This course is studied 100% online
16th August 2022
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- 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
The flexibility of an online degree means I can take my studies with me. My place of work can change quickly, so this style of study fits in well with my type of career.
I was able to fit the course around my work and it gave me the skills and confidence to go for a leadership job, and I haven’t looked back.
About your course
Our online CMI accredited Master of 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. Studying online will give you the flexibility to advance your career around your other commitments.
Our MBA will provide you with the 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 of 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 critical personal attributes to help you attain 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 MBA is ideal if you’re new to management, aspiring to step up into a management role or looking to create and manage your own business. This globally recognised management qualification will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve your career goals. 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.
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
Due to the structure of this course, there will be instances where you will study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. You will be supported by your tutors to help manage your workload and assessment deadlines.
Please contact one of our advisers to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to match your circumstances.
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 and 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. Furthermore, you'll discover how economic forces affect and influence organisational practices, and their impact upon the function and practises of HR. You'll explore globalisation and how changing demographics and social environments impact on organisational strategy and the HR function. You’ll also explore why ethical and democratic practices are needed to meet the changes of complex business and economic practices (and 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 positions, 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. You'll also explore the fields of management and strategy, noting how strategic analysis and formulation contribute to an organisation’s performance.
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 awareness around the factors affecting both the performance of firms and countries. You'll also be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative explanations of economic growth and development. You’ll begin by looking at Microeconomics, examining the ways 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 developing an innovative culture. Your ability to analyse and critique ‘entrepreneurial’ business models, both existing and conceptual, will be improved 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-up 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 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.
Major Project OR Work Placement
You will choose to either take the Entrepreneurial Action or Intrapreneurial Action module.
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 – for instance, 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.
The Intrapreneurial Action module will allow you to gain real world experience of management within an existing firm. An intrapreneur is someone who is self-motivated, proactive and action oriented. This module encourages you to take the initiative within a firm or incubator with the development of innovative products and services. This placement module allows you to spend 10 weeks in the work place and is assessed by portfolio, artefacts where appropriate, and the development of entrepreneurial skills.
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 degree 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.
Everyone approaches their work differently and some people spend more time on their studies than others. However, on average, our students spend an average of 7 to 10 hours per week working on their course. This time can be spent on a range of activities including research, contributing on on-line discussions and working on your assignments.
To help you land your dream job, our Employability Service will work with you throughout your time at ARU and after you graduate.
- 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.
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.
- Or an equivalent professional qualification.
- Or work experience at an appropriate and relevant level for an MBA course, such as a post of management of professional responsibility over an extended period of time.
If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
As a distance learner, you'll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.
Fees & funding
The full tuition fee for this course is £10,500.
The tuition fees you pay each year will be £5,250. 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.
For military students: 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 MBA?
An MBA is an incredible opportunity to grow your skills and realise your full potential as a leader, innovator and entrepreneur.
And with flexible online learning, our course is ideal for ambitious business minds who want to further their professional development and cultivate their talents. As a Master of Business Administration, you’ll have the necessary skills to build an exciting new career and distinguish yourself as an expert in your field.
This course will give you a diverse understanding of the inner workings of business and industry, including crucial factors such as marketing, management, economics and human resources. Over the course of this degree, you’ll learn the vital roles that each of these essential components play in the success of the business and find out how to utilise them to maximise efficiency and drive success.
As part of the course, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement. This module, should you choose it, will give you first-hand insight into the business environment and give you the chance to apply your learnings, solidifying your newfound skills to prepare you for your future career.
Our distance learning MBA course can inspire you to achieve great things in business, and the skills you’ll learn on this course will make you a highly valuable asset to any organisation. Whatever your goals, this course is the next step.
What can an MBA do for my career?
With an MBA qualification, there are a wide array of career paths open to you across industries. This course is ideal if you’re a graduate looking to build on knowledge from your undergraduate degree or kickstart a dynamic career. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for individuals with existing business experience looking to start their own enterprise or boost their career within the industry, giving you a chance to reinforce and develop your current knowledge and experience in an academic setting.
With many top industries hiring MBA graduates, students who succeed on this course will be in high demand – and the highest achievers could find themselves with a greater earning potential, and a rich variety of career opportunities.
One such sector is finance, where MBA graduates are sought for a range of fast-paced roles that require a strong understanding of an ever-changing economy and its influence on business.
An MBA can also open doors in the field of consultancy, where businesses seek to draw on the experience of qualified and highly knowledgeable individuals to inform decision-making processes, inspire innovation and build strategies for growth and success. In a consultancy role, you’ll empower businesses to develop beyond their current status and enable them to flourish.
As well as providing a fast-track into the business world, an MBA can also support you in starting your own business. With a broad understanding of the inner workings of business and industry, you’ll have the skills to become a self-sufficient entrepreneur and bring your ideas to fruition.
If you aspire to inspire, wish to pioneer change and want to make a ground-breaking impact on your industry, this course can help you do just that.
What skills will I learn on this course?
An MBA will teach you the essential skills you need to thrive in a fast-paced business environment.
You’ll master the art of leadership in industry, and learn how to manage and motivate teams to drive productivity. You’ll also learn how to work together will all sections of a business to build cohesive strategies for success.
As part of this course, you’ll also come to understand the process of innovation, from inception to realisation, and examine how it shapes and influences industries.
With the power of innovation, you can shape your career trajectory and stand out from the crowd, whether you’re aiming to start a business of your own or looking to make your mark on organisations.
If you’re an ambitious individual who strives to be the best in everything they do and want to become an expert in your field, this is the course for you.
Who studies an online MBA course?
Our courses are studied by individuals from all walks of life, from graduates looking to continue their education whilst working full-time, to mature students and midlife career changers – and even ex-military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
And our MBA students are ambitious individuals with aspirations towards business, management and leadership. Our course is designed for those who want to understand the complex and fast-paced world of business, and develop their skills in strategy, critical thinking, marketing, and innovations, amongst other disciplines.
But ultimately, there is no ‘ideal’ MBA student – all we ask is an open mind and a willingness to learn. This degree will nurture your talents, expand your skillset and give you the tools for success.
Why study with ARU?
With Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll study a recognised qualification by an outstanding distance learning provider.
Our courses are uniquely designed for flexibility, so you can study around your work, family life and any other commitments, and throughout your programme of study, you’ll have the full support of your tutors as well as fellow students.
If you choose our Intrapreneurial action module, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience a 10-week placement, during which time you’ll gain hands-on experience with an organisation to develop your existing skills and learn how to apply the knowledge from your course in a real-world business environment.
With outstanding teaching, maximum flexibility and the full support of your institution along the way, you’ll gain a valuable qualification that will take your career to the next level. It all starts here.
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