Online Courses: MBA

Master of Business Administration (MBA) FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our MBA course

When can I start the Online MBA course?
There are three intakes per year: September, January, and May.

How long does the Online MBA course take to complete?

This depends on the route you choose.

The broader Online MBA programme takes two-and-a-half years to complete.

Students on the Online MBA Fast Track programme can finish the course in 18 months, while those studying part-time with specialisms can take up to five years.

How is the Online MBA course delivered?

During your time on the course, you’ll work and study through a mix of video lectures, real-life case studies and interactive assignments.

Students also have the ability to discuss coursework with classmates, ask questions of faculty and collaborate on projects. It's the same high quality we offer in our campus course - but in a more convenient and flexible format for busy working professionals.

Rather than schedule synchronous sessions that require you to log in at specific times, we record lectures to give you the freedom to study around your other commitments.

How many hours per week are required?

We recommend setting aside 12-15 hours a week for study, but that is flexible.

There will be deadlines within each module, and some may require you to allocate extra time. By receiving your calendar at the start of your course, you’ll be able to create your own schedule.

If you choose the Online MBA Fast Track, you’ll be completing two modules at the same time – so we’d recommend allocating 25-30 hours a week.

Can I complete an Online MBA at NTU while in full-time employment?
Yes. The course is tailored to fit around your lifestyle and is well suited to students with full-time work commitments or family obligations. You study the course online and there are numerous ways of interacting with the curriculum that accord with your schedule.

If you have the freedom to work part-time while studying or to take a sabbatical, you may choose the shorter Online MBA Fast Track to get your qualification sooner.

How much will the Online MBA cost?
Tuition fees for the entire 2.5-year course are £15,900 and can be paid in modular instalments.
Fees are for the 2019/20 academic year intake and will not increase so long as you complete your studies within three years of enrolment.

Are there options within the curriculum?
Yes. Our MBA course can be tailored to particular professional goals.

You can complete an Online MBA with Data Analytics or a broader Online MBA, and both routes include a Business Research Project module, during which students choose a real-life business issue to explore as part of their coursework.

The Online MBA Fast Track is another option which allows you to complete the course in 18 months if you have more time to study. Learn more about the MBA curriculum.

How does NTU's Online MBA address ethical practices?

NTU’s Online MBA is distinguished by a focus on sustainable corporate practices and responsible leadership, and supported by our status as a First-Class sustainable university having been ranked 3rd in the UK by People and Planet University League 2019.

The core curriculum followed by all of NTU’s Online MBA students also includes a dedicated Values-Led Organisation module. The latter explores topics such as ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate governance and integrated sustainability – all in the context of business leadership.

What job prospects are there after qualifying?

MBA graduates have found employment as senior managers in all types and sizes of organisations, from global corporations to SMEs and start-ups.

This is down to the curriculum followed on all three versions of the course, which has been carefully curated to include the skills and knowledge desired most by today’s employers.

The international recognition and accreditation of both NTU and its Online MBA means there are opportunities to work anywhere in the world after graduation too.

More information: Who hires MBA graduates?

How are students assessed?

The Online MBA is a modular programme comprising of 180 credits in total.

The curriculum’s eleven core modules are worth a total of 100 credits, the Business Research Project module is worth 40 credits and then students can complete either:

  • 4 x MBA modules (worth ten credits each) OR
  • 4 x Data Analytics modules (worth ten credits each)

What are the admissions requirements?
In order to enrol on our Online MBA course, you need to have:

  • a minimum 2.1 degree or equivalent qualification
  • a minimum of three years professional supervisory experience
  • a letter of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • an up-to-date CV

International students will need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements) or a TOEFL.

In very exceptional circumstances, a student will be considered without a degree if they can demonstrate that they have been in a senior management post for more than eight years. In this case, supporting evidence and an initial assessment (via online interview) will be required.

Why study an Online MBA at Nottingham Business School, NTU?
The Nottingham Business School's Online MBA courses are flexible and designed to fit around your lifestyle and work commitments.

We offer a unique learning style characterised by a highly personalised student experience and an emphasis on experiential learning, and our academic focus is on responsible and sustainable leadership. Plus, as you learn with an international cohort of business professionals, you'll gain a global perspective that will inform your career and give you an advantage in your work.

In addition to our faculty of highly acclaimed teaching staff, we have links to over 800 companies worldwide, including Barclays, Tesco, Experian, Santander, Rolls Royce, and Boots, which means we are in a great position to open doors for our students.

I live outside of the UK. Will the curriculum apply to business in my country?

Yes. Business is undeniably global and we strive to incorporate that reality throughout the Online MBA curriculum. NTU’s online students represent 78 countries and 63 percent come from outside the UK – so you’ll be studying alongside people with all kinds of cultural backgrounds.

Research shows that 64 percent of employers worldwide value international experience in hiring decisions, meaning your work with NTU’s international community of learners will give you an edge as you apply what you learn at work.

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to lead in business wherever you're building your career. Find out more about NTU’s global learning community.

Who is Nottingham Business School Accredited by?

There are fewer than one percent of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation – Nottingham Business School is one of them. Our AACSB accreditation puts us in the top five percent of business schools in the world.

The wider university also has recognition, having received the coveted Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017 and the influential Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. More recently it was named University of the Year 2019 by The Guardian for its inclusive curriculum and focus on social mobility and received the highest ‘Gold’ ranking in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

This kind of industry recognition is evidence of the rigorous and innovative standards of our teaching and research, and the balance we consistently strike between academic quality and professional relevance.

For more information on our accreditations, please visit the Business School accreditation page here.

Start your journey with NTU today
To learn more about our Online Master of Business Administration, complete our online form or call the admissions office on 0800 032 1180 (UK) or +44 (0)115 941 8419 (International).

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