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University of Sunderland

Sunderland Business School
University of Sunderland

About the Course

This internationally recognised programme will accelerate your career development into highly paid management positions. Aimed at graduates with significant business/management or professional experience, it will notably enhance your capability to function as a senior manager within a wide range of commercial and public sector organisations.

You will develop your strategic management knowledge, competence and problem solving ability. You will also become familiar with international management practice, and the development of effective business cultures and performance enhancement.

You will have the opportunity to develop your strategic and cross-cultural skills at a UK residential event and your learning experience will be reinforced through working in peer learning and support groups. These will be the basis for demonstrating effective team based activity and provide scope for further action research. Full-time students are encouraged to take part in a comprehensive programme of organisational visits to enhance their understanding of management practice.

Core modules: · Management Principles and Practice · Marketing Management · Managing the Human Resource · Operations Management · Strategic Financial Management · International Business Environment · Modelling Techniques · Global Corporate Strategy ·

Plus two options from: · Organisational Development and Change · Service Operations Management · International Markets . Consumer Analysis . New Venture Creations . Project Management. Availability of options will vary from year to year.

Research: · You will also complete the following: · Research: Applied Research Methods · Dissertation, which can be directly related to strategic issues faced in your current organisation.

Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through seminars, simulations, project work, and work based activities. Assessment is through presentations, reports, work based action research, and peer and self-assessment. You will also work in what are called Peer Learning Support Groups. These consist of fellow students and will help you engage with people from different nationalities as well as learning the value of cross-cultural communication and teamwork. We run a comprehensive company visits and speakers programme to complement your class room learning. By getting into a company and being able to question a manager directly, then you can really learn first hand about contemporary issues.

About the School

Sunderland Business School uniquely includes Business & Management, Law and Psychology as subject disciplines. The School has a total student population of about 2500, plus students that take distance undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at home and overseas locations.

In terms of total numbers undergraduate Business & Management provision remains the largest area in the School, however, the fastest growing areas are for postgraduate and corporate/work based programmes. The Business School has established links with industry, commerce and the public sector through an enhanced, relevant and up-to-date curriculum. Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels very much reflects our philosophy of equipping students for the world of work, and, for those students that can, we encourage them to take a placement. For those students that are interested in starting their own businesses all our business courses provide our students with the request basic skills. But we also provide additional support through our New Ventures programmes and the Hatcheries that we operate for those students with a 'real' business idea that they wish to develop.

In total the School comprises 120 staff including 90 academic staff members each of which belongs to a specialist subject team. The teams include Strategy and International Management, Planning & Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Law and Psychology. Our staff are actively engaged with research, consultancy and corporate work and we have this year introduced a new short course programme for those that work in both the public and private sectors that want further insight, or to update themselves, in a specific subject area.

All of the foregoing emphasises the School's strategy of concentrating on what we do best which is to firmly link our programmes and developments to the world of work through our work based and lifelong learning awards.

About the University

The University of Sunderland has made its mark on the academic world. Our growing reputation is founded on quality teaching and research excellence. Along with other organisations in the North East, we are helping to nurture the skills and resources that have transformed Sunderland in recent years. So, if you want to build upon your undergraduate studies or further boost your career opportunities, the University of Sunderland can offer you the postgraduate programme which you need to pave the way for success in your chosen field.

Address Information

Address Sunderland Business School
The Reg Vardy Centre
Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peters
St Peters Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD
Tel. No. +44 (0)191 515 2319
Fax No. +44 (0)191 515 2338
E-mail address
Programme leader Chris Marshall
Courses Master of Business Administration - MBA
Type of course Full-time
Length of course One academic year (45 weeks)
Date of
Term starts this year on 26th September 2005, there are no February starts at the Business School. Students should apply by 31st August 2005 at the latest and be aware that courses can quickly fill up.
Class size 20 - 25 students per class size
Student accommodation Finding the right place to live in a new country can be a daunting experience that's why the University of Sunderland guarantees all new students a place in University managed accommodation. Most postgraduates opt for Scotia Quay, which has been purposefully designed for postgraduate and research students. Flats are for 5 people and consist of private bedroom and bathroom with a shared kitchen and lounge. All rooms have phones and access to the University network.
Cost / Fees Please contact the Centre for International Education for information on fees. You will need to provide your country of origin and may be eligible for a country scholarship.
Financial assistance Assistance can vary between individual cases, please contact the University directly for more information.
Top recruiters
of graduates
Previous students have attained positions such as chief executive of a regional authority, business development manager for an automotive supplier, regional manager for a major building society and directors of major public service practices: nursing, housing and personnel. A number of ex-students have gone on to work in consultancy practice - for example, Price WaterhouseCoopers in Germany, and international roles in the electronics industry in the Netherlands.
Admission requirements You are welcome to apply if:
· You have an honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised degree or professional qualification; and
· You have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in a professional and/or management role, and
· You are at least 23 years of age,

Overseas applications from countries whose first language is not English are required to produce evidence of competence in English. This will usually be a satisfactory score on the British Council IELTS test or in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We require an IELTS score of 6 or a TOEFL score of 550/213 (paper/computer based). All international students will be required to undertake English Language evaluation upon arrival to determine any need for reinforcement of their skills.
Attendance at an English Language for Business Purposes Summer School may be required in the month leading up to the start of the academic year in September. Occasionally an additional interview may be required.
Student Profile Countries of origin: Students on the MBA course can originate from over 70 countries.
Ratio Men: Women: 2:1
Age Range: From 23 upwards
Average Age: Approx. 30
Average Work Experience: All students on the MBA must have at least 2 years experience though most applicants come with 6 - 10 years of practical management expertise.

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