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The Kent MBA - MBA


The Kent MBA aims to transform you into a responsible business leader, who understands and can embed sustainable management practices for the advancement of local and global communities.



We combine rigorous business theory with relevant practical application, using:
• A Case study-based teaching method
• A European study tour
• Consultancy Week – working with businesses live on consulting projects
• Internships with high-profile, multinational corporations

Throughout the programme you engage with organisations, small, medium and large, regional to multinational, to test theories immediately in real-world situations. You will connect with strategic thinkers with commercial flair and global perspectives. The connections you make during this time will be with you for life.

The Kent MBA brings together creative minds and experienced managers who are keen to make a difference. Our intimate class size offers an environment fostering discussion and networking, led by internationally recognised scholars from around the world and by our network of successful and innovative practitioners.

You can develop an entrepreneurial outlook, an international perspective as well as a commitment to responsible management. You will also benefit from a range of value-added experiences, such as master classes and opportunities to study languages, that will allow you to develop into a leader who is ready for the next big challenge.

Attend an MBA Briefing

MBA Briefings are held regularly. We personalise the information you receive about the Kent MBA and how it may impact your career and indeed your life. We also give you advice on gaining ‘buy in’ from your employer. All briefing sessions are held at Kent Business School, Canterbury campus.

If you are interested in attending an MBA Briefing, please let us know. View dates and register.

You can also arrange a personal meeting with the MBA Programme Director, Professor Thanos Papadopoulos.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is ranked as a top 20 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure

The Kent MBA can be studied in one year of full-time study, or part-time over two to three years. As a part-time student you join current full-time students on one-week long programme modules. The course structure is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new developments and innovation.  You are required to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

Compulsory modules: Introduction to Strategic Management, Strategic People Management, Accounting and Financial Management, Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management, International Business, Models for Decision Making, Leadership and Change, Operations Management, Marketing Analysis and Planning, The Fundamentals of Corporate Finance & Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management, MBA Business Report, MBA Management Skills and Career Development Report.

Optional modules: International Marketing, Entrepreneurship.


The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

Modules may include Credits

The objective of this module is for participants to understand the nature of effective leadership in the context of a complex and dynamic organisational environment. Participants will acquire the practical, communication and negotiation skills that they need to become effective leaders. They will engage in several negotiation exercises, which will serve as common touchstones toward understanding the negotiation process. Effective leadership is also about understanding what motivates and inspires people to perform at their best. Thus, participants will critically evaluate alternative HRM approaches to unleashing the productive potential of employees for superior organisational performance and to managing organisational change effectively.

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This module adopts the perspective of studying Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability management within the context of corporate strategy. Using lectures, case study illustrations and content analysis, practice-oriented class exercises and group presentations, the module's learning and teaching objectives are intended to provide students with a broad range of technical and general skills areas.

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This module focusses on the nature and importance of business and management modelling in practice and looks at how to use modern quantitative techniques and tools to analyse managerial problems.

Topics may include:

* Analysing complex decisions: How to determine optimal strategies in situations involving several decision alternatives.

* The use of statistical models in practice such as forecasting and regression

* The applications of suitable management science models for Marketing, Finance and Production management, among others.

* Transportation and Networks Design: Transportation systems, Assignment problem, Shortest Route (e.g., ambulance service routing), Maximum Flow (e.g., shipping), Minimum Spanning Tree (computer/telephone networks).

* Managing Complex Projects: Planning large projects, Resource scheduling, Cost scheduling.

* Material management and inventory control (e.g., how much to order and when to order decisions). Modelling waiting lines in practice (e.g., commercial/transportation service systems).

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Delivering Innovation is an exploration of the conception, creation and diffusion of new products and services within modern economies. It examines the many challenges faced by firms and others in the process and the solutions and management practices that have been developed to deal with potential innovation barriers. The module also explores the evolving nature of innovation itself and outlines how firms and others can benefit from new and different forms of emerging opportunity.

