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A good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification.
Exceptions will be considered for senior managers with more than ten years’ managerial work experience.
Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of relevant experience or professional qualifications.
A minimum of three years’ full-time managerial work experience is required.
An individual interview with the Programme Director will form part of the selection process.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Applicants who are required to meet an English language condition may be able to study a pre-sessional course in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 to 3 years part-time
The Kent MBA can be studied in one year of full-time study, or part-time over two to three years. As a part-time student you join current full-time students on week long programme modules.
The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme.
The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:
The objective of this module is for participants to understand the nature of effective leadership in the context of a complex and dynamic organisational environment. Participants will acquire the practical, communication and negotiation skills that they need to become effective leaders. They will engage in several negotiation exercises, which will serve as common touchstones toward understanding the negotiation process. Effective leadership is also about understanding what motivates and inspires people to perform at their best. Thus, participants will critically evaluate alternative HRM approaches to unleashing the productive potential of employees for superior organisational performance and to managing organisational change effectively.
This module adopts the perspective of studying Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability management within the context of corporate strategy. Using lectures, case study illustrations and content analysis, practice-oriented class exercises and group presentations, the module's learning and teaching objectives are intended to provide students with a broad range of technical and general skills areas.
This module focuses on the nature and importance of business and management modelling in practice and looks at how to use modern quantitative techniques and tools to analyse managerial problems.
Topics may include:
- Analysing complex decisions: How to determine optimal strategies in situations involving several decision alternatives.
- The use of statistical models in practice such as forecasting and regression
- The applications of suitable management science models for Marketing, Finance and Production management, among others.
- Transportation and Networks Design: Transportation systems, Assignment problem, Shortest Route (e.g., ambulance service routing), Maximum Flow (e.g., shipping), Minimum Spanning Tree (computer/telephone networks).
- Managing Complex Projects: Planning large projects, Resource scheduling, Cost scheduling.
- Modelling waiting lines in practice (e.g., commercial/transportation service systems).
Delivering Innovation is an exploration of the conception, creation and diffusion of new products and services within modern economies. It examines the many challenges faced by firms and others in the process and the solutions and management practices that have been developed to deal with potential innovation barriers. The module also explores the evolving nature of innovation itself and outlines how firms and others can benefit from new and different forms of emerging opportunity.
The module will introduce various tools for conducting financial analyses that will support management decision-making. There will be emphasis on the relevance of each tool in the context of decision-making and assumed objectives. There will be emphasis given to discussions on the interpretations of outcomes, the complex interrelationships involved and the implications of an uncertain decision-making environment.
Although further development of numerical competency is likely to be one outcome of this module it is not a key focus. The module has been designed to capture the financial perspective of Strategic thinking that underlies management decision-making.
The module will include macro and micro focuses for decision-making, as well as considering the necessary adjustments for the risky environments in which mangers operate.
The module will cover a variety of aspects focusing on the global environment and the way firms interact either as multinational organisations or uni-national organisations that compete with multinationals. It will cover the following areas:
- Globalisation and the global business environment
- Global strategies and its determinants
- Building a global organisation through the successful creation of new ventures
- Risk analysis, country risk, political risk institutional environment and organisational responses
- Non-market strategies
- Ethics and corporate social responsibility in the global context
- Managing strategic Innovation and change
The Business skills and Personal Development programme provides a firm foundation for continuing managerial development within your chosen career. The programme will help you enhance your business skills, define your career goals and create a personalised career action plan. It also offers you the opportunity to acquire life-skills to attain the jobs that are relevant to your career plan immediately after graduation and in the future.
