The MBA is the prime management qualification for managers. Designed for your success, the MBA creates distinctive managers with a comprehensive knowledge of the latest business practices. This MBA gives you a great overview of the business world and enhances your knowledge and skills further. It provides much deeper understanding of the business environment and helps you to become able managers.
This global gold standard management qualification provides a rigorous and challenging postgraduate business and management experience in which students develop alongside other experienced managers and business professionals to facilitate their becoming more effective managers or professionals.
The online MBA is offered in exclusive partnership with the Robert Kennedy College in Zurich, Switzerland and applications should be made directly at their website.
An MBA is the prime management qualification, providing a catalyst for those with strong career aspirations.
The programme aims to develop managers’ understanding and critical appreciation of the theories, tools, and techniques of management to enable them to more effectively lead and manage change in organisations and make effective use of resources in the strategic decision-making process. In so doing, it seeks to improve the quality of management as a profession. In particular, the purpose of the programme is to provide students with:
- An advanced understanding of the management of organisations and the changing external context in which they operate.
- Opportunities for the systematic development of the skills of objective analysis, evaluation, and presentation to enable them to further develop confidence in effectively appraising and implementing management strategies.
- An ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, and to improve business and management practice.
Our programme is delivered via Robert Kennedy College's OnlineCampus, an interactive learning environment that offers flexibility as to where and when you study. You'll enjoy intensive class discussion and collaboration with students from every continent, expanding your network with fellow leaders around the world. The course is delivered by Robert Kennedy College's team of experts and complemented by one module delivered online by the University of Cumbria.
- Organisational Behaviour
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Strategic Management
- Tackling Global-Local Challenges in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Information Management
- Corporate Strategy and Competitiveness
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course. Please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details.
A UK Bachelor degree in business administration or management from an accredited or approved college or university or the equivalent and at least two years of business-related experience,
A UK Bachelor degree in a non business field from an accredited or approved college or university or the equivalent and at least three years of business-related experience,
An appropriate professional qualification and at least five years of suitable business-related experience and a letter of recommendation verifying that the applicant has the necessary ability and motivation to complete the programme within the allotted time span.
If an applicant's first language is not English, he/she must be able to demonstrate oral and written fluency in English. Working or studying in an English-speaking environment will usually be sufficient to demonstrate an acceptable competence. Otherwise applications for admission must be accompanied by a certificate of competency in the English language from a recognised institution or programme. English language requirements for non-English-speaking students are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum 6 in each component) or minimum TOEFL score of 600, or equivalent.
Each qualified applicant is invited to complete an interview with the Dean of RKC or his nominee in person or by telephone. The main purpose of the interview is to select motivated applicants with the ability to benefit from a solid commitment to the programme.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to Robert Kennedy College.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details:
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
Resources and facilities
Our expert tutor team have considerable experience of CEL programmes and the FE sector, and is composed of former practising managers with a wealth of experience in theory and practice. The residential module 'Business Ethics and CSR' is held at Cumbria and is taught by Dr. John Luffrum and other University of Cumbria faculty members.
Our 'Microeconomics of Competitiveness' is taught by Robert Kennedy College Deputy Dean and Harvard Business School MBA graduate Professor David Duffill, and is held in cooperation with the Harvard Business School Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness.