Distance learning MBA

Ranked 1st in the world by QS/Top MBA and 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world by the Financial Times, our MBA by distance learning 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 programme could be your next step. 

Why WBS?

An innovator and digital leader

We have a long standing reputation for innovation and rightly so. We are a proud part of the global research power house that is the University of Warwick. Our desire to do things differently lies in our foundations, our research, our academics and our teaching methods. Our online learning environment my.wbs has been created by our in-house development team, utilising the latest digital developments to ensure a fully immersive MBA experience.

So much more than just a website, my.wbs enables you to engage in lectures in real time, test your knowledge, watch archived sessions, access teaching materials, connect with other students, participate in global syndicate groups and speak directly to your lecturers and programme team. Because my.wbs is developed and managed in-house, we are able to constantly innovate and improve it to ensure your learning experience remains world leading. 

International perspectives

As well as a programme that will give you the skills you need to operate anywhere in the world, our Distance learning MBA welcomes around 400 participants a year from around the globe. This means you are instantly part of a collaborative community who share your goals. These talented, entrepreneurial business minds, along with our 40,000 strong WBS alumni community, will be your global network for life. You will also be given opportunities to study outside the UK for both your required and elective modules in cities such as Berlin, Rome, Dubai, Boston, Shanghai and Mexico City.

Challenging business insights with real world application

Entrepreneurial in spirit and practice, we break new ground with our global business insights and empower our students to make a difference in business and the wider world. We do this by constantly challenging ourselves to take teaching and learning beyond the classroom by bringing in leading experts as Professors of Practice and as visiting lecturers. It is this real world knowledge married with our outstanding interdisciplinary, global research that enables us to build links with international organisations like Jaguar Land Rover, Amazon and Deloitte.

Inspiring speakers

We regularly invite guest speakers to Warwick Business School and our base at The Shard, London. Our speakers come from a range of sectors and industries, such as Stephen González, Deputy of Strategic Partnership Office, NASA; Clare Horton, CEO of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home; Claire Alexandre, Head of Commercial & Strategy, Vodafone and Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.  

You can also join our professional networks which regularly host business leaders. Our distinguished practitioner seminars provide exclusive insights from some of the most influential leaders in the UK, such as Alex Aiken, Executive Director for Government Communications. You will be sent invitations to these events and if you are able to attend, this is a great opportunity to gain more insight into the business world and network with the WBS community.

World-leading, practical teaching

Our Distance learning MBA has been running for over 30 years, allowing you to benefit from our extensive experience of teaching online. This has enabled us to refine our offering resulting in WBS becoming the market leader for online MBAs.

You’ll attend three campus-based ‘Warwick Weeks’ and study at least one of your modules face-to-face, meaning we provide more face-to-face teaching time than any other of any top ranked online programme. You will have full access to the University of Warwick library catalogue, including online journals, ebooks and industry databases including Mintel, Amadeus and Thomson Research. 


Our bespoke online learning environment my.wbs removes geographical barriers by enabling you to participate in lectures and syndicate groups and discuss issues in real time with your peers and academics. 

Group work is integral to our Distance learning MBA programme enabling you draw on the wide-ranging experience of others in your cohort to tackle complex issues and assignments collectively. You'll be able to consolidate, practise and develop your virtual team-working skills and our innovative peer assessment processes will help you to reflect and develop throughout your MBA journey.

24/7 learning

Sitting on a train or in a cafe, travelling on an airplane, or in your own home, resources on the Distance learning MBA can be accessed from wherever you are at whatever time is convenient for you.


We've built the Distance learning MBA with flexibility in mind. This means that when your job needs to take precedence for a while you can choose to slow down or take a break of up to 2 years before continuing your studies. The Distance learning MBA can be completed in anywhere between 2.5 and 5 years.

Focused career support

Throughout your MBA and beyond, you’ll be supported by our dedicated careers service, WBS CareersPlus, who will help you to achieve your career aims. You will complete two Leadership & Development Days during Warwick Week where practical workshops will help you explore your values, strengths and motivators. These intensive days combined with our expert career coaching, online resources and webinars provide the perfect Launchpad to move your career forward. When you graduate, you retain access to our dedicated WBS CareersPlus team.

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