MBA Top up Diploma to degree

What is an MBA Top up or Diploma to Degree course?

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What is an MBA Top-up?

An MBA degree has always been the most sought after qualification in the world of business and busy professionals across the world study it for a number of reasons including career advancement, higher salary or to learn the necessary skills required to run a start-up. But what is an MBA top-up? It is as the name implies, a degree that is done to top up an existing qualification leading to achieving an MBA.

As an example, it allows professionals who have already earned 120 postgraduate credits through a postgraduate diploma to finish the last 60 credits of a Master of Business Administration, thereby earning a full MBA.


MBA Top-up Course Duration

The usual time to complete the top-up is 9 to 12 months depending on the university and the study mode. Universities are usually flexible with these types of programmes, so duration really depends on the time each student allocates to studying, researching and writing. Programmes such as the University of Northampton Online MBA Top-up degree allow such candidates to earn a full UK Master of Business Administration degree in just 9 months, without the need to redo a 180 credit


MBA Top-up Study Mode

These programmes can be studied full time on campus, part time or purely online and choosing one over the other is purely depended on the student’s circumstances. Many of the student pursuing a Top-up degree are working professional who cannot simply drop family and work obligations to pursue an on-campus programme. Therefore, blended learning or online learning is a good choice for such individuals. The university of Northampton Top-up MBA is offered via two modes. Pure online or part time with weekend face to face workshops.


MBA Top-up Course Information

As mentioned above, the aim of a top-up is to increase the postgraduates credits from 120 to the 180 credits required to earn an MBA. How the 60 credits are earned depend on each university. Some universities allocate the who 60 credits to a thesis or project, others divide between a research module and a project.

The University of Northampton MBA top up course consists of 2 modules- Critical Issues in Business (10 credits) and Business Research Project (50 credits), making up for the rest of the 60 credits that can be studied online. The degree awarded to students is the same as a full UK Executive MBA degree and holds the same value. Students even have the same opportunity to graduate at the University campus, much like their full-time counterparts.


MBA Top-up Course Eligibility

Typically, an MBA top-up programme is open to candidates with a postgraduate diploma in business from different universities and countries. The following is an example:

• Diploma in Management Studies from a British University (120 credits at Level 7/PG)
• Edexcel Extended Diploma in Strategic Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG)
• ATHE Diploma in Strategic Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG)
• Association of Business Executives (ABE) PG Diploma in Business Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG)
• NCC Education PG Diploma in Business Management (120 credits at Level 7/PG)


For more information on the University of Northampton, what an MBA Top-up Degree entails in more detail, or your eligibility for the course, please contact a Higher Education Consultant.


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