MBA Consultancy for Innovation and Change at University of West London - UCAS

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Course summary

On this Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, you will develop both as a person and a professional. You will learn to apply your consultancy expertise as you translate problems into innovative solutions. This course aims to take you from the classroom through to securing boardroom impact in an end-to-end process of learning consultancy and scale value. You will leave with a completed portfolio of high-impact projects. The MBA degree has been designed to give you the leadership skills needed to design and implement innovation and change at the strategic level of major corporations, start-ups or SMEs. It is project based and is founded on a broad base of management and business thinking that is both strategic and interdisciplinary. Your learning will be structured around real-life scenarios, the emphasis being on building your skills and ability to create innovation and influence others. The MBA is closely modelled on real workplaces and the underlying purpose of the course is to develop you into successful business leaders who can initiate, drive and implement innovation and change within organisations. This MBA degree offers high impact learning, that is:

  • challenge-based: your assessments will be based on real-world problems and business needs
  • leadership focused: you will gain valuable skills in problem-solving, consultancy and leading change
  • innovation centred: through projects you will learn to create value, impact and sustainable change
  • high-impact: you will deepen your knowledge through client-facing consultancy projects
  • inclusive: on this diverse and socially inclusive course you will learn to stimulate new thinking through teamwork.
You will study four modules on the course that will build and consolidate your skills, knowledge and know-how. You will learn through seminars, workshops, participation in weekly innovation teams and course salons, where the focus is on purposeful learning, sharing of ideas, expertise and creative problem-solving. The learning is challenge-based and project-driven, with a focus on interdisciplinary inquiry, research and collaborative learning, supported by the Claude Littner Business School and peer coaching. Coaching - All learning will be project-based. You will regularly review your own work and learn how to peer-coach through receiving and giving feedback to classmates on projects. You will have a learning buddy within your team, through peer coaching and challenges, you will learn to excel under pressure. Innovation teams - Teamwork and action learning is fundamental to this MBA. As part of an Innovation Team you will learn to collaborate on module assignments framed as consultancy projects. Assessment - All assignments are posed as challenges that drive learning. You will start work on an assignment in the first week of each module, reviewing project challenges and module assignments throughout with your Innovation Team. Assessments include consultancy reports, presentations, a viva and a final boardroom presentation. Deep learning - There is an iterative model behind the four modules, where the progression from module one through to module four mirrors, the thinking process of moving progressively from understanding of general principles of project design and leadership (module one) to problem definition (module two) to ideation of innovation solution (module three), to prototype and scaling (module four). This is how we define deep and iterative learning, over time.

Entry requirements

We aim to deliver a fair admissions system that admits students of distinctive potential or achievement, irrespective of their background, that is fully consistent with CLBS and UWL commitment to inclusion and diversity. We are looking for people who are:  Generous, supportive of others, decisive and imaginative;  Capable of engaging with the world in a reflective way & value testing out new ideas;  Collaborative learners and want to push innovation boundaries with others. Passion, imagination and a track record of following through on commitments characterise the typical student for this course. Candidates should also normally have the following: • First degree (2.1 or above) • 2-3 (or more) years of professional work experience A two-phase selection process will review applications on a case by case basis. Candidates without a first degree at 2:1 classification but with more substantial experience would also be considered on a case by case basis. Please complete the UWL Application Form, which will form the basis for shortlisting. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a two-phase selection process. The two-phase selection process looks at shortlisted candidates’ academic attainment in the context of their educational, familial, and personal background and also their genuine appetite for learning, problem-solving, and interest in consultancy skills acquisition. Phase one: We want to understand student potential in terms of both academic starting points and current aspirations. We will invite all shortlisted applicants to an MBA Selection Day. That day will include an interview and other activities exploring student attributes and motives for joining the course, diversity in intake and student commitment to project-based learning, team working and problem-solving. Phase two: Those who are successful at Phase one will then be invited to write an additional 1,000-word commitment statement addressing the following 4 aspects: 1. Reasons for applying for the MBA CIC; 2. How the MBA CIC may benefit them and help to realise their goals; 3. How the MBA CIC will advance their career aspirations longer term and how they will maximise their engagement and success on the course; 4. Special interest areas - could be research or current role related. The purpose and focus of Phase two or the commitment statement is to assess applicants’ thought process, particularly around logical and creative thinking, and vision and drive to challenge status quo; aspiration; and commitment to the course and to leading change and innovation with an impact. The aim of the overall selection process is to have a robust, two-phase selection process with a clear, evidence-based criteria that advances our strong commitment to social mobility and diversity, identifying students with real potential to benefit from this course.

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MBA Consultancy for Innovation and Change at University of West London - UCAS