Online Degree Programs - Internationally Recognised - Learning for All

What can I study?

Through partnerships with international universities, we have expanded our online degree programs and are now able to offer the following boutique, personalised and meaningful, internationally recognised online Business and Leadership & Management degree programs:

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor in Leadership and Management (BLM)
  • Bachelor in Business (BB)

Postgraduate Programs

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Management (PGCLM)
  • Masters in Leadership and Management (MLM)
  • MBA
  • Dual MLM +MBA
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Micro-Credentials

  • Micro-credentials (short courses) that contribute toward our degree programs

Are you a university?

Yes – the University of Applied Research & Development (UARD), is an NOCN & ONE AWARDS approved institution.

NOCN is a United Kingdom Awarding Organisation licensed by Ofqual and One Awards is QAA approved to develop, endorse and award qualifications Levels 1 to 7; both organisations are part of the NOCN Group.

Our degree programs are internationally, accredited by the United Kingdom (UK) National Open Colleges Network (NOCN) and One Awards.

NOCN-approved institutions enable learners to achieve their individual goals and address current and emerging business, management, and leadership challenges of the 21st century.

One Awards is an Access Validating Agency (AVA) licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). We act as an Awarding Body for the accreditation of Access to HE Diplomas.

Our responsibilities include:

  • advice and guidance to providers wishing to develop new Access to HE Diplomas
  • validation of diplomas by a panel which includes HE representation
  • moderation and standardisation arrangements for Access to HE Diplomas
  • review and evaluation of Access to HE Diplomas
  • collaboration with local HE institutions to ensure the continuing fitness for purpose of recognised programs.

Be Assured your Degree Has Value and Meaning Internationally

Are your courses accredited?

Yes – Our degree programs are internationally accredited by the United Kingdom (UK) National Open Colleges Network (NOCN) and One Awards.

NOCN is a United Kingdom Awarding Organisation licensed by Ofqual and One Awards is QAA approved to develop, endorse and award qualifications Levels 1 to 7; both organisations are part of the NOCN Group.

NOCN-approved institutions enable learners to achieve their individual goals and address current and emerging business, management, and leadership challenges of the 21st century.

One Awards is an Access Validating Agency (AVA) licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). We act as an Awarding Body for the accreditation of Access to HE Diplomas.

Our responsibilities include:

  • advice and guidance to providers wishing to develop new Access to HE Diplomas
  • validation of diplomas by a panel which includes HE representation
  • moderation and standardisation arrangements for Access to HE Diplomas
  • review and evaluation of Access to HE Diplomas
  • collaboration with local HE institutions to ensure the continuing fitness for purpose of recognised programs.

Be Assured – your Degree Has Value and Meaning Internationally

How long are your programs?

The Bachelor in Leadership and Management is a 3 year degree, comprising 9 capability development blocks with end of capability block assessments and a final capstone project.

The Master of Leadership and Management is an 18 month degree, comprising 3 capability development blocks with end of capability block assessments and a final capstone project.

On average, the time distribution will be as follows:

  • 2 x 2 hour live facilitator-led sessions per month
  • 4 hours per week self-paced study
  • 2 hours per week assignment completion

Can I Fast Track my Degree?

Our degree programs recognize the nature, breadth, and depth of experience each student brings with them, and the time challenges this level of study may cause for some.

The programs do not attempt to “fit a square peg into a round hole.” It understands that learners come in all shapes and sizes, and the curriculum is structured to create a learning plan and experience that fits everyone – Nam omni doctrina praesto (Learning for All).

This is a very inclusive program. It is founded upon this important, universal tenet: Everyone deserves the opportunity to study.

Our degree programs acknowledge, recognize and reward current knowledge, skills and attributes (SKAs) of professionals, and to provide them with credentialing consistent with their SKAs and appropriate to their organisational level and management authority.

Students who have completed a recognised program of learning, with learning outcomes that match the courses of study, may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Students with acceptable work experience, may apply for Current Competency point credits.

The maximum point credit that can be awarded is 75% of the total credit points for any program.

To clarify: up to 270-point credits can be awarded for the B.LM and BB, and a further 90 points must be gained through successful course completion to receive the award of the Bachelor.

