Master of Business Administration (MBA) Top-up for Qualified Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Top-up for Qualified Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The Coventry University Masters of Business Administration (MBA) top-up is a bespoke, 100% online course, specifically designed for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) members who are seeking to expand their managerial capabilities.

This degree has been designed with the intention to provide learners with a better understanding of the challenges that their clients may face, as well as the opportunities that may be open to them. With a strong practitioner focus, personal and skills development is an underlying theme throughout the MBA top-up.

How does online learning work?

Coventry University have partnered with FutureLearn, who are a social learning platform. Modern online courses are designed to offer an interactive learning experience, using video, quizzes, reveals and more. With the ability to access video and audio content and arrange to virtually connect with tutors and fellow students, just a few clicks away.

Instead of attending lectures and working with a fixed timetable, learners can study at a time and place to suit them. During the MBA top-up, Coventry University provides access to an online library, Centre for Academic Writing, SIGMA (Maths and Statistics support) and a range of other support services, as well as tutor support and 24/7 access to the virtual learning environment, FutureLearn.

Learners will also receive support from our dedicated Student Experience team. Find out more about the support that learners will receive whilst studying with us.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Coventry University MBA is aimed specifically at current or aspiring managers who wish to develop their career. It provides you with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to progress to more senior management and leadership roles. With a strong practitioner focus, personal and career development is an underlying theme running through this course.

The course draws from your current and past experience, ensuring you are constantly applying theory to practice. It aims to enhance your capabilities to think critically, deal with ambiguity, and seek solutions to complex problems. You can develop core knowledge of business models and concepts, and a strong understanding of processes and practices in order to develop your leadership, financial and project management skills.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Develop your management skills and become a global leader in the world of business. May 2021 start.

The MBA top-up recognises the prior academic achievement of CIMA Members by granting learners an advanced standing, allowing them to fast-track to an MBA. CIMA Members will be required to complete 60 credits through a combination of course work and a project.

Learners are required to study one 15 credit module in their first semester, a second 15-credit module in their second semester and a 30-credit project in their third semester, which completes the course.

The mandatory modules that learners will be required to successfully complete are:

  • 7011SSL - Leadership and Change Management (15 credits)
  • 7000SMM - Global Marketing (15 credits)
  • 7005SSL - The MBA Consultancy Project (30 credits)

A 15-credit module implies a study load of 150 hours, which includes preparation, online participation and group-work, and assignments.


There are currently 3 modules worth 60 credits - they are Leadership and Change Management (15 credits), Global Marketing (15 credits) and Consultancy project (30 credits).

Through the Coventry University and CIMA co-operation, the course fee for Chartered Accountants is £5,500 for those commencing in September 2020. This fee can be paid on a pay-per-module basis, as illustrated below:

Semester 1 – Leadership and Change Management = 15 credits - £1,375

Semester 2 – Global Marketing = 15 credits - £1,375

Semester 3 – Consultancy Project = 30 credits - £2,750

The fee for the first module is required to be paid via bank transfer prior to the enrolment period. Subsequent fees can be paid online via Quick Pay or by bank transfer prior to the start date of the second and third semesters. Tuition fees can be paid in full prior to the first enrolment should a learner wish to do so.

In celebration of the launch of this MBA top-up, we are pleased to be able to offer a further discount to the course fee of £1,000 to the first 100 applicants who are offered a place on the course and who accept the offer in writing. This discount will be deducted from the final 30-credit module payment.

Please note that the tuition fee is £5,500 for registered members and £7,000 for A-STAR students.

The first intake for the MBA top-up is May 2021, working to the following dates:

May 2021 – enrolment begins

May 2021 – learning begins

We offer 3 intakes per year to our online courses, September, January and May.

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