Course Overview

UK Fees £16,500 *
International Fees £19,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our innovative Westminster MBA is designed for ambitious business professionals – and recent graduates from any discipline – who don’t want to wait until they have extensive work experience before taking the first steps towards a management career.

Setting you apart in a competitive job market, you’ll graduate with direct experience from a three-month internship and the holistic business knowledge, capabilities and cutting-edge digital expertise demanded by today’s employers.

In the fast-moving global business environment, employers demand multi-skilled, digitally competent graduates with a sophisticated understanding of business and its changing context, one which cuts across the traditional business disciplines that include human resources, management and marketing. To succeed you need a ‘big picture’ approach. You must be capable of adapting to emerging business models, creating new enterprises, leading and managing people effectively and improving processes with digital solutions.

At Westminster Business School, we recognise that future business professionals need the full range of technical and personal development skills – more responsible, resilient, adaptable and versatile than ever before. Our aim is to help you become an aspiring leader and entrepreneur, someone who can add value to any type of organisation. But we believe it’s essential for this transformation process to start early, before you have extensive working experience or have adopted the mindset of one particular employer or business sector. By starting this process early, it’s much easier to develop your skills, learn to think outside the box, and independently lead changes in the business world – wherever your career takes you. It’s also what our employer contacts tell us they’d prefer.

Responding to a shifting market, the Westminster MBA offers a practically oriented, cross-disciplinary, advanced education in modern business: it combines academic rigour, accelerated study, stimulating teaching approaches and practical business leadership experiences, including a three-month internship. We'll support you on your journey to becoming part of the next generation of successful business executives and entrepreneurs.

We’ll introduce you to the latest business methods and technologies in a way that more accurately reflects the corporate and entrepreneurial environment – through interdisciplinary, capability-building thematic modules, which span anything from innovation and design thinking to contemporary challenges, sustainability, management complexity, data analysis and finances. You’ll then apply your learning to practice-based business problems and live business projects and, in doing so, gain sought-after soft skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, personal agility, adaptability and resilience.

Recognising the growing importance of technology, and preparing you for careers in a 2020s digital world, we’ll examine some of the latest developments, including blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, cloud technology, AR/VR, disruptive innovations, the growth of ecosystems and the sharing economy.

We expect our MBA graduates to go on to secure management and leadership roles in corporates, start-ups, SMEs, the public sector and non-profit organisations.

Top reasons to study with us

  • This MBA is ideal for recent graduates and ambitious early-career professionals with the determination to pursue management careers
  • Become business-ready through intensive practical experiences and accelerated study
  • Three-month ‘Management in Action’ internship or project at home or overseas to boost your CV
  • Week-long international consulting project based overseas with a client company
  • Career development workshops and masterclasses enhance your global perspective and employability
  • Taught by staff with expertise in strategic management, entrepreneurship, design, innovation, marketing, consumer insight, social media, operations, digital business, psychology, human resources, organisational behaviour, economics, finance, management accounting and leadership
  • Exciting teaching and learning approaches with live case studies, simulations, role-playing workshops and hackathons
  • Engaging assessment methods, including simulations, business challenges, investigating briefs, group pitches and video presentations
  • Excellent facilities include an MBA Boardroom, digital classrooms and our state-of-the-art Bloomberg virtual trading room

Course structure

The MBA follows a strong narrative with a journey of discovery, beginning with diagnosis of business problems/issues, the design of innovative solutions, immersion in digital applications and the development of drive, resilience and diplomacy as part of the student’s personal growth. In addition to the module assessment, capabilities learned are applied during the client projects for Entrepreneurial Mindset, the International Study Consultancy and the Management in Action internship. You will study problem-solving and capability building modules for a total of 180 credits.

Semester 1 (Sep–Dec)

We begin by learning how to conduct a business diagnostic, developing your skills in analysing financial, performance and market data, as well as critical thinking. You’ll learn to confidently identify the symptoms of underperformance and analyse business problems, using your judgement to make informed decisions to improve future market performance. We’ll examine how design thinking and creativity can reimagine business models and help design new products, services and processes. You’ll also gain a better understanding of digital disruptions and how these impact on business operations, business services and performance.

