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Course Description

This MBA is an innovative, part time distance e-learning Masters degree ‘top-up’  programme. The programme begins with ‘taught’ e-learning chapters within the module covering Advanced Techniques in Research Methods, Project Management and Leadership and Statistics. This includes evaluation of literature, data analysis, statistical and modelling techniques; along with planning, writing and presenting a complex research project. The e-learning course materials for these lectures are delivered through MLA’s Total Learning Package (TLP), which can be downloaded to a variety of platforms, including tablets, smart phones and computers. Using cutting-edge technology, the TLP is fully functional whether the device is connected to the internet or not, which enables students to study successfully in any location across the globe. The TLP adds considerable value to lecture material with formative testing, transcripts and learning support materials.

The MBA work based research project provides an exciting opportunity for students to undertake a specific 60 credit dissertation module combining practical and academic research work in which they demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities appropriate to the award of the MBA degree – namely the QAA subject benchmarks and SEEC level descriptors. Students are actively encouraged to, identify a suitable project topic and explore ideas with the MBA supervisory team and then plan the work programme as early as possible.

This programme is a flexible, fully tutor supported, distance e-learning programme and normally submission is scheduled within a 12-month period from starting. However, the flexible delivery allows students to study at their own pace, meaning that it may be possible to submit within a short or longer timeframe.

Named pathways are available for students submitting dissertations in a range of subject areas. Pathway titles have been informed by consideration of the global recruitment market and reach of the BAU Global partners, including large multinational business partners. This will also allow an extensive network of Associate Tutors, from academia and industry, to contribute to the programme. Typically, all students have the support of an Academic from MLA College and an external subject expert, combining industrial relevance and current practice with academic rigour.


The programme offers one core MBA award with the option of subject specialism
pathways, resulting in the following pathway titles being available

  • Master of Business Administration (Maritime Operations)
  • Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
  • Master of Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Master of Business Administration (Capital Markets and Finance) 
  • Master of Business Administration (Financial Technology)

Application Information

  • A copy of your CV
  • A suitable English language certificate, for example an IELTS. A full list of certificates accepted can be found here. (For International students only)
  • Copies of academic certificates and/or transcripts
  • A copy of your passport (photo page only)
  • A 200-300 word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to join this programme. You may find our Guidance document helpful.

Key Programme Information

  • Degree MBA Marketing
  • Language English
  • Awarding Body University of Plymouth
  • Start January, May & September Next start date is January 2023
  • Cost £7,000
  • Duration 12 Months of Part-time Study
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Likely to be a postgraduate qualification such as PG Diploma but will depend on the applicant’s existing qualifications and professional experience. Flexibility exists to be considered by the Admissions Tutor.

Graduate testimonials

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Without the MLA team I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the marks that I got. I never thought 3 years ago that I would have managed to get a distinction at masters level.

MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations Student
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