Master of Business Administration

Online Master of Business Administration Fast Track

Man on laptop
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: January 2019 / May 2019 / September 2019
  • Course duration: 18 months

FIND US ON

Online MBA Fast Track

The Online MBA Fast Track at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, enables managers to accelerate their progress to more senior strategic positions and take their career or organisation more rapidly to new heights. The Online MBA Fast Track option now allows students to study two modules simultaneously enabling them to complete the course in 18 months. Using the same course content as the core MBA, the Online MBA Fast Track can be completed in less time helping you to develop your strategic business skills in an increasingly competitive global business environment.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the most coveted and internationally recognised postgraduate management degree in the world, and there's a good reason why. 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, and empowering senior managers to gain the in-depth, strategic knowledge they need to climb even higher.

Here at Nottingham Business School, we are proud to have developed an innovative and rigorous Online MBA, rich in real-world experiences, international perspectives and opportunities to personalise your learning around your ambitions. Significantly strengthening your management knowledge, leadership capabilities and understanding of global business.

Why study the Online MBA Fast Track?

Our Online MBA Fast Track course:

  • allows students to accelerate their learning and complete their studies in 18-months
  • offers insights into responsible and sustainable leadership
  • focuses on practical, real-life experience
  • provides personal leadership development and mentoring
  • tackles contemporary issues, theories and conceptual frameworks used to guide management.

The Online MBA will prepare you for a wide range of challenges inherent in managing organisations, enabling you to see the interconnectedness of your actions. Whichever you choose, you will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives. The course will allow you to strengthen your management knowledge and understanding of global business models as well as knowledge of contemporary issues and frameworks.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information about our Online MBA.

Nottingham Business School is 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 nine core modules (total 100 credits) and a project module (worth 40 credits) plus a choice of four additional MBA modules. You can then choose one of the following:

  • 4 x MBA modules (worth ten credits each) OR
  • 4 x Data Analytics 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.

Leadership modules - Become a strong leader

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.

Specialism modules - Personalise your study

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 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.

  • Leadership modules

    Semester one forms the core of your studies, and is designed to give you an understanding of the philosophical
    basis of our 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. The mentors are there to support you through the course and to help with your development both academically and professionally.

  • Online MBA modules

    The Values-Led Organisation:

    The purpose of this online module is to allow you to develop the insights, capacities and skills to create and maintain responsible and sustainable business practices. On completion of the module you will understand the interface between ethics, CSR, corporate governance and integrated sustainability.

    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. This will 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:

    This online module 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 relate to Operations Management theory and practice which can be used to support of 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:

    This online module 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 the management of people 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 evaluating the role of value maximisation in corporate objectives, the role of financial strategy in corporate strategy amongst more.

    Business Information and Decision Making:

    This online module introduces you to the nature of data and information within and externally to organisations, and how information informs operational and strategic decision-making. This is achieved by understanding good data and information that supports key decisions as well as understanding the basic data types and analysis of issues that help create valid data and information for operational purposes.

    Strategic Change Management Module

    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.

  • Specialisation modules

    MBA modules

    Customer Engagement

    This 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.

    Managing Creativity and Innovation

    You will analyse the product development process and the parts played by design and creativity. You’ll study the innovation process as well as innovation management.

    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. These various forces include 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

    You will explore the global economy and the complexity of global strategic management. You’ll also study entrepreneurship in international business, cultural diversity and global prosperity and global strategy.

  • Business Research Project

    Business Research Project

    Rigorously investigating an issue of management or business relevance, typically by bringing together business theory and primary research. This is your opportunity to research a topic that interests you in great depth and develop real benefit for organisations.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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 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.

Assessment

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.

Each module will have 30% of the assessment based on collaboration to online discussions of ideas, topics or cases studies. This will help you to engage online in an international community of learning practice and develop your cross-cultural collaborative and team working skills.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information.

"The online course provides me with the flexibility I need to commit to my current workload while at the same time complete my course studies when suitable for me to do so."

William Walker (UK), Online MBA

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, you will acquire the knowledge you need to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering organisations to achieve their objectives.

This course will provide you with a multidisciplinary qualification which will enable you to either move from a functionalist position to a more senior, strategic generalist position in the organisation, or if you are already a senior manager, it will enable you to study the core disciplines that are required for a more senior career in business administration.

Professional and Leadership Development Programme (PLD)

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

Accreditation

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, placing Nottingham Business School in the world top 5%. 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.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information.

Study from wherever you are on a part-time basis to work around your personal and professional commitments

Our online MBA is delivered by a globally-renowned team with a wealth of experience.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a first degree (normally 2.1) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • academic or vocational references.

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.

You will need:

  • a first degree (normally 2.1) or an equivalent professional or academic qualification
  • a period of professional work experience incorporating operational responsibilities – three years minimum, preferably five
  • two academic or vocational references.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

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.

"The course material is accessible 24/7 so I can shift my studies according to my personal commitments. I even pull up the course material on my phone at any point during the day. I can juggle studying with my busy personal schedule.

The course has given me a whole new perspective on work in general, being able to understand different realities and how these can be applied even in the smallest things I do on a day-to-day basis.  You learn a lot from others and from the course material itself"

Maria Agius, Malta, Online MBA with Data Analytics

How to apply

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

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

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

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

Still need help?

Online MBA enquiries
+44 (0)115 941 8419