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MBA Business Administration

Course Overview

The MBA is a flagship generalist management qualification designed to meet the needs of early career individuals and is structured to support your aspirations for fast track career progression through the development of leadership and strategic management skills and a contemporary understanding of business.

The course adopts a practical and applied business curriculum and aims to develop an advanced knowledge of organisations and their effective management in a dynamic competitive global context. We will enable you to creatively apply this knowledge and understanding to complex issues to systematically and innovatively enhance strategic business and management practice.

This offers a challenging learning opportunity to encourage the integration of theory and practice supported by experienced academics with substantial management experience.

Key information

    Course name

    MBA Business Administration

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees



    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Applicants with a good honours degree from a recognised University. To apply for this course, a Business degree or any other degree indicating basic quantitative skills is required. Otherwise, applicants from different subject areas will be considered on an individual basis according to their relevant professional experience or qualification.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

Assessments are rooted in real life and practical workplace scenarios to enable learning to be transferred to the workplace. Later assessments allow for greater integration and synthesis. Exams are kept to a minimum as the focus is on practical skills such as report writing, presentation and projects. A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, including:

• Individual written reports that allow you to apply theory to case studies for in-depth analysis

• Business Reports that allow you to demonstrate contextual insight and report professionally on practice

• Project Plans that requires you to use your knowledge and skills of project management

• Seminar Papers that allow progressive development of critical analysis skills

• Project Reports that integrate learning throughout the course applied in practice

• Business simulation where you demonstrate the impact of your strategic decision making

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this course you are likely to progress into the following areas: Junior management in a range of possible functional areas or become an entrepreneur.


Core units

  • Leading and Managing Organisational Resources (15 credits)
  • Strategy and the Competitive Environment (15 credits)
  • Management Practice (15 credits)
  • Theory into Practice (30 credits)


Option 1 (typically)

  • Finance (15 credits)
  • Digital Marketing and Communication (15 credits)
  • Hospital and Health Services Management (15 credits)
  • Petroleum Management and Governance (15 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)


Option 2 (typically)

  • Digital Technology Management (15 credits)
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Economics (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 credits)


Reasons for choosing this course

  • You will work with academics and professors of practice on live consultancy projects with leading employers in organisations across private, public and not-for-profit sectors to support your personal and professional development as a creative and innovative leader with the knowledge and skills needed in the global, knowledge-based economy
  • You will develop the attributes and skills expected of post-graduates confirmed by partner industry bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Confederation of British Industry, including team-working, negotiation skills, leadership, confidence and the ability to apply critical and creative thinking to complex and unclear problems to develop innovative solutions
  • This degree aims to enhance your professional prospects by developing your capability to apply the latest thinking relating to organisational development and change in the competitive global context
  • Successful completion of the MBA highlights your potential to have a real impact on the transformation of the organisation you join


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of and critically assess the external context in which modern organisations operate including economic, political, social and environmental change and the regulatory and governance trends impacting on different organisations
  • Assess and apply relevant knowledge to a range of complex situations taking account of the development and progression of the relationship and expectations between markets and customers and other stakeholders
  • Understand and synthesise the financing of the business enterprise, the sources, uses and management of finance and the use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the range of theory related to the development of people in organisations
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the complexity of implementing plans and of achieving change in organisations both because of individual and organisational obstacles and critically appraise the methods available to managers to handle this complexity
  • Acquire and analyse data, to evaluate its relevance and validity, and to synthesise a range of information in the context of new situations
  • Effectively develop and manage relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management in a global knowledge-based economy
  • Demonstrate and critically reflect on an understanding of appropriate research techniques sufficient to allow detailed investigation into relevant business and management issues and to show expertise in the interpretation of such material

How this course will enhance your career prospects:

The successful completion of your MBA provides a strong foundation for your professional prospects. You will be equipped to join an employer in a variety of positions and you will be given the potential for fast track career progression opportunities.

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Systematically and creatively apply contemporary approaches to strategic management and leadership in complex public and private sector organisations with a view to successfully evolving the business, while understanding the risks and opportunities presented by changing externalities
  • Inspire collaboration and synergistic team work by managing relationships through self-awareness and awareness of others and consideration of alternative perspectives, evaluating ideas constructively and positively to successfully engage cooperation and contribution to professional, ethical and innovative practice
  • Synthesise a range of information in the context of new situations using informed judgment to develop innovative approaches to organisational challenges and opportunities