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As a mother, wife and someone working full-time in a very demanding role, having the flexibility to tailor my learning and study time has enabled me to have a good work/life/study balance. Tatjana Walker, Distance Learning MBA

Entry requirements

If you'd like a quick view on your suitability and eligibility for The Bradford MBA before you complete a full application, simply send us your CV and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please email it to

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 at least 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 may be required to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent (The Bradford Test).

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we may need evidence of your proficiency in English through a recognised test (IELTSTOEFL 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: 90 overall, with minimum scores of: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Speaking 20, Writing – 17
    • For International, non-UK/EU, applicants (UKBA requirement): 90 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

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. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

Our DL MBA programme consists of three stages:

  • Core modules – designed to help you get back in to learning and provide fundamental knowledge of management principles and theory, before leading into an in-depth understanding of specialist topics that are essential and relevant to the contemporary commercial world
  • Elective modules – designed to help you explore contemporary management topics in more detail
  • Management project – enables you to put the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme to practical use on a relevant management issue

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.

How you study

Each module contains study units that you will progress through each week under the guidance of a module leader. This equates to approximately 14-16 hours of study per week.

If work or family life is particularly busy we offer flexibility for completion of the MBA in two to three years.

Find out more

Our MBA Online Events are a great way to find out more about our MBA programmes, and talk to our team via a live web link from your computer, tablet or smartphone (iOS or Android).

These sessions are ideal if you live or work overseas or if you're based in the UK but don't have the time to visit us on campus.

Register for an online event


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 studying up to two elective modules in 3 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. (Within COVID travel guidelines and regulations).

University of Bradford School of Management (UK)

Distance Learners can join elective block modules, which are taught at the School of Management in Bradford. 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). 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. Please note that access to these modules is subject to availability.

University of Bradford School of Management (Dubai)

Our Dubai MBA programme has now been running for more than a decade. 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.

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, online discussions and live online tutorials.

Supporting materials

For each module you will be provided with electronic access to readings, the core textbook and discussion boards through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Tutorial groups

While distance learning allows you more flexibility to study, we ensure that you will never feel like you are studying alone.

When studying a module you will attend live online tutorials with an academic. You can also discuss topics with other distance learning students and academics through the discussion boards and informal networking sessions online.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

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

  • Guidance on the assessment used for the module
  • PowerPoint slides and lecture recordings
  • Access to Zoom for live tutorials
  • 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
  • Formative assessments 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 that from 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.

Academic Skills Advice 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 Academic Skills Advice Service can provide you with all the help you need to overcome such obstacles. A variety of additional information is available and you can even have a one-to-one consultation with our effective learning advisor


The material is research-led with contemporary material for current managerial and business issues. The rationale for the redesigned MBA is that it maps on to the four research centres of the School of Management.

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.