Master of Business Administration (with Work Placement) MBA

    • Full or part time
      Full time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Business & Management - Other Business
    • Course Start
      September, January
    • Course Duration
      Full time: 2 years
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    If you’re an ambitious and motivated student, then our Masters of Business Administration MBA course with a work placement could be the ideal postgraduate qualification for you. MBA courses are globally recognised and offer aspiring business professionals the opportunity to gain relevant business and management experience.

    This course is available as a Full Time MBA with a September and January intake.


    • Opportunity for 6 months or 12 months paid work placement
    • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership throughout the course of study and 12 months after graduation*
    • MBA business trip **
    • PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner Award***

    Course Details

    Studying our MBA course will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills and enhancing your business knowledge and understanding.

    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.

    This course is similar to our Master of Business Administration however, you can elect to participate in a Work Placement – completing the modules ‘Career Futures: Employability Skills’ and ‘Work-Based Project’. The year in industry will develop your real-world experience and you will undertake an applied research project that identifies and provides a response to an industry-specific problem.

    Your placement will last between six and 12 months, must be appropriate to your level of study and should also be paid. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

    Whilst on placement you will attend two full-day workshops held at the University, and complete a work-based project on the organisation in which you are working.

    The university provides for students to find placement opportunities, but it is the students’ responsibility to find their own placements. Students who are unable to find suitable placement opportunities will be transferred to the non-placement route. This means the students will undertake a standard major project.


    Module information can be found in the Award Map.

    Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership

    The CMI is the leading management organisation in the UK, with a developing reputation across the world. Membership provides 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 fees throughout the course and this will continue to be valid for 12 months after you have graduated.

    *Only applicable to students studying MBA (with Work Placement) full-time on campus, directly through The University of Northampton.

    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.

    ***Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees.

    MBA business trip

    You will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Greece in 2017) in your first year. 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 will need to allow an additional £250 for your expenses.

    **Optional – not included in course fees.

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    Visit the Master of Business Administration (with Work Placement) MBA page on the University of Northampton web site for more details!

    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 MBA entry requirement, so long as you can demonstrate a clear passion and interest in business and/or enterprise.

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