MBA

Location: Online Qualification: MBA Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 24 months Places available: November 2016 Tuition fee: See our fees page Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

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MBA

Location: Online Qualification: MBA Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 24 months Places available: November 2016 Tuition fee: See our fees page Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Apply now

Student testimonials

Aisha Legge
MBA

I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp ... Read more

Paul Nicholson
BA (Hons) Business and Management

I was a project leader in the oil and gas industry, wanting to take my career to the next level. ... Read more

Andy Robertson
BA (Hons) Business and Management

Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager. However, as a ... Read more

Tutor biographies

Liz Kirrane B.Sc, MBA
MBA

After graduating in 1986 with a BSc in Management Sciences from Lancaster, Liz worked in a variety ... Read more

David Dixon B.Sc (Econ), P.G.C.E, M.A
MSc Business and Management

David graduated in 1979 with a 2:1 in Analytical & Descriptive Economics, and then went on to ... Read more

Chris West BSc, MBCS, CITP, CEng
BA (Hons) Business and Management

Chris holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Exeter and is also a Member of the British ... Read more

Overview

Our MBA online is an advanced qualification designed for students who wish to build on their business expertise and open up new career progression opportunities. The course enhances your skills in several key areas, including the management of people, organisational systems, project delivery and management reporting. It also helps you to develop your personal and professional network as you study alongside like-minded individuals.

Strong leadership qualities are recognised as crucial for directors and senior managers in the modern business environment. The MBA online provides you with the theories, tools and techniques to become an effective leader in your organisation. As well as developing graduate skills such as analysis and interpretation of data, negotiation and persuasion and the presentation and communication of information within a team, you gain relevant and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the key issues in business and management.

Professional exemptions

Our MBA courses have been created with pre-mapped exemptions for ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. See our professional exemptions page to find out more.

Course structure

The MBA is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

Module options* (choose one module):

*Module options are subject to availability at the time of study.

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.

Assessment

Our MBA programme includes both compulsory and optional modules, so you can tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations.

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the MBA online is based on a combination of written coursework, discussion contributions and work on a management report.

You are able to see your current provisional marks from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your MBA course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your MBA programme, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

The MBA online provides you with the fundamental business and management skills necessary to be able to manage and lead in the dynamic environments of the modern business world.

Popular career destinations for graduates include executive and senior management roles in business finance, corporate strategy, internal auditing, management consultancy, marketing and sales management, product management, research and development and supply chain management.

Entry requirements

1. Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MBA programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.
  • At least three years’ senior level work experience.

If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent.

2. Open Entry Route

We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route.

In order to satisfy the Open Entry Route requirements for our MBA programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • At least five years’ senior level work experience.
  • English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5.

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

21-day money back guarantee

If you enrol on our MBA programme but decide that online learning isn’t for you, we will allow you to withdraw within 21 days of the start date stated on your offer letter. If you have paid an initial deposit up front, you will receive a full refund.