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 previous business or management experience then the MBA will allow you to achieve this and enhance your professional development. Studying our MBA course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills and enhancing your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA will teach you the theory of effective management practice and will equip you with the essential skills, confidence and competence to assist you when you venture into your chosen industry. 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.
Our online learning courses are flexible and designed so that you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The course 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.
Waterside is our purpose-built campus, designed to provide you with the learning experience and opportunities you expect from a modern university.
We know our staff and students want the very best, and that’s what Waterside will provide. It is the embodiment of our mission to transform lives and inspire change.
We’ve designed Waterside to put you first – it is flexible to the changing needs of our students but also makes the most of our fantastic staff. A University that teaches in a way that mirrors the skills you will need when you graduate, a place that provides everything you will need to live and learn, and that will provide a home-from-home as you enjoy one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of your life.
Our new campus opens its doors in September 2018 and while Waterside will be home to most of our teaching, we’ll also be making use of the excellent facilities around the town. We’ll also be retaining some facilities at our current campuses (Park and Avenue) on a temporary basis for the initial period. These will mostly be used to offer off-campus accommodation options to make sure we have a great range of rooms to suit everyone.More about our campuses »
How you will study
Your teaching 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 aided throughout the process by our supportive teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.
Studying this course will give you an opportunity to undertake professional accreditation in Marketing, Management** and Project Management.
*Please note that modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.
**This is only available if you are studying this course via distance learning delivered directly by The University of Northampton.
What you will study
This course is studied over 24 months. 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 two modules: Critical Issues in Business and Managing and Organisational Behaviour.
Trimester two – January to April
- You will study one module: Financial Decision Making.
Trimester three – May to July
- You will study one module: Managing Operations and the Supply Chain.
Trimester four – September to December
- You will study one module: Competitive Strategy and Innovation.
Trimester five – January –to April
- You will study two modules: Strategic Marketing and International Business negotiation.
Trimester six – May to July
- You will work on and complete your Entrepreneurship Project and your Business Research (Consultancy) Project.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) membership grade
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 course fees) throughout the course and this will continue to be valid for 12 months after you have graduated.
Please note: This is only applicable to students studying on the distance learning programme delivered direct by 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.
MBA Business Event
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 should allow an additional £250 for your expenses.
Please note: Additional fees, over and above your course fees, will be payable for the optional elements, such as travel and accommodation for the Business Event and professional memberships (and any associated examinations).
For further information on course content and modules please refer to the NILE site.
Methods of Learning
You should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week on each module, engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time.
|September start||January start|
This course is highly business and enterprise focused with an emphasis on real-life business situations and problems. A range of assessment methods are used on this course including practical work, presentations, essays, reports and case studies and examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
Our course combines all of the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with the extra value of additional recognition, qualifications and activities. We offer a unique combination of opportunities including:
- extensive online materials to support your studies
- Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership throughout the course of study and 12 months after graduation*
- MBA business event **(in 2015 a three day business networking trip to Brussels)
- PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award***
*Only applicable for students studying direct through the University of Northampton.
**Optional – not included in course fees.
***Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees
Unlike other postgraduate programmes which provide in depth specialisation in a specific field, an MBA is interdisciplinary. An MBA exposes you to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources. Studying the MBA will provide you with the following advantages when you come to find employment:
- those with an MBA dictate a high level of credibility as they are extremely confident and able to influence others
- studying for an MBA will give you a chance to experiment with your approach to problem solving and develop your management and interpersonal skills; all essential abilities
- an MBA will provide great career prospects for graduates as the programme focuses on developing talent and producing future managers
- obtaining an MBA will set you apart from others in the competitive jobs market
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Distance Learning:||£5,200 (Year One 90 credits) £5,200 (Year Two 90 credits)|
|International:||£5,200 (Year One 90 credits) £5,200 (Year Two 90 credits)|
Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase in 19/20.
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.