Master of Business Administration (Top-up Program)

by University of South Wales

via the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration by London Examinations Board

12 - 15
6 大
英國最大的 高等教育機構
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2021 年英國最佳大學

Programme Overview

Students will start from the Professional Diploma in Business Administration at SCQF Level 11 or EQF Level 7 awarded by the London Examinations Board. Upon completion of all the required modules, students will progress to the MBA Top-up Course by the University of South Wales, which requires students to complete the Research Methodology unit and the Management Project. Upon successful completion of the Project, students will receive an MBA degree awarded by the University of South Wales.

The duration for completion of the entire pathway is around 12-15 months, and graduates will receive two qualifications: Professional Diploma 7 awarded by the London Examinations Board and MBA awarded by the University of South Wales.

Master of Business Adminstration


Awarded by University of South Wales

SCQF Level 11 or EQF Level 7

Professional Diploma in Business Adminstration


Awarded by London Examinations Board

About University of South Wales (USW)

With students from more than 100 countries, the University of South Wales (USW) Group has campuses in three of the region’s major population centres, Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport. It also has two subsidiaries, Wales’ national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil. As a leading university for careers, USW works together with employers to achieve its key aims to make higher education more accessible, build challenge-based learning that equips graduates with transferable skills, to offer flexible learning opportunities, and to strengthen the communities it serves.

These objectives are enhanced by USW’s partnerships with a number of leading international and local employers, including Thales, TATA Steel, Celtic Manor, the FAW Trust, Ricardo, and Cisco, and various public sector bodies, including police forces and the National Health Service. The industrial connections that shape USW’s research culture make it genuinely international, multilingual and outward-looking. Our research is directly affecting people and cultures in all parts of the world.

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Your Journey To Earn An Internationally Recognised UK MBA!

You will work on your Professional Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) delivered and awarded by London Examinations Board. When you successfully complete this, you can carry on your studies with LEB with a research methods module and a dissertation to achieve your MBA degree awarded by University of South Wales.

So, in a nutshell, this MBA is arranged under a collaborative arrangement between LEB and University of South Wales. You will first work on your PDBA which is accredited with 120 credits toward the MBA. Then you are required to undertake a research method training delivered by LEB before starting the Dissertation module of University of South Wales.

The duration to complete this entire pathway is around 12 - 15 months. You will receive a PDBA awarded by London Examinations Board and an MBA degree awarded by University of South Wales.

ProgrammeAdvantagesNo ExaminationThe programme is tailormade for the mature andworking students.Affordable Tuition&Flexible Study ModeAccess tothe Universityonline E-libraryThe MBA qualification fromthe University of South Wales isWidely Recognisedby employers and universities worldwide.

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Admission Requirements

The prospective candidate for this programme must possess the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree; or
  • Professional qualification equivalent to a degree + 2 years work experience; or
  • Mature candidates:
    • (i) with diplomas - 6 years of relevant work experience (2 at managerial/supervisory level);
    • (ii) without diplomas - 8 years of relevant work experience (3 at managerial/supervisory level)

Holders of other postgraduate qualifications or certified public accountants may receive up to 50% exemptions on a case by case basis. To be eligible for this MBA pathway, you must have successfully completed the PDBA.



Each PDBA module is assessed by an individual assignment.

MBA Top-up Course

There are 2 components which make up the MBA top-up course: The Research Methods and the Management Project.

The 20 credits Research Methods requires a 2,500 word assignment critically appraising quantitative research methods and a 3,000 word assignment on qualitative research methods where students collect and analyse qualitative data. USW will then assign an approved supervisor to guide each student to undertake the Management Project which carries 40 credits and requires 12,000 words.

Course Contents

Master's Stage

MBA Dissertations

PDBA Stage

Leading Organisation
Managing Business Strategy
Human Capital Mgmt
Marketing Management
Managing Operations
Managerial Accounting
Project Management
Financial Management

Admission Process

Step 1

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Step 2

Upon receiving all documents, the application will be processed and reviewed within one week.

Step 3

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  1. Information is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.
  2. The course is a purely distance learning course and is therefore not subject to the registration requirement. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.
  3. Hopkins is a marketing partner of LEB and represents LEB. LEB has the progression pathway agreement with the relevant University for the relevant programmes.
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