Master of Business Administration - Singapore MBA


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Qualification name:Master of Business Administration - Singapore
Duration:2-4 years part-time
IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

The Nottingham MBA Singapore taught at the PSB Academy in Singapore specifically aims to develop the essential management skills required in finance and related services to meet and participate in the increasingly international business environment. 

This course will provide you with instruction in the creation, operation and management of business in the private and public sectors, and offers a combination of conceptual knowledge, technical skills, problem analysis and personal development appropriate to the modern business environment.

The programme involves participation in group work with course members from many different industrial and commercial backgrounds, and is aimed at improving the decision making abilities of participants and producing managers of the highest quality.

This course is offered on a part-time basis in Singapore in collaboration between the University and PSB Academy in Singapore.  

Course-specific entry requirements

Applicants to the Nottingham MBA Singapore are also required to meet the following requirements:

  • You must normally be a graduate of an approved University holding an honours degree or a relevant professional qualification considered equivalent to a first degree with honours
  • You are expected to have three years or more of full-time work experience with a management dimension (five years for the Executive MBA programme) preferably gained since graduating from your first degree
  • Provide two acceptable references - preferably one academic and one from business 
  • Provide evidence of English Language Proficiency with IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or GCE 'O' level: English Language minimum 'C' grade or a degree from UK, Australia, USA or Canada

Key facts

The Nottingham MBA is globally ranked and the school is among the few in the UK to achieve both EQUIS and AMBA accreditations. We are recognised as one of the world's top schools for integrating sustainability issues into all our MBA programmes.

  • AMBA has accredited our MBA programmes since 1993, which ensures that all Nottingham MBA programmes meet rigorous quality standards AMBA
  • We are 10th in The Economist 'Which MBA Top 100' 2015 (74th worldwide)
  • We ranked 2nd in The Economist Executive MBA 2015 (21st worldwide)
  • The Business School, across all three campuses (UK, China and Malaysia), is EQUIS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) - one of the world's leading accrediting bodies for business schools
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 we rank 6th for 'research power' out of 101 UK business and management institutions
  • We are ranked 12th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings 2015 (76th worldwide)

Course Details

A fundamental part of your development as a manager is participation in group work. Our approach to management training is that the most effective way to accelerate learning and management skills is to work with talented peers from many different professional and cultural backgrounds, combined with close interaction with the academic staff.

Finally, you will be asked to choose to write and be assessed on either a disseration on a business topic of your choice, or a group consultancy project (with an individual critique/analysis).

There are two variants of The University of Nottingham MBA Singapore, the General MBA and the MBA Finance, each of which consists of 12 modules and a dissertation and can be completed on a part-time basis within two to four years.

Both variants are fully taught by University of Nottingham faculty through classroom lectures in Singapore.

The core modules ensure that all participants study essential areas of management. The dissertation or project will allow you to build on these fundamental areas and focus on a topic that is relevant to your place of work, your interests and career aspirations.

Each module is usually completed within a week with taught sessions taking place on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5.30pm, and Mondays to Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm. 

You will be given about six months to complete your dissertation after Module 12. This is an in-depth management dissertation, normally related to a practical issue within your own organisation.

Each module will be assessed based on an examination held three to four weeks after the end of the module, together with assignments and project work. 

The MBAs are subject to continuous quality review via external examiners from other business schools who assess the quality of draft examination papers, examination and coursework scripts and dissertations. 


You will study 12 modules from the following selection in order to develop your knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines:

Business Information Systems

Content to be confirmed.

Contemporary Themes in Marketing

The course is designed to introduce contemporary themes and issues in marketing, such as, the challenges of international marketing, the challenges of services marketing, the challenges of consumer behaviour, the challenges of business-to-business marketing, and the impact of relationship marketing. These subjects are taught and debated in such a way as to provide an opportunity for participants to consider the extent to which these contemporary themes affect marketing practices and to evaluate their broader social impact.

