MBA (Master of Business Administration) (Top Up)

The top-up MBA is an online course aimed at students who have already gained a Post Graduate Diploma in a Business/ Management subject and are seeking to top this qualification up to an MBA. This course can be completed within 12 months.

This course is fully online meaning students can engage with the material when they wish and manage their learning around other commitments.

The MBA is globally recognised as the leading management qualification for senior managers and executives. Completing an MBA is a transformative experience, where students will learn how to engage with the leading edge of management research and apply it in their own practice. By joining the USW top-up MBA you will join a global online community of business leaders. Here you will find support, encouragement and a network which will last long after the completion of the course.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year October Online 8
Part-time 1 Year April Online 8
Part-time 1 Year July Online 8

As this is a top-up course, it is only a 60-credit course. The course comprises of two modules. First, students will complete a 20-credit Research Methods module which will explore how to acquire knowledge in a scientific and structured manner and equip students with the research skills to complete the final module, the Management Project. The Management Project is a 40-credit module where students get the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge to identify and research a contemporary management issue and make an original contribution to knowledge. The Management Project is an extended piece of writing at 12,000 words. Students are assigned a project supervisor to support them through this module.

What students is this course aimed at?

The top-up MBA is only available to students who already possess a Post Graduate Diploma in a Business or Management subject. The course is ideally suited to applicants who are currently working in mid-to-senior management positions.


The course is completely online.

The research methods module comprises of 7 topic areas which are taught through a series of pre-recorded mini-lectures which are accompanied by guided further reading, videos and podcasts as well as a short quiz at the end of each topic area to allow students to test their knowledge.

Teaching and learning are supported by eight synchronous sessions. These are typically delivered at 10 am (local time) on a Saturday morning and last about an hour. Here, the topics are explored in greater depth and the students are given the opportunity to explore the topics with the module tutor and the wider group as well as ask questions about the assignments.

The management project is an independent piece of research that focuses on a contemporary management issue. The management project is divided into six chapters. A key element of the management project is the students’ ability to plan and manage the project within the time allocated. A project supervisor is allocated to the student to mentor them through the research process.


The course is assessed entirely by coursework.

The Research Methods modules are assessed by 2 written assignments. The first assignment focusses on quantitative methods and is 2,500 words in length. The second assignment focusses on qualitative methods and is 3,000 words in length. The Management Project is also an extended piece of coursework and is 12,000 words in length.


The course is fully delivered through the Blackboard virtual learning environment. Students have got full access to the USW online library during their studies.



  • Online discussion boards
  • Scheduled office hours for online meetings
  • 1 to 1 mentoring for Management Project

Applicants are required to possess a Postgraduate Diploma in Business or Management.

International Entry Requirements

The MBA course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

    Home: £3,600 Per Course. International: £4,767 Per Course

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1160 per 20 credits

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

The purpose of an MBA is to equip students for senior management/ executive roles. The main focus of the course is the strategic application of knowledge. On completion of the course, students will have a strong understanding of the main components of contemporary organisations and how to integrate these components into a cohesive corporate strategy to gain competitive advantage.

An MBA equips graduates for senior management/ executive roles in any sector. Recent graduates have entered senior management and director roles within their organisation.