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This degree includes a full range of business skills, including managing people, finance, planning, strategy, leadership and sustainability.
It is designed for both new and aspiring managers as well as those who are more experienced and want to gain a management qualification to enhance their career progression.

Course aims:
Creatively solve work-based problems and effectively manage resources in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
Develop a range of intellectual and highly developed interpersonal skills
Apply knowledge in a work based environment, to be receptive to new ideas, and to effectively manage change.
To provide a coherent and sound foundation in business and management disciplines
To provide a flexible programme of study that is built upon a partnership with employers, and is responsive to contemporary management issues and changing contingencies.
To provide an academically rigorous and vocationally oriented course of study.

To meet the needs of employers regarding up-skilling employees in the workplace.

Delivery Location:1. Distance Learning – all online
Assessment Style:No examinations.

The course is assessed through a mix of work-based projects, assignments, written and oral reports, presentations and case studies

Delivery Methods:1. Distance Learning – online through our Learning Management System.

Provider: Anglia Ruskin University
RPL Cost: No charge
Cost: 4700
Delivery Method: Online

The course provides a postgraduate general programme in business and management that will enable students to achieve learning outcomes at a level for the award of MBA. It provides an opportunity to develop critical understanding of business and management and its constituent processes for both a theoretical and practical perspective.

The course enables students to critically review and integrate their existing work experience with postgraduate studies with an intensive process of management development.

The learning experience will enable students to enhance their career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field and management in a wide range of organisation.


Assessment Style:Essays, reports, research tasks, presentations
Delivery Methods:Part time- Lectures, seminars

Provider: University of Central Lancashire
RPL Cost: Please contact the University
Cost: £3,250 per year, part time
Delivery Method: Face to face

The overall aim of the MBA is to educate individuals as managers and business specialists, and thus to improve the quality of management as a profession. Masters degrees add value, for example to first (or bachelors) degrees, by developing in individuals an integrated and critically aware understanding of management and organisations in a global context, assisting them to take effective roles within them.

The MBA programme has been designed to provide insights into the new world of work on different levels. Therefore it focuses on developing and reflecting on high level management skills and competences which will be applicable across a wide range of situations, sectors and organisations. Students will learn the principles and skills which help managers to maximise the potential of organisational resources to achieve shared goals. It has also been designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to conduct advanced research into a variety of organisational and leadership issues whilst focusing on the interrelationship of leadership and organisational performance.


The MBA consists of two parts, a taught Part I with six 20 credit modules of which four are compulsory, and a 60 credit dissertation in Part II.

Compulsory modules:

Finance for Financial Mgrs; Marketing Mgmnt; Strategic Mgmnt; Human Resources Management

Sample of elective modules:

Change & Stability Mgmnt; Critical Leadership Development; Leading & Managing Projects; Global Business Challenges

The aims of this degree are:

To provide an advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.

To prepare for and/or develop a career in business and management by developing skills at a professional level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area. This involves development of a range of business knowledge and skills, together with the self-awareness and personal development appropriate to postgraduate/management careers in business. This includes the development of positive and critical attitudes towards leadership, change and enterprise and innovation, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business and management environment.

To develop the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex or difficult issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice, including within an international context. This includes the ability to convert theory into practice from a critical and informed perspective so as to advance the effectiveness of employees and competitiveness of employing organisations.

To develop and enhance a range of general transferable skills and attributes, which, while being highly appropriate to a career in business, are not restricted to this.

To develop lifelong learning skills, including engendering an enthusiasm for business and for learning more generally as part of continuing personal and professional development.

The learning outcomes of the programme are as follows:

Knowledge and understanding

Graduates of the programme will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the business management discipline

Cognitive (thinking) skills

Graduates will be able to demonstrate a range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management.

Key Skills & Practical Skills

Graduates will be able to demonstrate a range of qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment.

Delivery Location:Swansea Business Campus or online distance learning
Assessment Style:A variety of coursework eg reports, essays, projects, proposals, presentations
Delivery Methods:On campus: Predominantly workshop format using a variety of learning strategies eg. discussion, case studies, watching/listening to interviews, external speakers, project work, organisational visits etc.


Online MBA: delivery is through an interactive, innovative virtual learning environment with tutor support.

Provider: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
RPL Cost: refer to Provider's APL policy
Cost: £6,000
Delivery Method: Online, Face to face

The Masters in Business Administration (MBA) has been delivered by Northumbria University for more than 20 years and has more than 1,000 graduates globally. Our MBA can accelerate the development of aspiring and current middle and senior managers in your organisation. It has been developed to meet the needs of professionals who strive for excellence in performance and want to take the next step in developing their career. Managers will emerge as highly capable professionals grounded in key areas of business and management with a thorough and dynamic approach to tackling complex challenges.

Applicants are normally expected to have at least 3 years of managerial experience. The programme will be delivered over three years. Learning will include a range of learning delivery opportunities including block study, day release and work-based learning. Whilst timely face to face contact will be essential the learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to all remotely. The manager and their workplace mentor will be supported by university staff throughout the programme.


This MBA has been developed to meet the needs of professionals who strive for excellence in performance in an increasingly globalised and fast-changing environment and want to take the next step in their career, including police, police staff and other public sector professionals.

