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Hull University Business School

The Hull MBA with specialist options

Maps DATES OF SEMESTERS For the current semester dates please visit our website at or call Admissions on +44 (0)1482 466850.

ADDRESS For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Office, The University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK T F E W

+44 (0)1482 466850 +44 (0)1482 442290

PHOTOGRAPHS Princes Quay shopping mall in Hull’s city centre; Scarborough’s South Bay, only minutes’ walk from our second campus; Beverley’s 13thcentury Minster;* the Humber Bridge,* one of the finest single-span suspension constructions in the world. * photo © 01482 649271

DISCLAIMER The University of Hull will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes in accordance with their descriptions in this publication. However, it reserves the right to make variations in the contents or methods of delivery or assessment, to discontinue programmes and to merge or combine them, if such action is considered necessary. If the university does discontinue any programme, it will use reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

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Welcome CONTENTS MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN Message from the Dean


About the Hull MBA


The key themes of the Hull MBA


Support, benefits and outcomes


About the Business School


Welcome to Hull University Business School.

Research at Hull University Business School


The University and the city


Applying for the Hull MBA


The Hull MBA, fully accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs), has been created to prepare you for the challenges of managing in an international business environment, working in organisations which are characterised by complex connections. Your programme of study will help you to understand these connections and seize opportunities presented by them to enhance operations and pursue new ventures – making you an invaluable asset to any organisation. Our outstanding premises combine refurbished listed buildings and new build to provide inspirational surroundings for staff and the 3,000-plus students enrolled with the school. The recent opening of the Logistics Institute, based at the school, has added further prestige to this development, creating a world-class facility in global logistics, supply chain management and related technologies, and adding to the school’s existing strengths and specialisms. Special consideration has been given to our MBA students, and dedicated lecture theatres, seminar rooms and computer suites have been created to enhance the learning experience. You will also benefit from our state-of-the-art management learning laboratory and, for those more relaxed moments, a fair-trade cafe. Independent accreditation and assessment have confirmed our status as a leading UK centre for learning, teaching and research. Our teaching has been assessed as ‘excellent’ and our research as demonstrating national and international excellence. We have received recognition from two of the leading global accreditation systems for business schools (EQUIS and AMBA), which places us among the top 20 business schools in the UK. These credentials assure you of our commitment to achieving the highest standards in every area of our operations, and to providing you with the very best in education for business and management. As you read on and learn more about the degree, the facilities and the student experience that we offer, we hope that you will make the decision to study for the Hull MBA. We are sure that we can set you on the path to continued success in what is sure to be a rewarding managerial career. Professor Mike C Jackson

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About the Hull MBA WHAT IS THE MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)? The Hull MBA is a highly prestigious programme which offers education at an advanced level. It fosters organisational literacy, pragmatic business skills and awareness of the changing context in which contemporary organisations operate. The programme • provides the broad-based education necessary for actual or aspiring senior managers to operate effectively in international contexts and does so by building the necessary holistic perspective on business activity and managerial decision making • provides opportunities to pursue personal choice reflecting differing sectors or contexts while holding true to the generalist, strategic nature of an MBA • develops critical thinking skills grounded in students’ existing familiarity with the operational and strategic concerns across an enterprise and thereby produces wellrounded and effective managers with the capability to fulfil their personal objectives • balances thorough coverage of fundamental management principles with exposure to innovative and challenging ideas in a programme that is rigorous and stretching.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE THE MBA Those taking up study must have a sustained level of motivation and commitment to the programme, which runs over one year. Participants will also need an enquiring and open mind and be willing to share their own knowledge of and perspectives on issues that affect every business. This reflection on existing knowledge helps to maximise the value of the course and the potential for intellectual growth and development.

WHO CAN APPLY? Graduates with at least three years’ appropriate experience can apply for the Hull MBA. The programme takes students from many countries and draws upon material that is international in scope.

I found in my MBA study exactly what I was looking for – the possibility of seeing the world and its business processes from different points of view and different sides, and developing theoretical knowledge of the business which can support my practical experience.

THE HULL MBA APPROACH As an experienced manager, you will no doubt appreciate the conflict between a necessarily ‘hands-on’ approach to work and the need to step back from the operational detail to plan at a strategic level. When the focus is too often on the former, managers can become blinkered as they concentrate on immediate tasks and surroundings. Participation in the Hull MBA affords the unique opportunity to take a step back, gaining a wider perspective on the international business environment and appreciating its complex, interdependent nature. Fundamental issues such as the social impact of management choices and decisions are explored in order to provide a holistic approach to business management. The programme also cultivates a critical awareness of management practices used when dealing with complexity in the global business arena and encourages students to synthesise and become critically aware of wider concerns than the functional specialisms. In order to achieve these aims, the taught elements of the Hull MBA are organised around five key themes.

The main functional areas in business are addressed across the themes of Managing Relationships, Managing the Value Chain and Managing Knowledge. Well-rounded managers, equipped for career development, need to build on their common grounding in functional areas of business with an acceptance and awareness of the relationships between these areas and how each contributes to the organisation as a whole. Specialist functional expertise is important. But most managers find that effective decision making also involves intuition and the balancing of different functional perspectives in order to resolve complex multifaceted problems and manage the business. Central to the Hull MBA, therefore, is integrative material that comes under the themes Managing in a Global Context and Managing Strategically. These two themes run throughout the programme and across the functional themes. The ways in which this material is presented, and the ways in which students are encouraged to reflect on it, foster the development of effective managers – that is, managers capable of creating, leading and implementing a strategic vision while acknowledging the global context in which they operate and the whole of a business enterprise.

MBA OVERVIEW In summary, to be awarded the Hull MBA students must complete Two core modules in each of the five themes MANAGING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT Managing in organisations Personal and professional development MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS Human resource management The economic environment MANAGING THE VALUE CHAIN Marketing Operations management MANAGING KNOWLEDGE Accounting and finance for managers Research methods MANAGING STRATEGICALLY Managing holistically Strategic management Optional modules from the wide choice available. MBA Dissertation


MANAGING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT Managing in organisations Personal and professional development

MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS Human resource management The economic environment MANAGING THE VALUE CHAIN Marketing Operations management

MANAGING STRATEGICALLY Managing holistically Strategic management

MANAGING KNOWLEDGE Accounting and finance for managers Research methods





Optional modules enable students to focus on particular interests by deepening and broadening their understanding in a range of diverse and regularly updated areas. Students are encouraged to customise their MBA according to their own career aspirations with modules which reflect the research strengths of staff.

Following completion of the taught modules in the first two semesters, students begin work on the MBA dissertation. At this point they are well prepared to undertake a substantial piece of independent work.

The academic year at the University of Hull starts in September. Following a dedicated induction programme for the Hull MBA, the first teaching semester runs until December with the second running from January to the end of May. During that time, MBA students complete their taught modules organised around a number of integrated themes.

The options relate to the Hull MBA’s core themes and serve to develop knowledge already acquired, either by building on it to gain a more advanced understanding or by introducing the study of new business areas.

The 15,000-word dissertation provides students with an opportunity to carry out a significant piece of research in an area of personal interest related to the world of business and management. Students are supported by a dedicated academic supervisor during the dissertation period (June–August).

The summer period from June to August is spent working independently, with academic supervision, on the MBA dissertation.

OUTCOMES This allows Hull MBA students to specialise in a business area such as marketing, finance, logistics or international business, or to diversify and receive a broad grounding across a number of topics. By carefully choosing the right combination of options and dissertation topic, students will enhance their core MBA study and vastly improve their value to employers. The optional modules are chosen from Managing in a Global Context • Leadership and change in organisations • International business • Management and organisational learning Managing relationships • Business, economics and government • International and comparative HRM • Public sector management Managing the Value Chain • Integrated marketing communications • Logistics and supply chain management Managing Knowledge • Corporate finance • Financial decision-making • Financial statement analysis Managing Strategically • Business innovation • Complex project management • Information systems management

INTERNATIONAL OPTION The Business School encourages MBA students to build an international study option into their programme, taking advantage of the five locations where the Hull MBA is delivered to gain a valuable added international perspective. MBA students studying in the Business School at Hull have the opportunity to travel overseas to take one of their MBA taught modules alongside the Hull MBA cohort in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain or Oman. You will gain a valuable cultural experience, enlarge your familiarity with international business contexts and practices, and widen your networks and circle of colleagues and friends. The international study option may also include an organisational visit at the overseas location. These company visits would be hosted by a fellow MBA student at his or her workplace, ensuring a shared context for host and visitor, and fostering comparative perspectives among the Hull MBA community.

The Hull MBA programme prepares its graduates to be • leaders who foster shared objectives and are capable of transforming organisations through excellent management practice • professionals who recognise a firm’s strategic and operational needs • managers who understand the technical, functional and specialised areas of business • integrators who combine business theory and practice, and develop new ideas We expect Hull MBA graduates to be equipped to drive significant change management programmes in order to improve business and people performance. Students who wish to progress further may also be able to continue with further study through MPhil and PhD programmes.

Although my previous experience was in the financial sector, I’ve been able to build a career in human resources management … Case studies analysed while at Hull give me an edge when dealing with trade unionism, negotiations and industrial issues … Hull gave me an incomparable time … Living and studying in Hull was an exceptional and pleasant experience.

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The key themes of the Hull MBA MANAGING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT Modules • Managing in organisations • Personal and professional development Managing in a Global Context helps to establish the Hull MBA as a vehicle for professional and personal development in the international business arena. Management development, a major underlying concern of the programme, is here related to personal effectiveness, cultural diversity, management thinking, organisational life and individuals as change agents. Participants will be encouraged to locate their own experiences within a historical, cultural ‘map’ of management thinking while focusing on the development of selfawareness and the skills required for managing in organisations characterised by change and uncertainty. Their own development, skills and international awareness are further enhanced through a range of activities and opportunities. These include team building, leadership development, and negotiating and influencing skills. Studying an additional language or making informal use of the Open Learning Centre for Languages is encouraged, as this can be valuable for managers in today’s international environment. Broad issues of ethics and sustainability are rising on the business agenda, as businesses themselves are being asked to consider the economic, social and environmental impacts of their activities. A broader range of stakeholders is also finding ever more creative ways of exercising their power and influence. Rather than simply responding to these pressures, many businesses are driving forward an enhanced way of doing business – an approach known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The MBA programme is not the end; it is actually the beginning of a new journey and a new experience … I am proud to be a Hull graduate.

Managers hoping to thrive in the global environment should develop a critical and multidisciplinary understanding of CSR that includes the broader context of business and its social and environmental impact; how to accommodate social and environmental concerns in management decision making and the development of business strategy; sustainable business practices; stakeholder analysis and related issues; and cultural diversity issues and employment practices. Students are also given the chance to practise their skills in ‘real-life’ business situations, but without the real-life consequences, through business simulation games. The games allow for integrated learning and the application of business theory to genuine business problems before the students have to do it for real.

They build on the experience and insights of people management in business and service organisations, evaluate organisational and individual barriers to implementing ‘best practice’, and explore possible strategies for improving internal and external relationships to achieve an organisation’s strategic objectives.

MANAGING THE VALUE CHAIN Modules • Marketing • Operations management Managing the value chain provides a holistic and critical perspective on the key changes and trends which have taken place in marketing and the management of business operations in recent years. The focus is on customers and value added by firms in providing products and services to meet the needs of the market.

MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS Modules • Human resource management • The economic environment Managing Relationships focuses on internal and external stakeholders, bringing together strategy and practice in the management of human resources and an understanding of the wider business environment and its impact on business performance. Students undertake a broad survey of the business environment as it impinges on business decision making, covering social, technological, political, legal and economic factors. This equips them to assess the relative impacts of such factors at any given time and use this information to inform strategic decision making. A key outcome of this theme is the ability to apply an economic perspective to a wide variety of issues and problems that students will encounter throughout their professional lives. These range from company-level pricing decisions to examining the international effects of exchange rates. Students also explore key aspects of managing people in the workplace and how elements of human resource management affect and support organisational performance.

We also examine the critical importance of logistics and supply chain management for modern businesses by linking theoretical developments with contemporary practices, both in a UK context and internationally. Both the marketing and the logistics functions require collaboration and relationships with other functional areas of the firm, and these relationships are explored within the context of a value chain – benefiting the customer and the company. Key theoretical marketing concepts and aspects of applied marketing practice encourage students to develop a critical perspective on how marketing activities help build strategic and sustainable value, resulting in long-term competitive advantage in specific markets. Students will examine current practice, policy and opinion within logistics, operations and marketing management in order to assess how optimum performance can be realised, in terms of the organisation as a whole and its constituent parts – developing sophisticated strategies to achieve this goal.

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Modules • Accounting and finance for managers • Research methods

• Managing holistically • Strategic management

Managing Knowledge emphasises issues about knowledge: what knowledge is relevant, how best to acquire it (and how to cope when it is not available), and how to put it to use so that it genuinely contributes to the analysis of complex problems and to effective decision making. Students are introduced to research methods that are commonly used in business and management, and we emphasise the crucial importance of considering how data is collected, constructed and interpreted in the context of particular problems and the light that can be shed upon them. This also provides a platform for the development of understanding about the selection and design of research methods, giving due consideration to the research question(s), contextual constraints and issues of ethics and validity. The nature and value of financial information is also explored, so that managers can communicate effectively with specialist members of their team through their understanding of financial information and those aspects of finance most relevant to the management of corporations.

Managing Strategically builds the necessary perspective that actual or aspiring senior managers will need to take and put into practice – a perspective that takes account of the business organisation as a whole, its purpose and strategic development, and one that informs managerial decision making. Attention is focused on case studies and a business game. A significant amount of time is spent on the analysis of large-scale, complex, unstructured problems. As well as encouraging the application of all that has been learnt during the programme, this also facilitates the development of high-level transferable skills, including communication, analysis, problem solving, teamwork and presentation. The field of strategic management is highly fragmented, full of controversy and conflicting theories, viewpoints and evidence. The aim is therefore to inform students about the complexity, richness and debates in and around strategic management, and to assist them in asking critical questions – rather than seeking ready techniques or tools or certain answers. Students are asked to consider the nature of and approaches to strategy; corporate mission, responsibility and governance; customer analysis and market segmentation; innovation and dynamic competition; and whether strategy matters. Attention is also paid to strategic choices and decisions, including those of building and applying resources and capabilities; cost leadership and differentiation; integration; diversification; outsourcing; strategic alliances; globalisation; and organisational change.

Students also develop an understanding of core concepts and holistic thinking about management decision making and problem solving that assists with defining problems, effecting change and developing organisational learning. And they are encouraged and stimulated to develop understanding, synthesis and application of concepts and techniques covered throughout the Hull MBA. This material benefits from the Business School’s distinctive expertise in systems approaches to management decision making. A range of methodologies and techniques are considered, as are two complementary systems approaches to problem solving: one that emphasises structures and control systems – known as the viable system model; and another that emphasises participation and changing world-views – known as soft systems methodology. Discussion of these approaches provides the basis for a review of systems thinking as a means of creating learning organisations. Students will thus be equipped to recognise and evaluate the motives and reasons that lead to strategic decisions and action patterns on integration, diversification, globalisation, alliances and organisational change.

The MBA programme really opened new horizons … The way that I modelled or dissected issues, and the way that I articulated my comments, viewpoints, proposals, planning and implementations, have impressed my peers and superiors … Naturally, through being equipped with better knowledge, my performance also improved and I was soon entrusted with more and more responsible roles.

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Support, benefits and outcomes The Hull MBA begins with a structured induction programme. Classes are taught in dedicated teaching accommodation in the Business School and incorporate a variety of teaching styles, including lectures, group discussions and presentations. Students will also be involved in problem-solving and teamworking exercises. To support students through their course and prepare them for assignments and examinations, the Business School provides extensive learning materials. Students have unlimited access to an excellent library, broadband-enabled PCs and e-journals. The learning experience is enhanced by the variety of means by which information is imparted, with emphasis on opportunities for engagement and interaction. These not only add to the sum of knowledge that you gain throughout the course but also contribute to the development of key transferable skills.

As well as stimulating business simulations and games, outside speakers further enhance the MBA programme and enliven modules by relating their real-life experiences to provoke fresh insights into business practice. The Business School also organises research seminars, to which MBA students are invited and in which they are encouraged to participate. Company visits allow MBA participants to experience first-hand the UK business environment, and all MBA students are assigned a personal supervisor who is a source of pastoral care, information and links with other support services in the University. Accommodation which is owned, managed or directed by the University is guaranteed for all unaccompanied overseas students, and further information on this can be found from the University’s website at

BENEFITS The unique approach of the Hull MBA delivers tangible results in terms of professional and personal development, significantly increasing your earnings potential. • With a robust understanding of how businesses work you can make an immediate impact on entry into any organisation – giving you the edge in competitive jobs market • The holistic approach of the Hull MBA allows you to see fundamental business connections and grasp opportunities where there are gaps in the market – we encourage you to act as entrepreneurs every day • The programme will change the way you approach problems – building your courage and confidence as you test your new found skills in this risk-free environment • An awareness of global issues will help you to make better informed business decisions by seeing the bigger picture of external forces which will shape your decision making • As an internationally recognised qualification the Hull MBA will increase your worth to any organisation • Access to the latest thinking and opportunities to take on real business projects deliver a deeper understanding of how theory works in practice. • An appreciation of how other areas within an organisation work will allow you to communicate more effectively with colleagues and motivate staff

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES The Hull MBA equips students for career progression through the enhanced knowledge and skills taught thus creating excellent employment opportunities. In addition to the dedicated Career Management programme and career development opportunities provided by the Business School and its alumni association, MBA students further benefit from the School’s affiliation with AMBA. Students and graduates from the Hull MBA can draw upon AMBA’s unique world-wide contact network and take advantage of a full range of benefits and services and access to high profile business and academic speakers. The association has 8,000 members who live and work in over 62 countries, and around two thirds of its members are senior managers, board directors or CEOs. AMBA helps its members improve themselves and their career opportunities through a regular programme of networking meetings, events and lifelong learning activities. Its strength lies in the involvement of MBAs working in the local and international business arenas. With 70% of senior jobs filled without ever being advertised and 25% arising from referrals and contacts, networking is key. ‘What you know’ is important. But so is ‘Who you know’. Further details can be found at All MBA students are also able to take advantage of automatic membership of the CIPD at Licentiate level. HUBSoc, the Business School’s own student society, arranges a host of professional events and social evenings for MBA students to enjoy, so that every aspect of university life is covered. With its own alumni association, the Business School also offers opportunities to enhance the business careers of its students and expert guidance is offered to MBA students seeking employment through a dedicated Career Management programme. 8 • The Hull MBA

The learning experience matured my personal confidence as well as my professional capabilities, as I began to see opportunities to deploy in the workplace those skills gained on the course … And indeed this process continues in a very significant way today in my current role.

About the Business School Hull University Business School provides a stimulating environment in which fundamental issues within international business and management are studied, developed and used to influence practice. Our aim is to equip managers and business professionals to succeed in a fast-changing and interdependent world. All areas of our activity are interconnected – our excellent research, learning and teaching across disciplines and our strong links to commercial and international organisations – which means that our students benefit from a holistic view of the complex and constantly evolving global business environment. All of this, along with the specialist skills derived from their programme of study, prepares them to enter any organisation and make a noticeable and immediate difference. The school is housed in four inspiring listed buildings which have been sympathetically renovated to accommodate the seamless integration of first-class modern facilities, including dedicated computer suites, a management learning laboratory with the capacity for interactive business simulations, and a 500-seat lecture theatre. Our postgraduate students also benefit from the University’s vast library collections and electronic information resources as well as access to extensive, modern ICT facilities. The recently opened Logistics Institute, based in the fourth building, has created an excellent world-class facility, with students throughout the school further benefiting from this prestigious development.

ENDORSEMENTS The Business School is one of only 20 UK institutions to receive endorsement from both EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (the Association of MBAs) – two of the leading global accreditation systems for business schools. The award of EQUIS from the European Foundation for Management Development confirms that the school conforms to demanding external standards. This accreditation assures of the highest levels of quality and recognises our strong corporate connections. It also demonstrates that the school operates on a truly international level. Accredited by AMBA, the Hull MBA provides graduates with an internationally recognised qualification, greatly enhancing the value of this degree. As members of AMBA, the school joins a network of established business schools committed to developing the business leaders of tomorrow. This association provides Hull MBA graduates with a wide range of personal and professional developmental opportunities.

commitment to delivering the very best in teaching quality and the learning environment. Thanks to the rigorous accreditation process and the high standards set, the school is well positioned to enhance the quality of its learning and teaching, further its research, and increase its links with the corporate world – equipping our graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global business environment.’ The quality of the school’s teaching has also been rated as ‘excellent’ by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), with our doctoral training programme receiving recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the leading UK body for research accreditation in the social sciences, including business and management. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2001) the Business School received an excellent rating of ‘4’, classifying its research as of national and international excellence. Eight international publications are currently edited from the school and individual members hold visiting professorships or fellowships at over 40 institutions in more than 20 nations.