The aims of this module are to:

  • analyse how practice of marketing is heavily contingent on the environment and the context in which an organisation operates
  • investigate the challenges of marketing in an international context
  • investigate issues relating to the marketing of services
  • investigate issues relating to relationship marketing
  • investigate issues relating to marketing in a business-to-business context
  • investigate issues relating to consumer behaviour in practice
Corporate Finance

The module examines the ethical and practical justifications for the idea that companies should operate in the interests of shareholders and also the counter arguments in favour of a stakeholder perspective. The module then deals in turn with the major financial decisions made in organisations (capital budgeting, capital structure, dividends, mergers, working capital). Decisions are analysed first in the context of well functioning capital markets. Capital market imperfections and behavioural biases on the part of managers and investors are then considered.

The module aims to emphasise the importance of answering the question "In whose interests should organisations be run?" before beginning the process of financial decision making. The module also aims to develop the key skills of forecasting and valuing risky cash flows, and the ability to apply these skills in financial decision making contexts.

Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Theorists and policy makers now understand the link between entrepreneurial activity and economic development, and creativity and innovation underpin all successful  entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurship is characterised by a set of identifiable skills that are useful in any domain, and these skills are best developed in an integrative and engaged environment, where theory can be practically applied. This module will use the Ingenuity creative problem solving model to integrate the content and simulate the entrepreneurial environment.

The module's focus will be on generating, evaluating and selling innovative ideas in a team context. Whilst led by academics, practitioner engagement will be central to the module's successful delivery. This will be achieved through a combination of guest lectures and mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs.

This module is designed to provide an insight into the nature of entrepreneurship and innovation in theory and practice. Students will be expected to apply the relevant theory presented on the module in a simulated entrepreneurial environment, of which the Ingenuity model will be the basis. The model provides students with the opportunity to investigate and experience the processes involved in creativity, alongside the generation, assessment and pitching of entrepreneurial ideas. Students will additionally benefit from significant engagement with experienced entrepreneurs and other practitioners.

Finance and Accounting

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting, management accounting and finance. Both commercial and not-for-profit organisations will be considered.

Financial reporting is the process of presenting financial (and other) information to a range of stakeholders in order to ensure appropriate accountability and stewardship. Students will be encouraged to consider the need for integrityin financial accounting and reporting, and the potential limitations of regulation and standards.

Management accounting is concerned with the preparation and presentation of accounting information to aid managers in their jobs of planning, decision making and control. New and traditional management accounting techniques are analysed in the context of a changing management context with its emphasis on strategy, costing and performance metrics. The content of the module is aimed primarily at managers and not accountants.

The finance section emphasises two of the major financial decisions, the investment decision and the financing decision - where the money comes from and how it is best used within the organisation.  

The module aims to develop managers' understanding of (a) the theory and practice of external financial reporting by business organisations including the analysis and limitations of published financial reports, (b) the methods and limitations of costing and budgetary planning, (c) the principal theories of capital value and related investment decision-making.

Financial and Monetary Economics

This module provides an understanding of the overall workings of the economy and government policies toward employment, output, inflation and the balance of payments, focusing in particular on the monetary and financial aspects and the determination of interest rates and exchange rates.

The module aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the overall workings of the economy and of the impact on it of government macroeconomic and financial policies
  • provide a broad understanding of the role and functions of the financial system in the economy
  • focus on the monetary, financial and fiscal aspects of government policy, paying particular attention to the determination of interest rates, inflation rates and exchange rates
  • provide a brief introduction to contemporary macroeconomic and financial controversies
International Business

Content to be confirmed.

International Finance

This module examines contemporary developments in the practice of international financial management. It includes analysis of foreign exchange markets and international financial markets, including the international stock market, international banking and the Euromarkets. Emphasis is placed on discussion of risk management techniques to protect against both currency and political risks. Both long term international investment and financing decisions and short-term exporting decisions form part of the course.

Managing People

The core topics covered by this course include leadership, power, group and teams, change, culture, learning, conflict, diversity and motivation.

Managing people is a course that draws principally on the field of Organisational Behaviour (OB). OB is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, and structures have on behaviour within organisations for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organisation's effectiveness.

Managing the Human Resource

Content to be confirmed.


This module is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of marketing and to help managers understand the ways in which these may be used in practice. The course examines: understanding the marketing concept; the role of marketing within business and it's contribution to business performance and enhancing value; developing marketing strategy; segmentation, targeting and positioning; managing the marketing mix; and planning and implementation. These subjects are taught and debated in such a way as to provide participants with a more critical perspective on modern marketing by encouraging students to evaluate their broader social impact.

The module aims to provide participants with an overview of marketing as a business function and with an understanding of the key issues in marketing management and marketing strategy.

Operations Management

This module provides a thorough grounding in concepts and principles that are essential for the successful management of operations in contemporary organisations. Module topics include: the role of the operations function and the major variables in managing operations; service operations management, including service systems design and queuing systems; quality concepts and the management of quality; supply chain management concepts including material and information flows, supply chain dynamics, forecasting, sales and operations planning, postponement and mass customisation; lean thinking, lean concepts and process excellence; project management concepts and methods.

The module aims to provide a thorough grounding in key concepts in contemporary operations. It is taught in a manner appropriate to an MBA audience and draws upon the latest management approaches and thinking.

Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis

The module examines the risk and return characteristics of classes of financial securities (equities, bonds, derivatives) and the processes and consequences of combining these securities in portfolios. The traditional mean-variance approach is extended in two ways, first by recognising that return distributions may not be well described by mean and variance, and secondly by examining the possibility that investors take into account non financial, ethical concerns in their porfolio building decisions. Any finance module, and a portfolio management module in particular, needs, post 2008, to reflect (and to reflect on) the gap between textbook treatments and "the real world". Standard textbook treatments offer "the efficient markets hypothesis", "the capital asset pricing model" and "the Black Scholes model" in a relatively uncritical way, but post 2008 these models have been ridiculed in the financial press as "unrealistic". This major difference of opinion is examined in the module.

This module aims to introduce students to different classes of financial instruments, to identify relevant data sources for financial returns, to explain how pattern in returns can be investigated, to show how financial instruments can be combined in portfolios, and to show how the performance of portfolios and portfolio managers can be measured.

Strategic Management

This module examines the process of strategic management, focusing on the nature of strategy formulation and implementation. The analysis of strategy concepts and case study examples will be used to develop awareness of the factors that must be considered in strategic decision-making. Topics include: strategic vision and mission, environmental and industry analysis; generic strategies; core competence; growth and diversification; internationalisation and the execution of strategy.

At the end of the module participants should be able to:

  • subject the concepts of strategic management to critical analysis
  • analyse the business and competitive environment
  • formulate competitive and development strategies drawing on relevant concepts and taking into account broader stakeholder issues
  • demonstrate an awareness of factors that must be considered in implementing strategy
Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility

Content to be confirmed.

Sustainable Decisions and Organisations

This module takes the form of a series of lectures, workshops, case studies and role play and is taken by all MBA students. The course integrates and reflects upon the interdisciplinary nature of the MBA programme and challenges students' understanding and application of the material presented on the core MBA modules. This is undertaken by focusing on the role of different business stakeholders in achieving economic and environmental sustainability - through an examination of their possibly contradicting and contradictory objectives, values and decision-making processes. We have a wide range of practitioners featuring in the course. The participants have to present and defend their integrated sustainable strategy to a real board, consisting of practitioners with experience of board membership. The students also have to run a real media conference consisting of journalists from the press.

The module aims to enable students to develop their business and management skills and to capture an integrated view of their learning across their programme of study.


Please note that all module details are subject to change.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.


Funding may be available through the Business School.

UK/EU students

Funding information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Each autumn, MBA members seeking new opportunities are invited to submit a Profile for inclusion in the MBA Profiles Online showcase. We market the showcase worldwide, enabling recruiters to match their entry requirements with our database of highly qualified Nottingham MBAs.

Career destinations for graduates include advertising and marketing executives, management consultants, personnel managers, solicitors and university lecturers.

Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Accenture, Apple, Bosch, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Santander and Wipro Technologies. For further information on salaries and employment for MBA and MSc programmes please visit our website.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2013, 94% of full-time MBA graduates in Nottingham University Business School who were seeking employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average post MBA salary was £44,207 with the highest being £63,000.*

This reflects the higher salaries earned by our MBAs who have at least three years professional experience prior to undertaking their studies. 83% of the 2013 MBA class that were seeking work had accepted job offers within three months of graduating.*

* Data collected by the Nottingham University Business School during December-March 2014 on all 2013 MBA graduates.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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