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.
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 and at its partner institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Italy and the Philippines (subject to availability).
Business Accoung; Business Economics; Marketing; Operations Management; Managing People; Managerial and Professional Development; Business Research; Business Ethics and Sustainability; Corporate Finance; Strategic Management;
Marketing Communications; Entrepreneurship; Project Management; E-Business; International Business Strategy; International Business in Emerging Economies; International Financial Management; Management of Change; Managerial Leadeship; Corporate Marketing
At the end of your taught studies you will be required to put into practice what you have learnt during the various modules and complete a 12,500 – 15,000 word management project. The University of Bradford allows its students a great deal of flexibility in their management projects. For example, you may wish to reflect on your academic learning and apply it to a problem currently facing the organisation you work for. You may wish to investigate an issue effecting not just one organisation but an entire industry, or you may wish to conduct ‘desk based research’ – really getting to grips with all the academic arguments and issues surrounding a subject area in order to develop a new management framework.
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.
In order to ensure that you have gained the required skills and knowledge you will have to successfully complete a form of assessment for each module. The assessment may be an individual written assignment, an exam or a mixture of both.
So that you can monitor your progress as you work your way through each module there are a number of opportunities for formative assessment (i.e. assessment that will not count to your overall grade). For example, you will be invited to submit 2 pieces of work to your individual tutor. Your tutor will read through the work and provide you with feedback. In addition to this, you will be encouraged to complete a series of online multiple choice questions for each unit studied. Exams can be sat at the University of Bradford, RDI’s Head Office in Coventry or can be arranged overseas via the British Council or at a recognised overseas academic institution at additional cost.
This programme has the following intakes: January, April, July and October
“I considered all options - even changing my job to fit around my studies, but decided that distance learning would fit in better with my full time job and I could go at my own pace. The enrolment and course selection process was straightforward and very quick, no lengthy processes involved. I have had great study support over the past 15 months from tutors on the various subjects, without it I would have struggled.
The course can be very relaxed and intense depending upon how much study you put in but if you put the hard work in pays off, with 3 distinctions to my credit I am very pleased with my work. The MBA program has given me a greater understanding of the business world and has enabled me to do develop myself further in my current job role. My future aspirations are to use the MBA qualification amongst others, to secure a higher managerial position either in the UK or abroad.
The RDI Team have been extremely helpful and approachable. At times you do feel as though you are on your own but the RDI team are only an e-mail or phone call away to resolve any queries that arise. The tutors are also very approachable, often working long hours and at weekends to respond to my queries via e-mail. I have thanked the team at RDI personally for their help and support to enable me to achieve such a great milestone in my career. I have recommended the RDI programme to many people because of the flexibility it offers in the study programme and also it will fit in with probably most full time careers.”
Jihmmy Bach Friis
“I'm married, have children and a full-time job, so distance learning suits me, otherwise I would not be able to study. RDI staff are always very helpful in answering my queries. The most important and surprising thing to me about the Bradford MBA has been the personal development - you cannot imagine how much I, as a person, have changed since October when I started. I have no objection in recommending RDI to others!"
“I chose distance learning as it offered the only viable route to gaining management qualifications without taking significant time away from normal work. It also offers greater flexibility for students with significant other commitments such as work and family. Enrolment was straightforward and the financial process was simple. I haven’t required lots of support but where there have been issues they have generally been dealt with well.
My relationship with RDI staff is good e.g. e-mails are answered promptly. The course is very interesting. Though I work in the public sector (NHS) I wanted to undertake studies with a more general outlook rather than health /public sector specific as I thought this would actually be more informative and valuable - this has been the case. I have a much clear and better understanding of business processes and areas that need consideration in order to make a business successful. The course helps build confidence in the management field and will help me lead my practice in the coming years. I am happy to recommend RDI - distance learning is a very different process to learning on campus, but if you have the skills and capabilities to manage this it is ideal."
“Giving up employment to study full time was not an option.RDI allowed me to study while earning and proved an extremely flexible solution. The support I received was superb, any queries I had were resolved quickly and easily, my student support co-ordinator was extremely helpful and professional.”
“As teachers I strongly believe that in order to ensure continued good practice, we need to reflect critically on the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms. Studying for my MA Ed enabled me to achieve a ‘helicopter’ perspective on my personal and professional development.
The modules that I have studied have not only been interesting, enjoyable and manageable alongside a full time teaching commitment and given me a sense of personal fulfilment and satisfaction, but have also enhanced the quality of my own and others’ teaching and learning within and beyond my classroom and school.”
“Allowing a student to work at a different pace where they may have knowledge gaps has certainly been of significant benefit to me. I have been able to adapt my learning and continuous professional development requirements to suit a busy working and family schedule. The overall time frame for achievement is flexible and adaptable and meets the needs of mature students.”
- 3+ years’ postgraduate work experience.- A first degree from a UK university or equivalent, or relevant professional qualification.- Evidence of numeracy and literacy competences. 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).All applications are considered on their individual merits.
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