Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Summary

Study level
Award
MBA
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Location
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

The driving force behind the Arden MBA is to transform professionals like you, by encouraging you to disrupt conventional ways of thinking to gain the competitive edge in your industry. Rooted in a learning-by-doing methodology, our MBA degree places an emphasis on directly applying what you learn on the course to your day-to-day role, allowing you to demonstrate immediate impact in your organisation. 

The MBA prepares you for the challenges of modern leadership by focusing on the development of holistic management skills that you can apply to a range of business functions. You’ll cover topics including personal and business transformation, ethical leadership, and implementing strategy. You’ll also have the chance to complete your own original research project in an area of business that drives your passion for success. 

All of this has been designed to bring out your best qualities as a manager and future leader. You’ll be encouraged apply what you learn on the course to your current role, giving you an immediate taster of how your new skills can help you go on to outperform the competition. What’s more, the Arden MBA course has been developed in consultation with our international alumni and leading UK employers, so you can be confident that your studies will focus on the skills you need to gain today to become a leader of tomorrow.
 

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

Our MBA syllabus has been designed to accelerate your career by helping you develop the skills and knowledge demanded by the industry you want to work in. Through this, we’re preparing you for the next step in your career as a senior professional. During the course you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates and fellow professionals with a breadth of experience, helping you build your international business network. Additionally, if you want to continue your academic development after graduation, our MBA (Finance) degree provides a strong foundation for further study at PhD level.

Simon Henry

I’ve found the Arden MBA has given me a much more comprehensive foundation of knowledge around the topics I don’t often encounter in my work role, including financial decision-making, ethics and strategy. This knowledge will enable me to progress to more strategic roles in the future.

Simon Henry
MBA Online

Modules

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

How do we assess you?

We’ve planned our assessments to give you a variety of ways to demonstrate your strengths. This includes writing case studies and reports, delivering presentations and creating proposals. Alongside these, you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out your own original research project relating to a management issue that’s relevant to your role and organisation. Ideal if you learn best by putting your new knowledge into practice in real-world scenarios.

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. The course is also available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere or worldwide. 

Abdulrahaman Usman

As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration

Full time, blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully.
 
Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Please note: our campus classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted

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Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

For UK students

To be eligible for the Masters in Business Administration, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • 2 years’ suitable work experience

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

Non-standard entry requirements

We’re happy to receive an application from you if you have substantial management experience (typically 5 years) and can show us that you have the motivation to study this programme. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study this course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.
 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

A Master of Administration degree is still the gold standard for employers looking for leadership potential. Our modern, international learning approach means your CMI accredited MBA will give you the edge in the eyes of employers all over the world. Whether you want to progress with your current organisation or to take on a new challenge, the Arden MBA provides the tools you need to unlock your full potential. 

What can the Arden MBA degree do for me?

You’ll gain a wide range of leadership and management skills by completing this course. Best of all, because the focus is on adopting broader perspectives and taking a wider view of business issues, you’ll find these skills are transferable to a range of different roles. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Demonstrate you can apply your knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Complete projects or tasks that have directly improved your organisation
  • Developed confident communication skills and adapted these to a variety of settings and contexts
  • Used problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to business challenges
  • Developed deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area
     

What can I do after Arden University?

Graduates of our MBA degree go on to a variety of different senior roles within national and international organisations. You may decide to progress with your current employer or to embark upon a fresh challenge with a new organisation – the flexibility of the skills you’ll gain on this course mean your options are open.

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.

Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.