  • Understanding company reports
  • Appraising financial investments
  • Managing big data and software
  • Analysing the macro and competitor environment
  • Coping with uncertainty, crisis and turnaround

  • Creating and commercialising innovative products/services
  • Innovative business model design
  • Planning and branding with digital marketing

  • Developing websites and apps
  • Evaluating new business models in a digitised world
  • Mastering digital technologies – block-chains, artificial intelligence, cloud technology, AR/VR, robotics, 3D printing and the internet of things

  • Developing the entrepreneurial mindset
  • Scaling-up the start-up 

Semester 2 (Jan–Apr)

We move on to business structure and modern strategies in a changing world, as well as the traits, behaviours and management processes needed for resilient, flexible organisations. You’ll consider some of the contemporary challenges facing business, from the merits of sustainable global growth to the global perspective of business development and need for sensitive, collaborative working in multicultural project environments. You’ll examine the latest insights in innovation and new business models, before participating in a week-long International Consultancy Project advising overseas client/s to solve a strategic issue or problem.

  • Mastering resilience, agility, adaptability and critical thinking
  • Creating sustainability and social responsible behaviour
  • Managing and incentivising talent
  • Managing change

  • Developing a global perspective in business development
  • Practicing working collaboratively in multi-cultural environment
  • Negotiating international deals

  • Evaluating the strategic impact of innovation on organisations and economies
  • Analysing the latest knowledge and insights needed by innovation leaders

Advising overseas client(s) to solve a strategic issue/problem.

Semester 3 (May–Aug)

For the Management in Action Internship or Project, you’ll investigate a problem/issue related to innovation and/or digitisation for a client organisation in the UK or overseas – anything from how a digital start-up can compete against digital/conventional rivals, to the impact of digitisation on an organisation’s operation and performance. It’s an ideal opportunity to demonstrate your resourcefulness and ability to ‘think on your feet’.

Investigation of a problem/issue related to innovation and/or digital in an organisation in the UK or overseas.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

At the core of our forward-thinking MBA is its focus on preparing you for today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world of work, through a highly practical and experiential programme delivered in partnership with a range of ‘client’ organisations.

Taught in the heart of London, close to many of the city’s national, international and global employers, our emphasis on skills, capabilities and attributes – with multiple opportunities throughout the course to apply these capabilities to real business problems – will provide direct work experience to enhance your CV and narrative when applying for new positions. These applied projects and the final internship/project will not only expand your professional networks, but directly enhance the prospects for early employability after graduation.

By focusing on business-ready skills, hard and soft, we expect a wide range of employers to be interested in our graduates. You will have the capabilities and confidence to adapt to a rapidly changing business world, one characterised by digitisation, hyper-competition, resource scarcity, volatility, complexity and continual business model disruption.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Build your business network

Build connections with peers and future business leaders.

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Develop your CQ

Develop your cultural intelligence – or ‘CQ’ – studying alongside students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities.

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Kickstart your career

Learn how to use social media in your job hunt or LinkedIn to kickstart your career.

Industry links

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene. 

Staff who currently teach on this course have extensive professional experience, covering roles such as:

  • a senior management consultant for McKinsey & Company
  • a manager in Savoy Hotel Group
  • export manager for Labaronne-CITAF
  • deputy general manager of QSR Franchise Development Group
  • an equity and structured finance analyst for Bergstrom Capital

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Business design lead
  • Business development manager
  • Business/Financial analyst
  • CMS manager
  • CRM manager
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Digital product owner
  • Management consultant
  • Solutions architect
  • Start-up entrepreneur
  • UX manager

Graduate employers

Graduates from the Westminster Business School have found employment at organisations including:

  • Amazon
  • Citibank
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Paribas
  • Santander
  • Sberbank
  • Société Générale
  • Standard Chartered
  • World Economic Forum

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to develop the capabilities needed by the graduate labour market, integrating practice-based learning and projects alongside academic learning and business theory.

