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MBA - Master of Business Administration


This qualification is recognised at MQF/EQF Level 7.


ECTS Credits

90 ECTS 


Study Programme

The MBA qualification is designed specifically for professionals in the industry who seek to validate their managerial experience into an academic qualification.

The MBA route is made up of two phases:

Phase 1: Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership awarded by Pearson (UK) recognised at MQF/EQF Level 7

Phase 2: MBA Top-Up degree awarded by the University of Derby recognised at MQF/EQF Level 7.


Phase 1: Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

The first phase of this programme consists of 11 modules which cover the necessary strategic skills required by a manager in a senior position and takes approximately 1 year to finish. The Extended Diploma is a 60 ECTS qualification recognised at MQF/EQF Level 7.  Successful completion of this phase entitles you to direct entry to the second phase of this programme which leads to an MBA qualification awarded by the University of Derby.



  • Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills 
  • Strategic Change Management 
  • Professional Development for Strategic Managers 
  • Creative and Innovative Management 
  • Strategic Marketing Management 
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Strategic Human Resource Management 
  • Developing Successful Business Teams 
  • Research Methods for Strategic Managers 
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Managing Financial Principles and Techniques 



Method of Assessment



Entry Requirements

  • An Honours degree (at least 2:2) or equivalent qualifications; OR
  • 2-3 years' work experience in a relevant supervisory or managerial role;
  • If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS 6.5 or equivalent


Awarding Body

Pearson UK


Phase 2: Masters

The second phase of this qualification is an MBA Top-Up Degree programme with the University of Derby. During this year you will undertake an Independent Study project which will consolidate your MBA degree.

All over the world, the MBA is the recognised management and leadership qualification as it is the formal recognition that you have the strategic knowledge, insight and understanding to become a successful manager and an inspiring leader.



Independent Study 

Independent Study is a major piece of independently researched work, providing an opportunity to act autonomously in designing a research project that critically evaluates a problem or issue to a professional standard. The topic should be relevant to the title of the programme and should meet the University’s ethical guidelines.


Awarding Body

University of Derby

Local Price


 Local Price through Get Qualified Scheme: €2,715*

  *Terms and Conditions Apply


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Last Updated: 08 Aug 2017 

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