The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated graduates. Studying the MBA Top-up will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills and will enhance your business knowledge and understanding.
This course is designed to enable holders of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) (or an equivalent UK or international qualification) to gain an MBA qualification in just one year. You will take one module which tops up your Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an MBA.
Our online learning courses are flexible and are designed so that you can balance your studies 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 our dedicated online university learning space that you will use throughout your studies. 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.
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The MBA Top-up is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills that you have developed during previous postgraduate business or management study.
The MBA Top-up enables you to consider issues in an organisational or total business context. Your skills in analysing business and organisational problems are emphasised throughout this course.
The MBA Top-up focuses on developing your strategic thinking within an organisation. Your ability to recognise potential business opportunities and develop 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
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.
*Please note that modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.
What you will study
This course is studied over 12 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 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 (17/18)
Critical Issues in Business (10 credits)
- Module code: STRM042
- Core module Y
Business Research Project (30 credits)
- Module code: STRM059
- Core module Y
International Business Negotiation (20 credits)
- Module code: STRM060
- Core module Y
The Entrepreneurship Report (20 credits)
- Module code: MKTM033
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
The MBA Top-up uses a range of assessment methods including coursework and written reports. The Business Research Report is a 15,000 word independent research project that allows you to explore an issue of your choice in great depth.
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
Your management technique and competence will be significantly improved on completion of the MBA, giving you the skills and confidence to progress into higher level management positions and other employment opportunities.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
If you hold any of the following qualifications you will be eligible to apply for this course:
- 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 Admissions for further information.
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.
If you are ELCAS funded please contact Finance on 01604 892236
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.