University of South Wales (USW), UK

Fast-track Master Route
for Full Member of Relevant Professional Institutes

Upgrade your professional qualification to a Masters degree now!

About the Programme

Fast-track Master Route

About the Program

University of South Wales (USW), UK

Fast-track Master Route for Full Member of Relevant Professional Institutes.

Full member of

recognized relevant

professional institutes

+ Bachelor Degree

or above

e.g., Graduate Diploma

at AQF level 8

+ 3 Subjects = MBA or MSc

University of South Wales fast-track Master route is an excellent professional development opportunity for those looking to deliver best practice in the workplace and further progress with a better understanding of strategic thinking.

This flexible route to a Master degree is ideal if you need to fit your studies around your work commitments, and the exemptions available also mean you could study a course that is purely assignment based with no examinations.

Exemption: 80 out of the 180 credits of a full Master degree

After exemption, students only have to complete the remaining 100 credits (3 subjects only) to achieve for the Master degree.

Available fast-track Masters


About 1 to 2 years, depending on your own study pace.


2 intakes per year in April and October.

Language Medium:


Delivery Mode:


MBA (fast-track)

MBA 工商管理 碩士

This programme is designed to allow experienced professionals to top-up their existing qualifications (as evidenced by their Full Member status) and experience to a Masters Degree by completing three subjects.

MBA is globally recognised as the leading management qualification for senior executives. Completing an MBA is a transformative experience, where students will learn how to engage with the leading edge of management research and apply it in their own practice.

Career prospects: An MBA equips students for senior management/ executive roles in any sector. The main focus of the course is the strategic application of knowledge. On completion of the course, students will have a strong understanding of the main components of contemporary organisations and how to integrate these components into a cohesive corporate strategy to gain competitive advantage.

Recognised institutes: Recognising the value of full membership of industry-recognised professional institutes, USW accept qualifying professionals, who meet exemption criteria, onto this fast-track Master programme.

Eligibility: This programme is available to experienced professionals who are full member of one of the industry recognised professional institutes, and are seeking to top the qualification up to an MBA.

Programme structure: Students eligible for this fast-track route will only be required to complete the following 3 subjects in order to gain the full MBA qualification, in 1 to 2 years.

  • Leadership & Management Theories (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Learning & Support
Learning and Support
  • Flexibility: Access to learning materials and study at your own pace anytime and anywhere. No travelling.  Everything is done online.
  • Experienced Mentor: 1 to 1 Dissertation mentors have vast experience of delivering both traditional campus and online.
  • Online virtual learning: Tutors will be in contact with students throughout the course via online virtual learning platform.
  • Responding to your questions: There is scheduled online meetings with tutor as you progress through your course
  • Feedback on coursework: The virtual learning environment will also be used to mark assignments and provide feedback on coursework.
  • Interact with classmates through “online discussion forums”.
  • Additional Resources: You will have access to a number of resources to complement your studies via virtual learning platform, such as online libraries, which will enable you to access on-line journals, databases and e-books.


100% by coursework.  No examination.

An assignment-based assessment approach is adopted, instead of exams.

All of your work is uploaded via the online learning platform where your tutor has direct access to assess it.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Professional qualification requirement:

  • Full member of recognized relevant professional institutes; and

Work experience requirement:

  • 5 years recognized managerial experience; and

Academic requirement :

  • A recognized UK Honours degree or equivalent; and

English language proficiency requirement:

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no band less than 6.0

Point to note:

Candidates who do not meet the above requirements will also be considered, on an individual basis

Application Status:

Relevant Professional Institutes

Relevant Professional Institutes

You may be eligible, if you are Full Member of the following professional institutes.

If your professional institution is not on the list, please contact us to confirm whether you are eligible.

Professional Institutes MBA MSc Strategic Procurement Management
Association of Project Managers (APM)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM)
Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII)
Institute of Marketing Management (South Africa) (IMM)
Relevant Professional Institutes (Engineering)

Relevant Professional Institutes

You may be eligible, if you are Full Member of the following professional institutes.

If your professional institution is not on the list, please contact us to confirm whether you are eligible.

