Taught course

Master of Business Administration (University of Bradford)

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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.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

This programme is partnered through Arden, 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 2018 rankings (Financial Times, March 2018)

  • UK #1 for salary increase
  • World #1 value for money
  • UK #3 distance learning MBA

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.

Watch this short video to hear what students say about the Bradford MBA.

Information for international students

Arden makes is possible to study from anywhere in the world. Thousands of students from over 150 countries already do. You don't need to leave your country or your family to get a UK degree. Click here to find out more.

Fees and funding

We believe costs shouldn’t be a barrier to personal development which is why our degrees cost much less than the average UK qualification. If you are looking for a smart, value for money option then look no further - you can stay in control of your finance and focus on your learning.

For further information regarding course fees please visit the website for more information.

Please note that duration of the course will depend on those who apply for a student loan. Please speak to our admissions advisors for more information.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24+ months

Course contact details

Admissions Team