The Middlesex MBA aims to develop individuals to
manage successfully and ethically across a range
of organisations and to critically evaluate and take
decisions in their functional areas of expertise.
This aim is achieved through:
The specific objectives for the MBA are that
students will improve their ability to
New emphasis pathways ensure an even wider scope of study and specialization so that students have the opportunity to choose amongst Finance, Marketing, Business Excellence, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (New), Innovation and Entrepreneurship (New), Business Analytics (New), Islamic Economy (New) or alternatively elect for a more general approach.
*CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants.
On successful completion of one assessment paper .Middlesex MBA holders
are eligible for 12 exemptions for the CIMA professional qualification,
and are also awarded the “CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management
Accounting” which entitles you to use the letters “CIMA Ad Dip MA”. Find more details here
Course Fees : AED 100,000
* “This programme is now in its sixth successful year of running at our Dubai campus. As part of our quality enhancement procedures, we constantly endeavour to update and refresh our curriculum and learning strategies to ensure our programmes offer the latest thinking and skills to drive our students’ careers. Prospective students are requested to check our website after 15th April 2017 for further updates.”
The MBA programme has six taught modules each
worth 20 credit-points in addition to and followed
by a 60-credit project. Four of the taught 20-credit
modules are core and common across all pathways
of the MBA. These relate to the core areas of
competence which business professional need to
effectively manage their workplace responsibilities.
Two further 20-credit taught modules offer students
the opportunity to emphasis their studies on their
chosen area or discipline. The programme structure
is presented below:
The MBA programme has four Core taught
modules each worth 20 credit-points in addition to
and followed by a 60-credit project. These relate
to the core areas of competence which business
professional need to effectively manage their
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Finance will additionally take the following two modules
FIN4813 International Finance (20 credits) compulsory
FIN4814 Applied Corporate Finance (20 credits) compulsory
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Marketing will additionally take the following two modules
MKT4814 Marketing Communications (20 credits) compulsory
MKT4815 Digital Marketing (20 credits) compulsory
MBA Business Excellence
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Business Excellence will additionally take the following two modules
MGT4824 Business Excellence and Quality Management (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4836 Governance and Sustainability (20 credits) compulsory
MBA Operations and Supply Chain Management
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Operations and Supply Chain Management will additionally take the following two modules
MGT4827 Supply Chain Management (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4826 Operations Strategy (20 credits) compulsory
MBA Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility *
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility will additionally take the following two modules
MGT4836 Governance and Sustainability (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4837 Sustainable Organisation Management (20 credits) compulsory
MBA Innovation and Entrepreneurship *
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will additionally take the following two modules
MGT4838 Managing Innovation (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4839 Entrepreneurship and SME Management (20 credits) compulsory
MBA Business Analytics *
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Business Analytics will additionally take the following two modules
MSO4800 Data Analytics (20 credits) compulsory
MSO4801 Advanced Business Statistics (20 credits) compulsory
MBA Islamic Economy *
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Islamic Economy will additionally take the following two modules
FIN4828 Islamic Banking and Finance (20 credits) compulsory
MKT4829 Islamic Management and Marketing (20 credits) compulsory
The general pathway provides an opportunity for students to have a deeper understanding across two functional areas. By electing to take this route, students can (to an extent) cherry-pick modules to create a bespoke course of study suited to their individual career path aspirations. Students on the general pathway can choose two modules (subject to timetabling and availability) from the following;
FIN4813 International Finance (20 credits)
FIN4814 Applied Corporate Finance (20 credits)
MKT4814 Marketing Communications (20 credits)
MKT4815 Digital Marketing (20 credits)
MGT4824 Business Excellence and Quality Management (20 credits)
MGT4827 Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
MGT4826 Operations Strategy (20 credits)
MGT4836 Governance and Sustainability (20 credits)
MGT4837 Sustainable Organisation Management (20 credits) *
MGT4838 Managing Innovation (20 credits) *
MGT4839 Entrepreneurship and SME Management (20 credits) *
MSO4800 Data Analytics (20 credits) *
MSO4801 Advanced Business Statistics *
FIN4828 Islamic Banking and Finance (20 credits) *
MKT4829 Islamic Management and Marketing (20 credits) *
*These modules and pathways are only offered to MBA students enrolling in the PART-TIME mode
This module provides students with a means of developing further and integrating the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA by application to a substantial applied project.
