Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy - Distance Learning
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Start date: January, July
Faculty of Management & Law
We offer the world’s first and only Postgraduate Certificate 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 qualification and first-mover advantage, opening up a range of new career opportunities.
This Postgraduate Certificate sits as a separate award within the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy distance-learning MBA programme. It is designed for those who wish to solely focus on Circular Economy without the additional MBA elements. You can however convert to the MBA at a later date, subject to the approval of the programme director.
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 that you can fit your learning around your work and home commitments, and complete the programme 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 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.
Our Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy programme 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.
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 competencies, and you will be required to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent: The Bradford Test (pdf).
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.
- Circular Economy Core Principles and Concepts (Double module)
- Business Models for a Circular Economy
- Diversity, Scale and Development
- Enterprise and Innovation
- Materials, Resources, Energy and Competitiveness
Learning activities and assessment
All assessments are designed to be enquiry based, to allow you to follow your own professional and academic interests within a broad overarching assessment structure.
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.
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 and Employability 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 our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
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:
nine study units, each unit is designed to develop your understanding of a particular subject area
two 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 three 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 curriculum is based on the latest Circular Economy research and thought leadership form around the world, supported by our academic partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
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
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 – July 2017 start dates)
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy - Distance Learning
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.