Female MBA student


Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Part-time)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Business School
Three years
Part-time, September and January intakes
Programme leader:
Dr Sandra Laurent
Key fact:
A flexible part-time MBA course, designed around busy, experienced managers who want to continue working while studying.

Page last updated 5 February 2018


Designed around you

The fully redesigned Bristol MBA was launched in September 2014. It prepares managers for the changing demands of the local, regional, national and global markets and the increasing challenges of contemporary business. The programme offers you practical insight into the key issues facing organisations today, and has been restructured from the ground up to incorporate and investigate key methodologies relevant to the real world. We'll encourage you to think about business in a responsible way, creating sustainable value for business and society at large, and contributing to a healthy economy.

Our part-time Executive MBA works around your work. Physical attendance at the Business School is minimal, so you can study from home or your workplace, whichever suits you best. The course offers practical insight into the key issues facing organisations today and helps those who've already made their mark in business, but are now seeking further advancement, better prospects, salaries and fulfillment. It minimises time spent away from the office, so you can apply your learning straight away. You will benefit directly from our business partnerships by meeting people who can share valuable experiences and taking part in live projects.

An MBA degree is internationally recognised as the key qualification for talented business people aspiring to senior roles. People choose to study for an MBA for different reasons and with different outcomes in mind. The Bristol MBA allows you to tailor your studies to develop areas of knowledge relevant to your workplace and career plan, meet your particular goals, and shape your business future. Whatever you want to get out of the course, it's going to be demanding and challenging dedication, energy and enthusiasm are a prerequisite.

Download our part-time MBA brochure.

Accreditations and partnerships:



The Bristol MBA will serve you well in your day-to-day business as well as giving you a passport to a higher-flying career.

You will study six core modules:

Customer and International Market Analysis

  • Evaluating dynamic and complex market opportunities
  • Identifying potential competitive strategies and understanding how to respond
  • Analysing macro and micro environmental factors and incorporating macroeconomic theory
  • Studying consumption theories to develop effective market positioning in international markets
  • Working from real decision-making situations in the form of case studies, problem-solving activities and discussion of current marketing issues.

Strategy and Implementation

  • Examining how companies formulate strategy and translate it into action through case studies and classic readings
  • Setting the direction and values of an organisation and achieving competitive advantage in a global economy
  • Running a virtual company through a computer simulation, devising a strategy and undertaking critical decision-making tasks.

Leadership, Complexity and Change

  • Analysing theoretical and practical issues around key topics such as politics, power, authority and diversity
  • Learning how to lead teams based on individual contribution and group dynamics
  • Investigating how to work with emotion, risk, and unpredictability
  • Exploring ethical and strategic leadership in organisations, including CSR, sustainability, creativity, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Encouraging self-reflection and critical inquiry.

Managing People in a Global Context

  • Looking at the practice and theory of resourcing, acquiring talent, and managing performance in an international context.
  • Developing practical skills including: selection, interviewing, negotiation skills, conflict resolution and staff development
  • Learning through case studies, problem-solving exercises and role playing
  • Accessing interactive web-based support.

Financial Decision Making

  • Analysing revenue and costing information for short- and long-term decision making
  • Teaming up with finance specialists to support management roles
  • Emphasising the importance of using up-to-date financial information
  • Using local and international financial databases to enhance the real-time learning environment
  • Exploring ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues.

Systems, Structures and Operations

  • Understanding the latest information systems and operations management topics
  • Learning through case studies, simulated game playing and scenario planning
  • Accessing interactive web-based support.

You then choose a further two optional modules. After these are completed, you will concentrate on your dissertation.

Executive Dissertation / Consultancy Dissertation

You can choose to work on a research project that fits with your interests and ambitions. Alternatively, you can undertake a consultancy research project addressing the needs of a client, putting your skills and adaptability to the test.

Integrated Management Research and Professional Development

In addition, the Integrated Management Research and Professional Development module will support you throughout the course, developing your personal and research skills, according to your particular needs.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The Bristol MBA is a proactive learning experience so while there are some classroom and one-to-one sessions, these are combined with individual research projects and applied study. Our approach is hands on and practical, focused on developing tangible personal and professional skills.

