Full-time MBA

The 2017/2018 Academic Year

Provisional dates for 2017/2018 academic year.

Autumn Term

Sunday 24 September – Saturday 30 September 2017 – Intensive boot camp week

Monday 2 October – Saturday 9 December 2017 – Required modules teaching

Monday 11 December – Friday 15 December – Examinations week 

Spring Term

Monday 8 January – Saturday 17 March 2018*  

*Includes a one week international trip 

Summer Term

Monday 23 April – Saturday 8 July 2018 – Elective modules teaching  

Elective modules are currently either taught in an intensive four day block format (in Warwick) or over four non-consecutive days (The Shard).

Extend your studies, abroad

You may apply to participate in the selective process to study overseas through our Partnership in International Management (PIM) membership and additional partner schools for a period of between two to four months after completing the Full-time MBA. Modules taken at the exchange schools will not count towards your final grade however, you will usually receive a transcript from the host school detailing your results. Currently, we have four Full-time students from the 2015/16 cohort on exchanges at Sauder School of Business, Ross School of Business, ESADE Business School  and SDA Bocconi School of Management.


After processing through a final examination board in November 2018 you can choose to graduate at either the January 2019 or July 2019 graduation ceremonies.

Required modules

Our Full-time MBA study programme features eight required modules which will build your understanding of the key foundations of management, business and leadership.

Accounting & Financial Management

Study the terminology, concepts, and problems of representing and measuring economic activity. Cover the basic forms in which financial statistics are conventionally presented as well as techniques for their analysis and interpretation.

Innovation and Creativity in Organisations

Develop strategies for personal and team creativity, and discover how to embed that creativity into your organisation to foster innovation.


The LeadershipPlus module offers the opportunity to learn through experience, feedback and reflection about what you personally stand for as a leader, how you can manage yourself effectively, and how you can lead, manage and influence other people successfully.

Managing in a New World

Explore the international business environment and learn how to work in a global context. Gain an understanding of the causes and nature of the challenges.


Gain a broad introduction to the marketing concept and the role of marketing in the modern organisation. Examine the role of marketing in today's increasingly competitive, dynamic, and turbulent management environment. Explore the core themes addressed by marketing-oriented organisations, whether they are commercially focused or not-for-profit.

Operations Management

Examine the concepts underlying the production/operations function. Learn to appreciate the different nature of the tasks and issues involved in managing the production function in a manufacturing company and the operations function in a service organisation.

Organisational Behaviour

Examine some of the key concepts and problems associated with the management of behaviour in organisations. Explore alternative concepts and frameworks for understanding behaviour in organisations and for diagnosing and dealing with organisational problems.

Strategic Thinking: Strategic Evaluation & Analysis

We've combined our expertise in strategy analysis with insights from behavioural science and our creativity initiative to give you a new, distinctive and compelling approach to management decision-making. Learn to adopt a critical and innovative perspective on the general management dilemmas faced by executives in modern organisations.

Strategic Thinking: strategic evaluation and analysis in term 1, is followed by Strategic Thinking: practice of management.

Elective modules

Choose four elective modules from a wide choice to customise your MBA and achieve your aims. You may also have the opportunity to study one of our overseas electives to gain international experience. Electives will be taught in 4 day blocks (Wednesday to Saturday) and are shared with Executive and Distance learning MBA participants, offering more networking opportunities. You may also choose to study some of your electives at our location in The Shard. Modules there are taught over four non-consecutive days.

Please note that module availability may vary year to year dependent on faculty availability, student demand and scheduling constraints. Our electives broadly fit into the following categories:

Finance & Accounting
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics in a Global Environment
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Investments & Risk Management
  • Psychology of Investment & Financial Decisions


  • Strategic Marketing


Global Business
  • Doing Business in Mexico (M)
  • Doing Business in China (C)
  • Doing Business in India (I)
  • International Business



M - at IPADE Business School, Mexico City
C - at Guanghua School of Management, Beijing
I - at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad


  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation (S)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance


S - also available at the Shard, London


  • Strategy & Practice (S)


S - also available at the Shard, London



Management & Leadership
  • Complexity, Management & Network Thinking
  • Managing Organisational Performance
  • Leadership & the Art of Judgement (S)
  • Project Management (S)


S - available at the Shard, London


Overseas electives

Some of our electives may take you abroad to study with our partner institutions including:

  • Guanghua School of Management, (GSM) in Beijing
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • IPADE Business School, Mexico City

Places on international electives are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.

Specialise in Entrepreneurship

Alongside the MBA’s core backbone of building all-round business acumen, you choose to focus your MBA within entrepreneurship by studying two of your elective modules and consultancy project within this area. You will gain a letter of acknowledgement from the Dean of Warwick Business School to confirm your success in one of these specialised study areas.

The entrepreneurship specialism will enable you to make calculated decisions between seizing opportunities and managing risk. Whether you want to set up your own business or develop your entrepreneurial mindset within a large corporate or an owner managed business, we will equip you with the innovative skills to find creative solutions to day-to-day problems.

Consultancy project

You will conduct an individual consultancy project with a real organisation for 10 to 12 weeks over the summer period. The project will give you hands-on experience of consulting on a specific business challenge, enabling you to put everything you have learned into practice while offering the chance to network and showcase your individual talent for potential future employment with the organisation.

Organisations we have partnered with for consultancy projects include:

  • Vodafone
  • Travis Perkins
  • Delphi
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • IBM
  • DHL
  • L’Oreal
  • Ford
  • Zurich Insurance
  • Scotiabank
  • Bank of China
  • GE Healthcare

The output for your degree from your consultancy project will be a 15,000 word dissertation. Previous consultancy projects have included:

  • Statistical and analytical work, feasibility studies, application development and business engagement (Virgin Media)
  • Risk within the energy sector (RWE npower)

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