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MBA Fast Track - Online Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): Intakes: January, May, September
  • Duration: 1 year 8 months
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
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An MBA is the most coveted and internationally recognised postgraduate management degree in the world. It is widely recognised as a passport to a successful management career, enabling managers with a functionalist role to take on a more senior, strategic position. If you’re currently working in senior management, it will empower you to gain the in-depth, strategic knowledge you’ll need to climb even higher.

Rich in real-world experiences and international perspectives, our Online MBA is innovative and rigorous. It will challenge you to strengthen your management knowledge, understanding of global business models and knowledge of contemporary issues and frameworks. You'll examine the wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations and empower yourself to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level. Delivered entirely online, it provides you with everything you need to make a significant impact in the world of global business.

Why study the Online MBA Fast Track?

This degree will help you take your career or organisation to new heights at an accelerated pace. Using the same course content as our core Online MBA course, this option allows you to study two modules simultaneously enabling you to complete the course in 18 months.

  • online delivery enables you to balance your commitments with the flexibility to study at any time or place
  • become part of a global community of business professionals and graduate with a strong network
  • gain a critical understanding into responsible and sustainable leadership
  • focus on practical application of theory to real business contexts
  • tackle contemporary issues, theories and conceptual frameworks used to guide management

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information about the course.

Nottingham Business School has both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

What you’ll study

The Online MBA Fast Track is a modular course, completed over 18 months. The curriculum consists of ten core modules (total 100 credits) and a project module (worth 40 credits). You will then study 4 specialist MBA modules (worth ten credits each).

The course starts with an induction to help familiarise you with the online learning system and ensure that you are able to navigate successfully.

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You begin the Online MBA Fast Track with the Professional and Leadership Development module, this will run alongside your studies from the outset and improves your reflective practice and personal development planning, concluding with you creating a targeted development plan.

You'll then go on to complete the Responsible Leadership module which underpins your learning and knowledge for the rest of the course allowing you to foster a critical understanding of values and ethical decision making in business.

Following that, you'll study eight further core modules. These include The Values-Led Organisation, Global Marketing Management, Operations Management, Organisations and People Management, Financial Management, Business Information and Decision Making, Global Business Simulation and Strategic Change Management. These modules are designed to expand your knowledge in fundamental management concepts.

Specialist modules

The Online MBA provides you with the opportunity to personalise your study around your professional career development and goals. The four elective modules for the general Online MBA Fast-Track can be found in the module section below.

Business research project

The final module is the Business Research Project, in which students will engage in a meaningful and applied piece of research designed to equip students with a theoretical grounding in research methods and its practical application.

Professional development

This course has been awarded Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute, which means you can graduate with a Masters degree and a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

In addition to the qualification and included with Dual Accreditation is student membership with CMI for the duration of the course. Membership whilst you are on the course is included in the course fee. The CMI’s online resource portal, ManagementDirect, offers digital resources, networking, mentoring and support.

You will gain the CMI qualification upon graduation and you are then eligible to become a full member of the CMI and have the opportunity to work towards Chartered Manager status should you wish.

Semester one forms the core of your studies and is designed to give you an understanding of the philosophical basis of our Online MBA.

Responsible Leadership

This online module will allow you to develop the insights, capacities and skills to create and maintain responsible and sustainable business practices. You will be challenged to critically reflect on the ethical dimensions and sustainability considerations pertaining to various dimensions of business and management practice.

Professional and Leadership Development

Increasing your understanding of how to manage your continuous professional development in order to be a more effective, successful leader. You will have access to an academic and an industrial mentor, who are there to support you through the course and to help with your development both academically and professionally.

The Values-Led Organisation

This module is designed to help you understand the interface between ethics, CSR, corporate governance and integrated sustainability. On completion you will be able to critically analyse the theories informing responsible and sustainable business practices from a multidisciplinary angle.

