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MBA Advanced Entry Route


Key Facts

The MBA Advanced Entry takes approximately 7 months to complete. For the first two months of the course, students will have contact with their supervisor for the Research Methods module, followed by a 5 month period for their Dissertation.

Course Overview

 The MBA Advanced Entry route is specially designed for students that hold an approved Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in a Management subject. Students with this qualification have the opportunity to apply directly onto the programme and complete 60 credits to qualify for the award of MBA.

The course consists of the Research Methods module (20 credits) and the Dissertation (40 credits) on a topic of their choice, making it a popular option for individuals committed to developing their careers in senior management.

Delivered through blended learning, the course allows for study at a time which is convenient and is best suited for the student. Help and guidance is provided along the way from a designated supervisor plus online tools to support development.

On successful completion of the course, the student will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony based in Cardiff.

Next Open Programme Intake and Fees

​Next Intake Start Date:
Friday 13th March 2020

The course begins with a 5 day Induction and Research Methods module for students in Cardiff, running from Friday 13th March to Tuesday 17th March. 


Course Content

The course content is made up of 2 parts and takes approximately 7 months to complete. The first module is Research Methods (2 months) followed by the Dissertation (5 months), where the student will be required to submit an 8000 -10,000 word dissertation on their chosen subject, preferably related to their line of work. 

The Research Methods module introduces research as practised in business and management disciplines. Following satisfactory completion of the module, students will progress to the dissertation. 

At the end of the research methods module, students should be able to: 

• Interpret existing research as a prelude to carrying out further investigation and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of research designs and their appropriate utilisation;
• Source, evaluate and appropriately reference information from a range of sources;
• Integrate the findings of existing research to ask a new research question;
• Engage in critical thinking when reading and comprehending research articles;
• Critically evaluate a range of quantitative and qualitative research paradigms;
• Conceptualise a problem; formulate a methodology, aim and objectives; design a research strategy, collect, analyse, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data as appropriate;
• Apply theoretical principles underlying descriptive and inferential statistics;
• Select and justify the most appropriate analyses, interpret the results, and write up the results accurately and completely;
• Develop a robust research proposal appropriate for an MBA dissertation. 

On successful completion of Research Methods, you will move onto the Dissertation, which provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of a topic relevant to management. It requires students to: 

• Critically evaluate major schools of thought within relevant management theory.
• Translate theory into practice through the study of its application in the real world. • Undertake empirical research in this area.
• Draw conclusions about the implications of the results for managerial decision-making, in particular strategic. After completion of the dissertation, the student should be able to: • Formulate research questions at a level appropriate for a Masters.
• Critically review the relevant literature.
• Select the most appropriate methodology for the collection of data, justifying that choice.
• Apply that methodology to collect primary or secondary data.
• Select a method of analysis appropriate to their research question, within the context of what is commensurate to Masters level.
• Present the results in a manner that is clear and comprehensive.
• Draw conclusions about the results for the conduct of management.

Entry Requirements and Procedures

Students wishing to join the course must meet the following entry requirements: 

• A level 7 Post Graduate Diploma awarded by Edexcel, Athe or LRN
• An Undergraduate Qualification Equivalent to UK Bachelors 2:2 or higher – work experience may be considered for candidates not meeting this requirement
• High School Certificate
• A Statement of Purpose
• Two letters of Reference/Recommendation 

International Applicants 

• A Secure English Language Test: IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in all modules) or equivalent. Students already in the UK that do not meet this requirement are able to take the University's Password Test.
• A copy of your passport (and all UK visas where applicable) 

In addition to the above requirements, all applicants will be required to take a Skype interview with the Programme Director. Details of these arrangements will be sent subject to your successful application.

Our Approved Institutions

The MBA Advanced Entry Route is also delivered using blended delivery methods to graduates from the below approved institutions: 

Westford School of Management 

iQualify UK

Frequently Asked Question and Contact Details

I don't have a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma, am I still able to apply for the course?
Unfortunately, only students holding a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma can apply for the MBA Advanced Entry Course. Other students may apply for the full time MBA.

I already have a Masters, can I use this towards the MBA Advanced Entry?
No, only a Post Graduate Diploma can be used towards the MBA Advanced Entry.

Will 'Advanced Entry' appear on my final MBA certificate?
The MBA Advanced Entry Open Programme course is designed to give candidates exactly the same experience as Full Time MBA students, therefore your certificate will be for a Cardiff Metropolitan MBA, with no reference to the method in which it was obtained.

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