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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

This triple-accredited MBA course is designed for practising managers aspiring to higher positions. The emphasis for your learning is directly rooted in management practice. You will focus on strategic analysis, interdisciplinary skills, intellectual stimulation and independent judgement – building on a solid foundation of core disciplines, including human resource management, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, marketing and operations. You will learn to analyse, synthesise and evaluate a wide range of situations within the broad framework of organisations, their external context and internal management. Among these you will explore economic, environmental, social and technological change issues, corporate governance, markets and customers, managing resources and operations, financing organisations, management and development of people, developing information technologies for application in business and management within a global knowledge-based economy, and development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.

Key features of the course

• Practice-based learning brings your MBA into life at your workplace
• Flexible options enable you to adjust the curriculum to suit your needs
• Strong international emphasis essential for developing leaders in a global marketplace
• Join an influential network of over 25,000 alumni in 100 countries when you graduate

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.

Compulsory module:

• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (fast-track)* (BXFT716)
*This version is for the accelerated study route and should only be selected if you intend to complete your MBA in two years.

Stage 2

45 credits from the following compulsory modules:

• The dynamics of strategy (BB835)
• Corporate finance (BB831)


45 credits from the following optional modules:

• Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility (W822)
• Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective (BB846)
• Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848)
• Management beyond the mainstream (BB847)
• Managing financial risk (BB841)
• Managing in the digital economy (BXM871)
• Marketing in the 21st century (BB844)
• Strategic human resource management (BB845)
• Supply chain management (BB849)
• Sustainable creative management (BB842)


A 30 credit compulsory module:

• Making a difference: the management initiative (B839)

Credit Transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the Open University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mark Sim

2944.jpg I chose the OU to study my MBA for several reasons really. The main driver was the flexibility it gave me. It suited my circumstances as I travelled a lot and my first child was less than a year old at the time. I had also received good feedback from several peers who had studied with the OU and had positive experiences. I was also funding myself at that stage, so price, although not the largest issue was still a factor.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As someone who was never the world’s greatest studier, I surpassed my own expectations in how involved and dedicated I became. The course allowed that to happen, by keeping it interesting, current and challenging.
Getting the results of each exam was always an exciting period, especially the last module. However; I recall having a crisis of confidence as I was struggling with the first module after moving up from the Diploma. Attending the residential school not only got me over that, it made me more aware of other students having the same issues. It also made me feel like I was capable of this standard of education and was a big step for me.
It has had a positive effect on my career. Without a doubt it has opened doors to positions I would otherwise have been excluded from applying for. Not only that, the OU MBA gives you the confidence to speak up on a day to day basis, to influence decisions and to contribute at the highest levels of the organisation. It makes otherwise daunting projects less of an obstacle and more of a challenge.
I would recommend the OU MBA to others without a shadow of a doubt, and in fact I already have done.


Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree awarded with honours from a recognized UK University or the equivalent PLUS a minimum of three years' experience in a managerial, professional or technical role. If you do not hold the required qualifications, please visit our website to see open entry options.

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