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Our Master in Business Administration programme will provide you with 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 will develop a broad foundation of knowledge in core modules, and focus your studies around a particular sector or discipline in elective modules.

The flexibility of the Distance Learning MBA allows you to study at your own convenience with our new Virtual Learning Environment, and we provide live online sessions with tutors that help you contextualise your learning.

Our refreshed MBA has been designed with your future employability in mind, and we continue to work with major employers on our MBA Advisory Board and International Advisory Board to ensure our syllabus deals with contemporary issues.

Established over 50 years ago, the University of  Bradford School of Management has a rich heritage and an international reputation as one of the innovators in business education.

Professional accreditation

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the “triple-crown“.

Our School of Management MBA programmes have been endorsed by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver the NHS Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) programme.


In their 2020 Online MBA Rankings, The Financial Times rated our Distance Learning MBA 1st in the world for value for money, 3rd overall in the UK and 10th in the world overall.

Our Distance Learning MBA is ranked 12th in the world in CEO Magazine’s Global Online MBA rankings.

The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Entry requirements

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: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

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

Course Content

All module information is subject to change.

First year


Competitiveness through Technology and Innovation (DL) (OIM7030-B)

Leadership for Transformational Change (DL) (HRM7028-B)

Digital Marketing, Branding and Strategy (DL) (MAR7018-B)

Accounting and Economics for Decision Making (DL) (AFE7036-B)


Corporate Finance and Crowdfunding (Distance Learning) (AFE7039-A)

Entrepreneurship & Creativity (Distance Learning) (EAE7004-A)

International Financial Management (DL) (AFE7027-A)

Mergers and Acquisitions (AFE7010-A)

Financial Risk Management in European Banking (AFE7001-A)

International Business in Emerging Economies (Distance Learning) (SIB7013-A)

International Business Strategy (Distance Learning) (SIB7002-A)

Management of Change (Distance Learning) (HRM7012-A)

Corporate Marketing (Distance Learning) (MAR7013-A)

European Business Management (MSc) (SIB7007-A)

Global Supply Chain Management (OIM7007-A)

Digital Health and Informatics (LEM7030-B)

Materials, Resources, Energy and Competitiveness (OIM7019-A)

Business Models for a Circular Economy (Distance Learning) (OIM7020-A)

Diversity, Scale and Development (OIM7021-A)

Enterprise and Innovation (Distance Learning) (EAE7005-A)

Management Project Readiness Assurance Test (MAL7039-R)

MBA Management Project (MAL7037-E)


Final year


MBA Management Project (MAL7037-E)

Management Project Readiness Assurance Test (MAL7039)

Career support

An online career development programme is available to you which covers:

  • Understanding and identifying your skills
  • Leveraging your MBA
  • Selling yourself in a CV
  • How to use LinkedIn to get a job
  • How to get a job you love?
  • Networking for career success
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Success at interviews

We also conduct individualised online coaching sessions.

Career prospects

An MBA is an opportunity to either change career direction or to consolidate experience then return and progress in a previous industry or role. 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 & Banking and Industry being amongst the most popular.

Learning and assessment

All activities are digitally enabled. This includes access to materials, text book(s) and discussion boards. This is complemented by synchronous online tutorials with tutor(s).

Assessment is mainly by a 4,000 word assignment for the core, and a 2,000 word assignment for the electives. The Management Project is 15,000 words. Additionally there are formative assignments and Multiple-Choice Questionnaires that help develop your confidence and familiarity with the subject matter, without contributing a mark towards your final mark.

Study support

All the material is available online. This includes a study book, lecture slides, audio and video.

In addition to the face-to-face teaching four online tutorials are available after the weekend module. These will normally be led by the lecturer who conducted the module.

Additionally we have an Effective Learning Service that will assist you in areas such as critical thinking and referencing.


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 Managemen



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