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The module will introduce various tools for conducting financial analyses that will support management decision-making. There will be emphasis on the relevance of each tool in the context of decision-making and assumed objectives. There will be emphasis given to discussions on the interpretations of outcomes, the complex interrelationships involved and the implications of an uncertain decision-making environment.

Although further development of numerical competency is likely to be one outcome of this module it is not a key focus. The module has been designed to capture the financial perspective of Strategic thinking that underlies management decision-making.

The module will include macro and micro focuses for decision-making, as well as considering the necessary adjustments for the risky environments in which mangers operate.

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The module will cover a variety of aspects focusing on the global environment and the way firms interact either as multinational organisations or uni-national organisations that compete with multinationals. It will cover the following areas:

• Globalisation and the global business environment

• Global strategies and its determinants

• Building a global organisation through the successful creation of new ventures

• Risk analysis, country risk, political risk institutional environment and organisational responses

• Non-market strategies

• Ethics and corporate social responsibility in the global context

• Managing strategic Innovation and change

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The Business skills and Personal Development programme provides a firm foundation for continuing managerial development within your chosen career. The programme will help you enhance your business skills, define your career goals and create a personalised career action plan. It also offers you the opportunity to acquire life-skills to attain the jobs that are relevant to your career plan immediately after graduation and in the future.

The module comprises the following activities:

Business Skills

Consultancy Week

Business Simulation

Personal Development


1 to 1 executive coaching

Careers and Employability, and volunteering events

International trip

Guest Speaker Series (in collaboration with various organisations and clubs)

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The focus of the module is on the strategic aspects of managing people within an organisational context. Specifically, the module will focus on the following key topic areas:

* Human resource management, strategy, and corporate performance

* Managing and motivating individual and group performance

* Employee engagement, involvement and participation

* Managing diversity

* Employee resourcing

* Employee relations

* Job and work design

* Organisational design and development

* Individual development and careers

* Managing knowledge and talent in organisations

* Ethical and sustainable approaches to people management

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The focus of the module is to look at the importance of customer orientation, its strategic and operational role in gaining competitive advantage together with the interrelationship between operations and marketing. The module will focus on the following key topics:

The management of processes in:

* Services

* Manufacturing

Key processes in operations management, including:

Fitting operations into the organisation's strategy

Competing through operations

New Product and process design and analysis

Supply network design and performance

Capacity management

Quality Improvement towards excellence

Project management

Sustainable operations management

The application of information technology in operations

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Topics in this module will include:

• A Marketing Orientation and Identifying Marketing Opportunities

• Understanding Customers and Competitors

• Product and Brand Management

• Channels of Distribution

• Pricing

• Communicating with Customers

• Marketing Strategy and Planning

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In this module the nature of entrepreneurship and the importance of entrepreneurship for the vitality of a national economy with specific emphasis on the UK and European context will be discussed. This module is hands-on in nature and the focus is on experiential learning. Through a simulation game, students gain an understanding of the complexity of initiating a business, the array of decisions that are required based on incomplete information, and the dynamic and competitive nature of the marketplace in which new products and services are introduced. Using simulation as an educational tool, students engage in entrepreneurial core activities: Identifying and exploiting market opportunities.

Much attention will be paid to the concept of business models, the search for an appropriate business model and the validation of business models. This module also features voices from the world of entrepreneurship, i.e. entrepreneurs that speak to students in class and interaction with entrepreneurs through visits to start-ups.

A critical aspect of any entrepreneurial activity is the acquisition of resources, primarily financial and human resources. Different alternative funding mechanisms will be discussed. In addition, various strategies will be highlighted to profit from an innovation created by entrepreneurs.

Further, we discuss the internationalisation aspects of entrepreneurship, and strategies to internationalize new ventures. Finally, the module stresses that entrepreneurial activity may not only occur through individual efforts by entrepreneurs, but may also occur in existing corporate settings.

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This module provides the opportunity for students to diagnose and investigate a complex business issue, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations. There are three options for the business report: consultancy report (problem), analyst report (company or sector overview), and entrepreneur's report (business plan).

