Course Essentials

Designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards to a strategic role, this MBA provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking. Delivered 100% online, this programme has the added value of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation. CMI promotes excellence in UK management and leadership and this course is your pathway to success.

CMI Membership included:

You’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of resources.

Key Information

Award:
MBA
Credits:
180
UCAS Course Code:
N/A
Course Title:
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Duration:
1.5 to 5 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Postgraduate
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab

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.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have either:

  • 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

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.

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.

Course Details & Modules

Working across a wide range of management disciplines - with ideas and experiences taken from organisations and thought leaders across the world - you will have the opportunity to put learning into practice, providing immediate value to yourself and your organisation.

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 will 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.

Modules:

  • Personal & Business Transformation
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Managing within a Competitive Environment
  • Leading Transitions
  • Implementing Strategy
  • Sustaining the Business
  • Research Project

What having the CMI accreditation means

Alongside your Masters, you’ll get a CMI Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership – industry-recognised, and a fast-track route toward Chartered Manager status.

Assessments

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 on campus 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.

Course Fees & Funding

Fees

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.

Self-funding

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.

Sponsorship

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.

Careers Impact

An MBA 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.

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.

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