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Global MBA July 2020 intake

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant global impact and affecting many aspects of our lives. We understand that this is an unsettling time for applicants at all our international centres: Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Manchester. We continue to follow advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as from local authorities at our international centres as the welfare of our students and staff is our absolute priority.

We are pleased to confirm that the Global MBA July 2020 intake will go ahead. However in order to plan with certainty, to eliminate any potential disruption caused by continued travel restrictions and to give you full reassurance, we have now made the decision to implement some minor changes to the structure for the first semester.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our MBA recruitment team.

Semester one options: Global MBA

The key adjustment involves changing the format of the 4 days of face-to-face workshop sessions in July. However, we are in a position to offer two different options to provide flexibility and choice; both of these options allow you to receive the same amount of high quality tuition and to complete the MBA in two years.

  • The 3 day ‘Leading and Managing in a Global Environment (part A)’ and 1 day ‘Simulation Project’ introduction in July will be delivered virtually 
  • Currently, all other workshops are expected to be delivered face-to-face as planned

The professors will facilitate the workshop and introduction typically in groups of 20 to 30 students, and although delivered online, the virtual environment will be engaging and interactive, building on our expertise of the Manchester Method and blended-learning methodology. The virtual workshops will offer a similar amount of time with professors and peers and will involve groupwork.

Semester 1: July 2020 – Dec 2020

With this model, you will study four courses as normal in the first semester. All of these courses will start in July 2020. Two of the courses will have virtual workshops.

  1. Leading & Managing in a Global Environment Part A:
    • Virtual 3 day workshop in July
  2. Simulation Project (runs over first 10 months):
    • Virtual 1 day introduction in July
  3. Strategy & Competition Part A:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sept/Oct (no change)
  4. Operationalising and Communicating Value:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sept/Oct (no change)

Currently, semesters 2, 3 & 4 remain unchanged with all workshops delivered face-to-face.

Diagram of MBA course structure

  • July 2020: start with two courses instead of four
  • January 2021: continue with four courses instead of two
  • All workshops delivered face-to-face
  • You can still complete the MBA in 2 years

We also understand from feedback from some candidates, that they prefer for all of their workshops to be face-to-face without compromising the length of the programme. The alternative plan provides the opportunity to take all of your workshops face-to-face and still complete the MBA in two years. This alternative structure, which is pedagogically sensible, has been offered to many of our students for a number of intakes as they needed some flexibility in their first term.

Semester 1: July 2020 – Dec 2020

With this model, you get started with two courses in July. You will take the face-to-face workshops in Sep/Oct. You will subsequently pick up the other two courses in the second semester.

  1. Strategy & Competition Part A:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sep/Oct (no change)
  2. Operationalising and Communicating Value:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sept/Oct (no change)

This lighter study load in the first semester could benefit students who may face additional pressures in their job in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, or those who would like more time to adjust to getting back to studying. The workload in the second semester will be a slightly heavier than normal as ‘Leading & Managing in a Global Environment Part A’ and the ‘Simulation Project’ courses are reassigned from Semester 1 to Semester 2.

Semester 2: Jan 2021 – July 2021

  1. Leading & Managing in a Global Environment Part A:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Jan 2021 (moved from the July ’20 term)
  2. Simulation Project:
    • 1 day face-to-face introduction in Jan 2021 (moved from the July ’20 term)
  3. Leading & Managing in the Global Environment Part B:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Mar 2021 (no change)
  4. Business Accounting & Finance:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Mar 2021 (no change)

Diagram of MBA course structure

Semester one options: Global MBA Finance Accelerated

The key adjustment involves changing the format of the 4 days of face-to-face workshop sessions in July. However, we are in a position to offer two different options to provide flexibility and choice.

  • The 3 day ‘Leading and Managing in a Global Environment (part A)’ and 1 day ‘Simulation Project’ introduction in July will be delivered virtually 
  • Currently, all other workshops are expected to be delivered face-to-face as planned

The professors will facilitate the workshop and introduction typically in groups of 20 to 30 students, and although delivered online, the virtual environment will be engaging and interactive, building on our expertise of the Manchester Method and blended-learning methodology. The virtual workshops will offer a similar amount of time with professors and peers and will involve groupwork.

Semester 1: July 2020 – Dec 2020

With this model, you will study four courses as normal in the first semester. All of these courses will start in July 2020. Two of the courses will have virtual workshops.

  1. Leading & Managing in a Global Environment Part A:
    • Virtual 3 day workshop in July
  2. Simulation Project (runs over first 10 months):
    • Virtual 1 day introduction in July
  3. Strategy & Competition Part A:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sept/Oct (no change)
  4. Operationalising and Communicating Value:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sept/Oct (no change)

Currently, semesters 2 & 3 remain unchanged with all workshops delivered face-to-face.

Global MBA Finance Accelerated Programme Structure

  • July 2020: start with two courses instead of four
  • January 2021: continue with four courses instead of two
  • All workshops delivered face-to-face
  • Complete the MBA in 2 years rather than 18 months

We also understand from feedback from some candidates, that they prefer all of their workshops to be face-to-face. The alternative plan provides the opportunity to take all of your workshops face-to-face, however the programme will be extended to 24 months, otherwise the workload will be too high in the second semester. This alternative structure also gives you some additional flexibility in their first term.

Semester 1: July 2020 – Dec 2020

With this model, you get started with two courses in July. You will take the face-to-face workshops for these courses in Sep/Oct. 

  1. Strategy & Competition Part A:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sep/Oct (no change)
  2. Operationalising and Communicating Value:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Sept/Oct (no change)

This lighter study load in the first semester could benefit students who may face additional pressures in their job in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, or those who would like more time to adjust to getting back to studying. The workload in the second semester will be a slightly heavier than normal as ‘Leading & Managing in a Global Environment Part A’ and the ‘Simulation Project’ courses are reassigned from Semester 1 to Semester 2.

Semester 2: Jan 2021 – July 2021

  1. Leading & Managing in a Global Environment Part A:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Jan 2021 (moved from the July 2020 term)
  2. Simulation Project:
    • 1 day face-to-face introduction in Jan 2021 (moved from the July 2020 term)
  3. Leading & Managing in the Global Environment Part B:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Mar 2021 (no change)

Semester 3: July 2021 – Dec 2021

  1. Strategy & Competition Part B:
    • 3 day face-to-face workshop in Jul 2021 (no change)
  2. Simulation Project (continued from Semester 2)
  3. Live Business Project (start – continues into Semester 4)
  4. Electives x 2:
    • 2 x 3 day face-to-face workshops in Sep/Oct 2021 (any global centre)

Semester 4: Jan 2022 – July 2022

  1. Live Business Project (continue)
  2. Electives x 1:
    • 1 x 3 day face-to-face workshops in Sep/Oct 2021 (any global centre)

Global MBA Finance Accelerated Programme Structure

 

 

 

Looking ahead, we are pleased that staff in our Shanghai Centre are already physically working from our offices and getting back to some normality. This is great news and confirmation that we will all get through this uncertain period. Whilst we are dealing with this challenging situation in our lives and in our countries, let’s remain positive and keep working towards our dreams for the future.

The knowledge and professional skills you develop through the transformational Manchester MBA will prepare you to lead and thrive in a more uncertain future – a topic explored by our MBA Director, Xavier Duran, in this keynote presentation: An MBA for an uncertain future.

All July 2020 candidates will also complete our new online Manchester MBA Preparation course, especially designed to help you rediscover core study skills and provide a foundation in key subject areas. This course also introduces you to our world-class university, business school and of course, our unique MBA.