Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
View course-specific entry requirements
Our normal minimum requirements for admission are a good Undergraduate Degree (or international equivalent) or a professional qualification, as well as at least three years’ full time supervisory or managerial work experience post-graduation.
If you don't have a degree we may still consider your application, if you have substantial work experience in a position with a high level of responsibility.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each element), or a recognised equivalent.
You will normally be interviewed and, depending on circumstances, you may be asked to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and achieve a score of 600.
At Westminster Business School we focus on developing confident, capable business leaders able to meet the challenges of succeeding in a global business environment. Our MBA graduates take up influential roles within key and growth industries both in the UK and overseas. They make a significant impact both on the businesses in which they operate and the wider business environment.
They have the capability, credibility and judgement to manage significant projects, business units and organisations and provide inspired leadership from a multidisciplinary perspective, coupled with an assertive and principled approach to quality in their practice as professionals.
Our MBA is designed for professionals with at least three years' work experience in a functional specialist or middle/senior management role who aspire to senior executive or chief executive positions. Our students come from diverse professional backgrounds, and include accountants, lawyers, doctors, marketing managers, IT programmers and engineers. They all want to transform their careers and be at the forefront of business leadership.
The Westminster MBA will help you develop skills and acquire knowledge that will be invaluable in furthering your business career. We have strong links with employers and professional bodies and our curriculum reflects the needs of the contemporary business world. Our enthusiastic faculty has extensive academic and professional experience ensuring that class work and projects will be applicable to professional practice and relevant to your own work environment.
Westminster Business School is a preferred supplier of an MBA programme to the UK government.
Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on your personal professional development and enhancing your ability to work at the highest levels within a company. You will do this through a structured programme of tailored, one-to-one mentoring, focusing on your specific issues and career service support, such as preparing for interviews. You will also have the opportunity to attend seminars featuring engaging, expert speakers and a host of dynamic networking events.
In addition, as a student on this course you will receive a student membership to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and access to the CMI professional network, opportunity to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
This module enables you to develop the skills and knowledge required to be an effective internal or external consultant, and understand how to manage the consultancy process. You will also get the opportunity to put the theory into practice by undertaking a group consultancy project with a client company.
Creating Customer Value
You will examine how companies can create customer value by matching their capabilities to the requirements of their customers. You will learn how to develop and implement value-generating strategies.
Identifying and Evaluating Value in the Organisation
This module examines the principles and concepts underpinning different aspects of accounting and finance. In addition you will become familiar with techniques of financial decision making and the particular problems of financing enterprises in emerging economies.
International Study Trip
As part of this module you may have the opportunity to participate in a one-week international study trip, enabling you to apply the learning you have gained during the MBA course to an international context, and gain insights into what it takes to do business in the particular region being visited. You will be able to attend international business meetings and seminars, tour factories, and discuss contemporary business problems with senior managers and executives.
Leading and Managing People
This module explores the nature of the relationship between leadership, people management, organisational culture and organisational behaviour. You will acquire the skills to conceptualise the importance of human factors involved in creating competitive advantage, through exploration of the practical skills and methods needed to lead and develop high-performance organisations.
Refresh your knowledge of the study skills required to successfully complete your MBA, and enhance your ability to undertake critical analysis of complex situations. You will use data analysis techniques to interpret data in order to support business decision making and write well-structured, lucid board papers and executive reports.
This module provides you with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills gained from study to practical use by addressing real-life, strategic business issues or management priorities. In doing this, you'll demonstrate that you can think like a senior executive, analysing complex situations and formulating recommendations and plans that will contribute to business success.
Personal and Professional Development
This module comprises a number of different activities including visits, networking events, speaker events, coaching, career workshops, skills workshops and action learning sets. It is designed to develop your career plans based on strong personal and professional skills, abilities and networks.
This module explores the models and frameworks required to develop and implement strategies capable of delivering success within complex business environments. It addresses key contemporary topics and debates within strategic management. By linking theory to practice, it develops your practical abilities to analyse environments, think strategically and formulate and implement strategies.
You will choose two from the following (although, please note that elective modules run subject to a minimum number of eight participants):
The module provides the opportunity for you to examine a current leadership issue in the context of contemporary theory.
This module explores the interaction between financial management and corporate strategy. It provides you with sufficient knowledge to understand the financial implications of possible strategic decisions. It will help you to understand how a company's financial choices can be used to enhance its business strategy and its value.
Foresight and Future Studies
The ability to identify and anticipate the impact future trends and technologies have on the business environment is a key skill for any senior executive. This module provides you with a set of tools and frameworks designed to help you develop better foresight. The initial theoretical perspective is informed by a series of practical exercises culminating in the rigorous application of scenario planning to an industry of your choice.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This module provides both a theoretical and practical basis for understanding key elements of entrepreneurship and innovation. It introduces different conceptions and types of entrepreneurship. These include the way in which innovative activities underpin entrepreneurial success, and how a new business venture may be structured and developed as a sustainable commercial enterprise to generate customer value and present a valuable investment proposition.
International Business Negotiation
You will consider the theory and practice of conducting business negotiations within an international business context. You will assess and analyse the theory of negotiation from various perspectives including psychological, sociological, political, behavioural and mathematical approaches.
Programme and Project Management
The module evaluates current project management thinking. You will examine the strategic importance of programme, portfolio and project management in the modern organisation, and scrutinise the tools and theory available to the project manager to drive a project to successful completion.
This module examines successful organisations with respect to ethical policies, practices and sustainability.
You will gain knowledge about social enterprises and charities, focusing on the importance of the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) in the third sector. This module focuses on working on social problems within a challenging overseas environment.
You will explore the Strategy Dynamics method developed by Kim Warren. This modelling technique has been developed to enable managers to analyse business performance and develop future strategies based on building and retention of resources and capability. While the theoretical underpinning for the method is examined in detail, the module has a strong practical focus.
Sustainability and the Corporation
The module gives you an appreciation of how issues of sustainability affect corporate decision making. It examines the long-term, strategic objectives of the corporation and its relationship with capital markets; it explores how the issues of sustainability affect business policy and communications with capital, labour and product markets.
All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.
Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.
The MBA is a journey that prepares you to become a more imaginative and effective manager. Through career development activities we will assist you every step of that journey in evolving your own unique leadership style and philosophy.
We offer a full range of career support services to our MBA students and alumni. Our graduates have gone on to take up roles as business analysts, business developers, commercial directors, corporate project managers freelance consultants, NHS managers, operations managers and transport managers.
Employers have included:
- Coca Cola
- EMAP Ltd
- Lewisham Council
- Ministry of Justice
- Sidel UK Ltd
- Transport for London
- UBS Investment Bank
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.
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.
The Professional Development theme throughout the programme focuses on enabling you to achieve a high-level management position.
All Full-time Postgraduate (MA, MSC and MBA) WBS students have the opportunity to undertake a 2 month part-time unpaid internship in local organisations, so as to further enhance their academic experience. Our internships take place during the Summer and are in various fields including Marketing, Project Management, Retail, Marketing Communications, Finance, HR and the charity sector.
In order to apply, students must complete an application form (along with a copy of their updated CV) and submit this to the Business Experience Team (BET). Subsequently we then shortlist from the applications received and conduct group meetings with the students, which provides them with an opportunity to understand more about the internship programme and for the BET to better understand their internship aspirations. Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship.
We have received very positive feedback from both our Postgraduate students and employers and expect that the Internship Programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.
The Business Experience Team also offers full-time overseas postgraduate (MA, MSc, MBA) students the opportunity to take part in our WBS Mentoring Programme. We will match students 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 students who may wish to venture down a similar path in the near future. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including Marketing, General Management, Finance and Entrepreneurship. In addition, our mentors typically offer 3 hours of their time over a 3 month period to the mentee (student). 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 students 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 students go into a company to act as a Management Consultant to solve a management issue(s). Students 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.
MBA careers support
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.
Leadership and Professional Development
We provide specific support through the Leadership and Professional Development module, helping you develop a critical understanding and practical application of the skills associated with managing yourself and your career, interacting effectively with and leading others.
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
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Recognition and accreditation
- Westminster Business School's MBA is accredited by The Association of MBAs – which proves the high quality of our programme and gives our students access to the (AMBA) resources including alumni and career development.
- Westminster Business School was named preferred MBA supplier to the UK Government.
- Our programme is ranked as a tier one programme for return on investment by the CEO magazine.
Westminster Business School works closely with a number of other professional organisations, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Chartered Management Institute.
