Distance learning MBA (London)

The academic year

On our two-year, part-time Distance Learning MBA, you will undertake eight required modules, your choice of four electives, and a dissertation. Each of the 12 modules should take approximately 100 hours, which typically includes a minimum of 27 hours of structured teaching (live teaching and online learning/support) and the remainder made up of guided online study and independent self-study.

To ensure our programme content is up to date and relevant to the workplace, we have made changes to the Distance Learning MBA May 2022 programme.

How we assess your work

You will be assessed through a variety of methods. There are online practice tests, individual written assignments, group work presentations and reports, and exams.

Required modules

Your required modules are taught online and during Warwick Weeks at WBS London, The Shard and are a combination of lectures, seminars, group and networking activities. You will work in teams to investigate an aspect of a module in the real world and co-create an assessed piece of work on the day.


Develop an in-depth understanding of leadership covering the topics of; leading with confidence and values, leading teams effectively, leading team decision making and leading successful change.

Operations Management

Discover how to fulfil the organisational promise, in a manner that is consistent with the overarching strategy. You'll be tackling issues such as the management of capacity and understanding of demand, operations improvement and the management of inventory and queues. The focus is on increasing both the perceived customer value and their experience of the organisation.

Economics of the Business Environment

Increase your knowledge of the global economy, and understand core elements of economic analysis. Appreciate internal economics, what you can and cannot control in strategy-making, and why managers must cope with uncertainty and risk.

Accounting & Financial Management

Understand the fundamental principles of finance and accounting that will enable you to feel confident in the boardroom, and make decisions based on your knowledge of the whole business picture.

Innovation and Creativity in Organisations

Develop strategies for personal and team creativity, and discover how to embed that creativity into your organisation to foster innovation.


Learn the fundamental concepts and theories of marketing that add value to an organisation, how to sustain that value, and analyse their application in marketing practice.

Organisational Behaviour

Build and develop analytical skills and undertake critical reflection on behaviour in organisations. Themes include power and politics in organisations, identity in organisations, emotions in organisations, groups and teams in organisations.

Strategic Advantage

Develop critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level. Strategy is only relevant in context, so you will constantly be relating the theory and practice to your own national, industrial and organisation context. 


Included in your tuition fee is one optional face-to-face four-day residential module. You can decide when to take this, and several locations will be available. If you want, you can take a second face-to-face residential modules at an additional cost. Please visit the Fees & Funding page for more information. 

Please note that modules will only run subject to sufficient demand.

Elective modules

As well as undertaking eight required modules, you will have the opportunity to select four electives. These can be studied either online, face-to-face at WBS London, face-to-face at an international location or as a combination of all three.  Some residential modules have additional charges, please see the Fees & Funding section for details.


Distance learning only

Distance learning modules are online only with no face-to-face teaching* 

Choose up to two elective modules from each group:

Group one

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics of Wellbeing
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
  • Management of Change
  • Management Accounting
  • Modelling & Analytics for Management

Group two

  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategy & Practice
  • Creating Sustainable Organisations


*Please note that module availability may vary year to year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Face-to-face residential

In addition to your residential weeks you also have the option of studying some of the same elective modules as our Executive MBA students at our Warwick campus, over four days (typically Wednesday to Saturday), or WBS London (typically on a Friday/Saturday every other week or Friday to Monday), depending on the programme you have chosen. Examples of the kind of modules that may be available* are:

  • Behavioural Sciences for the Manager
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • Leadership & the Art of Judgement 
  • Project Management
  • Strategy & Practice

*Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Study outside the UK

Included in your tuition fee is one optional face-to-face residential module. You can decide when to take this, and several locations will be available. If you want, you can take a second face-to-face residential module at an additional cost (Please see Fees and Funding for more details). 

The following modules are available to study outside the UK*.

  • Doing Business in China (Beijing)
  • Doing Business in India (Ahmedabad)
  • Doing Business in Mexico (Mexico City)

*Please note that module availability may vary year to year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.


Research portfolio and dissertation

The culmination of your degree will be a practically relevant dissertation that is grounded in management research. 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.

You are required to source your own project, so this is often from your own organisation. However, if you are interested in changing either your functional role or the sector that you work in, you can use your dissertation as a stepping-stone to transition by working on sourcing a project for a different organisation or within a new functional area. Support is provided via lectures and online resources as part of the dissertation module and you will be assigned a dissertation supervisor to guide you through the process.

The output for your degree from this project will be a 12,500 word dissertation.

Previous participants have explored:
  • Equity crowdfunding and its role in future startup and small business finance 
  • Formulating a donor loyalty framework
  • Implementation of a knowledge management strategy in a business critical group.

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