MBA M B A (Executive)

Postgraduate, Part-time

Gain the skills and expertise you need to take on senior management and leadership roles in the global business environment.

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Course introduction

This globally-recognised qualification will develop your business skills and give you the expertise you need to take on senior roles in any organisation.

Our Executive MBA is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of individuals who choose to balance their personal and professional commitments and study while working. It’s a two-year part-time course that will build on your work experience and enhance it with contemporary business theory.


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Intended for professionals from all industries and sectors, this internationally recognised qualification will develop your managerial skills and give you the expertise you need to take on senior roles.

You’ll acquire creative problem solving, critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills and apply these to your learning about global economic principles, strategic business issues, organisational management and the realities of the competitive marketplace.

You’ll enhance your written and verbal communication techniques, giving you the confidence to present your ideas and strategies to the business world.

Your learning experience will be enriched with workshop sessions that supplement the study materials, as well as regular masterclasses with guest speakers from diverse sectors, and a residential academic and networking weekend.

You'll be enrolled as an Affiliate member of the CMI

You'll graduate with an industry recognised qualification. On graduation you’ll join our MBA Alumni community, giving you access to future masterclasses and networking. You may also be interested in our Global Online distance learning MBA.

Subjects include

  • Building High Performance Organisations
  • Marketing within the Global Economy
  • Management and Organisational Change
  • Leading Strategic Decision-Making
  • Managing Innovation
  • Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
  • Research Skills for Managers
  • MBA Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

The Executive MBA will provide you with the opportunity to realise your full career potential. You’ll be in demand as employers worldwide seek graduates with a recognised portfolio who are able to deliver solutions in complex organisational settings.

In recent years students have come to our MBA with first degrees from many different disciplines and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/ not-for-profit sectors.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above plus 2 years work experience order to be eligible for this programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. Applications from individuals who do not possess the two years’ relevant work experience requirement, but who have significant potential to develop work-related skills, may be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.



Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £6,160 £6,160
Overseas £6,550 £6,550
The fees listed are per annum as this course is studied part time.

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Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Building High Performing Organisations ( ACC11116 )

Introduction In the first instance the module introduces a number of tools and models that you can use to measure the success, or otherwise, of an organisation. The key focus is on the Balanced Scorecard model, which is a set of measures that gives a fast but comprehensive view of the business. The Balanced Scorecard endeavours to collate important elements that reflect a business’s strategic position e.g. product and service quality measures, product and service development time, customer satisfaction, productivity and so on. Financial Matters The module then deals with the question... How does the business appear to its shareholders? This section investigates the financial performance of an organisation. The focus is on Finance and Budgetary Control – profit, cost and revenue-related measures - and the Interpreting of Financial Statements. Internal processes The module then deals with the question... What must a business excel at? This section takes an internal process perspective and investigates both the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation. The focus is on Operations, Supply Chain and Information Technology and E-Business. Innovation and learning The module than deals with the question... How can a business continue to improve and build capabilities? This section investigates how people and information support the organisation. The focus is on Innovation, the Learning Organisation and Sustainability. Customer focus The module then deals with the question... How do a business’s customers see the business? This section investigates just how well an organisation is meeting the needs of, and satisfying, its customers. The focus is on managing marketing matters, sales management initiatives and the relationship management challenges for both the selling and the buying organisation. Overall the module emphasises the concept of integrative nature of business across the FOUR key areas and what matters most in the need and desire to build high performing organisations that can endure in the complex, global business environment.

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Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management ( SOE11105 )

The Role and Nature of Strategic Management; Analysing the External Environment: macro-environment, industry and competitor analysis; Analysing internal resources, capabilities and core competencies; Business level and corporate level strategy; International business strategy; Strategic development: mergers and acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures; Strategy Implementation: Structure, Culture and Change.

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Leading Strategic Decision-Making ( HRM11120 )

The module will cover the following content: 1. Organisation Strategy and Strategic Leadership 2. Determining the Strategic Direction: Mission Vision and Values 3. Strategic Decision-making in Practice 4. Transformational Leadership Approaches and Emotional Intelligence 5. The Leader-Follower Relationship 6. Team Leadership 7. Strategic Decision-Making in Innovative Contexts 8. Creating Systemic Innovation 9. Authentic and Sustainable Leadership 10. Current Trends in Strategic Leadership

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Management and Organisational Change ( HRM11117 )

The material covered in the module relates to two broad areas of study: the examination of organisational behaviour, including attitudes, perception, motivation, groups, teams and leadership; and understanding managerial processes, and the development of skills important in the management of people and processes - such as corporate social responsibility. Change management is increasingly important and therefore you will examine the topic by looking at both incremental and transformational change, and the importance of power, politics and conflict. Focusing on the behaviour of people in a work environment the module places an emphasis on understanding the vital role and importance of people in the change management process. You will develop an understanding of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment, specifically the significance of organisational culture. This in turn develops your ability to plan and carry forward sustainable system-wide change programmes.

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Managing Innovation ( ENT11107 )

One of the most significant issues a manager faces when attempting to create a successful organisation in today’s fast changing technologically driven business environment is the management of innovation. This module is about the management of innovation and in this module you will learn how to manage it in a practical way. You will do this by examining, discussing and critically evaluating, in detail, both the theory and practice of innovation management in some of the world’s most innovative organisations. You will, during this learning process, in addition to honing your analytical skills, be encouraged to create an extensive ‘toolkit’ which you could use when managing innovation in your future career.

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Marketing within the Global Economy ( SOE11140 )

The global economy, the concepts of markets and their structures; government policies and their impact on businesses; cross country cultural differences their impact on global business decision making; the global marketing concept and strategy planning; the marketing environments and consumer & organisational buyer behaviour; ethics and responsible marketing; marketing research and international market segmentation; managing the international marketing mix & brand development

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MBA Project ( SOE11111 )

This module focuses on student professional development through working with students to develop their understanding of the practise of continuous professional development (CPD) for managers/leaders. A CPD system, informed by the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Chartered Manager Skills’, is used as a core development tool throughout the programme. In addition, the key generic skills areas which underpin effective managers/leaders performance, are covered in practical workshops – personal and professional development, team building, oral and written presentation, networking, critical thinking, problem solving and defending ideas. The practicalities of undertaking a research project in the field of business and management at postgraduate level is also a core part of this module – a range of research approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis techniques are included. There is also emphasis on placed on maximising the impact of research results in the practical business environment.

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Skills for Managers ( SOE11126 )

The content of this module is informed by the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Chartered Manager Skills’, as well as the academic requirements of the MBA programme. The focus of this module is to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare you for a range of challenges in your academic and professional career. Specifically, the emphasis is on developing research skills that will equip you with the expertise to undertake relevant and topical research allied to your MBA Project. The core material covers: a) critiquing academic and practitioner research from a range of published sources, b) developing tools and techniques for writing a critical literature review, c) methodological considerations, d) research design, e) research ethics, f) qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, g) manual and computer-based techniques of data analysis and, h) evaluating and communicating your research.

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.