Master of Business Administration with Placement Year MBA


Program Description


An MBA isn’t just a qualification, it’s the way you think. So think like an MBA student. Choosing the MBA that equips you with a management toolkit, that you adapt and apply to your extended work placement, and gets you ready for a successful career.

You know what you want from your degree: to be prepared for the real world, to gain competitive advantage and to stand out from the crowd. At ARU we want this too.

Studying at our International Business School means interacting with other professionals from around the world. You will be exposed to different cultures and business practices whilst developing your communication, leadership, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Paired with active learning, this environment will prepare you for your work placement. The industry placement will complement your knowledge, let you put your newly acquired skills to the test, and boost your confidence. At the end of your MBA journey, you will have the necessary knowledge, tools and experience to jump-start your unrivalled career at a managerial level.

Choosing Cambridge as your MBA destination will give you a unique environment to grow. Surrounded by tech and biotech companies, you will be inspired by entrepreneurial creativity and constant growth. Known globally as the “Silicon Fen”, Cambridge is a city of innovation, progress, and a thriving economy. The Business School takes advantage of this one-of-a-kind environment by building strong links with businesses, which benefit you as an MBA student and give you the insight to choose the right organisation for your work placement.

Our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means that our MBA students boost their advanced management training with a Level 7 CMI accreditation. This qualification enables a quicker career progression and helps our students stand out in the job market.

Please note entry to the MBA with Placement requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience and a successful interview.


Our MBA with placement course will equip you with the management and entrepreneurial abilities to succeed in a wide range of business fields, as well as practical experience, acquired through your work placement, to complement your qualification. When you graduate, you’ll be confident about entering the international business market and finding a senior role in a corporation or taking the first steps towards self-employment.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Marketing Research
  • Managing People
  • Supply Chain Strategy and Operations
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
  • Finance for Decision Making
  • Strategic Management
  • Project Management
  • Leadership and Change
  • Postgraduate Work Placement - MBA
  • Optional modules
  • Marketing Planning
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Human Resource Management in the Global Context
  • Digital Marketing Communications
  • Sustainable Supply Chains


We place a strong emphasis on practical and professional skills. You’ll be assessed on work-based assignments, research projects, syndicate work and group presentations.

This is a 20-month programme if you start in September, 24 months if you start in January.

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Entry Requirements


A first degree of 2:2 or above plus relevant experience.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact us.

Last updated Apr 2019

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