On your Distance Learning MBA programme, you will undertake eight required modules, your choice of four electives, and a strategic consulting project or 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, independent self-study and assessment preparation.
Your Distance Learning MBA study programme will feature eight required modules, which are designed to provide you with a solid foundation in management, business, and leadership. In addition to this, we have integrated social and environmental sustainability factors across required modules, allowing you to address this complex, multidimensional subject from different angles depending on the discipline in which it is contextualised.
With this grounding, you will build the skillset needed to become a successful manager and leader, and gain the skills, knowledge and vision you will need moving forward in business.
These modules are taught online and during your residential weeks. Your required modules will be taught through a combination of bespoke authored text, lectures, seminars, plus group and networking activities.
As well as undertaking eight required modules you will choose four elective modules from a wide choice to customise your MBA and achieve your aims. One of your four elective modules will be a required face-to-face module. You will have a range of face-to-face modules to select from which may be based at our Warwick campus, WBS London, The Shard, or at an international location. A second face-to-face module may be studied at an additional cost. Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints
Two residential weeks
Face-to-face interaction is an essential element of our programme so you will join us at our London base of The Shard for two residential 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. Our aim during the residential weeks is to link theory with practice and will include lectures, case studies, group work, assessment briefings, networking and social events along with careers and study skills sessions. Residential weeks typically run in March and September in your first year of study.
Strategic consulting project or dissertation
You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation.
The strategic consulting project, which is undertaken in self-selected groups of three, focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. The dissertation is more academic with a focus on theory, but is still highly relevant in the world of business.
You will build an in-depth understanding of leadership by focusing on three complementary areas: leading self, leading others, and leading change.Full details
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.
Examine how operations supports the long term competitiveness of an organisation.Full details
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.
This module will introduce you to the key management areas of management accounting and corporate reporting.Full details
This module will introduce you to the key management areas of management accounting and corporate reporting. It will enable you to understand and interpret financial and other corporate information, enter into intelligent discussion with financial partners and to appreciate the bigger picture rather than get lost in the detail.
Gain a grounding in the basic concepts of finance, developing your skills in financial planning and decision-making.Full details
This module will provide you with a good grounding in the basic concepts of finance. It will support you in developing your skills in financial planning and decision-making, including providing the mathematics and statistical tools required to solve financial problems. You will gain an appreciation for decision-making in a complex world with uncertainty and develop an understanding of the implications of sustainability for financial analysis.
Develop an integrated view of innovation and corporate entrepreneurship in different contexts.Full details
This module will introduce you to the main conceptual frameworks that have shaped research and practice on innovation and strategic entrepreneurship. The key themes you will cover are the link between innovation and strategy, innovation and organisational structure and the role of ‘openness’ in successful innovation, enabling you to develop an integrated view of innovation and corporate entrepreneurship in different operating contexts.
Learn the fundamental concepts and theories of marketing that add value to an organisation, sustain that value, and can be analysed in their application in marketing practice.Full details
Gain a broad understanding of marketing concepts, the role and value of marketing in an organisation, and the core concepts and frameworks that help senior leaders in organisations maintain a focus on their customers in a changing context.
In this module you will explore identifying and understanding customers, analysing marketing situations, identifying threats and opprtunites, developing a marketing strategy and understanding marketing in the context of sustainability.
You will be encouraged to transfer your learnings to your own work environment and context, allowing you to immediatley put theory into practice.
Build and develop analytical skills and undertake critical reflection on behaviour in organisations.Full details
This module will enable you to examine current organisational practices such as motivation and team work. Essential for careers in management and public agencies converent with employment.
You will develop an understanding of the interaction between people and the organisations in which they work, which is key to the development of the analytical, problem-solving, and management skills which are the key focus of the Warwick MBA degree.
Develop critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level.Full details
In this module you will be exposed to the theory and practice of strategy analysis and strategy development. You will first cover traditional approaches to strategy, and then take a deep dive into how you can apply these strategic tools. Developing an undestanding of the difference between strategy at the level of the individual business (or business unit) and at the corporate level.
