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Course Essentials

Are you looking to accelerate your career and fast-track your way to the top? The Arden University MBA Top-Up Distance Learning Degree will give you the opportunity to build on your existing qualifications and unlock enhanced career prospects.

You may not have realised, but that postgraduate qualification you already have can progress you to a full MBA with just 12 months of study - and at a fraction of the cost.

With the Arden MBA Top-up Master's Degree, you will study the development and implementation of strategy and how you can sustain both yourself and the organisation you manage in the future. You'll also complete a work-based project in an area of your choice.

At Arden's School of Business and Management you can study completely online through Distance Learning, so it's the perfect place to gain your MBA top-up. With online study, you can tailor your postgraduate top-up course around your lifestyle and any other commitments you have.



Add value to your CV with Salesforce certifications

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As part of this course, you’ll also have the chance to become certified in Salesforce technology. Salesforce is the World's #1 CRM system and expertise in this area is highly valued across various industries. Even better, this certification is completely free with Arden. See the 'Industry Skills' tab below for more information.


Key Information

Award:
MBA
Credits:
80
UCAS Course Code:
N/A
Course Title:
MBA (Top-up)
Duration:
1-2 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Online
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects
  • Arden Tutors
  • Industry Skills

You will study a cross-cutting ‘strategic’ module during your MBA Top-Up Master's Degree, designed for practising managers looking to take the next step up by considering contemporary ideas in a global context. The development and implementation of strategy and how you can sustain both yourself and the organisation you manage in the future - are also themes you will explore throughout your MBA Top-Up.

This will be followed by a work-based project in a relevant area of your choice, providing you with the opportunity to add value to your employer's business and enhance your CV.

This MBA Top-Up Distance Learning course from Arden University provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking in preparation for key positions in the industry, commerce and public sectors.

Modules

  • Implementing Strategy
  • Research Project

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

You can complete your Top-Up Master's Degree and get your MBA qualification within just one year. There is no minimum completion time but we expect students to study Implementing Strategy in the first quarter and then spend at least six months on their dissertation. The duration will vary depending on your rate of progress. But with the MBA Top-Up Distance Learning Degree, you can access modules at a pace that is convenient for you. The maximum time you have to complete your MBA at Arden is two and a half years.

Assessments

Assessments are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. A critical element of assessment is that you will have the chance to apply your learning directly into your day-to-day role.

A vital part of your MBA Top-Up Distance Learning work will be the opportunity to create and take ownership of a detailed piece of research relating to a management issue.

To back your development, Arden will provide you with academic support online to make sure you have the skills in place to successfully complete the assessments.

Your tutor will be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly-acquired skills to real life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our MBA (Top-up) Programme Specification.

At Arden University, we are keen to make sure that all those who can benefit from this programme have access to it.

To be eligible for this MBA Top-Up UK course you must normally have:

  • 120 credits at Level 7 in a broadly-based business/management award, for example a Postgraduate Diploma in Business
  • 2 years suitable work experience.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English, you must have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).

If you don’t already have the required qualifications for this Distance Learning MBA Top-up, Arden may be able to offer you a place on our full MBA programme. You can also explore our MBAs.

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your 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. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your 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. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

If you are looking at this MBA Top-Up Master's Degree course, it’s highly likely you are already in work – full or part-time. Arden have designed this programme so that you have the flexibility to fulfil your commitments to study, your job, your family and your lifestyle.

This programme aims to assist you in developing the skills, behaviour and knowledge to improve your existing prospects and directly add value to your role.

An MBA Top-Up from Arden University 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.

What will I have achieved when I 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
  • 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

While you are a Distance Learning student with us you can make full use of our careers portal. This has tools such as an interview simulator, CV builder and global jobs search engine that can take your confidence - and career - to the next level.

You may wish to continue with your academic development and consider progressing onto a PhD programme.

Next steps

Applying for the online MBA Top-Up 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.

Your module tutors at Arden University have all been selected because of their teaching and industry experience. Identified as experts in the subject they teach, you can expect in-depth topic discussions and explanations that you can apply to a work-life setting, fully supporting you through every aspect of your Top-Up course.

Boost your prospects with Salesforce certification

Arden are pleased to offer students studying this degree course the opportunity to develop additional skills. You have the chance to develop your own learning journey towards Salesforce accreditation via the 'Salesforce Trailhead' programme. Salesforce have been an industry leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for more than 20 years, so this gives you the opportunity to gain an extra self-managed certification while studying your Arden degree.

About Salesforce certification

By studying a Salesforce-certified course, you’ll have access to professional-level materials, ensuring your industry knowledge remains current.

There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

Key benefits

Gain industry-relevant skills
Develop additional skills relevant to roles in marketing, sales and technology, allowing you to stand out in crowded jobs markets.

Add value to your CV
Prove your enthusiasm for your industry, dedication to self-development and eagerness to learn to potential employees.

