Taught course

Master of Business Administration (top up)

University of Northampton · Northampton Business School

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

September, February

Course content

The MBA programmes at Northampton Business School are carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated graduates.

This programme is designed to enable holders of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) (or similar UK and international qualification) to gain an MBA qualification in just one year. You will take two modules and submit a Business Research Project and the Entrepreneurship Report which will ‘top up’ your Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an MBA. This MBA is abailable to study full time, part time or by distance learning. If you are a full time, on campus student, you can elect to participate in a Work Placement – completing the module Organisational Culture and Work Environments, instead of Business research (consultancy project). These placements can enable you to develop your skills and knowledge in a work environment, with the aim to give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate.

he programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills developed during previous postgraduate business or management study. The programme is demanding both in terms of the rigour and associated workload and will require commitment and dedication from participants.

The MBA enables you to consider issues in an organisation wide or total business context. Skills in analysing business and organisational problems are emphasised.

The focus of the programme is on developing strategic thinking within an organisation. The ability to recognise and exploit opportunities and the development of 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.

The completion of a business research project will equip you with the necessary skills to undertake independent project work within a business environment. You will conduct an independent piece of research based upon an actual business case situation which may be industry or specific corporate focused. You will develop the ability to work independently and to manage the entire research process from question formulation through to analysis and interpretation of results. This process develops and demonstrates excellence in business report writing that is appropriate for both academic submission and for corporate requirements. You will also enhance your presentation skills in both written and oral forms.

Course modules (16/17):

Critical Issues in Business - Core module Y

Business Research Project - Core module Y

International Business Negotiation - Core module Y

The Entrepreneurship Report - Core module Y

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

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