MBA Challenge - BUSN9193

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Year 7 30 (15) Debbie Kemp checkmark-circle


This module is a unique capstone module which provides students the opportunity to apply and explore key areas of learning relating to the MBA priorities of developing transformational leadership through sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship.
This is achieved with four MBA Challenges and a final MBA Report:
1. Personal Development Challenge
This challenge runs throughout the student's time on the MBA. It allows students to step back from their busy lives and self-reflect on their current skills, learning preferences and leadership styles and to support their MBA learning journey with the following activities:
• Induction leadership workshop
• One to One Executive Coaching
• Knowledge transfer & Networking opportunities by engaging with the MBA Lecture series and Business Summit events
• Academic mentorship

2. Consultancy Challenge
A week’s programme developing consultancy skills and applying these to a live company brief. The students work in a team to provide a solution to the business issue and present recommendations to the organisation. The involvement and commitment of the students adds value to local business owners and students benefit from the opportunity to apply academic and practical skills to real-world situations.

3. Business Start Up Challenge
A week’s programme working with our Aspire team and external entrepreneurs to explore and develop a Business plan for a new business/new business development within a current role/industry.

4. International Challenge
This is the opportunity to work with our European Business connections to explore the practicalities of doing business in Europe and working with International organisations. The week involves workshops and seminars, cultural visits and an international consultancy project to develop consultancy skills further

5. MBA Report
This final report provides the opportunity for students to diagnose and investigate a complex issue related to their interests or their career aspirations after completing their MBA. The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, academic investigation to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations. It requires reflection on the implications for business from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint, including an account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future.
There are three options for the MBA report:
1. Consultancy report
This report identifies a specific company challenge or opportunity which you will research and provide a recommended solution to impact change.
2. Analyst report
This report identifies a specific challenge or opportunity in a sector or a community which you will research and provide a recommended solution to impact change.
3. Entrepreneur’s report (business plan).
This report explores a new business idea which you will research and provide a Business Plan for implementation.


Contact hours

Interactive workshops combined with one to one coaching and supervision and private study and reflection.

Personal Development Challenge: 36 hours
Consultancy Challenge: 36 hours
Business Start Up Challenge: 36 hours
International Challenge 36 hours
MBA Report Supervision 8 hours
Total contact hours 152 hours
Private study and reflection: 148 hours
Total: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Method:

MBA report (8,000-10,000 words) - 80%
Self-reflection report (2,000 words) - 20%

Reassessment Method:
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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically analyse and reflect on a range of key leadership, consultancy and employability skills in the context of personal and transformational leadership development.
- Critically reflect upon own personal preferences and practice skills allowing for enhanced personal insight into coping with and managing change responsibly.
- Identify, justify and provide a solution to a problem of relevance to an appropriate business topic, mostly relevant to the underlying main overarching themes of the MBA (i.e. innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and CSR, and leadership).
- Critically evaluate and discuss relevant literature, identify and apply advanced analytical tools and techniques appropriately to the chosen topic.
- Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data and draw realistic and appropriate conclusions and make recommendations based on options.
- Produce a report in the required format that integrates and communicates knowledge gained from the MBA.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate and develop personal objectives for academic and career development.
- Critically evaluate their own learning for the development of professional and employability skills.
- Synthesise complex information and make sound judgements to communicate to a range of audiences.
- Demonstrate competence in numeracy and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations and/or qualitative research skills.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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