Professional Institutes MBA
The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Energy Institute (EI)
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)
Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
Institute of Marine Engineering, science & Technology (IMarEST)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)
Institute of Water (IWA)
Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE)
The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)

Programme information is correct at time of publish. The University reserves the right to make variations to the programme schedules, contents, information and fees without notice.
It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to
recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

The University & the Award

The University

About the University

With origins traced back to 1841, University of South Wales 英國南威爾斯大學 is an accredited and recognized public University in the UK 認可的英國公立大學. (Source:

The University of South Wales is the largest university in Wales and the 6th Largest University in the United Kingdom (UK), following the merger of University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport in 2013.

Why Study with the University of South Wales (USW)

  • Awarded the QAA Quality Assured Mark for meeting or exceeding UK expectations for quality and standards in its QAA review
  • USW offers a range of Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programmes to over 30,000 students in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd campuses.
  • Over 4,500 students choose to study postgraduate courses with USW each year. The quality courses, award-winning lecturers and excellent employability records make USW a top choice.
  • Courses are led and taught by experts in their fields or key players in the industry, meaning they can impart their knowledge and connect you to employers.



Accreditation, Recognition, Ranking

The Award

About the Award

Awarding Body: University of South Wales, UK

  • Graduates will be issued with the same University of South Wales degree award certificate.
  • There is no mention of online study on the University of South Wales degree certificate.

Graduation ceremony:

You will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of South Wales campus after fulfilled award requirements.

(Subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions permitting travel and attendance.)


FAQ about studying fast-track Masters online

Who award the Master degree?

  • The University of South Wales 英國南威爾斯大學, an accredited and recognized public University in the UK

Will my degree say online?

  • There is no mention of online study on the degree certificate.
  • Graduates will be issued with the same University of South Wales degree award certificate.

What is the difference between this and the on-campus course?

  • This programme is delivered online via an online learning platform – blackboard. 
  • It is only available to professionals who are members of an approved professional institute.

How many exemptions will I be given?

  • Eligible candidates will be exempted 80 credits out of the 180 credits of full Master degree.

Is an MSc the same level as an MBA?

  • An MSc is exactly the same level as an MBA, they are both postgraduate degrees.

Am I likely to pass the courses?

  • Candidates who enrol on the fast-track Master route are full members of prestige professional institute, who are well equipped for further study.  Their failure rate is relatively low.
  • If an assessment does not meet the passing standard, the student will be offered a chance to re-sit the assessment with feedback for improvement.

Can I complete the Master degree with online study only?

  • Yes, the fast-track Masters are 100% online.

Do I have to sit for any face-to-face examinations?

  • No, all assessment are coursework based.  No examination is required.

How quickly could I complete the programme?

  • Students typically take 1 to 2 years to complete this programme, depending on their own study pace.
Benefits of a Fast-Track MBA

What are the Benefits of a Fast-Track MBA Degree?

Fast-track Master route offer a new way to achieve a Master of Business Administration.

How much you can make with an MBA?

Those who’ve recently earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) earn an average of US$110,000 annually in 2017, which is 83% more than the average salary for recent bachelor’s degree graduates. The opportunity to earn more makes an MBA degree quite attractive.

How much time you’ll have to devote to achieve for a MBA?

In the past, earning a master’s of business administration was a 2-year commitment at minimum, which typically required you to spend multiple days or nights a week on campus, away from home. And if you wanted to attend one of the top MBA programs at the best business schools, you had to pick up your life and move to be close to your programme.

Now, there’s a new and more convenient way to earn a Master in Business Administration (MBA): the fast-track MBA.

What makes the fast-track MBA unique and so beneficial to you?

A Fast-Track MBA Can Save You Time

You can achieve for the MBA in 1 to 2 years, depending on your own study pace.

A Fast-Track MBA Can Save You Money

Eligible students are exempted from 80 credits out of the 180 credits of full Master degree.  It means spending less on achieving your master degree.

A Fast Track MBA Can Save You from Hassle

One of the other great benefits of this fast-track Master degree is that you can achieve for it through online learning with the University of South Wales, an accredited British public university.

Studying for the Master degree online doesn’t require you setting foot on a campus at all. You can complete your coursework right from home or from anywhere else you have internet access.

Whether you’re already a business manager or are simply considering going into management, a fast-track MBA, can make advancing your career more feasible. It combines a faster schedule, the opportunity for lower costs, and all the advantages of online education. In short, it can be just the stepping stone you need.

Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

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