Fully integrated programme
Westminster MBA is a fully integrated programme showing you how various areas of business and the business environment work together and influence each other.
- Our students come from diverse professional backgrounds, including accountants, actuaries, and lawyers, doctors, marketing managers, IT programmers and engineers. We attract students from all over the world and the average age of our full-time MBA student is 31 years.
- Our classes are small facilitating an individual approach and action-based learning, allowing you to establish trusting and supportive environment in which you and your classmates can comfortably experiment with new business ideas and learn from your experiences.
- The site has a suite of rooms and facilities reserved for the sole use of postgraduate business students.
- The library is open 24/7 and many references are available electronically. The campus is WiFi enabled for laptop and notebook usage and library and research facilities can also be accessed online from your home or office.
- Blackboard, a virtual learning system, is used to support teaching and learning, with electronic communication and access to materials and information.
- The Financial Markets Suite uses the Bloomberg platform, providing a state-of-the-art teaching and research resource.
MBA mentoring programme
Taking an MBA at Westminster is about much more than taught theory and classroom study. Our MBA mentoring programme gives you the chance to combine your learning with the everyday practices of working in business. The mentor helps you to gain a greater understanding of how British working practices compare to those in other countries. The programme runs twice a year, and you will meet with your mentor at least three times.
MBA Internship scheme
Westminster’s MBA Internship scheme offers you a unique professional and cultural insight into your chosen career area. As well as complementing your studies, and building up your skills and confidence, it provides fantastic London work experience and networking opportunities. The scheme runs either during the summer vacation on a full-time basis, or part-time during the autumn term. We will match your interests, skills and relevant experience to a number of London-based companies and provide interview practice.
Alumni and student networks
As a Westminster MBA student you will be able to learn from and build lifelong relationships with other students, and take advantage of the MBA, Business School and University alumni networks. You will also be able to share experiences and exchange ideas with fellow business school members around the world, through the QS MBA Careers platform and Association of Business Schools to name just a few. And you can take advantage of the wide range of careers support services we offer to all our MBA students including specialised coaching sessions, to help you develop your desired career path.
Central London location
Our Central London location places you in the heart of the biggest European financial and business centre giving you a unique opportunity to engage with a number of UK and international companies. London also offers you unrivalled access to the worlds of art, music, sport, theatre, and many other aspects of commerce and culture. It is an international travel hub, with easy routes to Europe, America and other global destinations. London is where things happen first – and as one of the city’s 400,000 students, much of what happens in the capital is within your reach.
MBA scholarships opportunities
Westminster Business School offers a limited number of part -fee waiver scholarships for the MBA Programme. These vary from 75% - 20%. The process is competitive and we give preference to people employed in public or third sector organisations who wish to remain in those sectors after they have graduated.
MBA Social Entrepreneurship module
The University of Westminster Social Entrepreneurship module is unique in that it requires students to use our experience and skills learnt on our MBA to solve real life problems in real life situations, rather than simply testing theory. The module is supported by a UK based charity called The Great Generation, that identifies an overseas organisation that are community-driven and tackle real needs, that require the support of volunteers.
Our alumni say
Find out more about what our MBA alumni say about the programme and their successful careers.
Consulting Manager, PwC Digital Practice
Year of graduation: 2012
Senior Legal Risk Adviser, DAHL Advokatfirma
Year of graduation: 1997
Managing Director, Ones Company Ltd
Year of graduation: 2010
Consumer Insights Professional, Energizer
Year of graduation: 2012
Independent consultant and coach specialising in leadership development and organisational change
Year of graduation: 1994
Programme Director, NBCUniversal
Year of graduation: 2011
Business Transformation Lead, Pearson
Year of graduation: 2012
Director, Silver and Claret and Chairman, Soldier On!
Year of graduation: 2012
Executive Chair and Director, West Berkshire Health
Year of graduation: 2012
Director, Boom Training
Year of graduation: 2003
Chief Executive, The Scout Association
Year of graduation: 2003
Software Project Manager, Tyco International
Year of graduation: 2011
Tony de Nazareth
Chief Executive Officer at Crowd for Angels and Director at EC Capital, FreeUK, NinetyTen
Year of graduation: 1994
Chief Executive Officer, Day Lewis Group Plc
Year of graduation: 1998
Managing Director at Guycon Healthcare Management Consultancy and Chairman at Guyhealth (UK)
Year of graduation: 1998
Year of graduation: 1995
Head of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Nestlé Canada
Year of graduation: 2009
Accountant, Mark Davies & Associates
Year of graduation: 2009
Subject of study: MBA
Year of graduation: 1994
Name of company/employer: Epsom Racecourse
Your current position/job title: Managing Director
What does your current role involve?
