Master of Business Administration (Digital Business)

Master of Business Administration (Digital Business)


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Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+

Course Overview

Ready to gain the leadership expertise required to be a strategic manager who is fluent in digital technology? Ready to explore the challenges presented by ‘big data’ sets and evaluate methodologies for data analysis? Our Master of Business Administration (Digital Business) is designed for you! 

Arden’s digital MBA enables you to gain hands-on experience with the technology your business can use to succeed. You’ll build on the fundamental professional experience you have and explore the impacts of digitisation and how to do it well.

You’ll become a strategic leader in the digital space – with highly sought after and transferable skills for a huge range of industries. As well as these key academic skills, you’ll also develop your resilience, people and ethics skills, and collaboration skills. 

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Course details and modules

Our MBA (Digital Business) has been designed to engage and inspire students via a range of activities that maintain a ‘real world’ focus. You’ll be exposed to a range of software applications that are geared towards business effectiveness and efficiency. These include and are not limited to Salesforce and Amazon Web Services.  

Students will be required to work collaboratively. You’ll work with peers to exchange your professional experiences to learn and grow as a group – ensuring you leave with a network of supportive peers who you can continue to engage with well beyond graduating.  

Technology and digitisation are at the heart of this programme. You will explore contemporary business practices and will be expected to evaluate the contribution of digital applications, develop hands on technology skills, and reflect on their contribution to business progress. 

Throughout the modules listed, you will be required to cast a critical eye on the business world of the past, present, and future. 

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  • The digital business environment
  • Leading and working in the digital business environment
  • Introduction to the digital supply chain 
  • Competitive strategy in the digital business environment
  • Digital finance and ledger systems 
  • Managing customer and user experience
  • Managing cloud-based business solutions 
  • Analysing big data
  • Digital business project 

*The order and availability of the optional modules within each level may vary depending on intake and subject to demand.

How do we assess you?

The assessment strategy centres on a strong alignment with real-world business transformation issues and embraces a range of group and individual-based assessment types including: 

  • Reflective analyses
  • Transformation plans
  • Stakeholder engagement plans
  • Digital business analyses
  • Work products
  • Software appraisals
  • Digital leadership strategies
  • Digital business project (as above) 

Students are expected to apply knowledge and theory explored in the modules and produce assessments that simultaneously focus on real business situations and demonstrate the high levels of critical and diagnostic thinking required to meet the standards of a Level 7 business qualification.  

The programme culminates in the submission of the independent study assessment (digital business project) that builds upon content examined in the other modules and requires students to develop a digital transformation plan. 

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere 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

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.


To be eligible for this Master of Business Administration (Digital Business) course at Arden University, you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • AND, two years’ experience at management level. 

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.

Candidates who lack formal qualifications but possess significant relevant experience will also be considered, we recommend five years’ experience at a management level. 

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

The MBA is the most internationally recognised postgraduate degree in the world, and the most coveted. The MBA (Digital Business) takes the fundamentals from a more traditional MBA and modernises the content so you can become a truly contemporary leader. 

The skills you gain will be transferable to the public and private sector, so the opportunities are endless! Our MBA (Digital Business) degree will give you the skills you need to demonstrate senior-level leadership, enhancing your CV for current and future employers.

What will a Master of Business Administration (Digital Business) do for my career?

By the time you graduate, you will have gained experience across a suite of software, in a hands-on, practical capacity, so you will be armed with the tools you need to be a leader within this emerging area of business. You will have explored competitive strategies, digital finance, and the digital business environment, all within a real-world context. Because we focus on the practical application of what you learn, you’ll find that this knowledge and expertise is valuable to a range of different roles. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Evaluate and analyse data sets using digitally-driven analytical tools    
  • Explore the various leadership approaches and styles that are appropriate in the digital business environment   
  • Assess the compliance issues, ethical considerations and legal constraints (for example, GDPR) that impact the digital business environment   
  • Develop and evaluate business leadership strategies for success in the digital business environment   

What can I do after Arden University?

Completing an MBA (Digital Business) will help to arm you with the right skills and knowledge to accelerate your career to a senior leadership role. Whether you want to join or continue working for, an already established business, start your own company or become a consultant, this degree can give you everything you need to explore any avenue. Some roles you might want to consider are: 

  • Entrepreneur 
  • Chief Technological Officer
  • Business Director
  • Head of Marketing 
  • Digital Transformation Manager 
  • Database Lead 

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Prepare for the next step in your career

Achieving your Master of Business Administration (Digital Business) will give you the skills you need to be a strategic leader. Beyond the core MBA itself, Arden students can also benefit from 1-2-1 support and online learning resources, enhancing their CVs even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, ilearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

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.