Innovation Enterprise & Circular Economy MBA (University of Bradford)

Innovation Enterprise & Circular Economy MBA

(University of Bradford)


Study level
Full time
2 years
Part time
2 to 3 years

Course Overview

Are you looking to develop your skills in UK economics? Or do you want to accelerate your career further by discovering new, advanced approaches to solving economic issues? This online MBA Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy course could be just what you need to succeed. 

The University of Bradford, School of Management have co-created a unique MBA in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which you can apply for via Arden University - the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy Distance Learning MBA.

Today’s economic conditions are constantly shifting and require a change in perspective from our future generations. 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-thinking School of Management should strive to provide.

As a result, the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy Distance Learning MBA is designed to give a focused qualification 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, in conjunction with learning and putting into practice contemporary business leadership and management skills.

Find out more about this fascinating MBA qualification with Triple Crown Accreditation from the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) below.

MBA Financal Times Ranking


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No. 1 in the World for value for money
No. 1 in the World for value for money
(Financial Times 2019)
No. 10 in the World for distance learning MBA
No. 10 in the World for distance learning MBA
(Financial Times 2019)



Advantages of distance learning with Bradford

  • Studying 100% online means you can do so from anywhere in the world
  • Courses can be studied at your own pace, meaning you can work around any other commitments at the same time
  • Distance learning courses give you the skills to take your career to the next level
  • You'll join an extensive network of students, so you'll never be studying alone 
  • You'll have access to all of our online learning, careers and support services

Arden and Bradford: How our partnership works

Arden University are 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 apply for the online Bradford Distance Learning MBA course. This means that we support you all the way through the application process, from your initial enquiry to enrolling onto the course with Bradford.

Once enrolled, you will become a fully-fledged University of Bradford student. From here, you'll get all the support you need for your studies, from course materials to tutor interaction and guidance - all delivered 100% online.

You will be able to study wherever and whenever you choose, putting you in control of your own progress during the course, working around four online lectures per module (with each module lasting approximately three months).

On graduation, your certificate will be issued by the University of Bradford.

Course details and modules

At the University of Bradford you will study eight core modules and a management project. 

Once you begin the Distance Learning 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. This is turn will give you the opportunity to develop new business models, and will teach you how to take a circular economy approach to innovative and enterprising individuals and companies.

The online MBA innovation programme looks at energy, resources and commodities as a critical component of future economic and business success. This MBA also includes an exploration of the value and benefits of localisation, global trading relationships and enabling communication technologies. During this circular economy course, students will 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  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 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.


The 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 two to four years.

To complete the course in two years, Distance Learning students take 4 x 10 credit modules throughout the year - one per quarter. In the final nine 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.


  • Circular Economy Core Principles and Concepts    
  • Materials, Resources, Energy and Competitiveness    
  • Business Models for a Circular Economy    
  • Diversity, Scale and Development  
  • Enterprise and Innovation    
  • Accounting and Economics for Decision Making    
  • Digital Marketing, Branding and Strategy    
  • Leadership for Transformational Change    

Management Project - 60 credits 

The Management Project is an integral part of the Bradford online MBA Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy course. 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 nine months to complete it.

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

The programme enabled me to study whilst continuing a busy full-time job. It is flexible and supports students wanting to work around a career and family commitments. It provides a comprehensive range of core and elective modules, and the ‘triple accreditation’ gives the course a quality seal of approval.

John Drabble
Bradford Distance Learning MBA

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy.
Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

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 three years’ postgraduate work experience, which can be from any industry, including both private and public sectors, and charitable organisations.

Academic & professional achievements

To study for the circular economy MBA, 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 eight 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.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

You’ll be spending the next few years of your life working towards your MBA qualification, so it’s always nice to get a glimpse of who will be supporting and teaching you throughout your journey. The Bradford University MBA is led by Dr Natalie Wilmot who joined the University in 2019. Natalie is responsible for directing the Financial Times ranked MBA programme, focusing particularly on growth, improved rankings and student satisfaction.

Career prospects

Your Bradford University MBA qualification will enable 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.

An MBA can enable 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.

What will I have achieved on completing my MBA?

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.

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Career Development Resources

Your next step into the professional world

Once you start your Bradford MBA, you’ll become part of the student community. Throughout your studies, you’ll have lots of opportunities 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 and live online tutorial sessions. You’ll also have an opportunity to take part in face-to-face teaching sessions with academics from the School of Management at the University of Bradford, and at our learning hub in Dubai. Career advice and support is also available remotely from our careers service, for all Bradford online learning students.

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.