The British University in Egypt
The Faculty of Business Administration,
Economics and Political Science
MBA Student Handbook

This handbook gives general information about the MBA programme policies, procedures and facilities.


Business schools seek to prepare students for senior management roles in business. They do this by exposing them to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resource management. Unlike other Masters programmes which provide further specialisation in a very specific topic in a field, an MBA is interdisciplinary drawing from the many fields of behavioral and applied sciences. The Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science established its MBA programme based on a thorough scrutiny of market requirements, a thorough analysis of the gap in the quality of deliverables in other academic bodies and a belief in mission and vision of the British University in Egypt.

Mission and Objectives

The Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and political science developed an MBA programme that serves the needs of the local and global community. This was done by developing students’ knowledge, skills and behaviour through offering a mix of modules specially designed to be fit for purpose. The aims of the programme are to help students developing an advanced level of competence in the way they analyse, synthesize, plan, execute and solve problems relevant to their specilaisation. The programme will also help them developing an advanced level of competence in conducting research; to plan, execute, report, and defend an original piece of research relevant to their specilisation.

On Campus Education

Intensive 3 days a week (Saturday from 9-5, Monday from 5-9 and Wednesday from 5-9) compulsory and elective MBA modules are delivered on BUE campus in El-Shorouk. Interactive lectures combined by real-life case studies, e-learning materials and are enhanced by a state of the art BUE library guarantee the achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

Teaching Methods

The set of sessions specified to cover each module is encompassing a variety of teaching modes and methods that guarantees the inducement of learning. An array of assessment instruments are also employed to ensure the transfer of knowledge and skills. The intention is to provide a framework or intellectual map of the topics and to indicate the implications on the business.

Because the MBA programme is a professional degree, the methodology of teaching depends mainly on interactive learning where students are involved in their learning process. Lectures are changed into discussions, and students and academic staff members become partners in the journey of knowledge gaining. Teaching is enhanced by an e-learning tools that tremendously help students to achieve the intended learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements and Participant’s profile

Admission to the MBA programme is competitive. Potential applicants must:

· Hold a university degree in Business Administration/ Management or equivalent. All applicants should have two years of experience.

· Foreign students must provide evidence that they have been granted permission to stay in Egypt for a minimum of two years.

· Applicants must pass the English placement test, as a particular requirement for the MBA programme. Graduates of BUE and other overseas universities operating in countries where the native language is English are exempted from the placement test.

· Applicants must take the GMAT test as a particular requirement for the MBA programme.

· Applicants must pass an interview once they have taken the English and the GMAT tests.

· Students are required to register annually with the University. Failure to register by 2 weeks of each academic semester may result in the withdrawal of student status.

· Fees due are payable by the time of registration on the first two weeks of the academic semester.

· The management of tuition fees instalments are guided by the internal BUE regulations.


In order to complete registration, the MBA potential student must:

Submit your original credentials to the Student Affairs Office. This includes:

o Original graduation certificate

o Transcript of modules taught.

o Evidence of payment of due fees.

If the student has any problem paying fees, he/she should go to the Finance Office immediately. If he/she has any problem providing original documents, he/she should go to the Student Affairs Office immediately.

Upon registration, students will receive an ID card and an e-mail address and all the other necessities to start your studies.

Student ID will help them to:

· Gain access to the Campus

· Use the Library

· Sit examinations

· Prove your student status on and off campus grounds

· Request certificates and other services from central administration

The card will be in use for the whole of the programme (Renewed each Academic Year). It remains the property of the University and must be returned when the programme is finished. It is important to:

· Keep ID card safe

· Carry ID card at all times when on campus

· Show ID card to any BUE staff member who asks to see it

· Prohibit anyone else to use ID card

If a student loses his/her card, he/she can get a new one from Student Affairs. He/she will have to pay 150LE for a replacement. It is important to remember to tell the Library that the ID card was lost. In case someone else finds it and borrows books in your name, you will be liable for any loss or damage to those books.

Students are therefore asked to log onto the Student Records System (SRS).

Registration will ensure that students are entered for the assessments that they are required to take, and that their transcripts are complete. Students’ co-operation in registering before teaching commences will be very much appreciated.


