UBI - Master of Business Administration - Curriculum 2020 - 2021

Language of study: English           Mode of study: Part-Time (2 Years)

online tuition (for Feb 2021 entry point)  -   In person study (for Sept 2021 entry point)

The MBA at UBI is a part-time (2-year minimum) modular programme. Students are expected to complete 90 ECTS credits for the entire programme. A successful graduate will pass 9 compulsory modules + 1 optional module chosen from the elective list + Business Transformation Project or Dissertation.

Part-time programme mode:

2 modules in Term 1 (12 credits total)

3 modules in Term 2 (18 credits total)

2 modules in Term 3 (12 credits total)

3 modules in Term 4 (18 credits total)

Summer term: business transformation/Dissertation (30 credits)



Global Economic Environments (6 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of the main concepts and tools of economics. The aim is for a student to link economic principles to ‘explain and understand’ business problems. The course will cover both micro- and macro-economics and explain how these can be used to understand consumers’, companies’ and government behaviour in the marketplace.

Lead People, Teams and Organisations (6 credits) OFFERED IN SPRING 2021

This module aims at the one to give students a comprehensive review of essentials of human resources concepts and techniques to be used in today’s competitive environment as well a thorough understanding of the importance and qualities of effective leadership in organisations in complex times. The module will cover concepts such as the relationship between business strategy and HR strategy, (re)structuring organisations, talent development, engagement, teams functioning, self-awareness of leader’s personality traits, strengths/challenges and awareness of others in order to acquire, utilise and adapt the most effective strategic, inspirational and ethical leadership methodologies and styles.

Marketing Concepts and Practice (6 credits) OFFERED IN SPRING 2021

The aim of this module is to understand the theory and practice of marketing and its strategic perspective and to broaden your existing understanding of marketing and its integration into an overall corporate strategy and structure. Students are expected active participation, through cases, assignments, discussions and workgroups to discuss real-world challenges and demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and practical skills.

Executive Accounting for Decision Making (6 credits) OFFERED IN SPRING 2021

This course focuses on the use of financial information in the managerial decision-making process. Topics covered include an emphasis on cost systems, a determination and allocation of overhead costs, analysis of costs, variance analysis, direct costing, preparation of flexible budgets, break-even analysis and activity-based costing. The use of information systems in accounting will be addressed.

Entrepreneurship, Technologies & Innovation (6 credits) OFFERED IN AUTUMN 2020

This module is practical and based on a Business Plan for an imaginary or real business proposition that the students write individually with feedback from their lecturer. The students will be able to analyse their own business ideas with respect to business strategy, innovation, financing, financial projections, the structure of a business plan, USP, marketing strategies, company valuation and leadership.

Finance & Capital Markets for Global Managers (6 credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce the students to the principles of financial management & capital markets. The course content seeks to explain the principles of financial management and its relevance to financial decision making within a corporate setting. It also covers knowledge for financial managers in corporations who have to make decisions on how to raise funds in capital markets and on the proper allocation of these funds among competing users in the corporation.

International Management Perspectives (6 credits) 

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. The module deals primarily with values and the conceptualisation of management practices. Issues such as ethics, social responsibility, managing with a range of critical and conceptual modes of discourse, and managing across cultures are therefore the prime areas of the module.

Operations Management and Digitalisation (6 credits) 

This module aims to give students a thorough understanding of the strategic role Operations & Project Management play in an organisation as well as a broad knowledge of the ways to design, plan, implement, and control the various activities of OM and the definition, planning, monitoring & control and closure of projects so that they contribute to the organisation's overall success.

International Business Strategy & Governance (6 credits) 

This module will highlight the globalisation of international business issues and emphasise the importance of strategic management aspects inside organisations.  It will force students to apply all their business knowledge and will address issues that are at the cutting edge of management practice today. 

Business Transformation Project + Dissertation (30 credits):

Business Transformation Project

The module provides students with a means of developing further the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA, by application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project, application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process, and maintenance of vision in the face of the vicissitudes of business realities.



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.


Intercultural Business Communication (6 credits) 

The aim of this module is to understand the basic principles of intercultural business communication and see the effect of “cultural differences” on how people communicate in an international business environment. A particular emphasis will be made on presentation skills and communication in the following regions: North America, Western Europe, and Asia.​

Lobbying & Negotiation (6 credits) 

The module will cover all aspects of lobbying needed to ensure good business management, in defending or promoting the interests of an organisation to the specifics of how to interact and negotiate with the European Institutions and other policymakers.

International / EU Business Law (6 credits)

The primary aim of this course is to provide a general introduction to the basic legal concepts related to International and European Business Law. As illustrated by this course, students entering virtually any field of business today must have at least a passing knowledge of general legal concepts in order to function effectively in an increasingly globalised environment. As will be demonstrated in this course, no aspect of business life is entirely free from legal issues.