How an MBA can

benefit your career


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The University of Sunderland (UK) is known internationally for the quality of their teaching and their research is classified as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent' adding to their growing reputation for academic excellence.

The Sunderland MBA

  • aims at helping candidates to become capable and competent managers in a range of organisations within an increasing international setting.
  • aims to develop the candidates' strategic knowledge, functional competence and problem-solving ability.
  • includes how to re-apply the best of international management practices and implement approaches that deliver outstanding results.
  • enhances the candidates' knowledge, develop their management skills and potential and provide an environment where candidates can learn from each other as well as from the teaching staff.

Programme Curriculum

Candidates are required to complete eight modules (120 credits) and one dissertation (60 credits).

Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration (Supply Chain Management) Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management)
Project Management Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management International Human Resource Management
Global Corporate Strategy
Managing and Leading People
International Business Environment
Financial Management and Control
Marketing Management
Operations Management
Managing Innovation and Technology Transfer
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Top 10 Reasons How An MBA Can Benefit Your Career

In today's society there is a massive choice of career fields to choose from, and an abundance of well-educated people to compete with for those careers! With so many career choices, finding the right master's degree programme to enrol in can be a challenge - but if it's business that you want to go into then it's a good idea to enrol in a programme that will provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills and ethics to fit right into the business community - and an MBA programme is the perfect choice. Despite the fact that an MBA can be an expensive choice it is a richly rewarding undertaking. Take a look at the top 10 reasons why you should do an MBA!

1. High Salary Potential

If you do some research into salaries paid out to an individual with an MBA versus salaries of those with other degrees you will see that there is a significant difference. In comparison to other employees within any establishment, an MBA graduate is usually better and more heavily compensated. Whether an MBA graduate is employed within the private or public sector, their salaries range from £70,000 to £120,000 on average. This doubles the amount paid to those with an ‘ordinary' university degree.

2. Be Your Own Boss

With a Master in Business Administration, many graduates become young entrepreneurs. By enrolling in an MBA program, you can acquire the requisite knowledge and practices needed to potentially develop and operate your own businesses. With an MBA degree program, you'll be taught business management, planning and even financial handling. These skills will put you in the perfect position to manage your own business effectively, while contributing to the economic development of your country.

3. Better Career Opportunities

An MBA program provides a more diverse and wider field for graduates to expand in. There are several core areas covered within an MBA program, including Human Resource, Statistics, Technology and Information Systems, Economics, and Finance. All these areas qualify an MBA graduate to pursue a career in multiple areas and business sectors as well as the public sector. With the different core areas penetrated, MBA graduates are provided with more and better opportunities to expand themselves and develop their minds.

4. Ideal for Networking

Business school provides a great base for MBA graduates to meet people. The sort of people you can meet while studying your MBA program include recruiters, key note speakers, old-school businessmen, new entrepreneurs, the list is almost endless. And then you have your fellow students that are also ambitious in the business world. An MBA program paves the way for you to interact with future business managers and executives. When the course is finished, these people could be ideal business partners or even provide exceptional recommendations on your behalf. Customarily, those enrolled in an MBA program are often sent out as interns. This provides MBA students with yet another way to meet potential employers. The consolidated network of people you will meet while studying your MBA program is sure to prove beneficial in the future.

5. Flexibility

For those who are currently employed and would like to keep their jobs while gaining their masters program, an MBA program can offer this kind of flexibility. Most MBAs are offered as a part-time course as well as full time and this option means that the students can work at a pace that is ideal for them, without feeling hassled or stressed. There is usually the option to attend classes in the evenings and even occasionally on weekends to fit your studies in with the rest of your life.

6. Credibility

Individuals desiring of moving away from being secularly employed within an organisation and working for others, to work for themselves will find that an MBA offers them credibility. Those conducting business with an MBA graduate will be more relaxed and inclined to do so, in comparison to someone without an MBA. An MBA ultimately shows that you are an expert at what you do. It shows potential partners that you are highly competent and dedicated to your industry. In addition, it shows mastery over a particular area or sector such as finance, management, business consultation etc.

7. Worldwide recognition of its credentials

After completing an MBA degree, a graduate is certified in all known core areas or at least some major managerial roles within an establishment. This degree is one that is highly recognizable throughout the world. It can be used to pursue other career fields since it is highly compatible with other degree programs.

