Global Business MBA

Study level: Postgraduate
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Prepare for a successful career in business leadership and management roles within an international context.

Year of entry



Coventry University London (City of London)

Study mode



1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Course code


Start date

September 2024
January 2025
May 2025

Course overview

Responding to global market trends, the digital economy and constant change, our MBA Global Business course addresses the needs of business leaders by exploring the creation, development and sustainable growth of businesses globally.

  • Explore a range of subject areas at the level of start-ups, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and sector leading organisations.
  • Develop an analytical understanding of global business in the context of an increasingly changing environment through critical analysis and evaluation of new management concepts associated with addressing both micro and macro factors that impact businesses.
  • Apply academic and professional skills from real business situations and develop innovative solutions.
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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • CMI accreditation
    Study a course with professional accreditation1 from one of the UK’s leading professional management bodies - the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Take the opportunity to obtain the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice (subject to the successful completion of specific modules).
  • Real-world experience
    Throughout the course, business experience is gained through applied learning, enhanced by realistic business simulations, internships, internal and external projects2. The course has been carefully designed to reflect business systems, standards and practices around the world. It draws upon international case studies and promotes cross-cultural fluency among students in the UK and on international collaborations2.
  • Industry insight
    This is a comprehensive, career-building course which has been developed in consultation with industry, so the curriculum aims to teach what employers are looking for in graduates. You’ll be taught by helpful, supportive and highly qualified academics with extensive international career experience in global business across a range of disciplines. They will apply their experience to augment your learning, and they may use their extensive network of contacts to create networking opportunities for students. Please note that staff are subject to change.
  • London location
    Where better to study for an MBA in Global Business than in the heart of the Square Mile, London’s financial district? Some of the world’s longest-established, most well-respected financial and business institutions will be right on your doorstep, offering opportunities for tours, visits, industry guest lectures and work experience2.
  • Prepare for your future
    You may have opportunities to network with employers and to build your CV. Should you wish to start your own business, we offer business start-up advice and support through our Enterprise Hub. MBA students also have the opportunity to take an optional Entrepreneurship module, and take part in our Professional Development Programme, developed in collaboration with corporate learning and development specialists to help you develop key industry competencies.

Accreditation and professional recognition

This course is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies.

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Chartered Management Institute

This course has been accredited1 by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) . Students who successfully pass the CMI Mapped modules offered in this course on their way to achieving the full Coventry University qualification will be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.

Immerse yourself in Coventry University London’s global community and emerge as a talented, career-ready graduate with an international outlook.

I would recommend Coventry University London over and over again! The relationship I have with my lecturers is amazing; they’re really warm and make everyone feel comfortable. They also share their professional lives with us and it’s good to learn from people who have industry experience.

Emmanuel Ogedengbe, MBA Global Business student, quoted in 2021
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What you'll study

We offer nine compulsory modules and three optional final term modules. Whatever you choose, you’ll aim to advance your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, data analysis, effective communication, leadership and management.


  • This module aims to teach you about leadership as a living practice through the mastery of leading self and others in the context of organisational cultures and a complex global environment. In this module you will explore different leadership styles, their power and influence and the emotional intelligence required to lead yourself and high functioning teams.


  • This module aims to deepen your understanding of global marketing and its role within business, and help you understand how to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders.


  • This module aims to support you in developing the required competence that will enable you to develop viable and sustainable strategies that will support organisations in achieving their set goals, actualise their vision and fulfil their mission amidst current and future global challenges that impact on business performance.


  • The overall aim of this module is to explore key accounting and finance practices and the associated decision making tools within organisations. It will cover the nature of accounting, finance tools within a variety of business environments, and consider appropriate management techniques to help identify strategic options.


  • This module is about leadership as a living practice through the mastery of strategic and ethical leadership. Its key focus is aligning effective and ethical leadership with organisational change. In this module, you will examine the leadership themes of ethics, authenticity, adaptability, change, complexity, and diversity in an action-based and reflective learning environment.


