Why study a Distance Learning MBA?

09 June 2022

Distance Learning MBA participant, Mark Allsopp, shares why he chose to study an MBA at Warwick Business School.

'Why do an MBA?' and 'Where should I do it?' are the probably the two biggest questions facing anyone thinking about studying for an MBA. I hope my story can bring some clarity to anyone contemplating embarking on such a journey.


I sought the opportunity to study for an MBA after spending much of my time reflecting on my past business experience and wanting to fully prepare myself for future challenges.

Firstly, my background is technical, having studied an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. From the outset, my business knowledge was minimal at best. However, my 13-year career at Sumitomo Corporation Europe has exposed me to so much, and the ‘hands on’ learning approach has equipped me with a solid business foundation. As I looked to transition into a senior management role, it became clear that there were sizeable gaps in my business knowledge, and that an MBA would not only help to fill those gaps, but give me the tools to confidently take on the challenges at management level.

Working in the Oil & Gas sector, the business landscape is becoming increasingly more volatile due to its exposure to geopolitical events. To survive in this uncertain future, businesses face an unwelcome dilemma of planning for the future whilst also ensuring the business needs of today are being met. The Warwick Business School (WBS) MBA exposes you to multi-industry thinking that would otherwise not be possible at work, and uses academic rigor to help you develop the necessary skills to overcome the business challenges of today and plan for the future.


After deciding to do a Distance Learning MBA, I knew I wanted to do it at a top university with international recognition. WBS is consistently at the top of all the recognised rankings (currently #1 Financial Times), a testament to the world renowned teaching and learning.

Working in a global business and living internationally for work, I wanted to study alongside students with similar international exposure. WBS is well-known for its international cohort and you are grouped with these students in online assignments allowing you to learn about business from many different perspectives. The two residential weeks further help you to build strong personal relationships, as you can meet the fellow participants in person and share experiences of the course and expand your business network.

With plans to continue to work internationally and having a busy family life with a toddler, the Distance Learning MBA gives me the flexibility and convenience of completing the demands of the course alongside my job, at times to suit me.

Find out more about the Distance Leaning MBA programme here.

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