The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of business report writing skills. It requires reflection on the implications for business from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint, including an account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future.

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Teaching and Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in January and May/June.

You must complete two reports, to apply the techniques and insights you have learned to a business scenario.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • educate individuals as managers to improve the quality of management as a profession
  • provide career development opportunities for those with management experience, enhancing your business knowledge and understanding and professional competence
  • add value to a first degree, by developing an understanding and integrated and critical awareness of management and organisations, and assisting students in taking effective roles within them
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed
  • give you a range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
  • enable you to set and prioritise objectives, prepare, implement and monitor plans for the achievement of corporate objectives in the light of available and required resources
  • provide you with teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship
  • bring scholarly and critical insights to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the management of organisations
  • provide business education, the value and relevance of which is acknowledged via accreditation by AMBA, and future accreditation by EQUIS and AACSB
  • support national and regional economic success via the development opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices
  • build on the close ties of the University with European institutions and elsewhere internationally
  • enhance the quality of applicants to Kent Business School programmes, both from the UK and overseas.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the impact of contextual forces on organisations including: legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international developments; corporate governance
  • markets and customers: the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services; expectations of customers and equivalent stakeholders; service and orientation
  • the concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and/or services; the management of resources and operations
  • the financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations; sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications
  • the management and development of people within organisations; organisational theory, behaviour; industrial/employee relations, HRM, change management
  • the uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment
  • the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations
  • the use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management within a global knowledge-based economy
  • the development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests
  • a range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples include: innovation, creativity and enterprise, e-commerce, knowledge management, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • critical thinking and creativity; managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal - this includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately
  • learning through reflection on practice and experience
  • selecting, organising, developing and synthesising complex material
  • analysing problems and identifying appropriate solutions
  • planning, working and studying independently and using resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
  • communicating and co-ordinating (or eventually leading) a team of multifunctional specialists.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • problem solving and decision making; establishing criteria; using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions
  • numeracy and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations; qualitative research skills
  • leadership and performance management: selecting appropriate leadership style for situations; setting targets, motivating, monitoring performance, coaching, mentoring continuous improvement
  • ethical and value management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices
  • conducting research into business and management issues
  • appreciation of the role of senior management in any of the key functional areas of organisations and a potential ability to take on such a role within business
  • identifying, finding, recording, organising and manipulating knowledge relevant to the  development and management of organisations
  • identifying and deploying relevant resources for the achievement of organisational objectives
  • initiating and managing change by developing an awareness of threats, perception of opportunities and readiness to reconsider current practice rather than simply repeating past patterns.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • information and knowledge; scanning and organising data; abstracting meaning from information and sharing knowledge
  • effective use of Information and Communication Technology
  • two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports
  • personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and in different situations; the ability to continue learning
  • effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes; team selection, delegation, development and management.


We maintain close links with the corporate world and are committed to giving our students wide-ranging experiences across the spectrum of small, medium and large organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Corporates have direct access to our students through our case study programmes, internships, consultancies, guest lectures and executive in-residence sessions. Our effective corporate relationships guarantee you valuable exposure to the business world and provide organisations with the opportunity to work with and recruit talented future leaders.

We provide you with recruitment events, such as corporate presentations and on-campus interviews, actively supported by a robust platform of career-focused skills development throughout the programme.

Our specialist advisers deliver workshops throughout the academic year and provide individual support to guide you in your post-MBA career path. Workshops and clinics are supported by sessions on negotiation skills, leadership and how to market yourself effectively. Networking is facilitated by alumni, internships or student projects, Consultancy Week, Brussels and Paris workshops and other events delivered throughout the year.

Professional recognition

The Kent MBA programme is accredited by The Association of MBAs (AMBA), the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. An accreditation with AMBA is a global standard for MBA programmes in 70 countries.

