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Master of Business Administration Executive (Distance Learning) MBA

Course Description

To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The Master of Business Administration Executive is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated professionals.

Obtaining an MBA at the University of Northampton will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA Executive will improve management practice and equip you with essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to assist your industry and achieving your organisation’s objectives. You will think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge based solutions to business issues. You will learn to think and operate differently which is essential in today’s global business arena.

Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.

Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.

Course content

Core learning will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.

Studying this programme will give you an opportunity to undertake professional accreditation in Marketing and Project Management.

*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.

For further information on course content and modules please refer to the NILE site: https://nile.northampton.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_27188_1&content_id=_1000350_1&mode=reset%E2%80%8B

Year One

Trimester one – September to December
You will study two modules; Critical Issues in Business and Managing and Organisational Behaviour.

Trimester two – January to April
You will study one module; Financial Decision Making.

Trimester three – May to July
You will study one module; Managing Operations and the Supply Chain.

Year Two

Trimester four – September to December
You will study one module; Competitive Strategy and Innovation and commence work on your Business Research Project.

Trimester five – January to April
You will study one module; Strategic Marketing and continue work on your Business Research Project.

Trimester six – May to July
You will study one module; Leadership in a changing context and complete your Business Research Project.

MBA Masterclasses

For MBA Executive part time and distance learning students, you will be invited to attend a series of MBA masterclasses (five in total on Saturday’s 10-4pm) which would link to your modules.

The MBA Masterclasses are not a compulsory part of your study however, they give you the opportunity to enhance your study, meet with the module leader and network with fellow MBA students.

The module enables placement students (as future managers and leaders) to analyse the ways in which the design and organization of work places and spaces might influence organisational culture. The design and interior layout of buildings represent ‘the visible part of the culture of an organization’, with these spaces being representative of an organisation’s collective values, beliefs and behaviours.

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate

The CIM Introductory Certificate provides an internationally recognised qualification in marketing. We provide all the materials necessary to prepare you for this award as part of your course fees. In order to achieve this award, two CIM assessments must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award

PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is the internationally recognised project management programme. Online learning materials are provided as part of your course fees. Additional PRINCE2 assessment must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

MBA Business Event

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Brussels in 2014/15) in their first year. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £250 for flights and accommodation (If travelling from the UK). Students normally allow an additional £250 for their expenses.

Please Note: Additional fees, over and above your course fees, will be payable for the optional elements, for example for travel and accommodation for the Business Event or by the examination or membership bodies for membership and assessments associated with the qualifications.

Methods of Learning

Per module you should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time


The programme has a combination of assessment involving practical work, essays, reports, case studies and examinations. The Business Research Report is a 15,000 word independent research project.

Facilities and Special Features

Our programme combines all of the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with the extra value of additional recognition, qualifications and activities. We offer a unique combination of opportunities including:
-Extensive online materials to support your studies.
-MBA business event *(in 2015 a three day business networking trip to Brussels).
-Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate**.
-PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award**.

*Optional – not included in course fees.
**Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees.


Unlike other postgraduate programmes which provide in depth specialisation in a specific field, an MBA is interdisciplinary. An MBA exposes you to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.

-An MBA may prove invaluable in progressing your career providing you with new skills in the workplace.
-An MBA is suitable for those wishing to pursue a consultancy role.
-Those with an MBA dictate a high level of credibility as they are extremely confident and able to influence others.
-Studying for an MBA will give you the chance to experiment with your approach to problem solving and develop your management and interpersonal skills; all essential abilities.

Visit the Master of Business Administration Executive (Distance Learning) MBA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first or second class honours degree of a British university or equivalent and must always have a minimum of two years relevant management experience. The University of Northampton admission procedures enable the admission of students with prior credit or experiential learning. As this postgraduate qualification will attract professional practitioners and managers, students may be admitted on the basis of an assessment of meaningful and measurable prior learning or professional experience.

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