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MBA teaching approach

Centred on your own experience, our teaching model is a highly effective professional development method.

It uses practical examples and assignments that link management theory to your own work experience, so that you can put your new learning and skills into practice right from the start.

Learning materials

No-one understands better than us how adults learn. Our learning materials use the most up-to-date learning technologies to inspire and engage, and you can access them easily when and where you like. They include:

  • podcasts and video and audio downloads
  • an interactive virtual learning environment with activities and case studies – exposing you to a wide range of perspectives and contexts
  • user-friendly printed materials 

Study support

Highly recommended

96% of our MBA graduates say that they would highly recommend us.

Before you start your MBA, we will guide you through a comprehensive online induction so that you’re ready for study when your first course begins. It covers essentials such as critical thinking and study skills, managing your time, an overview of the programme, and using the virtual learning platform.

You will join a tutor group with about 16 fellow students, and engage with one another at face- to- face and online tutorial events. You’ll also have tutor support throughout your studies from a practising senior business professional, who will provide feedback on your written work, guide you in your learning and take online tutorials.

Our Student Support Teams (SSTs) supplement the support offered by your tutor in all wider academic, administrative, national and regional aspects relevant to your studies. They also offer academic pastoral support.

Short residential schools are a key element of the MBA programme. You’ll meet with other students from around the world, work together on live case studies and attend workshops designed to improve your skills in areas such as negotiation, presentation and consulting. Most courses also have a number of one day face-to-face workshops. Online equivalents for both are available if you prefer.

You will also connect with your peers through online forums and web discussion rooms, and many students set up informal study groups.

More about the Open University MBA:

Interested to find out more about the OU MBA? Join an online information session or see the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.

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