All official communication to students from the University will be via BUE email address. It is the student responsibility to ensure that his/her account is activated and that it is checked often to collect emails. To activate account, students should go to the IT Support Office, Building (B) 1 floor.

It is in your own interest to inform the Student Affairs Office immediately of any change of permanent or temporary address, email address, mobile or home telephone number. Any notice or correspondence sent to an address held by the University as the student’s address will be considered as received.

· In the matter where a lecture is scheduled in a day that is considered an official holiday, the lecturer should compensate the students in another day.

· Note that each module is finished in 11 weeks of teaching and the 12th week is for examination.

· Note that impaired performance (IP) claims should be submitted otherwise, student will fail the module. Absence Forms should also be submitted sufficient time before the commencement of module examination date.

MBA Programme Structure

The MBA programme follows a pattern, which takes modules as the unit of study. Each module is weighted according to its credit rating and level of study. The majority of modules have the credit value of 6. The dissertation has a value of 12 credits.

The academic year is divided into three semesters. Each semester comprises 12 weeks including examination periods.

The design of the programme is based on assigning 6 ECTS credits to one module (this is equivalent to one credit = 30 workload hours). The following is an illustration:

The programme consists of 18 modules + the dissertation. The dissertation is treated as two modules with 12 credit hours. The total credit hours needed to obtain the MBA is 120 credit hours.

The total credits according to the structure of the programme are as follows:

Structure Number of Modules Number of Credit Hours Core Modules 8 48 Optional Modules 6 36 Specialisation Modules 4 24 Research Project 2 12 Total 20 120
Students should submit their final draft of the dissertation after finishing the 18 modules of the programme. While studying for their modules, they are encouraged to read, collect data in their area of specialisation.

MBA Programme Modules

8 Compulsory Introduction to Economics Management Accounting & Control Financial Management Mathematics & Statistics for Business & Economics Research Methods Management Information System Marketing Management Human Resource Management 6 Optional Business Economics Feasibility Study Econometric Analysis Financial Accounting Sustainable Development Special Topics in Entrepreneurship Strategic Management Strategic Human Resource Management Financial Statement Analysis Operations Management Financial reporting Global Marketing
Specialisation Track: Marketing

Specialisation Modules Strategic Marketing in Digital Era Political Marketing Marketing at the base of the Pyramid Retailing Management
MBA Programme Regulations

Where students are required to select optional modules, they must do so either prior to, or on registering at the start of the relevant semester.

Students may request permission to withdraw from an optional module and register for another; they may be allowed to do so within two weeks of the start of teaching of the relevant semester. Generally, once students register for an optional module, it becomes an integral part of their programme (unless they obtain permission to change option modules).

Students who fail a specific module shall resit for this module and bear for the financial implications. Resitting students shall follow the rules of the MBA programme that are approved by the BUE Senate.

Permission to be absent from any part of a programme for up to 4 sessions, must be obtained from the MBA Director in a reasonable time prior to the intended period of absence.

Absence of students in a specific module exceeding 30% of total number of sessions in any given module will result in the student fail in that specific module and bear for the financial and academic consequence.

All requests for the suspension of studies must be evidenced by appropriate documentation.

Students who wish to terminate their studies must submit a written request to the MBA Director and Student Affairs Office. In the event of withdrawal students are not entitled to a refund of their fees.

The method of module assessment for each module, including the weighting for each assessment, shall be specified in module specification.

A percentage of 100 shall be awarded for each component of assessment.

The minimum overall module percentage for a pass and award of credit at the specified level in each module shall be 50%.

Module codes contain characters that indicate the year of the study, abbreviation of module name.

Some modules have pre-requisites. This means you have to pass the pre-requisite module before being allowed to register for the later module.

All modules are taught in English.

Transfers will be dealt with on an individual basis.

