Master of Business Administration (MBA) - University of Bradford

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  • Distance Learning
  • Level 6
  • Business & Admin
  • Nationwide

On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Awarding Body: University of Bradford

World Class Rankings
Financial Times Online MBA 2017 rankings (Financial Times, March 2017)
– World #1 for career progression
– World #2 for value for money
– World #3 for salary increase

Financial Times Online MBA 2016 rankings (Financial Times, March 2016)
– Global Top 20 Online MBA (11th in the world, 3rd in the UK)

Financial Times European Business School rankings (Financial Times, December 2013)
– European Top 30 MBA
– European Top 50 Business School

Bradford University School of Management is also ranked as one of the world’s Top 200 Business Schools that employers want to recruit from. (QS Global 200 Business School report, 2013/14)

Triple Crown Accreditation
Bradford University School of Management is part of an elite group of business schools in the world (less than 1%) to have the prestigious “Triple Crown” of accreditations:
EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)
AMBA (Association of MBAs)
AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

If you are seeking a challenging learning experience within a highly supportive environment, and a business qualification that will be recognised throughout the world, you need look no further than the Bradford MBA. It offers a unique combination of business-orientated skills development and rigorous teaching of evidence based management research. 

Once you start the distance learning MBA programme you become part of the Bradford University School of Management student community. Bradford has a great pride in this sense of community and throughout your studies they ensure that you have every opportunity to develop your professional network while also learning from the experiences of other students. This is achieved through the use of small faculty led tutor groups, weekly online discussions, live face-to-face online tutorial sessions and a distance learner on line social space called ‘The Atrium’.

Further to this while you do not have to attend any on-site teaching you will have an opportunity to take part in face-to-face teaching sessions with academics from the School of Management in Bradford University and at its partner institution in Dubai (subject to availability).

Studying the MBA

Distance learning students usually study 2 modules every 3 months. Each module is split into 9 units (8 learning units and 1 revision unit). Students are expected to work through 1 unit per module per week. This format ensures that students have a number of weeks at the end of the module for examination revision (if the module is assessed by an exam) assignment work and general recuperation.

Through completing 2 modules every 3 months, by the end of year 1, students will have studied 8 modules. In year 2, progressing at the same rate, students take the remaining 2 compulsory modules and 4 cycle 2 modules. The completion of these remaining modules takes 9 months. In the final 3 months students start (and can complete) the management project. Many students see the management project as a key part of the MBA experience, putting the skills they have learnt into practice. To facilitate this learning experience we allow students to register for the management project at a time that is convenient to them. Once a student has registered for the management project, Bradford will allow the student up to 12 months to complete the project.

Duration of Programme

The Bradford University School of Management distance learning MBA allows students to vary the speed of their progression through the programme to suit their own individual needs. As such, you can choose to take just one module in a quarter or defer your studies altogether, for a short period of time. As a general guide the programme can be completed in 2-6 years. On average students take 3 years to complete the programme.

Entry Requirements
First degree from an approved university, or an acceptable professional qualification.

Usual entry requirement is UK undergraduate honours degree minimum 2:2; European degree gross percentile average (GPA) of 2.5 out of 4.0 or 6.5 out of 10, or overall average of 70 from 100%.

At least three years’ relevant postgraduate work experience.

Proficiency in English - a 6.5 score on IELTS test of English, 580 in written TOEFL or 240 in computer-based TOEFL needed from non-native speakers. Applicants using the Internet-based TOEFL test are required to obtain a score of 94 or better.

Alternatively, applicants may be invited to undertake either a telephone interview or the Bradford Test to assist evaluation of the application.

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