MBA (Armed Forces)
Invest in your future with our 100% online Chartered Management Institute accredited MBA
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This course is studied 100% online
1 – 2 years
Depending on eligibility for an advanced entry route
Jan, May, Sept
30th June 2023
£3,667 – £11,000
Payment plans available
See our 'Fees and funding' section for full course fees and the options available to help fund your studies
- Globally recognised prestigious management qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
- Develop the knowledge and skills to advance your management career and achieve your ambitions.
- 100% online learning gives you the flexibility to fit learning around other commitments.
What our students say
I would advise any Military personnel to give distance learning a go. You will be surprised what you can achieve when you have the right support and access to great resources.
I spent the majority of my MBA deployed to Eastern Europe with NATO and the resources remained easy to use and my studies were unaffected.
About your course
Our CMI accredited online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) is a prestigious management qualification designed to provide you with the skills and expertise to advance your management and leadership career aspirations. With a strong entrepreneurial and innovative focus our MBA is ideal if you’re new to a management role, aspiring to work in management or looking to start your own business. You’ll study online, giving you the flexibility to achieve your career aspirations around the demands of life in the Armed Forces.
Our MBA will provide you with expert knowledge of management and business administrative practices, and develop the key skills required to understand, respond to and lead change. You’ll develop your awareness of organisational issues, and the ability to evaluate the potential outcomes of complicated or problematic situations in a variety of management contexts. You’ll reflect on the key issues in the 21st century business environment as well as the latest developments in management research to develop a solid understanding of management roles and responsibilities. You’ll also enhance your communication skills and have the opportunity to hone the personal attributes critical to leadership success.
Our MBA is broken down into six core modules and a major project or work placement option. The core modules cover specialist topics including finance, human resources, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, organisational psychology, and marketing. You then have the option to choose between a postgraduate major project (Entrepreneurial Action module) or a work-based project (Intrapreneurial Action module). The postgraduate major project gives you the opportunity to carry out your own significant piece of research or project based on either your company or a relevant case study. The work-based module gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a business environment, undertake real-life research and analysis, and develop your understanding of how to develop solutions to industry dilemmas and management issues.
Our Armed Forces MBA is ideal if you’re new to management, looking to step up into a management role in the service, or looking to create and manage your own business in the future. This globally recognised management qualification will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve your career aspirations. You will be supported throughout your entire MBA experience by a dedicated academic and support team and a peer group of like-minded learners from around the world
Designed for you
ARU recognises and gives credit for your military training and offers advanced entry routes for members of the Armed Forces. Depending on your rank, training and experience, you may qualify for Accredited Prior Learning (APL). APL can help you meet the course entry requirements, reduce the number of modules you need to study to complete the degree, and potentially reduce the cost of studying with us. Each application is considered on an individual basis so if you would like to know if you’re eligible for an advanced entry route please do not hesitate to contact us.
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which offers the following benefits:
- CMI accreditation means you can choose to receive a second professional qualification when you complete your course – at no extra cost.
- An industry recognised CMI professional qualification instantly makes you more employable
- You’ll gain access to digital resources, online webinars and the CMI's online resource portal, ManagementDirect
- You can join the CMI Community and get involved with professional networking opportunities
- Opportunities for progression from further learning through to Chartered Manager Status
Modules and assessment
If you are eligible for an advanced entry route you may not need to complete all of the modules below. Please contact us for more information.
Principles of Marketing Management
You'll work through the main theories and principles of marketing for the marketing manager or business leader, understanding how those theories and principles can be applied in practice to a range of business contexts; from business-to-consumer, business-to-business, charities and arts, to tourism and service-based industries. You'll focus particularly on global business challenges; competition and defining value; a digitally based economy; and societal marketing (corporate social responsibility, sustainability, morals and ethics) whilst also understanding the legal framework that impacts upon marketers and marketing practice such as consumer and data protection laws. This module will challenge you to examine marketing problems that have faced brands and organisations to critically analyse their approach and suggest new alternatives. You'll gain a firm grasp of the scope of marketing in general business management and leadership roles as well as a clear understanding of the specialist areas of study and work as you plan your lifelong career in this very broad industry.
Organisational Psychology in a Social Context
Human Resource (HR) professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances in the public, private or third sectors. This is exacerbated by the variety of organisational types and size that contribute to national wealth creation in terms of the services and goods they provide and produce. This module provides you with understanding of market and business contexts in the operational, tactical, and strategic HR function, along with issues of the modern organisation. You'll examine the cultural, political, and social contexts that organisations operate within, both from an internal and external perspective. Further, you'll discover how economic forces affect and influence organisational practices, and their impact upon the HR function and its practices. You'll explore globalisation and how the changing demographics and social environments impact on organisational strategy and the HR function. Plus why ethical and democratic practices are needed to meet the changes of complex business and economic practices or the management of human resources in more dignified ways. Finally, you'll see how HR can contribute to and influence the strategic direction of organisational practice in the pursuit of welfare profit, as well as monetary profit.