Global Marketing Management

This online module will enable you to critically reflect on the nature of marketing and the continuing relevance to the 21st century global business world. This will foster an enhancement of critical awareness of the extent of the marketing scope and key contemporary marketing issues and allow you to explore the complexity of the marketing environment which will develop wide-ranging knowledge of internal and external factors within marketing decision making.

Operations Management

You will aim to develop a wider understanding of Operations Management through an understanding of the key principles and concepts. You will do this whilst developing a critical understanding of how those principles can be used to support strategic decision making. This will improve your ability to evaluate and use theory and strategically focus the use of the tools in a range of operations environments.

Organisations and People Management

During this module you will draw upon insights from organisational behaviour that will develop knowledge and skills relevant to managing people in organisations. You will foster a critical understanding of the origins and change of classical management theory and its implementation in managing people in contemporary organisations. This will be done through understanding management at individual, group and organisational levels.

Financial Management

This online module is designed to critically evaluate internal and external financial information and to use this to appraise corporate performance and strategy. With a duration of 8 weeks, you will be engaging with a number of aspects such as evaluating the role of value maximisation in corporate objectives, financial strategy within corporate strategy and the tools and techniques of financial strategy.

Business Information and Decision Making

Here, you will be introduced to the nature of data and information within and external to organisations, and how this information informs crucial operational and strategic decision-making. This is achieved by interpreting good data and information that supports key decisions, understanding the basic data types and  analysing issues that help create valid data and information for operational purposes.

Strategic Change Management

This module develops the theory learned in core modules, and the theoretical content of the module focuses on the nature of organisational change and its implementation. It also provides an opportunity for students to take an integrated approach to disciplines covered elsewhere on the programme while they investigate a real-life organisational problem.

Global Business Simulation

This is an immersive, exercise in which work as part of a team to run your own business over several weeks. You will make decisions, follow the implications of those decisions and reflect on their overall impact. The experience aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply the concepts and theories you have learned elsewhere on the course while investigating operational problems in a competitive setting.

MBA modules

Customer Engagement

Customer engagement is a fundamental component of any effective business and this  online module will provide you with a critical understanding and appreciation of the various behavioural manifestations of customer engagement. You’ll also evaluate relevant theories underpinning such customer behaviours and arm yourself with the knowledge to identify and manage these behaviours to the benefit of your business.

Managing Creativity and Innovation

You'll have the opportunity to analyse the product development process and the parts played by design and creativity in business. You’ll study the innovation process as well as the complex and multi-faceted nature of innovation management and the applicability of a range of innovation strategies.

Reconfiguring the Humans Resource Management Function

This specialist module will explore the socio-economic, demographic, and technological trends and developments that are radically changing the role of the human resource management function. You will examine changing attitudes to work and employment, the rise of the ‘gig economy’, other novel modes of nonstandard working, an ageing population, managing a multi-generational workforce, and the development of new technologies which have been labelled ‘the second machine age’ and ‘the fourth industrial revolution’.

Advanced Strategic Management

A module designed to further develop your understanding of the changes taking place in the global economy based on their recently obtained knowledge from prior modules, you'll explore the global economy and the dynamics and complexity of global strategic management. You’ll also study entrepreneurship in international business, cultural diversity and global prosperity and global strategy.

Business Research Project

The Business Research Project is a compulsory component of the Online MBA course, the purpose of which is to equip students with a theoretical grounding in research methods and its practical application. It will take the form of an academic research paper or applied business research report and students will be challenged to critically reflect, develop, implement, and analyse business research methods appropriate to any business environment.

How you’re taught

Students will complete 500 hours of distance learning using a virtual learning environment.

The Online MBA teaching team use a wide range of methods to deliver and support you as you achieve your desired learning outcomes. These include multimedia content, online exercises, case analysis, online facilitated discussions forms and wikis, and experiential / action learning through simulations or in-company live business consultancies and projects.

You are expected to be inquisitive and undertake independent study relevant for a postgraduate student. You will have access to a range of materials such as eBooks, journals, electronic databases and internet links to useful sources of research.

