MBA (Professional Top up)

Why choose this course?

A course that makes business sense

If you’re looking for a successful career in management, want to develop your strategic knowledge and gain formal recognition, this CMI-accredited MBA is for you.

The professional top-up route enables you to gain this prestigious qualification within a year.

Working with students from other cultures and backgrounds, you learn at an advanced and in-depth level how organisations work, their management, and the changing external environments in which they operate.

You develop a thorough understanding of the challenges of management and their implications across core business areas.

The emphasis of the course is on the integration of theory and practice, with core modules covering managing people, strategies, finance, marketing and operations.

Whether you study online or on-campus, you will have the opportunity to participate in a residential workshop which will help you get to know your fellow students and enable you to develop closer working relationships with the group during your period of study.

As a vital part of your learning, you will have the opportunity to visit organisations to see how business principles are applied to actual situations.

We encourage you to apply your learning to the workplace throughout the programme, so you can make an immediate business impact.

You benefit from the contributions of guest speakers from businesses and professional bodies, who bring insight and depth to your knowledge.

You also share knowledge and experience, so you’ll learn from other students too, and develop your ongoing personal learning experience through self-assessment and peer review.

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Start date: September and January

Course length: part time: one year

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

Faculty: Business, Computing and Law

School: Derby Business School

About this course

Studied online or on-campus, and always with our full support and encouragement, this top-up MBA has substance, relevance and professional respect. It marks you out as a business leader of influence, able to make sound decisions with strategic vision.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

The new University of Derby MBA reflects the very latest management thinking and takes into account feedback from our industry partners on the specific skills and knowledge they require.

It allows you to top up your professional qualification (ACCA, ABP/ABE, CMI Level 7, CIMA, Edexcel Level 7) to a full MBA in a year.

MBA is formal, worldwide recognition that you have the strategic knowledge, insight and understanding to become a successful manager and an inspiring leader.

Course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), helping you to progress towards Chartered Manager status.

Exemptions

Holders of Professional Accounting Qualifications and level 7
Management qualifications will normally be granted advanced standing onto the
Masters stage as follows:

ACCA – awarded 60 credits and must complete: Contemporary
Challenges in Leadership, Sustainable Business Operations, Markets, Customers
and Marketing and the Business Impact/Independent Study.

CIMA – awarded 80 credits and must complete: Contemporary
Challenges in Leadership, Markets, Customers and Marketing and the Business
Impact/Independent Study.

EDEXCEL and CMI level 7 can be awarded up to 120 credits and students
may be asked to complete a short piece of work prior to admission leading to the Business Impact/Independent Study.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • An honours degree (at least 2.2), or equivalent
  • And/or evidence of work experience, which will come from a relevant management or supervisory role. (This should be evidenced on your application form).
  • If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 6.5

You also need to have one of the following professional qualifications:

  • ACCA
  • ABP/ABE
  • CIMA
  • CMI (Level 7)
  • Edexcel (Level 7).

How to apply

UK/EU students

Fees and finance

Please contact us for details of the fees for this course.

How you will learn

How you'll learn

We don’t simply lecture and expect you to sit and listen; we encourage you to contribute your experience and opinions in classes. We use a range of teaching methods to bring the topics to life and help you apply the theory to real business situations.

You learn through taught lectures, case studies, role-play, debating, presentations, enquiry-based learning, and problem-solving activities. You’ll also be provided with reading and research activities, and use UDo - the University of Derby’s own online teaching portal - as a learning resource.

Our focus is on developing your skills, rather than ‘testing’ what you can remember. Each assessment method will help you to develop your practical skills, the majority being coursework. Assessment methods include computer-aided tests, research projects, work-based reports, case study analysis and reflective management reports.

How you're assessed

Our focus is on developing your skills, rather than 'testing' what you can remember. Each assessment method will help you to develop your practical skills, the majority being coursework.

Assessment methods include: computer-aided tests, research projects, work-based reports, case study analysis and reflective management reports.

Careers and employability

Setting sights on your future

The MBA is a well-respected award that proves you have reached a high international standard in leadership and management. Our students and graduates find that the reputation of the MBA and the content of our course here at Derby, bring them a host of benefits.

Because our MBA is one of the few in the UK that has been accredited by the CMI, you can apply for a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management, on top of your MBA, at the end of the course.

This is a very useful additional qualification and will help you towards becoming a Chartered Manager, the highest status possible in the managerial profession.

What our students say

“I now have a much better understanding of how businesses are managed and how to deal with their operations, marketing, and human resources.”

Neelesh Sawoky, already ACCA qualified, took the professional top-up route, and now heads up the Internal Audit Department of Bank One

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus


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