1 Master of Business Administration Online Programme
2 Get ahead with an online MBA from the University of Liverpool International reputation ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, with an AACSB accredited management school Convenience fit your studies around your other commitments. Accelerate your career without interrupting your current job Global perspective meet like-minded professionals from all over the world for a rich, multi-cultural experience Practical skills and knowledge develop critical understanding and analytical skills to respond to today s toughest business challenges Dedicated support benefit from close, personal support and feedback throughout your studies, helping you stay motivated and focused.
3 Contents Get ahead with an online MBA 2 Accelerate your career 4 Learn with a globally-respected UK university 8 A world-class research institution 9 ULMS - a reputation you can rely on 11 Accredited at the highest level 11 The University of Liverpool online MBA 12 Programme structure 14 Dissertation or consultancy project 15 Maximum convenience, maximum results 18 Take your career to the next level 22 Invest in your future 23 Join our global alumni network 24 Admission requirements 28 Take the first step today 29
4 6 Master of Business Administration Accelerate your career The University of Liverpool s globally-oriented online MBA is designed for successful business professionals who want to advance their careers, develop as leaders, and positively contribute to the growth of their organisations and their communities. Offered fully online by the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), the programme lets you study without interrupting your personal and professional life. On the programme you ll explore critical theories and concepts around highlevel business management with a global network of peers, enjoy 24/7 access to your classroom, and have the flexibility to choose elective modules specific to your own professional development. Dr Claire Moxham Director of Studies for the online MBA, University of Liverpool Our students quickly see the benefits of studying the MBA online. From day one you are able to achieve professional impact by applying current thinking from the classroom to your workplace. The international make-up of our online classes and our research driven teaching combine to offer an exciting and vibrant learning environment that will challenge and inspire you. This MBA will: Equip you with the key transferable skills you need to be a successful manager Empower you with practical knowledge of the principles and current issues relevant to senior business management roles
5 7 Help you acquire a range of analytical techniques for effective tactical and strategic management Nurture your business skills in a collaborative international environment with a global faculty base and international professionals studying alongside you Support your personal and professional development with a critically reflective mode of learning
6 8 Master of Business Administration Studying the MBA online with the University of Liverpool is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my career. It has opened up another page in my career. It s a personal and professional investment but one that offers lifetime reward. Khan Yeh (MBA 2013), online graduate Operations Delivery Lead From Taiwan, living in China
7 9 University of Liverpool Key facts In the top 1% of universities worldwide Member of the UK s Russell Group One of Europe s largest providers of fully online degrees Nine Nobel Laureates *As listed in the International Universities Handbook, published 2012
8 10 Master of Business Administration Learn with a globally-respected UK university Making the commitment to pursue an MBA is a big decision. There are many choices you need to consider which university to study with, its reputation, the quality of the management school, how you will learn and what sort of experience you will have. At the University of Liverpool, we offer the very best choice for successful international professionals looking to collaborate and share best practice with their peers from around the world. Our online MBA will broaden your horizons, challenge your thinking, help you develop critical and analytical understanding, and give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to today s toughest business challenges and boost your career potential. Best of all, you won t need to take any time out from your job to study.
9 11 A world-class research institution The University of Liverpool is a world-class research university with a long track record of academic excellence and rigour. It is a member of the UK s prestigious Russell Group and ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide*. We have been providing online postgraduate education since 2000, with more than 10,500 online students currently studying with us around the world. Over 5,000 students have already graduated with an online degree, joining the University s thriving international alumni network of 183,000 people in over 192 countries. Global pioneers We have been pioneers in research and education since our founding in 1881, and are considered one of the great international centres of research, knowledge and innovation. Our pioneering reputation attracts students, faculty, experts and partners from across the globe. Through our research, teaching and collaborations we seek to be life changing and world shaping. Leaders in online We re also a European leader in fully online postgraduate degrees. Our partnership with e-learning experts Laureate Online Education enables us to support you every step of the way throughout your studies. It s through this exciting partnership that the University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network an international network of prestigious, innovative institutions of higher education giving you access to international experts and leaders through events such as the World Business Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. *As listed in the International Universities Handbook, published 2012
10 12 Master of Business Administration AACSB Accreditation puts ULMS in the top 5% of the world s business schools. It reflects the dedication of our staff to helping our students learn to make a difference to employers worldwide.
