Distance learning MBA

How we teach

We are proud to be ranked number one in the UK for an MBA by distance and online learning and second in the world by the Financial Times. Our expertise has been developed over 30 years so you can be sure we know how to engage and inspire you.

Online learning

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 excellent 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.

For each module there will be ten online teaching sessions. These may be lectures, guest speaker sessions, seminars or focused revision sessions. Every session is recorded and available to view later.

Warwick Weeks

Face-to-face interaction is an essential element of our programme so you will join us on campus for two Warwick Weeks during the course. These intensive face-to-face periods of study will embed your learning, enrich your studies and allow you to grow your network. Each Week involves lectures, case studies, group work, assessment briefings, site visits, networking and social events along with careers and study skills sessions. Warwick Weeks run in April and September in your first year of study.

Face-to-face module

In addition to the Warwick Week attendance, included in your tuition fee is one optional face-to-face module. You can take your face-to-face module as one of your required modules or later in the course in the form of an elective. Some electives are delivered here or you can chose to study at one of our partner institutions such as Guanghua School of Management in Beijing, IPADE Business School in Mexico and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Teaching team

Each module has a teaching team of subject specialists to support you online. They will facilitate wbsLive sessions, moderate online discussions and make sure you are up-to-date with subject-relevant topical information.

Study materials

You will receive tailor-made multimedia study materials with additional reading and resources. You will also have timetabled webinars and tutorials throughout each module. You’ll also be able to access video interviews featuring our faculty and inspirational business leaders.

Exclusive online business insights 

Our interactive study materials are supplemented by free online access to business and management journals and the extensive University of Warwick library which includes business databases such as Mintel Oxygen, Amadeus, Thomson Research and Factiva.

my.wbs online learning platform

Our online learning platform, my.wbs, lets you take control of your learning, access webinars, participate in group work and communicate with your lecturers and programme team.

For each module, there is a dedicated welcome page with a text introduction and welcome video from the module leader providing you with an overview of which topics will be covered. 

Every module consists of ten lessons which is delivered through a mixture of text, video, screencasts (audio over slideshow), activities, webinars and assessments. You can even test yourself with multiple choice quizzes and receive immediate feedback to keep your learning on track. You will work with your group online and take part in a WBS built simulation where you can complete tasks as if solving real life company issues. Additionally, for each module, you will have access to the core text book online via your VitalSource digital bookshelf, providing you with immediate access without having to wait for it to arrive in the mail. Much of the online content is downloadable and can be viewed whilst travelling.

my.wbs is built to be compatible with any type and size of device, all you will need is an internet connection and up-to-date browser versions to access learning materials. It is recommended that you have the following for the successful running of wbsLive (integrated version of Blackboard Collaborate):

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (broadband connection highly recommended) soundcard with microphone and headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended) and webcam

Note: Thin client solutions such at Citrix Metaframe are not supported for use with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.

World leading academics

We have an international research-active faculty specialising in a wide range of business and management areas. They offer a wealth of knowledge alongside our Professors of Practice, who are industry-experts who can back up the theory with their practical insights and experience.

Here are some of the academics you may study with on your Distance learning MBA, depending on your chosen modules:

 

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