The Online MBA Fast-Track course provides a flexible and engaging way to learn, with a number of ways to interact with the curriculum, including:

  • video lectures
  • real-life case studies
  • interactive assignments
  • social interaction
  • digital tools and resources
  • interactive academic support.

Students are also allocated a personal mentor that they will be able to meet via online video teleconference on 4 separate occasions throughout the year

The key areas of discussion/development in these meetings revolve around:

  • building self-awareness
  • understanding learning styles
  • reflective practices
  • personal development planning.


Modules will be assessed in a number of ways, including written assignments which may take the form of essays, reports or case study analysis, presentations submitted via video or narrated PowerPoint.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information.

Staff Profiles

Faye Taylor

Principal Lecturer - School Digital Learning Manager

Nottingham Business School

Faye Taylor

Michael Zhang

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Michael Zhang

Vangelis Tsiligkiris

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Vangelis Tsiligkiris (Tsiligiris) is Associate Professor at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Roy Stratton

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Dr Stratton is a Reader in Operations and Supply Chain Management involved in case and action research allied to teaching at final year undergraduate and masters level. He is particularly…

Suzanne Ross

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Suzanne is a Senior Lecturer within Executive Education in the Business School at Nottingham Trent University. She teaches and researches leadership and provides consultancy to organisations to maximise their leadership…

Sarah Pass

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Dr Sarah Pass is a Senior Lecturer in HRM at Nottingham Business School. She has been conducting research and lecturing for over 15 years, previously working at Cardiff University, University…

Mollie Painter


Nottingham Business School

Mollie Painter

Daniel McDonald-Junor

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

I have experience in entrepreneurial activities and the ability to interact with individuals from a variety of disciplines and professions. I am a Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire and…

Scott Lawley

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Scott Lawley

Careers and employability

Our innovative, intensive courses prepare you for a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations, enabling you to see the interconnections of your actions. Whichever you choose, your course will be rich in real-world experiences, global perspectives, and bespoke learning opportunities, hallmarks that combine to help you make a distinct mark on the business world. You will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively and innovatively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

You will gain a multidisciplinary qualification from an accredited business school and triple award-winning university which will enable you to either advance to a more senior position in an organisation, or if you are already a senior manager, it will give you the opportunity to study the core disciplines that are required to make even more of an impact and progress even further within the business world.

Professional and Leadership Development Programme (PLD)

Throughout your time with us, you will be involved in PLD workshops, developing professional and strategic transferable skills. Each workshop focuses on professional or career development, spanning everything from emotional intelligence to creative job hunting to conflict resolution.


Nottingham Business School is accredited for the quality of its business and management courses from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The accreditation recognises Nottingham Business School’s unique and dedicated approach to personalised and experiential learning.

We are also proud to have achieved the prestigious EQUIS accreditation. This is the highest international benchmark of excellence for business schools, possessed by fewer than 180 schools out of 16,000 worldwide.

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Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship to behavioural science, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

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Entry requirements

To apply for the Online MBA or Online MBA Fast Track, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • A good UK honours degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline, plus a minimum of 3 years continuous management experience
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • CV

In exceptional circumstances applicants without a degree will be considered, if they can demonstrate in their personal statement that they have been in a senior management position, managing people and budgets, for more than eight years.

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on 0115 941 8419.

Visit the dedicated Online MBA website for more information.

To apply for the Online MBA or Online MBA Fast Track, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • A good UK honours degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline, plus a minimum of 3 years continuous management experience
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • CV
  • Language requirements (international students only)

In exceptional circumstances applicants without a degree will be considered, if they can demonstrate in their personal statement that they have been in a senior management position, managing people and budgets, for more than eight years.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Help and support

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 941 8419.

Visit the dedicated Online MBA website for more information.

Fees and funding

Visit the dedicated Online Master of Business Administration site for more information.

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How to apply

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