Teaching and Learning

The MBA programmes are taught utilising a wide variety of teaching methods that are designed to form a coherent and demanding whole.

Overall we believe that these elements add up to rigorous and challenging academic programmes of high quality, which help to develop the wide range of theoretical and practical skills required to succeed in today's business environment. The programmes require very hard work and a high level of motivation from students but are also an immensely stimulating and enjoyable experience.

Programme components include:

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge.
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed.
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary 'real world' perspectives on the business environment.
  • A weekend business simulation requires students to manage a 'company' team in competition with others, against tight deadlines and with a range of rapidly changing data to assimilate and act upon.
  • A Teamwork Skills course at the University's outdoor pursuits centre at Coniston in the Lake District develops skills in leadership, team building and team working.
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars.
  • A project/dissertation requirement develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing.