• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length18 months

Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA

What happens when you mix an arts school with a business school? The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA is a different kind of MBA that places creative approaches and social engagement at the heart of future management and leadership.

The course challenges the orthodox business school approach to education, and instead focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration. You will become a new type of business graduate: one who can combine genuinely creative thinking and innovation with core financial and strategic management skills.

This course is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • Our MBA’s radical approach lies in its philosophy: deep research and analysis leading to real, root-and-branch, change.
 This course places tools and concepts in context, combining design thinking and creative problem solving with rigorous academic content
  • Benefit from the combined strengths of two highly regarded institutions, in the central London locations of King’s Cross and Bloomsbury, offering graduates access to an expansive and supportive international network
  • A cross-disciplinary approach to prepare you for complex and ever-changing business environments allowing you to develop critical thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, negotiation and creative cognitive flexibility
  • Embracing the different perspectives of your cohort comprising students from a variety of professional industries and international cultures. Your colleagues will reframe problems and challenge the status quo
  • Enabling you to pursue your studies part-time while continuing in your full-time career.

Meet the Course Leader, Pamela Yeow

Course detail

Unit One: Provocation and enquiry (60 credits)

Sprint One: Team working

Location: CSM
Dates: September 22–24 2017

  • Collaborative teams: identifying their value, cultural capital and experience
  • Tackles complex, multi-themed problems involving points of provocation
  • Communications, problem definition, stakeholder analysis and action plan formulation.

Sprint Two: Systems, complexity and networks

Location: Birkbeck
Dates: November 10–12, 2017

  • Practical systematic and holistic approaches to composite problem solving
  • Basic systems concepts
  • Principles of systems thinking, stakeholders, pluralism, critical systems, complexity, complex adaptive systems, agile working networks and network analysis.

Sprint Three: Business models and strategy

Location: CSM
Dates: January 12–14, 2018

  • Business model innovation and development
  • Strategising networks of stakeholders, sustainability and ethical considerations
  • Practice and process of strategic management.

Sprint Four: Finance and governance

Location: Birkbeck
Dates: February 9–11, 2018

  • Resource management: governance; accounting; financing decisions; sustainability; ethics; alternative value systems; law and regulation
  • Resource and planning
  • Finance and management accounting techniques.

Sprint Five: Project

Dates: March 9–11, 2018

Working from both tutor- and student-led themes, contexts or questions, you will be tasked with self-organising and proposing an approach and/or set of responses which puts into practice the knowledge and skills developed in the earlier sprints.

Unit Two: Entrepreneurship in action (20 credits)

Dates: April – August, 2018

  • Entrepreneurship: creativity, innovation and problem solving
  • Value systems beyond economics
  • Emergent approaches to venture design: Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Effectual Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship over the past three decades
  • Practical experience applying these tools by iteratively designing a new start-up project.

Unit Three: Effecting change: Collaboration in practice (40 credits)

Sprint One: Leadership and change

Location: CSM
Dates: April 13–15, 2018

Organisational behaviour, leadership, change management, team working, and human resource development.

Sprint Two: Marketing, social media and analytics

Location: Birkbeck
Dates: May 18–20, 2018

  • Marketing decision making in contemporary business
  • Marketing strategies within the context of corporate objectives
  • Technology, consumer decision making and marketing practice
  • Exploring analytics and ‘big data’ strategies
  • Strategic marketing, consumer behaviour, digital channels, social media and marketing metrics.

Sprint Three: Operations and technology

Location: Birkbeck
Dates: June 29 – July 1, 2018

  • Business processes, quality systems, risk management, production, ICT, and supply chain management
  • Customer orientation and competitive advantage
  • Strategic role of operations and operations strategy
  • Design of processes and the implications for layout and flow
  • Design and management of supply networks
  • Resource planning and management
  • Lean systems
  • Quality planning and managing improvement.

Sprint 4: Project

Dates: August – September, 2018

Working in small groups and choosing a self-selected theme, context or question, you will tasked with self-organising and proposing an approach which draws on and puts into practice the knowledge and skills developed in earlier sprints.

Unit Four: Extended live project or dissertation (60)

This final unit acts as a culmination of your learning, and requires critical reflection on previously encountered theories, discourses, tools and process, while developing new approaches to social challenges and business/organisational opportunities.

You will test some of the ideas and knowledge by electing one of the two following options:

  • Live Project: develop an individual practical project which revolves around the creation of an intervention, based on the theoretical approaches and practical tools and processes encountered earlier in the course. The project chosen can either be a real-world intervention, or can take the form of a detailed hypothetical proposal
  • Dissertation: create a critical academic study based on in-depth, critical analysis of the theoretical principles and discourses of contemporary social challenges and business/organisational opportunities. These may encompass sociology and ethnography, economic and political theory, management and organisation theory, and other relevant fields of academic analysis and critique. You are encouraged to explore the boundaries of the disciplines concerned, and to identify new areas of research within a potentially expanded field of practice within business and organisations.