An important part of the course is the Integrated Professional Skills and Research Methods module. This is woven throughout the programme, connecting the various elements together. Integrated Professional Skills and Research Methods focuses on personal development planning, reflective learning and creating a portfolio. You are encouraged to devise a tailored programme of study that aligns with your professional and personal circumstances.

Collaboration is right at the heart of everything we do, with staff and students sharing knowledge and experience of their business worlds. Bristol MBA students learn through syndicate work, group and individual presentations, student-led seminar groups, case studies, experiential learning, role play and business simulations.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

The Bristol Executive MBA course offers a flexible format, making it easier to arrange study time around your work schedule. You will have access to tutor support throughout. Studying part-time, you would expect to complete the MBA in three years. You can elect to start in September or January.


Assessment for the Bristol MBA is by a mixture of work-based assignments (supervised mini projects), examinations, presentations/vivas and your dissertation.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The University will pay your CMI membership giving you access to member benefits from the CMI:

  • Knowledge Resource portal - ManagementDirect
  • Mentoring scheme - CMI Achieve
  • CMI library services
  • CMI organised networking events

On the completion of your degree, you'll gain a CMI qualification.  


There may be specific projects within your own workplace that you need to address. The Bristol MBA programme allows you to work independently or on a consultancy basis to provide tailored analysis and solutions for your organisation.

Otherwise, Bristol Business School has forged close links with a broad variety of business organisations at local, national and international level. So you may still be able to complete a 'live' project during your course if you prefer not to do so at your own place of work. This might entail working inside an organisation for several weeks on a standalone strategic project, testing your skills and knowledge in the field.

This taste of up-close management, critically analysing business problems in a workplace context, provides an invaluable form of active preparation. It helps develop decisiveness and judgment for timely, informed decisions.


Bristol Business School also has connections and affiliations with influential business institutions locally and nationally. These include Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, The Confederation of British Industry, The Chartered Management Institute, The Federation of Small Businesses, The Institute of Directors, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Study facilities

As an MBA student at Bristol Business School, you'll have access to dedicated rooms with WiFi and study space for individual and group work. You'll also be able to access the Business School's Postgraduate Resource Centre, as well as the Academic Support Centre and Executive Development Centre.

You can take advantage of Bristol Business School facilities including a trading room with access to the Reuters 3000 Xtra trading platform. This facility is used as part of your learning on certain optional modules.

Stimulating speakers and contacts

We organise the Bristol Distinguished Address Series, regularly inviting distinguished experts from industry and professional bodies to speak at UWE. This opportunity provides students with insight into the challenges and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

Speakers include: Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership; Matthew Layton, Managing Partner of Clifford Chance LLP; Angela Knight, Chief Executive Officer of Energy UK; Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.

Bristol Business School is also actively involved in other events including the Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards, which pay tribute to the women whose determination and success are helping to drive the local economy.

These occasions also provide a valuable opportunity for students to tap into our professional networks and connections and start building their own.


Careers / Further study

The Bristol MBA course will help you move your career forward, providing you with the relevant skills, experience and networks to become a leader in your chosen field of business. We'll encourage you to think critically and creatively, to find new ways of delivering sustainable, socially responsible entrepreneurship.


Part Time Course (September Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee5250
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee5250
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee5250

Part Time Course (January Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee5250
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee5250
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee5250

Supplementary fee information

Fees can be paid in full at the start of your course or in installments.

Find out more about the Bristol MBA scholarships available.


Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree (minimum 2.2) from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution,
  • three years' work experience with managerial responsibilities.

If you do not have a first degree, certain professional qualifications combined with managerial experience may be sufficient.

Your personal statement should include detailed responses to the questions listed below:

  • Why have you decided to undertake an MBA at this point in your career? (150 words maximum)
  • Why have you chosen to study an MBA at Bristol UWE? (150 words maximum)
  • What knowledge, personal qualities and skills would you bring to this course? (150 words maximum)
  • What do you intend to do after you have completed this course? (150 words maximum)
  • Please describe your past experience within organisations (paid work experience, voluntary experience, family business, entrepreneur projects etc.). In particular, please focus on projects where you have collaborated with other people or institutions/organisations. (300 words maximum)

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the Home Office and UWE's minimum English Language requirements, such as:

  • the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

See further details about UWE's English Language requirements.


Candidates may be interviewed prior to acceptance.

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