Taught course

Business Administration

Open University · The Open University Business School

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this qualification are normally a UK honours degree or equivalent professional qualification, and have a minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role. Usually this means that you are at least 25 years old as it is unusual (but not impossible) to be able to satisfy the ‘experience’ requirement under this age. To gain this qualification you need to successfully complete the 60-credit module MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716). If you already hold the Professional Certificate in Management (S01) (previously coded C31), successful completion of B716 would entitle you to claim the Professional Diploma in Management (D64) . It is not permitted, however, to claim both this Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration and the Professional Diploma in Management (D64). MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716) is the first 60 credits, of 180 credits, required for the MBA (F61). You can count B716 towards both your MBA and the Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (and similarly B716 can be counted towards both the Professional Diploma in Management (D64) and the MBA).

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

This qualification will enable you make a real difference within your management practice through active use of frameworks, theories and tools. It challenges you to engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches applicable to your own context. You will explore the operation and interplay between the core functions and disciplines of management, including project and change management, HR, accounting, marketing and operations. You will develop a good grounding in the theory and practice of managing and leading, and build key interpersonal and conceptual skills to help you make sense of and work with organisational complexity, and apply your new understanding in your own work.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Fees and funding

Costs are paid per unit not per qualification.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303