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 21 March 2018


Designed around you

Our Bristol MBA prepares managers for the changing demands of the global market and the increasing challenges of contemporary business. You will gain 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 you. Attendance at our Bristol Business School is minimal, so you can study from home or your workplace, whichever suits you best. You will gain 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.

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:

  • Customer and International Market Analysis
  • Strategy and Implementation
  • Managing People in a Global Context
  • Leadership, Complexity and Change
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Systems, Structures and Operations
  • Professional and Academic Development Integrating the MBA Learning Experience
  • Conducting Evidence Based Research

Plus optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):

  • Global Financial Strategy     
  • Risk and Sustainability in Global Operations
  • Project Management in a Complex World      
  • Creativity and Innovation    
  • Management Consultancy
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Globalisation and the Law
  • Digital Business Information Systems
  • Emerging Markets: The New World Order

After these are completed, you will study:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications.  

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