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What is a Top-Up Degree: Benefits Explained

Commencing a lifelong learning journey and constant professional growth is an admirable pursuit. For individuals who have already obtained a relevant foundation qualification or diploma, a top-up degree is an exciting opportunity to expand their academic horizons further and bolster their career prospects.

In this blog post, we will dive deeper into discovering more about top-up degrees and learn of the distinctive benefits they offer. From unlocking advanced coursework to upgrading skills and earning a respected undergraduate degree, top-up programmes provide a flexible and efficient pathway to academic success. Let us discover how these specialised programmes can empower individuals to reach new heights in their chosen professions.

What is a Top-Up Degree?

First, let us understand what a top-up degree is and how it can help you with your professional growth. Suppose you have previous certification such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) or an Advanced Diploma. In that case, a top-up degree will allow you to convert and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The top-up degree is designed to be the equivalent of a final year of undergraduate study, providing a quicker route to graduation. In addition, there are no time limits as to when you can pursue one, besides the qualifying prerequisites required for the degree.

Difference between Top-Up Degree and Normal Degree

Next, you may wonder what the difference is between a top-up degree and a normal degree, and if there may be benefits in pursuing a top-up degree. The most noticeable difference between a top-up degree and a normal one is the time taken to complete it; a top-up degree can be completed within 12 months, but a normal degree may take up to three or more years to complete. Here are some other variations between the two.

Significant Outcome of Studying Top-Up Degree

Now that you know the difference between top-up degrees and normal degrees, let’s explore how a top-up degree can benefit you.  Studying a top-up degree can offer numerous benefits and open up exciting opportunities for individuals seeking to advance their education and career. Here are some key advantages of pursuing a top-up degree:

1) Enhanced Qualifications

A top-up degree allows individuals who have already completed a qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma or an Advanced Diploma, to upgrade their credentials to a full bachelor’s degree. By doing so, they develop a thorough understanding of their chosen field, expanding their knowledge and skill set.

2) Time and Cost Efficiency

A top-up degree offers a more time and cost-effective pathway than starting a bachelor’s degree from scratch. Students can build upon their existing qualifications, which means they can complete the additional modules required for the top-up degree in a shorter time frame. This can save time and money, reducing the need to repeat modules.

3) Career Advancement

A top-up degree can significantly enhance career prospects. Employers often value higher-level qualifications, and having a full bachelor’s degree can make individuals more competitive in the job market. In addition, it can open doors to higher-level positions, promotions, and increased earning potential.

4) Specialisation and Focus

Top-up degree programmes often allow students to go on a specialised track. This specialisation enables individuals to delve deeper into specific subjects, acquiring expertise and becoming more desirable to employers. According to Forbes, more specific knowledge is needed, and specialist skills are essential for high employability.

5) Access to Further Education:

A top-up degree can serve as a stepping stone for individuals who wish to pursue higher education, such as master’s or doctoral degrees. It provides a solid foundation and meets the entry requirements for many postgraduate programmes, expanding the range of academic opportunities available.

Overall, studying a top-up degree offers a range of benefits, including enhanced qualifications, time and cost efficiency, improved career prospects, specialisation opportunities, personal growth, access to further education, and networking advantages. It is a valuable pathway for individuals looking to elevate their education and achieve their professional goals.

List of Top-Up Degrees at MDIS

Suppose you decide to pursue a top-up degree. In that case, selecting the right educational institution for your learning needs is crucial. Furthermore, the reputation and quality of the educational institute can influence the value and recognition of your top-up degree. Hence, selecting an educational institute with a solid academic reputation and track record of delivering high-quality education is crucial. 

MDIS offers nine top-up degrees awarded by globally recognised UK and US universities to assist students in meeting the demands of today’s fast-changing work environment.

1) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (Top-up)

The Accounting and Financial Management top-up programme is awarded by the University of Sunderland, UK, and designed for students who wish to learn a range of specific subjects such as financial management, international financial reporting and strategic management accounting.

2) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Airline and Airport Management (Top-up)

Next, we have the Airline and Airport Management top-up programme awarded by Teesside University, UK. The highlight of this programme is that students get to experience a long flight and access airside ground handling facilities at a major international hub.

3) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business and Management (Top-up)

If you are interested in a business career, our Business and Management top-up programme awarded by the University of Sunderland, UK, incorporates strategic management, management accounting for business, and strategic corporate finance – all crucial for running or being part of businesses.

4) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business and Marketing (Top-up)

On the contrary, if you are keen on pursuing an academic course with a greater focus on marketing, the Business and Marketing top-up programme also awarded by the University of Sunderland, UK, covers key topics such as marketing strategy, strategic integrated marketing communications and strategic management.

5) Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Top-up)

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering top-up programme is one of two degrees awarded by Teesside University, UK, covering topics such as electronic systems and power systems, preparing students with the qualities and skills for employability.

6) Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Top-up)

The other degree awarded by Teesside University, UK, is the Mechanical Engineering top-up programme which prepares students for further study or direct employment in the engineering industry through industry-relevant modules such as computer-aided analysis, applied mechanics of materials and product quality and reliability.

7) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Broadcast Media Production (Top-up)

Next up, the Broadcast Media Production top-up programme awarded by Teesside University, UK, provides students with high-level technical knowledge of different disciplines in the broadcast media, and prepares them to be industry-ready.

8) Bachelor of Science (Hons) Healthcare Management (Top-up)

The Healthcare Management top-up programme awarded by Teesside University, UK, develops the knowledge and skills of students to manage and lead professional healthcare systems and best practices in the international and national context.

9) Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-up)

Last but not least, the International Tourism and Hospitality Management top-up programme awarded by the University of Sunderland, UK, provides rigorous academic learning in the field of international tourism, and trains students through highly relevant modules such as digital technologies in the visitor economy, urban tourism and strategic planning for tourism and leisure.

MDIS’ top-up degree programmes have industry-relevant curriculums which prepare students for the workforce. Awarded by globally recognised UK universities, the programmes are tailored to suit the needs of the workplace and to help professionals advance in their careers.


We hope the insightful summary of our top-up programmes benefits you in making an informed decision in your educational journey. However, please note that each programme’s entry requirements, course duration and fees vary. Visit our degrees programme page to learn more about our top-up programmes at MDIS.

MDIS has been around since 1956 and is a pioneer in the education industry, offering various academic programmes ranging from diplomas to doctorate degrees. For further advice, please contact our education consultants; who will assist you in providing the best solution for your educational needs.

Muhd Erfan

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