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Master of Business Administration MBA

Master Business Administration MBA

Epsom 1 year full-time

Course overview

If you are seeking a top-level career within the creative industries, UCA's Master of Business Administration course will accelerate your progression within the industry sector of your choice.

As a student at our Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA Epsom, you will gain an understanding of how global corporations operate as you examine and evaluate real-life case studies and form a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge.

You will learn the key skills expected of those in senior positions in organisations, and will be encouraged to explore entrepreneurism and develop your capacity as a future leader.

Independent learning is at the core of this course - you will be expected to identify, develop and manage your own business project based on your chosen specialist area of the creative sector. Through a proactive relationship with your tutor, you will lead your project work and be supported by staff and through engagement with industry connections.

Every course within our Business School portfolio is taught with a global perspective, giving graduates the skill set required to pursue a creative business career anywhere in the world. Our teaching programmes are all project-based, combining knowledge from both business and the creative industries to ensure that you graduate as a well-rounded, highly employable professional with a highly-regarded qualification. 

An intensive one-year course of advanced study of business practices, usually taken after you have gained professional experience rather than moving straight from an undergraduate degree.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s, developing your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s in the UK, developing your English speaking and writing together with your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

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Course details

Course details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

Get ready for your chosen postgraduate course with this preparatory year of specialist study. With a mix of online and face-to-face learning, UCA’s Integrated Pre-Masters is designed to give you insight into the study skills required to complete a Master’s, within the context of your creative subject. You’ll build skills in autonomous learning, forming your own targets and goals, honing your research skills, time management and professional practice.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Pre-Masters year. 

On this course you’ll prepare for postgraduate study with a mix of online and face-to-face learning that will give you the study skills required to complete a Master’s, and you’ll also improve your English for academic study.

Postgraduate Bootcamp 1: Creativity & Orientation 
Bootcamp 1: Creativity is designed to introduce you to the Business School for the Creative Industries’ learning community and professional global network orientation. Through a series of exciting and engaging fast paced workshops, tasks and peer sessions you will access resources, build relationships and develop a vision of the function of business for the creative industries.  

Business Economics 
Get a better understanding of economics – and how it applies to the real world – on this unit. Through your studies, you will learn how economic policy and the main economic value drivers are applied into business, so that you can better judge the decisions affecting the allocation of finance resources in business ventures or the smooth functioning of corporations. 

Creative People & Organisations 
The creative industries are highly important to the UK and the global economy. As people are a principal resource for any organisation, the strategic management of creative people is an essential skill to ensure that the creative enterprise flourishes at times of rapid technological and organisational change and global competition. This module is designed to provide an insight into the complex theories and contemporary management practice within the creative industries both in the UK and globally. 

Strategy: Analysis & Evaluation 
Throughout this unit, you will be expected to critically examine the strategic management processes for internationally oriented organisations, so they can remain competitive within an ever-changing and demanding global environment. 

Marketing, Design and Communications 
If we can understand branding as strategic, we can understand marketing as the tactical force employed to achieve specific business objectives sent from the brand. This unit is about how to understand branding in this way, so you can improve your own marketing, design and communication skills and investigate solutions to current issues within this industry sector. 

Creative Industries: Global Industry & Futures 
Delivered in parallel with the Creative Industries: Leadership unit, you will enjoy an integrated series of guest lectures, interactive presentations, fireside chats and engaging PechaKucha sessions scheduled across 45 weeks of programming. The focus of the series is your individual development providing rich insights applicable to your personal transformational learning journey and provides a holistic view of the global creative industries context and foresight for future trends. 

Creative Industries: Leadership 
Delivered in parallel with Creative Industries: Global Industry and Futures, this is another integrated series following the same format

Postgraduate Bootcamp 2: Forecasting & Predictive Analysis 
Through examples from empirical research, you will have an overview of main concepts, statistical models, methods, tools and underlying principles used to improve business decision-making. You will learn fundamentals of exploratory data analysis and how to aggregate and visualize datasets. 

Human-centred Innovation & Design 
Human-centred design (HCD) is a creative way to solve problems. It is a process of designing for people that begins with the people for whom you are developing ideas and ends with individual solutions to meet their needs. You will learn how to design and develop systems by applying HCD and innovation principles and techniques through various relevant activities in planning and management to satisfy user needs and requirements in business, social and global contexts.  

Global Creative Industries 
This unit will give you comprehensive knowledge of current theories and practices for managing business and process in a global context in the creative sectors. There is a strong focus on contemporary business and marketing concepts enabling you to position yourself and your practice within this constantly changing and demanding landscape.  

Masters Project 
The Masters Project is the culmination of your studies and is divided into two parts – a research proposal, and your final project. Both parts represent an in-depth investigation and requires you to approach a real problem or opportunity in your specialist area, analyse it, and then develop a tangible strategy and implementation plan, while applying contemporary concepts and frameworks from your studied programme.  

