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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Global MBA

Postgraduate - Taught MBA

Open for admission in 2024

Start in September

Qualification Full time
MBA 1 year

About the course

The Global MBA is shaping, inspiring and equipping the new generation of socially responsible leaders to manage ever more complex challenges in a Net Zero and digitally transformed world.

The Global MBA focuses on the following:

1. Leading Responsibly
Leaders must adapt their behaviours, recognise the responsibility they hold, and discharge it skilfully, sustainably, ethically, and responsively.

2. Embracing Disruption and Complexity
With the rapid pace of change and disruption, future-focused leaders need to embrace change and be equipped to handle tomorrow’s complex challenges.

3. The Power of the Network
Leaders will be part of a powerful diverse and inclusive global MBA network, helping to unleash their talent and maximise leadership potential and performance.

What you'll study

The Global MBA has been co-designed and crafted with the valued industry partners that form our advisory board to blend cutting-edge thinking with industry best practice. It will equip modern leaders with the knowledge, tools and behaviours to handle tomorrow’s challenges, embracing disruption and displaying strength and resilience.

Major topics, which will be delivered by internationally recognised speakers and academics across the Global MBA programme include:

  • Ethics, Sustainability and the Environment: driving towards achievement of Net Zero
  • Industry 4.0, Complexity and Digital Disruption: future-proofing through digitisation
  • Internationalisation: developing global mindsets
  • Diversity and Inclusion: ensuring accessibility for all
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Creativity and Systems Thinking: new ways for new world challenges

And to support you further in your career, our Global MBA is fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a leading professional body for managers and leaders. This means that on successful completion and graduation, you'll be eligible for the CMI Fast Track route to becoming a Chartered Manager.

How you’ll study

The course is a one-year full-time in-person course, where you attend classes on campus at Hull. You will work with an intentionally diverse cohort of classmates to develop a globally inclusive approach to problem-solving.

Leadership Accelerator modules are a core part of our programme, complementing the functional MBA modules and really taking you out of your comfort zone. Using the latest best practice in work-based learning, they explore self management, leadership behaviours and psychology to help you reflect on your leadership style and provide the springboard into your future career.

Throughout the programme, you will participate in innovation masterclasses that complement and support the overall MBA portfolio vision. This will help you to develop your entrepreneurial approach, and to really embrace disruption and complexity in an ever-changing world.

You'll also benefit from regular insights from guest speakers with a high level of senior leadership experience, drawn from our varied network of cross-sector industry partners - including Cranswick, McCain, Siemens Gamesa, and Lakeland.

A leadership journey

Designed to develop your international perspective and leadership capabilities, the Global MBA will set you on the path to advancing your career.

Global connections
You will learn from academic experts with a high level of international experience across a range of industry sectors, as well as being part of a diverse international student cohort. And with approximately 10,000 MBA graduates from over 100 countries, you’ll also have access to a fantastic business network of Hull alumni across the world.

One course. Two world-class qualifications
Yes, you read that right. Our course is fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll automatically be awarded their Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice when you graduate, alongside your Global MBA from Hull.

Co-designed with industry
Our high profile MBA advisory board and partners work with us to ensure the programme focuses on the critical business needs, pain points and opportunities presented by unprecedented worldwide challenges. Together with innovation masterclasses and leading guest speakers, this means you will benefit from the latest thinking and industry knowledge.

We also offer an online Global MBA for individuals who would prefer to learn off-campus and the Hull Executive MBA, for part time, on campus study.


All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • MBA Orientation and Leadership Catalyst

    No matter who you are or where you’re from – we know you’ve got the potential to be a brilliant leader.  

    We’ll start with an overview of the programme, but after that, it’s all about you – your experience, your skills, knowledge, behaviours, and your aims. 

