Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy - Distance Learning MBA

Duration: 2 - 6 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Master in Business Administration
Suitable for international students
Start date: January or July
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

Today’s economic conditions, characterised by increased price volatility and scarcity on the energy and resources fronts, require a change in perspective. We believe 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.

We have designed our circular economy MBA to give the next generation of leaders a first-mover advantage, by tackling subjects including regenerative product design, new business models, reverse logistics and enabling communication technologies.

The programme is studied through distance-learning, using a combination of self-study, online teaching and group discussions. This flexibility means that you can fit your learning around your work and home commitments, and complete the MBA at a pace to suit you, in anything from two to six years.

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"I am excited to see University of Bradford School of Management offering a new MBA based on the circular economy paradigm. This is a meaningful way to bring the Principles for Responsible Management Education to life and to enable future (business) leaders to contribute to a sustainable planet."

Jonas Haertle
Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact

Why Bradford?

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools in the world (less than 1%) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

University of Bradford School of Management and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in September 2010 with the aim of aiding the transition toward the circular economy business model. Since its inception the foundation has made significant advances:

  • Publishing the first ever report series ‘Towards the Circular Economy’ highlighting the economic rationale for the transition to a circular economy
  • Making a significant contribution to the European Commission manifesto highlighting the need for a change in mindset toward the circular economy
  • Working collaboratively with major organisations such as BT, Renault and B&Q in order to develop circular economy business programmes worth in excess of $1 billion

In addition to this work the foundation has a keen interest in developing business education,  engaging with high calibre MBA students on the key ideas and theories associated with the circular economy business model. In order to achieve this the foundation has established links with a number of leading institutions such as Euromed Management in France and University of Bradford School of Management through the ‘Business Schools Network’. Each institution is involved in delivering seminars and lectures on the circular economy ethos and in the case of University of Bradford School of Management providing the Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy MBA.

Rankings

Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:

  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked No.1 in Yorkshire, 11th in the UK and 42nd in Europe in the European Business School rankings 2015
  • Our Full-time MBA is ranked 31st in Europe in the European MBA rankings
  • Our Full-time MBA is also ranked 9th in Europe for % Salary Increase
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked in the Global Top 100, No.1 in Yorkshire and No.5 in the United Arab Emirates in Executive MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA ranked 11th in the world, 3rd in the UK in Online MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA is also ranked 1st in the world for salary increase (percentage) and 2nd in the world for value for money
  • We are ranked 7th in the UK and 61st in the world for Masters in Management

Entry requirements

Additional entry requirements:

Applications for the School of Management's taught postgraduate programmes are made directly to the School and are processed through each programme team.

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 and 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 eight years). We will also consider an academic recommendation based on interview.

Numeracy and literacy competencies

We will require evidence of numeracy and literacy competencies, and you will be required to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent: The Bradford Test (pdf).

For the distance-learning MBA the requirement to take an online aptitude test will depend on the information provided at application.

English language requirements:

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

Related links:

Language Support and Courses — for international students wishing to improve their English.

Home Office UK Border Agency — for information on visas and immigration for international students.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

Core modules

  • Business Accounting
  • Managing People
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Circular Economy - Core Principles and Concepts
  • Materials, Resources, Energy and Competitiveness
  • Diversity, Scale and Development
  • Business Models for the Circular Economy
  • Enterprise and Innovation

Elective modules

Once you  have gained the required managerial skills and knowledge from the core modules, you will then be required to complete two elective modules. There are normally 9-10 elective modules to choose from for those studying purely by distance learning

  • Marketing Communications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • E-business
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Business in Emerging Economies
  • International Financial Management
  • Management of Change
  • Managerial Leadership
  • Corporate Marketing

Students who choose to take an elective module(s) in Bradford or at one of our partner institutions will have a wider range of choices, including modules such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Management Consulting and Global Supply Chain Management. 

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.

Learning activities and assessment

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

Circular Economy students are not required to attend any sessions at University of Bradford School of Management. However students can chose to study up to three modules (each running over 3-5 days) at the School of Management or at one of our partner institutions in Singapore or Dubai for no extra cost (other than travel and subsistence costs).

