Learning 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 Arden University (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.
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 our partner institution in 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.
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.
For each module you will be provided with electronic access to a study book and the core text book through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The study books contains 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
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.
Virtual Learning Environment
The University of Bradford School of Management uses a virtual learning environment. Each module you study will have a dedicated 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.
The Circular Economy components of the course are based on the latest research and thought leadership from around the world, supported by our academic partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.