Access professional-level content and a student community
Access materials used by industry professionals, and join the Salesforce student community, interacting with others and sharing your experiences.

How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to Salesforce courses online via your online learning platform, iLearn. 

Courses including CRM Fundamentals for Salesforce Classic; Measuring your Marketing Impact and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the amount of time needed to complete a Salesforce course ranges from 35 minutes to 21 hours - which you will need to fit in around your degree study time, at a pace that suits you.

These courses are an added extra, so you can decide whether you complete them and how many you complete. Your participation won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

The Trailhead courses are completely free to study.

Course Details & Modules

You will study a cross-cutting ‘strategic’ module during your MBA Top-Up Master's Degree, designed for practising managers looking to take the next step up by considering contemporary ideas in a global context. The development and implementation of strategy and how you can sustain both yourself and the organisation you manage in the future - are also themes you will explore throughout your MBA Top-Up.

This will be followed by a work-based project in a relevant area of your choice, providing you with the opportunity to add value to your employer's business and enhance your CV.

This MBA Top-Up Distance Learning course from Arden University provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking in preparation for key positions in the industry, commerce and public sectors.

Modules

  • Implementing Strategy
  • Research Project

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

You can complete your Top-Up Master's Degree and get your MBA qualification within just one year. There is no minimum completion time but we expect students to study Implementing Strategy in the first quarter and then spend at least six months on their dissertation. The duration will vary depending on your rate of progress. But with the MBA Top-Up Distance Learning Degree, you can access modules at a pace that is convenient for you. The maximum time you have to complete your MBA at Arden is two and a half years.

Assessments

Assessments are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. A critical element of assessment is that you will have the chance to apply your learning directly into your day-to-day role.

A vital part of your MBA Top-Up Distance Learning work will be the opportunity to create and take ownership of a detailed piece of research relating to a management issue.

To back your development, Arden will provide you with academic support online to make sure you have the skills in place to successfully complete the assessments.

Your tutor will be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly-acquired skills to real life settings.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our MBA (Top-up) Programme Specification.

Entry Requirements

At Arden University, we are keen to make sure that all those who can benefit from this programme have access to it.

To be eligible for this MBA Top-Up UK course you must normally have:

  • 120 credits at Level 7 in a broadly-based business/management award, for example a Postgraduate Diploma in Business
  • 2 years suitable work experience.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English, you must have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).

If you don’t already have the required qualifications for this Distance Learning MBA Top-up, Arden may be able to offer you a place on our full MBA programme. You can also explore our MBAs.

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your 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. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your 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. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Career Prospects

If you are looking at this MBA Top-Up Master's Degree course, it’s highly likely you are already in work – full or part-time. Arden have designed this programme so that you have the flexibility to fulfil your commitments to study, your job, your family and your lifestyle.

This programme aims to assist you in developing the skills, behaviour and knowledge to improve your existing prospects and directly add value to your role.

An MBA Top-Up from Arden University 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.

What will I have achieved when I 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
  • 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

While you are a Distance Learning student with us you can make full use of our careers portal. This has tools such as an interview simulator, CV builder and global jobs search engine that can take your confidence - and career - to the next level.

You may wish to continue with your academic development and consider progressing onto a PhD programme.

Next steps

Applying for the online MBA Top-Up 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.

Arden Tutors

Your module tutors at Arden University have all been selected because of their teaching and industry experience. Identified as experts in the subject they teach, you can expect in-depth topic discussions and explanations that you can apply to a work-life setting, fully supporting you through every aspect of your Top-Up course.

Industry Skills

Boost your prospects with Salesforce certification

Arden are pleased to offer students studying this degree course the opportunity to develop additional skills. You have the chance to develop your own learning journey towards Salesforce accreditation via the 'Salesforce Trailhead' programme. Salesforce have been an industry leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for more than 20 years, so this gives you the opportunity to gain an extra self-managed certification while studying your Arden degree.

About Salesforce certification

By studying a Salesforce-certified course, you’ll have access to professional-level materials, ensuring your industry knowledge remains current.

There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

Key benefits

Gain industry-relevant skills
Develop additional skills relevant to roles in marketing, sales and technology, allowing you to stand out in crowded jobs markets.

Add value to your CV
Prove your enthusiasm for your industry, dedication to self-development and eagerness to learn to potential employees.

Access professional-level content and a student community
Access materials used by industry professionals, and join the Salesforce student community, interacting with others and sharing your experiences.

How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to Salesforce courses online via your online learning platform, iLearn. 

Courses including CRM Fundamentals for Salesforce Classic; Measuring your Marketing Impact and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the amount of time needed to complete a Salesforce course ranges from 35 minutes to 21 hours - which you will need to fit in around your degree study time, at a pace that suits you.

These courses are an added extra, so you can decide whether you complete them and how many you complete. Your participation won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

The Trailhead courses are completely free to study.

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