Plymouth Business School

MBA Master of Business Administration (top-up)

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 world-wide.

Key features

  • Postgraduate Diploma holders can gain a prestigious MBA from a leading UK University
  • Flexible delivery by expert faculty from Plymouth University
  • Study from any location worldwide
  • Supported by online learning resources
  • Access to Plymouth University e-library 
  • Choice of two start dates: September or March/April.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • STO712 MBA Project

      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.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MBA Master of Business Administration programme specification 3070

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 120 postgraduate credits or equivalent in a business or management subject. 
  • Qualifications and academic performance will be reviewed by the Programme Director.
  • Students for whom English is not a first language will be required to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Work experience is considered as part of the application process but is not essential.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £8,000 £5,000
Full and part time fees shown are per annum. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk

Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

David Adkins – MBA programme leader

"Our innovative Plymouth top-up programme enables you to advance your existing postgraduate business/management qualifications into an MBA that can significantly enhance your career opportunities. 

The MBA attracts students from many locations across the world who are all supported by our expert, research-active academics and the use of our extensive e-library and online learning resources."

Learn more about David Adkins' teaching and learning interests

MBA Master of Business Administration – graduate profile, Mark Taylor

I would strongly recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University. The Business School is recognised as one of the finest in the country and a qualification from such an establishment is very sought after in the current employment marketplace.

Mark Taylor tells us how he gained the necessary skills at Plymouth University to take the next step in his career.

Find out more about Mark's story

The Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) 

iSPER is a leading research Institute at the University of Plymouth and is home to a number of themed areas relevant to the MBA. Postgraduate students can take part in iSPER events and activities joining seminars from local and guest speakers from academic and business sectors. 

Find out more about iSPER's groups, their projects, publications and dynamic seminar and events series that you will be welcome to join.


People

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The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £10,000 to help towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.