The aim is for students to develop a project in relation to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to the scope of the relevant issue(s) identified, consider relevant literature relating to the project, collect and apply data, consider the financial implications including any cost/benefit analysis.
This module aims to: 1) explore marketing theories and key concepts; 2) explain and use conceptual frameworks for understanding marketing phenomena; 3) equip students to analyse marketing environments and strategies and to apply appropriate techniques based on insights gained; 4) develop students’ ability to identify actions that help organisations achieve superior results through marketing related activities; and 5) allow students to apply, in a risk-free environment, the strategic concepts of marketing and to test real strategies in a modelled competitive space using simulation.
This module focuses upon people and their performance in a variety of contexts. The module aims, to: identify areas of overlap between management and leadership and to investigate the competencies and behaviours associated with management and leadership; develop leadership behaviours that will enable students to manage performance as well as lead change to improve organisational performance illustrate how the processes of contemporary human resource management support organisational performance; - explore the key elements of the ‘HR cycle’ (resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding performance).
Financial and economic factors affect organisations in many ways. This module aims to provide knowledge, skills and a theoretical and practical understanding in a number of technical and strategic aspects of financial management and economics and how they affect commercial organisations. It also examines the interrelationships between key factors in the economic environment, evaluating the impact of shifts and changes in these factors on organisational decision-making and performance. The inter- connections between the economic and financial environment are also explored. The aim of this module is also to develop analytical skills among the students.
This module aims to inform students of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy; explore models and theories of strategy and their application by practicing managers; critically appraise where and when such models are useful; provide interesting and engaging examples and exercises that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building students’ capability in strategic thinking and practice.
This module aims to provide students with knowledge on evolution of organisational excellence concept, principles and international frameworks starting with the inspection process to the development of organisational excellence frameworks. The module equips the students with the ability to evaluate organisations in various sectors, to conduct self-assessment and to develop the required actions in order to fill in the identified gaps. The module covers world-wide accepted and adopted excellence frameworks and students will be provided with the techniques and tools to analyse and evaluate organizations from perspectives of leadership, people, resource management, customer management, processes management and society contributions. A wide range of industry best practices and case studies will be addressed in order to link theory to practice.
We live in a world in which technology, globalization, risk and rapid change affect every part of our life and every corner of this world. To succeed in this fast changing and risky world, learning is an integral part of every individual’s life, every group of people, as well as every organisation. This module aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and experience of organisations via case studies on organisational learning and its association with organisational excellence.
The module aims to address the concepts of Individual Learning, Team Learning, Organisational Learning (OL), Learning Disabilities, Organisational Learning Factors, Mechanisms and Learning Organisations (LO) in the context of Organisational Excellence Frameworks. The module aims to provide students with the required skills to conduct gap analysis using proven instruments and recognized frameworks. A wide range of success stories from private, public and non-profit world-class organisations will be covered. The module will enable students to develop skills and behaviours required to evaluate organisational learning in organisations.
The aim of this module is to develop in students an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of international finance and risk management. The module rigorously examines the framework in which firms make their financing and risk management decisions with an emphasis on firms operating in an international environment. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the organisation, workings and instruments of the foreign exchange, bond and offshore financial markets; an understanding of international finance theories and current empirical evidence; an understanding of the financial (interest rate and foreign currency) risks faced by firms and the methods used to identify, measure and manage these risks; an understanding of the applications of financial derivative instruments; and an understanding of the pricing mechanics of financial derivative instruments.
