Business Administration

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:5943 Duration:36 months

This intensive study of ten Shakespeare plays and the Sonnets takes close account of the social and political circumstances in which they were written and performed. This broad historicist approach is complemented by a strong emphasis on the diversity of twentieth-century critical responses to the plays and on modern productions of them, both on stage and on screen.

The module will develop your knowledge of the range and variety of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic work; examine how its reception and status has been shaped by cultural and institutional factors; and explore themes such as questions of genre, politics, sexuality and gender.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.


You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper. The examination can only be submitted on paper.

The last TMA is of double length.

Course work includes:

  • 6 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
  • Examination
  • No residential school

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014 when it will be available for the last time.

You require 180 credits to complete the MBA. Please register on the following compulsory Stage 1 module:

  • Management: perspectives and practice 60 Credits, Compulsory
  • Management: perspectives and practice (B716)
  • Management: perspectives and practice (B716)

Later study modules include:

  • Corporate Finance (BB831) 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • The dynamics of strategy (BB835) 30 Credits, Compulsory

And 45 credits from the following optional Stage 2 modules:

  • Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility (W822) 30 Credits,Optional
  • Business operations: delivering value (T883) 30 Credits, Optional
  • Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective (BB846) 15 Credits, Optional
  • Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848) NEW 15 Credits, Optional
  • Management beyond the mainstream (BB847) 15 Credits, Optional
  • Managing financial risk (BB841) 15 Credits, Optional
  • Marketing in the 21st century (BB844) 15 Credits, Optional
  • Strategic human resource management (BB845) 15 Credits, Optional
  • Sustainable creative management (BB842) NEW 15 Credits, Optional

You must then complete the following compulsory Stage 3 module:

  • Making a difference: the management initiative (B839) 30 Credits, Compulsory
Minimum of three years´ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role. Usually this means that you are at least 25 years old as it is unusual to be able to satisfy the work experience requirement under this age.There are several routes to being eligible to study the MBA.If you hold an honours degree awarded by a recognised UK university (or overseas equivalent) you can begin your MBA by studying MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716).If you do not hold an honours degree or equivalent but you do have managerial work experience you must first gain the Professional Certificate in Management before you can study the MBA.If you have the equivalent of a UK bachelors degree without honours you may be permitted to progress on to the MBA course by completing the first part of the Professional Certificate in Management, Managing 1: organisations and people (B628).If you have an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 640 or above, and the equivalent of a UK undergraduate degree, you will be allowed to progress directly on to the MBA.You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.5. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more. Work Experience At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required. Technological Requirements You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser. If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities. If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

Dont Let Funding Problems Stop You

  • Unlike many traditional MBA programmes, the OU MBA does not require you to pay at one go. You only pay for the modules that you are studying at that time. This spreads your cost over your chosen duration of study.
  • You can always take benefit of the OUSBA (Open University Student Budgets Account) scheme where you can register now and pay at module start date, without paying any interest.
  • Also, with OUSBA you can pay for your module in monthly instalments over a period of one year at a very low rate of interest.


The Open University Business School (OUBS) is one of only 50 business schools worldwide to have achieved triple accreditation. The OU MBA qualification is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). It is also accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development, through its EQUIS programme, and by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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