MBA – Master of Business Administration

Our MBA courses are designed to provide you with the general management skills that global businesses demand. They combine the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with additional recognition, qualifications and activities.

We offer a unique combination of opportunities including:

  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership throughout the course of study and 12 months after graduation*
  • MBA business trip **
  • PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner Award***
  • Extensive online materials to support your studies

*Only applicable to students studying MBA full-time on campus or via distance learning directly through The University of Northampton.

**Optional – not included in course fees.

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

Why Choose an MBA?

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

Research shows that graduates with an MBA qualification significantly increase their earning potential and can make a return on investment of their tuition fees within a few years (Source: Graduate Prospects). 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.

You will be working closely with other ambitious professionals and graduates and you will join a community of influential tutors, business professionals and MBA alumni. Current staff and past MBA students from this university span the globe and offer extensive, diverse, cross cultural business experiences.

Which MBA is right for me?

We offer our MBAs through a variety of routes to suit you.

For in-depth course information choose the programme and mode of study which suits you, or view our course information at a glance below:

Course Description Full Time Part Time Distance Learning
September and January start

September and January start

MBA (with Work Placement)

September and January start

x x
Executive MBA x x

September and January start

Executive MBA Top-Up x x

September and January start

MBA (Apprenticeship) x
Multiple start dates


  • The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated graduates. If you aspire to be a business professional and do not have any previous business or management experience studying our MBA will allow you to achieve this.

    This course is available on a Full Time basis with a September and January intake and via Distance Learning with a September and January intake.

  • 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, it will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. 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 a work 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 Executive Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated professionals.

    Studying our Executive MBA course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills and enhancing your business knowledge and understanding. The Executive MBA course will improve your management practice and will equip you with the essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to achieve your organisation’s objectives.

    You will 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.

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

  • Our Executive MBA Top-Up course is designed to enable holders of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) (or equivalent UK and international qualifications) to gain an MBA qualification in just one year.

    If you hold any of the following qualifications you will be eligible for entry onto this course (subject to conditions below):

    • 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)

    In addition to the qualifications listed above, we ask that you have a minimum of two years of relevant management experience. We will consider your application if you can prove any prior credit or experiential learning that is relevant to the course. As this postgraduate qualification will attract professional practitioners and managers, you may be admitted on the basis of an assessment of meaningful and measurable prior learning or professional experience.

    You will take one module and submit the Business Research Report which will top up your Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an Executive MBA.

    • Critical issues in Business (10 Credits)
    • Business Research Project (50 Credits)

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

  • 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 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.


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