Course details

Study options

Part-time: Up to 3 years

UK fee

£1,385 per 20 credits (2024/25)

Course level


Start dates

September, January


Derby Campus

In a post-Brexit, post-Covid-19 world, professional leadership skills will be more essential than ever to drive growth and organisational change.

Designed for ambitious managers and leaders, our MBA Professional blends academic study with real work-based scenarios. You will develop the strategic direction and vision to accelerate your professional management career and become an inclusive, forward-thinking leader and role model within your organisation.

The highlights

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Join us at an upcoming Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

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What you will study

The course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MBA. To complete the MBA, you'll study modules such as: 

  • Understanding HRM
  • Information Systems for Sustaining Competitive Advantage
  • Introduction to Business Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • The Sustainable Global Business Environment
  • Marketing in Organisations
  • Governance and Risk
  • Improving Supply Chain and Logistics Operations
  • Strategic and Financial Performance Management
  • Critical Perspectives in Strategic Leadership and Management

You will conclude your MBA studies with either a traditional dissertation or a Project.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The focus of this course is on applying your learning directly to your workplace, and you will be encouraged to grow and develop as an independent learner.

Face-to-face or online tutorials will prepare you for project-based assignments and provide opportunities to reflect on these.

You will also develop deeper research skills through completion of a dissertation - an extended research project negotiated to reflect your organisation and specific area of interest.

Who will teach you

Simon Smith
Programme leader

Simon Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance Part-Time. Prior to working in academia he was a senior manager in the semiconductor industry and continues to work with many organisations today, with a focus on improving business operations. 

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (minimum upper second class) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject or a professional qualification deemed to be of equivalent standing. Alternatively, applicants may have significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement. Applicants meeting these criteria may not have previously studied at university.

We welcome and encourage all applicants as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme. If learners have few or no formal qualifications, they may be able to gain entry to the programme if they have the required communication and learning skills as well as the knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed.

All applications are considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be invited to an interview, either on campus or online, as part of the application process.

When submitting your application, please ensure it is complete, with all the relevant documents requested in the application form.

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)



£1,385 per 20 credits




Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional fee information

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Award Credits
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits
MBA 180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MBA. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Additional costs and optional extras

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


Completion of this course will prepare you for senior leadership and management roles in the private, public or third sector. Job roles could include:

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† Additional information about your studies

January start is available for home fee status students only

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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