Study to suit the way you live.

Self-paced online learning offers you the freedom to study when you like, where you like.

Whether it’s in the comfort of your own home, on the move, or over a coffee in your local café, independent study lets you shape the programme to suit an unpredictable lifestyle. 

You can start your studies when you like and finish when you like; you can even take a break and resume when you’re ready.

We offer our online MBAs, MScs and doctoral research programmes that can be studied from anywhere in the world. That means you can study on your own, at your own pace.
There is no mandatory group or project work, all courses are assessed by examination in a centre near you: in every major city where our students live or work.

No other leading Business School offers this level of flexibility; an approach that has enabled thousands of students to graduate entirely through independent study.

All our programmes are modular and can be tackled course by course whenever you are ready for them. You will have the full support of the School throughout your journey with us.

​Studying your online MBA and our new learning platform

David Kelly explains the MBA programme structure, introduces our online resources, exams, support and more...

Our self-paced online learners

Studying our programmes.

Active students

Studying our programmes.

Our students are mature, ambitious professionals.

Average age of a distance learner

Our students are mature, ambitious professionals.

Average number of years students take to study our programmes.

How long will it take?

Average number of years students take to study our programmes.

​Why did we update our MBA curriculum and learning resources?

Delivering on our promise

To remain true to our promise of affordable access to transformational learning, we have recently committed to refreshing and updating our MBA programme, reviving all course content and redesigning our learning platform to keep pace with our changing world and our students' needs. We continue to design our programmes for real life, offering lifelong learning on your terms, helping professional from all walks of life to achieve their ambitions, as we pursue a more equal world through education.

We provide access to management education to people all around the world, regardless of where they are, the hours that they work or their family circumstances

Professor Heather McGregor

Designed around you

Our programmes fit the way you work, the way you live.


Do you already have academic qualifications?

You may be entitled to exemptions from core and elective courses on our masters programmes.



All our programmes come with full support

From faculty message boards, past papers and online self tests to peer-to-peer networks and dedicated advisors.



How much will it cost?

You can study course-by-course and pay as you learn, or sign up for two or three courses at once. Our fees are flexible.



Sit your exams locally

We offer local examinations to all our students. Each course is assessed by a one three-hour examination. You can sit your exams in March, June, August and December.


Course taster

Get a feel for the course before you make that all-important purchase.

This PDF is a short version of the full course.

Download the 'Delivering Successful Projects' course pdf

Try our student portal site

This is where you organise your studies; where you book exams, order courses and generally keep on top of things.

The username and password are: demo

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Read our blog, news and find local events

Check our News and Events pages for events and activities in your area; from faculty visits to Alumni events and get-togethers.

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Our whole ethos is centred around the student. So if you’d like to find out what the School can do for you, fill out the form and we’ll get back to you. Quickly.

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