Preparation Course

Brush up your skills with our MBA preparation course.

If you do not have one of our core requirements, an alternative entry route is available. To enter, you’ll need to take our specially designed online preparation course, ‘International Business Essentials’.

This course is also recommended if your qualifications are approaching (or over) 10 years old. It will reintroduce you to academic study and ensure that you are familiar with up-to-date practice.

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International Business Essentials

This six-part course will help you to develop the foundation business, academic, and cultural skills that are required to succeed in the full MBA programme.

The MOOCs can be taken in any order, with the exception of the Capstone, which should be taken last.

Professional Skills for International Business

This MOOC provides insight into the key professional skills needed by managers at all levels of an organisation. You’ll learn key skills such as how to make a positive first impression, how to become a role model at work, effective time and resource management, and networking.

Management Skills for International Business

This MOOC focuses on a range of management techniques. You’ll discover the main skills and competencies of effective leaders, and how to distinguish between management and leadership. The course will cover team dynamics, how to build effective relationships, key motivation theories, and how to use communication to best effect.

Quantitative Foundation for International Business

This MOOC provides the essential mathematics required to succeed in the finance and economics related modules of the Global MBA, including equations, functions, derivatives, and matrices. You can test your understanding with quizzes and worksheets, while more advanced content will be available if you want to push yourself.

Statistics for International Business

This MOOC introduces core areas of statistics that will be useful in business and for several MBA modules. It covers a variety of ways to present data, probability, and statistical estimation. You can test your understanding as you progress, while more advanced content is available if you want to push yourself.

International Business Environment

This MOOC explores the international business environment in which organisations function. You’ll learn about core analysis methods, including PESTLE, SWOT, and Boston Box Matrices, as well as the applications of Porter’s Five Forces. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in discussion forums and access case studies, as well as testing your understanding in quizzes.

International Business Capstone

The Capstone project is the culmination of the International Business Essentials specialisation, and brings together knowledge gained in the previous courses and applies this to a real-world scenario. Throughout the Capstone, you’ll be taught new skills, and will use the knowledge you have gained throughout the specialisation to develop a business plan.

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David James is Founder and Director of DJ Learning. David has over 25 years of experience in a range of sectors, including change management, customer relationship management, customer service, human capital and resources, lifelong learning, leadership and management, marketing, self-reflection and work based learning.

Professor George Kapetanios is Professor of Finance and Econometrics at King’s College London. He has previously worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Bank of England, and at Queen Mary University of London. (See full profile.)

Dr Alan Parkinson is Deputy Director of the School of Management at UCL. He is a Principal Teaching Fellow in Accounting, a qualified accountant, and Professor in Managerial Accounting at Tongjie University, Shanghai. Alan is widely published and has extensive international training and consultancy expertise.

Barry McCarthy is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Management at UCL. He has a range of experiencing in teaching accounting, finance, and business management, and has worked with various professional accountancy bodies to develop vocational focuses courses.

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