Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Master in Business Administration
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
The Bradford Full-time MBA is ranked in the top 40 in Europe and top 20 in the UK by the Financial Times and is also ranked highly for graduate salary increases and affordability.
Our 12-month business management programme is designed for ambitious managers who are able to take time out of their career to focus and immerse themselves in their studies as part of this life-changing journey. Students are driven, committed and seeking to make a transformational change in their career, and develop the skills and competencies to manage at the highest level in business. You’ll study with like-minded peers from a diverse range of countries, cultures and industry backgrounds, based at one of the UK’s leading business schools.
It is based at our Bradford campus with the option of taking modules in other locations across our global campus.
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".
Our School of Management MBA courses have been endorsed by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver the NHS Master's in Business Administration (MBA) programme, as announced in a speech by the Secretary of State in 2016.
Additionally, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from the ACCA professional examinations - a major advantage on your journey to qualifying as a professional accountant, should you wish to. For further information, please visit the website: ACCA
Our 12-month full-time MBA programme is ranked by the Financial Times as one Europe's Top 40 programmes and is designed for ambitious managers who are able to take time out of their career to focus and immerse themselves in their studies as part of this life-changing journey.
As a Bradford-based MBA student you'll benefit from studying at our triple accredited Business School (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB) which ranks as one Europe's Top 60 European Business School's (Financial Times, December 2014). You'll also join a truly international learning environment and become part of a diverse and vibrant network of high-calibre students, academics and business professionals from over 30 countries. You'll study with like-minded peers from many different industry and cultural backgrounds, making professional connections and lifelong friendships to support your career both now and for the future.
It's a stimulating environment for teaching, learning and research, where students enjoy the advantages of one of the finest state-of-the-art learning facilities in the UK, with great connections to the business world.
Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:
- Our Distance Learning MBA 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
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.
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.
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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.
- Business accounting
- Business economics
- Business research
- Managing people
- Operations management
- Managerial and Professional Development
- Strategic management
- Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
- Business simulation
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Marketing
- European Business Management
- Financial Risk Management in European banking
- Global Supply Chain Management
- International Financial Management
- International Marketing
- Management Consulting
- Management of Change
- Managerial Leadership
- Marketing communications
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Project Management
- Strategic Information Systems
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 9,000-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
The full-time pathway is designed for professionals who wish to take a year out of their career to follow an intensive course of study. This pathway runs for a full 12-month period, starting in mid-September. Typically, students on this version of the MBA programme can expect to attend classes and study during the normal working week, although some shorter periods of evening working may be necessary depending on the elective modules chosen.
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
We use a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, case analysis, group work, individual and group problem solving research. Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, assignments, group projects and presentations.
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, on average, 20% of alumni achieve board-level positions within three years of graduation.
On completion of the programme participants go into a wide variety of functions and sectors, including IT/Telecoms, Finance & Banking and Industry being amongst the most popular.
The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment.
Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.
Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.
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.
You may be eligible for one of the following scholarships - please follow the links to find out more:
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
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
Applications are considered as they are presented and so it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2018/19 entry (September 2018 - July 2019 start)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
Apply by post
If you are unable to apply online you can download the application form:
- Application Procedure and Instructions
- MBA Application Form
- Confidential Reference Form (two printed copies are needed)
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:
University of Bradford
Send the Confidential Reference forms to your two referees asking them to forward them to our address (printed on the form).
If you live in the UK or can come here, and have the basic entry requirements, we will ask you to visit the School of Management to meet staff and current MBAs, see the School and have an individual interview and take any tests required. If you are abroad we'll take a decision about entry from your application form, references and any test results. Selection is based on a combination of qualifications, experience, motivation and potential.
We charge no application fee, but ask all overseas students to pay a £2,000 non-returnable deposit to accept a place if an offer is made. This applies even if we make you an unconditional offer. You must confirm your wish to take up the place by paying the deposit within eight weeks of the date you receive our offer letter in the post. The deposit is a pre-payment, not an extra charge, and will be deducted from your tuition fee. It is non-refundable unless you are not successful in meeting the terms of the conditional offer or produce evidence that you were unsuccessful in your application to obtain a visa.
Download the programme specification for MBA Full-time
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.