Master In Business Administration Top Up

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Empower yourself to grow personally and professionally with this MBA Top-up. You’ll develop your understanding of the challenges facing your sector, and successfully identify solutions. This exciting new online postgraduate course is tailored for individuals holding a postgraduate diploma, or equivalent, in a relevant area of study.

Key Information

Course Duration: 1 year; part time
Part or Full Time: Part Time
Level of Study: Master's and PhDs
Typical Offer: 120 Level 7 credits or equivalent in a relevant area of study and/or work experience

Course information

Enhance your expertise 

Whatever your business or specialist industry, and wherever you are in the world, you’ll develop yourself and your organisation through a curated work-based project.

You’ll be supported with a specialist supervisor and digital resources, with access to international networks, to identify and investigate challenges within your current business or sector. Discover game-changing solutions that could advance best practice and make a positive difference.

Flexible online delivery

With start dates in September and January, online delivery makes this programme ideal, no matter where you're based. Study flexibly to fit around employment or other commitments. You'll have the opportunity to visit our campus to explore how theory applies to real-world practice.


Minimum 120 Level 7 credits (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma) or equivalent in a relevant area of study. Qualifications and academic performance will be reviewed by the Programme Manager.


Relevant work experience is considered through the application process, but is not a requirement.


Applicants whose first language or prior degrees are not in English require IELTS 6.5 of equivalent.

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This internationally recognised MBA Top-Up is designed around supporting you to develop in your specialist area of work, be it sport, equine, animal, agriculture, or another sector.

Typically MBA graduates take on significant leadership roles in private, government and third sector organisations.

97% of Hartpury University graduates are in employment, further study or other purposeful activity (Graduate Outcomes, 2023).

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Studying this course online allows you to fit your studies in around work and other commitments, advancing your opportunities without interrupting your career.

You can enrol to study the MBA Top-up at Hartpury University from almost anywhere in the world.

By grounding your project in an organisation or industry you’re connected with, you’ll gain applied experience whilst demonstrating your knowledge and skills.

You’ll be supported by a supervisor with access to digital resources and our professional network including the Hartpury Sports Business Hub.

Academic support

You'll benefit from a strong support network with supervisory, programme leaders, and research methods support throughout your Project.

Qualification and modules

Whichever sector you work in, the Hartpury MBA Top-up is designed to help you identify and understand problems and challenges you may be facing. You’ll choose the problem you wish to investigate, we’ll support you towards finding a solution. The course allows to you to demonstrate research, knowledge and abilities applicable to the award of the MBA degree.

The part-time online course is designed so you can continue working full-time, you’ll enhance your career development prospectus whilst learning and applying theory to practice.

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one. This will range from your lecturers and your personal tutor to our specialist academic support (Achievement and Success Centre), employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) and wellbeing teams.

This course comprises one core module:

Master in Business Administration Project

You'll engage in a supported work-based practical project within an industry connected to you, allowing you to demonstrate research, knowledge and abilities applicable to the award of the MBA degree.

Module credits

Successful completion of your 60 credit MBA Project module fulfils the requirements for the MBA Top-Up Award.

The programme is designed for online delivery with digital support for relevant research methods and project supervision.

The course is taught in English.

Year Scheduled learning Placement learning Independent learning
MBA Top-up 6% 0% 94%

You will be assessed on the development of your final MBA Project.

  Written exam Practical exam Coursework
MBA Top-up 0% 0% 100%

MBA Top-Up students normally complete their project within a year. Supervisory and research methods support can be asynchronous and face to face digital meetings arranged.

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Please visit our student finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.

For further details about this course, including the programme specification and module descriptions, please visit our document library.

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Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.