This module will enable you to critically evaluate business strategy and translate this into actionable knowledge.
Develop an understanding of how macroeconomic and market contexts themselves are determined and change over time.Full details
In this module you will be introduced to a number of basic concepts used by economists and be able to illustrate the use of these concepts in business, and how Economics as a discipline can be used to approach business-related questions. The tools of economic analysis presented in this module will generally provide a basis for other modules offered on the MBA, for example, strategy modules.
By the end of the module, you will have developed a knowledge of the global economy and an understanding of some of the core elements of economic analysis and be able to use them. You will also have an appreciation of the internal economics of a business and the contextual constraint on business decisions, and be aware of what business cannot control in its strategy-making. The module will enable you to develop an increased awareness of the effects of public policy on business and understand why business must cope with uncertainty and risk.
Explore the issues involved in putting strategy into practice and develop an understanding of how strategy is implemented at the individual, team and organisational levels.Full details
In this module you will explore how strategies are put into practice and what opportunities and obstacles might be in the way. You will focus exploring the ways processes and tools can enhance strategy implementation. The module will provide the basic analytical concepts, frameworks and methods used in setting long term direction for the firm as well as discuss the difficulties frequently found in implementing strategy.
By the end of the module, you will have developed an integrated approach to business within which one can see not only the overall strategic goal, but also the distinct contributions that different functions and teams make towards this overall goal.
Take a deeper dive into the strategic and operational problems confronting managers within the marketing function and explore managing in markets in the longer term from a wider perspective.Full details
This module supports the Marketing core module and continues to build your experience of the strategic and operational problems confronting managers within the marketing function. You will consider the longer-term issues in the evolution of markets and competition, exploring the ways in which organisations can both sustain their own position(s) and dissolve those of their competitors.
By looking at managing markets in the longer term from a wider perspective, you will develop decision-making skills with a focus on analysis, implementation and managerial implications. You will also evaluate strategic marketing analysis methods and explore the impact of marketing decisions upon the long-term evolution of market structures.
Gain a broad understanding of mergers and acquisitions.Full details
You will develop an understanding of mergers and acquisitions by using a multi-disciplinary approach and exploring the impact of other disciplines/specialisms. Providing you with a richer more rounded view of M&A than would be achieved focusing on a single discipline, typically, finance.
Build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment, and link this to strategies for management in changing global contexts.Full details
Build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment, and link this to strategies for management in changing global contexts.
Key questions asked will include:
* How do changes in this environment affect the ways in which companies do business and managers manage across borders?
*How should firms and individual managers respond (in theory)?
*How can they response (in practice)?
You'll discover and use the main theories surrounding the patterns, processes and practices of internationalisation, as well as analytical frameworks that can help to solve international management problems. You'll learn to critically assess the sources of relative national comparative advantage, and how these relate to the competitive advantages of multinational firms.
By the end of the module, you'll be able to recommend an international corporate strategy and an appropriate global organisation structure and be able to develop and manage global innovation networks.
Analyse the strategic context of Human Resource Management to understand why organisations manage in particular ways.Full details
Developing an effective package of HRM strategy, policy and practice depends on the context of the organisation. Grounded in analysis of theory and empirical evidence, you'll be introduced to HRM and Business Strategy, and learn to analyse the strategic context of HRM to understand why organisations manage their people in particular ways.
Gain an introduction to modelling, and the relevance of modelling and analytics for management.Full details
Gain an introduction to modelling, and the relevance of modelling and analytics for management. You will develop a critical consumer perspective as a manager who engages with models and modelers. You will consider a variety of modelling approaches that are commonly used in the business and management environment and will consider the interpretations that can be placed upon the output of the models, and upon the usefulness of these outputs to management.
Learn to make expert use of financial and other information in managerial planning, decision-making and control.Full details
Learn to make expert use of financial and other information in managerial planning, decision-making and control. You'll become familiar with management accounting techniques, although the aim of this module is not to train you to become a management accountant.
