Our new MBA course has been specifically developed to provide you with a gateway to management and leadership roles. Whether you already have management experience, or preparing for your first role in business, this MBA qualification will provide you with the skills and competence you need to excel in your career.
The ideal option if you’re fresh out of your undergraduate degree or have limited work experience, this course gives you the unique opportunity to use your MBA qualification as a gateway into a managerial role. You’ll develop in-depth industry knowledge of contemporary business operations and the ability to apply emerging trends and innovations to leverage strategic business transformations. Through its focus on the most up-to-date, practice-based learning, the course will help you gain the specialised skills required to start a successful career in today’s dynamic business environment.
You’ll also be introduced to state-of-the-art virtual business simulations, helping you in responding to the many opportunities and challenges you might face in your future management role. By placing professional development at its core, you’ll graduate from the MBA with the workplace readiness to enter the business world with confidence.
That means that by the end of the course, you’ll have developed the real-world skills needed to lead and manage in today’s agile working environment. This, combined with your knowledge of how to drive positive business change will give you a powerful, modern skillset sought after by leading employers in a range of exciting industries.
This MBA will engage and inspire you through course modules that have been devised by our experienced business and management practitioners to give your studies a ‘real world’ focus. Our use of live client case studies and practice-based learning will build your confidence in making strategic managerial decisions and provide you with in-demand skills for your future career.
Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to work closely with your peers, exchanging your professional experiences to learn and grow as a group. This will help you establish an international network of fellow professionals with whom you can continue to build inspiring relationships long after your degree comes to a close you complete your studies with us.
You’ll also be taught by an expert and skilled academic team with a diverse mix of business practitioner, consultancy, and research experience, and with some having published in leading-edge academic journals.
I’ve found that studying my degree online with Arden 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.
Unlike on more traditional business degrees, you won’t be sitting any exams on this course. Assessments on this MBA have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-word scenarios by engaging in live client case studies and business simulations. This means you’ll have the opportunity to align your studies to how you can help transform your future organisation’s operations and functions once you have completed the course.
Your course assessments will be practice-driven, drawing from your learning material , while also encouraging discussion and collaboration with your international peers. This modern approach will encourage you to apply your knowledge to new organisational challenges within both local and global contexts.
During your studies you’ll have the opportunity to use virtual simulations to predict, model, and scenario build for future business decisions and operations, enabling you to respond to real life opportunities and challenges that may appear in your future managerial or leadership roles. Through these virtual simulations, you’ll have the freedom to try out different solutions within a safe environment, without the potential consequences that could arise from ‘trial and error’ in the real world. This will help you build up confidence in decision-making, preparing you for the hands-on experience of real-world business practice.
Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning through additional assessments. Designed with industry feedback to meet the needs of today’s employers, each assessment will impart both subject knowledge and desirable workplace skills. These include:
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.
Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.
That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection. With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.
We’ll also support you with getting access to the resources you need, wherever you study from, including assistance with obtaining any software you need to successfully complete the course.
To be eligible for our MBA, you should normally have:
A bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above, or international equivalent. If your degree was completed over 5 years ago, you will be required to submit a CV with your application.
Applicants who hold professional qualifications and have 2 years relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply.
We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.
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.
You can apply for a loan of up to £11,836 from Student Finance England to fund your studies. UK students in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also eligible for postgraduate loans.
If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.
When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.
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.
The skills you gain on this course will be transferable to the public and private sector, so the opportunities are endless. By providing you with the same competencies as a traditional MBA, this MBA degree will give you the portfolio you need to demonstrate senior-level leadership, enhancing your CV for current and future employers.
You’ll graduate from the course with a full MBA and hands-on managerial and technical experience, giving you the tools you need to power successful business management. You’ll also have expanded your knowledge of contemporary business fundamentals and practices , all within a real-world context. Due to this focus on the practical application of your syllabus, you’ll find that the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained is valuable across diverse professional roles.
This course provides you with the valuable opportunity to:
The MBA will help you develop the right skills and knowledge to accelerate your career to a senior leadership role in business management, change, and transformation. Whether you want to join or continue working for an already established business, start your own company, or become a consultant, the course will give you everything you need to explore multiple career paths. Some roles you may want to consider after graduation include:
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 like-minded 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.
When you graduate from Arden, you’ll have the chance to complete a level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, helping you fast-track to Chartered Manager status at an additional cost of only £150* inclusive of VAT. Completing this diploma independently can cost upwards of £2,000*.
You’ll also 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.
Upon completion of one of Arden University’s CMI accredited courses, you will be automatically awarded the CMI Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) status. This professional status recognises that you have the foundation skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you to stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a clear pathway to achieving full Chartered Manager status.
*Prices (including VAT) are correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change
Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Founded in 1916, the AACSB is the oldest and largest international accreditor of business schools in the world.
This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.
Capsim is an award-winning, market-leading provider of business simulations. Founded in 1985, Capsim has more than 35 years’ experience in creating business simulations and comprehensive assessments for educational programmes.
While studying this degree with us, you’ll have free student access to Capsim, where you’ll be able to build the real-world business skills you need to grow and succeed. Through intuitive, easy-to-use simulations, Capsim tools will provide you with hands-on experience making strategic business decisions in an immersive, engaging environment. Using Capsim, you’ll have a risk-free environment to apply concepts, test new ideas, and gain quality feedback as you compete to grow your business in a dynamic environment.
The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.
As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.