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MBA (Executive) (Distance learning)

Course Description

Develop your managerial style and become a strategic thinker by combining contemporary theory with practice, preparing you for the uncertain global environment the business world now faces.

This is a chance for managers and graduates with business experience to maximise their time for learning. This online course gives you the opportunity to transform yourself into a strategic leader without the need to attend university.

We run this course supported by an advanced learning platform, giving you technical support and advice 24/7 all year round. You will study via web seminars, podcasts, activities and our online library. Your tutors will support you and provide feedback through discussion forums, email, live chat, telephone and Skype.

You will receive an online induction before studying the essential subjects of contemporary marketing, accounting and human resources, and then moving on to advanced strategic concepts and specialisms. Finally, you will focus on career professionalism, integrating all the elements you have studied within a consultancy project.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mba_executive_online

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Your MBA has been accredited via a number of additional awards by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), meaning you could gain up to three additional qualifications. You will be in a position to provide the effective direction and leadership that organisations around the world need in management positions.

- Management Accounting Executive
- Planning and Performance Analyst
- Buying Manager
- Business Consultant

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Wherever and whenever, at home or in the office, this is an easily accessible course built for your convenience. If you're presently employed in industry you can apply your enhanced expertise immediately in the workplace, progressing with your career while also benefitting your organisation.

The online delivery of this course ensures that learning is always within easy reach and without travel costs. It's an opportunity to combine work and study, earning while you learn, or perhaps even furthering your education during a career break. We'll encourage you to appreciate your current strengths and areas for development, gaining an insight into both your leadership skills and the management challenges you face. We help you apply new decisive leadership methods which enable you to raise your game and inspire your people, devising practical solutions to any leadership challenges you may face at any organisation, anywhere in world.

Here's what you'll need: To study this course you will need to use Windows, Mac OS or an i-Pad. If you're working on a PC, laptop or Mac you will require a 56k modem or higher with soundcard and speakers. Windows users will need version 7, XP or Vista and have access to Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mac users will need the OS X or higher version and access to Apple Safari, while if you intend to study via an i-Pad it will need to be the iOS 5.1 or a latest version.

Core Modules

Accounting & Finance for Decision Making
Develop the key decision-making skills by applying accounting and financial techniques to assist in control and planning at management level.

MBA Consultancy Project
Apply your learning to a real organisational issue of strategic level across any relevant business and management disciplines. You'll be encouraged to work independently and also manage a client consultant relationship.

Contemporary Marketing
Examine both traditional and digital-based marketing concepts and activities and develop an integrated approach fit for the 21st century.

Organising & Managing for Performance
Explore key topic areas in the study of organisational behaviour and HRM and develop effective management practices linked with performance measures and business success.

Self-Effectiveness & Leadership Performance
Exploit your academic and vocational potential within a framework of lifelong learning, initially through the exploration of current strengths/weaknesses and the identification of personal development goals.

Strategic Management
Evaluate decisions that managers are faced with in complex and dynamic environments, combining multiple perspectives of business and management (leadership, creativity and human capital, finance and environmental analytics, creativity and strategic thinking approaches).

Option Modules

Advanced Project & Risk Management
Learn to apply and use a range of principles, tools and techniques that assist project managers in ensuring that the project is delivered on time, to the right standard and to budget.

Cross-cultural Human Resource Management
Understand the special characteristics of HRM in Multi-National Corporations, specifically considering convergence and continuing divergence in the structures, policies and practices of different countries.

Forensic Accounting
Discover the need for and role of corporate governance in the business environment, the role of IT in forensic accounting and fraud detection and the types and incidences of fraud.


- Online library
Global access to Leeds Beckett’s extensive online library, plus free eBooks to supercharge your study.

- Dedicated support team
A highly-skilled and dedicated support team whose job is to work with you through every step of your online learning.

- Virtual Learning Environment
A Virtual Learning Environment that’s easy to use and available whenever and wherever you are.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the MBA (Executive) (Distance learning) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Tony Snowdon

My MBA allowed me to think more strategically and introduced me to many useful management tools. It also helped me to think about which parts of business learning actually pertain to SMEs. Being an engineer, the soft side of strategic thinking was particularly useful to me.


Entry Requirements

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