By the end of this module, you will:
* Understand the scope and development of management accounting
*Appreciate the need for 'different costs for different purposes'
*Apply management accounting techniques and tools in a range of decision-making contexts
*Understand the design of advanced accounting control systems and decision-making techniques for manufacturing and service organisations, as well as appreciating the approaches relevant for a range of other types of organisation
*Gain an appreciation of recent research to understand how accounting systems function in different contexts
*Develop a technical and contextual grasp of management accounting.
This module will introduce you to the idea of change and its significance for organisations.Full details
This module will introduce you to an interdisciplinary, cross-national and historically informed understanding of the idea of change and its significance for contemporary organisations. You will be introduced to multiple perspectives, models and maps for understanding the nature of organisational change and how it is managed.
Gain key insights into entrepreneurs and the firms they create and manage.Full details
Taking this module will help you in developing an entrepreneurial mind set, attitude and skills – the necessary hallmarks of successful value creators. It aims to challenge the way you think about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship and help you engage more effectively with a world in which entrepreneurship is a key driver of change.
Through this module you will gain a strong overview of the main theories and empirical studies of wellbeing economics.Full details
You will learn about the importance of wellbeing as an economic outcome and as a policy target, as well as ways of measuring wellbeing and its determinants. You will broaden your understanding of what factors determine individual’s subjective experiences and learn how this knowledge can be applied in business, management and policy settings.
This highly practical module will provide you will a toolset for leading sustainability functions.Full details
This module will equip you to assess an organisation’s sustainability maturity and make the business case for improving it. It will enable you to apply core tools in corporate sustainability strategy and contribute to the development of that strategy.
This module will provide you with the skills and tools of modern finance theory.Full details
This module will provide you with the skills and tools of modern finance theory that are necessary to critically evaluate investment, financing, pay-out policy, and risk management decisions from different angles. This will enable you to reach your own conclusions based on all available information.
In addition to your residential weeks, one of your four elective modules will be a required face-to-face module. You may select your face-to-face module from elective modules offered to our Executive MBA students at WBS London, The Shard (typically on a Friday/Saturday every other week or Friday to Monday) or at our Warwick campus (typically taught Wednesday to Saturday).
Examples of the kind of modules that may be available are:
Behavioural Sciences for the Manager
Leadership & the Art of Judgement
Strategy & Practice
View further details on our modules at the University of Warwick and WBS London.
Alternatively, you can choose to complete your face-to-face elective module overseas, including five international modules that are offered primarily to our Distance Learning MBA participants. Examples of these include:
- Luxury Industries and Brand Management - Bocconi, Italy
- Leading Global Organisations - Dubai
- Strategic Cyber Security and Cloud Management - Michigan Ross, USA
- Managing Sustainable Energy Transitions - New York, USA
- Design Thinking - Aalto University, Finland
Module location and availability may vary depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.
You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation.
The strategic consulting project focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. You will work as part of a group on the project with 10% of your assessment being based on group work and 90% based on an individual consulting report. This is your opportunity to consolidate everything you have learnt and apply it to a real business. Academically, it tests your ability to apply your learning to real management issues. Professionally, it may well open the door to your next career move.
If you choose to undertake the dissertation option, although more academic with a focus on theory, it is still highly relevant in the world of business. It will demonstrate that you can assimilate your learning, take multiple perspectives on a business issue and explore your subject thoroughly.
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.
How we teach
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 module - In addition to the residential weeks, included in your tuition fee is one face-to-face elective module, with teaching typically taking place over four or five days. You may have the option to take further modules face-to-face at an additional cost
- 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 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, Amadeus, and Statista.
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 nine lessons and 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 also work with your group online. Additionally, for most modules, you will have access to the core textbook online (you will be given an ebook to be accessed via your digital bookshelf). Much of the online content is downloadable and can be viewed whilst travelling.
my.wbs is built to be compatible with a wide range of types and size of device, all you will need is an internet connection and up-to-date browser versions to access learning materials. For the best experience our recommended computer specification is shown at https://warwick.ac.uk/compspec. my.wbs works well on any modern iOS or Android device.