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MBA Master of Business Administration MBA

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Why study an MBA?

Take your career to the next level. On our MBA course you’ll develop your leadership style with hands-on, real-world assignments and a global outlook.

You may be eligible for our MBA Scholarship, which offers a fee reduction of up to £4,000.

You’re serious about your career, and so are we. Our comprehensive Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is designed to help you develop as an innovative and entrepreneurial leader and graduate ready to make waves in the world of business.

You’ve already immersed yourself in industry, and want a postgraduate degree that reflects your experience. That’s why we favour active learning over exams and theoretical assignments. We’ll put your communication, critical analysis and decision-making skills to the test by presenting you with real-life scenarios that expose you to alternative business practices.

Our MBA programme at ARU attracts students from around the world, so you’ll broaden your horizons and learn about a variety of approaches to business and leadership.

There’s the option to study with us for two years and gain valuable experience in Year 2, with a choice of professional experience modules. We also offer the possibility to split your degree and spend part of it in Geneva, Switzerland to help you develop a global business mindset.

Study with us in Cambridge, or explore our distance learning option.

Course options

Course options

Full-time course duration: 12 months (September starts), 16 months (January starts), 20 months (May starts)

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Course features

Study for an MBA at ARU and:

  • take advantage of our MBA Scholarship, which offers a fee reduction of up to £4,000
  • take an optional placement year in industry
  • make connections with local employers
  • attend business events, seminars and talks
  • get business support and mentoring through our start-up hub 
  • pitch for start-up funding in our annual business competition.
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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Chartered Management Institute

As an MBA student at ARU, you’ll bolster your advanced management training with Level 7 CMI accreditation, thanks to our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This qualification gives you a considerable competitive advantage and offers an effective route to career progression.


What can you do with an MBA?

The Master of Business Administration MBA is a prestigious management qualification and investment that will equip you with the management and entrepreneurial abilities to succeed in a wide range of business fields.

When you graduate, you’ll be confident about entering the international business market and finding a senior role in a corporation or taking the first steps towards self-employment.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with our Business PhD – School of Management. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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“ARUCPD enabled me to challenge myself and my abilities. Throughout the module I increased my leadership skills and the experience with my mentor was a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and advice. I found the whole experience inspiring!”


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Distance learning

You can choose to study this course by distance learning: perfect if you're juggling other commitments and want to choose when and where to study.

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