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Master of Business Administration (Masters stage), M.B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master of Business Administration (Masters stage) course allows you to top up your existing qualification to a full MBA degree by dissertation or project, typically through six months full-time study or twelve months part-time study. Perhaps you are an experienced manager who is keen to pursue a senior position within your organisation, or you may be seeking a more advanced qualification to enable you to take your first steps in management. 


Alternatively, you may be a recent graduate keen to enhance your employment prospects.

Whatever your level of experience, the Master of Business Administration (Masters stage) offers a flexible study route and will allow you to refresh and enhance your management skills and knowledge. You will investigate new and changing areas of leadership and management theory and practice and be able to confidently apply the knowledge to practical organisational situations.

Your research will allow you to underpin your professional knowledge with a research focus which will contribute to your ongoing professional development. The course is completed in two stages; firstly, intensive Research Methods workshops which will prepare you to undertake your research. The second stage is the completion of your project or dissertation with the aid of a subject specific supervisor.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Dissertation
  • Business Case
  • Business Development Project
For more information, please visit programme website.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Part-time
      • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      180 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following IELTS score:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    General Requirements

    You will need a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent that equates to 120 CAT points.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      4500 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      3670 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 3670 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. 

    Living costs for Cheltenham

    • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    • The Government is introducing loans for taught and research postgraduate Masters programmes. Students under the age of 60 may be eligible for loans of up to £10,000, which will be paid directly to them at 3 points during the academic year. These will be at the start of the course and then 4 months and 7 months into the course.

      EU nationals and Distance Learners are eligible. Part time courses are also eligible as long as they meet the minimum 50% intensity requirement. Postgraduate student loans are not available to students who already hold a Masters qualification (or an equivalent or higher qualification) or those only studying to Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level. Repayments of these loans will be in addition to the current undergraduate student loan scheme. Further information and guidance is available on the government website or you can contact the Money Advice team.

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