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.
Obtaining an MBA at the University of Northampton will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding.
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. Students take one module which tops up their Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an MBA.
Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme 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 a dedicated online university learning space for students. 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. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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The 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 the 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.
How you will study
Core learning 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 supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.
*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.
What you will study
This programme is 12 months in duration. 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.
For further information on course content and modules please refer to the NILE site.
February start information available soon.
Course modules (16/17)
Critical Issues in Business
- Core module Y
This module is worth 10 credits.
Business Research Project
- Core module Y
This module is worth 50 credits.
The programme has a range of assessments including coursework. The Business Research Report is a 15,000 word independent research project.
Facilities and Special Features
- flexible study which is delivered online wherever you are
- full support from professionally qualified staff and engagement with fellow students
- a globally recognised postgraduate qualification
With a sound knowledge of the theories and techniques of management and increased confidence in dealing with other management professionals, your management competence will be significantly improved on completion leading to enhanced career progression opportunities.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
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)
Other qualifications may provide full or partial exemption from modules on the MBA. Please contact us for further information.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
If you are ELCAS funded please contact Finance on 01604 892236.
Please note that this course is not eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding. See our scholarships page for more information on the funding that may be available to you at the University of Northampton.