Basically I run the racecourse; we have three main business areas: Racing 15 days including the Investec Derby, the world’s greatest horse race which was first run in 1780! We have Britain’s biggest prize - £1.5m - and Britain’s largest sporting crowd - over 130,000 - in 2010. Revenue comes from ticketing, sponsorship and hospitality.
We also have a 365-day-a-year four-star conferencing and events facility which can accommodate over 1000 day delegates, and an onsite hotel, which is run by a general manager on a day-to-day basis.
What is a typical day for you?
There isn’t one! The great thing about this business is variation. Most days I arrive before eight and leave after seven, but the preparation for the Derby is full on for a month before, 18-hour days, seven days a week. I am responsible for all aspects of the business and I have a Finance Director and a Director of Racing that I share with Sandown Park and Kempton Park. The rest of the team are sales, operations, marketing and grounds staff.
How has your career developed since graduating from University of Westminster?
I have had a varied career since completing my MBA – four years in international brand development with Compass, four years in senior marketing roles for Centrica, three years running the marketing and passenger operations of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company followed by 13 months as interim Marketing Director and consultant for the Royal Horticultural Society.
Have there been any challenges along the way?
Yes I am not one for an easy life, moving into Centrica was moving into the utility sector and a real culture shock. After four years I wanted to get back into the cut and thrust of a leisure company, an environment I love. Going to the Isle of Man didn’t quite work out as I planned and I commuted every week which really put stress on my family life – the reason I left in the end. Working on an interim basis for the RHS opened my eyes to the possibility of working for an organisation like Jockey Club Racecourse, owners of 14 racecourses including Epsom Downs, Newmarket, Aintree and Cheltenham.
How was your experience at Westminster Business School?
To be honest, I didn’t get the salary acceleration I hoped for straight away, but it gave me the confidence to take on varied new challenges and I love what I am doing at the moment.
What advide would you give to students and fellow graduates?
Follow your heart, enjoy what you do, be ambitious and never stop believing in yourself. The most successful people succeed for a combination of reasons, but you have got to want it, and put in the work.
How supportive did you find Westminster Business School?
I graduated in 1994, a long time ago now, but it was the support of my fellow students and my tutor Neil Botten that really made it a very worthwhile and challenging experience.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
My current job is the job I love most; I could have done it ten years ago but Epsom Downs is a very special place, so it was worth the wait. The Investec Derby is a fantastic race. There is nothing in sport (in my experience) that rivals the roar of 130,000 people when the Derby starts at 4pm on the first day of the season My ambition is simple: to once again stop the nation for the Derby. It is streamed in over 200 countries but it is a very English race and institution. I have got a lot to do. I also have ambitious plans to build the conferencing and events side of the business.
Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My idols have been mainly sporting ones: Filbert Bayi (Tanzanian world mile record holder in the 70’s), John Walker, Steve Ovett and Daley Thompson; but there is one man who stands above the rest who is not a sportsman - Nelson Mandela. After all he went through, his magnanimity, statesmanship and charisma are unsurpassable. If I could be a fraction of the leader that Mandela is then I would be very proud.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to stick around at Epsom for a while, it is a great job and I have a lot to do. Then I want to buy a Land Rover and to drive down Africa at a leisurely pace using the great rift valley as my core route, stopping to climb Kilimanjaro, and visiting Africa’s great game reserves, (Serengeti, Luangwa, Kruger), visiting the large lakes and passing through the land of my birth, Zimbabwe, through to Botswana and the Okovango swamps into Namibia and down the Skeleton coast then, on down to Cape Town. After that I will need to find a new challenge - hopefully then I will be in a position to lead an MBI for an innovative Small or Medium Enterprise.
Business and Management - why Westminster?
In a bid to provide invaluable work experience to our full-time postgraduate business students we are giving you the opportunity to apply to undertake an 8-week unpaid accredited internship with a London organisation.