MBA (Top Up)

for Postgraduate Diploma Holders

University of South Wales (USW), UK

Upgrade your qualification to a UK Masters degree now!

About the Programme

Top Up Master Route

About the Program

University of South Wales (USW), UK

Top Up Master Route for Post Graduate Diploma Holders.

Post Graduate Diploma

or equivalent

in relevant area

+ 2 Subjects = MBA or MSc

University of South Wales top-up Master degree is aimed at holders of Post Graduate Diploma in a relevant area, who are seeking to top their qualification up to an UK Master degree.

It is ideal for those who are working in mid-to-senior management positions. The programme can be completed within 12 months.

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

Exemption: 120 out of the 180 credits of a full Master degree

After exemption, students only have to complete the remaining 60 credits (2 subjects only) to achieve for the Master degree.

Available top up Masters

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc Strategic Procurement Management


About 12 months, depending on your own study pace.


4 intakes per year in January, April, July and October.

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MBA (Top Up)

MBA 工商管理 碩士

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.

USW top-up MBA is aimed at holders of Post Graduate Diploma in a Business/ Management area, who are seeking to top their qualification up to an MBA. It is ideal for those who are working in mid-to-senior management positions. The programme can be completed within 12 months.

By joining the USW top-up MBA You will join a global online community of business leaders. Here you will find support, encouragement and a network which will last long after the completion of the course.

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.

MBA (Top Up) – 2 subjects to be completed in 1 year

Eligibility: This programme is available to experienced candidate with post graduate diploma or equivalent in relevant area, and are seeking to top the qualification up to an MBA.

Programme structure: Students eligible for this top-up Master route will only be required to complete the following 2 subjects in order to gain the full MBA qualification.

  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Management Project (40 credits)


國際認可的 英國公立大學

University of South Wales (USW) 南威爾斯大學

提供更快完成 工商管理碩士 的 MBA Top-up 進修途徑


商業管理 相關的 英國

Post Graduate Diploma

或 同等學歷

+ 2 科, 約1年完成

Research Methodology (20學分)

Management Project (40學分)

= 英國 南威爾斯大學

University of South Wales

MBA 工商管理碩士


持有商業管理相關的英國Post Graduate Diploma或同等學歷者,只需完成以下2科,便可獲頒 英國 南威爾斯大學的 MBA 工商管理碩士學位。以習作評核,無需考試。約一年可完成。

1. Research Methodology (20學分)

2. Management Project (40學分)


如果閣下持有的,是其他專業的碩士學歷,或者是 認可專業學會 的 正式資格 (例如:註冊會計師會),則可選擇大學的 MBA Fast Track,只需完成3科,便可取得MBA 工商管理碩士學位

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 Project Supervisor: A project supervisor is allocated to the student to mentor them through the research process.
  • 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

Academic requirement :

  • A recognized UK Post Graduate Diploma or equivalent in relevant area; and

English language proficiency requirement:

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band less than 5.5

Point to note:

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

Application Status:


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 experienced postgraduate diploma holders.

How many exemptions will I be given?

  • Eligible candidates will be exempted 120 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 top up Master route are holders of recognized postgraduate diploma in relevant area, 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 top up 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 about 12 months to complete this programme.
Benefits of a Top Up MBA

What are the Benefits of a Top Up MBA Degree?

Top Up 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 top up MBA.

What makes the top up MBA unique and so beneficial to you?

A Top Up MBA Can Save You Time

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

A Top Up MBA Can Save You Money

Eligible students are exempted from 120 credits out of the 180 credits of full Master degree.  It means spending less on achieving your master degree.

A Top Up MBA Can Save You from Hassle

One of the other great benefits of this top up 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 top up 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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