Distance learning MBA

Please note that the residential weeks on this programme will be taught face-to-face unless the UK Government guidelines change. For further information see the university website.

Ranked 1st in the world by the Financial Times*, our Distance Learning MBA combines inspirational teaching with flexible online learning, available from Warwick or London

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 has a strong international appeal with participants joining us from around the world. This means you are instantly part of a collaborative community who share your goals. These talented, entrepreneurial business minds, along with our 53,000 strong WBS alumni community, will be your global network for life.

In addition to the two residential weeks in your first year of study, you will also undertake one face-to-face elective module (included in your tuition fee) which you can choose to study either in the UK, or in cities such Dubai, USA, Italy and Finland.** A second face-to-face module can be studied at an additional cost.

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 Amazon, Gallup and CAPCO.

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 Co-Head of Strategy practice and Partner at Bain & Co, Chris Zook; Vice-president of Aston Martin, Michael Kerr; CEO of Barclays Ireland, Kevin Wall; Managing Director of CITI, Zoe Wimborne and Deputy Strategic Partnership Officer at NASA, Steven Gonzalez.

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.

*Ranked in the Financial Times' Online MBA Ranking 2021

**Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints and that places are limited and therefore not guaranteed.

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 two campus-based residential weeks and will study one of your elective modules face-to-face (included in your tuition fee). A second face-to-face module may be studied at an additional cost. 

You will have full access to the University of Warwick library catalogue, including online journals, ebooks and industry databases including Mintel, Amadeus and Statista. 


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 to 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.


This a two year programme and we expect that most candidates will complete their studies within this time period. However, if you are unable to complete within two years due to work or unexpected family commitments, you can extend your studies into a third year at no additional charge. If you extend into a fourth year an extension fee will be charged (please refer to the Fees and Funding tab for details). 

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. When you graduate, you retain access to our dedicated WBS CareersPlus team.

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