If you’re looking to progress in your current role or run your own business, our range of career-focused, accredited and commercially driven MBA programmes could be the right choice for you. They combine quality and international excellence with the flexibility to enhance your ability to perform within various business environments.
The aim of the Arden MBA Top-Up is to allow students who can demonstrate the attainment of 120 credits at level 7, within the field of business, the opportunity to move forward to a full Masters qualification. The prospect of studying a cross cutting ‘strategic’ module which includes academic currency in terms of CSR, Corporate Governance and Ethics ensures that students will gain an appreciation of Arden University values and their importance to contemporary business practices.
In addition students will be required to complete a ‘Research Project’ which will allow them to demonstrate expertise within a specific subject area and also to exercise transferable skills, for example time management, planning, research and communication.
Online teaching materials are derived from established academic research in order to develop critical powers of analysis, reflection and the further development of interpersonal skills in preparation for key positions in industry, commerce and the public sector.
Programme participants will build on their existing understanding of management and organisations within a framework that enables them to relate their experience to contemporary ideas and practice within a global context. This is achieved through critical thinking, creativity and personal development.
In particular, the purpose of the programme is to provide participants with:
- ♦A critical and detailed understanding of the role of ethical and innovative management within organisations.
- ♦A critical understanding of issues pertaining to business ethics.
- ♦An ability to critically analyse and apply knowledge of management theory and models to complex issues to improve ethical business and management practices;
- ♦A stimulating online academic environment, which is based upon the values of academic openness and critical appraisal.
The opportunity to study an issue of their own choosing within the research project phase and to demonstrate excellent self-management skills in the achievement of this.
To be eligible for this course you must normally have:
♦ 120 credits at level 7 in a broadly based business/management award, for example a Post Graduate Diploma in Business or ILM level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management, plus 2 years suitable work experience.
For students whose prior learning was not taught in English:
♦ IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
♦ Implementing Strategy
♦ Research Project
You can complete your Top-Up and get your MBA qualification within a year. There is no minimum completion time but we expect students to study Implementing Strategy in the first quarter and then spend at least 6 months on the dissertation. The duration will vary depending on your rate of progress – you can access modules at a pace that is convenient for you. The maximum time you can complete your MBA is 2.5 years.
♦ Assessments are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. A critical element of the assessment strategy is that you will have the chance to apply your learning directly into your day to day role.
♦ A vital part of your work will be the opportunity to create and take ownership of a detailed piece of research relating to a management issue.
♦ To support your development, we will provide you with academic and pastoral support online to make sure you have the skills in place to successfully complete the assessments.
♦ Your tutor will be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly-acquired skills into real-life settings.
So, what will you have achieved when you complete this course?
You will have:
♦ Demonstrated you can apply knowledge and skills at a strategic level
♦ Undertaken activities that have improved your own organisation
♦ Used your personal development and planning skills to contribute to society and the workplace
♦ Used your problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions
♦ Shown genuine deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area
♦ Taken a worldview, demonstrating that you understand global issues, diversity and ethical questions
♦ Developed your communication skills.