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Master of Business Administration MBA

What is an MBA?

MBA stands for Master of Business Administration, which is typically studied as a postgraduate qualification or master’s programme. Studying our MBA programme is a stepping stone into a career in business, through practical and immersive experiences and educational practice.

Once you have delved into the business markets, an MBA qualification supplies you with further expertise and skills needed to excel and be qualified within your body of work and the global sphere.

Course Structure

Our MBA courses are designed to provide you with the general management skills that global businesses demand. This postgraduate business course has a structure that combines the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with additional recognition, qualifications and activities.

This program is designed to facilitate the development and growth of professional practice by collating different MBA modules that cover the essential understanding of business. Our courses include work placements, apprenticeships, and are available on a full time, part time, or distance learning basis to suit your needs.

Entry Requirements

When choosing our MBA programmes, we ask that candidates meet the expected criteria of either a first or second class degree from a British university. Depending on your desired choice of study, the programme’s requirements may differ. Further details and information about the courses can be found on their dedicated pages.

For international students, and students who speak English as a second language, you will need to meet the standard English Language Requirement of 6.5 IELTS to study any one of our Master’s degrees.

For further information about MBA entry requirements, visit our How to Apply page.

Career Prospects

To all the ambitious individuals seeking a career in the world of business, an MBA degree will build upon your current skill set to assist in the main qualifications and knowledge required within a professional position or global market.

With such a valuable and recognised qualification as an MBA, our students can interact with a professional network and benefit from a wide selection or work opportunities. As an MBA graduate, you will walk away with an array of practical and applicable experiences and a knowledge base ready to support your professional career.

What are the Benefits of an MBA?

An MBA is a globally recognised postgraduate qualifications for ambitious, motivated professionals and graduates. Our MBA courses are carefully designed to offer in-depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions.

Research shows that graduates with an MBA qualifcation:

  • Significantly increase their earning potential, with salary increases up to 118% according to the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019, and can make a return on investment of their tuition fees within a few years.
  • Obtaining an MBA can lead to promotion or generate a pathway into more senior roles, as well as creating an opportunity for those looking to change direction in their career.

MBA Programmes

We offer our MBA degrees through a variety of different routes. For in-depth course information, choose the programme and mode of study which suits you and discover further details on each dedicated course page.

We would recommend this course to candidates who are seeking to venture into global business and who possesses the essential managerial and strategic qualities of a key player in the field. You should also ideally have background experience and foundational knowledge in the world of business (a minimum of 3-5 years).

Though you may have previously studied or worked within an area of business, we would recommend this programme for those of you looking for a great challenge academically and professionally. This is a stepping stone into the wider markets and corporations.

We offer both full time and part time MBA courses, with a September and January intake and via Distance Learning with September and January intakes.

Entry Requirements: A first or second class degree from a British university or equivalent.

This course is similar to our Master of Business Administration programme but includes the option to participate in a work placement. This will allow you to develop real work experience of the industry and learn how to respond to industry specific problems by undertaking an applied research project. You will also attend two workshops during your placement, which will be held at the University.

Placements are held between six and 12 months. They should be paid and at an appropriate level to your studies. At the University of Northampton, we will support you in securing a suitable opportunity, although you should bear in mind that placements are highly competitive with no guarantee of an offer from an employer.

Entry Requirements: A first class or second class degree from a British university, or equivalent.

Our Executive MBA course will give you the opportunity to develop your research skills and critical thinking to support your progression into a career in business. It will enhance your understanding of business, improve your management practice, and equip you with all the skills you need to lead an organisation with confidence and competence towards their objectives.

With this degree, you will gain valuable skills that make you stand out in the competitive industry. You will think laterally, be able to challenge convention, and develop solutions to business issues, helping you secure success.

This course is available via Distance Learning with September and January intakes.

Entry Requirements: A first class or second class degree from a British university, or equivalent. Candidates are required to have a minimum of two years of management experience.

Our Executive MBA Top-Up course is specifically designed for applicants with a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) or equivalent qualification, to gain an MBA over the course of a single year. Applicants should also have a minimum of two years in a relevant management experience. This postgraduate qualification can be ideal for professional managers and practitioners, so admission may also be available on the basis of an assessment of measurable and meaningful learnings from your professional experience.

This course includes one module and students will be required to submit a Business Research Report. This till top up your Diploma with sufficient credits to achieve an Executive MBA qualification.

This course is available via Distance Learning with September and January intakes.

Entry Requirements: A Diploma in Management Studies or equivalent qualification and a minimum of two years in management experience.

The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship is designed to help you progress to a senior or strategic management role. This course combines a master’s degree, apprenticeship, and the option to achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) or Chartered Fellow (FCMI) professional recognition.

When you finish this apprenticeship you will receive:

  • MBA
  • Professional Chartered Manager status
  • Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

This course is available on a part time basis with various intakes throughout the year.

Entry Requirements: Maths and English at Level 2 and a second-class honours or above degree from a British university, or equivalent qualification.



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