    You’ll reflect on and analyse your journey so far, using academic literature, inspiring case studies, and personal research to pinpoint areas to develop, skills to hone, and measure your growth throughout the course and beyond. This new level of self-awareness will provide a solid footing as you discover your own leadership style and unique place in the business world. 

    Right from the get-go, you’ll be developing vital study skills and training in essential systems. As well as a strong academic and theoretical approach, you’ll explore fundamental principles of leadership, including growth mindsets, decision-making, and persuasion.

    This module won’t just help you get the most out of your course; it will prepare you for your own transformative leadership journey. 

  • Global Economic Environment

    Organisations operate within a face-paced global economic environment that influences their performance.

    Changes in the global economy can be both unexpected and significant, leading to an increase in uncertainty about the state of the global, regional and national economies through impacting their future evolution and, thereby, the performance of business.

    The Global Economic Environment module introduces the concepts, tools and analytical approaches of modern economics to inform business leaders’ understanding and decision-making relating to contemporary global, regional and national events, indicators and trends.

  • Strategy Making in a Complex World

    With the rapid pace of change and disruption, future-focused leaders need to be able to strategise in a complex world and deal with emergent complex challenges and many have already relinquished assumptions of a mechanistic world associated with a more stable world order and are now working out what a complex world means and how to be effective in it. Systems thinking not only offers future leaders theoretical understanding of how complexity is created but also provides practical support for the managerial endeavour of strategising in complex systems and the creation of sustainable social value.

  • Marketing in a Disruptive Digital Age

    Marketing in a disruptive Digital Age is a dynamic and creative context to work in. This module introduces you to the process of developing a sustainable marketing strategy and the importance of marketing frameworks and models which are relevant to marketing in a digital environment. The module enables you to apply insights and knowledge to a real business context to come up with data-driven and creative marketing solutions. There is a steep rise in demand for digital skills, in this module you get experience of marketing analytics and digital and social media techniques that respond to consumers’ shift online. This module takes you through the different marketing activities with an emphasis on application and skills development.

  • Accounting, Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility

    The future of finance is digital transformation, this module will equip leaders with the future trends embracing the accounting and finance discipline. Technology and new global standards such as eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) are changing the way finance and accounting processes operate and financial data are reported. This is enabling CFOs and investors to make quick data drive decisions and to help other leaders in the organisation lead and influence projects, also to benchmark. Equally there is a need to balance profit with purpose, with greater focus now on financial products, investments, financial instruments, or fund products focused on sustainable investment.

  • Leadership Behaviours and Psychology

    Leadership and Business Psychology enable you to reflect on your leadership behaviours and examine new ways of working in volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous environments. We will examine how the environment around us influences the decisions we make (as leaders) and tasks we focus on. Also focusing our attention on behaviours and psychology allows us to unpack the critical success factors for socially responsible leadership.

  • Global Talent Management and Human Resource Management

    People: your business’s most valuable resource.  

    In this module you’ll gain a profound understanding of people management within a complex, shifting, and increasingly globalised context.  

    Split into three main parts, it covers the principles of human resources management, global talent management, and organisational culture. From this, you’ll develop helpful people management strategies to apply to your own real-life experiences – giving you the tools to become a responsible and ethical leader.  

    From recruiting and managing talent in a global market, to committing to corporate social responsibility; from creating diverse and supportive cultures, to the implications of the psychological contract; and from workforce health and wellbeing to the global paradox; this module covers the full breadth of theories and practices relating to talent and human resource management.  

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management

    Never before has responsible and ethical supply chain leadership been so important to organisations and the world economy. The global pandemic, modern-day slavery, the energy crisis and climate change have shone a spotlight on the importance and impact of supply chains in making a difference.

    Gain an in-depth understanding of supply chain strategy, design and sustainability. Learn how to analyse and design effective supply chain operations and how to use data models and simulation games to solve problems and inform decisions. You will become an ethical role model with a reputation for sustainable development in a global supply chain community, acting with integrity and promoting an ethical, inclusive and supportive culture.

