MBA Advanced Entry Route



MBA Advanced Entry Route

It is generally agreed that a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, an MBA, is the top qualification for a career. It will undoubtedly open doors and boost your employment prospects, career and salary. You gain an understanding of the different areas of a business and so perform better in any role. An MBA from a UK university through the MBA Advanced Entry Route puts you in the elite league of business executives.

Pay today (including LRN registration and assessments and MBA Advanced Entry)   £6130

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First unit (including LRN registration and assessment)  £770
remaining four units (each including LRN assessment)  £750
MBA Advanced entry   £3,180

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First unit (including LRN registration and assessment)  £770
remaining four units (each including LRN assessment) £750
MBA Advanced entry   £3,180

Enrol now

You can obtain the Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA as a package consisting of two parts. The first part consists of the postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Business Management. When you pass this you can progress to the second part which is the Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA advanced entry route. Thus you gain a UK professional qualification part way through your studies and an MBA from a UK university on completion. You study at your own pace through blended learning which combines classroom work with flexible online study.

On successful completion you will be invited to attend the University’s graduation ceremony in Cardiff.

The postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Business Management is awarded by the UK’s Learning Resource Network (LRN) an Ofqual (UK Government regulator) recognised Awarding Organisation for qualifications.

Find out more about the Academic Progression Agreement with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Who is it for?

The Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA is for anyone who wants to obtain a recognised UK business qualification to enhance their career.


Part one (LRN Level 7 Diploma) units:
Business strategy, management and planning

  • Financial resources and performance management
  • Leadership, change and people management
  • Corporate strategy, governance and ethics
  • Research methodology and its application to marketing

Part two (Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA) units:

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

You must comply with the entry requirements for the Diploma and then for the MBA. The Diploma must be passed first before you can progress to the MBA:


For learners who have recently been in education and training the entry profile is likely to include:

  • a first degree in business, management or related subjects or a level 6 qualification for example a Diploma in Management
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Learners may also have work experience. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of their achievement that is likely to include at least five years extensive relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of a range of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments. Therefore candidates should have a speaking, listening, reading and writing ability which is commensurate to CEFR Level B2 (or equivalent).


For the MBA advanced entry route you will be required to have:

  • The LRN Level 7 Diploma in Business Management (or UK equivalent)
  • An undergraduate qualification equivalent to UK Bachelors 2:2 or higher (five years’ work experience may be considered for candidates not meeting this requirement)
  • High School Certificate
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of Reference/Recommendation
  • A secure English language test such as IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in all modules) or equivalent
  • A copy of your passport (and all UK visas where applicable)

In addition to the above requirements all candidates will be required to take a Skype Interview with the Programme Director.

What is included?

Everything you need to study for both parts is provided.

The Diploma is taught through iQualify UK’s online Teaching Zone, which contains a mixture of recorded and live lectures along with essential reading texts and exercises to support your studies.

The Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA advanced entry route is taught on campus in Cardiff in a Six day block for the research methods unit (with subsequent supervisory meetings online) and your dissertation is completed online in your home country.

You will have a personal tutor from iQualify UK for the Diploma part and from Cardiff Metropolitan University for the MBA part. They will support you in your studies and you can contact them if you have any questions.

All Cardiff Metropolitan University, LRN registration/assessment and iQualify UK tuition fees are included. Students are responsible for their travel to/from, subsistence and accommodation in the UK for the study on campus and the graduation ceremony along with obtaining the necessary UK short-term study visa (also known as short-term student visa).


The Cardiff Metropolitan University MBA will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully manage a major organisation in any industry sector.

How do I study and how long does it take?

The two stages will normally take you from 12 to 18 months in total to complete.

The Diploma part can be started anytime and will be completed within one year. You must successfully complete the Diploma before you can start the MBA part. The MBA part will need to be completed over approximately 7.5 months.

How is it assessed?


All five units are each assessed by a 3,500 word written assignment which can be submitted anytime.


The MBA is assessed by dissertation.