MBA (Executive MBA)
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Master in Business Administration
Start date: October
Faculty of Management & Law
This contemporary and practical business management programme will give you the strategic, financial and people skills you’ll need to progress and perform effectively at senior levels.
The programme combines management theory with real business application. 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.
The Bradford Executive MBA is a part-time programme designed to fit around the careers of busy working managers and professionals. Our unique ‘long weekend’ teaching format allows you to manage your studies alongside work and family commitments. Core modules are delivered over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday every eight weeks. If you are unable to make a weekend you can study the module online, anywhere in the world.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
Our School of Management MBA courses have been endorsed by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver the NHS Master's in Business Administration (MBA) programme, as announced in a speech by the Secretary of State in 2016.
'Something I didn’t really expect when I did the MBA was how useful it would be on a day-to-day basis. I could see the value of the MBA in the workplace from day one – and so could the chief executive!'
The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years.
We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional faculty, and comprehensive support services. You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research and professional innovation. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject.
About our students
Find out about our MBA student cohort, broken down by nationality, age, and the level of award achieved.
1st in the world for work-life balance - Ivy Exec League Executive MBA Rankings 2017
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.
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 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:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
- Internet-based TOEFL:
- For EU, non-UK applicants: 94 overall, with minimum scores of: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Speaking 20, Writing – 17
- For International, non-UK/EU, applicants (UKBA requirement): 94 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
Language Support and Courses — for international students wishing to improve their English.
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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
Learning activities 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
We use a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, case analysis, group work, individual and group problem solving research. Assessment is mainly by a 2,000 word assignment. The Management Project is 9,000 words.
Teaching for core modules is available as block teaching over a weekend. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm. The weekends are spaced a minimum of five weeks apart, going up to 9 weeks in some instances. This is to accommodate Easter, Christmas and Bank Holidays.
A limited number of electives are available over a weekend. Most are available as blocks during May – June over Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Some electives are only available online, for example Circular Economy, Core Principles & Concepts. An example timetable can be provided on request during the application process.
The majority of modules are available online. This means that if you are unable to make a weekend, you can study the module online instead, thus providing you with greater flexibility.
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 9,000-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.
Career support and prospects
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
An online career development programme is available to our MBA students. If you are unavailable to come to the campus we conduct individualised Skype coaching sessions.
An MBA is an opportunity to either change career direction or consolidate experience then return and progress in a previous industry or job. The Financial Times Global MBA rankings show that, on average, 20% of alumni achieve board-level positions within three years of graduation.
On completion of the programme participants go into a wide variety of functions and sectors, with IT/Telecoms, Finance and Banking, and Industry amongst the most popular.
All course material is available online. This includes a study book, lecture slides and audio.
In addition to the face-to-face teaching four online tutorials are available after the weekend module. These will be led by the lecturer who conducted the module.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g. assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
The programme is research-led, and applies the latest thinking and concepts to managerial and business issues (for example Business Ethics and Sustainability, and the Circular Economy).
Our state-of-the-art facilities are in a self-contained campus on Emm Lane, set in 20 acres of quiet park land. We offer library facilities, a trading room and teaching facilities specifically designed for MBA students. This includes “flat space” teaching areas and debating chamber configurations.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible for one of the following scholarships - please follow the links to find out more:
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
Applications are considered as they are presented and so it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 entry (September 2017 - July 2018 start)
- Apply for 2018/19 entry (September 2018 - July 2019 start)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
Apply by post
If you are unable to apply online you can download the application form:
- MBA application procedure and instructions (PDF, 128KB)
- MBA Application Form (PDF, 132KB)
- Confidential reference form (PDF, 101KB) (two printed copies are required)
Download and print an Application Form plus the Confidential Reference Form (two printed copies). Send the completed Application Form (with a covering letter and any supporting documentation) to:
University of Bradford
Send the Confidential Reference forms to your two referees asking them to forward them to our address (printed on the form).
If you live in the UK or can come here, and have the basic entry requirements, we will ask you to visit the School of Management to meet staff and current MBAs, see the School and have an individual interview and take any tests required. If you are abroad we'll take a decision about entry from your application form, references and any test results. Selection is based on a combination of qualifications, experience, motivation and potential.
We charge no application fee, but ask all overseas students to pay a £2,000 non-returnable deposit to accept a place if an offer is made. This applies even if we make you an unconditional offer. You must confirm your wish to take up the place by paying the deposit within eight weeks of the date you receive our offer letter in the post. The deposit is a pre-payment, not an extra charge, and will be deducted from your tuition fee. It is non-refundable unless you are not successful in meeting the terms of the conditional offer or produce evidence that you were unsuccessful in your application to obtain a visa.
Download the programme specification for MBA (Executive MBA)
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.