The MBA programmes at Northampton Business School are carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated graduates.
This programme is designed to enable holders of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) (or similar UK and international qualification) to gain an MBA qualification in just one year. You will take two modules and submit a Business Research Project and the Entrepreneurship Report which will top up your Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an MBA. This MBA is available to study part time or by distance learning.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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The programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills developed during previous postgraduate business or management study. The programme is demanding both in terms of the rigour and associated workload and will require commitment and dedication from participants.
The MBA enables you to consider issues in an organisation wide or total business context. Skills in analysing business and organisational problems are emphasised.
The focus of the programme is on developing strategic thinking within an organisation. The ability to recognise and exploit opportunities and the development of 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.
The completion of a business research project will equip you with the necessary skills to undertake independent project work within a business environment. You will conduct an independent piece of research based upon an actual business case situation which may be industry or specific corporate focused. You will develop the ability to work independently and to manage the entire research process from question formulation through to analysis and interpretation of results. This process develops and demonstrates excellence in business report writing that is appropriate for both academic submission and for corporate requirements. You will also enhance your presentation skills in both written and oral forms.
Course modules (16/17)
Critical Issues in Business
- Module code: STRM042
- Core module Y
This module is designed to provide participants with an introduction to study on the MBA programme by making explicit the pervasive issues in business to which they will return throughout their MBA and will examine in detail in the Business Research Project. The module takes a critical perspective throughout, and sets the standards expected and required for students as they progress.
Business Research Project
- Module code: STRM059
- Core module Y
In the current international economic environment, entrepreneurs and managers are frequently required to undertake business planning, project and consultancy work in addition to their core responsibilities. Frequently these projects are focused upon investigating new business opportunities or potential strategic changes in order to create, retain and extend competitive position within a turbulent business environment. They may also be required to undertake consulting assignments.
International Business Negotiation
- Module code: STRM060
- Core module Y
Successful organisational practice may be conceptualised in terms of the opitimal management of a series of real options, exchanges and transactions. The management of organisations therefore requires a skillset that facilitates the articulation, advocation and negotiation of business transactions and decisions that might develop the standing of the organisation. To be successful in these tasks managers must therefore understand the theory and practice of negoiation. To this end, it is important that they develop a range of skills, appreciate cross-cultural and situational sensitivities and be able to both understand and apply the underpinning theory necessary to be an effective and ethical negotiator.
The Entrepreneurship Report
- Module code: MKTM033
- Core module Y
Successful businesses compete through identifying new opportunities before their competitors and developing new products and business ventures at an early stage. Managers today must be innovative in their thinking, their proposals and their actions. Ambitious managers today must be entrepreneurial. Indeed much research now indicates that organisational success can be conceptualized as a series of transient competitive advantages thus underlining the importance of innovative thinking. This module provides a critical approach to the application of entrepreneurial concepts in order to help students to develop an innovative new venture in a sector of their choosing, resulting in a 'professional standard' opportunity analysis and strategic business development plan.
Methods of Learning
The programme is completed by part time study on Park campus or by distance learning. Study hours vary and there is a blend of formal taught sessions, online materials/activities and significant independent learning. Top up programmes normally run twice a year with September and January starts.
For this 80 credit top up direct teaching hours will average around six hours per week, with significant independent study of 12 hours per week. For distance learners there needs to be a commitment of 12-15 hours per week for study.
Coursework assignments during modules and to submit a Business Research Project and the Entrepreneurship Report.
Facilities and Special Features
MBA business trip *(in 2015 a three day business networking trip to Brussels)
With a sound knowledge of the theories and techniques of management and increased confidence in dealing with other management professionals, your management competences will be significantly improved on completion leading to enhanced career progression opportunities.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applicants will normally be expected to hold:
- 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 us for further information.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£3,360 (60 Credits)|
|Distance Learning:||£3,360 (60 Credits)|
If you are eligible for ELCAS funding please contact Finance on 01604 892236.
Please note that this course is not eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding. See our scholarships page for more information on the funding that may be available to you at the University of Northampton.