Online MBA Top Up

Programme Overview

As an ambitious and driven student, you will bring to the programme your work experience. This might be from a functional role, for example in marketing or HRM, or a profession such as law or accounting. In either case, you will have a considerable depth of experience in one specific area.

This MBA will help you to gain a broader understanding of business by exposing you to key aspects of it and showing you how it all fits together.

Conversely, you might have had a more varied role, perhaps in running a small business, where you have some understanding over a range of business activities, but need help in developing your existing business knowledge further.

In both cases our MBA will update your management toolkit and give you a broader stronger profile to enhance your career. Critically, we take a strategic perspective on business and management that helps you develop the skills to contribute to major business decisions organisations have to make about their future.

The MBA is not just an academic course. Tutors will bring into the classroom practical real-life business problems for you to work on and solve, thus enhancing your understanding of how a business works.

This course will enable you to:
  • Develop your existing skills and knowledge to management level
  • Apply your learning to actual business situations
  • Gain a strategic perspective on business

Module synopsis

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply theoretical understanding of management to complex and current business issues with a view to improving business practice
  • Critically reflect on your leadership skills and thereby prepare for senior roles within the organisation, while developing a lifelong learning attitude to education and training
  • Demonstrate a thorough insight into contemporary research and leading-edge practice within the field of strategic management
  • Develop considerable autonomy in your learning and enhance your ability to plan and implement consultancy projects in a group context
  • Generate originality and enterprise in approaching complex business issues
  • Demonstrate self-direction and autonomy in research and scholarship towards a new contribution to knowledge in a chosen field of management
Modules for this course include

Marketing Design and Innovation

The module investigates stylistic change in taste, fashion and customer need by examining contemporary issues in marketing, design and innovation, including dependency products and services.

Marketing principles of product and service design, functionality and purpose, customer perception, value and branding extend to the consideration of patenting ideas, design registration, trade marking and intellectual property. The module also looks at the influence of marketing communications on demand.

The design process is then examined from the customer perspective, involving new product development, life cycle, and the importance of design in enhancing competitiveness.

Finally, the module investigates current developments in design and product/service innovation and the introduction of mass customisation in global markets.

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • Identify and critically evaluate the main characteristics of product and service design, and innovation from the marketing perspective
  • Distinguish between the key characteristics of the design process in the context of stylistic change, fashion and consumer taste, including the nature of design management and the importance of design and innovation in enhancing competitiveness
  • Critically appraise the importance of patenting ideas, design registration, trade marking and intellectual property on new products and services
  • Critically examine compelling organisational theories and alternative theoretical frameworks around the study of organisations
  • Assessment:

    The module will be assessed by a 5,000 word assignment.

Research Methods for Managers

This module provides course participants with the appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities they will need to effectively carry out a piece of small scale business/management research. A particular emphasis will be placed upon developing individuals towards their workplace based Masters dissertation/project.

A focus is given to the specific issues faced by managers and researchers when carrying out research in an organisational setting. These will include the philosophical aspects of enquiry in social settings, operating in political contexts, negotiating access to key individuals and data, and meeting the research outcomes expected by multiple organisational stakeholders. Consequently, this module will focus on providing individuals with the skills necessary to meet these challenges and therefore effectively plan, carry out and report upon their Masters level dissertation/project.

One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes.

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different approaches to research used in business/management and the social sciences
  • Identify and justify decisions regarding their chosen topic, research questions and research methodology
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate the current theoretical and methodological developments in their chosen field of study, making clear their own contributions to this body of work
  • Demonstrate the required skills and abilities needed to successfully plan, organise, undertake and communicate the findings of, a piece of small scale business/management research

The module will be assessed by a 5,000 word assignment.

Major Project

In order to obtain a Masters degree you must prepare, submit, and pass a dissertation. Apart from this regulation requirement there are a number of reasons why the dissertation is a very important part of your studies. The dissertation allows you an opportunity to demonstrate, at an advanced level, several important intellectual and practical skills. These skills are valued by employers and as the dissertation is your own work it is proof that you have mastered them. In fact, sometimes your dissertation will help you to obtain an interview or find the position you want.

The dissertation is not a taught module and this means that the research and writing up of your findings is very much an individual effort that allows you to demonstrate both organisational and time management skills. You will have further honed your research skills and techniques and deepened your understanding of at least one major area of business and/or business related areas. Other high level skills which will be developed and improved include evaluation, synthesis, and critical thinking.

Finally, a well-written dissertation enables you to demonstrate communication and presentation skills.

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • With reference to a chosen significant and complex area for enquiry establish a method for investigation/exploration of key concepts, models and principles
  • Critically evaluate complex issues from a variety of viewpoints
  • Develop effective arguments to support relevant conclusions
  • Critically justify and rigorously apply appropriate methodologies, techniques and practical strategies; being sensitive to the context
  • Where appropriate formulate solutions to business or management problems in discussion with peers, clients, mentors and others
  • Reflect critically on the process and outcomes of the investigation/enquiry

The module will be assessed by an 18,000 word research report. You will be assigned a supervisor to guide you through your project and make sure you are on the right track.

Entry requirements

This MBA is designed for those ready to make the jump into more management orientated roles within their workplace. Applicants are welcomed from any discipline and from a wide range of job roles.

Many entrants to an MBA have a science or technology qualification so it is not necessary that you have studied business or management before.

An MBA helps to equip you for a range of career opportunities in both general management and specialist functions. Typical MBA careers include accountancy, administration, banking, education, finance, human resource management, etc.

Typical Entry Requirements:
  1. UK bachelor’s degree and two years managerial work experience or equivalent OR five years of managerial work experience (considered on an individual basis)
  2. A good command of English, (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent for students requiring a Tier 4 visa)
  3. Applicants will also need one of the access qualifications listed below to obtain entry to the MBA (Top-up):
    • ABP Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
    • ABE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
    • Edexcel Advanced Postgraduate Diploma


The following is included for all study modes:

  • Course materials that include structured lecture notes, practical applications giving real world examples, and case studies that challenge you to apply your knowledge
  • Assessment materials via the Integrated Modular Study System (IMSS) E Learning Platform
  • Online Community to keep in touch and share with fellow students online
  • A comprehensive e-library that contains recommended study texts and reference books available for online reading
  • Mintel market reports, providing industry reports, financial analysis and company information
  • Two complimentary digital publications to support your revision
In addition to the above, you will also receive the following:
  • Welcome webinar upon course commencement
  • Online webinars for assignment/exam workshops
  • A dedicated one-to-one tutor is assigned to provide comprehensive support throughout the course
  • One-to-one supervision for all Major Project modules


Please call us on +44 (0) 203 772 7627 and one of our consultants will provide you with details on the timetable.