  • Digital Transformation and Information Security

    Explore how digital technologies can lead to failures for organisations, but also, how technology can enable organisations to achieve a meaningful digital transformation and compete in the digital economy. You will review the latest disruptive technologies and consider their wider implications in business and society. Examine technology in a systems theoretical manner, develop critical thinking around digital assets and consider the core cybersecurity challenges that organisations face in an era where information systems security becomes a fundamental concern for all businesses.

  • Creating an Entrepreneurial Organisation

    Organisations are having to become nimbler and more adaptive to change, especially as we move further into industry 4.0 and as digital disruption changes and creates uncertainty in the business environment. As opportunities arise from new technologies and ways of doing things corporations have to begin acting like start-ups in their ability to identify and exploit opportunities for value creation (or more effective in competing against start-ups). One solution is to turn a rigid and process driven organisation into an entrepreneurial organisation that is more flexible, nimble and alert to opportunities.

    This module will equip you with the toolkit to revolutionise or enhance entrepreneurial processes within your own organisation.

  • MBA Project and Consultancy

    Put everything you’ve learnt to the test.  

    In this module, you will be introduced to the nature of research and the management consultancy processes. You will be involved in carrying out research and consultancy in an area of management that emphasise organisation change and development, disruption, innovation and effective decision making.

    The module offers an exciting opportunity for you to work on a live consultancy project with a client organisation. It provides an opportunity for you to apply your learning throughout the MBA to a substantial project whilst at the same time developing your networks, collaboration and skill for the gig economy and beyond. Consultancy teams will be supervised by an appropriate academic.

  • Leadership Springboard

    This module represents the final touch point for you on your leadership journey and before you officially become an exclusive member of our lifelong MBA alumni and community. Crucially this module comes last in the programme, after submitting your Major project & Consultancy, but before graduation, to prepare you for your onward journey and to reflect on what you have achieved on the MBA programme. For instance, Where am I as I exit the programme? Did I achieve my plan? How have I developed?

    Leadership Springboard will actively engage and challenge you to reflect deeply on your own personal leadership journey on the MBA programme and your career plan moving forward. This module is a ‘springboard’ to prepare you for future employment and career opportunities.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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"Leading responsibly is critical for any business, making sure that we don’t have unintended consequences and costs in the future from poor behaviour and standards today".

Rory Clarke, Group Managing Director at JR Rix & Sons Ltd

"My sense, from my career and how I’ve observed people coming into the organisation with an MBA, is the confidence it breeds".

Catherine Nunn, Deputy Chairman at Lakeland

"A very useful part of the Hull MBA is the practical aspects, they focus on projects that can be completed in the workplaces – some have looked at cultural aspects, project redesign, service improvements, which is very unique and helpful to the person and the organisation".

Dr Makani Purva, Chief Medical Officer at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"This is a fantastic course and it has broadened my understanding, knowledge and awareness".

Jaishree Hingorani, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"The reason I wanted to study an EMBA is to have a strategic edge."

Stacey Chaplin, Policy and Partnerships Manager, Doncaster Council
Rory Clark, Group Managing Director at JR Rix & Sons Ltd
Catherine Nunn, Deputy Chairman at Lakeland
Dr Makani Purva, Chief Medical Officer at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Jaishree Hingorani, Executive MBA

Fees and funding

Home and International: £19,900. Financial assistance may be available in some circumstances.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Full-time, face-to-face

Our one-year Global MBA course values the importance of face-to-face teaching and networking, so you'll benefit from in-person contact with your peers and our expert lecturers.

Driving a sustainable future

An MBA with a fresh approach - combining quality with ethics, ambition with responsibility, impact with sustainability, profit with purpose, and affordability with exceptional teaching.

One course. Two world-class qualifications

Because our course is fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you’ll automatically be awarded their Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice when you graduate, alongside your Global MBA from Hull.

