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MBA International Master of Business Administration (Top-up)

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: January and September 2024

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This top-up programme is the perfect pathway if you are already an experienced manager and have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (or equivalent). It is an easy way to top-up your existing qualification so you can gain a full IMBA.
We are dedicated to ensuring you have a personalised educational experience and can advance in your career aspirations. We are a true community of business professionals from across the globe with students joining us from UK, USA, India, UAE and China.

Why study this subject?

If you are looking to progress your career into a management, consultancy or director position then studying our International MBA top-up can help you to develop the necessary skills to secure your next step. The programme has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the continuingly changing and often disruptive factors within the global marketplace.

Skilled and qualified executives and managers are in high demand and employers want employees who are not just academically qualified but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership. Our International MBA top-up will help you develop the knowledge needed to become confident in your abilities to excel in the workplace.

Our programme has been specifically designed by our industry experienced lecturers to reflect the ins and outs of business and allow you to gather the business function and operations knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Once you join Buckinghamshire New University you become part of our vibrant and diverse community. We are dedicated and focused on ensuring you receive the best possible experience whilst studying with us. We know that everyone is different and our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you are treated as an individual and will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your International MBA. In short, we want you to build upon the experience you have gained in industry and expand your abilities so you can graduate with the relevant knowledge to progress your career.

We are proud to support you to become business leader ready. As a BNU student you will have access to a range of postgraduate support, including help developing new business ideas, free access to our Launch Pad boardroom and office space and use of our mentoring scheme. A key feature of this programme is that it provides the chance to blend both the latest industry insights with best practice workplace skills, enhancing your chances to further your progress in the workplace.

Staying up to date with latest industry trends and information is important part of our course. Our academics have a range of experience in the business sector and retain strong links to industry, providing you with the perfect chance to develop key skills, such as creativity, resilience and management.

What will I study?

We know that taking the next step in your career is can be an exciting but daunting prospect, studying a postgraduate qualification can be the perfect way to learn the vital knowledge and skills needed to advance whilst having the support of an industry experienced academic to help you put your ideas into action.

Whatever your interests and preferred way of working we have something to suit you. You’ll have the option of either researching and writing a dissertation, carrying out a consultancy project or a negotiated work-based learning project. Giving you the perfect opportunity to apply your learnings in real-life situations.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This programme is taught through flexible and distributed learning. Teaching and learning make use of the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard and comprises of a range of activities.

Did you know?

We are one of the Top 10 (4th) best UK small schools for business (Capitalontap, 2022), find out more about this excellent news here.

International Master of Business Administration Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Students will usually hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (or equivalent).

If your first language is not English or your language of instruction at undergraduate level was not English you will be required to demonstrate English proficiency at an overall score of IELTS level 6.5 (or its equivalent) and no score below 6.0 in any category. Applicants need a minimum of a 2:2 in their degree to be considered.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules


Year 2 Modules

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Year 3 Modules


Year 4 Modules

One Year

Year 5 Modules


Year 6 Modules

January and September 2024

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,700 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£3,700 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

At BNU we are all about supporting your career aspirations and our International MBA programme is designed to help you build the confidence to perform effectively at middle management level and aspire to senior management positions.

The International MBA will also appeal to candidates whose ambition relates around developing or managing a small business or a family business.

Some people complete an International MBA in order to simply be better at what they do, to learn more about the diverse world in which we operate or to give something back to wider society.

Did you know?

We are one of the Top 10 (4th) best UK small schools for business (Capitalontap, 2022), find out more about this excellent news here.

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