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The award

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 11600 per year

How you will study

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
EUR 15000 per year

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About Master's of Business Administration at HELBUS Helsinki School of Business


Would you like to stand out in the international job market? Do you already have an undergraduate degree from a university or university of applied sciences? Would you like to earn a British Master’s degree while studying in English in Finland?

HELBUS offers a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) -degree programme, where the degree is awarded by the University of Northampton (UoN), UK. This means that students are enrolled as UoN students and the programme follows closely the specification and policies of UoN. It is fully compliant with UK quality assurance regulations. This British MBA is an official postgraduate (Master’s) degree regulated by the UK educational authority, QAA.

The programme takes 12 months to complete starting in October, and will be run as a full-time programme only, with attendance required 3-4 days a week. You can find out more about the programme, how to apply, the entry requirements and fees from the MBA-programme menu.

You are eligible to apply to the MBA -programme if you have graduated (or are about to graduate) with an undergraduate degree in business and management at a level equivalent to the British first or second class (medium-level grade in Finland). Degree holders of other disciplines may apply, if they can demonstrate a passion and interest in business and management in their motivation letter and CV. As this MBA is designated as ‘pre-experience’, executive-level job experience is not mandatory.

The programme will next start in late September 2018 and applications should be submitted by July 31st (Finns and EU/EEA -citizens or applicants with residence permit) or June 4th (non-EU citizens).


University of Northampton (UoN) and HELBUS have a partnership through which HELBUS can offer approved UoN business and management programmes in Finland. Students admitted to the MBA-programme will be considered to be UoN students, even if they study the whole programme in Finland.

The overall purpose of the pre-experience MBA-programme is to develop master’s-level knowledge and skills in business and management subjects and to enhance the utility and employability of the first degree. It aims to prepare individuals for employment in a management role with a sound understanding of business/organisational contexts.

Compared to a specialist M.Sc. degree, a MBA is a generalist degree with a broader approach. The following modules are included:

Fall term

  • Critical Issues in Business
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Competitive Strategy and Innovation
  • Strategic Marketing

Spring term

  • Managing Operations and the Supply Chain
  • The Entrepreneurship Report
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Business Research Project

Summer term

  • International Business Negotiation
  • Business Research Project (cont)

Assessment will mainly be conducted through written assignments such as reports, essays and critical analysis.

The MBA-programme will be offered through the full-time study mode with at least 75 % attendance recommended. Workshops are held in intensive periods from Tuesday to Friday. 

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsSeptember, JanuaryDomestic course feesEUR 11600 per yearInternational course feesEUR 15000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Finnish, EU and EEA-citizens

The tuition fees for Finns and EU-citizens starting their MBA-programme in October 2018 is €11.600 (including value-added tax). Payment is in two instalments (€5.800 in September and January).

Non-EU citizens (without residence permit)

The tuition fees for non-EU citizens starting their MBA-programme in October 2018 is €15.000 for the whole programme (including value-added tax). It must be paid before receiving the official acceptance certificate. Unfortunately, no scholarships are available.

The payment schedule differs from EU-citizens due to the residence permit requirements of the Finnish Immigration Service.

All students should have a laptop with MS office installed.

Entry requirements

You have a good chance of being admitted to the MBA-programme if you have the following:

  • University or university of applied sciences undergraduate degree in business and management (180 ECTS credits), or similar at a level of British first or second class (medium-level grade in Finland), or
  • Undergraduate degree in another discipline with strong and demonstrated interest in business and/or entrepreneurship (please upload CV).

English language proficiency

In British universities you will have to demonstrate your English language proficiency at a suitable level, such as your Finnish matriculation exam, IELTS or TOEFL-exam, as follows:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no section below 6.0, or similar, or
  • At least a magna cum laude in English A in the Finnish matriculation exam (please upload your matriculation diploma)

What students think about HELBUS Helsinki School of Business

    Omar, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Management

    "The idea of studying business in English really appealed to me as I’ve always planned on developing an international career for myself. HELBUS provided a great opportunity, not just to improve my language skills, but also to meet fascinating instructors and develop contacts in business schools and companies around the world without leaving Helsinki. Everyone at HELBUS are helpful and friendly, and the system whereby we only study one unit at a time is ideal for me as it allows me to focus on one task at a time. Overall, the curriculum is well-rounded and certainly provides the generalist introduction to business that I was hoping for when I applied. At the end of my studies at HELBUS, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work towards studying a postgraduate MBA abroad."

    Demi, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Management

    "I studied a little of international business in high school and when I heard about HELBUS I knew that was where I wanted to continue my education. Having the opportunity to develop my English skills with international instructors has been very beneficial for me as I have always planned on studying abroad during my Bachelor’s degree and expect my language skills to help advance my future career. The atmosphere in class is always fun, and I am excited to be able to help shape the student experience of my fellow classmates through my role as President of the student union, the HELBUS Student Core. Studying in HELBUS has been a very rewarding experience for me and I look forward to finishing my degree and complete a Master’s degree programme."

    Juuso, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    “My career development is dependent on my ability to expand my knowledge and improve my competencies through business education. Since enrolling in the MBA at HELBUS Helsinki School of Business I have been very impressed by the flexibility of the school, as well as how customer-orientated they are. The ongoing collaboration with the University of Northampton is visible in the quality of the programme, as UoN’s business school has a proven track record in delivering top-notch education. Overall I’ve been very happy with my choice as it’s wonderful to be in an academic environment again. The course content, as well as the quality of teaching, has impressed me and the diverse cultural and business backgrounds of the international faculty, most of whom have entrepreneurial or business background, bring added value to the studies. I would highly recommend the HELBUS MBA to anyone looking to develop themselves professionally.”

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