Management and Strategy
Within this module you'll explore the fields of management and strategy, noting how strategic analysis and formulation contribute to an organisation’s performance. You'll explore practically relevant ideas and frameworks that facilitate strategy design and implementation, dealing with the craft of strategy, identifying, and choosing superior competitive position, how to analyse strategic situations and how to create the organisational context to make the chosen strategy work. Practical and problem-oriented, this module places emphasis on the application of concepts and exploration of frameworks to assist you in analysing and gaining insight into competitive situations and strategic dilemmas.
Principles of Economics
You'll end this module with a toolkit of knowledge around how economists define, evaluate, measure and compare firms’ profit max strategies given different market settings, building a foundation of knowledge around the factors affecting both firms and countries performance. You'll also be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative explanations of economic growth and development. Firstly, you'll look at Microeconomics, examining the way in which decision-making units (individuals and firms) make their decisions. These fundamental concepts and approaches underpin much of modern microeconomics, and consider in detail firms’ input and output decisions based on profit maximisation and cost minimization in different market settings (perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, monopolistic competition). Basic economic models are used to introduce you to analytical methods of reasoning with applications and mathematical problems used to help you see clearly the interplay between key concepts. Consumer choice based on utility maximization is considered in detail and then applied to areas such as labour supply. It's then the turn of Macroeconomics, where we master the basic concepts, such as the determination of national income, the workings of the monetary system, causes and consequences of inflation and the reasons behind unemployment. We then introduce the tools of economic theory and develop your understanding of the factors affecting both economic growth and development. You'll examine how a country can increase the size of its national income, and also how increased growth can impact on a society by improving the development indicators. Upon completion you should understand how economists define, evaluate, measure and attempt to boost employment, economic growth and development and reduce inflation and public debt. You'll be encouraged throughout to debate current issues and challenges facing economics, enhancing your policy decision-making capacity by examining a wide range of decisions, alternatives and their implications. Given the scientific papers of leading scientists in the field the module aims to value critical openness to different perspectives, theories and methods, and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
You'll critically review existing entrepreneurship and innovation models and concepts, including process models, and explore ‘patchwork’ and ‘opportunity’ based approaches to entrepreneurship and innovation. During the module you'll explore how ‘innovation’ comes from a variety of sources, examine the principles of ‘open’ innovation, and recognise the importance of exploiting available networks and of developing an innovative culture. You’ll improve your ability to analyse and critique ‘entrepreneurial’ business models, both existing and conceptual, through the utilisation of tools such as the Business Model Canvas. You'll think creatively by proposing innovative solutions to creating and capturing value through the medium of consultancy report and applying some of the theoretical underpinnings of the module. Finally, the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation are analysed in the context of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and family businesses from across the globe, in various commercial, public-sector and not- for-profit sectors, emphasising the importance and challenges of ‘social’ and ‘sustainability -led’ innovation.
Finance for Decision Making
Management decision making is a complex subject involving many variable factors. The primary objective of this module is to provide a conceptual and analytical framework for looking at organisations operating in capital, financial and operational markets. You'll explore the financial element contained in decisions and the techniques that may be used to assist informed management decisions. You’ll start by considering the availability of financial information that may be relevant to decision making and whether this fits with the information you need to make the decision. This is further developed to the type of decision and differing requirements, leading to a more bespoke deliverable information set that meets the context of the decision. You'll gain an appreciation of core themes prevalent throughout financial management. The module also explores the financial techniques developed by financial and management accountants and how they may be used and applied. Finally, consideration is given to the relevance and weighting of the financial element in the decision-making process and how qualitative issues may be incorporated in the overall decision.
Entrepreneurial Action (Major Project)
The Entrepreneurial Action module will allow you to undertake a project focused on understanding and supporting entrepreneurial action in practice. This is to be undertaken on an individual basis and could be an applied/engaged research project, an enterprise consultancy project which addresses an opportunity or challenge faced by an entrepreneurial organisation or researching and developing a new business proposition or idea.
You will be assessed as you progress throughout the course using a range of methods including reports, presentations, portfolios and individual assignments.
How you'll study
Our MBA (Armed Forces) is studied 100% online.
You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.
On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.
What could an MBA do for my career?
An MBA can help progress your career both while you are serving in the armed forces and when the time comes for you to leave. Either way you'll be future-proofing your skills and employability.
With its emphasis on leadership and management, our MBA will prepare you for management roles in all types of organisations; or further develop and solidify your skills if you are currently supporting or in a junior management position making you a confident and competent manager.
Within your studies you will engage in high-level strategic analysis, cultivate the personal attributes critical for leadership success, and acquire the entrepreneurial mindset that you either bring into an existing organisation or your own enterprise.
What job roles can I consider with an MBA?
With an MBA, you can gain the transferable skills and knowledge to work in a variety of job roles and industry sectors. These are just some of the job roles that MBA graduates may consider:
- Business Advisor
- Business Analyst
- Business Development Manager
- Business Operations Manager
- Finance Manager
- Human Resources Manager
- Management Consultant
- Marketing Manager
- Project Manager
- Risk Manager
If you are looking for more information about these job profiles and potential salary earnings see Prospects.ac.uk. It’s important to note that salaries can vary widely depending on the job role, employer, industry sector and location.
