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Master of Business Administration

Online Master of Business Administration

2 females studying MBA
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: Intakes: January, May, September
  • Course duration: 2.5 years

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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 experienced managers  to take on a more senior, strategic position. If you’re currently working in senior management, it will further 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 for an Online MBA degree?

By choosing this degree, you’ll acquire the knowledge needed to work effectively at a senior, strategic management level, empowering your organisation and achieving its objectives. The course will also allow you to strengthen your management knowledge, understanding of global business models, and knowledge of contemporary issues and frameworks.

The Online MBA's format provides numerous ways to interact with the curriculum via video lectures, real-life case studies and interactive assignments, where you will have the opportunity to engage with classmates and faculty, and to collaborate on projects. It's the same high quality we offer in our campus course—but in a more convenient and flexible format for busy working professionals.

You'll also gain a competitive edge as you join a truly international cohort of learners, forging worldwide connections as you learn. With 78 countries represented on our online courses and nearly 65% of our current MBA students coming from outside of the United Kingdom, you’ll be sure to be exposed to a wealth of global business perspectives and experiences.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information about this degree.

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Data Analytics Specialism

You will also have the option to specialise in data analytics – addressing the growing area of data science within management. Gain a comprehensive overview of business operations and functions through the main modules while developing a critical understanding of the life cycle of big data: from capturing and organising, to analysing and leveraging strategic action.

Nottingham Business School is both EQUIS and AACSB accredited.

What you'll study

The curriculum consists of ten core modules (total 100 credits) and a project module (worth 40 credits). You can then choose one of the following:

  • 4 x MBA modules (worth 10 credits each) OR
  • 4 x Data Analytics modules (worth 10 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. The time to completion is two and a half years.

Leadership modules - Become a strong leader

You begin the Online MBA 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.

Overall, you will have eight core modules to complete over the course. 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.

Specialism modules - Personalise your study

The Online MBA provides you with the opportunity to personalise your study around your own professional career development and goals. There are four elective modules each for the general Online MBA and the Data Analytics  specialism, which 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.

  • Leadership modules

    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.

    Personal, 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.

  • Online MBA modules

    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 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 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

    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 the 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 analysis.

    Business Information and Decision Making

    Here, you will be introduced to the nature of data and information within and externally 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.

  • Specialisation modules

    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

    Students will 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.  Students 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’.

    AdvancedStrategic Management

    A module designed to further develop students’ understanding of the changes taking place in the global economy based on their recently obtained knowledge from prior modules,  you will 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.

    MBA Data Analytics modules

    Statistical Approaches to Data Analysis
    An introduction to the statistical principles and methods required for the analysis of large datasets which will look at hypothesis testing, its applications for initial exploration and visualisation of data  for predictive modelling. The module includes practical computer exercises to familiarise you with the concepts taught. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate selection, implementation and interpretation of statistical techniques.

    Fundamentals of Big Data and its Infrastructure

    The content of this module is designed to develop and structure your understanding according to the stages an organisation moves through to develop and manage the infrastructure necessary to derive business value from large volumes of data. It will introduce you to the processes, techniques and technologies used to develop infrastructure so that they are able to manage big data and transform it into useful business intelligence, as well as some key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data.

    Practical Machine Learning Methods for Data Mining
    This module is designed to develop your data science skills to enable you to become a more knowledgeable manager who can work competently with a variety of different data sets to extract, interpret and present meaningful information. The module takes a practical approach to teaching machine learning and you will therefore use the data mining package WEKA to put theory into practice using realistic case studies and data, helping you to develop an intuitive grasp of the sophisticated mathematical ideas that underpin this challenging but fascinating subject.

    Deriving Business Value from Data Systems
    This module aims to develop and structure your understanding as to how businesses can derive innovation and thus value from large volumes of data. It introduces you to a number of methods and techniques that enables businesses to identify the most strategically important data. You will explore how businesses can align their processes, skills sets, and culture to leverage the data to answer strategically important questions and thus link big data to innovation. In addition, a number of key challenges faced by companies exploiting big data are raised such as those surrounding ethics, privacy and security.

  • Business Research Project

    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.

Course specification

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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.

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, 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.

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

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.

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

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2020, January 2021, May 2021 entry 

Study route UK / EUInternational
Part-time online £15,900 £15,900

Visit the dedicated Online MBA website for more information.

Course fees for September 2020, January 2021, May 2021 entry 

Study route UK / EUInternational
Part-time online £15,900 £15,900

Visit the dedicated Online MBA website for more information.

Still need help?

Online MBA enquiries
+44 (0)115 941 8419