At the heart of the Humber Energy Estuary

Study in a region and with a University that is playing a leading role in the UK’s journey to Net Zero.

Join the club

Study with a leading UK Business School and become part of a global network of 10,000 Hull MBA graduates across the world.

Historic and future-focussed

Learn in inspiring surroundings - a seamless blend of Grade II listed buildings and modern facilities.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally possess

  • A minimum of 3 years appropriate and relevant post graduate work experience
  • An good undergraduate degree (normally 2:1 or above) awarded by a UK university or comparable overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification
  • International applicants must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
  • Students requiring a visa may have restrictions on the number of hours you are able to work in term time. For more information, please email

Applicants without an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification

Applicants who do not have a degree or equivalent professional qualification but meet the other eligibility criteria may submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they can benefit from, contribute to and succeed on the Global MBA programme. The applicant should have completed approximately seven years of full-time appropriate work or professional experience.

A portfolio may include, for example, details of significant work projects carried out, information about strategic analyses undertaken (for example, budgets and strategic forecasts), company reports, or other contributions to policy formulation and implementation. The portfolio might also include information about other courses taken, and training and development programmes attended.

The aim is to demonstrate that the applicant’s business knowledge and experience are sufficient to allow them to fulfil the academic requirements of the Global MBA.

Eligible candidates must also submit

  • A University of Hull postgraduate application form, completed and signed
  • A current detailed CV
  • A 200-word personal statement indicating what you hope to gain from the Global MBA and the contribution you would make to the programme
  • Two good certified work references
  • Proof of qualifications to date


As the final stage of the application process, applicants who have satisfied all other conditions will be interviewed by Business School staff, either by telephone or in person. The interview also provides an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about particular aspects of the Global MBA, and to receive further information about the programme of study.


Most modules are assessed by individual assignments, such as essays and work based reports. Some modules will be assessed by examination, and some may require group project work and the delivery of a presentation.

Course assessments are categorised into two types – formative and summative.

Formative assessments refer to the peer and tutor feedback you’ll receive. It may be delivered formally or informally, and is used in a developmental way to assist your learning - but it does not contribute towards the final mark of the module.

Summative assessments are used to formally measure your capabilities against the learning outcomes of each module. Summative assessments may include the following: 

  • Writing on key topics such as COP26, Industry 4.0 and their impact on businesses  
  • Presenting business cases or strategic business proposals 
  • Coaching and mentoring focused assessments
  • Self-reflective writing and career plans for employability post MBA 
  • Presenting business cases or strategic business proposals

On successful completion of all modules, students will undertake an end-of-programme major project focusing on a business and management topic of their choice.

In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria (excluding Social Work).

International students

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses

Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Future prospects

The Hull MBA is much more than a qualification – it is your gateway to a world of opportunities.

The University careers team, together with our dedicated Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success, will make sure you maximise your chances of success, helping you develop that all-important edge.

While studying for your Global MBA, you will be able to access a variety of resources which will provide you with opportunities to develop skills that are highly sought by today's employers and our AMBA accreditation, means you automatically have additional access to a wide range of member benefits – including events, career development advice and online resources – as well as to the wider expertise, insight and thought leadership of the worldwide MBA community.

You will be encouraged to build valuable networks with an array of contacts – from business leaders to independent consultants and alumni.

Career development advice 
At Hull University Business School we are committed to providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to improve your chances of success. The Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success supports you throughout your time here and beyond.

Enhancing Professional networks
Not only will you enhance your networks via those you study alongside, you will also have opportunities to take advantage of professional networking events, and by becoming a student member of our global alumni community.

Our alumni community 
Support does not end at graduation and our global community of more than 35,000 Hull University Business School alumni, which includes nearly 10,000 MBA graduates. Our graduates range from senior managers to chief executives, working in organisations such as Credit Suisse, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, Rolls-Royce and Johnson and Johnson pharmaceuticals.