The framework for the Management for Business Excellence degree is the European Excellence Model, created to help organisations develop towards the achievement of sustainable excellence.
It is an innovative degree course, designed for those who want to become effective leaders and managers of business excellence in industry. It is suitable for high achievers who want to be challenged in the way they think about business management and problem solving.
This course is all about understanding how organisations work; it takes a holistic look at organisations, the inter-relationships between departments within them, and how to optimise the use of available resources.
Typically students will have a background in engineering, business management, finance or economics, but MBE is open to graduates from any academic discipline.
Modules are generally taught in two-week blocks – or around 30 hours per week, or one 40 hour week. These module blocks, (nine in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June.
Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.
Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.
- Creating Business Excellence
- Leadership and Excellence
- Knowledge-based Asset Management
- Robust Decision-making
- Process Improvement using Six Sigma
- Product Excellence using Six Sigma
- Organisations, People and Performance
- Financial Analysis and Control Systems
One elective module should be chosen from the wide list of options. The full list of modules offered can be reviewed here.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
This course has two components – a taught component and a research component (dissertation) each accounting for 50% of your time and effort.
For the taught component, using a blend of learning approaches, including e-learning, students are provided with a rich learning environment in which you will develop a deep understanding of content. The programme is supported by tutorials and seminars to discuss and explore web-based content. Teamwork plays a central role throughout the course - by working collaboratively with your international colleagues, you’ll develop a rich, global perspective. Through classroom simulations, you’ll generate credible and practical solutions to real-business problems, and most importantly, you’ll learn to think critically about topics and issues that come to the fore; challenging the views and growing both as an individual and as a leader of business.
The learning style on MBE is active – you will make choices about what you wish to learn and you will decide how best to achieve your learning objectives; all this will be facilitated by our expert MBE course tutors.
For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. Your project is an extended piece of work requiring at least 50% of your time and effort over the course of the year. For this course, your project alone will determine the award of a degree with or without a merit or distinction.
There are no written exams. After each module you will be required to write a post-module assignment (PMA). This typically requires 40 – 60 hours of work and consolidates your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.
9 x Post Module Assignments (3,000 – 4,000 words each) are formatively assessed. This means you will be required to pass your modules, and you will be given feedback on the strengths of your work and areas for improvement, but no mark will be awarded.
20,000-word dissertation project.
Your project is an extended piece of work requiring at least 50% of your time and effort over the course of the year. For this course, your project alone will determine the award of a degree with or without a merit or distinction.
MBE graduates could expect to find employment as managers and leaders of business development, new product development, manufacturing, quality assurance, human resource management or customer services. With further experience, you would expect to attain a key executive role and be responsible for leading strategy and policy.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Citibank USA, Process Engineer, Google Thailand, Siemens Windpower Denmark, Guosen Securities China, United Bank for Africa Nigeria, BDO Austria GmbH, Cooler Masters Co Ltd Taiwan, Chughtaiz Pakistan, Invensys UK, Cargo Group Services Greece, BASF Coatings Germany.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Project Engineer, Manager of Strategic Planning and Data Analytics, Process Engineer, Account Manager, Production Engineer, Channel Manager, Control Officer, Human Resources, Senior HR Specialist, Director, Service Systems Engineer, Operations, Import and Pricing.
Full-time: 1 year
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
English Language requirements
Department of study
University of Warwick
Find out more about fees and funding.