Taught course

Master of Business Administration

Arden University · Arden University

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria for the distance learning MBA are: At least 3 years’ postgraduate work experience. A first degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or relevant professional qualification. Evidence of numeracy and literacy competences, and depending on the information provided at application, you may need to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent. If English is not your first language evidence of your proficiency in English may be requested through a recognised test ( IELTS score of 6.5, Pearson Test of English score of 60 or TOEFL score of 94 will be accepted). 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. If you do not have a first degree or professional qualifications you can still apply but will need to demonstrate significant management or business leadership experience (normally 8 years). An academic recommendation based on interview will also be considered.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April

Course content

This programme is partnered through RDI, the online learning specialists. Upon completion students with receive a MBA Master of Business Administration from the prestigious University of Bradford School of Management.

The programme is aimed at intelligent, highly motivated managers who wish to equip themselves with the essential business and management skills required in the increasingly competitive, diverse and dynamic business environment.

World Class Rankings
Financial Times Online MBA 2014 rankings (Financial Times, March 2014)
– Global Top 20 Online MBA (8th in the world, 3rd in the UK)
– No.1 in the world for career progression
– 3rd in the world for value for money

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)

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 institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Italy and the Philippines (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.

Fees and funding

Please see the RDI fees and funding website http://www.rdi.co.uk/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24+ months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
0800 268 7737