The Kent MBA - MBA

Want to sharpen your focus and fast-track your career?

The double accredited Kent MBA delivers robust and in depth practical and applicable knowledge that transforms individuals into leaders with innovative mindsets, who understand and can embed responsible management for the advancement of local and global communities. Be prepared to push boundaries, challenge your thought processes and develop a perspective owned by only the best in business.

Overview

There is a bright future out there, but the world needs innovative and entrepreneurial leaders to bring us out of the darkness.

As a Kent Business School student studying our career-transforming MBA, be encouraged to think deeply, question everything and find solutions to some of the most critical and convoluted issues facing tomorrow’s world.

Our course, accredited by the highly regarded CMI and AMBA, offers rigorous and in-depth teaching and practical experience delivered by academics and business leaders at the highest level of their expertise.

On our beautiful, green, Canterbury campus with Europe and London close by, be surrounded by a multinational group of likeminded thinkers with commercial flair and global perspectives as you learn detailed business theory and apply it practically to real global businesses and your own, unique, business ideas.

Our Kent MBA programme

Studying for The Kent MBA, you learn about organisations and the context in which they operate, re-interpret these organisational frameworks and apply this acquired knowledge practically.

Study new and innovative solutions required for a business to thrive, including management of people and global strategy, financial management, strategic marketing, and business analytics. Develop also an in depth understanding of corporate responsibility and sustainability, to take a business forward in the right way.

Through four sections of our MBA Challenge, you delve into your own personal development, produce consultancy projects on real businesses at home and abroad, plan your own start-up and write a detailed written business report.

Our graduates leave as high calibre leaders fully prepared to succeed in a changing and increasingly global landscape, be it with their own business venture or in the existing competitive market. They also make connections with business experts and leaders, contacts that stay with them for life.

An MBA definitely increases your chances of promotion.

~Nalia Alakbarova, MBA

What's Next?

If you want to learn more visit the Kent website where you can register for open events, take a virtual tour and explore our world.

If you have any further questions regarding the course or the application process please contact kbsadmissions@kent.ac.uk

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply please check our information on how to apply and the documentation required to process your application.

About Kent Business School

Our School is a leading Business School, accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees, with only 5% of the world’s Business Schools attaining this accreditation.

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent.

I work in the banking industry and the fact that I’ve coped with an MBA definitely makes me more attractive to potential employers.

Naila Alakbarova - Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a variety of subject areas and three years of managerial experience are required for entry on to the course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and those without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

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. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

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. 

Need help with English?

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.

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Course structure

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 programme modules.

The course consists of Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 consists of nine compulsory modules and Stage 2 the MBA Challenge and Report.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with a broad overview of knowledge and understanding required to be an exemplary business leader including strategy, strategic marketing, people management and corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Stage 2 consists of the MBA Challenge – a series of four challenges that include personal development, a consultancy project involving a real business, an international business challenge, a business start up task and a 10,000 report.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

Compulsory modules currently include

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.

Find out more about CB887

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.

Find out more about CB9062

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.

Find out more about CB9085

The use of data and analytics has become the corner stone for generating business value, supporting innovation and driving sustainable change in global companies. The aim of this module is to give students an intensive grounding in analytics modelling and hands-on experience in using industry-standard spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel®) to structure, analyse and solve a variety of problems encountered in business and management.

Topics covered in the module include:

• Descriptive analytics: How to visualise, analyse and interpret data to gain business insights.

• Predictive analytics: Using statistical models, such as regression and forecasting, to make predictions about the future from historical data.

• Prescriptive analytics: How to determine optimal strategies in situations involving several decision alternatives using optimisation and decision analysis techniques.

Students will learn how to build analytics models for a variety of complex business problems, including problems in finance, marketing, human resources, production planning and project management among others.

Find out more about CB9088

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.

Find out more about CB9099

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.

Find out more about CB9143

The module will cover a variety of aspects imperative for a strategic analysis at a global level underpinned by economic rationales focusing on the business 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 their determinants

• The economic rationale for globalisation and international expansion

• 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

Find out more about CB9144

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

Managing diversity

Employee resourcing

Employee relations

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

Find out more about CB941

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:

* Services

* Manufacturing

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

Find out more about CB943

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 and particularly digital marketing communications and applications

• Risk and marketing communications: Transparency, trust, risk/ hazards, crises and their management

• Stakeholders and stakeholder management and Critical Systems Heuristics

Find out more about CB944

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

 We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress on this course is assessed through a variety of means, including:

  • written examinations
  • essays
  • presentations
  • reports
  • projects
  • computer based quizzes

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £23000
  • EU full-time £23000
  • International full-time £23000
  • Home part-time £11500
  • EU part-time £11500
  • International part-time £11500

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 information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Funding

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

Chevening scholarships

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.

The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2021, 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 2021 for more information.

Complete University Guide Research Intensity

Independent rankings

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 areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history.

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers. 

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.

Careers

Of Kent postgraduate students who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations, over 97% were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE 2017)

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Our MBA graduates become senior managers in a variety of industry sectors or go on to launch their own successful business start-ups. They also find work as entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors or for charities.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Cummins
  • NHS
  • Glassdoor
  • United Nations
  • Porsche
  • ExxonMobil
  • CISCO
  • Bank of Uganda
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • National Bank of Malawi
  • Kent Enterprise Trust

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Professional recognition

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.

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, brought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities

The multi-award-winning Sibson Building is Kent Business School's home on our Canterbury campus. This vibrant, state-of-the-art structure includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated MBA, PhD and IT suites as well as social and breakout areas to fully enhance your learning experience.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you to secure access to the information you need.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Global Skills Award

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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