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Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)

Boost your management skills and earning potential with one of the most highly valued qualifications in the world today. In just two years you could be graduating with a globally recognised MBA degree and a wealth of new career opportunities, from leadership roles, to entrepreneurial ventures, to complete changes in business sector.

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Programme overview

The MBA is one of the most prestigious qualifications in the business world, recognised internationally.

This 100% online programme is designed to enhance existing skillsets and grow the careers of business and management professionals across the globe.

The programme provides a broad and challenging syllabus, covering a range of topics to help you develop leadership skills, with units including: Operations Management, Strategic Marketing, and Leading, Managing and Developing People.

You’ll be given all the tools you need to study business online, including live online seminars and a virtual learning environment that encourages collaborative working with your peers. 

Features and benefits

  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs
  • Can be studied over a two-year period, with the flexibility needed to take it at your own pace
  • 100% online, giving you the freedom to balance study with your existing work, life and family commitments
  • Provides a vocational study route, giving you the chance to gain the practical skills, theory and workplace understanding needed to progress your career
  • Offers frequent networking opportunities across businesses, academia, students, alumni and other like-minded professionals, both nationally and internationally
  • Explores current global and local topics during live online seminars with tutors and peers
  • Delivers multiple live one-hour online seminars each week to accommodate those studying in different time zones
  • Grants access to recorded versions of all seminar to watch at a later date
  • Uses real-time data about students’ understanding of topics to inform seminar content
  • Provides the chance to work in small groups on regular tasks through a virtual working environment

About the online course

Our MBA course is designed to work around your life and commitments. It can be completed within two years at a pace that suits you, with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours. 

Programmes start in January, May and September.

Typical units of study may include*:

Phase 1 - Core Units

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Accounting and Financial Management

Phase 2 - Core Units

  • Global Economic Environment
  • Strategic Management
  • Leading Change and Creativity in the Organisation

Optional Units

  • Acquisition for Organic and Paid Channels
  • Financial Management of Reorganisations, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Performance Management for Business
  • Risk Regulation and Failure Avoidance


As part of the course, you will also complete a dissertation. This is a chance to demonstrate the skills and know-how you’ve acquired throughout the course. Through the project, you will be able to draw on the different strands of learning you’ve been taught so far, and will be able to tailor your dissertation to a ‘real world’ project.  Plus, you’ll be given the opportunity to get some hands-on experience by engaging in a real project from your workplace.

The dissertation research project can be an enterprise project, business consultancy or an empirical dissertation. You will use thorough research methods to produce a substantial piece of work of approximately 15,000 words, which will address a business issue of your choice.

*These units and their timing are subject to change.

Academic expertise

This course is delivered by:

Catherine Jones – Lecturer, Department of People and Performance

Catherine joined Man Met five years ago and is now working as a lecturer. Her teaching and research mostly focus on International Human Resource Management, with secondary subjects of business ethics/corporate social responsibility as well as general business, in which she has delivered online units for four years. In the past, she has also led on academic development at the University of Birmingham, Grenoble Ecole de Management and for a consortium of Nigerian universities.

For 12 of the past 20 years, she worked in France. Some of this time was spent in industry with big corporations, such as Nissan and Expedia, while some was also spent running her own company. In the UK, she has been an HR and Training Manager at Pitman Training (running contracts with Job Centre Plus among others) and has worked for the NHS, specialising in induction, management training and supporting professionals returning to practice after extended absences. Alongside this, she has worked as an Associate Examiner for the CIPD.

Despite now being based largely in the UK, Catherine still lectures at Lyon INSEEC. In addition, she carries out research in a number of areas around expatriate (global south to global north) and career decision making in couples, where both partners have a high level of education.

Entry requirements

To sign-up to the course, you’ll need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent
  • OR significant management experience (10 years+) and a record of achievement in business and leadership
  • English language proficiency
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website


The fees for this programme (2017/2018) are £17,808.

We are currently offering a 10% Early Bird Discount for anyone joining this programme before October 2018.

For more information about this or the financial support available, please visit our Fees and Funding pages. 

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