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Master of Business Administration (with Work Placement) MBA

Key Facts

  • Level

    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    Full Time: 2 Years

  • Starting

    September, January, June

  • UK Fees 23/24

    £11,800

  • Placement Fee 23/24

    £1,000

  • International Fees 23/24

    £17,500

  • Location

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


If you’re an ambitious and motivated student, then our Masters of Business Administration MBA course with a work placement could be the ideal postgraduate qualification for you. MBA courses are globally recognised and offer aspiring business professionals the opportunity to gain relevant business and management experience.

Studying our MBA course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills and enhancing your business knowledge and understanding. You will learn to think laterally, challenge convention and offer informed solutions to business issues. You will gain valuable skills that will set you apart from colleagues, allowing you to progress to your full career potential.

Speak to Sunrita, one of our current MBA students, on Unibuddy if you have any UON or programme related questions.

Updated 22/03/2024

Highlights


  • Opportunity for 6 months or 12 months paid work placement
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership throughout the course of study and 12 months after graduation*
  • Opportunity to participate in the MBA business event in your first year **
  • Internationally recognised PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner Award optional route***

Course Content


  • This course is similar to our Master of Business Administration however, you can elect to participate in a Work Placement – completing the modules ‘Career Futures: Employability Skills’ and ‘Work-Based Project’. The year in industry will develop your real-world experience and you will undertake an applied research project that identifies and provides a response to an industry-specific problem.

    Your placement will last between six and 12 months, must be appropriate to your level of study and should also be paid. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

    Whilst on placement you will attend two full-day workshops held at the University, and complete a work-based project on the organisation in which you are working.

    The university provides for students to find placement opportunities, but it is the students’ responsibility to find their own placements. Students who are unable to find suitable placement opportunities will be transferred to the non-placement route. This means the students will undertake a standard major project.

    Modules

    Module information can be found in the Award Map.

    Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership

    The CMI is the leading management organisation in the UK, with a developing reputation across the world. Membership provides significant benefits in networking, access to information and research. You will receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership included as part of your fees throughout the course and this will continue to be valid for 12 months after you have graduated.

    *Only applicable to students studying MBA (with Work Placement) full-time on campus, directly through The University of Northampton.

    PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award

    PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is the internationally recognised project management programme. Online learning materials are provided as part of your course fees. Additional PRINCE2 assessment must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

    ***Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees.

    MBA business trip

    You will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Greece in 2017) in your first year. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £500 for flights and accommodation (if you are travelling from the UK). You will need to allow an additional £250 for your expenses.

    **Optional – not included in course fees.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: BSOM083
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to current debates about the role of digital technologies in society and how they add competitive advantage to organisations. The module will consider where and how digital technologies are used to capture value from new innovations, enhance performance and deliver services.
      • Module code: BSOM084
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to effectively utilise secondary data to inform organisational proposals and decisions. Learners will be equipped with the skills required to acquire, manage, analyse and apply qualitative and quantitative secondary data sets.
      • Module code: BSOM085
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to engage learners with the principles of the circular economy. Learners will examine how organisations use and apply these principles, considering how they impact upon business problem appraisal, decision-making, strategy and culture in the context of a `farm-fork? food value chain.
      • Module code: ECNM023
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to make strategic decisions, taking into account critical issues facing organisations in today?s complex and challenging environment. Learners will examine and apply a range of economic tools to aid decision-making.
      • Module code: FINM074
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to the features of different organisation types and structures, and associated functions and processes. The module examines the strategic inter-relationships between business functions and processes, and the impact of these on organisational performance through understanding and interpreting financial information.
      • Module code: HRMM072
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to be able to compete for current (placements and internships) and future job opportunities.
      • Module code: HRMM079
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip learners with the skills and confidence to successfully navigate the critical and analytical demands of master's level academic study. Learners will reflect upon their previous study experiences and learning transitions, situating these experiences in the context of relevant academic literature.
      • Module code: HRMM080
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to recognise, develop and apply responsible leadership qualities and skills, in line with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Learners will consider how ethical and responsible leadership behaviours contribute towards creating ethically responsible organisations in dynamic organisational environments.
      • Module code: HRMM091
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to identify, select and research a work-based business or management topic. The module introduces participants to key concepts in work-based research, equipping them with the skills required to engage in action research in applied business and management contexts
      • Module code: MKTM047
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to take a visionary approach and equip learners with innovation knowledge and skills, to deal with the challenges of a fast-moving marketplace, supporting growing organisations in their marketing, where creativity is a driver of innovation and change.
      • Module code: STRM085
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to the theory and practice of strategic decision-making in, and management of, organisations. Learners will analyse how the dynamic internal and external business environment impacts on the component elements of organisations, and how organisations seek competitive advantage through strategy and decision-making.
  • If you hold a first or second class honours degree from a British university or equivalent, you will be eligible to apply for this course. Work experience is useful but is not an essential MBA entry requirement, so long as you can demonstrate a clear passion and interest in business and/or enterprise.

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must meet the following English language requirements:

    IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills.

    Equivalent qualifications are considered, for further information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our English Language Requirements page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £11,800
    • International: £17,500
    •  Year 2 Placement Fee: £1,000 * (for placements starting in September 2025 or January 2026)

    *The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2024. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £11,800
    • International: £17,500
    •  Year 2 Placement Fee: £1,000 * (for placements starting in September 2024 or January 2025)

    *The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

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