University of Central Lancashire

MBA (Top-Up)

At A Glance

Course Title

Master of Business Administration

Course Type

Top-Up (Dissertation Only)

Course Level

Postgraduate

Study Method

Distance Learning

Start Date

September / January / June

Course Duration

4 months

Awarded & Delivered By

University of Central Lancashire
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Course Description

The Master of Business Administration taught and awarded by University of Central Lancashire is an intensive programme designed for those wishing either to establish or sustain a successful managerial or professional career. This 4-month MBA Top-Up is delivered 100% online and is intended for holders of a recognised postgraduate diploma with 120 credits.

Taught by highly experienced and qualified tutors, who will provide guidance for the completion of an MBA dissertation, the MBA provides a rigorous process of personal and managerial development in which you are encouraged and expected to make your own unique contribution.

The UCLan MBA is well established and enjoys an excellent reputation amongst employer organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Graduates of the MBA can progress to senior positions in their organisation, or to the completion of a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

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The University of Central Lancashire was founded in the year 1828. It is one of the largest universities in the UK. UCLan is in the Top 7% of universities worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings 2022-23. It has also been awarded 5 QS stars commemorating the quality of teaching. Additionally, the University of Central Lancashire was awarded Silver in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

It operates with the motto ‘Ex solo ad solem’ which translates to ‘From the Earth to the Sun.’ 95% of graduates from UCLan are either in further study or employment within 6 months of graduating. Together with the University of Central Lancashire, Chestnut Education offers a variety of courses.

Course Content

The dissertation module aims to equip you to become a skilled and critical researcher in Business and Management by undertaking an academic or practice-oriented research project. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to plan and undertake an independent research project. And help you to understand the impact of business and management research on practice, people, organisations or policy, and your own practice.


In terms of coursework, you will be required to complete a brief on research methods (2,000 words), a project (12,000 words) and a professional development report (1,000 words).*

*The above details are meant for guidance only and is subject to change by the university.

Study Method

This MBA (Top-Up) degree is studied 100% online through the University of Central Lancashire. You’ll study through the university’s online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. The platform provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.

Taught by highly experienced and qualified tutors, who will provide guidance for the completion of an MBA dissertation, the MBA provides a rigorous process of personal and managerial development in which you are encouraged and expected to make your own unique contribution.

Course Fees

Please get in touch with us to get the most up-to-date course fee for this programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Qualifi Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Applicants without a Level 7 Diploma but holding significant managerial experience will be provided an alternative accelerated pathway on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants who wish to complete a Postgraduate Diploma to gain entry to the MBA Final Stage can do so here: Qualifi Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

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This degree programme has intakes in September, January and May. Click the Enrol Now button and share your information so that one of our Academic Advisors will get in touch with you promptly.

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