There are thousands of universities worldwide offering MBA programmes either full time or part time. As an aspiring student for an MBA programme, you might have come across different MBA options available in the market with a variety of features, modules covered and fees involved. The UK is home to some of the top ranked universities in the world an offer an impressive portfolio of educational programmes, be it full time, part time blended learning or purely online. With campuses located in different countries, including the UAE, the average cost of a full time MBA programme is expected to be around AED 100K.

With universities charging a fortune for their campus based MBA options, an aspiring student is forced to narrow down their MBA choices to ones that are affordable without compromising on the quality and content of the programme. With a rising cost of living and various other financial commitments involved, the most economical MBA choice comes down to online and distance learning MBA programmes. The online and distance learning programmes, especially those from the UK, are gaining popularity due to a number of reasons. With universities rushing to offer MBA programmes online, an MBA applicant has quite a number of options to consider,factoring in their current job, career outlook and financial commitments.

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The most affordable MBA programmes

At Stafford, our partner UK institutions allow us to offer MBA programmes either completely online or via blended learning to best suit the need of working professionals. Our MBA programmes are offered from three different UK universities; The University of Leicester, the University of Northampton and the Edinburgh Napier University. This blog is a guide for you to understand the mode of study as well as the cost implications involved in studying an MBA through distance learning.

  • University of Leicester: As the university enjoys a high ranking in the UK and worldwide, the Leicester MBA was one of the firsts to be launched as a part time or a distance learning programme. The programme is a combination of online study and face to face residential workshops and costs about GBP 14,850. The fees are paid in quarterly installments over 2 years, and allows for a much needed flexibility in terms of both study mode and fees payment. This impressive MBA is AMBA accredited and students receive the same qualification as their UK based counterparts studying the same programme.
  • University of Northampton: The Northampton MBA is an executive MBA offered via Stafford with a blended learning mode of education. The Dubai based workshops are led by UK faculty members every 10 weeks and offer a unique opportunity for students to finish this executive MBA within 1.5 years. The programme is priced at AED 69K with an exclusive Stafford Grant of up to AED 10K offered to deserving candidates who qualify for this MBA.
  • Edinburgh Napier University: The MBA programme from this university is the most flexible option available for a professional who is always on the go. As the programme can be done completely online, it is the most affordable option for the itinerant professional, who is otherwise too busy to attend campus based classes or part time workshops. With a portfolio of 13 specialisations available along with the general MBA, the ENU MBA offers a unique option to focus your study in your area of interest. The programme is appropriately priced at USD 12,660 with a Stafford exclusive grant of USD 1000 available.

As MBA costs soar each year, to many working professionals, the online MBA option is the most rational choice given the ease of study and affordable finances involved. Our MBA alumni come from various industrial backgrounds and across different regions, adding considerable value to the MBA study sessions with their experiential and leadership achievements. The MBA programmes through Stafford are delivered directly by UK universities and our students are promised the same qualification as their full time counterparts.  The fees structure as well as the payment terms are flexibly designed to suit the needs of the current market, so that students can afford to study our programmes without compromising on their other financial commitments.

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