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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.

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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 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership or equivalent
  • a minimum of two years' management experience at middle management level

As 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.

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.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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.

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