Management Masters AMBA accredited

15 April 2014

Eight Management Masters (MSc) programmes at Aberystwyth University have been given the stamp of approval and fully accredited by AMBA, the Association of MBAs.

AMBA accredits MBA, DBA and MBM programmes at over 200 business schools in over 80 countries.

Aberystwyth University is the only Welsh University to be accredited with the award.

Four Masters programmes have received AMBA accreditation for the first time: Management & Corporate Leadership; Management & Tourism Management; Management & Digital Business; Management & Project Management.

The accreditation of four Masters programmes has been renewed by AMBA: Enterprise and Innovation Management; International Business Management; Management and Finance; Management and Marketing.

Professor Steven McGuire, Director of School of Management and Business at Aberystwyth said; “With so many MSc and MBA degrees on offer, quality has become essential. The AMBA accolade represents a stamp of quality for the School, the University, its programmes, teaching, facilities and research.

“This accreditation provides graduates with an internationally recognised qualification, greatly enhancing the value of their degree and their future as professional managers and practitioners.”

The AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.

The School earned several commendations from the AMBA panel, notably in relation to the quality and dedication of the academic and administrative staff, and for the facilities on the Llanbadarn campus. 

The panel also noted with approval the significant investment made in support for international students and new teaching equipment.

The School of Management and Business was first accredited by the Association in 2006 and again in October 2011. Since then, four new MSc degrees have been designed which were all approved by the last accreditation panel.

Professor McGuire added, “Not only will those studying with us join a community of high quality students from around the world, but you also become part of a worldwide business network which includes senior managers, board directors and CEOs.

“This affiliation will open up immeasurable opportunities to network and interact with like-minded professionals and senior business practitioners from a wide range of industries.”

Llanbadarn Campus, which houses the School of Management and Business at Aberystwyth, underwent an improvement programme worth £3.5m last year which saw five buildings refreshed and re-equipped with state-of-the-art teaching rooms, non-traditional teaching spaces, social areas and IT facilities.

Professor Andrew Henley, Director of the Institute of Management, Law and Information Science and Professor of Entrepreneurship said; “The AMBA accreditation panel were impressed with the work that the University has undertaken to refurbish the Llanbadarn centre to provide an excellent standard of teaching facilities for students in the School of Management and Business.

“I am delighted to have this expression of support for the investment that the University has made in the new Institute, and the work that we are doing to provide an outstanding experience for our postgraduate student community.”

Accreditation gives business schools international credibility and status. The number of MSc qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to AMBA’s rigorous international criteria.

Accreditation by the Association of MBAs identifies programmes as the best there is. The developmental nature of the accreditation process often helps business schools spot potential shortcomings in their programmes, and the comprehensive and consultative report outlines recommendations for improving provision in the future.

Further information about the School of Management and Business at Aberystwyth is available online