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MBA International Master of Business Administration (Top-up)

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: February and September 2022

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If you are already an experienced manager, and have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (or equivalent), this programme will allow you to top-up your existing qualification to a full IMBA.
Your final project may take the form of a dissertation, consultancy project or work based learning project, and this flexibility will mean that you can tailor your learning to suit your needs.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

If you are interested in career progression, our International MBA is designed to foster resilience, sustainability and organisational trailblazing to prepare you for the new global paradigm where change is the only consistency.

The themes of business resilience and sustainability - played within a contextual learning backdrop of global unpredictability - are central elements to our flagship postgraduate programme.

From international finance to marketing strategy, and digital leadership to project management, by the end of the programme you will have developed a strategic, integrated and holistic perspective on organisations and management. You will be confident in your leadership capabilities, and be prepared for senior management career advancement.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

As a BNU student you can benefit from a range of postgraduate support, for example help with developing new business ideas.

You will also be supported by our Careers and Employability Service, mentoring scheme, and BNU Business School's network of academics, as well as our international partners.

What will I study?

On successful completion of the International Masters in Business Administration, you will be able to use a range of quantitative and qualitative methods for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain business environment.

You will be able to demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of your chosen aspect of business or management, and will have built your problem solving and decision making techniques.

The project options included in this programme are ideal if you are already working in an organisation, whether as an employee, volunteer or intern, as much of the learning involved in completing your choice of project will occur in the workplace and involve real work-based tasks.

How will I be taught and assessed?

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

For a more comprehensive breakdown of how this course is taught please consult the programme specification.

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. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Dissertation (optional)

Consultancy Project (optional)

Negotiated Work Based Learning Project (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£3,550 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£3,550 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

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?

The main aim of the International MBA programme is to enable successful students 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 students 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 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.

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