Taught course

Master of Business Administration (top up)

University of Northampton · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold: - a Diploma in Management Studies from a British University (120 credits at Level 7/PG) - Edexcel Extended Diploma in Strategy Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG) - Association of Business Executives (ABE) PG Diploma in Business Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG) - NCC Education PG Diploma in Business Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG) - ATHE Diploma in Strategic Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG)

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is designed to enable holders of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) (or an equivalent UK or international qualification) to gain an MBA qualification in just one year. You will take one module which tops up your Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an MBA.

Our online learning courses are flexible and are designed so that you can balance your studies with your commitments at work and home. The course structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.

Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is our dedicated online university learning space that you will use throughout your studies. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk.

Course content

The MBA Top-up is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills that you have developed during previous postgraduate business or management study.

The MBA Top-up enables you to consider issues in an organisational or total business context. Your skills in analysing business and organisational problems are emphasised throughout this course.

The MBA Top-up focuses on developing your strategic thinking within an organisation. Your ability to recognise potential business opportunities and develop strategies to cope with managing change are addressed. You will be instructed in management research techniques, enabling you to fulfil the demands of the course assessment scheme and complete a business research project.

How you will study

Your teaching will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be aided throughout the process by our supportive teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.

*Please note that modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.

What you will study

This course is studied over 12 months. The academic year is split into trimesters. For a September start you will study as follows:

  • Trimester one – September to December
  • Trimester two – January to April
  • Trimester three – May to July

Trimester one – September to December

  • You will study one module: Critical Issues in Business and commence work on your Business Research Project.

Trimester two – January to April

  • You will continue work on your Business Research Project.

Trimester three – May to July

  • You will complete your Business Research Project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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