Frequently Asked Questions

The tuition fees for an MBA programme are:
Total – £8,400
Per 15-credit module – £700

Our degree programmes are offered as part-time study only.

No. We currently have no accreditations for our MBA programmes.

Our degree programmes have six start dates each year, so you will be able to get your studies started soon after your application is accepted. Visit your preferred programme's homepage to find the next available start date.

Our degree programmes are designed to be completed in 24 months part-time.

Our postgraduate degree programmes are 180 credits, in line with the Higher Education Credit Framework for England.

If, for whatever reason, you are not able to obtain the full 180 credits for your Master's qualification, we are able to offer other awards, depending on how many credits you have accumulated at the point of exiting the programme. If you have successfully obtained 60 credits, we are able to award a postgraduate certificate and if you have 120 credits, we are able to award a postgraduate diploma.

While a Master's degree will help to open doors with employment as well as study, you'll need to check the specific entry requirements of the programme and institution you are interested in to find out if our programmes are acceptable for entry.

No. The programme structure requires completion of twelve 15 credit modules.

No. Your certificate will state the name of the qualification obtained; it will not describe the mode of study.

You will need to have an undergraduate degree at 2:2 (or higher) for entry into any of our Master's programmes. Alternatively, you may also be considered if you can demonstrate at least three years’ relevant work experience in a professional or managerial role.

You will need to demonstrate proficiency in English if your first language is not English, or most recent education or work experience was not in English by completing an approved English language test such as IELTS (6.0 overall with no individual sub-scores under 5.5), Pearson PTE (55 overall minimum), or equivalent.

Yes. You will need to submit proof of three years' experience within a professional or managerial role when you submit your application.

You may be able to apply for credit for prior learning. You will be required to apply for credit against specified modules on the programme. You will then need to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning objectives of that module and that your previous study is at the same level.

Our degree programmes are entirely online – you will not require a visa while you study with us.

To apply, click 'Apply Now' at the bottom of our homepage and follow the steps to complete our online application form.

Our degree programmes have six start dates each year with the application deadline for each approximately 2–3 weeks beforehand. Visit your preferred programme's page for our next available application deadline.

You will need to provide either a copy of the transcript of your highest academic qualification or evidence of your work experience. You will also be required to provide photographic ID in order to register as a student.

You can upload your documents with your application. Alternatively, you can email them to our Enrolments Team on enrolments@online.stmarys.ac.uk

If you are applying based on work experience, you may be asked to provide contact details of a reference(s) to demonstrate 3 years' work history.

We aim to provide a decision within a couple of days of receiving your application. In some instances, we may need to refer your application to other members of the University, in which case we may take up to a week to make a decision.

You can reset your password by clicking 'Forgot Password' on your application login page.

You can apply to change to a different variant of your MBA. If you wish to apply to a completely different programme we would require a fresh application. There is no guarantee that your request will be accepted and you may need to consider the impact on any financial support you are receiving.

You are accepting your offer and agreeing to St Mary's Terms and Conditions, by completing payment and module registration.

Yes, we will allow you to defer your offer for up to one year.

Our tuition fees vary by programme and are displayed at the top of each programme page. Find and select your programme to view its cost.

The last point at which you will be able to pay for a module will be the Thursday before the module is due to commence.

You can pay your fees on your Student Dashboard, where you completed your application.

Yes, St Mary’s online degrees are paid for module-by-module, enabling you to spread the costs of the programme and avoid significant up-front costs. You will not however, be able to pay your module fee in instalments.

You can pay your fees per module by credit or debit card.

No. Students of our online degree programmes pay the same fees regardless of location.

You need to withdraw from your programme within 11 days of your start date to be eligible for a refund. You will need to let us know on studentsuccess@online.stmarys.ac.uk within the 11-day window, and complete a withdrawal form indicating you would like a refund.

If you are UK-based, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. You can find out more about this by reviewing the student finance web pages.

You can apply through student finance on the gov.uk website. The Postgraduate Loan application can be found at gov.uk/masters-loan

Yes, we are able to facilitate employers sponsoring you on your degree programme.

Unfortunately, we do not offer scholarships for our online degree programmes. You can search online, however, to see if other organisations offer postgraduate scholarships.

Yes, you can claim a 10% alumni discount on all St Mary's Online degree programmes.

Yes. We can put you in touch with our Wellbeing Service to support your application.

Canvas, our online learning management platform.

You will have access to a discussion board in Canvas, our online learning management platform, where you will be able to get in touch and interact with your classmates.

The hours you need to spend on study can vary. Each module runs over eight weeks and has a notional 150 hours of study, which equates to approximately 90 hours of guided study and 60 hours of independent study (i.e. your own reading and assessment preparation). A lot depends on how much independent study you undertake and this can vary depending on how quickly you understand the topics and how much assessment is due that week. St Mary's will provide approximately 12–15 hours of guided study each week.

There are two fortnight-long breaks, on at the end of August and one at the end of December.

Each module includes a variety of learning activities. You should expect a mixture of reading, short video lecturers, interactive eLearning and quizzes. You should also expect to undertake a number of discussion board activities with your tutors and fellow students.

Each module includes a range of assessed activities. This is crucial for online study as it spreads the assessment burden more evenly and it enables us to monitor your progress and intervene in a timely fashion if you need additional support. A typical module includes a variety of end-of-unit tests, a portfolio of short activities and an end-of-module online exam.

The delivery of our online programmes is entirely asynchronous, meaning that there are no live, scheduled classes. You are able to study all components of the course at a time and place that suits you.

Our online lectures and course content is updated annually, on a minimal basis.

No. All reading materials will be provided online or through Canvas.

No. Although you may come to campus if you wish to.

As there are no live sessions to timetable we do not monitor attendance. Instead, we will monitor how frequently you access your learning materials and the completion of your assessments. If we are concerned that you are not engaging, we may reach out to you to discuss your study progress.

All St Mary's students are able to access IT support for services provided by St Mary's. We do not provide support for your own devices, apps or software. As a student we provide access to a range of IT tools, including Office 365.

You will be able to contact your module tutor via Canvas, our online learning platform. You tutor will monitor completion of tasks and provide regular feedback on assessment performance. Your tutor will also respond to discussion on the dedicated forums on Canvas.

As well as your module tutor you will also be allocated a personal tutor. Your personal tutor will reach out to you each term to offer support and to highlight useful services across the University. You will be able to reach out to your personal tutor should you need advice about any aspect of being a St Mary's student and the services available to you during your studies.

The University Wellbeing Service offers comprehensive support for all St Mary's students. For further information about the services provided please visit our Wellbeing Service website.