It is academic misconduct for any student in the course of any assessment to engage in one or more of the following activities: Failing to comply with the Rules for the Conduct of Students in Assessments; Failing to comply with the Rules for the Conduct of Students in Examination Halls; Assisting another student to gain an advantage by unfair means, or receiving such assistance, for example by collusion, by impersonation or the passing off of one individual's work as another's. This includes undeclared failure to contribute to group coursework assignments; Misleading the examiners by the fabrication or falsification of data; Plagiarism, which is defined by the University as ‘submitting work as the student's own of which the student is not the author’. This includes failure to acknowledge clearly and explicitly the ideas, words or work of another person whether these are published or unpublished; Engaging in any other activity likely to give an unfair advantage to any student; Inappropriate behaviour during oral examinations and VIVA.

A student must certify, when submitting work for assessment, that the work is his/her own. Students are referred to the Coursework Submission and Statement of Academic Honesty Form

An offence of academic misconduct will be defined as Minor or Major depending on its seriousness and can be referred to in the internal regulations of the MBA programme.

MBA Student progression Routes

The rules concerning student progression and the number of attempts that students may be permitted to pass modules as well as the financial implications of student’s withdrawal from the programme are detailed in the internal academic regulations of the MBA programme
Master of Business Administration
MBA in Marketing Fees Due Date Amount Application Fee 16/02/2017 1,000.00 First Payment 20/02/2017 22,000.00 Second Payment 22/11/2017 26,000.00 Thrid Payment 25/06/2018 32,000.00
Note: Please complete your registration process firstly with admission office and submission of payment request to the finance office is a Mandatory to accept your payment.

Methods of Payment:

• Cash (Treasury Office) – Room 112 – Building E

• Cash deposit / bank transfer to our ACC in:

1- Arab African International Bank (AAIB) ACC /517320-3932-002 EGP Swift code / ARAIEGCX

2 - Commercial International Bank (CIB) ACC /100022446597 EGP Swift code / CIBEEGCX165
Programme Structure for Economics 2018-2019
The Political Science programme is an honours programme studied over four years. It comprises a preparatory year and a three-year degree programme. Students are required to pass 120 credits in each of the four years of the programme. The programme is divided into units called modules. Each module studied successfully contributes by 10, 20, or 30 credits toward the degree. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload. One credit is nominally equivalent to 10 hours of student effort. The 'level' of a module indicates its position in the progressive development of academic abilities and/or practical skills. In addition to presenting students with introductory modules in their discipline, the preparatory year provides students with English, Research Methods, History, Economics, Information Technology and Statistics modules. The remaining three years in the degree programme contain compulsory and optional modules all focused on Political Science.

Preparatory Year; 120 credits at level P

Semester 1 Various English (specific module dependent on student ability) 10 18ECON93P Statistics for Political Science 10 18ECON94P Introduction to Economics for Political Science 10 18POLS01P Introduction to Political Science I 10 18POLS06P Research Methods in Social Sciences I 10 18POLS07P Humanities: Introduction to History for Political Science 10 Semester 2 Various English (specific level dependent on student ability) 10 18POLS02P Introduction to Political Science II 10 18POLS03P Information Technology for Political Science 10 18POLS04P Issues in Political Sociology 20 18POLS05P The Making of Modern Egypt 10
Year 1 - 120 credits at Level 4 (Certificate);

Semester 1 18POLS01C Government & Politics of the Middle East 20 18POLS02C Comparative Politics 20 18POLS03C History of Western Political Thought 20 Semester 2 18POLS04C Principles of International Law 20 18POLS05C Modern Political Theory 20 18POLS06C International Relations Theory 20
Year 2 - 120 credits at Level 5 (Intermediate);

Semester 1 18POLS01I Contemporary Ideologies 10 18POLS02I Foreign Policy Analysis: Theories of Decision-Making 20 18POLS11I Non-Western Political Thought 10 Optional Modules 18POLS03I General Studies in Political Science (in Arabic) 10 18POLS04I The Politics of Migration & Refugees 10 18POLS05I Public Policy & Administration 10 18POLS12I International Organizations 10 18ECON92I Macroeconomics for Political Science 10 Semester 2 18POLS13I Research Methods in Social Sciences II 10 18POLS07I Introduction to Development 20 18POLS08I Political Islam: Revivalism & Reform 10 Optional Modules 18POLS06I Introduction to Human Rights 10 18POLS09I The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 10 18POLS10I Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 10 18ECON91I Microeconomics for Political Science 10  
Year 3 - 120 credits at Level 6 (Honours);

