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Welcome from the Dean Kingston University is an innovative, vibrant institution with the aim of being pivotal in both the learning society and the knowledge economy. Business and Law are subjects that are essential to this vision and all colleagues in our Faculty are determined to equip our students to make effective contributions to society and the economy, whilst striving for excellence in learning, teaching and research.

Contents 1 | Introduction to Kingston University 2 | Introduction to Kingston Business School 3 | Welcome from the Director of Kingston Business School 4 | Why choose Kingston Business School? 6 | Research 7 | How to apply/Entry requirements 8 | Location, getting here and contacting us

The Faculty is comprised of Kingston Business School and Kingston Law School, both cornerstones of the University, and our aim is to provide and unlock opportunities in business, management and the law. The two schools work in tandem to offer a comprehensive and professionally relevant set of courses and are brought together by our dedication to student achievement, pursuing world-class research and engaging and interacting with practice to shape, inform and evaluate what we do.

I do hope you find everything you are looking for at Kingston Business School, and would like to extend my personal welcome should you decide to join us in the near future. Professor Jean-NoĂŤl Ezingeard MSc IngDip PhD FRSA Dean, Faculty of Business and Law Kingston University

Introduction to Kingston University Kingston Business School is a key part of Kingston University, the largest higher education provider in South West London, with more than 23,000 students enrolled on full and part-time courses. Its four campuses are located within a four-mile radius of the Kingston upon Thames town centre, which is 25 minutes from central London. Among the most successful in the United Kingdom, Kingston University consistently ranks among the top institutions for student applications, is renowned for teaching quality and is a growing force in research. It is also highly regarded as a pioneer in e-learning and produces graduates who achieve impressive starting salaries as they enter the workforce. It is committed to opening up higher education to the whole community and encouraging students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds to further their studies.

The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes spread across seven faculties: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture • Including the School’s of Architecture & Landscape, Art & Design History, Communication & Design, 3D Design, Fine Art, and Surveying & Planning

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Faculty of Health & Social Care Sciences

• Including the School’s of Economics, Education, Humanities, Performance & Screen Studies, and Social Science

• Including the School’s of Midwifery & Child Health, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, and Social Work Faculty of Science

Faculty of Business & Law • Including Kingston Business School and Kingston Law School

• Including the School’s of Pharmacy & Chemistry, Geography Geology & the Environment, and Life Sciences

Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics

Kingston University consistently ranks among the top institutions for student applications, is renowned for teaching quality and is a growing force in research.


Introduction to Kingston Business School One of the largest business schools in the UK, Kingston Business School is a long established and leading provider of management and business education for business professionals at all stages in their career.

The Faculty of Business and Law at Kingston has been at the forefront of excellence since it was formed in 1984. It combines the Business School and the Law School, both of which can trace their roots to the 60s. We run some of the longest established business and law courses in the UK. Our mission is to provide and unlock opportunities in business, management and the law and we do this by: • Offering a comprehensive set of courses with an absolute dedication to student achievement and relevance; • Pursuing world-class research which has impact on our stakeholders; • Constantly engaging and interacting with practice to shape, inform and evaluate what we do. Each of these three ingredients is embedded in what we do. On the research front, we collaborate with researchers and organisations across the world to study and develop new and influential ideas. Our partners and collaborations include large multinationals corporations, but also small businesses, the not for profit sector (such as museums), nongovernmental organisations (including the OECD), United Nations bodies and governments throughout the world as well as at national and regional levels.

I found the MA at Kingston Business School offered a great blend of broad programme content, great location and good value. The curriculum immediately appealed to me: a range of robust disciplines explored at an elevated, more strategic level. Daniel Groenendijk – MA International Business Management


With a thriving community that embraces staff, students, external collaborators and alumni alike, Kingston Business School is a key player at the heart of both the academic and business communities.

Course areas Kingston Business School offers courses across six specialist areas: • Accounting & Finance • Creative Industries and the Creative Economies (a cross Faculty collaboration) • General Management • Informatics & Operations Management • Leadership HRM & Organisation • Strategy, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Welcome from the Director of Kingston Business School Kingston Business School has a long and rich history, and today is one of the leading institutions for the provision of business and management courses. Our portfolio extends across numerous areas including accounting and finance, human resource management and marketing and also includes our flag-ship Kingston MBA programme. Strongly embedded in the school is the desire to pursue world-class research, and we undertake collaborations with researchers and organisations across the world to study and develop new and influential ideas. These projects involve large multi-national companies in both the public and private sector as well as many small businesses. Many of our alumni now hold very senior positions up to CEO’s and Directors of small to medium sized companies both within the private and public sector across the globe.

We are the first business school in the world that has received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for all its Business Administration programmes (Master’s in Business Management, the Kingston MBA including its executive variants and the Kingston DBA). Plus we have also been awarded EPAS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) for two sets of management programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At doctoral level our MSc in Management and Business Studies Research is recognised by the ESRC, and is the pathway to the ESRC recognised PhD. The environment that you are taught in is key to providing you with a fulfilling and exciting study experience, and helping to ensure that you are well equipped to meet the challenges that postgraduate study will bring. Our safe, green Kingston Hill campus offers the setting for you to receive the quality teaching we pride ourselves on, from our wide group of diverse, professional and supportive academics. Dr Stuart Archbold, Associate Dean and Director of Kingston Business School


Why choose Kingston Business School? Courses & Teaching Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses with recognition and accreditation Kingston Business School offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across several business disciplines including marketing, human resources, finance, general management, and our well established Kingston MBA programme. Additionally we also have a range of established doctoral research programmes with dedicated facilities, lifelong learning opportunities and continuous professional development. Many of our courses are recognised and accredited by professional bodies, illustrating their quality and relevance in today’s world. Innovative new courses We are constantly looking to develop our course portfolio in response to student demand or as new areas of interest develop within the business world. This can be a mixture of combining different fields of study from within Business, or offering combination courses with other Faculties across the university to ensure the teaching is as broad and relevant as possible. Examples of courses are MA Marketing & Finance and MA International Business Management with Entrepreneurship, as well as MSc Banking & Finance and MA Marketing Communications & Advertising. They are designed to offer cross-over expertise, enabling you to widen your knowledge and experience, and giving you flexibility in your career prospects. Several of our well-established courses are now also offered with a minor field in Business English, enabling applicants from outside the UK to improve their language skills while developing their knowledge of specialised areas of business and law.

Flexible study options


We know that studying is a major commitment and we want you to succeed, whether you are hoping to use your qualification to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs, to help you gain that allimportant promotion, or simply to expand your knowledge of a subject that interests you. We pride ourselves on offering you top-quality teaching, support and resources, and are keen to provide you with a programme that suits you and takes into account your work and life commitments.

Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry and, where applicable we always look for accreditation from the appropriate professional and statutory bodies to ensure they are relevant to today’s world. Kingston Business School is one of an elite number of UK business schools with Association of MBA accreditation of our MBA courses. Plus we have also received EPAS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development for several of our postgraduate and undergraduate business programmes; only the second UK business school to receive this accreditation.

We take a student-centred approach to learning. Postgraduate courses are designed to allow maximum flexibility by offering you part-time options and the opportunity to complement and reinforce your study with learning in the workplace. The study commitment varies depending on which course you take, with many of our courses available for part-time evening or afternoon/evening study, and some on an open-learning weekend attendance basis.

Many other courses offer graduates memberships and exemptions from a wide range of membership bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Management, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply.

The structure of taught courses usually comprises teaching with periods of guided and self-directed study and research. Our courses are modular and are designed to give you the chance to tailor your studies to your area of expertise by choosing particular option modules.

