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 world-wide.

Key features

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

Course details

  • Year 1
  • 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:

MBA Master of Business Administration programme specification 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 postgraduate credits or equivalent in a business or management subject. 
  • Qualifications and academic performance will be reviewed by the Programme Director.
  • Students for whom English is not a first language will be required to achieve an 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

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, with some January starts also available. 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.

MBA Master of Business Administration – graduate profile, Mark Taylor

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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.


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The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

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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.

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