If you’re in the business of people, the AIB Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) is the specialist degree that will advance your career in HR as a valuable strategic partner to your business.

Throughout the degree, you’ll develop skills to maximise deployment of human capital to meet the short and long-term goals of an organisation, and tackle the global, local, environmental, technological and socio-political changes that continue to shape and transform business – and our world. Walk away with up to date knowledge of the global labour market, emerging trends and forecasts to effectively plan, harness talent management tools and encourage strong people and business performance.

As well as mastering the learning and development deployment within an organisation, change management and overseeing human capital in a global context, you’ll deepen your understanding of HR’s relationship with other business units. This includes learning across finance, operations, corporate governance, marketing and project management – an essential toolkit for building your influence as a leader, executive and business owner.

Graduate with one of the most well-respected qualifications globally – the MBA – and the expertise to manage an organisation’s human capital in the ever-changing business world.

MBA (MBA HUMAN RESOURCES) COURSE STRUCTURE 

Three stages to the Fast-Track MBA 

The Fast-Track MBA (MBA Human Resources) encompasses 12 subjects that make up 3 nested postgraduate qualifications: a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA. 

Each qualification is a ‘milestone’ towards your Master of Business Administration, and can be achieved upon the successful completion of 4 subjects in as little as 4* months each. We know that life happens, therefore if you need to exit the program early, you can still achieve a postgraduate qualification. 

*eligibility criteria applies

AIB MBA structure AU

The subjects you’ll study

Your core subjects are: Leadership (First Subject), Strategic Management (Second Subject), Marketing Management, Operations Management, Financial Management, Strategic Human Resource Management, Corporate Governance and Project Management.

After completing those subjects, you’ll move on to your specialist units that will develop your expertise in human resource management practices and their application in an ever-changing organisational world.

Leadership (First Subject)

The subject provides a scholarly and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of leadership and how it applies to contemporary leadership practice.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of leadership theories, concepts, and practice, including both traditional and contemporary forms of leadership.
  • Critically evaluate various modes of leadership with consideration of ethical and socially responsible practice.
  • Effectively communicate and apply relevant leadership principles to address diverse needs of various stakeholders.
  • Develop a critically reflective leadership model for your own development.
Strategic Management (Second Subject)

This subject provides comprehensive knowledge of the strategic management process and gives exposure to the concepts and frameworks that are used in understanding a company’s competitive position in domestic and international markets, and the development of new strategies.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary strategic management theory, concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how strategy formulation and strategy implementation processes work in contemporary organisations.
  • Conduct an analysis of the internal and external environment of the selected organisational context, using appropriate strategic management theories and frameworks to inform future direction.
  • Critically evaluate different strategic alternatives and suggest an appropriate and ethical pathway for a business to build and sustain competitive advantage.
Marketing Management

This subject discusses the importance and strategic role of marketing in today’s globalised and digital business environment. Students learn practical skills that impact on business growth, like how to analyse the market context in which a business or enterprise is operating, segment the market, select an appropriate target market, and recommend strategic and tactical plans that co-create value for the selected target market.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary marketing theory and practice.
  • Evaluate marketing concepts and organisational issues to make evidence-based decisions on creating value for customers.
  • Apply innovative marketing approaches, techniques, and ethical perspectives to recommend an evidence-based solution to the problem of capturing value from customers.
  • Communicate marketing knowledge, skills, and ideas to others in writing clearly, persuasively, and credibly.
Operations Management

This subject provides an in-depth knowledge of issues critical for the efficient and effective management of operations in service, public, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and other sectors.  The subject covers operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate operations management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely, and credibly communicate operations management knowledge to others.
  • Apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative and evidence-based solutions for complex operations management issues.
Financial Management

This subject prepares students for effective financial management in organisations. At a foundational level, the subject introduces how a manager can interpret financial statements, identify trends and utilise financial tools and techniques to improve decision making, alongside non-financial considerations including ethics.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of core contemporary financial management theory, techniques and practice.
  • Critically evaluate and effectively communicate recommendations to address financial management issues.
  • Apply financial management theory and techniques to professional practice in an ethical manner.
Strategic Human Resource Management

This subject will prepare students for the continuously evolving nature of work in uncertain times and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for organisations in meeting the strategic needs of a diverse workforce.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice.
  • Critically evaluate and recommend improvements to existing human resource management strategies.
  • Identify and evaluate different perspectives and contemporary trends, and their impact on strategic HRM.
  • Design and effectively communicate an evidence based human resource management initiative with consideration to ethical concerns.
Corporate Governance*

This subject examines the development, concepts, and significance of the concepts and practice of Corporate Governance, and organisational governance within the context of organisational capacity building.

Pre-requisites: Three AQF Level 8 subjects must be completed before attempting Corporate Governance

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary corporate governance theories, principles and regulatory frameworks.
  • Use corporate governance theories and frameworks to interpret the key corporate governance responsibility, structure and function in practice.
  • Critically evaluate corporate governance structure and practices with consideration of needs of various stakeholders, corporate ethics and social responsibility.
  • Effectively apply and communicate relevant theories and frameworks to ensure sound and ethical corporate governance decisions in practice.
Project Management*

This subject provides the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage projects in service, public, not-for-profit, private and other sectors. The subject covers various practical frameworks and emerging topics.

Pre-requisites: A minimum of three AQF level 8 subjects which must include Operations Management must be completed before attempting Project Management.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of project management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex information, problems, principles and frameworks related to project management.
  • Research and apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative, ethical, and evidence-based solutions for complex project management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate project management knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences to inform practice.

