Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £19,500 *
International Fees £19,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

You understand that the world is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

You have at least three years of professional or managerial experience where you have held a position of responsibility and can share your experience with others.

You are aiming high and are prepared for a challenge – that’s why you’re reading this.

The Aspiring Director’s MBA – work with, for, and on boards

Born of Westminster Business School’s 30 years’ experience of delivering MBA programmes, the new Westminster MBA is designed to support your aspirations.

It prepares you to work with, for and on boards, as a professional and versatile director. To help achieve this we have embedded our own Directors Attributes Framework throughout the programme. These attributes are reflected on throughout your MBA journey to help you become a professional director.

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It prepares you to lead, to innovate, and collaborate.

The Westminster MBA builds on your existing professional experience, skills and capabilities using self-directed and experiential learning. The programme incorporates action learning, and runs within our Directors’ Community: a physical boardroom and a virtual space where you interact with faculty, peers, real organisations and MBA alumni.

You will design your own learning journey using the learning and teaching formats offered by the MBA team in a way that best suits your learning style, your strengths, and your career needs.

You will experience four different roles on four shadow boards, working with different kinds of host organisation.

By the time you graduate, you will understand your board-level strengths and know how and where you wish to apply them. You will be able to provide tangible evidence of your ability to perform as a professional board member.

Download our full MBA brochure and a suggested timetable for the course.

How to apply

Submitting an application for an MBA may seem daunting at first, but help is at hand to guide you through the application process. Visit our how to apply page for an overview of what is involved in the application process and how you can prepare. 

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

All course and module timetables are subject to periodic change.

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The Westminster MBA process

The programme is divided into three components

  • Preparing for the Board: starter knowledge, skills and competencies
  • Route to the Board: a transformational pillar of support throughout the MBA which includes comprehensive action learning and reflexive research 
  • Experiencing the Board: work with four different host organisations – international, corporate, entrepreneurial and not-for-profit – in four different roles.

The three elements of the Westminster MBA are designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge and competencies to

  • understand the scope of business and organisational problems
  • reflect on and develop your own journey as leader and potential board member
  • experience real organisational contexts and demonstrate you have what it takes to perform well.

Learning methods will include

  • seminars, practical sessions/workshops, masterclasses and lectures
  • online resource-based learning journeys
  • working with academic subject expert tutors and your supervisor
  • regular contact with your university-based tutors/supervisor
  • action learning sets and client meetings
  • use of diagnostic tools
  • short courses, conferences, other training and learning events relevant to your needs and negotiated as part of our programme
  • self-managed inquiry research and journaling.

These methods and processes will be introduced and explained during Preparing for the Board.

Elements

This element comprises two modules:

  • Board Roles and Decision-Making (20 credits)
  • Board Level Research and Consultancy (20 credits)

Designed to ensure participants gain an overall appreciation of the holistic nature of organisations, Preparing for the Board provides the core skills and foundation-level knowledge that enable you to handle every business challenge you face. Two modules make up this space, Board Roles and Decision Making and Board Level Research and Consultancy.

This element of the Westminster MBA will require you to identify and apply key areas of relevant theory as these emerge in response to the demands of the contexts, challenges and people you encounter throughout your MBA journey.

You will build on this foundation, developing a comprehensive and detailed knowledge base as you experience working as a member of a Shadow Advisory Board in each new board context. The Preparing for the Board modules provide the intial theories and concepts to get you started on your journey.

These modules are designed to ensure you understand, and can contribute to the bigger organisational picture. You will also become competent in using project management tools, research and analytical techniques, so you can apply valuable consultancy skills.

This element comprises three modules:

  • Board Mindset (30 credits)
  • Space for Risk (0 credits)
  • Action Learning for Professional Life (30 credits)

With on-going support from a mentor, these three strands of the Westminster MBA give you the space and time to evolve an action learning plan that helps you develop as a leader throughout the MBA and beyond.

You will also gain access to the Westminster Directors Series of masterclasses where you can network and work alongside MBA alumni and other experienced executives.

BOARD MINDSET

During this module you will plan for your personal action research, exploring how you can develop as a professional board member and grow your leadership capabilities.

SPACE FOR RISK

This module encourages you to extend your boundaries by taking on, for example

  • a specialist learning experience
  • study with an international partner, or
  • work with a professional body
  • Work as a Non Executive Director
  • Work in a strategic capacity with a charity or take on an intensive internship

It is designed to free you up to leave your comfort zone, try something different, and risk failure. That’s why it carries no credits.

ACTION LEARNING FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE

During this module you will learn and apply the theories, tools and techniques of action learning. At its conclusion, you will deliver a reflective piece that traces your action learning journey throughout the programme and includes analysis of your performance during the four Board Experiences.

This element comprises four modules:

  • Corporate Board Experience (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurial Board Experience (20 credits)
  • International Board Experience (20 credits)
  • Not for Profit Board Experience (20 credits)

Experiencing the Board is the heart of the Westminster MBA. It ensures that when you graduate you can demonstrate your board-level capabilities to employers, clients and/or potential investors.