MA Business Administration Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 159KB)

Staff

Course Leader: Pamela Yeow
Director of the Innovations Insights Hub: Lucy Kimbell
Head of College: Jeremy Till
Programme Director, Culture and Enterprise: Dominic Stone
Lecturer/Associate Professor: Julian Sims
Lecturer/Associate Professor: Daniel Nunan
Associate Lecturer: Lorna Jean Dallas-Conte
Associate Lecturer: Paul Sturrock

 

 

 

How to apply

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of July at the very latest to avoid disappointment.

Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted the required documents.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form. 

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 300 words in length, and outline the following:

  • Why do you want to study on the MBA course at CSM ?
    • How you see the MBA impacting on your future career?
    • The reasons you wish to be considered for the MBA course at CSM. 

References

This course requires two professional references, one of which must be from a current employer. All references must be received from a verifiable source or on headed company paper. The reference should address the following points:

  • Professional and intellectual ability
  • Capacity for original thinking
  • Motivation for further study
  • Written and oral communication skills, including willingness to contribute valuably to discussion/debate where appropriate
  • Leadership potential. 

Please get in touch with the admissions team if the submission of your reference is delaying the completion of your application. 

CV

You should provide a full and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé which demonstrates career progression. Applicants must have a minimum of three years full time post-graduate work experience, preferably with some managerial responsibility. 

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

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After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit documentation of your work through UAL’s online application system.

Following a review of your application and support documents, you will either be invited for an interview or your application will be rejected via the UAL Applicant Portal.

Interview

  • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend an interview at college.
  • If you currently live outside the UK or unable to attend the interview in person, we can arrange a skype interview for you.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of July at the very latest to avoid disappointment.

Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted required documents.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 300 words in length, and outline the following:

  • Why do you want to study on the MBA course at CSM ?
    • How you see the MBA impacting on your future career?
    • The reasons you wish to be considered for the MBA course at CSM.

References

This course requires two professional references, one of which must be from a current employer. All references must be received from a verifiable source or on headed company paper. The reference should address the following points:

  • Professional and intellectual ability
  • Capacity for original thinking
  • Motivation for further study
  • Written and oral communication skills, including willingness to contribute valuably to discussion/debate where appropriate
  • Leadership potential.

Please get in touch with the admissions team if the submission of your reference is delaying the completion of your application.

CV

You should provide a full and detailed curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé which demonstrates career progression. Applicants must have a minimum of three years full time post-graduate work experience, preferably with some managerial responsibility. 

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and interview.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

Apply to Master of Business Administration CSM Birkbeck

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit documentation of your work through UAL’s online application system. 

Following a review of your application and support documents, you will either be invited for an interview or your application will be rejected via the UAL Applicant Portal.

Interview

  • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend an interview at college.
  • If you currently live outside the UK or unable to attend the interview in person, we can arrange a skype interview for you.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

Entry requirements

Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA applicants must have an honours degree and normally at least three years of relevant working and/or professional experience, but we will look at exceptional candidates with less.

Applicants without a first degree but with a substantial number of years working experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to enrol and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page. 

Selection criteria

Candidates who meet the basic entry requirements will be invited to interview either in person or over the phone/Skype. A key element of the process involves consideration of how an applicant’s prior experience and track record will equip them to make a meaningful contribution to classroom activity and discussion and to determine whether the course is right for the applicant’s aims and expectations.   

Candidates are expected to:

  • have the ability to think in abstract terms about planning, management, and resources;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • be numerate, and display some experience and understanding of logistics and strategic thinking;
  • be team players and builders, not competitive individualists;
  • demonstrate a collaborative mindset and an ability to negotiate roles within multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams;
  • have a strong level of standard computer literacy.

Visa information for International students

Please note that students offered a place on this course will NOT be issued with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. The Home Office have previously confirmed that the short-term study visa route is the appropriate one for a distance learning course for students who need to spend short periods of time in the UK. For more information please check the UK government's Short-term study visa page.

Please note that we cannot guarantee that the current immigration rules will remain the same over the period of your study.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£27,000 (2018/19)

International fee

£27,000 (2018/19)

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

The World Economic Forum consulted business leaders from major global organisations for its The Future of Jobs Report (2016). It concluded that the ten skills that an employee will need by 2020 are:

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • People management
  • Coordinating with others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive flexibility.

The MBA embeds these in its curriculum.

The course aims to prepare graduates for the next step in their careers, whether it be a transformational senior management role within their current industry, or a new role in a completely new field of work. Entrepreneurial students are encouraged to set up their own businesses.

The emphasis on positive transformation, and a socially-motivated desire to change the world, coupled with a solid understanding of business and management will create graduates who are keen to bring about fundamental innovation and systemic change. 

With this MBA, students will be able to transfer their skills within their current industry, or across industries. With developed managerial competences and innovation practice, graduates will be able to seek employment or further their career opportunities in positions that apply design thinking to complex problems, and take a holistic view of business issues. With developed leadership capacities, they will be able to combine ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ with robust knowledge and application in organisations.

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit: