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Business Administration

This qualification will enable you make a real difference within your management practice through active use of frameworks, theories and tools. It challenges you to engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches applicable to your own context. You will explore the operation and interplay between the core functions and disciplines of management, including project and change management, HR, accounting, marketing and operations. You will develop a good grounding in the theory and practice of managing and leading, and build key interpersonal and conceptual skills to help you make sense of and work with organisational complexity, and apply your new understanding in your own work.

Key features of the course
• Helps you select and adapt techniques and approaches appropriate to your own situation, and to reflect critically on your own and others' practice

• Explores diverse perspectives and approaches in different organisational, cultural and global contexts - increasing your ability to work confidently across sectoral and national boundaries

• Enhances your ability to plan and implement change which will have real impact within your own organisational context.

This certificate is the first stage of our triple-accredited MBA qualification.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills

On completion
On successful completion of the required module you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Business Administration entitling you to use the letters PG Cert Bus Admin (Open) after your name.

Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Credit transfer
Credit transfer is not available for this qualification.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this qualification are normally a UK honours degree or equivalent professional qualification, You will need a minimum of three years' experience in a managerial, professional or technical role, so that you have a practical business base on which to build your learning. Usually this means that you are at least 25 years old as it is unusual (but not impossible) to be able to satisfy the 'experience' requirement under this age .

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.

The module that you study for this certificate is also the first module in two other qualifications - the Professional Diploma in Management (D64) and the MBA (F61). Please note that you cannot claim both the certificate and the diploma. However, it is possible to claim the certificate and the MBA, or the diploma and the MBA.


6 - 12 months.

The minimum time to complete this qualification is six months by studying both 30-credit modules at the same time. In order to complete within six months, you will need to be able to devote 20-25 hours a week to your studies.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
The Open University Business School is one of an elite group of schools worldwide accredited by the three leading international accrediting bodies - AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS - hallmarks of quality of teaching, learning materials and qualification impact. It is home to more than 25,000 successful MBA graduates in over 100 countries.

This certificate is designed for professionals from a wide range of contexts and backgrounds who need actively to engage with the challenges of twenty-first century management. It will enable you to develop your management skills and knowledge of management frameworks, theories and tools and to use these appropriately in order to make a real difference in your own practice.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442

Subjects taught


To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits from either:

Compulsory module Credits
MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716) 60
MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (fast-track)* (BXFT716) 60

*This version is for the accelerated study route and should only be selected if you intend to complete your MBA in two years. See how long it takes for more information.

You should note that the University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time

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