Plymouth Business School

MBA Master of Business Administration (top-up)

The MBA is recognised worldwide as the premier postgraduate qualification in the field of business management. This MBA is a ‘top-up’ programme designed specifically for holders of postgraduate diplomas in business or management, allowing you to ‘fast-track’ your studies to gain a full MBA award. The programme assessment is project based and supported through expert supervision and online learning – it can be studied from any location worldwide.

Careers with this subject

The Plymouth MBA provides an outstanding opportunity to accelerate your career into senior managerial positions, whether in marketing, human resources management, maritime logistics, economics, supply chain management or international strategic management. MBA graduates continue to achieve high salaries, beating MBA averages from a decade ago. 

Key features

  • Postgraduate diploma holders can gain a prestigious MBA from a leading UK University
  • Flexible delivery by an expert University school
  • Study from any location worldwide
  • Supported by online learning resources
  • Access to the University e-library 
  • Choice of two start dates: September or March.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • You will progress or articulate to the programme following the successful completion of 120 Level 7 credits in business and management or an  equivalent postgraduate diploma. You are required to undertake a single 60-credit Level 7 dissertation chosen from a broad range of topics including marketing, human resource management or international strategic management, under the supervision of an appropriate academic with relevant subject expertise.

    The programme consists of a single module: MBA project. The programme has no taught modules and support is provided through specially developed online learning resources and regular supervisory meetings, typically through email exchange and Skype or an equivalent software system. The programme is designed to be an  academic challenge but appropriate support and guidance will be provided, particularly for those who have been away from higher education for a while. 

    Core modules
    • STO712 MBA Project

      The module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a work based research project in which they demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities appropriate to the award of the MBA degree, namely the QAA subject benchmarks and SEEC level descriptors.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA Business Administration MBA top up Programme Specification Sep19 3070

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 120 Level 7 credits or equivalent in a business or management subject. 
  • Qualifications and academic performance will be reviewed by the Programme Director.
  • International students: IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Work experience is considered as part of the application process but is not essential.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New student 2018 2019
Part time (Home/EU)  £8,000 £5,000
Part time (International)  £8,000 £5,000

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Subject specialism pathways

The MBA top-up programme offers one core award with the option of subject specialism pathways including, but not limited to, the following awards – if available during your course of study.

Master of Business Administration (Global Supply Chain Management) provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance the specialist knowledge and skills you require to become a senior manager in the fields of global supply chains, logistics and international procurement.

Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) provides the opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills needed across a variety of settings and a high level of understanding of entrepreneurial business decisions and innovative marketing strategies.

Master of Business Administration (Finance) provides the opportunity to explore in depth – through the development of a specific research project – finance in the wider international context and build the theoretical knowledge and advanced practical skills required in the increasingly complex global economic and financial sectors.

Master of Business Administration (Marketing) provides the opportunity to enhance – through the development of a dedicated project – the capacity, knowledge and skills for analysing  complex marketing situations, making business decisions and implementing appropriate strategies in an international context.

Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) provides the opportunities to develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for contemporary HR management, in a business and organisational context.

Master of Business Administration (Operations Management) provides the opportunities to develop skills and competencies to help businesses manage the planning, production and delivery of their products and services. Through this, you become an expert professional in operations and supply chain management.

MBA Master of Business Administration – graduate profile, Mark Taylor

I would strongly recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University. The Business School is recognised as one of the finest in the country and a qualification from such an establishment is very sought after in the current employment marketplace.

Mark Taylor tells us how he gained the necessary skills at Plymouth University to take the next step in his career.

Find out more about Mark's story

The Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) 

iSPER is a leading research Institute at the University of Plymouth and is home to a number of themed areas relevant to the MBA. Postgraduate students can take part in iSPER events and activities joining seminars from local and guest speakers from academic and business sectors. 

Find out more about iSPER's groups, their projects, publications and dynamic seminar and events series that you will be welcome to join.


People

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in Plymouth Business School can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.