Bradford University School of Management

"I enjoyed the good balance of independent learning and classroom contact with excellent professors and fellow classmates."

Areej Nassar, Dubai MBA

Executive MBA in Dubai



Our Executive MBA in Dubai is one of the first and most highly regarded in the UAE, fast-tracking the careers of many of the region’s leading business professionals since it was first established in 1996. Studied part-time over 2 years, the programme is aimed at ambitious managers who want to study while they work. A flexible structure of 3-day block weekend teaching every 4-6 weeks, and supported by distance learning, allows you to plan your study effectively and minimise any disruption to work. Taught by our international fly-in faculty, the programme is delivered at the first-class educational facilities of Dubai Knowledge Village.

You will have the opportunity to study up to 3 elective modules at Bradford or one of our partner institutions if you wish. The list of available modules changes every year but will be made available to you after enrolment.

+Course details

All our MBA programmes are made up of three stages

  • Core modules – designed to help you get back in to learning and provide fundamental knowledge of management principles and theory
  • Elective modules – provide an in-depth understanding of specialist topics that are essential and relevant to the contemporary commercial world. Students choose those that are of most interest or greatest career benefit
  • Management project – enables you to put the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme to practical use on a relevant management issue

Teaching is in blocks of three days every 5-6 weeks using a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, case analysis, group work, individual and group problem solving research. Assessment is typically through a blend of assignments and examinations.

+Core Modules

+Elective Modules

Executive MBA in Dubai students choose four*

*The lists of modules reflect those agreed for 2012/13 teaching and may be subject to change & availability for 2013/14

+Management Project

The management project is an integral part of the Bradford MBA and is often the most challenging and rewarding part of the programme. At the end of the taught programme you put into practice what you have learnt by investigating and reporting on an important management issue or opportunity. If you are sponsored by your employer, the project can relate to your workplace. Otherwise, you may choose to use the project to deepen your knowledge of a different sector or organisation, or as a stepping stone to your next job. The project findings and recommendations are then written up in a 15,000-word dissertation.

Throughout the project you will be guided by an experienced academic and you will have access to the School of Management Effective Learning department. The Effective Learning service often proves to be very useful providing students with a clear understanding and guidelines on what is required in order to successfully complete their project.

+Our students and alumni


Areej Nassar  profile - dubai mba - areej naseer

Year of Graduation





Brand Manager at Johnson & Johnson Dubai


“Doing an MBA is a fantastic way of boosting your career but it is a big commitment which could interfere with your short term progression at work.

I had always considered doing an MBA after gaining a few years experience in business but was progressing quickly in my role at Reckitt Benckiser and needed to find a programme that wouldn’t get in the way of my hectic professional lifestyle. Distance learning was an option but I wanted the benefits of a prestigious qualification from a well-established academic institution – and also the opportunity to be taught by world-class professors and work with other successful business people from different industries. I was funding myself so it was a huge commitment financially, mentally and on my time which made it even more important that I chose the right programme.

After much consideration I chose to embark on Bradford University School of Management’s Executive MBA based in Dubai where I live and work. Here’s why

1. Academic credentials of the MBA


I’m from a very academic family – both my parents have PhDs. So it was particularly important for me to choose a programme with excellent academic credentials. Bradford University School of Management is part of a well-established, major university which offers a range of highly acclaimed degree programmes delivered by world-class academics.

2. Focused MBA study


The fact that classes were an intense three day period every five weeks meant that the MBA wouldn’t interfere with my day-to-day job and I could use vacation days and weekends to focus exclusively on my studies. Also, the executive programme was structured around the traditional academic calendar with a summer vacation which allowed for some down time and the opportunity to travel. Most importantly, the timetable was communicated at the beginning and rarely changed which meant that I could plan ahead and manage my time effectively.

3. Flexibility of the Executive MBA


Bradford’s Executive MBA programme is designed for working professionals and, apart from the contact time, you can easily manage your time around your job. I enjoyed the good balance of independent learning and classroom contact with excellent professors and fellow classmates. When I interviewed for my new job, I was able to demonstrate that I was flexible, could multi-task and was able to excel in both my education and work life simultaneously.

4. International perspective on the MBA


Because Bradford University School of Management has a global reach and professors are flown in for lectures, students can gain an international perspective on business issues. This was particularly useful for me as someone who works in a global industry for a multi-national company. The programme is also AMBA and EQUIS accredited giving it additional credibility.

5. Collaborative working with MBA colleagues


Doing an MBA gives you time to step back and think more deeply about business problems but also learn from others in different industries that you wouldn’t otherwise come across. My fellow classmates on the programme were professionals from range of different industries. Bradford is very good at organising group work and encouraging collaboration – you are not just lectured at. This meant that we could share knowledge and expertise from different perspectives, which made me a more versatile and forward thinking candidate when I went for my new job. I was the only one in my class from an FMCG background so I like to think I brought something new to the table from a market that anyone can relate to.

Before embarking on an MBA do your research and ensure that you are choosing a programme that meets your needs and will give you the best possible opportunity to boost your career.”

Key Details

Study mode



2 1/2 years

Start date



Dubai, UAE






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