We'll encourage you to keep up-to-date with market trends and regularly review current events, using trade publications such as the Financial Times and the live news streams available in the Financial Markets Suite (FMS). We also hope to invite current practitioners to share current challenges and experiences – past talks within the School have covered current topics in artificial intelligence start-ups and sustainable investment banking funds.

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools to make sure you can really listen to what is said in class and don’t miss a thing.

 

How you’ll be taught

Through a variety of teaching methods – from traditional lectures and seminars to live case study analysis, business projects, an international consultancy project and internship – we aim to bring study to life by incorporating real-world experience. A focus on group work and ideas generation will help to develop the strong interpersonal skills expected of top managers.

There is a requirement for ‘self-guided’ learning and you will be expected to develop your own opinions and approaches to problems. Group work is a core component of the programme, which allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, get a more thorough understanding of subjects by interacting with people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, and mimic the office environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You’ll be given multiple opportunities to put forth real-life solutions to problems, present business cases or introduce plans for service optimisation.

The teaching team has strengths across multiple subject disciplines, including academic scholarship and practitioner business experience, strategic management, entrepreneurship, design, innovation, marketing, social media, operations, digital business, psychology, human resources, organisation behaviour, economics, finance, management accounting and leadership.

How you’ll be assessed

We use a wide range of engaging assessment methods, including simulations, business challenges, investigating briefs, group pitches and video presentations.

The course involves a variety of assessment methods which call on students to propose solutions to real case studies in groups, alone and under short time limits in the case of the ‘hackathons’.

Presentations and essays are also included in the course content, but it's the focus on practical resolutions to real problems and the encouragement of analytical skills and creativity that make this an attractive course. For example, we encourage a reflective learning journey report following the consultancy or work project undertaken in the placement organisation.

Why study this course?

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Fantastic facilities

State-of-the-art Bloomberg-powered Financial Markets Suite (FMS) featuring industry-leading technology and software.

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, problem-solving and live business projects.

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Business insight

Strengthen business insight through interaction with businesses and discussions about current market challenges.

Online open evenings

Find out more about the University by visiting us at one of our open evenings.

 

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) in any discipline. Work experience is not required but is welcome. Successful students will demonstrate in their personal statement an ambition and capability to excel in management positions within large corporate organisations, small medium enterprises (SMEs), or their own start-up enterprise. We may also interview applicants either in person or via Skype.

Applicants are required to submit one reference. 

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and speaking.

 

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) in any discipline. Work experience is not required but is welcome. Successful students will demonstrate in their personal statement an ambition and capability to excel in management positions within large corporate organisations, small medium enterprises (SMEs), or their own start-up enterprise. We may also interview applicants either in person or via Skype.

Applicants are required to submit one reference. 

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and speaking.

Student work

In our ‘hackathon’ boot camp, you’ll create a new enterprise, enhancing your knowledge of entrepreneurial thinking and how it applies to new venture creation.

Boot camps are a great way to mix the real-life decision-making process faced by companies of all sizes with the theoretical learning on your MBA programme. You’ll gain a real-life and practical understanding of how companies are tackling issues and adapting to disruption, and benefit from group work with a team of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences.

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The Westminster Boardroom

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.

Learn new skills

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Responsible business leadership

Understand the importance of ethics, shared value, sustainability and collaboration as a responsible business leader.

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Enhance your digital literacy

Enhance your digital literacy, learning how to collect and use data from Bloomberg, Datastream and Fame.

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Improve your problem-solving skills

Improve your problem-solving and business diagnostic skills to better understand and tackle business issues.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £16,500 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each 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 postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

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: £19,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each 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 postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs information

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

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Facilities

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Right in the heart of central London, our Marylebone Campus is home to the Westminster Business School and our Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. Specialist workshops, dedicated digital and architecture studios, and our extensive Marylebone Library offer students everything they need for academic success.

Marylebone Campus is opposite Baker Street tube station and within easy walking distance of Regents Park and Marylebone High Street.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Westminster Business School

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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