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Our MBA programmes are carefully designed to offer you in-depth knowledge of critical business areas and functions. 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. Our MBA course is available to study full-time or via distance learning.
Studying our MBA course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA will teach you the theory of effective management practice and 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.
The MBA is an opportunity for creating and building your networks. You will study alongside ambitious graduates and will have the opportunity to engage with business professionals from a range of organisations, industries and countries exchanging their experiences and best practice.
Case Study: Sathish is ready to take shipping business on a voyage to global success
An established shipping company in the United Arab Emirates has turned to a University of Northampton student to help them transform it into a major global player.
“I love challenges and this is the best challenge I have faced so far in my life,” said Sathish Raj, who has been appointed business development manager for the Abu Dhabi Shipping Agency (ADSA) – while still studying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) postgraduate qualification.
Founded in 1979, ADSA hit choppy waters during the last recession, losing two key clients. As a consequence, the firm adopted a stabilising policy of looking after its remaining customers and putting expansion plans on hold.
Now, the business is looking to grow, and has tasked 24-year-old Sathish with plotting the best route to expansion.
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 »
The MBA has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of business and management processes. Your assignments will focus on business and management situations and will develop your strategic thinking and business and management knowledge.
The MBA method of teaching is participative, allowing you to consider issues in an organisation or total business context. Your skills in analysing business and organisational problems are enhanced, as well as your recognition of potential business opportunities.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) membership grade
The CMI is the leading management organisation in the UK with a developing reputation across the world. Membership of the CMI provides you with 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 your studies and this will continue to be valid for 12 months after you have graduated from the course.
Please note: This is only applicable to those who are studying full-time on campus or via distance learning directly through The University of Northampton. The CMI level 7 award will be dependent on passing all of the associated MBA CMI modules.
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. 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 £100 (approximately) for your own expenses.
Course modules (17/18)
Critical Issues in Business (10 credits)
- Module code: STRM042
- Core module Y
What are the critical themes and pervasive issues in business today?
Management and Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
- Module code: HRMM055
- Core module Y
What are the organisational and management processes that I need to understand to be an effective leader?
Strategic Marketing (20 credits)
- Module code: MKTM028
- Core module Y
How can businesses gain competitive advantage in a dynamic and complex marketplace?
Managing Operations and the Supply Chain (20 credits)
- Module code: STRM046
- Core module Y
What are the critical factors in operations, supply chain and project management?
Competitive Strategy and Innovation (20 credits)
- Module code: STRM043
- Core module Y
What do I need to know to be able to develop and interpret strategy?
Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
- Module code: FINM036
- Core module Y
What strategic knowledge do I need of accounting, quantitative methods and management information?
International Business Negotiation (20 credits)
- Module code: STRM060
- Core module Y
Acquire a skill set that facilitates the articulation, advocation and negotiation of business transactions and decisions.
The Entrepreneurship Project (20 credits)
- Module code: MKTM033
- Core module Y
How do businesses identify new opportunities before their competitors and develop new products?
Organisational Culture and Work Environments (30 credits)
- Module code: STRM066
- Core module Y
If you are a Full Time on campus student this is the optional work placement module
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 length of study for this course is one year for those that are studying full time. Students that are taking this course part-time or through distance learning can expect the course duration to be two years.
The programme is completed by full-time study on Park campus at Northampton Business School. Normally, you will complete two semesters of 14 weeks, with between 12 and 15 hours per week in the classroom with your tutors and fellow students. You will be expected to engage in significant additional study, around 20-25 hours per week in self-directed study, learning and networking and attending additional workshops to support your achievement of the professional body memberships and awards. The full-time programme normally runs twice a year with September and January starts.
The programme is highly enterprise and business focused with an emphasis on real life business situations and problems. As such it has a mixture of assessment involving practical work, presentations, essays, reports and case studies and examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
Our programmes combine 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 programme of study and 12 months after graduation*
- MBA business event **(in 2017 a three day business networking trip to Greece)
- PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award**
* Only applicable to students studying full-time on campus or via distance learning directly through The University of Northampton.**Optional – not included in 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.
- 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
- an MBA will provide great career prospects for graduates as the course focuses on developing talent and producing future managers
- obtaining an MBA will set you apart from others in the competitive jobs market
Do you have a business idea?
Assistance and guidance may be provided by our Business School in scoping and developing your project. Students who wish to develop a new business idea or start up as the basis of their project may be supported to apply for a UK Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa extension under the entrepreneur’s pathway.
If you are studying this course full-time you can elect to participate in a Work Placement – completing the module Organisational Culture and Work Environments, instead of Business research (consultancy project). These placements can enable you to develop your skills and knowledge in a work environment, giving you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate.
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 research project based on the organisation in which you are working.
If you think a work placement is not for you, or are unable to secure a placement within the first nine months of the programme, then you will be automatically transferred to our Business Research (Consultancy) Project module to gain the required credits to complete the MBA. The Business Research (Consultancy) Project module will be taught in three full-day intensive workshops and you will be supported with one-to-one supervision. You will have approximately three months to work on your project and will complete your MBA programme within 12 months. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills through the taught employability skills programme, where you will be given opportunities for one-to-one support and guidance for professional and career development.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
If you hold a first or second class honours degree from a British university or equivalent you will be eligible to apply for this course. Work experience is useful but is not an essential requirement, so long as you can demonstrate a clear passion and interest in business and/or enterprise.
English language requirements:
If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language capability at a level approved by the University. The level required for study on masters degree courses is IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent.
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.
Year two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase for 18/19
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 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.