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Course Overview

The University of Bradford, School of Management have co-created a unique MBA in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Today’s economic conditions, characterised by increased price volatility and scarcity on the energy and resources fronts, require a change in perspective. There is a belief that an innovative approach, which integrates systems thinking and looks beyond the linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model, is the answer that a forward-looking School of Management should strive to provide.

As a result, the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy Distance Learning MBA is designed to give a focussed specialisation in the topic of Circular Economy within the context of our established MBA general management programme. This MBA seeks to prepare the next generation of leaders with first-hand knowledge on the circular economy, in concert with learning and putting into practice contemporary business leadership and management knowledge.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

'Triple Crown Accreditation'

Key Information

Award:
MBA
Credits:
180
UCAS Course Code:
N/A
Course Title:
Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy MBA
Duration:
2 to 6 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Distance learning
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

About University of Bradford

The School of Management has been an international leader in business education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years. As part of our mission to “Make Knowledge Work™” we have provided both Executive and Distance Learning (online) MBA programmes for the majority of that time.

As one of a handful of business schools across the world with the coveted “triple-crown” of globally-recognised accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA), we provide engaging and innovative teaching and learning along with research which has been recognised as making a difference to the world.

Our Distance Learning programme offers a limited number of bursaries that students can take advantage of, the bursary pays travel expenses to undertake studying a block module at the Bradford or Dubai campus, take a look at some of our student’s experiences.

You can also explore our campus from the comfort of your own home using our virtual experience.

Entry Requirements

All applications are considered on their individual merits and will be assessed using a collective approach, which takes into account professional status and work experience as well as academic achievement.

Work experience

Candidates must have at least 3 years’ postgraduate work experience, which can be from any industry, including both private and public sectors, and charitable organisations.

Academic & professional achievements

You should have a good first degree awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a relevant professional qualification. If you do not have a first degree or professional qualifications you will need to demonstrate significant management or business leadership experience (normally 8 years). We will also consider an academic recommendation based on interview.

Numeracy & literacy competences

We will require evidence of numeracy and literacy competences, and depending on the information provided at application, you may need to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, we may need evidence of your proficiency in English through a recognised test (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE-A). You will be required to achieve a minimum score of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
  • Internet-based TOEFL:
  • For EU, non-UK applicants: 94 overall, with minimum scores of: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Speaking 20, Writing – 17
  • For International, non-UK/EU, applicants (UKBA requirement): 94 overall, with minimum scores of: Listening – 21, Reading – 22, Speaking – 23, Writing – 21; or
  • PTE-A (Pearson Test of English Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Course details

Once you start the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy MBA programme you will gain an insight into core business and management theories as well as highly specialist and contemporary issues in the circular economy such as developing new business models, as well as the opportunities a circular economy approach provides to innovative and enterprising individuals and companies.

Further, the programme looks at energy, resources and commodities as a critical component of future economic and business prosperity. The programme also includes an exploration of the value and benefits of localisation, global trading relationships and enabling communication technologies. Students will also consider technical and biological flows of materials, reverse logistics, regenerative product design and virtuous business cycles as part of the core elements included in the circular economy concept.

All students on the programme are an integral part of the University of Bradford School of Management student community. Bradford has a great pride in this sense of community and throughout your studies they ensure that you have every opportunity to develop your professional network while also learning from the experiences of other students. This is achieved through the use of small, faculty-led tutor groups, weekly online discussions, live face-to-face online tutorial sessions and collaboration on projects with fellow students from around the world.

Further to this, while you do not have to attend any on-site teaching you will have an opportunity to take part in face-to-face teaching sessions with academics from the School of Management in University of Bradford and/or at our learning hub in Dubai (subject to availability). Career advice and support is also available remotely from our careers service, for our distance learning students

Duration
Bradford University School of Management allows students to vary the speed of their progression through the programme to suit their own individual needs. As such, you can choose to take just one module in a quarter or defer your studies altogether, for a short period of time. As a general guide the programme can be completed in 2-6 years.

Distance learning students usually study 2 modules every 3 months. Each module is split into 9 units (8 learning units and 1 revision unit). Students are expected to work through 1 unit per module per week. This format ensures that students have a number of weeks at the end of the module for examination revision (if the module is assessed by an exam) assignment work and general recuperation.

Through completing 2 modules every 3 months, by the end of year 1, students will have studied 8 modules. In year 2, progressing at the same rate, students take the remaining 4 compulsory modules and 2 elective modules. The completion of these remaining modules takes 9 months. In the final 3 months students start (and can complete) the management project. Many students see the management project as a key part of the MBA experience, putting the skills they have learnt into practice. Ongoing support is provided when tackling the management project with each student being allocated an experienced academic supervisor.

Fees & Funding

Fees

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Please contact us for more information on fees for this programme.

Postgraduate Funding

You can support your study a variety of ways. If you are a UK resident, the new Postgraduate Loans from the UK Government can cover the cost of your postgraduate study. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident and aged under 60.
  • You can get a loan of up to £10,000 to pay your fees and help with living costs.
  • You will start to pay it back when your course is complete and you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Read more on Postgraduate Loans here.

Self-funding

If you choose to pay for the course yourself you can pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations, simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.

Sponsorship

Because your postgraduate studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship Download our guide to employer sponsorship here.

Find out more about fees and funding on our dedicated information page by clicking here.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Careers

An MBA can equip you to progress to a senior management role in a variety of industries around the world. The specialist skills you will hold are highly valued by private and public sector organisations.

So, what will you have achieved when you complete this course?

You will have:

  • Demonstrated you can apply knowledge and skills at a strategic level
  • Undertaken activities that have improved your own organisation
  • Used your personal development and planning skills to contribute to society and the workplace
  • Used your problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions
  • Worked effectively in a team, using listening, negotiating, persuading and presenting skills - but also shown you can be adaptable to changes at work
  • Shown genuine deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area
  • Taken a world view, demonstrating that you understand global issues, diversity and ethical questions
  • Developed your communication skills.


Visit our Knowledge base to find out how investing in an MBA is investing in your future.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

Alternative Courses

How to apply for your University of Bradford MBA through Arden

1. View course details on Arden or University of Bradford websites

2. Apply on the Arden website

3. We’ll process your application

4. Supporting your next steps

5. Accept & complete the application

6. Begin your course with the University of Bradford

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