Organisational Learning and Development

This subject provides scholarly, practical, and in-depth knowledge to support and critically evaluate contemporary approaches to organisational learning and development (OLAD). Drawing on adult learning theory, students will be involved in diagnosing an organisation’s learning and development needs. Subsequently, they will gain an insight into the process of design, implementation, and evaluation of learning and development initiatives in line with the organisation’s strategic direction. Implications for fostering capabilities for the development of human capital for sustained competitive advantage will be examined.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate organisational learning and development and its strategic application in practice.
  • Diagnose learning and development needs that align with the organisation’s strategic focus.
  • Design an evidence-based organisational learning and development initiative to address current and future organisational needs whilst maintaining professional integrity.
Managing People in a Global Context*

This subject explores how globalisation has influenced and impacted human resource management practices in multinational enterprises (MNEs).

Pre-requisites: Strategic Human Resource Management

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary international HRM theories, principles and concepts.
  • Critically analyse international HRM practices and their application in a global context.
  • Identify and evaluate different contemporary perspectives, value systems and trends and their impact on international HRM policy and practice.
  • Design and effectively communicate an appropriate evidence-based international HRM strategy which takes into account socially responsible and ethical practice for an organisation.
Managing Change*

Managing Change focuses on organisational change: why it occurs, how it occurs, how it can be managed, and what forms it can take. The complexities of change present real challenges for managers and leaders and, hence, challenges for managers and leadership in times of change are also addressed.

Pre-requisites: Strategic Human Resource Management

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of theories of planned change, a range of established change management approaches and their applicability in organisational settings.
  • Assume a leading role in critically evaluating organisational and behavioural issues that may affect the change process and recommend strategies to combat these issues.
  • Analyse complex organisational issues including any ethical considerations in relation to a planned change initiative.
  • Formulate, effectively communicate and implement change initiatives and strategies for organisations.

The objective of this subject is to undertake a project related to the chosen area of professional focus. Students will identify an appropriate workplace or industry related research problem or opportunity, conduct a concise review of theories and frameworks, engage in identifying secondary data, analyse the data and present findings in a formal business research report.

Pre-requisite: A minimum of 10 MBA subjects (all AQF level 8 subjects and at least 4 AQF level 9 subjects) must be completed before attempting the Project.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Critically examine contemporary business theory and practices related to an identified enterprise (or industry) problem or opportunity.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply innovative approaches, techniques, ethical perspectives, and the use of secondary data, to an identified enterprise (or industry) problem or opportunity.
  • Critically evaluate business (or industry) concepts and synthesise existing research, theory, and secondary data to advise business stakeholders on business solutions.
  • Communicate evidenced-based recommendations to stakeholders clearly, persuasively, and credibly.

*When scheduling your timetable, please note that some subjects have pre-requisites that must be successfully completed prior to commencing the subject.

In addition to an MBA in Logistics & Supply Chain Management, the following specialisations are offered by AIB: Finance, Entrepreneurial Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing Management.

Prefer not to specialise your MBA degree? That’s ok – our general MBA option allows you to mix & match elective courses to tailor your study program.

Multiple start dates

With the flexibility and convenience of 11 start dates every year, you can start your MBA when it suits you.

START DATES

Enrolment cutoff date: 06 June 2022

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Study at your own pace 

At AIB, students have the flexibility to study at the pace that suits them. Unlike other institutions, we offer many intakes throughout the year, plus the ability to speed up your studies with concurrent subjects  subject to meeting our eligibility criteria or slow it down to make it achievable for you, and schedule breaks in as well when you need them. The Fast-Track MBA is truly flexible to your schedule.

There are 11 MBA terms per year at AIB, with each term running for 7 weeks followed by a 1-week break. Students typically spend around 150 hours per subject (or about 20 hours per week) to complete their MBA, but this varies, depending on your personal level of experience and education.

Learn more: MBA Hours Per Week Study Calculator

Assessment

The assessments in our MBA include written assignments and reports, recorded presentations, case study analyses and online quizzes. As a practically-focused business school, all of AIB’s assessments are practical in nature, and we have a strong focus on authentic assessment methods.

This means that you can base your MBA assessments on your workplace, industry or a professional scenario you’ve been in, so that your MBA learning has real world context and application. In many cases, students are able to use their assessment research and reports to start enacting change in their workplace while studying.

Eligibility Requirements

A degree is not essential for entry to the Fast-Track MBA (Logistics & Supply Chain Management). There are multiple entry pathways that allow you to use your practical experience.

MBA applicants must have one of the following to be eligible:

  1. Minimum five years’ work experience, including at least three years’ of management or significant technical experience.
  2. An Advanced Diploma or associate degree (or equivalent) and at least three years’ of relevant work experience.
  3. A bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ of relevant work experience.

The Fast-Track MBA is taught online in English. Additional English and computer requirements apply.

There are 6 MBA terms per year at AIB, with each term running for 7 weeks with a 1-week break to follow. We anticipate that you will spend around 150 hours per subject (or about 20 hours per week) to complete your MBA – but this depends on you, as everyone has different levels of experience and education. 

As the practical business school, all of AIB’s assessments are practical in nature, and we have a strong focus on authentic assessment methods. What this means is that you can base your MBA assessments on your workplace, industry or a professional scenario you’ve been in, so that your MBA learning has real world context and application. In many cases, students are able to use their assessment research and reports to enact change in their business. The assessments in our MBA include written assignments and reports, recorded presentations, case study analyses and online quizzes to name a few.

A lot of my role involves contracts, tenders and planning new services and strategy. The MBA has given me a much more analytical approach to everything that I do, looking at what the advantages are for our organisation if we carry forth with this, what are the disadvantages, and the ability to identify risk. 

Candice Crawford
State Manager Strategy and Engagement

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