Master of Business Administration - International MBA

Postgraduate (12 months full-time, part-time)

ARU London

January, May, September

Duration: 1 year full time, 2 years part time


Over the course of your MBA at ARU London, you will acquire a deeper knowledge of the principal business functions including finance, marketing and human resource management.

Full description


The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is recognised worldwide as offering one of the main routes to a senior managerial position. Over the course of your MBA at ARU London you will acquire a deeper knowledge of the principal business functions including finance, marketing and human resource management. You will gain a greater appreciation of the importance of the difference functional areas to the overall success of the business.

Importantly, the course will develop your understanding of successful business strategy and effective project management. Recognising that nowadays much business is conducted across international boundaries and that globalisation is a phenomenon that affects all organisations, the focus of ARU London’s MBA is very much on the specific challenges facing companies with global operations or that transact internationally, be they cultural, ethical or environmental. You will study the influence that global and national macroeconomic trends have on a company and gain understanding of the methods of best practice used to deal with these changes.

Our MBA will prepare you for the tough and versatile world of business and ready you for any challenge a senior managerial role may face. Business is a broad discipline and our MBA ensures to encapsulate as much of it as possible allowing you to venture into any industry and thrive.

Modules & assessment

  • Strategic Management in a Global Context
    The module focuses on the managerial, multi-business, multi-industry, multicultural, and multinational complexities of achieving and sustaining competitive advantage. The overarching goal of the module is to have students demonstrate their capacity to develop and execute organisational strategies in actual or simulated business situations. A key feature of this module will be the use of a business simulation as a problem based learning vehicle for student cognitive development.
  • International Marketing, Innovation and E-Commerce
    The Module has three main strands. These strands form the basis for the critical investigation of new marketing strategies designed to return organisational performance to levels that make businesses economically and commercially viable in the future. International Marketing develops a critical awareness of changing international markets, the key management aspects of global marketing strategy in the context of an intensively competitive and changing market, together with cultural and cross-cultural marketing activities. Innovation explores competitive advantage through innovation. Participants will examine tools and techniques for product and service design and development. The Module uses contemporary case studies, projects and speakers. E-Commerce examines the range of different business models being implemented through the internet. The transition to e-business continues to grow, supported by advanced levels of marketing communications. Synchronous online feedback from consumers and customers can influence corporate reputation and organisation profitability, as well as targeted distribution services.
  • International Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    This module will examine and explore the complex global environment in which organisations now operate, requiring leaders in all sectors to act as entrepreneurs, rather than traditional managers. The module will consider how technology has created a new dynamic of unpredictable volatility in the world from business innovation to political and cultural change, requiring leaders to develop an increased international awareness and an ability to lead across international, cultural and ideological boundaries. The module will consider a variety of theories and concepts relating to the increasing need for entrepreneurial leaders to embrace positive disruption and ‘chaos’ in the marketplace in order to innovate and remain competitive and relevant in a complex environment.
  • Managing Finance and Operations
    This module is designed to meet the needs of business executives with limited knowledge and understanding of applied financial pressures within a corporate environment. Module participants with more extensive practical experience will be encouraged to share their experiences with the group and will be expected to reflect upon our class debates and critically compare to those practices witnessed in their work environment. Rather than focus upon the financial reports, so hence profit performance, of companies this module will consider the financial sustainability of companies through appropriate funding of the business’ activities.
  • Information Systems and Data Management
    Today’s management of information systems are associated with databases, the Internet, mobile technologies, and server rooms. However, “information management” has been around since before the invention of these tools. Management Information Systems (MIS) is a formal discipline within business education that bridges the gap between computer science and the well-known business disciplines of finance, marketing, and management.
  • International Human Resource Management and Change
    This module encourages the manager to recognise the role played by Human Resource Management in the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation nationally, internationally and globally. It explores the range of HRM functions and practices and the location of the responsibility for such activities within the management hierarchy. The role that managers need to play in the application of sustainable and strategic HRM in supporting the development of strategic management is identified and evaluated. The importance of effective HRM in the management of change, organisational development, ethics, corporate social responsibility, global citizenship and sustainability is identified and analysed, as is the process of internationalisation and the management of human resources in different organisational and national cultures.
  • Dissertation
    This Module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master’s level research project. The project will address a real-life business related question (probably from the student’s own work place) and also enable students to demonstrate the features associated with academic mastery. Throughout this module students are expected to demonstrate significant capacity in areas including individual research, application of academic understanding and thought to real-life business issues and problems, the application of logical argument and the ability to communicate through the written word. A key focus of the dissertation is to ensure that students have an international focus to their research work. This would include discussion and consideration of the cultural aspects of any recommendations made. Similarly, every student will also be required to directly consider the sustainability of their findings and recommendations in both a global and business-specific context. Every student will be allocated a supervisor who will assist them in formulating their research questions, research methodology and methods. Every student will also be required to attend research methodology classes prior to their completion and submission of a Research Proposal, which will detail the research question(s), outline literature review and chosen methodological approach.


You will be assessed through a mixture of Coursework and Group Presentations with a Dissertation to finish.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

ARU London

Our campus in the City of London offers courses in business, management and accountancy.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU Students 2016/17 (total cost)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

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Entry requirements

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  • A first degree, with honours, in a related subject and at a minimum final classification of lower second (2:2) or equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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