The MBA begins with an induction module so that you rapidly familiarise yourself with the learning management system and the learning resources available. The module includes essential exercises to assist in introducing you to the subject, the faculty and your fellow MBA students. This also serves as a re-introduction to the world of academic study and prepares those that have been away from university courses for some time by setting
out the standards expected for study at MBA level
The first module will develop your advanced understanding of the context in which the maritime world operates. It will lay the foundation for the
programme and will focus on:
This module equips students with a detailed understanding of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy. The
contents of the module will:
Focusing upon the critical issue of people and their performance in the particular context of the maritime industry, the module will:
Exploring marketing and communication strategies in the context of shipping /logistics organisations, this module will:
This highly topical module looks at the critical issues of finance and risk. Designed to build and enhance the knowledge of students in the financing of ships and the management of the major risks in shipping. In particular this section will:
The final taught module will focus upon the development of shipping within the logistics supply chain. It will build student skills in projects mastery, research and development (R&D) and innovation within the context of shipping logistics. The objective is to provide awareness, knowledge and insight into the organisations need for constant attention to technical, cultural, social and environmental change in the global Shipping & Logistics sectors. In particular this module will:
NOTE: You will have an option to choose between an Applied Project or a Business Transformation Project supported by an additional module. *The additional module will be subject to demand.
Knowledge and understanding of information technologies and systems used in organisations to manage information and decision making, are critical to work place success. This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the information technology and systems minefield.
One of the central features of modern management is that theories and practices continue to evolve and this creates new understandings of the management task. This module deals primarily with values and the contextual subjectivity of management practices. Issues such as ethics, social responsibility, managing with diversity, and managing across cultures are therefore the prime areas of the module. This module is designed to provide students with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to such challenges, regardless of their nature or of the imperatives and fashions that drive them.
This module provides students with a means of further developing their skills in research. It presents the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analysing this, and of drawing conclusions. The module also introduces some of the key controversies of management research, so that the participant not only comes to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes, but also
becomes a more sophisticated consumer of these in their various forms of dissemination.
Success in producing the key output of this module, the project proposal, is a requirement for commencing the final Business Transformation Project.
A challenging high level strategic dissertation of 10,000 words, with your sponsor company or with a focus of your choice if you are self-funding.
This is one of the most exciting parts of the course for many students as you apply your learning to your particular interests. The Project is all about the transition from theory to real-life execution.Under the guidance of senior members of the Middlesex University Business School, participants will analyse key contemporary Shipping & Logistics related business challenges and be expected to develop innovative and effective solutions.
The project will incorporate many of the management lessons learnt during the course with key real life challenges and lay a thorough foundation for your future career progression. Although final submission of the Project is at the end of the course, throughout your study of each module you will undertake preparatory work to ensure that the Project is integrated into your learning.
Whilst there is no set syllabus, the applied Business Transformation Project is your opportunity to study and research a specific organisation area or topic in-depth. The main focus of this is as a piece of ‘action research’ where the organisation or industry could directly benefit from your planned intervention using appropriate methods of research and change management.
Tuition is tailored to your specific needs as agreed with the academic supervisor on the basis of your proposal. You will be expected to be familiar with the theory and empirical research in your chosen area of study, and to demonstrate your ability to review and apply the concepts and techniques critically.
You will also be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the selection and application of the appropriate methods to investigate and progress the business transformation.
Investigation may involve case study analysis, comparative study relative to sector norms, and / or questionnaire or interview-based study.
The research may take one of several forms, for example:
By becoming an expert in your chosen dissertation topic, you will have also enhanced your future career path. With a carefully chosen and thoroughly researched project, the specialist insight gained becomes the catalyst for your next step after completing the MBA and a solid basis for your career advancement.
This module provides students with the means of further developing and integrating the skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA through application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, assessing the financial implications, including any cost/benefit analysis for justifying specific recommendations and consideration of implementation issues.
This 15,000 word MBA project provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills gained on the MBA at an advanced level. To prepare the student to undertake the project, the following research method topics are addressed:
The project can take several forms such as: