Distance learning MBA

How we teach

We are proud to be ranked number one in the world for an MBA by distance and online learning by the Financial Times. Our expertise has been developed over 30 years so you can be sure we know how to engage and inspire you.

Online learning

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 excellent 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.

For four of the required modules and all the distance learning electives there will be ten hours of online teaching. These may be lectures, guest speaker sessions, seminars or focused revision sessions. Every session is recorded and available to view later at a time convenient to you.

For the four required modules that begin in Warwick Week, we will provide teaching on campus and six hours of online teaching. 

Warwick Weeks

Face-to-face interaction is an essential element of our programme so you will join us on campus for two Warwick 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 Warwick 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. Warwick Weeks run in April and September in your first year of study.

Face-to-face module

In addition to the Warwick Week attendance, included in your tuition fee is one optional face-to-face module. You can take your face-to-face module as one of your required modules or later in the course in the form of an elective.

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 and tutorials 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 Oxygen, Amadeus, Thomson Research and Factiva.

my.wbs online learning platform

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 ten lessons which 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 work with your group online and take part in a WBS built simulation where you can complete tasks as if solving real life company issues. Additionally, for each module, you will have access to the core text book online via your VitalSource digital bookshelf, providing you with immediate access without having to wait for it to arrive in the mail. Much of the online content is downloadable and can be viewed whilst travelling.

my.wbs is built to be compatible with any type and size of device, all you will need is an internet connection and up-to-date browser versions to access learning materials. It is recommended that you have the following for the successful running of wbsLive (integrated version of Blackboard Collaborate):

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (broadband connection highly recommended) soundcard with microphone and headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended) and webcam

Note: Thin client solutions such at Citrix Metaframe are not supported for use with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.

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