Gain an understanding of the global business environment with the Business Administration (Distance Learning) MBA. Ranked 1st in the world for the third year running by The Financial Times, this programme is taught primarily online and distinguished by face-to-face learning in Warwick or London.
Ranked first in the world by The Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2020, our Distance Learning MBA combines inspirational teaching with flexible online learning. If you’re looking for a way to accelerate your career, increase your business knowledge and leadership skills and maximise your board level awareness without stepping out of work, our part-time course could be your next step. Teaching primarily takes place via our bespoke online learning environment my.wbs, which houses our teaching materials, interactive spaces and our online classroom: wbsLive and via two residential weeks at either Warwick or London, depending on the programme format you have chosen.
- Operations Management
- Strategic Advantage
- Organisational Behaviour
- Innovation and Creativity in Organisations
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Economics of the Business Environment
Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:
- International Business
- Corporate Finance
- Human Resource Management
- Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
- Modelling and Analytics for Management
- Economics of Wellbeing
- Management Accounting
- Strategic Marketing
- Management of Change
- Mergers and Acquisition
- Strategy and Practice
Our cutting edge technology will ensure you feel fully connected and that you never miss anything, regardless of your schedule. Teaching primarily takes place via our bespoke online learning environment, my.wbs, which houses our teaching materials, interactive spaces and our online classroom: wbsLive. Easy to use, my.wbs enables interaction in lectures, discussions and syndicate groups. It also allows you to test yourself, to access lessons and lecture recordings, submit assignments and to connect with other students and academics.
Face-to-face interaction is an essential element of our course, so you will join us on campus in Warwick or WBS London, The Shard, depending on which variant of the programme you have enrolled on, for two residential weeks (Warwick Weeks). These intensive face-to-face periods of study will embed your learning, enrich your studies and allow you to grow your network. In addition to the Warwick Week attendance, included in your tuition fee is one optional face-to-face module. You may also opt to take an additional face-to-face module for an additional cost.
This course is taught online, with 2 weeks face-to-face teaching in the first year. Each module should take approximately 100 hours which typically includes 30 structured teaching hours and 60-70 hours of guided and independent self-study. In addition, one optional face-to-face module is included in your tuition fee and an additional face-to-face elective module can be taken for an additional cost.
Module assessment is a mix of individual assignments, exams, group work and class tests.
The culmination of your degree will be a substantive piece of research and a dissertation. Your dissertation will allow you to apply what you have learned during your MBA to a real management issue in practice. It enables you to explore a business issue thoroughly from multiple perspectives and make practical recommendations drawing on the theories, concepts, frameworks and tools that you have learned about during the course and extended in your own studies.
Skills from this degree
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the global business environment
- Gain an understanding of different leadership skills and develop your own leadership style
- Gain an appreciation of different perspectives and viewpoints by learning with and from a diverse cohort
- Practical application - take new ideas straight from the classroom into your day-to-day work
- You will benefit from being part of a global cohort, allowing you to develop your professional network and understand different cultures and work practices.
Minimum requirements You must have at least four years' postgraduate managerial work experience. We are seeking evidence of consistent progression including increased people management, budgetary and/or project management responsibilities. You must have a 2:i at undergraduate level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university. However, 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 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
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.
Additional Course Costs
For details about what is included/excluded from your course fees, please check the individual course pages:
We have WBS Scholarships WBS Scholarships available to the strongest candidates to our Master’s courses. You will automatically be considered for a WBS Scholarship upon submitting your course application. Scholarship awards range from 25% of your tuition fee to a maximum of 50% for exceptional candidates.
Further details about scholarships can be found on the WBS website.
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Accenture, Amazon, American Express, ASOS, AT&T, Barclays, Capgemini, Citigroup, Deloitte, Eon, EY, GE Healthcare, Heineken, HP, HSBC, IBM, Ikea, J.P. Morgan, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, NHS, PwC, Verizon, Vodafone, Virgin Media and Volkswagon.
Our CareersPlus team will support you throughout your MBA and beyond to ensure you achieve your full potential. You’ll connect your goals and values and discover the influencing, communication and leadership skills you need to actively manage and accelerate your career.
Our services are tailored for you and planned around our Career Management Cycle. Designed to fit in with your studies, they are delivered when you are attending residential modules and online via webinars, resources, or specially designed courses. You’ll also have access to career consultations, executive coaching and the opportunity to sign up to our award-winning mentoring programme.
There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.
If you would like to explore whether our Distance Learning MBA is the right programme for you, you can:
- Join us for regular online virtual information sessions
- Meet us at an MBA fair around the world
- Join us for regular open events at our Warwick campus or WBS London where you can meet with staff and participants, as well as experience a taster lecture
Full details of all forthcoming events are on our website.