The Online MBA
The MBA (online learning) provides access to our existing full-time MBA programme but with the flexibility of continuing with your existing employment and lifestyle.
There are no attendance requirements for the online MBA so you can choose to study from anywhere in the world continuing your professional and also your personal commitments without interruption.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has significant experience of supporting learners at a distance. As an online learner on the MBA you will benefit from a programme of study that is designed to be relevant to your current work. The programme will engage you regularly with other MBA students as well as your tutors. You will be learning with other people in different locations and in different business contexts, giving you an opportunity to experience a range of different perspectives.
The programme is delivered through our online Virtual Learning Environment where you will get access to all your key learning activities, resources and your learning group using the latest communications tools and social media applications. Our University support services are on hand to guide you through your studies.
The MBA programme consists of six, 20-credit taught modules followed by a dissertation in part two. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to help guide you through the independent research phase. Students who complete three or six 20-credit modules can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.
- Marketing Management (20 credits)
- Human Resource Management (20 credits)
- Financial Management (20 credits)
- Strategic Management (20 credits)
- Entrepreneurship (20 credits
- International Business (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Please visit the website or contact the admissions tutor for more information on the optional modules available.
The programme is taught via online learning by dedicated staff, experienced in guiding UK and international students through the programme via distance learning. Distance learning students will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have
contact with tutors via phone, email and Skype.
It takes time for learners to get familiar with learning online and to get to know each other enough to fully participate. Part of the tutor’s role is introducing the different learning technologies and online learning practices to learners. Tutors stage the use of the mediating technologies so that learners are not overwhelmed and gain confidence in their use.
Prior to the commencement of the programme, there will be a one week induction period. During this time students will:
- have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the VLE/Moodle environment;
- be directed to key documents such as the handbooks, support areas and links to University documentation;
- undertake activities to test out their access to learning materials, LRC and Athens;receive information and contact details regarding personal tutors and student services;
- receive tutor contact details and have the opportunity to talk to their personal tutors via telephone or Skype;
- meet with module tutors and with the other students through online discussion;
- set up suitable web 2.0 accounts such as YouTube, Twitter etc.;
- create online profiles and introduce themselves to their tutor group;
- engage in collaborative activities and discussion to help build the online learning community e.g. the tutor may ask them to post something which represents their sense of place – a photograph or other image, poem, video clip etc.;
- set up blogs which will be used for self and group reflection throughout the module.
Students will receive contact details of module tutors. The usual contact mechanism for module tutors will be via the weekly discussion forum, but tutors will also be available for more detailed or individual queries via e-mail, telephone and/ or Skype. Tutors will also be personal tutors providing support and representation to wider University structures and functions. Tutors will work with students, in the first instance, to identify any additional learning needs and will subsequently refer students to Student Services. Students may also have access to a discussion group for peer support and to enable the student representation process when necessary. The Student support along with the library and technical support services will engage with learners on a one to one basis through email and/or telephone.
Assessment submission and feedback mechanisms
All assessments will be submitted online through Turnitin (or equivalent) and will build and reflect on the collaborative activity within the modules. Feedback and attainment will be presented on the School of Business standard feedback and moderation template and will be by e-mail and/or Turnitin. The tutor will be available by email, telephone and/ or Skype for further clarification of feedback if requested by the student. Progression and award will comply with the standard University regulations for Masters programs. Arrangement for re-sit work will be provided through the University VLE.
Student Representation and Evaluation
Students will elect a representative at the end of the induction week. Student representatives if located in the UK/Europe will be invited to attend School boards and other relevant meetings (e.g. annual review). If however this is not possible or cost effective then the student representative will be asked to prepare a short report and/or presentation. Students will be asked to complete online module evaluations during the last week of each module.
All applicants will be individually considered for admission using the following criteria:
- Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution.
- Applicants must be employed in a suitable type and size of organisation so that they can draw on their professional business context for learning.
- Demonstrably appropriate period of experiential learning and/or similar experience in management, or business, or related employment fields, or related area/discipline/subject experience, or defined voluntary experience or similar. This is normally equivalent to, or comparable with, two years experiential learning. This period is not prescriptive and will be interpreted flexibly as a part of consideration for entry.
- Fulfilling the essential criteria for the admission to the MBA Programmes which is primarily the applicant’s ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it.
- Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered and may be admitted if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard, and are able to contribute fully to, and benefit from, the learning experiences delivered within the programme.
- There is no requirement for attendance in the UK for the online distance learning programme. International students who may decide to come to the University in the UK must fully meet the requirements of the UK Visas and Imigration (UKVI).
- Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have an English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.
- Applicants must have suitable access to computer equipment so that they can access the University VLE.
Admission criteria and entry qualifications for the MBA Programmes may also include the applicant having:-
- (i) A non-honours bachelors degree in a business related or cognate subject from a UK university and relevant evidenced experience (normally equivalent to or comparable with two years)
- (ii) An honours degree from a UK University in a non-business related or cognate subject where the applicant has evidenced relevant experience (normally equivalent to or comparable with two years)
- (iii) An equivalent certificated degree from a non-UK institution to those specified in (i) and (ii) above.
- (iv) Non-degree qualifications such as the Higher National Diploma in Business related subjects (e.g. EdExel), or equivalent overseas qualifications, where the applicant has appropriate employment experience.(normally equivalent to or comparable with a minimum of three years)
- (v) Qualifications from relevant Professional Bodies, which are at a level below UK Honours Degree and relevant professional experience,(normally equivalent to or comparable with a minimum of three years)
Candidates with significant management, or business, or related employment fields, or related area/discipline/subject experience, or defined voluntary experience, or similar related employment field experience may be admitted to the programme without degree or degree equivalent qualifications if they can demonstrate their potential to meet the learning requirements of the programme.
Advanced Entry with APL/APCL Credit
Entrants with relevant and acceptable professional accreditation will be considered for exemptions.
Normally, all applicants at postgraduate level are interviewed. An offer of a place may be made based on the application form alone including academic history, a personal statement and a reference.
International students, for whom English is not a first language, are subject to additional requirements and will be requested to provide evidence of sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the MBA Programmes in accordance with the UKVI and institutional requirements. A IELTs test score of 6.0 or 232 for the computer test or an equivalent must normally be obtained. Language support services may be outsourced to approved external service level providers or direction to language services may be provided.
To ask any questions about the course or if you want to make an application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org