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Qualification type

MBA - Master of Business Administration

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Course Essentials:

The Arden University MBA Top-Up Degree gives you the opportunity to build on existing qualifications and unlock enhanced career prospects.

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

In this Arden School of Business and Management Top-up Masters 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 you can study completely online through Distance Learning, so it's the perfect place to gain your MBA top-up, as it can be tailored around your lifestyle and commitments.


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

A vital part of your Distance Learning MBA Top-up 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, 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 into real life settings.

Career Prospects:

If you are looking at this Top-Up masters 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 both your commitments to study and to your job.

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 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 use of our full service 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.

Different course options

Study mode



2 years

Start date



Implementing Strategy
Research Project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee differs for various Nationalities.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To be eligible for this MBA Top-up 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.

University information

Arden University has supported more than 50,000 students over 26 years and are the experts in flexible learning. The university offers a range of Master’s and MBAs that can be studied flexibly by Online Distance Learning, meaning that you can access your modules at a pace that is convenient for you. Need a little more structure? If you’re a UK resident, you can opt for their Blended Learning study mode, where you’ll study a full-time...more