Distance learning MBA

The academic year

Our Distance learning MBA comprises eight required modules, your choice of four electives, and a consultancy project. The programme takes between two and four years to complete but how long you take to complete it is led by you. There are 30 teaching hours for each module, 40 hours of guided self-study and 30 hours of independent self-study.

How we assess your work

Your learning will be assessed through a variety of methods. There are online practice tests, individual written assignments, group work presentations and reports, and exams. The two modules that are assessed by examination will be undertaken on campus at Warwick during each of the teaching weeks.

Required modules

Your required modules are taught online and during Warwick Weeks which are a combination of lectures, seminars, group and networking activities at our campus in Warwick. You will also carry out several site visits where you will explore theory and practice together. You will work in teams to investigate an aspect of a module in the real world, interact with real business 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 (£984 for academic year 2018-2019) this includes both June 2018 and January 2019 intakes.

Examples of residential required modules:

Marketing (outside the UK, such as Berlin, Athens and Rome where participants’ engagement with the local environment is integral to this module)
Organisational Behaviour (outside the UK, such as Dubai or Venice)
Strategic Advantage (Boston, USA where participants study alongside postgraduate students at Boston University Metropolitan College)

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 Warwick campus, 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. Please note that module availability may vary year to year dependent on faculty availability, student demand and scheduling constraints.

Choose up to two elective modules from each group:

Group one

  • International Business
  • Corporate Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
  • Modelling & Analysis for Management
  • Economics of Wellbeing
  • Operations Advantage

Group two

  • Digital Innovation Analytics for Leadership
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing & Offshoring
  • Management of Change
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Coaching in Practice
  • Strategy & Practice
Face-to-face residential

You also have the option of studying some of the same elective modules as our Executive MBA students at Warwick campus over four days (Wednesday to Saturday) and are additional to Warwick Weeks. Please note that module availability may vary year to year dependent on faculty availability, student demand and scheduling constraints.

Digital Innovation for the Healthcare Industry
Behavioural Sciences for the Manager
Project Management
Managing Organisational Performance
Corporate Governance
Entrepreneurial Finance
Psychology of Investing & Financial Decisions
Economics of Global Environment
Advanced Corporate Finance
Financial Analysis

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 study the same electives as our Executive MBAs and take a second face-to-face residential module at an additional cost (£984 for academic year 2018-2019). The following modules are available to study outside the UK. Please note that module availability may vary year to year dependent on faculty availability, student demand and scheduling constraints. 

  • Doing Business in China (Beijing)
  • Doing Business in India (Ahmedabad)
  • Doing Business in Mexico (Mexico City)
  • Doing Business in Brazil (Rio De Janeiro).




Consultancy project

Your consultancy project will allow you to apply what you have learned during your Distance learning MBA to a real management issue in practice, usually from your own organisation. 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 learnt about during the course.

You can choose to explore an issue in your own workplace, a competitor or another sector, and engage in either quantitative or qualitative research, or both. 

At WBS, we can support you both in carrying out the practical research that your chosen project demands and in exploring the relevant literature regarding the theories, concepts, tools and frameworks that underpin your investigation. The output for your degree from your ‘consultancy project’ will be a 15,000 word dissertation.

Previous participants have explored:
  • Equity Crowdfunding and its Role in Future Startup and Small Business Finance
  • Formulating a donor loyalty framework for Islamic Relief UK
  • Stakeholders Risk Ratings: A Risk Assessment Framework, Methodology and Rating Scale for the Modern Corporation
  • Implementation of a Knowledge Management Strategy in a Business Critical Group
  • Learning from the past and preparing for the future: How could the military improve decision-making?
  • The spread of a new diagnostic procedure: a multi case study of the factors resulting in adoption or non-adoption of prostate MRI in six Swedish radiology departments
  • An overview of Offshoring within Investment Banking: Realising a successful strategy
  • Outsourcing Custody Detention Officers: A Gloucestershire Case Study
  • 'Yield cos' - a new attractive investment vehicle for European integrated utilities?

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