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Course Overview

The University of Bradford, School of Management’s established and well-regarded MBA programmes are aimed at intelligent, highly motivated managers who wish to transform and equip themselves with essential leadership, business and management skills in order to make the transition to the next level in their careers within an increasingly competitive, diverse and dynamic business environment.

The Bradford Distance Learning MBA ranks highly in World Class Rankings:
Financial Times Distance Learning MBA 2018 rankings (Financial Times, March 2018)

– Ranked #3 in the UK for Distance Learning MBA
– World #5 for career progression
– Ranked #14 in the World for Distance Learning MBA

University of Bradford

Find out more about the Bradford MBA

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'Triple Crown Accreditation'

Arden and Bradford: how our partnership works.

We’re proud to have partnered with the University of Bradford for more than 15 years. As experts in distance learning, our role is to help students enrol on to the Bradford Distance Learning MBA. This means we support you all the way through the application process, from your initial enquiry to enrolling on the course.

Once enrolled, you will become a student of the University of Bradford who will support you through all aspects of your study. On graduation your certificate will be issued by University of Bradford.

Key Information

Award:
MBA
Credits:
180
UCAS Course Code:
N/A
Course Title:
Master of Business Administration
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

The standard entry criteria for the distance learning MBA are:

  • At least 3 years’ postgraduate work experience.
  • A first degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or relevant professional qualification.
  • Evidence of numeracy and literacy competencies, 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.
  • If English is not your first language evidence of your proficiency in English may be requested through a recognised test (IELTS score of 6.5, Pearson Test of English score of 60 or TOEFL score of 94 will be accepted).

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. If you do not have a first degree or professional qualifications you can still apply but will need to demonstrate significant management or business leadership experience (normally 8 years). An academic recommendation based on interview will also be considered.

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.

Course Details

Once you start the distance learning MBA programme you become 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. Discover what our students have to say about our Distance Learning programme.

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.

Studying the MBA

Distance learning students usually study 2 modules every 3 months. Each module is split into 9 units. Students are expected to work through 1 unit from each module per week. The University of Bradford School of Management distance learning MBA allows students to vary the speed of their progression through the programme to suit their own individual needs. If you feel that you cannot study two modules over the three month period, you can opt to study just one and lighten your workload. If things get particularly busy, you can also opt to suspend your studies and restart at a later date, giving you ultimate flexibility to complete this distance learning MBA in 2 to 6 years. On average, students take 3 years to complete the programme.

Modules

Modules

The modules you will study consist of four core modules (total of 80 credits), plus 40 credits of option modules and your management project (60 credits).

The four core modules are:

  • Competitiveness Through Technology and Innovation
  • Leadership for Transformational Change
  • Digital Marketing, Branding and Strategy
  • Accounting and Economics for Decision Making

Option modules may include*:

  • Corporate Finance and Crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • International Financial Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Risk Management in European Banking
  • International Business in Emerging Economies
  • International Business Strategy
  • Management of Change
  • Corporate Marketing
  • European Business Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Digital Health and Informatics
  • Materials, Resources, Energy and Competitiveness
  • Business Models for a Circular Economy
  • Diversity, Scale and Development
  • Enterprise and Innovation

*Please note that the option modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

You are required to complete 40 credits for your options. Most option modules are 10-credit modules, but Digital Health and Informatics is a 20-credit module.

Management Project - 60 credits

The Management Project is an integral part of the Bradford MBA. It is the final and most challenging, yet rewarding part of the MBA programme. Once you have registered for the management project, you will have up to 12 months to complete it.

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.

Here’s what Bradford’s MBA students say

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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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