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Our MBA was first launched in 1974. Our distance learning MBA has been ranked first in the world for value for money, fourth in the world for career progress, third in the UK overall and 10th in the world overall (Financial Times Online MBA rankings 2019).

We are the only institution in Yorkshire approved by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver our programme to NHS staff wishing to pursue an MBA.

Flexible MBA study options

You can choose to study The Bradford MBA on campus, in Dubai, or by distance learning anywhere in the world.

If you need to combine your study with work or home commitments, you could extend your studies over two to six years with our part-time or distance-learning MBA.

The Bradford MBA brochure
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Distance Learning MBA

The Bradford Distance Learning MBA is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the world's best online MBA programmes. It is ranked number one in the world for value for money, fourth in the world for career progress, third overall in the UK and 10th overall in the world in the 2019 Online MBA Rankings. The Distance Learning MBA is also ranked tenth in the world in the CEO Magazine 2019 Global MBA rankings. 

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 executive part-time students in Bradford or Dubai. 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 altogether 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 e-books 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 on 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.


"I self-study from home in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. For some years now I have been feeling as though my career is in a bit of a rut. Pursuing the Distance Learning MBA has re-stimulated my creative mind that I thought was slowly dying."

Brent Anthony Gormandy
Distance Learning MBA

Executive MBA in the UK

The Bradford part-time Executive MBA is designed for those who are working full time and will either be funded or supported by their employer, or able to study block modules in their free time and vacations

Our Executive MBA typically takes between two and three years to complete. We offer participants the flexibility to switch between modes of study. Options are available to study modules in Bradford, Dubai, Toulouse or be able to study a module online.

Whichever main location you choose to study your Executive MBA from, you will get all the benefits of studying at a leading international business school and gaining a globally recognised qualification. Our supportive learning environment is consistent across our global campus and our experts are flown in for teaching on all our programmes.

Executive MBA in Dubai

Our Executive MBA in Dubai is one of the first and most highly regarded in the UAE; it has fast-tracked the careers of many of the region’s leading business professionals.

The programme is aimed at ambitious managers who want to study part-time while they work and is delivered on weekend sessions every 4-6 weeks, supported by distance learning. The course is delivered in the first-class educational facilities of Dubai Knowledge Village and taught by our international fly-in faculty.

Our ‘long weekend’ teaching format provides you with a period of concentrated study that has minimal impact on your career and family life. If you are unable to make a weekend you can study the module online, anywhere in the world.

From day one you’ll be able to apply new knowledge and skills in your workplace. You'll develop a broad foundation of knowledge in core modules, and focus your studies around a particular sector or discipline in elective modules.

The final Management Project enables you to apply all you’ve learnt to a relevant management issue within your organisation.

Available courses

Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

A new degree apprenticeship for an MBA, specifically designed to prepare managers for strategic roles within their organisation.

The Senior Leaders Master's Apprenticeship is ideal for employers who wish to use their apprenticeship levy to develop their high-potential employees using work-based learning. The course has been designed to build leadership capabilities for transformational change.

In addition to the classroom requirements that are part of a conventional MBA, the apprenticeship element allows organisations to customise and apply theory in their organisation. The results of the apprentice’s assignments and projects will have real-world impact and benefits their organisation in line with our University mission of Making Knowledge Work.

Successful completion of this Senior Leaders Master's Apprenticeship (an MBA, plus a portfolio and end point assessment) will qualify the apprentice for Chartered Manager (CMgr) status, as well as being able to apply to become a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute - FCMI (where appropriate).


"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


The School of Management offers a number of scholarships to MBA students from anywhere in the world to help with the funding of tuition fees. See the University's scholarship database to find out more.

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