University of the West of Scotland

The UWS MBA programmes

If candidates have a postgraduate diploma that Knowledge Universes has approved under the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), then these candidates will only need to undertake the Strategic Business Project to achieve an MBA from the University of the West of Scotland.
For candidates that do not have such a postgraduate diploma, they may need to undertake a full approved postgraduate diploma or only a number of modules from an approved postgraduate diploma. The Academic Director of Knowledge Universes will determine this.
Generally, to only undertake the Strategic Business Project, candidates must meet one of the following entry requirements:

  1. A Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from London Examinations Board; or
  2. Other postgraduate diplomas in a relevant field approved under Accreditation of
    Prior Learning (APL) (If your diploma has not been given full APL you may still qualify for exemptions); or
  3. Mature candidates with approved diplomas = 6+ years’ work experience with two years managerial/supervisory time respectively; or
  4. Mature candidates with without approved diplomas = 8+ years’ work experience with three years managerial/supervisory time.

Please contact us to so that we can determine and approve the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) relating to you.

The UWS top-up MBA – Strategic Business Project

This is the cornerstone of the UWS MBA Award. It challenges you to integrate your learning from the earlier stages of the programme into a rigorous research project to help you better understand a key business issue.

It is designed to develop your research skills plus knowledge and confidence in designing, developing, compiling and delivering strategic business projects. Working with an identified host organisation, you will investigate and produce recommendations in a practical business environment.

By undertaking the Strategic Business Project through Knowledge Universes, a local project supervisor (approved by UWS) will be appointed to you. Your supervisor will guide and instruct you in qualitative and quantitative research methods and the wider skills necessary to conduct the project. The supervisor will also help in selecting an appropriate topic for the strategic project.

You are required to select a research topic that is of interest to you, that capitalises on your skills and knowledge and will add value to the organisation on which the project is based.

The top-up modules offered by London Examinations Board as appropriate

Learning Outcomes:

Ability to critically evaluate the informational content of financial and accounting reports and their use as a tool for appraising corporate performance.

Develop an understanding of financial planning tools and techniques and the contribution they make to the achievement of an organisation’s core objectives.

Be able to evaluate the results of financial models used for long term decision making.

Have confidence in using financial terms and language necessary for effective senior management.

Learning Outcomes :

Acquire a firm understanding of the frameworks and concepts of marketing management; and

Acquire the skills to carry out a full situation analysis and use the findings to develop objectives, formulate strategy and develop appropriate marketing plans

Learning Outcomes :

Critical evaluation of the operations management philosophies of “push” and “pull”.

Examination of the practicality of the philosophies of flexibility and agility currently being explored by many large organisations around the world.

Development of thinking regarding the manner by which organisations can gain competitive advantage from managing their operations in an innovative and strategic way.

Learning Outcomes :

Have an awareness of, and become familiar with, academic theories, frameworks, managerial models and techniques that contribute to business strategic planning and management; and

Be able to critically evaluate and apply appropriate strategic models and techniques which may be relevant when considering Candidates’ own organisations’ or industry strategic development

Learning Outcomes :

Develop a critical understanding of current and emerging practices in the managing of human capital in organizations; and

Enhance your abilities to increase the contribution of human capital management to long-term corporate success, whatever the specific nature of their managerial role and the industry you are in.

Learning Outcomes :

Have the financial tools needed to make good business decisions with an emphasis on linking corporate finance to other aspects of corporate strategy

Learning Outcomes :

Encouraging and developing your knowledge, understanding and skills for strategic leadership of change. Know the challenges faced by managers/leaders in seeking to lead through the use of strategic management, the development of managers and employees for major strategic change, and the development of a high-level organisational capacity for innovation and learning

Learning Outcomes :

This module introduces you to the concepts and skills of project management with the following aims:

To examine critically the selective application of specific knowledge to project management and other knowledge to the planning and execution of projects; and

To develop additional skills in the application of project management theory and techniques.


Assessment of the Modules: Every month a new module from the eight core modules starts and by the end of the following month candidates are required to submit their assignments for that module.
There are no examinations.
Assessment of the Strategic Business Project is 100 %


The eight core modules should be completed within 9 months and the Research Methodology & Project and/or the Strategic Business Project in 3 to 6 months.


Learners will have the option to attend the graduation ceremony in Malaysia or Scotland.