Business Administration - MBA

Course Description

Our MBA programmes are carefully designed to offer you in-depth knowledge of critical business areas and functions. The Master of Business Administration is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated graduates.

If you aspire to be a business professional and do not have any previous business or management experience studying our MBA will allow you to achieve this. Our MBA course is available to study full-time or via distance learning.

Studying our MBA course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which 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 to assist you when you venture into your chosen industry. You will learn to think laterally, challenge convention and offer informed solutions to business issues. You will gain valuable skills that will set you apart from colleagues, allowing you to progress to your full career potential.

The MBA is an opportunity for creating and building your networks. You will study alongside ambitious graduates and will have the opportunity to engage with business professionals from a range of organisations, industries and countries exchanging their experiences and best practice.

Course content

The MBA has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of business and management processes. Your assignments will focus on business and management situations and will develop your strategic thinking and business and management knowledge.

The MBA method of teaching is participative, allowing you to consider issues in an organisation or total business context. Your skills in analysing business and organisational problems are enhanced, as well as your recognition of potential business opportunities.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) membership grade

The CMI is the leading management organisation in the UK with a developing reputation across the world. Membership of the CMI provides you with significant benefits in networking, access to information and research.

You will receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership (included as part of your course fees) throughout your studies and this will continue to be valid for 12 months after you have graduated from the course.

Please note: This is only applicable to those who are studying full-time on campus or via distance learning directly through The University of Northampton. The CMI level 7 award will be dependent on passing all of the associated MBA CMI modules. 

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award

PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is the internationally recognised project management programme. Online learning materials are provided as part of your course fees. Additional PRINCE2 assessment must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

MBA Business Event

You will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £500 for flights and accommodation (if you are travelling from the UK). You should allow an additional £100 (approximately) for your own expenses.


Career Opportunities

Unlike other postgraduate programmes which provide in depth specialisation in a specific field, an MBA is interdisciplinary. An MBA exposes you to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.

  • those with an MBA dictate a high level of credibility as they are extremely confident and able to influence others
  • studying for an MBA will give you a chance to experiment with your approach to problem-solving and develop your management and interpersonal skills
  • an MBA will provide great career prospects for graduates as the course focuses on developing talent and producing future managers
  • obtaining an MBA will set you apart from others in the competitive jobs market

Visit the Business Administration - MBA page on the University of Northampton web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sathish Raj

An established shipping company in the United Arab Emirates has turned to our student Sathish Raj in his early 20s to help transform it into a major global player.

“I love challenges and this is the best challenge I have faced so far in my life,” said Sathish, who has been appointed business development manager for the Abu Dhabi Shipping Agency (ADSA) – while still studying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) postgraduate qualification.

“As luck would have it, I discovered one of my MBA course-mates, Mohamed Almehairbi, is the son of the owner of ADSA, and he mentioned they were looking for a business development manager. I met a representative from ADSA, who was impressed with the way I had been networking, and they offered me the job.”

Before I arrived in the UK, I expected the MBA course would teach me theory, and not much else. But in fact, the academics have all taught me invaluable lessons from their own experiences, and that has been worth so much to me.

I’ve asked them so many questions and they’ve taken the time to give me their viewpoint, and I’ve never stopped learning – it’s been fantastic here at the University of Northampton and has helped me so much to get where I am now, and will undoubtedly help me throughout my career.”


The Chancellor’s Fund - 10 Awards

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.The criteria for applications are:
- training and research
- extracurricular activities, cultural activities, volunteering or sport
- priority projects – linked to the University’s strategic plan, including new and innovative start-up projects where there is an opportunity for social impactPlease note that the fund does not cover the following:
- tuition fees
- accommodation as part of attending University
- travel to and from University or to placements which form part of a course of study
- equipment or materials required for assessed work (including computers/laptops/tablets)Deadline:
Application deadlines are 30 October and 28 February each year.Terms and Conditions:
For further information please see our Scholarship Terms and Conditions page on our website or email Corinna Coleman on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

£100 to £1000


You must be a current student to apply.

Application Procedure

Contact our Scholarships Administrator Corinna Coleman on [email protected] for information on how to apply.

Further Information


Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship - Single Award

The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton.Dr Mike Daniel was Pro Rector (Academic Quality) from 1993-2002 and played a major role in guiding the institution towards taught degree awarding powers and university college designation. After his untimely death in 2002 friends and colleagues raised sufficient funds to create a research degree scholarship to be named after him.The award recognises the financial difficulties often experienced by research degree students. In particular, the award is aimed at specific costs often associated with an individual research programme, for example, travel, software and closed library access.Please note that this scholarship will be advertised again in spring 2018.Terms and Conditions:
For further information please see our Scholarships Terms and Conditions page or email Corinna Coleman, Scholarships Administrator on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton.

Application Procedure

Email Corinna Coleman, Scholarships Administrator on [email protected] for details of the application procedure.

Further Information


Sir Thomas White Charity Grant Funding - Single Award

The Sir Thomas White Charity provides loans and grants to support and encourage young people to progress their employment and career prospects by funding educational and training needs.Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity Grant Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 to support individuals to access education or employment opportunities.The Fund can be used for:- Education or training leading to a recognised qualification
- Training/courses leading to relevant trade skillsYou can find out more about the Sir Thomas White Charity at more information about this scholarship please contact Corinna Coleman [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £1,000


To apply you must be:
- aged between 16 and 34 years
-a current resident of the Borough of Northampton and have resided there for (at least) the last five years
The Trustees have recently widened this boundary to include some additional areas. To check if your area is within the required boundary, please check the area boundary map.

Application Procedure

To apply for the Sir Thomas White Charity Grant, please download and complete the application form from our website.

Please note that this scholarship will be advertised again in autumn 2017.

For further information please see our Scholarship Terms and Conditions page.

Further Information


International Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

We are very pleased to offer a generous scholarship to applicants from outside of the European Union who have strong academic backgrounds. All full-time courses taught on campus (excluding the Pre-sessional English courses) are eligible for this scheme, and applicants will be considered for a scholarship on the basis of academic achievement.If you are successful you will receive up to 30% off your tuition fees for the duration of your course.For more information, and for other funding options, please visit the International Scholarships page.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 30% off your tuition fees


Applicants from outside the European Union studying full-time courses taught on campus (excluding the Pre-Sessional English courses).

Application Procedure

You do not have to apply for a scholarship separately, all international application forms are automatically considered for the scholarship when an application is made.

If you are successful you will be informed of your scholarship in your offer letter.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

If you hold a first or second class honours degree from a British university or equivalent you will be eligible to apply for this course. Work experience is useful but is not an essential requirement, so long as you can demonstrate a clear passion and interest in business and/or enterprise.

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