University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Modules: Core and options

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Core modules

Our core subjects provide a firm grounding in the fundamental business skills.

Analysis for decision-making

This course will show you how informed management decision-making can be supported by the collection of analysis of relevant data. You will develop critical skills, learning how to gain insights into decision problems through the collection and analysis of data.

Assessment: 100% assignment

Led by: Dr Maria Battarra

Understanding financial principles

This course will give you a sound working knowledge of accounting and finance and an understanding of the role financial management plays in the gerneral management of a business.You wil gain an appreciation of specialist activities and their contribution to successful strategies.

Assessment: 80% exam, 20% in-class test

Led by: Anthony Birts and Professor Mike Willis

Strategy

This course will provide you with an in-depth appreciation of strategic management thinking and decision-making. You will explore wide-ranging issues around strategy and look how they may be resolved, and you will develop your powers of strategic thinking, analysis and judgement.

Assessment: 70% examination, 30% group assignment

Led by: Dr Panos Desyllas

Strategic human resource management

This course looks at the strategic role of HRM in organisations, especially the link with performance, flexibility and social legitimacy, while paying due attention to environmental contexts of sector, technology, legislation, social institutions and cultures. It assesses key strategies related to the betterment of organisations, individual employees and networks of employment.

Assessment: 100% assignment

Led by: Professor Juani Swart

Managing operational processes

This course introduces the basic principles of operations management, and illustrating how all organisations are essentially defined through their operational capabilities. You will experience, analyse, discuss and contrast a wide range of service, manufacturing, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Assessment: 100% assignment

Led by: Professor Alistair Brandon-Jones

Strategic marketing

This course will introduce you to the theory and practice of marketing management, teaching you how to recognise the complexity of buying behaviour in global markets. You will be able to critically investigate managerial practices in marketing and develop a contingent approach to markets and managerial options.

Assessment: 100% assignment

Led by: Professor Pierre McDonagh

Perspectives on leadership and development

Successful careers in a dynamic global economy involve the capacity to construct a synthesis between personal interests and the opportunities and demands of the environment. Students will be enabled to develop their abilities to do so strategically and in personally meaningful ways, by participating in master-classes, workshops, and one-to-one career coaching.

Assessment: 100% assignment

Led by: Deb Lewis

Options

Customise your MBA by choosing from an extensive choice of optional modules.*

International finance

This course provides an understanding of the financial risks that arise when a company or organisation starts to trade overseas, either through import/export or with a physical presence. You will gain an understanding of how the international financial markets work, the interrelationships and the language involved.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: : Anthony Birts

Business analytics

This course aims to demonstrate how modern analytics techniques can support and improve business decision making by yielding information and insights and suggesting solutions to multi-faceted problems

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 6

Led by: Professor Christos Vasilakis

Risk management

This course will give you a broad understanding of the risk management function within a company. After this course you will be able to define the risk profile of a company and develop an enterprise risk policy.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: Dr Emmanuel Fragniere

Understanding commercial law

This course is designed to equip you with an understanding of the implications of law for business, with a focus on common commercial practice and the law in the context of the wider business world.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 6

Led by: Mrs Janet Wilson-Ward

Responsible business strategy

Corporate responsibilities are increasingly high-profile and give rise to potentially profound implications for corporate reputation, organisational legitimacy and long-term competitive advantage. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the principles of corporate responsibilities, sustainability and ethical judgements of business conduct.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: Professor Stephen Pavelin

Supply chain management

In this course you will examine and evaluate the principles, concepts and approaches employed in purchasing and supply operations, management, strategy and policy.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 6

Led by: Professor Brian Squire

Sustainable business practices

Sustainability is a set of complex issues that integrate key environmental, social and economic challenges faced by organisations and the broader society. In this course, you investigate some of the key tools necessary for better understanding and enacting sustainability within organisations to improve the competitive advantage and impact our organisations have on society.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: Dr Krista Bondy

Innovation management

This course aims to equip you with an understanding of the strategic management of product, service and process innovation. It will explore how firms can create and capture value from new ideas, drawing from the experience of successful and unsuccessful innovators.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: Professor Ammon Salter

Making, measuring and managing employee engagement

Employee engagement is one of the most widely-discussed and least-understood concepts in modern business parlance. This course looks at various individual and organisational level factors that drive engagement, considers the links between engagement and performance, and identifies factors useful for developing and managing an engaged workforce.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 6

Led by: Dr Bruce Rayton

Knowledge leadership in a global economy

Knowledge management is a newly emerging business model, which addresses the need to appreciate human and intellectual capital as core resources within a knowledge economy. This course enables an understanding of processes that facilitate knowledge management and the strategic importance of knowledge for competitive advantage.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 6

Led by: Professor Juani Swart

Leadership in context

Designed as an advanced course in Leadership, this course uses experiential learning to critically examine group processes and dynamics in order to generate insights about leadership and organisations.

Assessment:60% assignment, 40% reflective journal

Credits: 6

Led by: Professor Russ Vince

Managing the digital enterprise

In the past decade, technology has been the catalyst for huge changes in the way organisations communicate. This module takes contemporary internet-based phenomena and enterprise mobility as the starting point to investigate the impacts of these changes on organisational culture and business processes.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 6

Led by: Dr Chris Archer-Brown

Applied micro-economics

This course will give you an understanding of the economy as an evolving complex adaptive system of distributed information and knowledge, the way information is aggregated by price systems, and how this process is affected by asymmetries in the spread of this information.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: Professor Stephen Pavelin

HRM practice

This course provides a wide analysis of the strategic role of human resource management, or people management, in organisations, and looks closely at the link with performance. This course assesses key strategies related to the management of individuals within and across the boundaries of organisations.

Assessment:100% assignment

Credits: 3

Led by: Professor Michael Mayer


* Please note that modules and subject content may be subject to change.

The Spine

Multi-project suite

Many MBAs finish with an end-of-year dissertation, but the Bath MBA has a multi-project suite that consists of five different projects positioned across the programme:

These projects allow you to fully immerse yourself in a range of problem contexts throughout your MBA journey, working in different groups and individually, on different problems, and with many different kinds of organisations.

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