Your knowledge and understanding of each subject area studied will be assessed by the most appropriate means. This will typically involve the completion of a written assignment, an exam or in some cases an assignment and an exam. If you need to sit an exam we have approved examination centres worldwide, making it highly likely that there is an exam centre near you. Please note, if you do not sit the exam at University of Bradford School of Management or RDI (Coventry) you have to pay an extra fee to your chosen examination centre.

How you study

All students start their studies by taking the ‘Circular Economy – Core Principles and Concepts’ module. This module provides a firm grounding on the key issues associated with the Circular Economy. Following on from this students are expected to take two subjects (modules) every three months.

Each module contains nine study units. Students typically progress by studying one unit from each module per week. This equates to approximately 14-16 hours of study per week. Once you have studied the ‘Circular Economy – Core Principles and Concepts’ module it may be the case that you don't think that you have enough time to study two modules over the three month period, if so you can always chose to study just one module, lightening your workload considerably.

If work or family life is particularly busy then you can even suspend your studies and restart at a later date. This flexibility means that students can complete the Circular Economy MBA in two to six years. We do however strongly advise that students study two modules every three months.

Study Abroad

You may decide that you want to accelerate your studies, learn about a particular subject area, study alongside other University of Bradford School of Management students or simply broaden your horizons and spend some time studying overseas. You can do this by undertaking up to 3 block modules (i.e. 3-5 days of intensive study) at no extra cost (other than travel, accommodation and subsistence) at the School of Management or at one of our partner institutions in Singapore or Dubai.

University of Bradford School of Management (UK)

From May to June each year a series of elective block modules are taught at the School of Management in Bradford. Circular Economy students are welcome to attend these blocks having the opportunity to: "study business in your own little village and gaze out on stunning views stretching to the Yorkshire Dales and Haworth, the Bronte home"  (The Independent Newspaper, A-Z of Business Schools). A typical class size for a block elective is around 20-30 students. With all of the students coming from varying backgrounds attendance at these block sessions gives you a real opportunity to learn not only from some world renowned academics but also from your classmates.

University of Bradford School of Management (Dubai)

Our Dubai MBA programme has now been running for more than a decade. Circular Economy students can attend elective blocks at our study centre in Dubai's Knowledge Village. These block modules run over a three-day period. Please note that access to these modules is subject to availability.

MDIS (Singapore)

MDIS Business School is one of the biggest business schools (among private education organizations) in Singapore with an annual intake of more than 4,000 students. The Bradford School of Management has been offering its MBA in conjunction with MDIS since 2003. Each year two-four members of faculty from the School of Management each teach a block elective at MDIS usually over an intense three-day period.

 

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

An MBA is an opportunity to either change career direction or consolidate experience then return and progress in a previous industry or job. The Financial Times Global MBA rankings show that alumni continue to operate in a wide range of sectors with, on average, 20% of them being in board level positions within three years of graduation.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the school campus.

Study Support

Each module has been designed so that your understanding and knowledge is developed through using a variety of materials from textbooks and academic journal papers through to video clips, podcasts, on line discussions and live on line tutorials.

Printed Materials

For each module you will receive a textbook and a high quality study book containing essential study notes, case studies and short exercises to develop your understanding. The study books are written by academics from the Bradford School of Management many of whom are world leading authorities in their subject area. Each study book contains:

  • 9 study units, each unit is designed to develop your understanding of a particular subject area

  • 2 optional assignments which you submit to your tutor for feedback. These assignments  enable you to track your progress ensuring that you understand key subject areas

  • A series of short case studies and exercises reinforcing key principles and ideas and demonstrating how academic theory can be put into practice.

  • Clear guidance on accessing additional learning materials that will help reinforce your understanding and knowledge   

Tutorial Groups 

While distance learning allows you to study at a time, place and pace to suit your needs we ensure that you will never feel like you are studying alone. When studying a module you will be part of a small tutor group. As a tutor group member you are expected to contribute  to the weekly on line discussion boards and a series of live on line tutorials. You can also discuss issues with other distance learning students and academics through the Bradford School of Management on line social networking site - The Atrium.

The Virtual Learning Environment

The University of Bradford School of Management uses a virtual learning environment called Blackboard. Each module you study will have a dedicated Blackboard site containing:

  • A copy of the module study book

  • Guidance on the assessment used for the module

  • PowerPoint slides and audio recordings (where available) taken from Bradford based full time or part time MBA lectures

  • Film from 3 key on-site lectures (where available)

  • Key readings selected by Bradford academics from leading academic journals, trade publications and broadsheet newspapers

  • Selected audio and video clips helping to underline your knowledge and understanding of  particular subject areas

  • Additional non-compulsory readings enabling you to further engage with a subject and advance your understanding 

  • A comprehensive bank of multiple choice questions allowing you to monitor your understanding and get instant feedback on your progression     

University of Bradford School of Management Library

As a distance learning student you will have access to the University's online library resources. This means wherever you are in the world you can access thousands of academic journals, market reports and textbooks all from your computer.

Distance learning students also have their own dedicated librarian who can provide students with photocopies of various materials including journal papers, book chapters and company reports.

Effective Learning Service

It may be some time since you last studied for a formal qualification and so some of your key learning skills such as essay writing, critical analysis and revision may require some attention. The School of Management Effective Learning department can provide you with all the help you need to overcome such obstacles. 'Quick Read' leaflets are available with titles such as 'How to Improve Your Marks' and '5 Stage Report Writing Structure'. A variety of additional information is available and you can even have a one-to-one consultation with our effective learning advisor.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

For all intakes from January 2016

  • £16,500

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

The School of Management offers a number of scholarships to MBA students from anywhere in the world to help fund tuition fees.

Please note that where candidates are eligible for more than one scholarship they will be offered the one of highest value.

Alumni discount

Self-funded University of Bradford alumni applying to study any Bradford MBA programme will qualify for a discount on the self-funded element of their fees.

  • 25% discount for undergraduate alumni with 1st Class honours, or Master's alumni with distinction
  • 20% discount for undergraduate alumni with 2(i) Class honours, or Master's alumni with merit
  • 15% discount for undergraduate alumni with 2(ii) Class honours, or Master's alumni with a pass

Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MBA student.

The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme.

The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.


Postgraduate Loan

Those applying for one of the Bradford Distance Learning MBA programmes may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, worth up to £10,000.

Eligibility doesn't depend on personal or family income, but you need to:

  • be under 60-years-old
  • ordinarily live in England/the EU (not including Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales)
  • not already have a degree at Master's level or above
  • be studying the full programme (not transferring any credits from previous level 7 studies)

To receive the loan you need to ensure you are able to complete your Distance Learning MBA in two years. Your progress through the programme will be recorded, and if it appears that you will not be able to complete it in two years, then your loan payments may be suspended.

As with all Distance Learning MBA students you will still have the opportunity to tailor your progress to suit your individual needs. If you decide to suspend your studies (perhaps due to work or family-related issues) then the time recorded studying on the programme will also be suspended along with the loan payment due in the corresponding period.

Find out more and apply on the government website.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

MBA Programme Team, University of Bradford School of Management, Emm Lane, Bradford BD9 4JL, UK

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

You may apply for the Bradford Distance Learning MBA in a number of ways.

Apply online

Download application form

You need to download and print an Application Form plus the Confidential Reference Form (two printed copies). Send the completed Application Form (with a covering letter and any supporting documentation) to:

Apply to RDI

University of Bradford School of Management administers its distance learning MBA alongside a partner organisation called RDI (Resource Development International). RDI are responsible for the initial stages of student application and admission onto the Bradford Distance Learning MBA in specific territories, namely:

  • Europe
  • Russia and CIS states
  • USA
  • Canada
  • The Caribbean (excluding Trinidad)
  • Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda
  • Mauritius

If you are from one of the above listed territories, please apply directly to RDI.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.