The module comprises the following activities:
-1 to 1 executive coaching
-Careers and Employability, and volunteering events
-Guest Speaker Series (in collaboration with various organisations and clubs)
The focus of the module is on the strategic aspects of managing people within an organisational context. Specifically, the module will focus on the following key topic areas:
Human resource management, strategy, and corporate performance
Managing and motivating individual and group performance
Employee engagement, involvement and participation
Job and work design
Organisational design and development
Individual development and careers
Managing knowledge and talent in organisations
Ethical and sustainable approaches to people management
The focus of the module is to look at the importance of customer orientation, its strategic and operational role in gaining competitive advantage together with the interrelationship between operations and marketing. The module will focus on the following key topics:
The management of processes in:
Key processes in operations management, including:
- Fitting operations into the organisation's strategy
- Competing through operations
- New Product and process design and analysis
- Supply network design and performance
- Capacity management
- Quality Improvement towards excellence
- Project management
- Sustainable operations management
- The application of information technology in operations
The curriculum aims at providing the students with the latest thinking and practice in strategic marketing and communications, with a particular twist on marketing of innovation, and growth and sustainable performance of firms. Topics will typically include:
• Company marketing analysis and planning
• Segmentation, targeting, positioning and marketing mix
• Product/services, branding and product packaging decisions
• Brand/product and market portfolios and positioning of individual brands/products
• Rejuvenating the Product/Brand Portfolio, new product development /elimination decisions
• Distribution issues
• Market research methods/approaches. Deciding on innovation/new product attributes
• Consumer behaviour theories and relevant topics including CSR and responsible management
• Strategic Communications - Integrated communications strategy
• Risk and marketing communications: Transparency, trust, risk/ hazards, crises and their management
• Stakeholders and stakeholder management and Critical Systems Heuristics
In this module the nature of entrepreneurship and the importance of entrepreneurship for the vitality of a national economy with specific emphasis on the UK and European context will be discussed. This module is hands-on in nature and the focus is on experiential learning. Through a simulation game, students gain an understanding of the complexity of initiating a business, the array of decisions that are required based on incomplete information, and the dynamic and competitive nature of the marketplace in which new products and services are introduced. Using simulation as an educational tool, students engage in entrepreneurial core activities: Identifying and exploiting market opportunities.
Much attention will be paid to the concept of business models, the search for an appropriate business model and the validation of business models. This module also features voices from the world of entrepreneurship, i.e. entrepreneurs that speak to students in class and interaction with entrepreneurs through visits to start-ups.
A critical aspect of any entrepreneurial activity is the acquisition of resources, primarily financial and human resources. Different alternative funding mechanisms will be discussed. In addition, various strategies will be highlighted to profit from an innovation created by entrepreneurs.
Further, we discuss the internationalisation aspects of entrepreneurship, and strategies to internationalize new ventures. Finally, the module stresses that entrepreneurial activity may not only occur through individual efforts by entrepreneurs, but may also occur in existing corporate settings.
This module provides the opportunity for students to diagnose and investigate a complex business issue, 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. There are three options for the business report: consultancy report (problem), analyst report (company or sector overview), and entrepreneur's report (business plan).
The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of business report writing skills. 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.
The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, as well as online tests, evaluation of contributions to discussions, presentation and group work.
This programme aims to:
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
You develop intellectual skills in:
You gain subject-specific skills in:
You will gain the following transferable skills:
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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This programme attracts many applications from Chevening scholars. Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders, and Kent is a Chevening partner.
For details of the funding available, see our Chevening Scholarships page.
In The Complete University Guide 2020, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.
Please see the University League Tables 2020 for more information.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.
The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.
Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas;
Our Accounting group has an international reputation for its research on public sector critical accounting and accounting history. Recent topics include privatisation, health and new public management.
The Finance group addresses academically interesting and practical contemporary issues in finance and banking. Staff pursue research in several areas, including: derivatives pricing and risk management; financial econometrics; international banking; financial regulation; corporate finance; asset pricing and real-estate modelling.
Our Management Science group covers a wide range of research areas in Operational Research and Systems Thinking. These include research in the area of logistics including green logistics and network security with a special emphasis on the innovative design and analysis of heuristic and exact optimisation, DEA, operation management, multi-variate analysis, biometrics, multi-methodology and Soft OR/Systems. The group is now a member of NATCOR.
Research in our Marketing group cuts across four main domains including, marketing strategy and performance; product development and innovation; buyer behaviour; and the management of supply (value) chains and market delivery systems. Projects cover a wide range of themes ranging from the marketing department’s influence on organisational performance, determinants of marketing innovation, brand and product development success, and pricing, advertising and distribution effectiveness, to marketing information/decision-support systems utilisation, value co-creation by open innovation, and consumer evaluation and processing of product communications.
Research in our People, Management and Organisation group examines themes in the areas of employment relations, human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership. The group covers a wide range of research, including employment relationships, the role of social partners, the effects of skills, technology and culture on the world of work, employee engagement, and the role of leadership.
Research in our Strategy and International Business group focuses on strategic alliances, non-market strategies, performance management, business in emerging economies, international strategy, management of multinational enterprises and corporate social responsibility.
For more information, see our Applied Research Centres:
For further information see the Kent Business School website.
Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.
Development and application of sustainability frameworks and models used to inform business practice, sustainability research and policies for a sustainable and low carbon society.View Profile
Roles of subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises. Location strategies of multinationals’ subsidiaries. Role of technology in the multinational group and empirical assessment of FDI.View Profile
Main teaching interest is in Financial Accounting, relating the theory learnt in the classroom to the application of those theories within the commercial world.View Profile
Users and New Forms of Innovation. Professor Flowers has undertaken projects for the OECD, Tekes, the European Commission and the Institutet for Tllvaxtpolitiska Studier, Stockholm.View Profile
Human Resource Strategy and its impact on employee attitudes.View Profile
Development of optimisation and simulation techniques for environmental management, facility location, transportation, and logistics.View Profile
Operations and Information Management, with a focus on the strategic use of Information Systems for process improvements and sustainability within organisations and supply chains.View Profile
Financial management; The role of management accounting in decision making; Structures of corporate finance; Financial markets.View Profile
Social partnerships between business and non-profit organisations. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility, the functional role of conflict in achieving sustainable social outcomes.View Profile
Strategic management, international business management, European integration, corporate financing in Central and Eastern Europe, equity culture development and financial institutions.View Profile
Responsible and effective business decision-making aiming to generate lessons for better management practices and public policy actions.View Profile
We maintain close links with the corporate world and are committed to giving our students wide-ranging experiences across the spectrum of small, medium and large organisations in both the private and public sectors.
Corporates have direct access to our students through our case study programmes, internships, consultancies, guest lectures and executive in-residence sessions. Our effective corporate relationships guarantee you valuable exposure to the business world and provide organisations with the opportunity to work with and recruit talented future leaders.
We provide you with recruitment events, such as corporate presentations and on-campus interviews, actively supported by a robust platform of career-focused skills development throughout the programme.
Business Start-Up Week
The Business Start-up week is an opportunity for students to further enhance their understanding of the various systems required to create a successful start-up. There is a focus on team unity and collaboration; this synergetic culture is often attributed to both start-up and organisational success. During the Business Start-Up week students discuss ideas’ generation, creating content, start-up finance, fin-tech and investing in innovation, and finish by pitching their ideas to established entrepreneurs.
The Kent MBA programme is accredited by The Association of MBAs (AMBA), the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. An accreditation with AMBA is a global standard for MBA programmes worldwide.
In addition, the Kent MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), giving you the opportunity to gain, alongside your MBA, the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership on the successful completion of your studies. The CMI is committed to excellence in management and leadership and the CMI qualification is highly sought after by employers.
Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme.
In addition, KBS has accredited programmes with the following professional bodies:
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.
Kent Business School occupies the RIBA award winning building ‘Sibson’, a vibrant new campus destination. The state-of-the-art building offers a dedicated MBA suite and ASPIRE Lab Space, as well as IT suites, academic and research workspaces, three lecture theatres and social learning space, which encapsulate the School’s academic values and identity.
Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.
Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, as well as subject-specific librarians to help you find the information you need. We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources and access to a range of software packages used in quantitative analysis and finance.
Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.
Kent Business School has strong partnerships with leading academic institutions worldwide, including: Audencia Nantes School of Management (France), Hong Kong Baptist University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, University Carlo Cattaneo (Italy), University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany), City University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Renmin University of China, School of Business, IE University (Spain), Neoma Business School (France), EBS University of Business and Law (Germany).
Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; International Journal of Finance & Economics; Journal of Banking and Finance; European Journal of Operational Research; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Asset Management; International Review of Financial Analysis.
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.
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