University of Northampton (UoN) and HELBUS have a partnership through which HELBUS can offer approved UoN business and management programmes in Finland. Students admitted to the MBA-programme will be considered to be UoN students, even though they study the whole programme in Finland.

The overall purpose of the pre-experience MBA-programme is to develop master’s-level knowledge and skills in business and management subjects and to enhance the utility and employability of the first degree. It aims to prepare individuals for employment in a management role with a sound understanding of business/organisational contexts.

Compared to a specialist M.Sc. degree, the MBA is a generalist degree with a broader, more holistic approach. The following modules are included:

Fall term

    • Critical Issues in Business: What are the pervasive issues in business today? What does current research reveal about them? Participants take a critical perspective throughout, setting the standards for all other modules.
    • Management and Organisational Behaviour: The search for competitive advantage has highlighted an increased emphasis on effective leadership skills, anchored into a global perspective. The module assesses the relevance of classical theory and modern research, with a strong focus on developing personal adaptability in cross-cultural work environments and rigorous understanding of what is required for global leadership aspirations.
    • Financial Decision Making: Participants will be provided with the strategic knowledge and capability in the concepts and applications of accounting, quantitative methods and management information, including the use of IT applications. It will equip leaders with critical interpretation and interrogation skills and support them in corporate decision making contexts.
    • Strategic Marketing: The module equips aspiring senior managers with the skills to help shape organisational success through leadership and analysis, planning and implementation of marketing activity, which creates and sustains superior performance in the market place.

Spring term

    • Managing Operations and the Supply Chain: The module provides leaders with strategic knowledge and capability in the concepts and applications of operations, supply chain management and project management. Participants will develop the skills to operate effectively beyond the bounds of their own organisations in an era of increasing outsourcing activity and off-shoring of manufacturing and service provision.
    • The Entrepreneurship Report: Ambitious managers today must show an entrepreneurial mindset. This module provides a critical approach to the application of entrepreneurial concepts in order to help participants develop an innovative new venture in a sector of their choosing. 
    • Competitive Strategy and Innovation: Managers need the capability to develop and interpret strategies for their organisations, both at corporate and business levels in order to seek competitive advantage in a rapidly changing world, where innovation and adaptability are key strategic weapons.
    • Business Research Project: Managers are frequently required to undertake project work in addition to their core responsibilities. In this module participants will conduct an independent piece of research based upon an actual business case situation, either through an inductive study, or a deductive approach.

Summer term

    • International Business Negotiation: Management of organisations requires a skill set that facilitates the articulation, advocation and negotiation of business transactions and decisions that might develop the standing of the organisations. Participants will develop a range of negotiation skills, appreciating cross-cultural and situational sensitivities.
    • Business Research Project (cont.)

Overall, the MBA-degree consists of 180 UK credits (equivalent to 90 ECTS credits), and takes one calendar year (three terms) to complete in the full-time delivery option.

All teaching is in English and assessment is mainly through written assignments such as reports, essays and critical analysis.