Distance Learning: Leeds Metropolitan University and the online MBA revolution

SPONSORED: Online learning is seeing immense growth across all sectors of education and training - particularly in higher education. Here's how Leeds Metropolitan University is using technology to help executives to study while they work

by Edmund Hewson
Last Updated: 11 Aug 2014

Gaining professional qualifications can open up a wealth of opportunities for your career. But traditional methods of education often mean taking time off work – and that’s a tough balance to strike.

Leeds Metropolitan University is helping students achieve this balance by providing a raft of qualifications delivered via distance learning. Our new Executive MBA gives business professionals the opportunity to transform themselves into strategic management leaders while remaining in their post.

And unlike other MBAs, ours is 100 per cent online, with no need to travel or sacrifice a full-time salary.

A supportive learning environment

The online Executive MBA from Leeds Metropolitan University is delivered using innovative online learning methods supported by Pearson Learning Studio, a virtual learning environment that lets tutors connect to students from across the world, providing both freedom to study while maintaining rigorous academic contact.

Our courses are flexible, providing the ultimate convenience for students who are able to study in their own time and at their own pace for 10 to 12 hours per week. Students have access to high quality pre-recorded lectures; directed reading via e-books; and focused activities that allow peer-to-peer and student/tutor interaction – and which relate directly to their work experience.

Putting the student first

We believe that students value contact with our academics – and that the most successful programmes combine the best technology, the best content and the best people. Our students have reported positive experiences of fitting study around their lifestyles…

'Having completed the first module of the Executive MBA with Leeds Metropolitan I would thoroughly recommend the course. I was unsure what to expect at first, but the tutors at Leeds Business School are really supportive and the course is well designed, with clear weekly goals. I can already see the benefits in my own work.'
Tim Gale ACMA CGMA FMAAT, current Executive MBA Online Student, UK

'The MBA offers a flexible schedule that fits nicely with my work and family life – and despite the birth of my daughter, I haven’t missed a class! I’m already seeing benefits by applying what I’ve learnt in my workplace, and I’ve seen big improvements in my business performance in terms of my communication, critical analysis and research skills. I’m looking forward to successfully completing the course and reaching new heights.'
Seoposengwe Galeeme, current Executive MBA Online Student, Botswana

Technology is helping us push boundaries – and break through barriers that have traditionally inhibited flexible learning. Here at Leeds Metropolitan University we’re proud to be able to offer flexibility and quality in our learning, using technology to enhance our service. But we know it is not ‘just’ about technology or content, it’s about the people too.

For more information on our programmes, please call +44 113 866 2111 or visit www.leedsmet.ac.uk/onlinemba

- Edmund Hewson is Leeds Metropolitan University’s Director of Distance Learning

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