This module will enable the student to build an understanding of the financial decisions based on the fundamental theories of finance. It focuses on issues which affect the firm’s value and shareholders’ wealth. Empirical findings and their implications on decision strategies will be covered. The module will discuss financial incidences and appropriate actions required to be taken to mitigate the impact. Valuation of assets, capital structure and financing decisions based on real case studies will be the focus of this module.
The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge of theory and practice relating to all parts of the DAPPS (Direct marketing, Advertising, Personal selling, Public Relations and Sales Promotion) framework in an international marketing environment. The approach will comprise a thorough review and critical analysis of relevant contemporary theoretical frameworks and will also focus on practical application to real-world scenarios.
The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge of the development and implementation of marketing strategies to help diverse organizations gain competitive advantage in a highly volatile operating environment.
Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Operations and Logistics will additionally take the following two modules
This module seeks to broaden students’ knowledge of specialized areas of supply chain management, and focuses on strategic and operational processes in the entire network of business that transform inputs (e.g. raw materials and information) into value-added finished products and services for end customers. In particular the module aims: to examine current developments in the fields of purchasing, logistics and demand-supply balancing of local and global multi-echelon supply chains; to familiarize students with key techniques for tackling related issues, leading into critical discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of those techniques.
The aim of this module is to learn how operations strategy can add value to the business and how to integrate this strategy with the corporate/business strategies and with those of other functional areas. The module aims at enabling the student to evaluate the design of processes, products and services from the perspective of efficiency, responsiveness, quality and productivity.
Students choose TWO of the following modules subject to timetabling and availability
This course aims to provide students with a background in research methodologies and data analysis with a main focus on the applications of modern applied econometrics. Students will acquire an understanding of data collection methodologies, how to use, communicate, and interpret statistics in a wide range of business and management problems. Expertise will be developed in the use of appropriate computational software packages such as SPSS and STATA.
The knowledge gained during the course of this module will help students make sense of data as it emerges from the operations of business and the economy. Using the tools covered in this module will help students develop a superior understanding of the performance of business as well as the environment within which businesses operate.
This course introduces students to governance and corporate responsibility principles and practices leading to sustainable societies. Students will gain an understanding of what governance and corporate responsibility encompasses and how it can be integrated to business strategy and structure and its impact in the global context.
The course explores the broad context of governance for sustainability including governance theory and frameworks, and the reporting of governance impacts. It examines the role and responsibility of stakeholders and how these can be managed. The module will conclude by exploring the future of governance and corporate responsibility and how businesses can contribute to the transition to sustainable societies.
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the working week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. For the full time programme , we hold classes on average 4 days a week (sometimes 3 and sometimes 5) and for the part time programme we hold classes 2 days a week for the first year. In the second year for part-time students there will be classes on average 2 days per week but for some blocks of time 3 and 1 days per week. Additional sessions will be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you will receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session for 16 weeks per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable. For the Project module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements, there will be a series of additional workshops announced when your cohort commences. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an essential requirement for completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of the MBA. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and interaction with your fellow as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. You may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying and by engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers.
These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
Beyond the Classroom
All MBA finalists take part in one of several international field trips. These are a week long, “comprehensive to the extent of exhaustive” and are included in the MBA course fees. In recent years, the Middlesex Dubai MBA has been to France, Italy and China.
Milan: MBA Field Trip Luxury Goods Industry
As part of this Applied Learning Experience Middlesex MBA students spent a week in Milan understanding the industry dynamics and working on a live case study. The MBA teams attended workshops given by two of the most renowned academics in the luxury goods industry. Field work was assigned which was carried out in Milan’s most prominent fashion district the rectangle of gold the d’Oro via Della Spiga which covers via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. Top brand management consultants interacted with the students and spoke on the turnaround strategy of a prominent brand.
The Middlesex MBA group was very positive about the benefits about this learning experience. These are some of the student comments:
“The field trip gave me more insights into portfolio management (product lines), effective communication strategies of brands and retail business models “.
“My experience of Milan trip is to learn about how to manage a project independently in real life, Team working, human resources and capabilities management. Moreover, it is a good chance to enhance our emotion relationships with our classmates through the project.”
