A two year pathway to an MBA!
Year One: Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership Year Two: MBA 'top-up' with the University of Northampton or Cardiff Metropolitan


You can acquire a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - a globally valued and recognised qualification - in two years. No undergraduate degree needed and with support to enable you to succeed and still have a work / life / study balance. And with up to 100% distance-learning.


You begin with a qualification which is substantial in its own right: the EDEXCEL Level 7 (Masters level) Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership. On successful completion of this qualification, the award of 120 credit points at Masters level (level 7) will allow the student to progress their education to 'top-up' to a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at a range of UK universities - by entirely distance or part-time study - in their second year of study.

Our preferred partner is the University of Northampton, where the 'top-up' year (short essay + dissertation on a free choice of topic) costs around than £3,100 for serving / veteran personnel. The University of Northampton has the largest 'top-up' programme for the UK armed forces and is an excellent choice.

A high-impact and intensive 2 day workshop covering the required modules kicks off your journey towards gaining this highly desirable and industry-recognised L7 Extended Diploma. Attendees will benefit from small instructor / student ratios to allow for what we describe as a sublime and interactive learning experience. You will then be mentored and guided by distance learning over the next 12 months to complete the written and verbally assessed modules. Our Virtual Learning Environment provides easy access to all of the materials you need to ace the programme!

*Because of the current situation with Covid-19 the intensive 2 day workshop will be delivered by virtual workshops & webinars.*

No attendance at our centre or physical face to face meetings with our tutors is required to complete this course.

Location: The course will be run in the charming cathedral town of Hereford

Cost: £2,625.00 (inc VAT). for military learners, Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) can be used. [Year Two is around £3,100 inc VAT]

Notes: no prior qualifications are required for entry to this programme - other than being aged over 19. We also offer an entirely distance-learning option if it is difficult for you to attend in person.

Enquiries: info@minervaelite.com | Brochure is available here

Course Start Dates (in-person workshops or distance-learning programme begins on the first of the days):

  • 9-10 December 2019
  • 18-19 February 2020
  • 7-8 April 2020
  • 16-17 June 2020
  • 21-22 July 2020
  • 15-16 September 2020
  • 17-18 November 2020