Final Project

Overcome a real business problem

This module allows you to put the theory taught on the MBA into practice. You’ll develop specialised expertise by researching a real business issue and influence real commercial outcomes, if your recommendations are implemented by a sponsoring organisation.

This project can be selected as a double-weighted elective module as part of the Global Online MBA experience. It requires you to submit a report of up to 15,000 words for assessment. Your report must have a critical, evaluative or analytical element, and add value by creating something new in terms of method, application, ideas and knowledge.

Projects range from consultancy assignments to theoretical analyses, and are often sponsored by companies. You may choose to do your project with your own organisation. With the flexibility of options offered this project is a great way for you to link this project to your career objectives.

The project is completed through the summer period.

You will:

  • Understand a specific aspect of management, industry or the economy in depth
  • Develop technical expertise in, for example, financial analysis, mathematical modelling, information technology or forecasting
  • Understand and carry out high-level research, gaining familiarity with sources and how to use data, as well as the ability to evaluate and synthesise existing literature and present findings accurately, clearly and concisely
  • Influence real commercial outcomes through the implementation of your recommendations by your sponsoring organisation.

A selection of past projects is listed below:

  • Arthur D Little – The impact of e-business on the upstream oil industry

  • BAE Systems – Learning in a complex environment

  • BP – The BP social investment strategy for China

  • BT – New market spaces in the mobile internet: a customer-focused strategy for British Telecommunications plc

  • BTG plc – Technology roadmaps and strategic assessment of an early-stage biomedical technology

  • Business Intelligence – The development of a website evaluation tool to assess websites’ ability to serve customers well on the internet

  • Ernst & Young Corporate Finance – Leadership in the digital age: will e-world success demand a different executive profile?

  • Microsoft – How to play; where to play – Microsoft and the mobile internet consumer market

  • NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency – Maximising the utility of business information systems in NETMA

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers – Outperformance in M&A deals

  • Proctor and Gamble – A customer-focused strategy for – an internet site for Saudi teens

  • Psion plc – Can Psion reshape the business model of the music industry?

  • Singapore Trade Development Board –Developing a business and marketing strategy for the International Trade Institute of Singapore

  • The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology – The business case for commercialisation of antibody-based drugs

  • The National Criminal Intelligence Service – Measuring intelligence: an examination of performance measures

  • UBS Warburg – Business-to-business electronic marketplace in China – the Chinese path to collaborative commerce

  • US Navy – An analysis of women junior officer retention in the US Navy

  • Asda

  • BUPA

  • Clarke Energy Ltd

  • Covidien

  • EMC Saatchi

  • Financial Times

  • Glaxo Wellcome

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Halcyon Days

  • Ian Jones & Partners

  • Jaguar Land Rover

  • Lloyds TSB

  • PA Consulting

  • Pivotal Corporation

  • QSP

  • Rolls-Royce

  • Royal Bank of Scotland

  • TATA

  • Vernalis

"What I really like about the programme is that it trains you to have independent thoughts and presents a balance between faculty-led teaching and self-directed learning. The most important thing is the more I’ve learned, the more I’ve realised how little I know. This is indeed a very humbling experience."
Global Online MBA 2018-20
Wen Ling Choong