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MBA (Top-Up)


Course Description

The Arden MBA Top-Up gives you the opportunity to build on existing qualifications and unlock enhanced career prospects. You may not have realised, but that postgraduate qualification you already have can fast-track you to a full MBA with just 12 months of study and at a fraction of the cost of a full MBA.

You will study a cross-cutting ‘strategic’ module, designed for practising managers looking to take the step upwards by considering contemporary ideas in a global context. The development and implementation of strategy and how you can sustain both yourself and the organisation you manage in the future are themes you will explore. This will be followed by a work-based project in a relevant area of your choice providing you with the opportunity to add value to your employer and enhance your cv.

This MBA provides a distinctive way of developing your achievements and thinking in preparation for key positions in industry, commerce and the public sector.

Course Content

Implementing Strategy
Research Project

Assessments

Assessments are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. A critical element of the assessment strategy is that you will have the chance to apply your learning directly into your day to day role.

A vital part of your work will be the opportunity to create and take ownership of a detailed piece of research relating to a management issue.

To support your development, we will provide you with academic and pastoral support online to make sure you have the skills in place to successfully complete the assessments.

Your tutor will be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly-acquired skills into real life settings.

Intake dates for this programme are: January, April, July and October

Visit the MBA (Top-Up) page on the Arden University website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Paul Dees

4.jpg “I considered all options - even changing my job to fit around my studies, but decided that distance learning would fit in better with my full time job and I could go at my own pace. The enrolment and course selection process was straightforward and very quick, no lengthy processes involved. I have had great study support over the past 15 months from tutors on the various subjects, without it I would have struggled.

The course can be very relaxed and intense depending upon how much study you put in but if you put the hard work in pays off, with 3 distinctions to my credit I am very pleased with my work. The MBA program has given me a greater understanding of the business world and has enabled me to do develop myself further in my current job role. My future aspirations are to use the MBA qualification amongst others, to secure a higher managerial position either in the UK or abroad.

The RDI Team have been extremely helpful and approachable. At times you do feel as though you are on your own but the RDI team are only an e-mail or phone call away to resolve any queries that arise. The tutors are also very approachable, often working long hours and at weekends to respond to my queries via e-mail. I have thanked the team at RDI personally for their help and support to enable me to achieve such a great milestone in my career. I have recommended the RDI programme to many people because of the flexibility it offers in the study programme and also it will fit in with probably most full time careers.”

(Student Profile)

Jihmmy Bach Friis

5.jpg “I'm married, have children and a full-time job, so distance learning suits me, otherwise I would not be able to study. RDI staff are always very helpful in answering my queries. The most important and surprising thing to me about the Bradford MBA has been the personal development - you cannot imagine how much I, as a person, have changed since October when I started. I have no objection in recommending RDI to others!"

(Student Profile)

Hugh Porter

6.jpg “I chose distance learning as it offered the only viable route to gaining management qualifications without taking significant time away from normal work. It also offers greater flexibility for students with significant other commitments such as work and family. Enrolment was straightforward and the financial process was simple. I haven’t required lots of support but where there have been issues they have generally been dealt with well.

My relationship with RDI staff is good e.g. e-mails are answered promptly. The course is very interesting. Though I work in the public sector (NHS) I wanted to undertake studies with a more general outlook rather than health /public sector specific as I thought this would actually be more informative and valuable - this has been the case. I have a much clear and better understanding of business processes and areas that need consideration in order to make a business successful. The course helps build confidence in the management field and will help me lead my practice in the coming years. I am happy to recommend RDI - distance learning is a very different process to learning on campus, but if you have the skills and capabilities to manage this it is ideal."

(Student Profile)

Stephen Weekes

7.jpg “Giving up employment to study full time was not an option.RDI allowed me to study while earning and proved an extremely flexible solution. The support I received was superb, any queries I had were resolved quickly and easily, my student support co-ordinator was extremely helpful and professional.”

(Student Profile)

Rosey Andrassy

8.jpg “As teachers I strongly believe that in order to ensure continued good practice, we need to reflect critically on the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms. Studying for my MA Ed enabled me to achieve a ‘helicopter’ perspective on my personal and professional development.

The modules that I have studied have not only been interesting, enjoyable and manageable alongside a full time teaching commitment and given me a sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction, but have also enhanced the quality of my own and others’ teaching and learning within and beyond my classroom and school.”

(Student Profile)

Richard Luck

9.jpg “Allowing a student to work at a different pace where they may have knowledge gaps has certainly been of significant benefit to me. I have been able to adapt my learning and continuous professional development requirements to suit a busy working and family schedule. The overall time frame for achievement is flexible and adaptable and meets the needs of mature students.”


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

We are keen to make sure that all those who can benefit from this programme have access to it. To be eligible for this course you must normally have: 120 credits at level 7 in a broadly based business/management award, for example a Post Graduate Diploma in Business or ILM level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management. For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t already have the required qualifications for this MBA Top-Up, we may be able to offer you a place on our full MBA programmes.

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