Distance learning MBA

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 strategic consultancy 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 modules will typically be made up of five weeks of taught content and a two week assessment period.

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 online exams.

Required modules

Your Distance Learning MBA study programme will feature eight required modules, which are designed to provide you with  a solid foundation in management, business, leadership and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). From these, you will build the foundations needed to become a successful manager and leader, and gain the skills, knowledge and vision you will need moving forward in business.

Your required modules are taught online and during the two residential weeks. Your required modules will be taught through a combination of bespoke authored text, lectures, seminars, plus group and networking activities.


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.

Corporate Reporting and Decision Making

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.

Financial Management

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.

Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship

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, 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. 


Elective 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 or at an international location. A second face-to-face module may be studied at an additional cost. Please visit the Fees & Funding page for more information.

Distance learning only

You may study three of your electives online in your second year*.

  • Corporate Finance
  • Creating Sustainable Organisations
  • Economics of Wellbeing
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
  • Management of Change
  • Management Accounting
  • Modelling & Analytics for Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategy & Practice

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

Face-to-face residential

You may 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).

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

We also offer modules at international locations. These change from year to year, but we currently offer modules in China, India and Mexico, alongside topic specific modules in Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UAE and the USA.

Module availability may vary depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Study outside the UK

You can choose to select to complete your face-to-face elective module overseas attending one of the bespoke distance learning international elective modules in year two.

  • Luxury Industries & Brand Management - Bocconi, Italy
  • Leading Global Organisations - Dubai
  • Design Thinking & Service Design - Aalto, Finland
  • Strategic Cyber Security & Cloud Management - Michigan Ross, USA
  • Managing Sustainable Energy Transitions, USA

Please note that these are example modules and may be subject to change.


Strategic consultancy project or dissertation

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.

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