MBA Advanced Entry Programme (MBA Top Up)  

Please note there is currently no intake planned for the MBA Advanced Entry Course at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Our Recognised Progression Institutions may have dedicated intakes in the near future - please contact the relevant institute for further information.

The MBA Advanced Entry Programme (MBA Top Up) is specially designed for students that hold an approved Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in a Management subject. Students with this qualification have the opportunity to apply directly for the Dissertation Phase of the MBA, ‘topping-up’ their Post Graduate Diploma into a Cardiff Metropolitan MBA.

The course consists of the Research Methods Module and the Dissertation Phase of the MBA, making it a popular choice with individuals committed to developing their careers in senior management and who therefore need an understanding of all the major functions of business and management, to complement their existing knowledge. Full course information can be found in the following brochure:

On Campus brochure - please note fees to be updated.

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The MBA Advanced Entry takes approximately 7 months to complete. For the first two months of the course, students will have a weekly contact session for the Research Methods module, followed by a 5 month period for their Dissertation.

The course has intakes in October, February and July each year. The important dates and fees for the next intake are as follows:

February 2014 Intake

Course Start Date: Wednesday 12th February 2014
UK Based application deadline: Passed
Overseas application deadline: Passed

On Campus fees: £3750

Please note fees are payable in full at the start of the course

Next Intake Start Date: None currently planned

Students wishing to join the course must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A level 7 Post Graduate Diploma awarded by Edexcel, Athe or ABE
  • An Undergraduate Qualification Equivalent to UK Bachelors 2:2 or higher – work experience may be considered for candidates not meeting this requirement
  • High School Certificate
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of Reference/Recommendation

International Applicants

  • A Secure English Language Test: IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in all modules) or equivalent. Students already in the UK that do not meet this requirement are able to take the University’s Password Test.
  • A copy of your passport (and all UK visas where applicable)
  • Meet the UKBA conditions for a Tier 4 visa
  • The Declaration of Studies section of the Application Form (page 4) must be fully completed

In addition to the above requirements all candidates will be required to take an Academic Entry Test or Skype Interview (for Overseas students). Details of these arrangements will be sent subject to your successful application.

To make an application, please download the application form which can be found here and send it along with all supporting documents to international@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

I don’t have a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma, am I still able to apply for the course?
Unfortunately only students holding a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma can apply for the MBA Advanced Entry Course. Other students may apply for the full time MBA.

I have a Post Graduate Diploma awarded in place of an MBA from a different institution, can I apply for the course?
Yes you may. However please note that to consider your application we will need to see all of your transcripts and there may be a delay in the process.

I already have a Masters, can I use this towards the MBA Advanced Entry?
No, only a Post Graduate Diploma can be used towards the MBA Advanced Entry.

Will ‘Advanced Entry’ appear on my final MBA certificate?
The MBA Advanced Entry course is designed to give candidates exactly the same experience as Full Time MBA students, therefore your certificate will be for a Cardiff Metropolitan MBA, with no reference to the method in which it was obtained.

What can I expect from the Academic Entry Test?
The Academic Entry Test will confirm the basic knowledge that students obtained during their Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma. The questions test your knowledge on general business and management issues.

Should you have additional questions not answered here, please either email international@cardiffmet.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 2920 416 045 to speak to a member of the team.

Recognised Institutions

Cardiff Metropolitan University welcomes applications from Edexcel Level 7 PGD holders at the following recognised institutions:


Westford School of Management, UAE

Birmingham Graduate School, India

Globe Business College, Munich