Master of Business Administration (University of Bradford)

Master of Business Administration

(University of Bradford)


Study level
Full time
2 years
Part time
2 to 3 years
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Arden University have worked in partnership with the University of Bradford for over 15 years. Our role is to aid and support students who want to enrol on the University of Bradford’s fully online MBA programme. This means we will guide you through the application process, and once enrolled, you will become a fully-fledged student of the University of Bradford – wherever in the world you choose to study from. 

The University of Bradford's School of Management’s established and triple-accredited online MBA programme is aimed at intelligent, highly motivated managers who are looking to transform their futures. Does this sound like you? If it does, then the Master of Business Administration course at the University of Bradford the right step. 

This University of Bradford MBA course was ranked number one in the world for value for money in the 2019 Financial Times Online MBA Rankings. The course is also ranked number 10 in the world overall by CEO Magazine. An MBA from the University of Bradford will truly make you stand out from the crowd and drive your transition to the next level of your career in an increasingly competitive employment environment.

When it comes to UK and global MBA rankings, the University of Bradford MBA is one of the most outstanding MBA programmes available.  

  • Ranked #2 in the UK for salary increase (34%) - Financial Times
  • Ranked #3 in the UK for Distance Learning MBA - Financial Times
  • Ranked #4 in the World for Career Progression - Financial Times
  • Ranked #10 Distance Learning MBA in the World - CEO Magazine

To learn more about making an application to study Bradford’s triple-accredited online MBA course, via Arden University – watch the video below.

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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 Bradford online MBA course. This means 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. While studying for your Bradford University course, you’ll receive full support with every element of your degree, from course materials to tutor interaction and guidance - all delivered 100% online.

With a University of Bradford MBA, you will be able to study wherever and whenever you choose, taking control of your own progress during the course, and working around 4 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

The Bradford MBA programme will provide you with the strategic, financial and people skills you’ll need to progress and perform at a senior leadership level. Designed to combine management theory with real business application, the Bradford University MBA gives you the opportunity to put your new knowledge and skills into practice from day one. Your future employability is a key part of each module, and we continue to work with major employers on our MBA Advisory Board and International Advisory Board to ensure our syllabus reflects this.  

Once you start your Distance Learning MBA programme you become part of the student community at the University of Bradford School of Management. Bradford have great pride in this sense of community, and throughout your studies they ensure that you have every opportunity needed 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 face-to-face online tutorial sessions.

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 at the 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 all Bradford Distance Learning students.

Studying an MBA

Distance Learning students usually study two modules every three months. Each module is split into nine units. Students are expected to work through 1 unit from each module per week. The Bradford MBA online course 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 over two to four years. On average, students take three years to complete the programme.


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  • Digital Marketing, Branding and Strategy
  • Accounting and Economics for Decision Making
  • Corporate Finance and Crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
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  • International Business Strategy
  • Marketing Communications
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  • Business Models for a Circular Economy
  • Diversity, Scale and Development
  • Enterprise and Innovation

MBA Management Project

The Management Project is an integral part of the Bradford MBA. As the final and most rewarding part of the MBA programme, you’ll have the chance to demonstrate your strengths and knowledge before embarking on your new career path as an MBA graduate. 

How do we assess you?

To back your development, Bradford will provide you with academic support to ensure you have the skills and resources needed to successfully complete your modules and assessments.

Muzibal Islam

The flexibility of the course allowed me to balance study with work and family life. I've got a big family, demanding job commitments, and I also like to travel, but I found that I didn't need to compromise any of that.

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Muzibal Islam
University of Bradford MBA

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 or worldwide. 

Shabeel and Farzanah Maudarbaccus

There are no barriers with Bradford’s distance learning courses and I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone looking to develop their skills, knowledge and career development.

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Shabeel and Farzanah Maudarbaccus
University of Bradford MBA students

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. 

Learn more about online learning

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.

Entry Requirements

The standard entry criteria for the Bradford MBA courses 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

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this programme.  

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

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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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

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 FT ranked MBA programme, focusing particularly on growth, improved rankings and student satisfaction.

Career prospects

Your University of Bradford 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. And as a graduate of the University of Bradford, your CV will stay firmly at the top of the pile, whichever future position you apply for. 

What will I gain from completing this degree?

After graduation, 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, having used 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

What can I do after Bradford University?

So where will your MBA take you next? Designed to enhance your employability factor, the specialist skills you will learn during your degree are highly valued by private and public sector organisations, giving you an immediate boost in the competitive job market. 

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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.