MBA Master of Business Administration (top-up)

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) top-up qualification could be your chance to move your career forward. Lasting only two trimesters, which is less than a year, the course explores how to tackle large-scale, strategic business challenges, giving you the opportunity to grow as a leader in almost any field.

Master of Business Administration (top-up)

Key information

Award:

MBA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Whatever sector you currently work in, this MBA is designed to help you understand the problems and challenges facing all enterprises and organisations – and identify potential solutions. Offered as a full-time course over two trimesters, which is less than a full calendar year, you’ll have the opportunity to develop vital skills that can be applied in almost any business.

Areas covered include building a thorough knowledge of an organisation and its leadership; developing creative and systematic approaches to underlying business issues; and understanding how business and management practices can be improved. Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate your intellectual capabilities of research, critique, synthesis and innovation, culminating in a Master’s level dissertation.

We aim to maximise your learning by employing a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, group tutorials, individual tuition and guest speakers. By tutoring you in strategic thinking skills, the course will give you the opportunity to develop the sought-after analytical and critical competencies that prestigious employers in today’s global economy value so highly.

Highlights
  • This MBA course offers you the chance to join a well-established postgraduate community engaged in preparing themselves for a career in executive management.
  • Teaching and supervision is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced and well-qualified staff drawn from business and academia.
  • The University’s excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use.
  • You will be given access to a research and study skills module which will assist in your studies.
Key Features
  • This course aims to develop your critical knowledge of organisations, their management and the complex business issues they face.
  • You’ll have the chance to apply research and analysis skills, culminating in a Master’s level dissertation.
  • An intensive Research Methods and Study Skills module is designed to prepare you for writing your dissertation.
  • Teaching is conducted by a highly-dedicated team, with specialist knowledge in a wide range of subject areas and close links to business and industry.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and ensuring in-class learning is highly interactive.
Professional recognition
After successfully completing your MBA programme you may apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute. Please note that terms and conditions apply. More details are available from http://www.managers.org.uk/

  • You must have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and a HE Level 7 qualification with at least 100 credits (minimum) in a relevant subject (for instance, Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Edexcel DMS, ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma).
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • When applying you must include a reference from your current employer. The reference should clearly state how long you have been employed by them and give a breakdown of your job content and roles and responsibilities.
  • Your application form will need to be accompanied by a reflective overview of the managerial responsibilities you have undertaken to date.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the MBA (Top-up) course will assist you to deepen your critical understanding of the problems and challenges facing enterprises and organisations and equip you with the analytical and critical faculties to identify potential solutions. You’ll gain an overview of key business practices, and develop further skills in areas such as operational management, marketing, strategic planning and accounting.

An MBA is often a route to promotion or a career change. Companies in every industry around the world seek out business and management professionals with an MBA. Every business, from tiny start-ups to large companies, need someone with experience and the necessary education to support common business processes like accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, public relations, sales, and management.

What can I do with this qualification?

A wide range of employers - financial institutions, technology companies, blue-chip companies and SMEs - recruit MBA graduates. Employers look favourably on MBAs because studying for this qualification promotes knowledge and skills that are applicable to any organisation (regardless of the sector). The universal appeal stems from the MBA's focus on collective business principles. Popular options for MBA graduates include human resource management, investment banking, management consultancy, marketing and supply chain management.

An MBA is also highly respected around the world, so if you're interested in a global business career then it could be beneficial - particularly as qualifications from UK business schools are so well regarded. It can also help you to specialise in your current sector, or a new industry that you want to move into. If you want to continue your study then you could opt for a research degree (MPhil, DBA or PhD).

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience or further postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Advertising
  • Self-employment
  • Logistics
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22
2020£4,000-£4,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22
2020£7,950-£7,950

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.

Bursaries

Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk


A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to help you understand and develop a range of concepts, knowledge and skills. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials and seminars.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to make sure you achieve the overall aims of the programme, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as being a way to assess your achievement, assessment also helps you to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses.

The assessments you will be required to complete fall into two general categories, formative and summative. Formative assessments do not contribute to your overall module grade, but they are a part of the learning strategy for a module and you are required to complete them. Summative assessments do contribute to your overall module grade. You’ll also receive feedback on these assessments, so you will know what you have done well and where you can improve.

Many different forms of assessment are used. The major ones being: coursework (usually essays); reports/case studies; oral presentations; research proposal; and the dissertation.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Strategic Management
  • Research Methods and Academic Skills
  • Dissertation II
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Fredrick Agboma
Programme Leader

F.Agboma@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903697

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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