About this taught graduate course
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. 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.
Designed to deliver a detailed understanding of the philosophies, strategies, processes and techniques that enable change and deliver business excellence, this course will provide you with a distinctly different learning experience. With a focus on critical autonomy, you will make active choices about what you wish to learning and how best to achieve your learning objectives; all this will be facilitated by our expert MBE course tutors.
General entry requirements
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a range of subjects including IT, business, engineering or a science related discipline.
Candidates with a UK 2:ii (or equivalent) may be accepted upon demonstration of relevant professional experience.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band A
- IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
Candidates with professional experience should include their CV with their application.
- Creating Business Excellence
- Leadership and Excellence
- Knowledge-based Asset Management
- Robust Decision Making
- Process Improvement using Six Sigma
- Product Excellence using Six Sigma
- Accounting and Finance for Management
- Study, Professional and Analytical Skills
- Reflective Practice in Managing for Business Excellence
One elective module should be chosen from the following list, allowing you to tailor the course in line with your specific interests:
- Big Data and Analytics for Engineering Management
- Big Data and Marketing Technology
- Emerging Technologies for Business
- Global Business Environment
- International Business Development
- Management of Change
- Organisations, People and Performance
- Problem Solving with Statistics
- Project Planning, Management and Control
- Reputation and Relationship Management
- Strategic Marketing
- Technology Management
- Logistics and Operations Management
This course has three components – a taught component, a reflective practice module that runs for the duration of the course, and a research component (dissertation).
For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, syndicate exercises, simulations, and case studies. MBE specific modules are delivered intensively over two weeks (others are taught over one week) and classes are deliberately kept small to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some elective modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities. Our module leaders have extensive industry experience. Guest speakers from industry also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.
Overall this course can accommodate up to 48 students, divided into two groups of 24 students for most modules.
Typical contact hours
Our courses are modular in structure, with modules generally being taught in intensive one-week blocks from Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. Some modules will be taught over two half weeks or more, and occasionally you may be required to attend weekend sessions.
In addition to the taught component, you will have online pre-module preparation, and a substantial Post Module Assignment (PMA) following each module.
Each module accounts for 150 hours of learning time, divided between pre-work, in-module time, and post module assessment.
At the end of each module, you will be given a Post Module Assignment (PMA) based on the learning objectives of that module. This is a piece of written work which should take 40-60 hours to complete. The taught content is assessed at threshold level and formative feedback is given on all assignments. Formative assessment encourages students to focus on learning rather than marks for the taught content.
As an MBE student, you will also be developing reflective practice. After each module, you will produce a reflective piece on your learning, on which you will receive formative guidance. At the end of your studies, you will create a 6-credit assessed piece that draws together your reflections throughout the study year.
For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. The MBE dissertation project, part of the reflective practice module, and the SPA module are assessed summatively. Together these components account for your Master’s degree classification.
Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
Graduates from Cyber Security in WMG have gone on to work for a variety of employers including:
- Jaguar Land Rover
They have pursued roles such as:
- Strategic planning, business and financial project management professionals
- Design and development engineers
- Technical product managers
- Investment and business analysts
- Advisers and management consultants
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- WMG Future Fest
- Options in Engineering sector event
- Careers for experienced hires
- Careers in Cyber Security
- Careers in healthcare
- Careers in project management
WMG at Warwick
Having forged strong links with global companies through 37 years of collaborative research and development, we really understand the global market you’ll be operating in, and have designed our programmes to match.
- Cyber Security Engineering (MSc)
- Cyber Security Management (MSc)
- e-Business Management (MSc)
- Engineering Business Management (MSc)
- Healthcare Operational Management (MSc)
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSc)
- International Trade, Strategy and Operations (MSc)
- Management for Business Excellence (MSc)
- Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management (MSc)
- Programme and Project Management (MSc)
- Service Management and Design (MSc)
- Smart, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (MSc)
- Supply Chain and Logistics Management (MSc)
- Sustainable Automotive Electrification (MSc)
Our Postgraduate Research degrees
- Business Transformation (MSc by Research)
- Engineering (MPhil/PhD)
- Engineering Doctorate (EngD)
- MSc by Research (WMG) (MSc)
There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. WMG also organises events for prospective students including a weekly Live Chat so you can connect directly with the department to speak with staff and students from WMG. For more about university wide open days and tours, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
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