skills can contribute to individuals' effectiveness as managers.
This capstone module uses a residential study visit to provide you with a rounded consideration of organisations and their functions from an international perspective. You will gain insights into the cultural, legal and political aspects of the local market, through company visits and discussions with leading academics and industry practitioners.
In this capstone module you will be given a topic, drawn from current issues faced by businesses, and you will be expected to identify and select an organisational or industry context. You will be expected to undertake a substantial review of secondary sources, comprising both academic journals and industry publications. Using relevant market research techniques, you will undertake a substantive and unique primary research study, providing a critical analysis with key insights. You will be asked to make justified and feasible managerial suggestions, prepare an executive summary, and deliver a presentation to communicate your findings.
This year will be spent on a work placement. You will be supported by the School of Management and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. However, Royal Holloway cannot guarantee that all students who are accepted onto this degree programme will secure a placement, and the ultimate responsibility lies with yourself. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and you will be asked to complete assessed work. The mark for this work will count towards your final degree classification.
In this capstone module you will be given a topic, drawn from current issues faced by businesses, and you will be expected to identify and select an organisational or industry context. You will expected to undertake a substantial review of secondary sources, comprising both academic journals and industry publications. Using relevant market research techniques, you will undertake a substantive and unique primary research study, providing a critical analysis with key insights. You will be asked to make justified and feasible managerial suggestions, prepare an executive summary, and deliver a presentation to communicate your findings.
All modules are core
Teaching & assessment
You will be assessed on written assignments, group work and presentations. Preparation for assessments will involve either group work or working on your own.
Undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised academic or professional equivalent.
Studying an MBA at Royal Holloway is a significant investment in your future, we want to ensure your choice to study with us is the right decision will lead to a rewarding experience and outcome.
Applications from individuals with considerable management experience but no first degree will be considered.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start. Find out what scores we require.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students (PDIS), a one-year full-time programme that will prepare you for postgraduate study in the UK. For more information please see here.
Your future career
On graduating with a MBA from Royal Holloway you will be ready for the challenges inherent in making your next step towards senior management roles. By spending a year in business you will have the experience that employees value and will therefore give you the competitive edge, as well as having created valuable business connections. Throughout the course you will receive career planning and development, as it forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA.
- Recent graduates appointments have included Associate Director (Global Strategic Growth Markets) at Ernst and Young, Senior Chain Manager and Buyer at Jaguar Landrover, Senior Commercial Manager at Everything Everywhere, Financial Analyst EMEA at Shell International Petroleum Company and Marketing Manager at Wrigley Jr Company.
- The Personal Development Programme is fully integrated into the core curriculum, ensuring that students have continual access to individual careers coaching, up-to-date job market information, corporate speaker sessions and skills workshops.
- The MBA Personal Development Portfolio is designed to build on the management skills you already have. It incorporates training in presentation skills, CV writing, interview technique, negotiation, leadership, handling conflict and dealing with the media.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £22000
The fee for the Year in Industry will be 20% of the first year fee for that academic year.
International students tuition fee per year**: £22000
The fee for the Year in Industry will be 20% of the first year fee for that academic year.
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course.
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email email@example.com for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.