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MBA Master of Business Administration (top-up)

MBA Master of Business Administration (top-up)

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1 year

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MBA - Master of Business Administration

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Course Summary

The MBA is recognised worldwide as the premier postgraduate qualification in the field of business management. This MBA is a ‘top-up’ programme designed specifically for holders of postgraduate diplomas in business or management, allowing you to ‘fast-track’ your studies to gain a full MBA award. The programme assessment is project based and supported through expert supervision and online learning – it can be studied from any location worldwide.

Careers with this subject

The Plymouth MBA provides an outstanding opportunity to accelerate your career into senior managerial positions, whether in marketing, human resources management, maritime logistics, economics, supply chain management or international strategic management. MBA graduates continue to achieve high salaries, beating MBA averages from a decade ago.

Key features

  • Postgraduate diploma holders can gain a prestigious MBA from a leading UK University.
  • Study from any location worldwide.
  • Supported by online learning resources with access to the University e-library.
  • Choice of three start dates: September, January and April.

You will progress or articulate to the programme following the successful completion of 120 Level 7 credits in business and management or an equivalent postgraduate diploma. You are required to undertake a single 60 credit Level 7 dissertation chosen from a broad range of topics including marketing, human resource management or international strategic management, under the supervision of an appropriate academic with relevant subject expertise.

The programme consists of a single module: MBA project. The programme has no taught modules and support is provided through specially developed online learning resources and regular supervisory meetings, typically through email exchange and Skype or an equivalent software system. The programme is designed to be an academic challenge but appropriate support and guidance will be provided, particularly for those who have been away from higher education for a while.

The design of our postgraduate programmes focuses on four taught modules and a capstone project. We believe that simplicity in programme design provides you with a better learning experience. The dynamic and challenging nature of contemporary business does not isolate concepts into small packages – and neither do our programmes. This approach links concepts together as they are in the real world, and enables you to focus in on what really matters.


The module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a work based research project in which they demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities appropriate to the award of the MBA degree, namely the QAA subject benchmarks and SEEC level descriptors.

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Entry requirements

Minimum 120 Level 7 credits or equivalent in a business or management subject. Examples of such qualifications include: a Diploma in Management Studies from a British University; Edexcel Extended Diploma in Strategy Management; Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership; Postgraduate Diploma in Business and/or Management related studies; NCC Education PG Diploma in Business Management. Advance Post Graduation Diploma in Maritime Business Management from IMBA.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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