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Master of Business Administration (Top-up)

Course Overview

To succeed in business, you need more than just industry-related skills. The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification - specifically designed for ambitious, motivated graduates.

Obtaining an MBA that is awarded by the University of Northampton will further your career, developing critical thinking and research skills. This will enhance your business knowledge and understanding.

The MBA will teach you the theory of effective management practice, and equip you with the essential skills, confidence and competence required to succeed in your chosen industry. You will learn to think laterally, challenge convention, and offer knowledge-based solutions to business issues. More importantly, you will be able to distinguish yourself by thinking and operating in a different way to your colleagues; which is essential in today\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s global business arena.

Key information

    Course name

    Master of Business Administration (Top-up)

    Total academic credits

    60 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Master of Business Administration

    Awarding body

    University of Northampton

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Online via LSM’s award-winning e-learning platform


    6 months

    Tuition fees




    Course location


Academic entry requirements

1. A Diploma in Management Studies from a British University (120 credits at Level 7/PG) OR

2. Edexcel Extended Diploma in Strategy Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG) OR

3. Association of Business Executives (ABE) PG Diploma in Business Man. (120 credits at Level 7/PG) OR

4. NCC Education PG Diploma in Business Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG) OR

5. ATHE Diploma in Strategic Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG) OR

6. The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) Post Graduate Diploma in Management (120 credits at level 7 PG) OR

7. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Strategic Level qualification OR

8. EduQual Diploma in Business Management (SCQF, Level 11)

Other qualifications may provide full or partial exemptions from modules on the MBA.

*Registration for this award is restricted to applicants with at least two years of relevant managerial experience.

English entry requirements

A good command of English (equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above) or; evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

Coursework and a supervised independent business research project

Progression route

Professional career

Career opportunities

Careers include administration, banking, education, finance, marketing and human resource management areas


Modules in the Master in Business Administration Top-up programme are the Critical Issues in Business module (10 credits) and Business Research Project module (50 credits).

Module Aims: Critical Issues in Business 

The module aims to develop learning in the following ways:

  1. To develop a critical understanding of the thematic nature of the study of organisations and the business environment.
  2. To enable participants to critically evaluate the tasks and responsibilities of business leaders from an integration perspective; through the introduction of contemporary and pervasive issues.

Module Aims: Business Research Project

The module aims to enable the learner in the following ways:

  1. To facilitate the development of advanced level independent working and critical problem solving skills in a largely unstructured framework. Participants will be asked to define both the business problem and select the most appropriate data sources. This will include development of an appreciation of the case study technique as a vehicle for understanding managerial problems and issues. In particular, participants should be able to comprehend the complimentary nature of various research approaches and methodologies and the value of triangulation in research design.
  2. To develop participant knowledge of and proficiency with, a range of management research methodologies including quantitative and qualitative interventions, including data gathering, synthesising, analysing and consultancy skills alongside capabilities in report writing skills. The module aims not just to develop an academic writing style but to also enable participants to cultivate a professional corporate style.


Learning methods

The course is delivered through blended learning which is a structured study option that uses a combination of support elements from London School of Marketing (LSM) Academic team and its partners or Local Access Point.

LSM will be responsible for course delivery, and your Local Access Point will be responsible for providing IT infrastructure and administrative support.

As a partnership’s student, you will be part a part of the academic community and you will receive the chance to interact with personal tutor in London and fellow students around the world.


Learning resources

The following is included for all study modes:   

  • Course materials that include structured lecture notes, practical applications with real-world examples, and case studies that challenge you to apply your knowledge
  • Assessment materials accessible through our Integrated Modular Study System (IMSS) e-learning platform
  • Access to the LS Online Community to keep in touch and share with fellow students
  • A comprehensive e-library containing recommended study texts and reference books for online reading
  • Mintel market reports, including industry reports, financial analysis and company information
  • Two complementary digital publications to support your revision

In addition to the above, you will also receive the following:   

  • A welcome webinar at the beginning of the course
  • Further online webinars for assignment and exam workshops
  • A dedicated one-to-one tutor to provide comprehensive support throughout the course
  • One-to-one supervision for all major project modules

London School of Marketing (LSM) online learning platform offers multiplatform accessibility. Therefore, LSM delivers the course straight to your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop and students can choose to study whenever or wherever they prefer.