Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Study level: Postgraduate
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Studied on campus or 100% online, this MBA course aims to teach you how to respond to the needs of the modern world, by thinking critically and strategically in seeking solutions to complex business problems.

Year of entry



Coventry University (Coventry)
100% online study

Study mode



1 year full-time
2-5 years (part-time)

Course code

FBLT026 (on campus)
FBLT163 (online)

Start date

September 2024
January 2025
May 2025

Course overview

This course is aimed at aspiring or practising managers, who wish to develop an in-depth understanding of how an enterprise operates.

The course will offer you the chance to:

  • Learn how to initiate and bring about change within an enterprise.
  • Enhance your ability to think critically and strategically in an ever-changing and ambiguous business environment.
  • Develop responsible and ethically based and culturally sensitive practices.
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Rated Gold Overall

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023

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5 QS Stars for Teaching and Facilities

QS Stars University Ratings

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Top 5 Student City in England (Coventry)

QS Best Student Cities Index 2025

Why you should study this course

  • You can study the MBA course on campus or online, either as a comprehensive management and leadership programme or with specialised pathways in Artificial Intelligence, Marketing or Healthcare. See modules for more information.
  • Provides you with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to progress to more senior management and leadership roles.
  • You can develop core knowledge of business models and concepts, together with a strong understanding of processes and practices to develop your leadership, financial and project management skills.
  • An MBA is an internationally recognised business qualification widely regarded as essential for managerial positions in a world characterised by strong global competition and continuous change.


Small Business Charter (SBC)

Coventry Business School is a recipient of the Small Business Charter (SBC) Award, and currently holds the award until 2025. The award is a mark of excellence for business schools, recognising their expertise in supporting small businesses, student entrepreneurship, and effective engagement in the local economy.

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining high standards of teaching and research.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Coventry Business School is signatory to The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative.

What you'll study

The MBA programme covers three distinct but interconnected stages – Certificate, Diploma, and Master’s, where you have the chance to complete a comprehensive management qualification or specialise through one of five pathways delivered on campus.

If you undertake the MBA on a full-time basis (4 modules per semester) you can choose your MBA Pathway in your second semester after completing all the modules on the certificate and diploma stage of the MBA. If you undertake the MBA on a part-time basis (up to 2 modules per semester) you can choose your MBA pathway in the fourth semester after completing all the modules on the certificate and diploma stage of the MBA.

Please note that upon successful completion, on your final award certificate the course title will be Master of Business Administration and will not refer to the pathway studied. Your transcript will cite the modules studied and will not refer to the pathway chosen. 


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

Study on campus

Teaching and learning methods may include:

  • Seminars and discussion
  • Practical sessions and workshops
  • Simulation exercises
  • Study visits2

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Study 100% online

You will have timetabled classes, online tutorials, and seminars, with all your learning activities available on-demand so that you can learn at the best time and location for you. We record all sessions and provide alternative work for those who cannot attend in person. You have the option to study online.

How online learning works

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.

Teaching contact hours

When studying on campus or online full-time, within your first and second semester, you should have around 12-14 contact hours of teaching a week. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. Each 15-credit module will consist of around 150 hours of activities.

A strong emphasis is placed on the MBA Consultancy Project (or the Transforming Healthcare Business Project for those choosing the healthcare sector pathway) in your final semester and therefore total teaching contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, we aim to offer you the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, such as guest lectures (subject to availability), or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 35 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Coursework
  • Technical reports
  • Business plans

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Coventry University, as well as Coventry Business School aim to organise several national and international field trips providing opportunities2 to visit a range of institutions and enterprises, tour their facilities and learn about their operations. You will have opportunities to collaborate with students from around the world both in person and via our online platform.

We also aim to try and secure opportunities for you to learn direct from a range of international business leaders who are invited as guest speakers to share their knowledge and experiences (subject to availability). Furthermore, the international nature of our current course team aims to provide you with a diverse range of experiences from Asia, Europe and Africa.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

Applicants should hold an honours degree 2:2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Must have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in management/admin/ professional capacity.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

Please refer to the full requirements in the disclaimer section5.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international pre-master's. Upon successful completion our International Pre-Master's - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this postgraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Typical entry requirements

Applicants should hold an honours degree 2:2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Must have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in management/admin/ professional capacity.

Please refer to the full requirements in the disclaimer section5.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component area
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
  • For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £20,350   Request fee information
EU £20,350 per year with EU Support Bursary**
£20,350 per year without EU Support Bursary**
Not available
International £20,350   Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page and see the university's Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • This course may incur additional costs associated with any professional experience (up to £4000 for 3 semesters) and field trips2, which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


We have a variety of resources available to help you apply the theories you will learn.

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The Trading Floor 

The Trading Floor is an invaluable facility that allows you to get hands-on with industry-standard software. Featuring contemporary dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, the facility adds a dynamic practical element to your course.

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Talent Team

Our dedicated Talent Team can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate-level jobs and offer skills development workshops. They also organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts.

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sigma Centre

The sigma Centre is housed in our Lanchester Library, and offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments.


Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • Financial concepts, theories and their application to real-world situations.
  • Financing arrangements, strategies and governance structures of business entities.
  • Complex operation and function of financial markets in different regulatory settings.
  • Contemporary and controversial issues of finance in global financial markets.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate diagnostic and decision-making skills in dealing with financial management problems. 
  • Use advanced mathematical and statistical techniques for financial and investment analysis.
  • Select, retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases, to solve practical problems.
  • Design and conduct research in financial management using appropriate methodologies to advance knowledge in these areas.
  • Critically evaluate the conceptual and theoretical frameworks of finance and challenge assumptions.
  • Exercise judgment in the selection of different methods and approaches to financial management in the corporate environment.

This master’s level course can help lead to careers in financial services, corporate finance, fund management, treasury or banking and insurance sectors. Equally, the skills developed during the course could open a potential future career in the public or private sectors, in financial management or in management more generally.

During your study, you should develop strong analytical skills, clear perspectives on strategy and strategic thinking, and highly effective communication and research skills. These are all in demand from employers in private, public, and third-sector organisations around the world.

Typical roles may include financial planners and controllers, treasurers, stockbrokers, commodities traders, cash and fund managers, insurance adjusters and other positions in banking and finance.

Where our graduates work

Past graduates have gone on to work in varied roles, such as a Financial Planning Analyst for City Bank Indonesia, Senior Finance Officer for Royal Jordanian Airlines, HR Manager within the Marriot Hotels and Financial Administrator for Bank of China, the NHS, UNICEF, Barclays bank, Standard Life, UK public Sector etc.

How to apply