This module is a compressed version of the standard version (B716) which is designed for those students who wish to complete their MBA studies in two years. You will need to be prepared to study 20 to 25 hours a week on average (compared to 12 to 15 on the standard version). This is intensive study which equates to three days a week, studying seven to eight hours a day. Whilst much of the study will relate to work issues, it requires extra time beyond normal job hours. Before applying to BXFT716 you should consider very carefully if you have the full support of your employer (and your family and friends) and you will be able to commit to this amount of time on a weekly basis for the duration of the module and over the next two years.
This module is not available for standalone study. To study for this module you should have declared one of the following postgraduate qualifications as your intention:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (C66)
- Professional Diploma in Management (D64)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Business Adminstration (E80)
- Masters of Business Administration (F61)
- MBA (Technology Management) (F69)
Normally, to register for this module you must have a UK honours degree or equivalent professional qualification, and have a minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role. Usually this means that you are at least 25 years old as it is unusual (but not impossible) to be able to satisfy the experience requirement under this age.
Experienced managers who do not meet the academic requirement can be accepted onto BXFT716 if they first complete the Professional Certificate in Management (S01) (previously coded C31) which has open entry.
If you have the equivalent of a UK bachelors degree without honours you may be permitted to progress on to the MBA or other masters qualification by taking the first module of the Professional Certificate in Management, Managing 1: organisations and people (B628). If you wish to study this module outside the EU you will need to register on the online version BZX628. Alternatively if you have an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 640 or above, and the equivalent of a UK bachelors degree, you will be allowed to progress directly on to the MBA. If you think either of these possibilities may apply to you, please speak to an adviser.
You will also need an appropriate facility in English language, sufficient to be able to work effectively at postgraduate level; generally this means capability equivalent to an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website. If you are unsure whether your skill level in English is adequate you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site.
If you encounter any problems while attempting to register, please call The Open University Business School information team on +44 (0)300 303 7222 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org to progress your registration.