Business Administration

For HM Forces

Study options



Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, blended learning
25 Months
Start date:
31 January 2022

MOD focused

Exclusively for members of the UK Armed Forces

Virtual Learning Environment

Highly interactive distance learning award delivered through Blackboard (our VLE)

Flexible Learning

Minimal attendance with remote/onsite support available for all modules

Our Business Administration MBA course is designed specifically for MOD personnel.

Our award is a globally recognised qualification in business management, which recognises your prior training and experience. This vocationally relevant and career enhancing programme is both Challenging and stimulating, with a truly international perspective.

The study programme is tailored to the needs of services’ personnel, with a modular learning structure and clearly-defined study commitments. It integrates the main functional areas of business through the application of strategic management, developing your leadership, communication, teamwork and decision-making skills.

Visiting lecturers from industry enhance teaching and learning high levels of face-to-face, email and telephone support.

Award begins: September and January Study method: Five-day intensive programme delivered on campus for each studied module, followed by access to our Virtual Learning Environment. Typical Duration: 3 years: FS/SSgt/CPO 21/2 years: Flt Lt/Capt/WO/Lt 2 years: Sqn Ldr/Maj/Lt Cdr Studies may be put on hold when serving out of area or because of a change of circumstances. However, the award must be completed within 5 years.

To make an initial enquiry about this programme please contact the HM Forces team.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MBA Business Administration

Course content

The Business Administration MBA benefits from visiting lecturers from industry enhance teaching and learning, with high levels of face-to-face, email and telephone support.

In addition to adding value to your military career, our MBA will provide highly valuable exposure to the varied ideas necessary for success in almost any public or business organisation. Some graduates have used the MBA to gain a competitive advantage in their current field, others have gone on to enjoy rewarding and dynamic careers in many industries and countries, or even set up their own businesses. 

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements take into account the extensive management experience and training of HM Forces senior managers. The following provides an indication of where, depending upon rank, you may be able to join the MBA programme.

  • Direct entry to Postgraduate Certificate: FS/SSgt/CPO
  • 30 credits towards Postgraduate Certificate: Flt Lt/Capt/WO/Lt
  • Direct entry to Postgraduate Diploma: Sqn Ldr/Maj/Lt Cdr

If you hold a first degree in any subject, and have more than two years’ management experience, you may also be considered for the programme. Exemptions may be made in recognition of prior learning.

Teaching and assessment


You'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.


All modules are individually assessed via one or more methods dependent upon the requirement of that module. The method of assessment is chosen to ensure that we can verify that you have met the learning outcomes of the module. These methods may include individual coursework assignments, written reports, discussion contributions and practical exercises.

Typically, assignment submission and feedback will be via Blackboard Learning Portal. Practical assessments may be done online but sometimes may involve attendance at the University. Module results will also be made available electronically.

Learning support

A personal tutor will be appointed who is a subject matter expert. Support for any modules will be conducted face-to-face, via email, or telephone.  

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.


The total course fee is £7500 and the course is listed in three parts on the ELCAS website:

  • PG Cert - £2500
  • PG Dip - £2500
  • MBA Project - £2500  (Students entering the programme via the EDSML route should select this entry) 

Part-time Fees

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata to that paid for full-time study. This means that regardless of whether you choose part-time or full-time study, you pay the same amount for the course you choose to undertake.

The duration of the course and the fees you are charged each year or semester are determined by the speed at which you wish to progress through the course. This is called the 'intensity of study'. So if you choose to study at half the rate of a full-time  student, you’d pay half the full-time course fees each year, and take twice as long to complete your course compared to full-time. If you choose to study at a different intensity this will alter the duration and fee payment rate. If you would like to discuss what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries team.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MBA Part-time, blended learning 31 January 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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