During your MBA you will work on four complex strategic issues and shadow advisory boards in four different

  • host organisations
  • contexts – international, corporate, entrepreneurial and not-for-profit
  • director-level roles – CEO/Managing Director, Human Resources / Organisational Development Director, Finance and Resources Director, Marketing and Operations Director.

You will take on a different role with each shadow advisory board.

Experiencing the Board is designed so you occupy a variety of perspectives, enabling you to gain insight into the contexts and roles you prefer, and the circumstances in which you perform at your best.  

Professional accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). 

Entry Requirements

Entrants will normally have:

  • A good first degree (equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours or a US GPA of 3) or an equivalent professional qualification
  • At least 3 years of significant work experience beyond graduation, in a managerial or professional capacity
  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language, either as a native speaker or demonstrated via an English language qualification, such as IELTS of 6.5 or higher, and assessment during an interview
  • A GMAT score of 600 (where additional information is required about a candidates suitability for the MBA)
  • Exceptional candidates without formal qualifications, but with considerable work experience amounting to a minimum of eight years in a managerial capacity may be considered as eligible

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

 

Entrants will normally have:

  • A good first degree (equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours or a US GPA of 3) or an equivalent professional qualification
  • At least 3 years of significant work experience beyond graduation, in a managerial or professional capacity
  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language, either as a native speaker or demonstrated via an English language qualification, such as IELTS of 6.5 or higher, and assessment during an interview
  • A GMAT score of 600 (where additional information is required about a candidates suitability for the MBA)
  • Exceptional candidates without formal qualifications, but with considerable work experience amounting to a minimum of eight years in a managerial capacity may be considered as eligible

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Careers

For up to three years after graduation, you will have access to a full range of MBA careers support services, including mock interviews, aptitude testing and discussions with the career advisors. Networking opportunities are provided via presentations by employers, professional bodies and the University’s alumni.

MBA graduates also have access to the QS MBA Careers service. This is an MBA-only service that enables you to upload your details to a CV profile service used exclusively by some of the most successful businesses in the country.

Previous graduates of the Westminster MBA have gone on to do the following:

  • Accountant, NHS
  • Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust
  • Senior Planning Manager, HP Enterprise Services
  • Commercial Manager, Coca Cola Enterprises
  • AP Manager, Microsoft
  • Interim Chief Executive, Bindmans LLP
  • Senior Advisor, Banco do Brasil
  • Accountant, J Sainsbury's PLC
  • Accountancy Adviser, HM Treasury
  • Project Support Officer, Ministry of Justice
  • Commercial Manager, HSBC
  • Chief Executive, NUS
  • Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Civil Servant, UK Home Office
  • Project Manager, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Analyst, Berenberg Bank
  • Project Manager, Tesco
  • Principal Forecasting Manager, Vodafone
  • Regional Product Manager, HSBC Bank Plc
  • Head of Basel II and Risk, Support Team, Bank of China

Find out more about MBA alumni

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

The Business Experience Team also offers full-time overseas MBA participants the opportunity to take part in our WBS Mentoring Programme. We will match participants with a senior professional (mentor) from their field of expertise to give them an exact insight into British working practices and policies. Experienced professionals in any business field share their career experiences and knowledge with participants who may wish to venture down a similar path in the near future. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including marketing, management, finance and entrepreneurship. In addition, our mentors typically offer 3 hours of their time over a 3 month period to the mentee. In addition, to one-to-one meetings, students are encouraged to keep in touch with their mentor over email and telephone.

The MBA Consulting Project is set out to be an educational collaboration between a host organisation and Westminster Business School, thereby providing participants with an important opportunity to incorporate new ideas they have encountered in class. An MBA Consultancy Project can be the foundation to your final dissertation.

As part of the programme participants go into a company to act as a Management Consultant to solve a management issue(s). Participants may wish to use this opportunity as your first experience in a career change, a taste of the career/sector area you are planning to move into, or as a complete wildcard and something you may not get the opportunity to do again.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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The Westminster Boardroom combines a high standard of design with the latest technology and provides an optimal space for Westminster MBA students to hone their boardroom skills.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £19,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

The course fees do not cover the expenses for the Space for Risk module. Costs might vary depending on the activity you decide to take on.

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International tuition fee: £19,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

The course fees do not cover the expenses for the Space for Risk module. Costs might vary depending on the activity you decide to take on.

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

What our students say

Keiron Sparrowhawk

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA gives you the broad view. You have the confidence and ability to understand areas of work outside your own line of expertise which enables you to make a meaningful contribution to debate. Experiencing being in the position of being on the board helps you to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and become a better board member through critical self-appraisal. It is light-years away from being spoon-fed.

Seamus O'Shea

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA provided an excellent opportunity to develop a strong network from a wide range of industries. The focus on networking was further enhanced through the MBA Tuesday evening club where guest speakers presented on current business issues. This approach allowed me to develop the practical skills needed for business analysis whilst developing insightful solutions to the challenges faced by today’s organisations.

Leanne Shulman

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Having spent the past 15 years working for number of non-for–profit organisations, I decided it was time for me to get back to school and give a serious boost to my career. Yes, the course is intense and challenging but it has been very rewarding stretching myself beyond what I ever thought would be possible, and essentially enriching not only my core strengths and professional development, but augmenting a sturdier career path.

Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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