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Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy MBA (University of Bradford)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

About the university

As one of the world’s leading business schools, Bradford University School of Management is recognised for the quality, flexibility and career progression of its graduates. That’s why, Bradford University School of Management has the ‘Triple Crown’ of accreditations and is ranked within the Financial Times Top 50 European Business Schools.

In November 2012, Bradford University School of Management achieved AACSB accreditation, joining an elite group of business schools worldwide to hold the ‘Triple Crown’ of accreditations.


Today’s economic conditions, characterised by increased price volatility and scarcity on the energy and resources fronts, require a change in perspective. There is a belief that an innovative approach, which integrates systems thinking and looks beyond the linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model, is the answer that a forward-looking School of Management should strive to provide. With this in mind, The Bradford University School of Management have designed the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy MBA in order to give the next generation of leaders a first-mover advantage.

Once you start the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy MBA programme you will gain an insight into the core business and management theories as well as highly specialist and contemporary issues such as:

- New business models, as well as the opportunities a circular approach provides to innovative and enterprising individuals and companies.
- Energy, resources and commodities as critical issues for future economic and business prosperity.
- The value and benefits of localisation, global trading relationships and enabling communication technologies.
- Technical and biological flows of materials, reverse logistics, regenerative product design and virtuous business cycles.

All students on the programme are an integral 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 collaboration on projects with fellow students from around the world. 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).

Please call us on 0800 268 7737 for further details or browse details of the programme in our prospectus.


Bradford University School of Management allows students to vary the speed of their progression through the programme to suit their own individual needs. As such, you can choose to take just one module in a quarter or defer your studies altogether, for a short period of time. As a general guide the programme can be completed in 2-6 years.

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 4 compulsory modules and 2 elective 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. Ongoing support is provided when tackling the management project with each student being allocated an experienced academic supervisor.

Entry Requirements

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.

Work experience

Candidates must have at least 3 years’ postgraduate work experience, which can be from any industry, including both private and public sectors, and charitable organisations.

Academic & 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 8 years). We will also consider an academic recommendation based on interview.

Numeracy & literacy competences

We will require evidence of numeracy and literacy competences, and depending on the information provided at application, you may need to complete an authorised online aptitude test such as the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or School equivalent.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, we may need evidence of your proficiency in English through a recognised test (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE-A). You will be required to achieve a minimum score of:

•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.


Over 90% of students with RDI said they combine work with their studies. Our ability to deliver the highest quality learning in the most flexible way, means that you don’t have to put your career on hold to increase your long-term potential.

Thousands of students are taking the opportunity to invest in themselves and their future through RDI and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals too.

Visit the Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy MBA (University of Bradford) page on the Arden University website for more details!

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