Professor Mike Jackson, dean of the Business School, comments ‘Hull University Business School is delighted to have received both EQUIS and AMBA accreditation, demonstrating our

With extensive resources, a friendly and supportive learning and research environment, and effective career advice and development, the Business School offers a wealth of opportunities for those seeking career and academic development through postgraduate study. Further information about the school can be found at

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Research at Hull University Business School Research is central to the activities of Hull University Business School, which is dedicated to the production and dissemination of internationally influential business, economics and management research. Through our research we make a significant contribution to Hull’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading research-engaged universities, which is committed to supporting an active and vigorous research community and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Our world-class academics, including 16 full professors, play major roles in the international academic community. Their research, disseminated through books and leading peer-reviewed international journals, generates and advances new knowledge and ideas; inspires new ways of working; underpins new teaching content and methods; and supports strong relationships with universities, businesses and institutions both regionally and internationally. Research at the school is organised through six centres of excellence: Centre for Economic Policy (CEP) provides a focus for research in applied economics.

Centre for International Accounting and Finance (CIAF) has an emphasis on applied and international work on financial reporting as well as accounting for intellectual capital, accounting education, real estate and entrepreneurial finance. UHLI Research focuses on excellence in global logistics and supply chain management. Centre for Management and Organisational Learning (CMOL) is concerned with the understanding, critique and improvement of learning processes for managers and organisations. Centre for Marketing, Communications and International Strategy (CMCIS) focuses on the strategic use of integrated marketing communications as well as other applied research in marketing and international strategy. Centre for Systems Studies (CSS) is an international focal point for research in the theory and practice of systems thinking, organisational cybernetics and complexity theory.

RESEARCH DEGREES The Business School offers research degrees in the areas covered by its six research centres at the levels of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (PhD/MPhil) – a three year full-time programme (or occasionally five year part-time). Successful applicants to the PhD are first registered on an MPhil and are then expected to upgrade from MPhil to PhD through an Upgrade Seminar (comprising a 10,000 word research report and presentation) within 12 months of their initial registration. Exceptionally, students may continue on the MPhil which is, in total, a two year fulltime programme (three year part-time). Master of Research (MRes) – a one year foundation programme that provides an ideal preparation for students wishing to study for a PhD but whose first degree or Masters degree did not contain a sufficient research training element. The programme of study includes modules on research philosophy, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, generic research skills, interview skills, survey methodologies and appropriate subject related options. Successful completion allows progression to the MPhil/PhD programme. Both are high-quality programmes recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Further information is available at

For more information on research degrees at Hull University Business School, please visit the website or contact the school for a brochure on our research opportunities.

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The University and the city A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE


The University of Hull is a centre of excellence in teaching and research and has a reputation as one of Britain’s friendliest universities, with active links to industry and commerce and the local community, as well as an international reputation. It was founded in 1927 as a college of the University of London and achieved its independence in 1954 as the 14th university in England.

The vibrant riverside city of Hull is a pleasant, student-friendly place to live and offers something to suit every mood, day or night. With £1 billion invested over the last five years there’s a new buzz about the city, an exhilarating mix of culture, shopping and nightlife.

Hull has a very strong maritime heritage and has been a major port for seven centuries. Trade is now at record levels, and state-of-the-art superferries sail daily to and from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. High levels of investment planned in the Hull and Humber Ports will see further benefits for the city region in the coming years.

Hull offers a fascinating mix of the old and the new, the historic and the contemporary, with a range of interesting monuments and museums alongside modern bars and coffee houses.

The city also has a proud sporting heritage, with a successful football club, two Super League rugby clubs, a champion ice hockey team and speedway. If you are interested in sport, there is plenty to watch in Hull.

For a cultured day out, the Ferens Art Gallery, in the heart of the city, is home to unique exhibitions and live art. Hull also boasts an award-winning Museum’s Quarter and The Deep – the world’s only submarium, home to hundreds of species of marine life.

For those more interested in nightlife, there is also much to do. When the sun sets on the city, its numerous pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs come alive, and students who venture into town can have a really good time exploring them. The Princes Avenue area, a short walk from the University itself, has recently flourished into a cosmopolitan and relaxed café and bar scene, offering a wide range of stylish bars and eateries covering a range of world cuisines.