It made me realise where my real passion lies. The logical career progression for me was to carry on in IT, but the course has taken me beyond that. I’ve learned to think strategically, as a businessman not just as a techie. It’s changed me from a ‘how?’person to a ‘why?’person. Anas Batikhi – MSc Business Information Technology


International links


Learning resource centre

Online resources

Kingston Business School is recognised internationally as a leading centre of study and is committed to ensuring the quality of teaching, research and the student experience. We are involved in teaching, research and consultancy in countries as diverse as Australia, Russia, China and in Europe. Doctoral students from around the world help give a distinctly international dimension and a truly global perspective to our programmes.

Kingston Business School is based at the Kingston Hill campus, which is set in landscaped gardens and is a beautiful place to study with plenty of green spaces. The campus has a good community feel thanks to its many on-site facilities, including:

The learning resource centre at Kingston Hill, named the Nightingale Centre, offers a wide range of services and 24 hour access during term time alongside academic text loans. Students can also access:

The Kingston University student intranet, StudentSpace, provides a fast, easy way to find information and work online. It provides everything you need to know about student life at Kingston.

• Printed journals

• Teaching rooms and computer labs

• Access to over 450,000 books and audiovisual materials

You can also use StudentSpace as a virtual workspace, customising it to include:

• A fully equipped music studio

• Subscriptions to over 2000 printed and 30000 electronic journals

• Your chosen web-based applications

• 28,000 electronic journals

• Favourite web links

• A bar, cafe and restaurant.

• A newspaper archive

• A useful calendar

We have many educational links with institutions overseas, including the Kingston MBA which is taught in numerous countries including Russia, Greece and India.

Kingston University has made significant investments in modern equipment and facilities to make your learning environment as up to date and effective as possible. The campus houses a range of well-equipped facilities and resources designed to offer you a modern study environment. The free bus service connects Kingston Hill with the other campuses, main halls of residence, town centre and railway station.

• CD-Roms, DVDs and videos

• Your recently opened files.

Links with industry Staff within the Business School have a high level of engagement with their respective industry organisations, and some members are on secondments to industry and government.

• Halls of residence with rooms for 565 students

• CDs and sheet music.

To ensure that we keep you up to date with the latest industry developments, we have also established links with the business and legal institutions of central London, as well as in the wider community of south-west London and beyond. In addition, we collaborate with international partners who provide our courses overseas to meet the needs of the global community. We are also committed to the transfer of knowledge to business, which can be facilitated via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (or KTP) A KTP is a UK government initiative to help companies gain access to University knowledge, expertise and resources in order to undertake a strategic project.


Research We have a vibrant research community engaging staff, research students and associates from government, industry and commerce. Work ranges from pioneering academic research in areas such as small business finance and consumer behaviour, to highly focused consultancy for clients. Kingston Business School is a recognised ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) outlet for research training for doctoral students. Our PhD in particular is recognised by the ESRC as fulfilling its requirements to provide a broad-based programme of research training for those studying at doctoral level in the UK.

Strong research culture The strong research culture in the Business School underpins our high-quality teaching and forms both an essential part of the day-to-day intellectual activities of our academic staff and our development strategy. Our research activities involve a substantial level of external collaboration in setting our agenda, conducting the research and disseminating results. We provide a supportive infrastructure to undertake research, encourage staff to present at international conferences, host a number of seminar programmes, and produce an occasional and a working paper series. We are a member of the European Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management (EUDOKMA) and European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) – an international consortium for the training of postgraduate research students.

Research in the Business School Our commitment to research is illustrated by the School’s excellent results in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). In the 2008 RAE, the Business School’s research output was very highly rated, with 90 percent of submitted research being of a quality that is ‘recognised internationally’ or better in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Of this, 10 percent was classified as ‘world leading’ and 35 percent as ‘internationally excellent’. This result puts research undertaken in the Business School as joint 35th in the league table of 90 submissions, and places it as the top post-1992 university in terms of research quality.

The strong research culture in the Business School underpins our high-quality teaching and forms both an essential part of the day-to-day intellectual activities of our academic staff and our development strategy.


