Our MBA programmes are carefully designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification aimed at ambitious, motivated graduates.
This course is designed to enable you to gain an MBA qualification in a year if you have studied a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) or a similar UK or international qualification. As part of the MBA Top-up you will take two modules and submit a Business Research Project and an Entrepreneurship Report which will top up your Diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an MBA. This MBA is available to study 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 course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills that you will have gained through your previous postgraduate business or management study.
The MBA Top-up enables you to consider issues in a wide organisational context or in a total business context. Through studying the MBA Top-up you will enhance your skills in analysing business and organisational problems.
The focus of the course is to develop your strategic thinking within an organisation. Your ability to recognise business opportunities will improve and you will develop strategies to cope with ‘managing change’ throughout the course. You will be instructed in management research techniques, which will enable you to fulfil the demands of the course assessments as well as gaining transferable research skills for your professional development.
The 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 specific or 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. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your presentation skills in both written and oral forms.
Course modules (17/18)
Critical Issues in Business (10 credits)
- 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 (30 credits)
- 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 (20 credits)
- 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 (20 credits)
- 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.
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.
Methods of Learning
This course can be completed by part-time study on Park campus or by distance learning at your convenience. 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 your direct teaching hours will average around six hours per week, with significant independent study of 12 hours per week. If you are studying this course via distance learning you will need to commit approximately 12-15 hours per week to your study.
Assessments for the MBA Top-up include coursework assignments in your modules as well as a Business Research Project and an Entrepreneurship Report.
Facilities and Special Features
The MBA business trip is an opportunity to visit a location outside of the UK to explore and evaluate business and management issues. In the past our students have visited Brussels, Dubai and Greece on a three day trip with the MBA cohort and tutors. There may also be an opportunity to meet and network with other MBA students and staff from our partners around the world.*
*The MBA Business trip will cost approximately an additional £500 including flights, hotel and an MBA networking event.
Your management competences will be significantly improved through studying the MBA Top-up, which will allow you to progress into management roles in a variety of organisations as well as enhancing your future career options. The knowledge of business theories and techniques of management will also increase your confidence in dealing with other management professionals, giving you a solid grounding for high-level management positions within organisations.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
If you are interested in applying for the MBA Top-up you will need to hold one of the following qualifications (or equivalent qualifications):
- 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)
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£3,390 (60 Credits)|
|Distance Learning:||£3,390 (60 Credits)|
|International:||£3,390 (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. Please see our scholarships page for more information on the funding that may be available to you at the University of Northampton.
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.