Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy - Distance Learning MBA
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Master in Business Administration
Start date: January, July
Faculty of Management & Law
We offer the world’s first and only MBA focused on the Circular Economy.
This new economic model aims to:
- use resources and energy more effectively
- reuse products and materials
- deliver increased profit for organisations
As a student you’ll have a unique degree and first-mover advantage, opening up a range of new career opportunities. You’ll learn the core aspects of a traditional MBA programme, augmented by in-depth study of this contemporary economic model – equipping you with the skills you need to tackle the business, social and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.
The curriculum has been developed in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. You’ll study topics including:
- regenerative product design
- new business models
- reverse logistics
- materials, resources, energy and competitiveness
- operations, marketing and strategic management
The programme is studied part time through distance learning, using a combination of self-study, online teaching and group discussions. This flexibility means you can fit your learning around your work and home commitments, and complete the MBA at a pace to suit you in anything from two to six years.
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".
The University of Bradford was the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first Global Pioneer University on the Circular Economy.
This MBA programme is the only one of its kind in the world, and was developed in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and leading businesses including B&Q, BT, Cisco, Renault and National Grid.
The MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy was founded in January 2014, and we now have 100 students developing their careers around the new business opportunities presented by the Circular Economy. These students are from around the world, working in a wide range of professional settings.
About the School of Management
The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years. We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools in the world (less than 1%) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown”.
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.
Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:
- Our Distance Learning MBA is ranked 11th in the world, 3rd in the UK in Online MBA rankings
- Our Distance Learning MBA is also ranked 1st in the world for salary increase (percentage) and 2nd in the world for value for money
Applications for the School of Management's taught postgraduate programmes are made directly to the School and are processed through each programme team.
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 competences, 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. You will be notified if you need to complete the test after we have received your application.
For the distance-learning MBA the requirement to take an online aptitude test will depend on the information provided at application.
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.
Home Office UK Border Agency — for information on visas and immigration for international students.
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.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
The curriculum comprises 60 credits of specialist Circular Economy modules combined with 60 credits of classic MBA offering students the best of both worlds – specialisation but also a foundation in the core language, theories, tools and critical ideas in business.
The final 60 credits are made up by a Management Project. This enables you to apply all you’ve learnt to a particular area of interest, or a relevant management issue within your organisation. Throughout the project you will be guided by an experienced academic and you will have access to the School of Management Effective Learning department
- Business Economics
- Business Accounting
- Managing People
- Strategic Management
- Operations Management
- Marketing Management
- Circular Economy Core Principles and Concepts
- Materials, Resources, Energy and Competitiveness
- Diversity, Scale and Development
- Business Models for the Circular Economy
- Enterprise and Innovation
Once you have gained the required managerial skills and knowledge from the core modules, you will then be required to complete two elective modules. There are normally 9-10 elective modules to choose from for those studying purely by distance learning
- Managerial and Professional Development
- Business Research
- Business Ethics and Sustainability
- International Financial Management
- International Business in Emerging Economies
- International Business Strategy
- Management of Change
- Managerial Leadership
- Marketing Communications
- Project Management
- Corporate Marketing
- Corporate Finance
Students who choose to take an elective module(s) in Bradford or at one of our partner institutions will have a wider range of choices, including modules such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Management Consulting and Global Supply Chain Management.
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 15,000-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.
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
Circular Economy students are not required to attend any sessions at University of Bradford School of Management. However students can chose to study up to three modules (each running over 3-5 days) at the School of Management or at one of our partner institutions in Singapore or Dubai for no extra cost (other than travel and subsistence costs).
Your knowledge and understanding of each subject area studied will be assessed by the most appropriate means. This will typically involve the completion of a written assignment, an exam or in some cases an assignment and an exam. If you need to sit an exam we have approved examination centres worldwide, making it highly likely that there is an exam centre near you. Please note, if you do not sit the exam at University of Bradford School of Management or RDI (Coventry) you have to pay an extra fee to your chosen examination centre.
How you study
All students start their studies by taking the ‘Circular Economy – Core Principles and Concepts’ module. This module provides a firm grounding on the key issues associated with the Circular Economy. Following on from this students are expected to take two subjects (modules) every three months.
Each module contains nine study units. Students typically progress by studying one unit from each module per week. This equates to approximately 14-16 hours of study per week. Once you have studied the ‘Circular Economy – Core Principles and Concepts’ module it may be the case that you don't think that you have enough time to study two modules over the three month period, if so you can always chose to study just one module, lightening your workload considerably.
If work or family life is particularly busy then you can even suspend your studies and restart at a later date. This flexibility means that students can complete the Circular Economy MBA in two to six years. We do however strongly advise that students study two modules every three months.
You may decide that you want to accelerate your studies, learn about a particular subject area, study alongside other University of Bradford School of Management students or simply broaden your horizons and spend some time studying overseas. You can do this by undertaking up to 3 block modules (i.e. 3-5 days of intensive study) at no extra cost (other than travel, accommodation and subsistence) at the School of Management or at our partner institution in Dubai.
University of Bradford School of Management (UK)
From May to June each year a series of elective block modules are taught at the School of Management in Bradford. Circular Economy students are welcome to attend these blocks having the opportunity to: "study business in your own little village and gaze out on stunning views stretching to the Yorkshire Dales and Haworth, the Bronte home" (The Independent Newspaper, A-Z of Business Schools). A typical class size for a block elective is around 20-30 students. With all of the students coming from varying backgrounds attendance at these block sessions gives you a real opportunity to learn not only from some world renowned academics but also from your classmates.
University of Bradford School of Management (Dubai)
Our Dubai MBA programme has now been running for more than a decade. Circular Economy students can attend elective blocks at our study centre in Dubai's Knowledge Village. These block modules run over a three-day period. Please note that access to these modules is subject to availability.
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 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 alumni continue to operate in a wide range of sectors with, on average, 20% of them being in board level positions within three years of graduation.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Each module has been designed so that your understanding and knowledge is developed through using a variety of materials from textbooks and academic journal papers through to video clips, podcasts, on line discussions and live on line tutorials.
For each module you will receive a textbook and a high quality study book containing essential study notes, case studies and short exercises to develop your understanding. The study books are written by academics from the Bradford School of Management many of whom are world leading authorities in their subject area. Each study book contains:
9 study units, each unit is designed to develop your understanding of a particular subject area
2 optional assignments which you submit to your tutor for feedback. These assignments enable you to track your progress ensuring that you understand key subject areas
A series of short case studies and exercises reinforcing key principles and ideas and demonstrating how academic theory can be put into practice.
Clear guidance on accessing additional learning materials that will help reinforce your understanding and knowledge
While distance learning allows you to study at a time, place and pace to suit your needs we ensure that you will never feel like you are studying alone. When studying a module you will be part of a small tutor group. As a tutor group member you are expected to contribute to the weekly on line discussion boards and a series of live on line tutorials. You can also discuss issues with other distance learning students and academics through the Bradford School of Management on line social networking site - The Atrium.
The Virtual Learning Environment
The University of Bradford School of Management uses a virtual learning environment called Blackboard. Each module you study will have a dedicated Blackboard site containing:
A copy of the module study book
Guidance on the assessment used for the module
PowerPoint slides and audio recordings (where available) taken from Bradford based full time or part time MBA lectures
Film from 3 key on-site lectures (where available)
Key readings selected by Bradford academics from leading academic journals, trade publications and broadsheet newspapers
Selected audio and video clips helping to underline your knowledge and understanding of particular subject areas
Additional non-compulsory readings enabling you to further engage with a subject and advance your understanding
A comprehensive bank of multiple choice questions allowing you to monitor your understanding and get instant feedback on your progression
University of Bradford School of Management Library
As a distance learning student you will have access to the University's online library resources. This means wherever you are in the world you can access thousands of academic journals, market reports and textbooks all from your computer.
Distance learning students also have their own dedicated librarian who can provide students with photocopies of various materials including journal papers, book chapters and company reports.
Effective Learning Service
It may be some time since you last studied for a formal qualification and so some of your key learning skills such as essay writing, critical analysis and revision may require some attention. The School of Management Effective Learning department can provide you with all the help you need to overcome such obstacles. 'Quick Read' leaflets are available with titles such as 'How to Improve Your Marks' and '5 Stage Report Writing Structure'. A variety of additional information is available and you can even have a one-to-one consultation with our effective learning advisor.
The Circular Economy components of the course are based on the latest research and thought leadership from around the world, supported by our academic partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
2017/2018 (January and July 2018 entry):
2016/2017 (January and July 2017 entry):
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
The School of Management offers a number of scholarships to MBA students from anywhere in the world to help fund tuition fees.
Please note that where candidates are eligible for more than one scholarship they will be offered the one of highest value.
Self-funded University of Bradford alumni applying to study any Bradford MBA programme will qualify for a discount on the self-funded element of their fees.
- 25% discount for undergraduate alumni with 1st Class honours, or Master's alumni with distinction
- 20% discount for undergraduate alumni with 2(i) Class honours, or Master's alumni with merit
- 15% discount for undergraduate alumni with 2(ii) Class honours, or Master's alumni with a pass
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
You may apply for the Bradford Distance Learning MBA in a number of ways.
- Apply for 2016/17
- Apply for 2017/18 entry (September 2017 - July 2018 start)
- Apply for 2018/19 entry (September 2018 - July 2019 start)
Download application form
- Application Procedure and Instructions
- MBA Application Form
- Confidential Reference Form (two printed copies are needed)
You need to 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:
- email@example.com OR
- Admissions Office
University of Bradford
Apply to RDI
University of Bradford School of Management administers its distance learning MBA alongside a partner organisation called RDI (Resource Development International). RDI are responsible for the initial stages of student application and admission onto the Bradford Distance Learning MBA in specific territories, namely:
- Russia and CIS states
- The Caribbean (excluding Trinidad)
- Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda
If you are from one of the above listed territories, please apply directly to RDI.
Download the programme specification for Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy - Distance Learning 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.