Bradford University School of Management



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Andrew Johnson, Distance-Learning MBA

Distance Learning MBA



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 "triple crown" business school with access to our unique online learning, careers and support services from around the world.

+Course details

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

Distance learning students are not required to attend any sessions at Bradford University 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 any one of our partner institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Singapore, Manila and Dubai for no extra cost (other than travel and subsistence costs).

+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 (More details)
  • Business Economics (More details)
  • Marketing (More details)
  • Operations Management (More details)
  • Managing People (More details)
  • Managerial and Professional Development (More details)
  • Business Research (More details)
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability (More details)
  • Corporate Finance (More details)
  • Strategic Management (More details)

+Elective Modules

Once you  have gained the required managerial skills and knowledge from the core modules, you will then be required to complete 4 elective modules. There are normally 9-10 elective modules to choose from for those studying purely by distance learning

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 3 modules may be taken in this way at no extra cost

+Management Project

The management project is an integral part of the Bradford MBA and is often the most challenging and rewarding part of the programme. At the end of the taught programme you put into practice what you have learnt by investigating and reporting on an important management issue or opportunity. If you are sponsored by your employer, the project can relate to your workplace. Otherwise, you may choose to use the project to deepen your knowledge of a different sector or organisation, or as a stepping stone to your next job. The project findings and recommendations are then written up in a 15,000-word dissertation.

Throughout the project you will be guided by an experienced academic and you will have access to the School of Management Effective Learning department. The Effective Learning service often proves to be very useful providing students with a clear understanding and guidelines on what is required in order to successfully complete their project.

+How you study

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.

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     

Bradford School of Management Library

As a distance learning student you will have access to the University's on line library resources. This means that 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.


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 Bradford School of Management or RDI Coventry you will have to pay an extra fee to your chosen examination centre.

+Our partner RDI

Within specific geographic regions the admissions and initial payment procedures for the Bradford distance learning MBA is administered  by a partner organization called RDI (Resource Development International).

If you reside in one of the countries listed below, you may wish to find out more about RDI.

  • Europe
  • Russia and CIS states
  • USA 
  • Canada
  • the Caribbean (excluding Trinidad) 
  • Ghana 
  • Nigeria 
  • Cameroon 
  • Uganda 
  • Mauritius 

If you do not live in one of the countries listed above then you will be asked to apply directly to the School of Management.

+International study opportunities

You may decide that you want to accelerate your studies, learn about a particular subject area, study alongside other Bradford University 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 any one of our partner institutions in Dubai and Singapore.

Bradford University 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.

Bradford University 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 3 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. The Bradford School of Management has been offering its MBA in conjunction with MDIS since 2003. Each year 4 members of faculty from the School of Management each teach a block elective at MDIS usually over an intense 3 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 the Bradford School of Management over an intense 3 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” (

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+Our student ambassadors

It may be the case that you have been able to gain a good insight into the Bradford Distance Learning MBA through the information provided on this website yet you still have a number of queries - What's it actually like studying on the MBA? In practical terms how will studying for an MBA impact on my work and family life? What do I need to know, what should I consider prior to starting my studies? What kind of people in what roles study on the Bradford MBA?

If this is the case then you can speak to one of our student ambassadors (featured below) in order to gain a further understanding of the programme and our student’s experience of studying the Bradford Distance Learning MBA.

If you would like to talk to one of our Ambassadors please email Matt Hayes in the Global Campus team (

Ahmed Ayub

Status: Current student

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Occupation: VP of Operations

Sector: Software Development

Ahmed Ayub

Chidimma Ikegwuonu

Status: Current student

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Occupation: Corporate Services Manager

Sector: Building Construction (MEP Contracting)

Chidimma Ikegwuonu

Chris Leung

Status: Current student

Location: Hong Kong

Occupation: Senior IT Manager

Sector: Insurance

Chris Leung

David Warwick

Status: Current student

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Occupation: Senior Associate Assessor

Sector: Public Sector

David Warwick

James Goodland

Status: Current student

Location: Leeds, UK

Occupation: RFID Solutions Consultant

Sector: Electronics

James Goodland

Paul Edwards

Status: Current student

Location: Sydney, Australia

Occupation: Associate director for Internal Audit

Sector: Public Sector

Paul Edwards

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