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Short course

MBA Essentials - Business and Society

Start date
Friday 15 July 2022
Duration
Four days
Time commitment
100 hours total commitment
Mode
Face-to-face
Cost
£2,537 - Scholarships available
Subject
Business and Society
Level
Postgraduate Microcredential
Credit
10 credits
Assessment
Individual assignment

Taught over four days, our MBA Essentials course is made up of 'unbundled' modules from our full Executive MBA degree. The MBA Essentials offers block-teaching modules that fits busy schedule and will support managers with their career prospects, either in their own organisation or moving elsewhere.

The MBA Essentials – Business and Society  examines the relationship between business and society through a variety of conceptual lenses and frameworks in order to inform the development of policies, strategies and practices that help managers in contemporary organisations manage their relationships with society and the natural environment. These multiple analytical lenses will give students a toolkit to critically appraise organisational challenges in respect of ethics, responsibility, justice and values. Through the use of case studies, videos and role-plays the student will better understand contemporary ethical dilemmas faced by organisations as well as the processes that enlightened organisations have developed to manage such dilemmas.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Apply a critical analysis of the changing conceptual frameworks underlying the implicit contract between business and society and their application to the forming of corporate strategy
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current and future challenges being faced by businesses as they negotiate their relationship with their physical and social environments in fast changing conditions, and the key questions these pose for corporate action, strategies and purposes
  • Critically appraise the new practices and business opportunities, which are developing as companies attempt to respond to these challenges, and their sometimes contradictory effects

We are offering up to 15 £1,000 scholarships for learners studying an MBA Essentials short course.

Why study at University of Birmingham?

  • The module will equip you to move into more senior management positions, either in your own organisation or moving elsewhere
  • We are ranked number one for being targeted by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2021)
  • Modular delivery over long weekends (Friday to Monday) limits the impact of study on your work commitments
  • Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Birmingham Business School is the UK’s oldest business school, bringing more than 100 years of innovative teaching and research
  • The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities
  • The University of Birmingham is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

  • Learn with expert instructors: Complete courses led by experts with a dedicated group of professionals
  • Earn a professional credential: Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential
  • Advance further in your career: Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry

How to apply?

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. 

To be eligible for assessment, your application must be complete and submitted before: Friday 3 June 2022 for Overseas/International students and Friday 1 July 2022 for Home/UK based-students (23h59 - UK time). Before submitting your application, please make sure it is complete. Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed. 

Find out more

Register your interest for this short course to request more information about the course and for scholarship information.





In order to be accepted onto the MBA Essentials – Business and Society, you must possess:

  • A good Honours degree (or equivalent), or equivalent professional qualification
  • Five years work experience with evidence of extensive managerial experience or professional responsibility. Three years exceptional work experience meeting this criteria will also be considered

International Students

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band).

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

 If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

Please note we will also consider candidates without a first degree or professional qualification but with at least ten years’ work experience including significant managerial responsibility.

To be eligible for assessment, your application must be complete and submitted before: Friday 3 June 2022 for Overseas/International students and Friday 1 July 2022 for Home/UK based-students (23h59 - UK time). Before submitting your application, please make sure it is complete. Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed. 

What will you receive?

Our MBA Essentials – Business and Society will allow you to focus on specific areas in order for you to develop your career in the way that you want to. Each course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge of project management which will meet the needs of a wide range of learners and organisations.

  • 10 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from University of Birmingham
  • A Postgraduate Microcredential certificate from University of Birmingham

 Certification of UoB academic credit for PG microcredential courses is through production of an official University of Birmingham Microcredential certificate and transcript managed by UoB Student Records.

The skills you will gain

Apply a critical analysis of the changing conceptual frameworks underlying the implicit contract between business and society and their application to the forming of corporate strategy

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current and future challenges being faced by businesses as they negotiate their relationship with their physical and social environments in fast changing conditions, and the key questions these pose for corporate action, strategies and purposes

Critically appraise the new practices and business opportunities, which are developing as companies attempt to respond to these challenges, and their sometimes contradictory effects

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