Nearly all academic departments and services are located on the main campus on the outskirts of the city of Hull. Unusual among universities, it occupies neither a cramped city centre site nor a rural one and it has benefited from a location with room for extensive developments – such as the Business School’s new premises. General information about the University and its facilities for graduate students can be found at

If you want to shop till you drop, Hull is the perfect place to do it. Princes Quay and the new St. Stephen’s development, Hull’s main shopping and leisure centres, accommodate many well-known high-street names. The city also has its own selection of boutiques in attractive arcades, as well as a traditional Edwardian market selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish.

The Hull Campus is approximately an hour’s drive from historic York. The cities of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham are also easily accessible by rail or road; and the train from Hull to London takes around 2.5 hours. Hull is served by international airports at Manchester, Leeds and Humberside and by overnight ferries to Europe. The city of Hull is one of the least expensive places to live in the UK. You can find information on accommodation, both at the University and in Hull, on the University’s website (

The lecturers have been excellent, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the group work … I like the fact that I am learning with senior people from other fields – the variety of students’ backgrounds on the course is an advantage.

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Applying for the Hull MBA To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally possess • a minimum of three years’ appropriate work experience • a good first degree awarded by a UK university or comparable overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL score of 213 for the computer-based test and 79 for the internet-based test, for applicants whose native language is not English or who have not studied a degree programme in an English speaking country • two satisfactory written references, one in respect of work and one academic, although applicants with more than five years’ work experience may submit two work references A good first degree equates to a First or Second Class honours degree at Bachelor level. A First Class pass is equivalent to a GPA (out of 4.0) of 3.5-4.0; a Second Class pass is equivalent to a GPA of 2.6-3.4. Applicants who do not have a first degree or equivalent professional qualification, but meet the other eligibility criteria, may submit a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate that they can benefit from, contribute to and succeed on the MBA programme. A portfolio may include, for example, details of significant work projects carried out, information about strategic analyses undertaken (for example, budgets and strategic forecasts), company reports, or other contributions to policy formulation and implementation. The portfolio might also include information about other courses taken, and training and development programmes attended. The aim is to demonstrate that the applicant’s business knowledge and experience are sufficient to allow them to fulfil the academic requirements of the Hull MBA.

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Eligible applicants must also submit • a University of Hull Postgraduate Application Form, completed and signed • a current CV • a 200-word personal statement indicating what you hope to gain from the MBA and the contribution you would make to the programme Eligible applicants will be interviewed by Business School staff, either by telephone or face to face, to discuss the application. This is also an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about particular aspects of the Hull MBA, and to receive further information about the programme of study. The Business School offers a number of scholarships to UK/EU and international MBA participants each year, and further details of these can be found on the school’s website at An application pack may be obtained from: The University of Hull Admissions Office Hull, HU6 7RX Information about applying to the University for the Hull MBA postgraduate programme, tuition fees, and scholarships can also be found through the link to ‘admissions’ from the University’s home page at or from the MBA pages at A postgraduate application form can also be downloaded.

FURTHER INFORMATION If you would like further information please contact: Postgraduate Office Hull University Business School Hull HU6 7RX T: F: E:

+44 (0)1482 463254 +44 (0)1482 463370

Maps DATES OF SEMESTERS For the current semester dates please visit our website at or call Admissions on +44 (0)1482 466850.

ADDRESS For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Office, The University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK T F E W

+44 (0)1482 466850 +44 (0)1482 442290

PHOTOGRAPHS Princes Quay shopping mall in Hull’s city centre; Scarborough’s South Bay, only minutes’ walk from our second campus; Beverley’s 13thcentury Minster;* the Humber Bridge,* one of the finest single-span suspension constructions in the world. * photo © 01482 649271

DISCLAIMER The University of Hull will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes in accordance with their descriptions in this publication. However, it reserves the right to make variations in the contents or methods of delivery or assessment, to discontinue programmes and to merge or combine them, if such action is considered necessary. If the university does discontinue any programme, it will use reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

Printed January 2009

Business MBA - University of Hull Business School Study Guide 2009  

The Hull MBA equips students for career progression through the enhanced knowledge and skills taught thus creating excellent employment oppo...

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