“Thank you Middlesex team for also giving us this opportunity to learn out of the traditional classroom setting”
“The faculty were top experts in fashion and we benefitted from their knowledge”
“Fashion is a rapidly changing industry and analysing this industry provided us with many lessons in these fast changing times”
“There is no better place to study the fashion industry than Milan”
“As a MBA student who is specialising in marketing I could not asked for a better programme”
“I love the applied learning concept - learning via observing feeling and experiencing”
“The ALE was a fantastic experience. Great learning’s from this field trip”
Paris: MBA Field Trip the Luxury Beauty Industry
The Middlesex University Dubai MBA students visited Paris for a week to study the luxury beauty and fashion industry as part of their MBA program. The MBA accompanying tutor for the Paris trip was full of praise for the MDX MBA students’ performance in delivering the two projects. Stating; “we were astounded by the Louis Vuitton flagship store, Lafayette, Merci and so many smaller stores and we explored the intricacies of the beauty industry. MBA students interviewed, charmed and tested the perfumes (and the staff), got a make-over, and admired the designer items in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind all the success stories. Their level of participation and devotion to know, to understand, and to apply, deserves all the credit! In between they had time to enjoy the French cuisine, the history and the old world that is so uniquely Paris”.
The MBA students had a lot to say about their Paris experience and here is some of their feedback :
"I would rate the learning experience of ALE4 Paris filed trip as the best value-added experience of my life".
"The field research was one of the best aspects of the ALE4 program. Interacting with business and visiting the stores was really helpful and an eye-opener"
"Being in Paris and studying the industry isolated from the routine back home allowed us to focus and work intensively for a week."
"The branding strategy session for me was amazing and the speakers and facilitators were knowledgeable and made the session interesting and an enjoyable learning experience".
"It gave the theory we learn a practical perspective. Being part of the field trip helped to see the principles of management and strategy in play"
"An international field trip is the key component of a top MBA program. Thank you MDX staff and guest faculty for putting together an awesome learning experience"
"Global exposure and working in another industry in another market is always a challenge. I loved it"
"The Professors from one of Europe’s top university in fashion were very good and knowledgeable about the beauty and fashion industry"
"In the case presentation of Lancôme I was able to rehearse and put into practice my skills in a new industry a market and outside my comfort zone".
"The Cartier case on the communications aspect of a brand was just superb".
Shanghai: MBA Field Trip the Luxury Brands Industry
The Shanghai experience was led by expertise from Fudan University Beijing, and involved practically a whole MBA module’s worth of material compressed into one week. Delegates learned not only about the status of the luxury brands industry in China but also the heritage and culture of Chinese business and China itself. With a unique blend of classroom learning, guest speakers from luxury fashion retail, discussions and industry visits, teams of MBA students devised their own plans to launch a luxury brand business in China. The Dubai group leader stated “the Shanghai trip was a venture into another world of business altogether. Students leaned not only from academics and consultants but also leading managers in the global luxury brand world. On the industry visits to Blanc Pain and Hermes, the MBA group was shown a window into a world that “us mere mortals” rarely have access to”
The Middlesex MBA students were very positive about the Shanghai trip. This is what they said.
"The Shanghai trip was phenomenal. The instruction was fantastic and brought deep insight into the topic of the luxury market in China. The faculty were passionate about the topic. The theory was vividly displayed when we visited the luxury stores and traveled through amazing Shanghai. A once in a lifetime experience!"
"The trip to Shanghai was great. We learned a lot about Chinese market, consumer behavior and the high potential for luxury industry there."
"This was an invaluable experience! The trip to Shanghai exposed me to China's evolving market. The knowledge of the training staff was exceptional. All the learning outcomes came together in a real life scenario. This truly puts Middlesex's MBA program a step above in my eyes."
"The ALE trip to Shanghai was an enlightening experience. The theory and practical experience gained from the trip of 5 full days was almost at par with a module that is given over 16 lectures. The course was covered in minute detail explaining not only about the rising economy of China but also the consumer segmentation of luxury consumers in China, as well as the uniqueness of luxury goods and brands. "
"The Shanghai trip really adds exponentially to the MBA experience at Middlesex Dubai and it has also helped me realise what and exciting market China is to bring business into."
