MBA Distance Learning

Duration: 2 - 6 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MBA
Suitable for international students
Start date: October, January, April and July
Faculty of Management & Law


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 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.

8th in the world in 2015 Financial Times Online MBA global rankings


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:

Entry requirements for 2016


This is the current module information. Modules may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures.

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
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Managing People
  • Managerial and Professional Development
  • Business Research
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Management

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

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

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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 chameleonlike, 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 web site

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 

Please visit the School of Management website for further details.

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 Bradford University 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

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.

How do I find out more?

MBA Programme Team

Student ambassadors

Get in touch with one of our student ambassadors, currently studying the Distance Learning MBA, by emailing Matt Hayes in the Global Campus team.

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.