8. Enhances Knowledge

Many MBA graduates have found that this degree program has thoroughly enlightened them on certain aspects of life, especially concerning operations within the business world. While those without an MBA ponder endlessly and wonder how and why a particular business decision is made, an MBA graduate is able to relate, because they would have been taught beforehand. With an MBA, graduates acquire an in-depth view of the business world.

9. Enhances Communication Skills

As part of an MBA program, enrollers are taught how to speak clearly and distinctively. They are taught the art of language, how to add meaning to their words, how to develop effective and exceptional presentations, and overall, how to interact with others in and out of the classroom setting. These communication skills are invaluable in the business world.

10. Personal Development

An MBA graduate almost becomes a new person after their degree program is complete. With a new outlook on life and the business world the different areas taught in an MBA program, will develop the student's survival skills and professionalism, enabling them to develop into exceptional communicators and advisers. Without a doubt studying a Masters in Business Administration will alter your whole perception of life and adjust your mind for the better.

By signing up for an MBA program, you too will be richly rewarded and transformed.



Lin Lai Na Ms Lin Lai Na
MDIS Graduate 2016
Master of Business Administration
University of Sunderland (UOS)
Extracted from The Sunday Times, 10 January 2016

Juggling work, studies and family

As a mother of two daughters aged one and four-and-half years, Ms Lin Lai Na (Arrina) knew she wanted to reserve weekends for her family.

So the sales and marketing support analyst at Autodesk Asia - a 3D software developer - chose the Master of Business Administration (MBA) awarded by the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom, and offered by the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), as she had to attend classes only on weekday evenings.

She signed up for the part-time programme that will last 18 months.

With support from her husband at home and her bosses at work, it was easier for the 32-year-old to juggle work, studies and family.

Says Ms Lin: "I had to learn to integrate these priorities so I could manage my time well."

She picked the programme for its track record and long tradition in education.

Ranked 23rd for Business and Management Studies by The Guardian University Guide 2014, the course covers eight core modules - financial management and control, managing and leading people, operations management, international business environment, marketing management, global corporate strategy, information management and project management.


Back to school

Ms Lin finds her learning experience very fulfilling.

“I was expecting a similar experience to my undergraduate studies, which consisted of many quizzes, assignments and exams," says the business management graduate.

“In contrast, my MBA allows room for independent thinking and applying concepts immediately into everyday scenarios. It is a big change, and very refreshing.

“The programme offers insights and ideas that allow me to better understand the dynamics of business units and between different partners or businesses.

“It also allows me to progress beyond my own job scope and to make better informed decisions and lead effectively," she adds.


Hands-on experience

She enjoyed the topic on performance appraisal, part of the module on managing and leading people.

“I learnt there were three methods to conduct performance appraisals: Top Down, Joint, and 360 Degree," says Ms Lin, whose primary job responsibility is to liaise with sales representatives and her company's trading partners, and assist them in sales policies, processes and systems of the organisation.

“We had a wonderful discussion during class about the pros and cons of each, as well as factors or situations that determined the choice and use of the most appropriate method.

“I now better understand the performance appraisal process and am more mindful of the best practices when I conduct them," she adds.

The opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences and network with course mates from different industries - such as banking, insurance, healthcare and shipping - made the learning journey even more meaningful.

Being taught by lecturers with vast experience in their respective fields of specialisation was a bonus, too, Ms Lin points out.

“They bring to the classroom a wealth of real-world experience and know-how in applying concepts into solving business problems and issues," she says.


Time well spent

It explains why, for those considering pursuing an MBA, Ms Lin suggests chalking up a few years of corporate experience first as it allows one to better understand the concepts and relate them to the business environment.

Furthermore, as an MBA is about managing a business on the strategic level, it is also crucial that one reads widely to stay up to speed with global or economic issues, she says.

She is looking forward to upcoming modules such as global corporate strategy and information management.

“I work in an MNC (multinational corporation) software company, so I'm very interested in how technology firms develop their corporate strategy, business model and product offering.

“I believe these will help me grow further in my current role and career," says Ms Lin.

Indeed, her enthusiasm for learning has spilled over to others around her, among them, her husband, who works as a business consultant in an investment firm.

“He is keen to further his studies now," she says with a laugh.