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In-company corporate training

Leading maritime MBA delivered solely by distance learning

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits of studying for an MBA with Middlesex?
A: A Middlesex MBA:

• Is built on over 30 years' experience of running MBA programmes
• Is project based and practical
• Offers networking opportunities during and after the course
• Provides exceptional teaching staff
• Gives experience of working in virtual teams
• Delivers applied learning experiences
• Combines academic rigour with individual support

Q: What should I say to my employer to get sponsorship?
A: Employers tend to look favourably upon those employees who are interested in developing themselves and investing in their career. Many of our students have received employer sponsorship on the basis of making clear to their employers the advantages that they will be able to offer them both during and after their MBA.

Q: How is the course accredited?
A: This programme is validated and awarded by Middlesex University. After successfully completing your studies you will receive a degree from Middlesex University which is duly accredited by the British Government by means of a Royal Charter. Middlesex University degrees are recognised worldwide.

Q: How much time will I need to study?
A: The MBA in Shipping & Logistics as a postgraduate qualification requires a significant time commitment. The approximate time required for you to successfully study the learning materials, complete further reading and submit assessments is up to 75 hours per month, with some gaps over holiday periods and between modules. Whilst initially this sounds a lot, experience shows that students who are established, mature professionals reduce this time by utilising skills and knowledge already gleaned through their working lives. It is likely that you will be familiar with some subject areas allowing you to pass quickly through the materials; others will take longer. The nature of distance education requires you to adopt a disciplined and independent approach to your studies and you will need good time management skills to effectively manage your time commitments.

Q: What are my computing requirements?
A: You will need to have a PC or Mac that has a good internet reception and a capacity to access and download substantial content (preferably via broadband reception), with an up-to-date internet browser, standard desktop office packages such as Open Office or MS Office, video facility (webcam), microphone and earphones for audio recording and playback. Operating platform should be Windows 97 or higher for PCs, or OS 10.4 or higher for Macs.

Q: How frequently does the MBA start?
A: The MBA has one new intake each year.

Q: I don’t have an academic qualification. Will I be able to apply?
A: Yes. As long as you can demonstrate significantly successful industry and / or managerial experience, your application will be considered. You may be required to complete a GMAT test obtaining a minimum score of 550 to support your application.

Q: How can I be assured that the MBA at Middlesex University is a high quality course?
A: To ensure the high standards and quality of the MBA in Shipping & Logistics, it is subject to the University’s academic quality assurance procedures (which include those procedures related to programme approval, monitoring and review). A key feature of these processes is the input from external subject experts who ensure that awards of Middlesex are comparable to those of other UK universities, and that the programme curriculum, teaching, assessment and resources are appropriate. Middlesex University, and its programmes, are subject to periodic audit or review by external quality agencies such as the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). These audits and reviews place confidence in the quality and standards of provision as operated at Middlesex University. The most recent QAA audit of quality and standards of Middlesex University awards, conducted in 2009, was of those programmes delivered with collaborative partners. The University was awarded the highest level judgement that can be awarded. QAA review and audit reports can be viewed on the QAA website at: www.qaa.ac.uk.

Q: Can I pay by instalments?
A: Yes, there is an interest-free instalment plan.

Q: What level of English will I need?
A: Where English is a second language you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or a TOEFL score of 575 or TOEFL (IBT) score of 100 with no less than 20 in each component. See the application guide for full details.

Q: Will I have to be online at specific times?
A: Communication with your support team and fellow students can be conducted asynchronously, meaning there is no component which requires you to be online at a specific time. Of course, you may choose to interact with tutors, syndicate members and module leaders at any time using the online communication systems, and you will be encouraged to do so regularly.

Q: Will there be any on-campus seminars or residential workshops?
A: No. The MBA in Shipping & Logistics requires absolutely no travel or attendance at on-site seminars or residential workshops. All the course content, syndicate discussions, networking and assessment is managed online.

Q: Will I be guaranteed a job when I graduate?
A: Guarantees are unrealistic. However you will certainly be in a more advantageous position, as an MBA graduate is often viewed far more favourably by employers. Middlesex MBA graduates are very successful in progressing to higher achieving careers. Additionally, as this MBA is delivered by part-time distance learning, you will not have had to take time out from your current job in order to undertake your study, thus allowing you to gain valuable experience as you learn. Promotion after graduation is fairly common.

Q: I’m interested in a course.  Who can I speak to for more information?
A: Each course prospectus has the details listed for a dedicated training consultant - please telephone or email them with any questions.  Alternatively please call the Customer Services Line on +44 (0) 20 7017 5510 or email lmacustserv@informa.com.

Q: How do I apply for the MBA course?
A: To enrol you need to:

  • Visit the Apply tab for full details of what is required and the supporting documentation. You also need to download the Application Guide
  • Download and send the reference form to your two referees.
  • Click Apply Now on the course homepage, complete the form, upload reference forms and the other supporting documentation to the online payment and registration form and pay the Application Fee
  • Or download and complete the excel Application Form and return by email to mbaadmin@informa.com with all supporting documentation and contact details to take payment for the application fee. Alternatively please call the Customer Services Line on +44 (0)20 7017 5510 or email lmacustserv@informa.com for assistance.

Q: How can I pay?
A: You can pay by credit card, bank transfer or cheque.  Please check the application form for full details.

Q: I haven’t received an invoice. How do I pay?
A: You should have received an invoice by email from our Customer Services Department.  If you have not received this within a maximum of 30 days of applying, please contact our Customer Services Line on +44 (0) 20 7017 5510 or email
lmacustserv@informa.com.

Q: What happens if I want to cancel my application?
A: Please contact the MBA administration team on mbaadmin@informa.com as soon as possible if you are thinking of cancelling. It may be possible to defer your start rather than cancel. Please note that if approved onto the programme, the application deposit is non refundable.

You may cancel your place by giving notice in writing to mbaadmin@informa.com up to (and including) 7 days from the date we confirm your acceptance to the programme and you will not be liable for the payment of any fees and any fees already paid, excluding the application deposit, will be refunded.  If we receive your notice of cancellation 8 days or more from the date we have confirmed your acceptance to the programme you will still receive a refund of your fees already paid, excluding the application deposit, provided such notice of cancellation is received by us before the first day of the programme.  We regret that no refunds can be given for any cancellation notice received on or after the first day of the programme and, in such circumstances, the full fees remain payable by you

Q: What happens when my course commences?
A: You will be sent full access details to the course website by Middlesex University close to the course start date. However access to course materials prior to the scheduled start date is not possible.

Q: I’ve already enrolled on a distance learning course.  Who can I speak to about my course?
A: Each course has a dedicated Course Manager.  If you have already commenced your course, please check your course handbook in case that provides an answer to your question and for details of who to contact. 

Otherwise, please contact:

Q: What should I do if I no longer wish to be on the marketing mailing list?
A: Please call our database department on +44 (0) 20 7017 7077 or email integrity@iirltd.co.uk.

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This is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex and Lloyd's Maritime Academy, and quality assured by Middlesex University.