  • This module will cover fundamental theories and concepts in entrepreneurship and innovation, and you will be encouraged to evaluate them in relation to other operational and strategic aspects of the firm. This includes marketing, finance and leadership.


  • The module aims to enable you to gain an advanced understanding of the complexities involved in successfully managing projects in different business contexts including technical and managerial challenges faced by project leaders/managers and their teams. Outcomes are effectively assessed through both the performance of the projects and quality of assignments.


  • This module will identify and explain factors that influence behaviour within and around organisations as well as the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational and working life. It also aims to increase your agentic power in the world of work.


  • This is a compulsory module, delivered in the final semester and assessed within the output from your final semester research project. The module aims to equip you with the skills to be able to sensitively and critically design, carry out, report, read, and evaluate the quality of qualitative and quantitative research projects.


    • Internship Consultancy Project - 60 credits
      The internship consulting project2 offers students the opportunity for practical, meaningful and hands-on work experience, to learn how to work collaboratively with others and obtain a better perspective of careers within their chosen field. This module aims to develop work-related knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to pursue further career related opportunities related to your chosen areas of interest. The project should enable you to apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your MBA in a professional environment.
    • Entrepreneurship Business Plan - 60 credits
      Through this module, you will practice analysing opportunity, validating strategies, assessing resourcing, and measuring performance while learning how to compile a comprehensive and classical business plan, via a written document, and a pitch, all to a level of academic and of commercial mastery.
    • Dissertation - 60 credits
      The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to consolidate your learning by conducting a comprehensive study of a chosen research topic. You will be responsible for framing a research problem guided by existing knowledge in the academic literature or an identified organisational issue discussed and agreed with the academic supervisor. The aim is for you to independently research a subject area by applying appropriate research strategies supported by a critical appreciation of appropriate research designs.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Coventry University London gives you the opportunity to find out who you are, and as a business manager. Coventry University London gave us many real cases, and has good teachers with working experience. The internship was a true business experience for me. I told Coventry University London where I wanted to do my internship and they supported me in gaining this internship at Crystal Palace F.C. What I personally like about Coventry University London, is the practical assignments we got, which in my opinion are still relevant for me in doing my job.

Robert Steenks, MBA Global Business graduate, quoted in 2021
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How you'll learn

What you’ll learn on this MBA course is a true reflection of what’s current in industry, and will help to deliver the skills employers are looking for. That’s because we work hard to build strong relationships with professional associations and employers, especially when it comes to designing the content of the course.

  • Teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, and online collaborations.
  • Our experienced and passionate team of tutors and lecturers will use a wide range of teaching methods, simulation learning environments and innovative learning technologies to support your learning and development.
  • Develop your critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Besides time spent in lectures and seminars, you’ll tackle practical exercises and collaborations, and could do real work experience2. You’ll be challenged by realistic business simulations, group projects and case studies. Beyond the classroom, you’ll be encouraged to go out and explore the learning opportunities in London.
  • We aim to use our wide network of alumni, leading academics and industry leaders to help you learn from enriching guest lectures (subject to availability). Your tutors may also organise visits to businesses, trade shows and/or conferences2.
  • Develop a wide range of invaluable soft skills which are transferable between industries, such as confidence, communication, teamwork, presentation, and the collation and use of information.
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities such as our Student Enterprise Business society, student mentoring programmes and you could apply to take part in volunteering opportunities to develop your personal and professional skills. You could also take part in our High Flyers programme, to help you develop the personal and professional skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world, through a suite of extra-curricular, non-course specific workshops2.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. While we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact for more information about studying this course part-time.

Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, contact time associated with each module is around 12 hours.