Creative Industries: Global Industry & Futures 
Delivered in parallel with the Creative Industries: Leadership unit, you will enjoy an integrated series of guest lectures, interactive presentations, fireside chats and engaging PechaKucha sessions scheduled across 45 weeks of programming. The focus of the series is your individual development providing rich insights applicable to your personal transformational learning journey and provides a holistic view of the global creative industries context and foresight for future trends. 

Creative Industries: Leadership 
Delivered in parallel with Creative Industries: Global Industry and Futures, this is another integrated series following the same format.

All students choose one unit from the following:

Strategy & Decision Making 
Throughout this unit you will be expected to critically examine strategic management processes for internationally oriented organisations, and how decision-making affects this. You will be provided with a robust framework of replicable solutions for better decisions and awareness of decision traps, as well as learning how to assess and choose strategic options that can add value. 

Creative Business Start-Up 
With the world ever-changing, the traditional rules of business no longer apply.  The drive for innovation, creativity and agility are taking precedence. This unit explores the concept of developing creative businesses and the new paths for start-ups. You will analyse the evolution of business structures and explore the new market opportunities and challenges arising from geo-politics, trade relations and the global pandemic. And you will use research to scope out new concepts designed to fulfil rising market trends such as inclusivity, diversity, and cultural differences to create and capture value.  

Investment in the Creative Industries  
This unit covers the various means of investment in the creative industries. You will explore availability and access of funds through loans, grants, scholarships from government and council schemes to industry organisations and trade bodies, as well as from private equity investors. You will also explore and challenge business/financial models and future landscapes. 

Operations & Risk in the Creative Industries 
In the continuously evolving world of business, business operations are often subject to potential risk issues. This is due to various error-contributing factors including human, machines, and finance etc. You will explore sources of potential operational risks within creative organisations, by identifying contemporary features embodying or characterising these risk factors within a range of creative organisational contexts. You will also explore diverse risk management models that can effectively be used to manage operational risk occurrences. The unit will also inform on ways to plan, design, and implement risk assessment strategies to help organisations cope with potential risk occurrences.  

Postgraduate Bootcamp 3: Competitive Intelligence & Research 
Bootcamp 3: Competitive Intelligence Research is designed to familiarise you with the gathering and analysis of competitors, customers, distributors, technologies, and other relevant stakeholders and features in the environment for proactive decision making in the face of threats and opportunities.  

Masters Project 
The Masters Project is the culmination of your studies and is divided into two parts – a research proposal, and your final project. Both parts represent an in-depth investigation and requires you to approach a real problem or opportunity in your specialist area, analyse it, and then develop a tangible strategy and implementation plan, while applying contemporary concepts and frameworks from your studied programme.  

Creative Industries: Global Industry & Futures 
Delivered in parallel with the Creative Industries: Leadership unit, you will enjoy an integrated series of guest lectures, interactive presentations, fireside chats and engaging PechaKucha sessions scheduled across 45 weeks of programming. The focus of the series is your individual development providing rich insights applicable to your personal transformational learning journey and provides a holistic view of the global creative industries context and foresight for future trends. 

Creative Industries: Leadership 
Delivered in parallel with Creative Industries: Global Industry and Futures, this is another integrated series following the same format

All students choose one unit from the following:

Trends & Forecasting 
Staying ahead of your customer is vital to commercial success. In this unit, you will learn both perceptive and analytical approaches to trends research, as well as key theories. Then, from the context of your subject discipline, you will interrogate this methodology within your area of specialism and adapt it to gather and validate insights pertinent to your industry.  

Business Analytics  
You will explore how to acquire, process, analyse and interpret data to provide meaningful value for creative organisations, and look at how data is used in the creative industries, how AI and machine learning are advancing this area, and what the future may look like for the creative industries. 

Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management 
Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management is critical for all global organisations, whether business, government or non-profit, where connections to other organisations exist within a network of relationships. This unit examines the processes of supply, production, and distribution that transcend organisational boundaries to make other strategic objectives possible in a globalised marketplace. 

 

Tuition fees - 2023 entry

UK students:

  • Integrated Pre-Masters course - £10,500
  • MBA course - £13,900

EU students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course - £10,500 (see fee discount information)
  • MBA course - £13,900 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course (30 weeks) - £17,500
  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course (15 weeks) - £8,750
  • MBA course - £18,500

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Facilities

The business courses at UCA Epsom have a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with extensive screen printing facilities, photography studios, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment. There is also a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

Business School, UCA Epsom

Business School, UCA Epsom

Business School, UCA Epsom

Business School, UCA Epsom

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

MBA course

  • A good Honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

And

  • Two years' relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.


MBA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course

A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

Check the equivalent qualifications for your country and the English language requirements:


  • Non-UK equivalent qualifications
  • English language requirements
  • MBA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course
    A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

    Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?
    You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

    MBA course
    MBA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course
    MBA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

    These courses don’t require a portfolio.

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