What is different or special about studying with you?

We provide a very personalised learning and development experience to its degree programs, or any of its capability & culture consulting activities.

  • You will be supported every step of the way
  • You will have personalised access to executive development coaches, and English/Academic support tutors
  • You will not be lost in the crowd – You matter to us

Capability development value-adds

To support the personal and professional development of all students, included in their tuition fees are the following:

  • Behavioural profiling and supplementary capability development from an evidence-based platform REACH Ecosystem
  • Identification of behavioural profiles and suggested development areas
  • Training Needs Analysis (TNA) linked to behavioural gaps with specific Training and Coaching recommendations identified in reports
  • E-learning courses and other supporting resources to close behavioural development areas
  • Personal Development Dashboards – supports personal development accountability
  • Professional Coaching Sessions. Each student will receive up to 6 x 1hr coaching sessions with an accredited coach as part of their degree program studies
  • English/academic language support. Prior to and during their study, students will have access to an English/Academic language counsellor to review and provide guidance on their submitted materials.

The above-mentioned learning value-adds are equivalent to $8000.00 USD

People and Future-Focused Subjects
This suite of leadership and management qualifications will provide participants with a significant advantage over others, and improve their career path because it is future-focused based on current research. The world economic forum and other peak global bodies have provided a real insight into the skills required in the future. Industry 4.0 brings new and yet to be discovered challenges for persons in leadership roles. To lead and manage such a large scale, global transformation requires specialist leadership and management capability, regardless of what industry you work, what country you live in and where you are currently sitting in an organisational hierarchy. Developing digital literacy, workforce diversity and inclusivity, culture and capability development are cornerstone subject areas that underpin our leadership and management degrees.

Job-Ready Graduates – Competence Portfolios
The structure of our leadership and management degree programs blend foundational theory (appropriate to the level of study being undertaken), with practical outcomes. Upon graduation, you will have a significant portfolio of evidence to demonstrate to an existing or potential employer, of what you have done and what you can do.

Micro-Credentialing. Targeted Learning Opportunities
Not everyone is looking to complete a degree program – some may be seeking a specific skills and knowledge boost. We are able to offer subject-specific learning opportunities as micro-credentials. Rather than having to enrol in a 3-year degree, we offer you multiple entry and exit points that all lead to a micro-credential. You can pick and choose your subjects to create a customized micro-credential, awarded by the University of Applied Research and Development. All of your subjects contribute to our degrees, should you wish to further your study at a later stage.

Professional and Personal Recognition
The Bachelor in and Master of Leadership and Management recognizes the nature, breadth, and depth of experience each student brings with them, and the time challenges this level of study may cause for some.

The programs do not attempt to “fit a square peg into a round hole.” It understands that learners come in all shapes and sizes, and the curriculum is structured to create a learning plan and experience that fits everyone – Nam omni doctrina praesto (Learning for All).

This is a very inclusive program. It is founded upon this important, universal tenet: Everyone deserves the opportunity to study.

Our degree programs are designed to acknowledge, recognize and reward current knowledge, skills and attributes (SKAs) of professionals, and to provide them with credentialing consistent with their SKAs and appropriate to their organisational level and management authority.

  • Students who have completed a recognised programme of learning, with learning outcomes that match the courses of study, may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • Students with acceptable work experience, may apply for Current Competency point credits.
  • The maximum point credit that can be awarded is 75% of the total credit points for any programme. To clarify: up to 270 point credits can be awarded for the B.LM, and a further 90 points must be gained through successful course completion to receive the award of the Bachelor.

How much do your degree programs cost?

Pricing for the Leadership Degrees programs are transparent and affordable, with payment plans available for all students.

  • Internationally recognised Bachelor Programs – $25,000 USD
  • Internationally recognised Post Graduate Certificate Programs – $5,000 USD
  • Internationally recognised Masters Programs – $15,000 USD
  • Recognition Pathways (Fast Tracked Solutions) – $8,000 USD

In comparison, an international student studying a 3-year Bachelor Degree in the UK, USA or Australia could expect to pay between $70,000 to $125,000 USD*.

Scholarships are available

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