Wondering how you will fit studying into your existing schedule? This section explains the key features of studying for our Executive MBA programme on a part-time basis.

Why choose the Executive MBA?

Find out why our students chose the programme and how they have benefited from their experience.

When teaching takes place

  • Most core courses will be delivered over Friday to Saturday once a month, but some courses are delivered in full working week blocks.
  • There are six of these week-long sessions across the two-year programme.
  • Please refer to the Programme Structure for details of the full working week blocks.
  • All option courses are also taught as full working week blocks, in essence Monday to Friday.
  • Once per month there will also be a three-hour online session using a virtual learning environment.

Professional Development

You will start the Professional Development programme in Year One with a residential experiential offsite 'Leading High Performing Teams' programme, focused on developing team skills and self-awareness. This programme consists of a series of interactive skills development workshops and activities supported by online diagnostic assessments and independent directed reading.

Teaching contributors include members of our Executive Development team, external training providers, consultants, and coaches. Throughout your Executive MBA you will also have access to our executive coaching offering and 1:1 careers guidance support tailored to your individual needs.

Private study

It is important to set aside a certain amount of time for individual study. It is anticipated that you will need around 10 to 20 hours per week to go through recommended reading, work on group projects, develop reports and presentations, and prepare for exams. This will vary at different points in the programme and depend on your option course choices and the relevant assessments.

Study groups

Boutique group work is at the heart of the collaborative learning experience. Throughout your programme there will be times when you need to deliver on assignments as a group or discuss different theories in groups. Some of this will take place in class or during the time you are on campus. Other times you will need to coordinate opportunities to connect as a group via online channels or in person depending on your location.


Across the programme there are a variety of different assessment types. These range from individual essays and reports, to assessed group work which may include a presentation, and some courses also have exams.


A dedicated MBA team is in place to guide you through the programme. This starts from your first enquiry with our MBA Relations Manager and includes support around your studies from our MBA Programmes Director and administrative staff. You will also receive support from our Professional Development staff in terms of coaching and career guidance.

We realise that you may not have studied for a while and therefore we also include a Study Skills overview and refresher as part of your induction. As a student, you will have access to the University Main Library (open 24/7), our extensive library resources, course materials, and electronic journals. You will also benefit from the Business School Hub Library, which provides:

  • Postgraduate course textbooks
  • Key business journals
  • Bookable database terminals
  • Study spaces and computers

You will also have access to the premium business resources acquired by the Business School and the University Main Library. These resources connect you to academic journals, company and financial data, market research reports, and global news sources. Key resources are our Eikon, Datastream, Thomson One, and Bloomberg subscriptions.