Semester 1 18POLS01H Global Political Economy 20 18POLS02H Strategic Studies 10 18POLS03H Final Year Project (Special Topics)
(10 credits in Semester I & 20 credits in Semester II) 10 Optional Modules 18POLS05H European Union: The Politics of Regional Blocs 10 18POLS10H Conflict & Order in Latin America 10 18POLS11H Consular & Diplomatic Affairs 10 18POLS12H Theories & Practices in Political Journalism 10 Semester 2 18POLS07H Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory & Religion 20 18POLS03H Final Year Project (Special Topics)
(10 credits in Semester I & 20 credits in Semester II) 20 Optional Modules 18POLS04H Special Topics in Comparative Politics 10 18POLS06H American Studies 10 18POLS08H Gender in Politics 10 18POLS09H The Rise of Asia: The Politics of South Asia and the Far East 10
Programme Structure of Business Administrationfor Academic Year 2018/2019

Year One: Preparatory Level

Code Title Sem Credit E&S IB FIN MIS** MKT HRM 18BBST01P Introduction to Business 1 10 C C C C C C 18BBST33P Introduction to Behavioural Sciences 1 10 C C C C C C 18BBST29P Study Skills 1 10 C C C C C C 18BBST24P Business Math 1 10 C C C C C C 18BMIS10P Introduction to Computers 1 10 C C C C C C 18ENGL01 English for Academic Purposes 1 10 C C C C C C                     18BBST02P Introduction to Management 2 10 C C C C C C 18BACC01P Accounting Fundamentals 1 2 10 C C C C C C 18BMIS14P Information Technology for Business 2 10 C C C C C C 18BBST20P Statistics 2 10 C C C C C C 18BECO01P Introduction to the Economic Environment of Business 2 10 C C C C C C 18ENGL02 English and Academic Writing 2 10 C C C C C C
Year Two: Level 4 (Certificate)

Code Title Sem Credit E&S IB FIN MIS** MKT HRM 18BHRM01C Organisational Behaviour 1 10 C C C C C C 18BECO02C Macroeconomics for Business 1 10 C C C C C C 18BACC02C Accounting Fundamentals 2 1 10 C C C C C C 18BBST03C Entrepreneurial Culture 1 10 C C C C C C 18BMKT01C Principles of Marketing 1 10 C C C C C C 18BMIS01C Business Information Systems 1 10 C C C C C C                     18BBST25C Research Methods 1 2 10 C C C C C C 18BHRM02C Personal Effectiveness 2 10 C C C C C C 18BMKT02C Marketing Management 2 10 C C C C C C 18BMIS11C Introduction to E-Business 2 10 C C C C C C 18BFIN01C Mathematics of Finance 2 10 C C C C C C 18BBST26C Introduction to Business Law 2 10 C C C C C C
Year Three: Level 5 (Intermediate)

Code Title Sem Credit E&S IB Fin MIS** MKT HRM Remarks 18BECO03I Microeconomics for Business 1 10 C C C C C C   18BBST08I International Business 1 10 C C - O O C   18BFIN02I Business Finance 1 10 C C C C C C   18BBST05I Operations Management 1 10 C C C C C C   18BHRM03I Human Resource Management 1 10 O O O - O C   18BACC03I Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 10 - - C - - -   18BMIS13I Information Systems Analysis 1 10       C   -   18BMKT04I Brand Management 1 10 O O - - C O   18BMKT05I Introduction to Retailing 1 10 O O - - C -   18BFIN03I Introduction to Banking 1 10 - - C - - -   18BBST06I Entrepreneurial People 1 10 C O O O O O   18BMIS12I Introduction to Knowledge Management 1 10 O O O C O O     Total Compulsory     50 40 50 50 50 50                         18BBST27I Quantitative Methods in Business 2 10 C C C C C C   18BBST07I Strategic Management 2 10 C C O O O C   18BBST04I Business Ethics & Social Responsibility 2 10 C C C C C C   18BMKT06I Principles of Advertising and Public Relations 2 10 O O O - C O   18BACC04I Management Accounting 2 10 - - C - - -   18BHRM04I Employee Relations 2 10 -   - - - C   18BMIS14I Database Management Systems 2 10 O O O C O O   18BMIS03I Decision Support & Business Information Systems 2 10 - - - C - -   18BMKT07I Consumer Behaviour 2 10 O O - - C -   18BMKT08I Selling and Sales Management 2 10 - - - - C O   18BFIN04I Investment 2 10 O O C - - -   18BBST09I Entrepreneurial Organisations 2 10 C O O O O O     Total Compulsory     40 30 40 40 50 40  
Year Four: Level 6 (Honours)