The contact hours may be a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately six hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

As the title suggests, every aspect of this course is internationalised. To support this, and to enable you to put your learning into both global context and practice, you can take opportunities to engage with employers and institutions in other countries. For example, if you choose to do an internship consultancy project, you could arrange to undertake it abroad2. Opportunities also include international field trips (visiting businesses, universities or events); and collaboration on projects with students at our international participating universities2. Our typically diverse cohort may mean that you will get the opportunity to learn from, and gain vital experience in working effectively with, people from different cultures.

Coventry University Group aims to give you global opportunities needed to become a truly global graduate, enhancing your employability on a global scale. Choose from language classes, studying or working abroad, international field trips, summer schools, leadership development or work experience2.

Studying our MBA degree at Coventry University London encourages you to get out of your comfort zone. You'll explore the latest Global Business trends, apply contemporary management tools and techniques, and challenge yourself to improve your business, teams, and collaboration.

Dr Gratien David Pillai, MBA Global Business Course Director, quoted in 2022
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

An honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) in a relevant academic discipline, preferably in business related subject area.

Applicants with a degree in another discipline may be admitted after consideration on a case-by-case basis. In addition, applications are encouraged from those with a lower-level qualification and/or appropriate experience or, exceptionally, substantial related work experience (2 years+) alone, may be acceptable; other qualifications or experience which demonstrate that an applicant possesses appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard may also be acceptable.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with the International Pathways Programme. Upon successful completion our International Pre-Master's - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this postgraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Typical entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) in a relevant academic discipline, preferably in business related subject area.

Applicants with a degree in another discipline may be admitted after consideration on a case-by-case basis. In addition, applications are encouraged from those with a lower-level qualification and/or appropriate experience or, exceptionally, substantial related work experience (2 years+) alone, may be acceptable; other qualifications or experience which demonstrate that an applicant possesses appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard may also be acceptable.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £20,350   Request fee information

EU £20,350 per year with EU support bursary**
£22,550 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £22,550   Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Fees and Finance page.

We offer a range of international scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our international scholarships page.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Additional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


Our Global Business MBA students have access to a wide range of facilities4 to help you prepare for a successful career in business leadership and management roles.

Take a virtual tour of our campus to explore all of the facilities available to you.

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Enterprise Hub

Our Enterprise Hub4 supports student entrepreneurs by providing extensive industry knowledge and guidance to help develop ideas into viable ventures. It is a dedicated space for enterprising students and professionals to solve problems, network professionally and collaborate on projects.

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The Talent Team

Need employability support? Our dedicated Talent Team is on hand to help. It can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate level jobs and offer skills development workshops. The team also aims to organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts (subject to availability).

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Professional Development

MBA students have the opportunity to take part in our Professional Development Programme, developed in collaboration with corporate learning and development specialists to help you develop key industry competencies. You will be assigned a professional coach as part of the programme.

Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the impact of contextual forces on organisations.
  • Systematically assess social and ethically responsible leadership to achieve Business outcomes in a sustainable manner.
  • Evaluate the policies, concepts and processes in the production and marketing of goods and services in international business contexts.
  • Critically appraise finance and management accounting principles, and systematically review their relevance to business decision-making.
  • Assess theories and practices in the management and development of people within international organisations including formulating a critical assessment of one’s own ongoing professional development.
  • Methodically review the uses and limitations of a range of research techniques relevant for a chosen business discipline and apply relevant analytical skills to complex global business issues.
  • Appraise the management and application of relevant information systems by stakeholders, and its impact on internal and external communication.
  • Collaborate with and lead diverse teams.
  • Innovatively develop appropriate business policies and organisational strategies.

The Global Business MBA has been the key to achieving my goals at this juncture in my career. The course has not only enhanced my understanding of the functional aspects of management, but I am now well-versed in various business functions, including information systems, finance, operations, sales, marketing and human resources. This has helped me to streamline the various processes in our business and expand the business into new markets, but the most important thing is that the course instilled in me the confidence needed for strategic decision-making.

Priyan Parab, MBA Global Business graduate (now Business Development Manager at a broadcasting company in India), quoted in 2021
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How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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