MBA (Top Up) - MBA
Why study this course?
London Met’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Top Up course is for those who have already acquired a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (or equivalent) from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) or Oxademy Business School and also have a minimum of two years’ management work experience. Designed to enhance your learning with support from a team of experienced academic tutors, it is accessible from anywhere in the world.
The MBA top-up is a distance learning course that allows greater flexibility for learning. Teaching and project supervision take place online via Skype, email and telephone with a dedicated team of London Met academic staff.
You'll develop both theoretical and practical knowledge through two key modules. This will improve your analytical skills and give you more confidence when communicating complex ideas and business analysis.
We’ll also teach you the necessary leadership and strategic management skills to design, plan, organise and deliver an individual research report at a professional standard.
The course is assessed through a 5,000-word research proposal and a business consultancy project report of 8,000 to 10,000 words.
You will be required to have:
- a good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject or equivalent
- a recognised Level 7 award that is equivalent to 120 credits in Leadership and Management, which maps closely with the content of the London Met MBA – because of the wide variety of qualifications this covers, each individual application will be reviewed for suitability by the course team
- a minimum of two years' management experience, which is supported by employer references
You will also need to indicate your proposed research topic in the personal statement on your application.
Because this is a distance learning course, you will be able to complete the course from your own country of residence.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For this course, IELTS may be required at a minimum of 6 or equivalent. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start)
- all year (September start)
- spring semester
This module is the essential integrative and concluding module for the MBA course and involves all MBA and MBA pathway students. It seeks to bring general and specialist areas of the course together and enable students to undertake a research project which investigates an organisational or a sector issue with the aim of making ethical and socially responsible recommendations for the future of the organisation or sector. The module also enables students to communicate the aims, process, findings and recommendations of the research in accessible and engaging formats suitable for diverse audiences.
The full report of the research project will be between 8,000-9,000 words in length. In addition students will produce a summary of the aims, process, findings and recommendations of the research suitable for communicating with a business audience (1,000 words equivalency). This will be in a medium of the student’s own choice, and could be, for example, an article, a website, a video, a poster or a brochure. Each student will have completed a research proposal prior to commencing the module which should form the basis of the research project. The project will be agreed by the module leader and the student will then be assigned a supervisor.
This module currently runs:
- spring semester - Monday afternoon
- autumn semester - Monday afternoon
- spring semester
- autumn semester
This module is core for all MBA and MBA pathway students. An MBA programme has a significant role to play in developing its students as responsible and evidence informed management practitioners. This module challenges the criticism often levied at business research and the teaching of research methods by adopting a learning-centred, reflective and integrated approach. This will support all MBA students’ understanding of research-informed practice and research methods. It will prepare them to undertake and to communicate a business research project which links context with management theory, evidence and practice. It will provide a firm foundation in the philosophical and practical factors that characterise business research, the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate recent research studies and support the development of a research proposal. In this way it will support the development of the research-related management knowledge and skills necessary for professional development and the decision making processes appropriate to management practitioners
This course is delivered online and consists of two modules:
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- MBA Consultancy Report (40 credits)
The Research Methods module will consist of a series of recorded lectures plus individual tutorial support to enable students to write a research proposal.
The MBA Consultancy Report is an 8,000 to 10,000-word research project based on the research proposal which will need to be completed over approximately three months.
The course can provide entry into a variety of careers in UK and international organisations. Previous students have found employment in a range of public, private and third sector organisations, including roles in marketing, finance and general management. As well as securing new employment, the MBA has also helped others advance further within their current careers.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
Current Oxademy students must apply through Oxademy. Otherwise, use the apply button to begin your application.
When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
Fees and key information
News and success stories
MBA graduate, Alfie Magliano, speaks about his time studying at London Met.
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Dr Hazel Messenger, Course Leader of the London Met MBA, recently travelled to Sri Lanka, to visit the University’s partner ESoft.
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