Studying for your MBA with Mountbatten Program and St Mary's University, Twickenham


The MBA in International Business Practice has been specifically designed to enable Mountbatten Program Trainees the opportunity to develop both academic knowledge and practical skills to prepare them for a career in national and international business.

The program runs over 12 months alongside the internship, with a further 14 weeks of fieldwork in Bangkok. The degree is granted by St. Mary's University, Twickenham, an accredited UK university.

London and New York Courses

Required Courses

1. Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course will help graduate students understand the full relationship between individual behavior, organizational structure and organizational processes. Students will also develop a more comprehensive perspective on organizational behavior through a deeper understanding of the theory, research and practice of the varied disciplines that focus on organizations. These disciplines include psychology, sociology, political science, social systems theory, international human resource management and cultural anthropology. On completion of this course, students will be able to integrate various theoretical perspectives into a coherent view of organizational life. This comprehensive perspective will allow them to manage organizational behavior, lead organizational initiatives and increase organizational effectiveness.

2. Managerial Accounting and Finance
In addition to preparing financial statements, managers need to know how to analyze accounting and financial data to support and evaluate a company's business goals and to develop appropriate financial strategy for its future. This course is designed to teach graduate students how to develop and analyze various and appropriate financial data, and to understand the important relationship between financial instruments, decision-making and business strategy.

3. Global Business
The world is increasingly becoming a single marketplace. Technology, expanding international trade relations, and improved transportation and communications have opened the doors to global trade but have also produced a new competitive landscape. More and more companies are conducting global business through globally dispersed value chains, taking advantage of the different business opportunities offered by regional trading blocs and other regional arrangements, as well the opening of trade of particular countries as they seek to develop their economies. The aim of this course is to provide graduate students with both theoretical and practical understanding of the complexity of the globalization process and its impact upon the activities of multinational enterprise. It also examines the importance of regional business for the development of global competitive advantage and regional integration.

4. Strategic Management
This course aims to analyze the operation of strategic management from initial analysis through to implementation. The course will provide students with a comprehensive appreciation of the formulation and development of strategy from both an organizational and individual perspective. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing student's awareness of contemporary issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship and the recent trends towards creation of shared value by business.

5. Business Research Methods
The aim of this course is to assist students in carrying out an applied research project in the field of International Business Management. It aims at providing them with the knowledge and skills to identify a business research problem collect and analyze primary and secondary data at both the organizational level and within the wider body of knowledge in International Business studies.

Bangkok Courses

Required Courses

1. International Business in the Asia Pacific Region
This course will involve a short one week group research project. The project will be related to international business topics in Asia, with particular emphasis on Culture and Management. This project will give students an opportunity to undertake a small mixed methods primary research assignment, develop a hypothesis, and analyze the data using content analysis and SPSS.

2. Research Methods Tutorial
Four tutorials will be held over the period of the research project to advise on each stage of the research process. This will include a full day workshop on SPSS.

Optional – Any two (2) from the following list are required

International Finance
This module provides both a theoretical and a practical understanding of corporate finance theories and a practical awareness of how these theories are applied to the business world. It further provides comprehensive knowledge of how businesses and corporations utilize financial resources and financial markets across the globe, including an evaluation of macro- and micro-economic influences in order to achieve the goal of maximum organizational value. The module also seeks to evaluate the theories and practices of financial risk management.

Global Marketing
This module provides students with a high-level understanding of the principles and practices of marketing in global markets. The importance of ethical, legal, cultural and political norms are reviewed with a particular emphasis on North American, European, and Asian markets.

Change Management
This module develops a critical appreciation of the complex factors contributing to organizational change. It takes both a practical and theoretical approach to the issue of organizational change. It promotes evaluation of the implications of change, particularly in relation to individuals, groups, organizations and society, and provides students with the necessary analytical tools to define, plan and manage change situations.

Operations and Supply Chain Management
The aim of this module is to critically examine the nature of operations management from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. Students are equipped with a detailed understanding of both operating strategies and the use of process technology. The module emphasizes the application of supply chain management techniques within the context of outsourcing relationships and diverse trend networks.

Dissertation Requirement

The dissertation is a core requirement of the MBA and provides an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired throughout the program. This should be an independent piece of academic work that researches in detail a particular business and/or administrative area in international business practice, drawing on the student's Asian fieldwork.

The dissertation consists of two stages: each stage culminates in the production of an assessed document.

Stage 1: The Research Proposal (including Ethics Approval)
The proposal outlines the research design for your planned study and explains the relationship to the existing literature. In addition, you will be required to reflect on the ethical issues pertinent to your proposed piece of research.

Stage 2: The Dissertation
A written document of 15,000 words which provides an account of the original research into the agreed management issue. The dissertation will be developed through appropriate research questions, it will employ relevant academic literature for a study undertaken with methodological rigor.