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World top 10 ranking for Distance Learning MBA


The University of Bradford's School of Management has been ranked 8th in the world for its Distance Learning MBA, moving up three places from last year to a global top 10 position.

The Financial Times global rankings also places Bradford first in the world for career progress for its graduates and second for value for money. On average, graduates from the school saw their salaries rise by 43 per cent three years after graduating.

The ranking comes after a year in which the School of Management was named one of Europe’s and the world’s top business schools in two other Financial Times surveys (FT European Business Schools and Masters in Management). Bradford was also ranked 14th best of all UK universities for teaching marketing (Complete University Guide), as well as moving up 65 places to 34th in The Guardian University Guide rankings.

Professor Jon Reast, Dean of the University’s School of Management, said: "We are delighted and extremely proud to see our distance learning MBA recognised as a world leader.

"We have more than 800 distance learning MBA students currently on our programme from over 30 countries and different cultures and industry backgrounds worldwide. That even includes a student based at the Arctic Circle."

Key to the success of the Bradford Distance Learning MBA is both the quality of the learning experience and the flexibility of the programme. Students can take two to six years to complete their MBA. They can choose to study online or on-site, take just one subject module per quarter to ease the workload or take a break from their study if work pressures are too high.

"Our students particularly value the high level of support we provide, wherever they are located in the world", said Jay Muir, Director of Studies for the Distance Learning MBA.

"Each student is assigned an individual tutor to guide them through each subject module and there are live online tutorials and workshops to discuss business and managerial issues with fellow students from all around the world. Studying while they work also gives them the opportunity to practically apply their learning directly back to the workplace."

The School of Management has not only been a pioneer in launching one of the world’s first distance learning MBAs back in 1998, it has more recently introduced the world’s first online MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy. This MBA was conceived and developed with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to take the lead in a business curriculum focused on the principles of the circular economy and sustainable development. The programme is set to receive the endorsement of the United Nations for its support of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and supports Bradford’s strategy to be one of the world’s most sustainable universities.

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