An overview of the Executive MBA programme, our biennial on-campus course studied over 27 months and delivered by our experienced faculty and complemented by regular guest speakers.

Year One: Essential Skills for Strategic Leadership

In year one, students study around eight core courses in major disciplines; this is the foundation upon which the whole MBA is built.

Year Two: Driving Strategic Change

In Year 2 learning about strategy also becomes a central feature of the programme. You will study core and option courses to enable you to customise your learning.

MBA Capstone Project

The conclusion of the programme, the MBA Capstone project, brings the two years' learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the proposed structure and courses for this programme in 2020/21 and 2021/22, as some courses are awaiting approval.*


August (Full Working Week)

  • Induction (Including MBA Ceilidh)
  • Strategic Leadership (Part A)
  • Professional Development
  • Study Skills

Year 1


  • Quantitative Methods and Tools
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Understanding Economies


  • Accounting
  • Organising for Effectiveness
  • Strategic Models for Business

April (Full Working Week)

  • Professional Development
  • Strategic Leadership (Part B)


  • Finance
  • Operations Improvement

Year 2

August (Full Working Week)

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Professional Development


  • Digital Transformation
  • Leading Strategic Change


  • Strategic Models for Business
  • Research Methods for the Capstone Project

Elective Choices


  • Business Strategy for Environmentally Suitable Futures
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Global Strategy
  • Governing Decision-Making Through Data Visualisations
  • International Business in Context
  • Managing Stakeholder Communications
  • Negotiations
  • New Venture Creation and the Entrepreneurial Process
  • Project Management

Electives are delivered in full week blocks.

Capstone Project


  • Capstone Project

Completion of a major Capstone Project (submissions end of August) with a choice of formats:

  • Consultancy Project
  • Research Dissertation
  • Business Plan
  • Feasibility Study


  • 1:1 Executive Coaching and Career Support
  • Online Tutorials and Self-Study Resources
  • Optional Master Classes
  • Boardroom Debates
  • Practitioner Speakers

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.

Core and Elective Courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.

Executive MBA Degree Programme Table 2019/20