MBA (Online) (Fast-Track)

Are you an experienced manager or director who wants to progress your career to the next stage with a globally recognised qualification?

This course is designed to allow experienced management professionals (as evidenced by professional body membership) to “top-up” their existing qualifications and experience to an MBA by completing two taught modules and a dissertation project.

The course is focused around the development of advanced analytical and communication skills that allow its graduates to critically engage with theory at the leading edge and apply it to their practice. 

The online teaching mode is designed to fit around your existing work commitments. As this is a fast-track course, it can be completed in 12-18 months.

Please note that the fast track route does not attract government student finance as you will need to be sitting the whole course, not a lesser amount of credits due to previous study/experience.

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This course is subject to validation.

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 18 Months October Online A
Part-time 17 Months April Online A

The Leadership and Management Theories modules cover the following topics:

  • The development of management theory (Classical, HR, Contingency, Systems etc.)
  • Management versus Leadership?
  • Leadership Styles
  • Leadership Theory (e.g. transactional v transformational, servant leadership)
  • Leading and managing people (e.g. motivational theories, employee engagement, emotional intelligence)

The aims of the Research Methods module are to:

  • Develop the students understanding and skills of research in a management subject discipline
  • To critically review a range of research methodologies, and select one most appropriate to address a research need
  • To critically review a range of research methods and select the one(s) most appropriate to address the research design
  • To equip students with the skills required for the practical aspects of planning, conducting, and producing a Masters level work


The Dissertation is a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a business-related phenomenon. The dissertation requires students to demonstrate the following:

  • Originality.
  • A clear definition of the issue under investigation and a clear statement of the aims of the study.
  • An understanding and use of appropriate research methodology indicating skills in data collection and analysis.
  • If appropriate, an analysis of existing practice within the organisation(s) in terms of the theoretical framework established for the study and in terms of comparative practice.
  • The extent to which all of the above result in a set of conclusions that are consistent with the research. The setting out of clear recommendations for action, adoption, or otherwise.


Each of the taught modules are delivered over a 12-week period. The modules are taught using pre-recorded material which is supported by and a series of online synchronous sessions. The total recommended study time for a 20-credit module is 200 hours.

The dissertation is an individual research project which is supported by a dissertation supervisor who is assigned to each student to guide and mentor them through the research process.

You will be supported throughout the timeframe of your course and beyond with:

  • Regular touchpoints

  • Open door policy

  • Email / Teams / Zoom meeting availability


This course is assessed entirely by coursework.

CMI level 7 or equivalent.

The 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

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Books £5.99 - £75.99
There are two recommended books to purchase: Williams, K. (2014) Getting Critical, 2nd Ed., Palgrave MacMillan (Currently circa £5.99). Here is a link from one of the well-known online retailers: Northouse. P. Leadership: Theory and Practice, 8th Edition, Sage. It is discounted if you buy it directly from the publishers, so that you pay £36.76 (normally £70): The discount code is UK18NORT Here is the link:

Apply directly to the University for this postgraduate course.

The types of careers that graduates are typically expected to go on to achieve include:

  • General Manager
  • Regional General Manager
  • Director