11 13 ULMS - a reputation you can rely on Our online MBA is offered by the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), a globally recognised centre for management and leadership training, education and research. Our mission is Learning to Make a Difference. This is reflected in the foundations of our research and teaching, which strive to make a difference to the lives of individuals, businesses and communities. Accredited at the highest level ULMS is accredited for all its campus and online programmes by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the oldest and most respected global accreditation body for business schools. Less than 5% of the world s business schools have achieved this distinction. By holding this accreditation, we have made a commitment to continuous improvement, and to providing a curriculum that is both responsive to the needs of business and delivered in a high-quality teaching environment. For more information, visit
12 14 Master of Business Administration The University of Liverpool online MBA The ULMS online MBA is designed for business professionals looking for a rewarding, interactive international experience at the highest level. You can learn while you earn and accelerate your career with practical knowledge and advanced skills that you can put to immediate use in your career. Global perspectives, local impact The programme allows you to study from wherever you are, at any time of the day from your first module all the way through to graduation. Our easy-to-use learning platform and collaborative approach connects you with an international network of fellow professionals from every continent. Through this collaborative approach, you will gain real insights into today s global business trends that you can immediately apply in your work. An international hallmark of excellence Delivered by an AACSB-accredited Management School, our MBA programme is also accredited for technology Enhanced Learning (or CEL) by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This hallmark of excellence demonstrates the academic rigour of our MBA programme and the quality of the online experience you will enjoy. Leadership skills that inspire Our MBA is designed to support you personally and professionally as you progress and develop your leadership strengths. You will explore the most influential management theories, exercise your critical thinking skills and broaden your strategic understanding of business. You will also create a Personal Development Plan that runs throughout your programme, helping you reflect on your own learning and record your leadership journey. Learn from the world s best Through our partnership with Laureate, you will have access to our executive video speaker series, giving you an exclusive insight into the experiences, thinking and guidance of some of the world s top business brains.
13 15 Tailor-made for you Our online MBA allows you to tailor your learning to your career. Choose from a range of modules in established pathways such as General Management, International Business, Marketing & Business Operations, Entrepreneurship or Finance and Accounting or choose individual electives to create your own programme of study. In the final phase of the programme, you can also choose between a research dissertation and a live consultancy project addressing a real business issue at your organisation. Reap the rewards immediately You don t have to wait until you graduate for your programme to have an impact. The beauty of our online MBA is that you can apply your learning and understanding to your work as you progress through the programme increasing your opportunities and career prospects while you study.
14 16 Master of Business Administration Programme structure Core modules (mandatory) The programme includes five core modules and three elective modules. You can choose from a pool of electives based on your areas of interest, or choose individual electives in order to create a self-designed programme of study Being a Leader The Organisation in a Strategic Context Finance & Accounting for Managers Market Perspectives Innovation and Change The process by which you choose electives will be linked to your Personal Development Plan. Our elective portfolio covers a broad range of study areas such as International Business, Finance and Investment, Entrepreneurship, Operations, Marketing, Project Management, and others.
15 17 Elective modules Entrepreneurship International Business Investment Strategies Project Management Operations Management Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategic Human Resources Consumer Behaviour Business in Emerging Markets Managerial Accounting Business Finance Global Leadership Business Leadership Financing the Entrepreneurial Organisation Financial Reporting Services Marketing visit for module details Dissertation or consultancy project You complete your MBA with either a dissertation or a consultancy project: Dissertation The dissertation is a 15,000 20,000 word piece of research. You identify an appropriate research topic, critically select and apply appropriate research methodology and data collection methods to your chosen research topic, and demonstrate a rigorous understanding of the theory and literature relevant to the issues under investigation. Consultancy project For your consultancy project you would work on a specific project for an organisation typically an employer or another organisation with which you re familiar. The aim is to enable you to undertake a self-managed process of systematic practitioner inquiry within the management domain. The output will be a 15,000 20,000 word report. *Please note that current scheduling may be subject to change and that we cannot guarantee that all elective modules will be offered in every calendar year.
16 18 Master of Business Administration The thing that I enjoyed most was meeting people from different parts of the world via the online classroom. Students were in constant dialogue with each other, which was a really great way to collaborate and share experiences. Mohamed Badi Derouiche (MBA 2013), online graduate Finance Manager From Tunisia, living in the United Arab Emirates
18 20 Master of Business Administration Maximum convenience, maximum results As a fully online programme, our MBA conveniently fits around your existing personal and professional commitments. It means that wherever in the world you live and work, you can study for a prestigious ULMS MBA without interrupting your career or your personal life. There are no fixed lecture times. All your coursework, class discussions and group projects take place online, and the classroom is always open. As long as you have internet access, you choose when in the day you study and where. Continuous Support You can interact and collaborate with your faculty instructors and fellow students all over the world at any time of the day. And if you run into any IT problems, our technical support team is on hand 24/7 to help you out. You will also benefit from continuous academic support. From the moment you contact us right through to your graduation, you will enjoy dedicated support, including a personal Student Support Manager and regular feedback on your progress from our international faculty instructors, as well as additional selfstudy and taught skills modules to support your academic and professional development.
19 21 Your online experience L A U R E A T E LEARN. EVOLVE. NETWORK. SOCIALIZE. Your studies will be based around the Laureate LENS learning platform. Laureate LENS brings together all the resources you need from your electronic classroom to learning tips, the University s extensive and fully online library to student support Visual Identity in one easy-to-use Usage Guide dashboard, Laureate LENS making it easier for you to stay motivated and Date Created focused on your studies. Laureate LENS also enables you to network with your fellow online students around the globe. You can engage, learn and share with your peers and with the faculty, not only on your course, but across the entire online university community giving you the chance to make valuable connections across a range of professions and industries.
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21 23 Since graduating from the Liverpool online MBA, I started my own NGO and am now supporting NGO s and social corporations in the field of organisational development. Graduating has been a gift to myself it has opened up the next phase in my life. Maik Fuellmann (MBA 2013), online graduate Social Entrepreneur From Germany, living in Thailand
22 24 Master of Business Administration What our online MBA graduates say: 90% felt that their degree prepared them for their career.* 75 % perceived a career improvement as a result of their education with the University of Liverpool.* 90% Take Take your your career career to to the the next next level level Our online MBA is designed for experienced graduate professionals Our online MBA is designed for experienced graduate professionals looking to better prepare themselves for the business challenges of the 21st looking to better prepare themselves for the business challenges of the 21st century. It s a unique opportunity to combine rigorous academic study with practical century. It s a unique opportunity to combine rigorous academic study with practical experience and insights into real business experience and insights into real business issues, in an exhilarating international environment of collaboration, management and issues, in an exhilarating international environment of collaboration, management and leadership. leadership. Studying with us gives you a solid foundation Studying with us gives you a solid foundation on which to accelerate your career, achieve on which to accelerate your career, achieve your aspirations, handle the toughest business challenges and boost your earning po- your aspirations, handle the toughest business challenges and boost your earning potentialtential. Not only will you study the latest management thinking, develop new skills and un- Not only will you study the latest management thinking, develop new skills and understanding, and learn how to apply the derstanding, and learn how to apply the very latest industry theory to real life business situations, you will develop an extensive very latest industry theory to real life business situations, you will develop an extensive global network of high-powered professionals, from accountants and project managers global network of high-powered professionals, from accountants and project managers to engineers and scientists. to engineers and scientists. would recommend the University of Liverpool to a friend, family or colleague.* *Results gathered by the University of Liverpool in 2012 from online alumni who responded to our survey.
