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; this is only available if you are studying the full MBA (180 credits) course and not utilising previous study/experience.

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Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 18 Months October Online A
Part-time 17 Months April Online A
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.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

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 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £7000

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* 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:
Ineligible for accreditation £0 - £0
Students on the top-up or fast-track courses are not eligible to apply for CMI accreditation on their course - this is because USW must evidence to CMI that all assessments on 180 credits of the MBA have been passed with USW. As the top-up only include 60-credits with USW and the fast-track includes 100-credits with USW, these shorter courses do not meet CMI's requirements.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

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