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MBA – awarded by the University of South Wales

This is an opportunity for learners who successfully pass the London Examinations Board Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (“PGDBA”) to undertake the top-up MBA with our partner the University of South Wales 

The University of South Wales has credited the LEB PGDBA with 120 credits and learners will therefore need to undertake a further 60 credits to gain the University of South Wales MBA.  The 60 credits comprise of a 20 credits Research Methods module and a 40 credits Management Project.

Master of Business Administration – Sample Certificate

The Research Methods Module with the University of South Wales

Learners will undertake the online Research Methods module with the University of South Wales to develop their understanding and skills of research in a management subject discipline.  They will learn to critically review a range of research methodologies and select the most appropriate one to address a research need. It will equip students with the skills required for the practical aspects of planning, conducting and producing a Masters level work.  The Research Methods module takes the form of asynchronous online material supported by 8 synchronous lectures delivered by University of South Wales staff.

The Management Project with the University of South Wales

The taught element of the Management Project will be delivered asynchronously online and be supported by two synchronous lectures delivered by University of South Wales staff.  Learners will:

  • Explore the principles and practice of project management in business especially when analysing a complex business problem.
  • Examine and critically assess the organisational dynamics that provide the context for using selected approaches to managing business projects and problem solving.
  • Evaluate selected management tools and techniques in project management and explore key consultancy skills and the ability to evaluate appropriate approaches to problem solving within a business context.
  • Understand the necessity of true cause and effect analysis and the impact this analysis will have on cross functional and multi-organisational relationships.
  • Be able to communicate project content in a structured and coherent manner to a variety of organisational ‘clients’ (this was from the content summary).

Research proposals will be received and approved by the University of South Wales and learners will be allocated LEB supervisors.

Learners should select a research topic that is of interest to them, that capitalises on their skills and knowledge and will add value to the organisation on which the project is based.


The 20 credits Research Methods has two assessment components consisting of a 2,500 word assignment critically appraising quantitative research methods and a 3,000 word assignment on qualitative research methods where students collect and analyse qualitative data.

The 40 credits Management Project is a 12,000 word management report.

Entry Requirement

Learners must have successfully completed the London Examinations Board Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Mode of Delivery

This top-up MBA is a Fully Online programme and learners must use the LEB/USW application processes

Notional Hours

The top-up MBA with the University of South Wales accrues 60 credits for the Research Methods and Management Project and equates to 600 notional hours in total.

Guide to Learning Time

The top-up MBA with the University of South Wales can be completed in 6 to 12 months.


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