What can I study after an MBA?
Depending on your long-term goals and interests you may decide to explore a doctorate qualification. Having a master’s degree under your belt is a key entry requirement in opening doors to study at this level.
What skills will I get from an MBA to help my career?
Choosing to study an MBA will give you many transferable skills that will help your career.
- Gain the technical and personal skills for future performance
- Understand how to take advantage of social and professional networks, including teamwork, communication, and digital literacy
- Understand diversity and respect for others, as well as cultural trends for business and enterprise.
- Develop personal resilience, career adaptability and problem solving
Careers Advice Service
Once you become an ARU student you will be able to access our Employability service to help you whatever stage of your career, whether that’s landing your first dream job or the next progression step.
- Careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
- Help with your CV, job searches, applications and interview preparation
- an online portal packed with useful careers resources
- Our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.
Our standard entry requirements for this course are detailed below. If you are eligible for an advanced entry route then your current rank, training and/or experience may satisfy the entry requirements. Please contact us for more information.
Standard entry requirements
You should have:
- A degree from a UK university, normally at a minimum of lower second class honours; or equivalent from a non-UK university.
As a distance learner, you'll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.
Fees & funding
Our standard tuition fees for this course are detailed below. If you are eligible for an advanced entry route then your tuition fees are likely to be reduced.
Depending on your advanced entry route the full tuition fee will be between £3,667 and £11,000. The course is will take either 1 or 2 years to complete depending on your entry route.
Please contact us for more information.
Standard fees (for non-advanced entry routes)
The full tuition fee for this course is £11,000.
The tuition fees you pay each year will be £5,500. The course is studied over 2 years.
Accredited Prior Learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.
Your course can be fully funded by the Postgraduate Student Loans now available (subject to eligibility).
We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.
You can use your ELCs towards this course. Anglia Ruskin University is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.
For more information on how you fund your studies please see our funding page.
Why study an Armed Forces MBA via distance learning?
Our online MBA course is a fantastic qualification for those with ambitions in the business world.
And if you’re a serving member of the Armed Forces looking to lay the groundwork for your future career, our course is designed to be fully flexibly around your current circumstances. You’ll have the chance to study in your own time, at your own pace, gaining skills that will help with your current and future progression.
In addition to this, distance learning is a cutting-edge educational format highly attuned to the remote nature of the modern world. As a distance learner, you’ll gain an advantage upon entering hybrid workplaces with an in-built experience of learning, working and researching remotely.
What support will I receive while studying an Armed Forces MBA?
A career in the Armed Forces is highly rewarding, but it also comes with huge demands, not least of all on your time.
Aside from the innate flexibility of your MBA course, you’ll also benefit from the full support of experienced and talented tutors throughout your degree who will assist you both in your academic learning and in juggling your course with your everyday commitments.
Our entry requirements are not based solely on qualifications, but also on your existing experience, to which your armed forces service may count. Depending on your existing knowledge and experience, students serving in the armed forces may be eligible for Accredited Prior Learning, meaning you may be able to qualify whilst studying fewer modules and may even be subject to lower tuition fees. As an armed forces learner, your application will be reviewed on an individual basis to take into account your expertise and ability and determine the types of support you may be eligible for.
How can the skills I learn on this course support my Armed Forces career?
As detailed above, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the operations of business and management on a structural and financial level, as well as exploring the internal and external factors which can impact the success of a business.
You’ll also have the chance to explore people management and HR to find out how to make the most of a team’s potential whilst observing managerial best practices.
And in addition to the practical and theoretical knowledge you’ll master which can support your advancement in the forces, you’ll also master the art of strategy – a crucial skill in just about any environment but particular within the armed forces.
With an MBA, you’ll gain knowledge and new skills, becoming more resourceful, better experienced in management and organisation, with the ability to use your expertise to approach problem-solving in new and innovative ways. Whilst an online MBA can be a stepping stone in a range of careers, this course is ideal whether you’re planning for life after service or are looking for new ways to expand your abilities and continue your military trajectory.
What can I do with an online MBA?
MBA graduates are in high demand in countless industries. And if you’re studying an online MBA with ARU as a serving member of the Armed Forces with a view to preparing for life after service, this course leads to a flexible qualification that can open a variety of opportunities across sectors.
For instance, MBA graduates are highly sought after in the business world, itself a diverse sector that can give you the chance to work with a range of organisations and individuals. Alternatively, an MBA could be a route into finance, tech and even healthcare – these are all sectors seeking out graduates with the managerial expertise you’ll learn with an MBA.
Further to this, your MBA course may well be the key to starting your own enterprise. If you have a vision and dream of powering your own start-up, an MBA could be the perfect opportunity for you to master those essential skills.
Whatever your current or future ambitions, our online MBA course is designed to support learners in the armed forces, and could be the ideal next step for you.
Want to know more about studying a distance learning degree while in the Armed Forces? Find out more about this course and others on our blog:
- How Do I Choose The Right Distance Learning Course?
- 10 Reasons You Should Study An MBA With Us
- 10 Ways Distance Learning Fits Around Your Armed Forced Career
30th June 2023
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