MBA Distance Learning

Duration: 2 - 6 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Master in Business Administration
Suitable for international students
Start date: October, January, April and July
Faculty of Management & Law
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The Bradford Distance Learning MBA allows you to study at a time, place and pace to suit you.

This programme is ideal if you need to combine work and family commitments with your business management studies, giving you the flexibility to complete your MBA in two to six years.

You’ll join an international network of over 500 distance-learning students, which means you’ll never be studying alone.

Students get all the benefits of being part of a leading business school with access to our unique online learning, careers and support services from around the world.

About our partner RDI

University of Bradford School of Management administers its distance learning MBA programmes alongside RDI. RDI is responsible for the initial stages of student application and admission onto the Bradford Distance Learning MBA programmes in specific territories - see the 'how to apply' section to find out more.

Please note: In August 2015, RDI achieved university status resulting in a name change from Resource Development International Ltd to Arden University Ltd. However, the organisation is aware of the high esteem in which RDI is held by students worldwide and so the RDI name will continue as part of Arden University.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The Financial Times has placed the University of Bradford School of Management's Distance Learning MBA in the world's top 10 in its Online MBA Ranking 2015.

We are in an elite group of less than 1% of business schools in the world to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, visit the School of Management's Accreditation section for more information. 

Why Bradford?

The Bradford Distance Learning MBA is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the world's best online MBA programmes (World No.8) and rated No.1 in the world for alumni career progression.

The programme is aimed at intelligent, highly motivated managers who wish to equip themselves with the essential business and management skills required in the increasingly competitive, diverse and dynamic business environment.

As with all our MBAs, we offer students the flexibility to switch between modes of study. Distance learning students can choose to take certain modules alongside Full-time and Executive Part-time students in Bradford or at one of our partner institutions across our global campus. There is also flexibility in terms of how intensively you study. We advise that you study two modules every three months, tackling one unit per week – approximately 14-16 hours of study. However, if you are restricted on time, you can choose to just study one module at a time or even suspend your studies all together and restart at a later date.

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. Distance Learning MBA students have access to our Virtual Learning Environment and are provided with a variety of materials from textbooks and academic journal papers through to video clips and podcasts for each module. You are also expected to contribute to online discussion forums and tutorials with your tutor group and can network with staff and students our online social networking site - The Atrium.

Although studying largely independently, Distance Learning MBA students get all the benefits of being at a leading international business school and gaining a globally recognised qualification. You will also get access to all of our learning, careers and support services as well as our online library and academic expertise.


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

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.


Core modules

You will study 10 core modules covering key business and managerial disciplines.

  • Online Induction Programme (Completion of the online induction programme is vital as during the induction you will be provided with key information on issues such as MBA rules and regulations, student support services and the online learning resources)
  • Business Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Managing People
  • Managerial & Professional Development
  • Business Ethics & Sustainability
  • Business Research
  • Strategic Management
  • Corporate Finance

Elective modules

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

  • Business simulation
  • Corporate marketing
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • E-business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial risk management in European banking
  • Global supply chain management
  • International business in emerging economies
  • International business strategy
  • International financial management
  • Innovation and intellectual property
  • Management of change
  • Management consulting
  • Management information systems
  • Managerial leadership
  • Marketing communications
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Project management
  • Services Marketing
  • Sustainable operations

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. Up to three modules may be taken in this way at no extra cost.

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 9,000-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

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. If you don't think that you have enough time to study two modules over the three month period 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 a distance learning MBA in 2 to 6 years. We do however strongly advise that students study two modules every three months.

The Bradford Learning Experience

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.


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 examination centres worldwide, making it highly likely that there is an exam centre near you. If there is not a suitable exam centre nearby then you can nominate a new exam centre.

Please note, if you do not sit the exam at the School of Management or RDI Coventry you will have to pay an extra fee to your chosen examination centre.


Study Abroad

You may decide 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 three 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 any one of our partner institutions in Dubai and Singapore.

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. Distance learning 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.

Distance learning 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. University of Bradford School of Management has been offering its MBA in conjunction with MDIS since 2003. Each year four members of faculty from the School of Management each teach a block elective at MDIS usually over an intense three-day period.

Bradford and AIS (Philippines)

The Bradford MBA is delivered in conjunction with AIS right in the heart of Manila’s business district in Makati City. Each of the block modules available in Manila are taught by faculty from University of Bradford School of Management over an intense three-day period. This means that as a distance learning student you can study a module and also experience Manila, a city Time magazine described as: “cosmopolitan and chameleon-like, equal parts cool and kitsch, and animated with an irrepressible vitality that's capable of reinvigorating even the most world-weary among us” (

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.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Careers workshops
  • Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
  • Online resources
  • Job opportunities

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, on average, 20% of alumni achieve board-level positions within three years of graduation.

On completion of the programme participants go into a wide variety of functions and sectors, including IT/Telecoms, Finance & Banking and Industry being amongst the most popular.

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


  • £16,500

If you live in the USA, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Mauritius or the Caribbean, please visit the RDI fees page to check the relevant fee. 

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

Alumni discount

Self-funded University of Bradford alumni, regardless of when they have graduated will receive a 15% discount on the self-funded element of their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree or a pass in their Master's.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

See our MBA webpages.

The School of Management MBA programme team will be happy to answer any questions/queries:

University of Bradford School of Management
Emm Lane

Tel: 00 44 1274 234 321

Fax: 00 44 1274 234433

If you live in the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Caribbean, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda or Mauritius, our colleagues at RDI will be happy to provide you with details about the Bradford MBA programmes. You can contact RDI on (0) 24 765 15700 or at

Student ambassadors

Wherever you are in the world, you have the opportunity to learn more about the MBA by talking to one of our student ambassadors currently studying the Distance Learning MBA. For further details please contact the MBA programme team at:

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

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

  • UK and 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.

If you do not live in one of the listed countries then please apply directly to the University of Bradford. You can do this 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:


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.