Students will emerge as highly capable professionals grounded in key areas of business administration with a thorough and dynamic approach to tackling complex businesses challenges.  They will demonstrate strong capabilities in emerging organisational trends and business issues which are reflected in the research strengths of Newcastle Business School.

This MBA is founded on the principles of experiential learning and students will reflect on real-world business problems, experience hands-on projects, connect with industry leaders, and engage in transformational professional development. They will also have the opportunity to form networks with other leaders both in the UK and internationally.

By studying this MBA, participants will not only gain an internationally recognised and prestigious qualification but will also embark on a personal development journey that transforms them into reflective, innovative and socially responsible strategic leaders with the appropriate skills to think critically and make informed decisions.

Provider: Northumbria University
RPL Cost: Refer to Provider's RPL policy
Cost: Contact the University for PT fee information
Delivery Method: Face to face

The MBA is designed for any individual moving into, or in a senior or strategic management role. It is an ambitious and accessible development opportunity for those who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to further develop their theoretical understanding of higher-level leadership and management skills. We have designed this MBA in collaboration with employers to ensure high quality education and training with relevance to the business community. Teaching uses a blended learning approach of online, and intensive periods of face to face delivery to fit alongside your current employment role.

This programme aims:
• To give an advanced understanding of the leadership and strategic management of organisations (with an emphasis on SMEs) and the changing external context in which they operate.
• To enhance an individual’s ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business leadership and strategic management, both systematically and creatively, to improve business leadership and strategic management practice.
• To improve Organisational Performance to deliver a long-term purpose
• To effectively develop Interpersonal Excellence – leading people and developing collaborative relationships

Provider: Plymouth Marjon University
RPL Cost: Refer to University
Cost: £12,000
Delivery Method: Online, Face to face

The purpose of the programme is:

• To enable graduates to qualify for entry/ re-entry back into management/ further their career in management and enhance their employability status. The programme offers a rigorous and intellectually stimulating study environment and the opportunity for career and personal development for those with post-graduation experience (Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership leading to Chartered Manager status).

• To develop students who may be expected in time to make a significant contribution to managing at a strategic level in their organisation. The Programme of study is aimed at the preparation for strategic leadership and transformational roles in organisations.

• To assist graduates to ground new knowledge within their professional experience, to enable them to reflect on and integrate new knowledge which then be applied to new scenarios by challenging preconceptions and having a healthy disregard of subject boundaries (‘to remove subject and functional boundaries’ – Master’s benchmark statement 2015,p10).



The overall aim of the MBA is to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems which is informed by study at the forefront of academic disciplines and professional practice. This is to assist individual managers and business specialists to improve the quality of management as a profession. The programme will add value by developing individuals’ integrated views of organisations and will assist them in taking effective roles. Additionally the programme will provide the opportunity to explore each individual’s development as a leader and manager to facilitate career and personal enhancement.

The programme will also add value by assisting in developing in individuals an enhanced self-awareness and self-knowledge of their strategic thinking and leadership capabilities which will allow them to acquire an integrated view of management within organisations. Additionally the programme will allow opportunities for students to develop lifelong independent and reflective learning capabilities.

The specific aims of the programme are to:

1. Provide a contemporary, critical, and integrated programme of study within the subject domains of business and management;

2. Develop students’ ability to apply relevant bodies of management knowledge to specific business problems taking account of the interdependencies between the various areas and functions of businesses and organisations;

3. Encourage and empower individuals to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice;

4. Promote students’ ability to discriminate between different research methods in order to evaluate, argue and debate alternative research approaches and make appropriate selections in conducting management and organisational research;

5. Develop an understanding of sustainable and contemporary ethical approaches including issues in ethical due diligence, corporate social responsibility to business practice and procedures;

6. Provide an environment that facilitates the development of systematic and independent thought and learning to promote critical appraisal and analysis of issues and information contributing to their development of lifelong independent learning skills that are applicable to the contemporary manager or leader.

These aims are embedded within the themes of sustainability, leadership, corporate social responsibility and probity.

Assessment Style:Varied
Delivery Methods:Varied

Provider: Newcastle College Group
RPL Cost: Available on request
Cost: Available on request
Delivery Method: Online, Face to face

These courses are offered as research degrees in which students undertake independent research under the supervision of departmental experts.


These courses will enable students to conduct independent research under the supervision of experts based in the department of sociology. It allows students to explore in-depth contemporary issues in Criminal Justice/ Policy, Policing and wider Society while engaging with sociological and criminal theory. Students can choose any given contemporary issue and their application to a chosen problematic or issue.

Provider: Nottingham Trent University
RPL Cost: refer to Provider's APL policy
Cost: £4,195 per year full time, £2097.50 per year part time
Delivery Method: Face to face

Considers crime, deviance, security and insecurity and addresses a variety of different criminological careers, offering modules relevant to three distinct professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.

Students undertake advanced training in criminological research methods relevant to applied settings and gain direct experience through a work placement/internship or work-based learning opportunity for those students employed in relevant professional settings.

Delivery Location:University of Winchester
Assessment Style:Assessments challenge students to produce industry-ready outputs and to tackle live issues and case studies and include reports, briefing papers, presentations, analysis of policy and professional practice, portfolios and professionally relevant original research
Delivery Methods:Full time / part time

Provider: University of Winchester
RPL Cost: refer to Provider's APL policy
Cost: 5000
Delivery Method: Face to face

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