"The field trip was very interesting and informative. I am seriously thinking about working the luxury goods industry as a career. Thank you Middlesex."
The Shanghai field trip can be described as a magical blend of the ancient and modern, and students unanimously voted the trip as unforgettable, extremely memorable and an experience not to be missed. The MBA team sums up the Shanghai trip and indeed all three international field trips as "an MBA in a week" and the very pinnacle and essence of what the Middlesex Dubai MBA is all about.
Team Development and Leadership Skills at the Middlesex MBA
The Team Development and Leadership two day workshop for the Middlesex MBA students has been traditionally conducted by Kathleen Harrison and Alan Birkett of Katalan UK. This very engaging weekend consists of tasks designed to bring out key learning points that parallel the workplace context and provides a real testing ground for participants to develop new skills and practice them in a safe environment. The team development and leadership experience provides an ideal opportunity for our MBA students to understand their leadership style, importance of teamwork as well as giving and receiving, feedback. The event helps establish and develop interpersonal and group relationships as well as to and facilitate the breakdown of different backgrounds and cultural and barriers.
Team Development and Leadership
This two day total immersion is facilitated by external consultants from the UK and covers leadership and team development. It is staged deliberately early on in the MBA programme so that students can discover the strengths and areas for improvement for both the team and individual.
International Field Trip
This one week trip, lovingly known as the “MBA in a week” gives students the opportunity to work on and experience strategic business issues on a very practical level. To date students have worked with clients within the Italian and French fashion industry, and the luxury good market in China. Field trips in recent cohorts have been to Paris, Milan and Shanghai.
Applied Marketing Project
This event involves the creation of a product or service concept that will meet the expectations of the target market. The workshop covers the application of the theoretical concepts of contemporary marketing to making complex decisions relating to a marketing project, communicating complex marketing ideas, strategies, concepts, and research through impactful presentations using a range of appropriate technology.
Entrepreneurship - Start Your Own Business!
This highly interactive experience covers developing an innovative business set-up, creating a sustainable business model, the elevator pitch in front of our “Shark Tank” and the next steps (options to make your new ventures take flight).
The aims of the 4 (FOUR) Executive Development
Skills (ESD) workshops are to provide
students with as broad a range of executive
managerial skills. Each ESD will be run on a
format of a corporate training programme.
The Executive Skills Development sessions in recent cohorts have included
This workshop aims;
Coaching for Performance
This session covers;
This programme includes;
Cross Cultural Awareness for Managers
This experience explores;
The criteria for admission to the
programme are as follows:
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
English Language Test
6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)
87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
Our MBA will benefit your career prospects by giving you the ability to think and lead strategically, apply knowledge in real time in the real world, gain understanding of other sectors and comprehend the skills involved in a senior management role. If you are already in employment, the work based projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your organisation’s work objectives.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
Ishita works as a Marketing Executive at
"The Middlesex MBA program provided
immediate value by increasing my strategic
awareness. Taking up the MBA full time was
challenging however it helped me relate course
content across modules and understand how the
dynamics of different aspects affect the business.
Having my MBA demonstrates to my employers
that I am committed to continuous learning
and ensures that I have the skills necessary
to drive value in our business activities. The
peer-to-peer interactions within the classroom
were most valuable as they broadened my
horizon of understanding of business issues."
Andrew works for Emerson
Industrial Automation as a Strategic Planning
"The Middlesex MBA has a strong element of strategy development
incorporating internal and external environmental analysis which
has provided me with the tools to deliver well structured market
research and business proposals within my role at Emerson where I
am required to deliver evidence driven analysis to support business
decisions at the highest level. The lecture content and style including
case studies coupled with coursework relating to real-life industries not
only made the subject interesting but also showed me the relevance
and effectiveness of strategy management in modern businesses."