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MBA (Accelerator) (2024 Entry)

Business students at the University of Warwick

Explore our Accelerator MBA - New for 2024

Accelerate your career progression without having to take significant time out of work, with the Accelerator MBA. This blended, part-time MBA will enable you to make the next leap in your career, with learning taking place both online and at WBS London, The Shard, over two years.

Course overview

The Accelerator MBA is designed to enable you to make the next leap in your career, with learning taking place both online and at WBS London, The Shard, over two years.

Built with high-potential leaders of the future in mind, we understand that balancing work and study whilst trying to progress can be tricky. With this in mind, 80% of your course takes place at WBS London, our base in The Shard, and 20% online, through our innovative online platform, my.wbs.

In addition to covering key areas of management and leadership, you’ll access bespoke careers support, gain global exposure, and engage with the business world.

Skills from this degree

  • Build your leadership skills and develop your own leadership style
  • Expand your global exposure with a network from across the globe, and a required elective at one of our international partner institutions
  • Learn to apply your learnings in practice with a client-based consulting project
  • Focus on your career progression with a blend of online and in-person interventions, designed and facilitated by our industry-leading CareersPlus team.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

You must have at least three years of professional work experience. We don't require management experience, but you should be able to demonstrate progression within your career and a desire to move into management and leadership.

You should have a 2:1 at undergraduate level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university. We also welcome applications from candidates who do not have the academic qualifications but are exceptional, with a proven ability to achieve.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Required modules

  • Financial Management
  • Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Accelerator
  • Corporate Reporting and Decision Making
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategic Thinking

Elective modules

You'll personalise your MBA experience by selecting four elective modules that align with your goals. During your elective modules you will learn alongside our Executive MBA and Global Online MBA participants in London, widening your MBA network. You may also have the option to choose electives held at our Warwick campus or via online learning.

Elective modules are available from the following theme areas: Digital, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, Global Business, Healthcare, HRM & Corporate Responsibility, Management & Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Strategy, and Sustainability.

Please be aware that module availability and delivery methods may vary.

One of your four elective choices will involve a required overseas module, taking place at one of our partner institutions. These modules are exclusively designed for WBS students and encompass subjects such as sustainability and digital innovation.

There is also the option to specialise your MBA in one of the following areas:

  • Social and Environmental Sustainability
  • Healthcare specialism
  • Entrepreneurship specialism

Read the module descriptions for this course on the Warwick Business School website.


You’re offered the ultimate flexibility in this blended course, getting the best Warwick Business School’s in-person and online offering. You’ll balance your desire to stay in work with the opportunity to meet and build strong networks with your cohort, all of whom will be on a similar career trajectory.

Whether online or in-person, you’ll interact directly with faculty, dig into academic theories with your classmates, and put your new knowledge into practice through creative learning activities.

Class sizes

Not available – first cohort will join in March 2024.

Typical contact hours

Typically, each module will consist of approximately 30 hours preparation and pre-reading, 27 - 44 hours of academic delivery and 40 hours writing the assignment(s). Your learning will be assessed through a variety of methods including individual written assignments, case study analysis, group work presentations and reports.


Module assessment is a mix of individual assignments, exams, group work and class tests.

Strategic consulting project or dissertation

You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation.

The strategic consulting project focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. You will work as part of a group on the project with 10% of your assessment being based on group work and 90% based on an individual consulting report. This is your opportunity to consolidate everything you have learnt and apply it to a real business. Academically, it tests your ability to apply your learning to real management issues. Professionally, it may well open the door to your next career move.

If you choose to undertake the dissertation option, although more academic with a focus on theory, it is still highly relevant in the world of business. It will demonstrate that you can assimilate your learning, take multiple perspectives on a business issue and explore your subject thoroughly

Your career

Graduates from our MBA courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • ASOS
  • AT&T
  • Barclays
  • Capgemini
  • CAT
  • citigroup
  • E.ON
  • eBay
  • EY
  • GE Healthcare
  • Heineken
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Ikea
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jaguar
  • Kia
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NHS
  • pwc
  • vodafone
  • Virgin Media
  • Volkswagen

Helping you find the right career

We have our own dedicated careers, leadership and development team at Warwick Business School, CareersPlus. You will have access to one-to-one career guidance appointments, CV checks and tailored mock interviews.

Personalised support

The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.

You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one-to-one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.

Warwick Business School

If you’re interested in the bigger picture, comfortable challenging assumptions and want a degree that will open doors, then WBS is the place for you. We will give you the foundation for change and prepare you for your future career. Are you ready to make your mark in the world of business?

Find out more about us on our website.

The vision of WBS is to be Europe’s leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. We recognise that rankings are one way to profile our progress towards fulfilling this vision, and are proud to participate in the major global business education rankings.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.

Additional course costs

Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Accelerator MBA Scholarships

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