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A Modern MBA for the modern world

Industry recognised CMI accreditation

Postgraduate funding available to cover your entire course fee

Flexible study with 1 evening tutorial per week

MBA (Blended)* Course Essentials

Designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards to a strategic role, this MBA degree provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking. You’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of resources.

Discuss your degree or MBA study options with our Ealing, Tower Hill, Holborn, Manchester or Birmingham Course Advisors today on 0208 003 6196 or visit us on one of our upcoming Open Days. *Please note our MBA blended course is subject to minimum cohort size.

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Key Information

UCAS Course Code:
Course Title:
Master of Business Administration
2 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Blended learning
Exemptions Available:
Course Fees:
See Fees tab for details
Study Centre:
Next Open Day:
Tues 9th October
Meet the Tutors

What makes the Arden MBA different? We ask Matthew Cooper, Director of Postgraduate Programmes and MBA programme leader.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • A UK honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent, plus 2 years suitable work experience.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English:

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If you don’t have academic qualifications

We are more than happy to consider, and positively encourage, an application from you if have substantial suitable work experience (typically 5 years senior level experience) and can show us that you have the motivation to study the programme. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

Don’t have any of the above?

If you don’t already have an undergraduate degree, and you’re not quite there with the required amount of work experience for postgraduate study, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes. We offer online degrees in a range of subjects. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments. Please click here to see our available online degrees.

We also have a range of degrees available to study via blended learning, where you'll only need to commit to 2-3 days of face-to-face learning at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham or Manchester. You can see a full list of our available blended learning degrees here.

Already completed an award with the CMI or ILM?

We recognise your completed study, so you might be entitled to an exemption towards your MBA with Arden – saving you time and money.

We are happy to individually consider other professional or academic awards to see whether we can grant exemptions. Our Admissions staff will be happy to advise you.

Where our modules map directly to courses studied by the professional bodies we have listed the specific modules you would be exempt from – where there is no defined curriculum we have stated the maximum credit volume we might exempt. Get the full list of exemptions on our dedicated information page or speak to our admissions team.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Details & Modules

Study at our central London Ealing or Tower Hill study centre just one evening every fortnight and and the rest of the time progress your learning using our innovative virtual classroom. Postgraduate funding is available to cover the entire cost of your course.

We believe that modern leadership requires holistic management skills that apply to a range of business functions and themes. Following consultation with our international alumni and employers, we have developed this MBA to build and hone your broad management skills for delivering strategy and change within the complex landscape of modern business.

So you’ll consider your own role as manager and at how you lead people as well as develop a strategic awareness of the commercial environment in which you operate. The development and implementation of strategy and how you can sustain both yourself and the organisation you manage in the future are further themes you will explore. Within this framework you will study the key management functions, such as marketing, finance and HRM but in a way that shows how they relate to each other - with plenty of opportunities to apply your learning to your own workplace and learn from your fellow classmates.

Our modern, international approach means your MBA will stand out and appeal to employers all over the world.


  • Personal & business transformation
  • Ethical leadership
  • Managing within a competitive environment
  • Leading transitions
  • Implementing strategy
  • Sustaining the business
  • Research project

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.


Assessments are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used. A critical element of the assessment strategy is that you’ll have the chance to apply your learning directly into your day to day role. A vital part of your work will be the opportunity to create and take ownership of a detailed piece of research relating to a management issue. To support your development, we will provide you with academic and pastoral support at our study centres and online to make sure you have the skills in place to successfully complete every assessment you submit. Your tutor will be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly-acquired skills into real life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the Course Specification.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Fees & Funding


How much is my course?


Please contact us for more information on fees for this programme.

Postgraduate Funding

You can support your study a variety of ways. If you are a UK resident, the new Postgraduate Loans from the UK Government can cover the cost of your postgraduate study. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident and aged under 60.
  • You can get a loan of up to £10,000 to pay your fees and help with living costs.
  • You will start to pay it back when your course is complete and you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Read more on Postgraduate Loans here.


If you choose to pay for the course yourself you can pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations, simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.


Because your postgraduate studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Download our guide to employer sponsorship here.

Find out more about fees and funding on our dedicated information page by clicking here.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Careers Impact

A Masters level award can equip you to progress to a senior management role in a variety of industries around the world. The specialist skills you will hold are highly valued by private and public sector organisations.

So, what will you have achieved when you complete this course?

You will have:

  • Demonstrated you can apply knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Undertaken activities that have improved your own organisation
  • Used your personal development and planning skills to contribute to society and the workplace
  • Used your problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions
  • Worked effectively in a team, using listening, negotiating, persuading and presenting skills - but also shown you can be adaptable to changes at work
  • Shown genuine deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area
  • Taken a world view, demonstrating that you understand global issues, diversity and ethical questions
  • Developed your communication skills.

Visit our Knowledge base to find out how investing in an MBA is investing in your future.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to progress onto a PhD.

Student Testimonial

"After researching different options, I chose Arden University because of its [online] delivery method, and to have the flexibility of fitting the MBA around a full-time job.

The main benefit is that an MBA is a door opener. Then there are the business skills that I learnt, which I found could be used directly within my workplace."

Scott Nicholson, MBA

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Study Centres

What study centres are available?

Blended courses are available at

study centres throughout the UK and include:

Studying via blended learning with


When you sign up for one

of our compressed blended Masters and become a student at an Arden University

study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and personal

tuition of a full time course, coupled with the rich online resources and

materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for

students who want the routine of a full time campus-based postgraduate degree,

without the full time commitment.

So, what will it be like?

  • You will have 1 evening a fortnight at our study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact a tutor or the support team via Skype, email, webchat or phone

It’s a modern, engaging way to learn

that lets you balance learning with the other priorities in your life.

And the facilities available at study


Giving you access to the technology

and services you need to support your studies, the modern centres are buzzing

with students, tutors and staff.

Outside of your classes, you can

expect access to things like:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure facilities

Next steps

Applying for

this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your

qualification. You can begin your online application now and one

of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study


If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

Applying for a course in 6 steps

1. Find your perfect course

2. Apply online

3. We’ll process your application

4. Supporting your next steps

5. Accept & complete the application

6. Begin your course with an online induction

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