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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 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 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.



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:
Distance learning
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects
  • Arden Tutors

You will study a cross-cutting ‘strategic’ module during your MBA Top-up Degree, designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards 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.

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 from Arden University provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking in preparation for key positions in industry, commerce and the public sector.

Modules

  • Implementing Strategy
  • Research Project

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

You can complete your Top-Up and get your MBA qualification within just a year. There is no minimum completion time but we expect students to study Implementing Strategy in the first quarter and then spend at least 6 months on the dissertation. The duration will vary depending on your rate of progress - you can access modules at a pace that is convenient for you. The maximum time you have to complete your MBA at Arden is 2.5 years.

Assessments

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.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page

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 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 explore our Blended MBA and online MBA

How much is my course?

2

Funding

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.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Pay as you go options

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way. You can also pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations and simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

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.

Pay in full

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.

Pay in instalments

You can make payments over the course of their studies using our fixed payment schedule. Students will be entered into a schedule which runs alongside their course and splits their programme fees into a series of instalments.

Sponsorship

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 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.

Next steps

Applying for this online 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 throughout on everything throughout your MBA course.

Course Details & Modules

You will study a cross-cutting ‘strategic’ module during your MBA Top-up Degree, designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards 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.

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 from Arden University provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking in preparation for key positions in industry, commerce and the public sector.

Modules

  • Implementing Strategy
  • Research Project

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

You can complete your Top-Up and get your MBA qualification within just a year. There is no minimum completion time but we expect students to study Implementing Strategy in the first quarter and then spend at least 6 months on the dissertation. The duration will vary depending on your rate of progress - you can access modules at a pace that is convenient for you. The maximum time you have to complete your MBA at Arden is 2.5 years.

Assessments

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.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page

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 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 explore our Blended MBA and online MBA

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Funding

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.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Pay as you go options

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way. You can also pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations and simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

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.

Pay in full

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds. There is typically up to 10% off the total price if you pay this way.

Pay in instalments

You can make payments over the course of their studies using our fixed payment schedule. Students will be entered into a schedule which runs alongside their course and splits their programme fees into a series of instalments.

Sponsorship

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 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.

Next steps

Applying for this online 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 throughout on everything throughout your MBA course.

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2. Apply online

3. We’ll process your application

4. Supporting your next steps

5. Accept & complete the application

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