The excellent quality of work produced is reflected in the international reputations of staff through papers published in refereed journals as well as prize-winning conference papers, and the substantial external funding from private- and public-sector sponsors. These include HSBC Bank, Nokia, the Soros Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Business School has a number of specialist research units that operate across the principal business disciplines, emphasising the multidisciplinary nature of our research activity.

How to apply/Entry requirements Applications for Postgraduate programmes To apply online, see our website: You can also request a paper application form from our Applicant Services department. T: +44 (0)8700 841347 E:

Entry requirements Please see the relevant course page for entry requirements or contact the appropriate person for further information. You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to study at an advanced level and for some programmes have relevant professional experience in a setting appropriate to the chosen specialism. Overseas applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are able to study at masters level and have achieved the equivalent academic level. They must also have a good level of competence in written and spoken English. Prior learning – APE(L) Applicants offering prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University’s mechanisms and policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

Students with disabilities The University welcomes applications from students with disabilities and is working towards improving access, facilities and services. If you think you may require individual support or adaptations to facilities, our Disability Advisor can give you information on what is available.

International students Faculty staff visit international education fairs, where you can talk to them about our courses and programmes. For details of the fairs and to find out what Kingston University has to offer international students, see To request a copy of our International Student Guide, email

Tuition fees For information about payment options, please contact Applicant Services. Please check our website for the latest fee information:

Disclaimer This brochure was issued in July 2010. It gives an outline of the courses and services offered by Kingston University and Kingston Business School. The information was correct at the time of going to press. The University makes every effort to ensure that the contents of and statements made in this prospectus are fair and accurate, but it cannot accept any responsibility for omissions, errors or subsequent changes that may occur. The statements made and the information provided are a general guide, and there may be changes following publication that affect the contents. Programmes or modules may be revised, altered or withdrawn without notice, and assessment arrangements may be changed. It should be noted that information on entry requirements for courses and modules is for guidance only. The conditions attached to offers may vary from year to year and from applicant to applicant. Please see the University’s website for the most up-to-date information before applying.

General Student Regulations Acceptance of an offer and enrolment at the University are subject to the then current General Student Regulations of the University, a copy of which can be viewed on the University website at


Location, getting here and contacting us Location

Contact us

Kingston Business School is located in the idyllic Kingston Hill campus 5 minutes drive from Kingston upon Thames.

Kingston Business School Kingston Hill Kingston Upon Thames United Kingdom KT2 7LB

Kingston is a beautiful place to study. Situated by the River Thames, steeped in history, a shopper’s paradise and with plenty of topquality cafes, wine bars, restaurants and pubs to relax in after a hard study session. Kingston offers the wide open space of the countryside combined with the ample amenities of a major town. In addition, our safe and green Kingston Hill campus is within easy walking distance of Richmond Royal Park; and with central London only 25 minutes away by train, you don’t have far to travel to access its world renowned thriving business and cultural centre. Getting to Kingston Business School is easy wherever you live. Situated just off the M25, serviced by both Kingston and Norbiton train stations and on many bus routes, Kingston is easily accessible whichever mode of transport you choose. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are just a short distance away too.


Main University switch board: +44 (0)20 8417 9000 For postgraduate course enquiries email: businesspgenquiry

How to find us For information on travelling to Kingston and the University sites visit directions

Useful links Courses Kingston University offers a wide range of courses across a variety of subject areas. We’re constantly adding to and updating our portfolio of courses. For the latest details, including entry requirements and how to apply, visit our website: Visit us Why not come and visit the University to discover more about us and our courses? To find out how to arrange a visit, you can email Virtual tour If you aren’t able to come and visit us in person but you’d still like to see what the University is like, you can take a virtual tour of the University campuses on our website:

Accommodation To find out about all the accommodation options you’ll have as a Kingston student, with advice and guidance from our specialist staff. accommodation Money matters Funding a postgraduate course can be a big financial commitment. At Kingston we’ll do everything we can to help you keep your finances in order. pgfunding International Guidance and advice for students from overseas, including the opportunity to chat with virtual student advisors, watch video clips of current international students and find out about funding opportunities.

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