23 25 Our online MBA students: Invest in your future Our students come from senior positions in organisations all over the world. The key thing they have in common is commitment: a commitment to investing in their future, in their potential, in their career. The Liverpool online MBA will be tough. It will stretch you beyond your comfort zone. But you will come away with an unrivalled armoury of skills and knowledge of critical business functions, such as finance, strategy, marketing and human resources, that you can apply directly to your own organisation, delivering tangible results for both your career and your employer. Did you know that... 94% of online MBA graduates said their University of Liverpool education provided them with a strong return on investment in their career.** **Results gathered by the University of Liverpool in the 2013 July graduation survey. 39 average age 85 % work full-time average years work experience 70% male/female 30 %
24 26 Master of Business Administration Join our global alumni network On graduation, you become part of the University of Liverpool s 183,000-strong international alumni network. The University s alumni programme will continue to support you throughout your career, offering a range of benefits and services to help you achieve your career aspirations. Wherever you are in the world, the benefits of an online postgraduate degree with the University of Liverpool Management School will stay with you, both professionally and personally, long after graduation. Alumni Benefits Professional development courses Exclusive discounts International events and lectures Career and business focused webinar series Free online journal access
25 27 Elevate your leadership ability An online MBA with the University of Liverpool can help you: Increase your career opportunities Boost your salary potential Strengthen your leadership skills Develop better managerial skills Enhance your professional credibility Secure more challenging and interesting jobs Build a global network of senior industry contacts ULMS 2013 online graduates outside the Management School after graduation, from left to right: Francis Banda (Malawi), Jose Marcos Orobiyi (Equatorial Guinea), Fabian Uzoechi (Nigeria)
26 28 Master of Business Administration My experience with the University of Liverpool has changed my perception of life. My relationship with my clients and staff have changed and improved. If you re a business professional and want to manage your business better, this programme offers the total package. Sidiquat Akindele (MBA 2013), online graduate Managing Director, Nigeria
28 30 Master of Business Administration Admission requirements The ULMS online MBA is aimed at working professionals looking to further their careers in business and gain knowledge they can apply immediately in their work. We welcome applications from people all over the world, at any time of the year. The programme is based on the demands of today s fast-moving business world. We expect our students to be able to demonstrate real business skills, experience and knowledge that will enrich their studies and help them gain maximum benefit from our online MBA programme. When you apply, we will consider both your educational qualifications and your work experience. In general, you will be expected to have a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, or a degree from a recognised institution comparable or equivalent to a British honours degree, as well as three years relevant working experience. If you do not directly meet the educational requirements, you will be evaluated on an individual basis, taking into account your vocational and professional qualifications and your working experience. English proficiency The online MBA programme is taught in English. So if English is not your mother tongue, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency comparable to IELTS 6.5, TEEP 6.5, TOEFL 600, or GCSE C. How to apply It s our aim to make the application process as smooth and straightforward as possible. The first step is to get in touch with one our dedicated Enrolment Advisors. They will advise and guide you through the application process, help you prepare the information we need, and explain your options to you. After that, you will need to: 1 Submit an online application form 2 Provide the required documents (for example, identification and certificates) 3 Pay an application fee Your application will then be passed to the Admissions Team, and provided it meets the entry requirements, to ULMS, who will assess your application.
29 Take the first step today To contact an Enrolment Advisor, find out more about the ULMS online MBA, or check key dates and tuition fees, visit Information sessions and webinars You can also come and meet us at one of the many information and networking sessions we organise all over the world, or join us online for free 45 minute webinar presentations, where you can have your questions answered and find out more about the University of Liverpool s online programmes. Visit to find out when the next information and networking session or webinar is taking place.
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