Code Title Sem Credit E&S IB FIN.     MKT HRM Remarks                     18BBST28H Research Methods 2 1 20 C C C C C   18BHRM10H Organisational Change and Development 1 10 C C O O C   18BACC05H Advanced financial Accounting 1 10 _ _ O _ _   18BMKT17H Marketing Research 1 10 O O - C O   18BMKT09H Marketing Strategy & Planning 1 10 O O - C O   18BACC11H Business Modelling & Forecasting 1 10 - _ C - -   18BBST11H Public Administration 1 10 O O O O O   18BMKT10H Integrated Marketing Communications 1 10 O - - C -   18BACC06H Auditing 1 10 - - O - -   18BFIN05H International Financial Management 1 10 - O C - -   18BBST15H Project Management 1 10 O O O O O   18BBST14H Sustainable Development 1 10 C O O O O   18BHRM05H Human Resources Development 1 10 - - - - C   18BBST31H Management of International Companies 1 10 O C - - O   18BHRM11H Compensation and Benefits 1 10 - - - - C   18BFIN07H Portfolio Management                                 (Preq: Investment) 1 10 - - C - -   18BFIN09H Islamic Finance 1 10 - - O - -     Total Compulsory     40 40 50 50 50                       18BBST30H Research Methods 3 –Dissertation ** 2 20 O O O O O   18BBST05H Supply Chain Management 2 10 C C - O -   18BMKT11H Services Marketing 2 10 O O - C O   18BACC07H International Accounting 2 10 - - O - -   18BFIN06H Financial Statement Analysis 2 10 - - C - -   18BACC08H Management Accounting  and Control 2 10 - - O - -   18BMKT12H International Marketing 2 10 O C - C O   Code Title Sem Credit E&S IB FIN MKT HRM Remarks                     18BHRM07H Strategic Human Resources Management 2 10 O O - - C   18BMKT13H International Retailing 2 10 O O - C O   18BHRM06H Contemporary Issues in Leadership 2 10 O O O O C   18BFIN08H Feasibility Studies 2 10 O O O* - -   18BBST32H Strategic Performance Management 2 10 O O - - O Will not be offered 18BBST16H Comparative International Management 2 10 O C - - O   18BACC09H Tax Accounting 2 10 _ _ O _ _   18BFIN10H Financial Risk Management 2 10 _ _ C _ _   18BFIN11H Advanced Corporate Finance 2 10 _ _ C _ _   18HRM12H Human Resources Management Information Systems 2 10 - - - - O Will not be offered   Total Compulsory     10 30 30 30 20  
** The dissertation holds a weight of 100%.

Optional Modules:

18BFIN12H Special Topics in Finance (Preq: Investment) Optional at least 20 students to be offered. 18BHRM09H Special Topics in Human Resources Management (Preq: Human Resources Management) Optional at least 20 students to be offered 18BMKT16H Special Topics in Marketing (Preq:, Brand Management; Selling & Sales Management) Optional at least 20 students to be offered 18BACC10H Special Topics in Accounting (Preq: Management Accounting) Optional at least 20 students to be offered 18BBST17H Special Topics in Entrepreneurship (Preq: Entrepreneurial People, Entrepreneurial Culture) Optional at least 20 students to be offered 18BBST18H Special Topics in International Business (Preq: International Business) Optional at least 20 students to be offered
*All special topics modules are optional and require at least 20 students to be offered. Also, they are open for all major as long as the students completed the perquisites.
** Management Information System (MIS) not running in the current Academic Year, and opening this specialism is conditional upon the registration of 20 students in the specialisation.