Kent Business School is also a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School currently occupies a purpose-designed building consisting of executive learning facilities with wireless provision throughout. Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

On the Canterbury Campus, Kent Business School will soon be moving into a new academic building, known as The Sibson Building, a vibrant new campus destination.New academic facilities and social spaces for Kent Business School at Medway have also recently opened. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet study areas, student social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you secure access to the information you need.

We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources. Postgraduate students can access a range of specialist software packages used in quantitative analysis and in finance. Most academic schools have specific study areas for postgraduates and there is also a general postgraduate common room with work area.

An international focus

Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; International Journal of Finance & Economics; Journal of Banking and Finance; European Journal of Operational Research; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Asset Management; International Review of Financial Analysis.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree. A minimum of three years’ relevant managerial work experience is also required.

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role. 

An individual interview with the Programme Director will form part of the selection process.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country. 

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas;

Our Accounting group has an international reputation for its research on public sector critical accounting and accounting history. Recent topics include privatisation, health and New Public Management.

The Finance group addresses academically interesting and practical contemporary issues in finance and banking. Staff pursue research in several areas, including: derivatives pricing and risk management; financial econometrics; international banking; financial regulation; corporate finance; asset pricing and real-estate modelling.

Our Management Science group covers a wide range of research areas in Operational Research and Systems Thinking. These include research in the area of logistics including green logistics and network security with a special emphasis on the innovative design and analysis of heuristic and exact optimisation, DEA, operation management, multi-variate analysis, biometrics, multi-methodology and Soft OR/Systems. The group is now a member of NATCOR.

Research in our Marketing group cuts across four main domains including, marketing strategy and performance; product development and innovation; buyer behaviour; and the management of supply (value) chains and market delivery systems. Projects cover a wide range of themes ranging from the marketing department’s influence on organisational performance, determinants of marketing innovation, brand and product development success, and pricing, advertising and distribution effectiveness, to marketing information/decision-support systems utilisation, value co-creation by open innovation, and consumer evaluation and processing of product communications.

Research in our People, Management and Organisation group examines themes in the areas of employment relations, human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership. The group covers a wide range of research, including employment relationships, the role of social partners, the effects of skills, technology and culture on the world of work, employee engagement, and the role of leadership.

Research in our Strategy and International Business group focuses on strategic alliances, non-market strategies, performance management, business in emerging economies, international strategy, management of multinational enterprises and corporate social responsibility.

For more information, see our Applied Research Centres:

For further information see the Kent Business School website.

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios: Reader in International Business

Multinationals; foreign direct investment; culture; cultural distance; performance; political and civil liberties; roles of subsidiaries; technology.

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Dr Marian Garcia: Reader in Agri-Environmental Economics

Crowdsourcing; open innovation; online communities; co-creation; value creation; food industry; innovation performance; customer-valuefocused innovation.

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Professor John Mingers: Professor of Operational Research and Systems

Multimethodology; pluralism; critical realism; ethics; Habermas systems; SSM; soft systems; Bhaskar semiotics; bibliometrics; h-index; citations; journal ranking.

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Dr Jesse O'Hanley: Senior Lecturer in Environmental Systems Management

Integer programming; heuristic algorithms; facility location; biodiversity conservation; natural resource management; fish passage; species distribution modelling; climate change impacts; nature reserve selection.

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Mrs Angela Ransley: Senior Lecturer in Finance and Financial Management

Financial management; The role of management accounting in decision making; Structures of corporate finance; Financial markets.

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Professor Said Salhi: Professor of Management Science and Operational Research

Logistics; routing problems; location problems; heuristics; optimisation.

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Dr Niaz Ahmed Wassan: Reader in Management Science

Vehicle Routing and its Variants; Supply Chain Management; Classical Heuristics and Meta-heuristics Optimisation; Tabu Search (Reactive Tabu and Adaptive Memory Programming); Variable Neighbourhood Search; Simulated Annealing, Genetic Algorithms; Hybrid heuristic methods.

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The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

Master of Business Administration - MBA at Canterbury:
UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £21400 £21400
Part-time £10700 £10700

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact

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