Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Leicester's AMBA accredited MBA?AMBA Accreditation

The Leicester MBA is quality assured by the Association of MBAs which determines the global standard for MBAs worldwide.

Our students benefit from on-going access to career enhancing networking opportunities through both the global AMBA online network and Leicester's own online MBA network.

Our graduates gain on-going membership with AMBA which includes access to exclusive job searches, employer profiles, career enhancing tools, careers advice and discounted business services and subscriptions.

The Leicester MBA is a dual qualification (Chartered Management Institute), what does this mean?

3139When you graduate, as well as the Leicester MBA you will also be awarded a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.  It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager, and encompasses a membership community more than 100,000 strong. 

By adding a CMI qualification to your University qualification you're on the road to success.

  • Two for one - when you complete your studies you'll have your business school qualification and a CMI qualification
  • Theory in practice - CMI qualifications are highly regarded by employers and demonstrate the practical skills needed to perform in the workplace.
  • The stamp of approval - CMI qualifications are linked to the QCF and European Qualification Framework, so you can be assured that the qualification you are taking is of the highest standard.
  • The CMI’s Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership put you well on the way to becoming a Chartered Manager.

How long will the course last?

Studying our programmes by distance learning provides you with a more flexible approach to study, meaning that you don’t have to take a career break to get ahead. You can study at a pace to suit you - in your own time and your own space. This also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying, with many students choosing to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations.

The timetable of study that we expect you to take through your programme will allow you to complete in 30 months; we call this the 'normal period of registration'. We also offer the option of an alternative intensive timetable which would allow you to complete your studies in 24 months. Whichever timetable you choose to follow, the maximum period of registration for the programme is four years. This means that you must complete all modules and the dissertation within this period, allowing you to take a break during your study if something unexpected happens. We recommend that you set aside 12-15 hours for studying per week.

How will I be taught?

As a distance learning student you will be supported by a dedicated team of tutors and support staff. Studying away from the campus is enabled through bespoke module study books - available in hard copy and electronically - and Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Blackboard is the hub of our distance learning support system and through it you can access:

  • Further information and materials to support each module.
  • Study skills support to help you with writing essays, referencing materials and constructing arguments.
  • Support forums hosted by module tutors, and discussion forums and chat rooms where you can network with fellow students all over the world.
  • The Leicester Digital Library, with thousands of articles, books and market reports, and other University support services and a specialised distance learning library service.
  • The latest news and information on your programme and activities in the School.

What opportunities for face-to-face support will I have?

We recognise that despite an extensive online support system, nothing beats face-to-face interaction with university faculty or your fellow students, so throughout the course of your distance learning studies you will have opportunities for one-to-one interaction. Our annual Summer School, a weeklong programme of lectures, activities and workshops, takes place every July/August on the University of Leicester campus and is open to students on any of our distance learning postgraduate programmes, at any point in their studies. We also have a comprehensive programme of faculty visits, where University of Leicester tutors deliver in-country workshops, lectures and study skills support.

Whichever programme you are studying, and wherever you are based, you are still a University of Leicester student and we hope that you will consider yourself as such. You will be issued with a University Library/ID card and we encourage you to visit the University and make use of its facilities at any time. Our graduation ceremonies all take place on the University of Leicester campus in January and July. Attendance at these is optional, but many distance learning students welcome the chance to visit the University, meet fellow graduates and celebrate their success.

Will I be supported directly or by an agent, and what is the difference?

Whether you are supported directly or by an agent depends on your geographical location. Our agents are all reputable local organisations, with many years experience of providing high-quality support to University of Leicester distance learning students. They are contracted by the University of Leicester to provide administrative support to students, including advice and guidance on University of Leicester policies and procedures, and in-country pastoral support. They are excellent sources of support and information, and most of them provide access to IT facilities and study areas, through a network of resource centres.

You will also be supported directly by the School's Distance Learning Programmes Team, who will be your point of contact for any advice, guidance and information you may need with your studies.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at the end of each module. Some modules are assessed by a piece of written coursework that is usually 3000-4000 words in length; others by a 2-hour examination. Masters students will also be required to write a 15,000 word dissertation at the end of the programme.

Where will I sit my exams?

We have a number of registered examination centres around the world where students can sit their exams free of charge. If you do not live close to one of our regular exam venues we can arrange for you to take the exam in a local city for a nominal administrative charge. Students based in the UK will sit their exams on the University of Leicester main campus. Exams are usually held in the UK on a Saturday (exam days in other countries may vary).

What are the tuition fees?

Please contact your local agent or the Distance Learning Advisers for details of the tuition fees for your chosen programme.

How and when do I pay my fees?

If your application is successful we will send you instructions about how to make payment. We offer a number of flexible payment plans which means that you can pay your tuition fees in instalments if you would prefer. We accept a number of payment methods, including credit or debit card, bank transfer, travelex and sterling cheques. The University has a dedicated Distance Learning Fees website that offers guidance and advice to prospective distance learning students.

Will I incur any additional costs?

Your tuition fees cover the range of services that you will receive, including access to Blackboard, the provision of study support, and materials. If you wish to attend the Summer School, you will be asked to make a small additional payment to cover the cost of accommodation and meals (for 2016 the cost to attend was GBP 500). Similarly, if you wish us to arrange an exam for you outside one of our registered exam centres, or on an alternative date from the scheduled exam sittings, we will levy a nominal administrative charge.

You will not have to buy any text books unless you wish to do so. All of the study support materials described above are included in the course fee. In addition, you will have access to the University of Leicester Library’s electronic services, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of ejournals and e-books. If you live close to Leicester you can of course visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, the Library can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Do I need access to the Internet?

You will need to make sure that you have regular access to the internet in order that you can interact fully with Blackboard. Blackboard is an evolving environment, with new material being added on a weekly basis and students are expected to make full use of it. To make full use of Blackboard you may prefer to have a Broadband connection.

I've got more questions! Where can I get more information?

Talk to your local agent or Distance Learning Adviser, and continue browsing our website where you can find more information about the School: read about our staff and their research activities, view some student testimonials and read about the support offered to you as a student.


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