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100% online MBA

Apply by: 19 December 2023
To begin: 9 January 2024
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
Fulfil your ambitions with a university renowned for excellence in teaching and research, and leading student satisfaction

This is Keele:

  • 100% online MBA within 24 months
  • Britain’s best university,as ranked by students*
  • Top 3 in the UK for postgraduate business courses**
  • 80% of research ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
  • £10,800 total fees with option to pay per module
  • Keele alumni discount available
  • *No. 1 in the UK, Student Crowd University Awards, 2022
    **PTES 2019
    ***Latest Research Excellence Framework

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A prestigious MBA programme to set you apart in today’s dynamic and challenging employment market

In a fiercely competitive global employment market with complex and evolving macro and micro-environmental challenges, organisations are seeking effective, agile and multi-skilled leaders who are able to strategise, innovate, inspire and motivate employees to produce results. Taught in the context of real-world practice and designed in close collaboration with leading employers, the online MBA programme from Keele Business School has a single-minded purpose: to equip senior leaders and aspiring leaders across all industries and sectors with the sought-after knowledge, skills and behaviours to successfully lead in an ethical, sustainable and transformational way.

You will increase your employability through core modules which have been developed to nurture entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship business skills which are applicable to organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises.

A unique and flexible online MBA from a university renowned for student satisfaction

This distance learning MBA has been developed specifically for adult learners and is designed to ensure that if you have work and family commitments you do not have to put your ambitions on hold. The flexible design of this online learning programme means that you can study at times that suit you and, because it is delivered entirely online, it can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no need to attend campus at any time during your studies. By studying part-time, you can fit this MBA course around full-time employment and continue to earn as you learn.

What you will learn

You will develop key business administration skills, including the ability to employ strategic, critical and creative thinking to successfully navigate the complex management and leadership challenges of the modern workplace. The programme is structured to enable professional development through reflective learning, incorporating an exploration of your own experiences and challenges in professional environments and building on this with peer-to-peer engagement and learning.

This MBA degree provides you with a deep understanding of how to maximise value sustainably in a rapidly changing organisational environment that is interconnected across national and international boundaries, incorporating a diverse range of stakeholders.

Study an online MBA with a university renowned for teaching and research excellence

At Keele we pride ourselves on our academic excellence in both teaching and research and the accolades that we have received as a result. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), 80% of our research was rated ‘world leading’ or of ‘international importance’. This reflects the fact that many Keele academics are leading experts in their field, carrying out research that is pushing the boundaries for positive change in a variety of global issues. They work closely with industry partners to develop academic content that is specifically geared towards career progression and success in leadership positions.

Entry requirements for home and international students

  • You should normally have, or be about to complete, a 2:2 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) and a minimum of three years of relevant work experience
  • Alternatively, we would accept a Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of two years of work experience.
  • We may also consider applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent but who can demonstrate 5 years of experience in a managerial or leadership capacity.

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:2.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • TOEFL overall minimum 79
  • PTE Academic overall minimum 50
  • Cambridge (CAE & CPE) overall 169 with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Duolingo with 95 overall including minimum 85 in each element
  • A degree qualification taught in English and completed within the last two years

Technical requirements

As these programmes are delivered 100% online, you will be required to have access to a desktop computer or laptop, with an up-to-date operating system and the ability to use an up-to-date web browser such Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. 

Canvas LMS Browser and Computer Requirements 

Programme Start dates

Next start date: 9 January 2024
Documents deadline: 2 January 2024
Application deadline: 19 December 2023


Total MBA fees: £10,800
Per 15-credit module fee: £900

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan to cover the full course fees.

Keele alumni discount: if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at Keele, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction, reducing total fees payable to £9,720.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £900.


Top 3 in the UK for postgraduate business courses (PTES 2019)
Top 10 in England for Business Studies (National Student Survey 2019)
Top 10 in England for Finance (National Student Survey 2019)
96% Graduate Employability (HESA - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

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