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

In year one, students study circa eight core courses in major disciplines; this is the foundation upon which the whole MBA is built. In addition students select three specialist option courses. Here studies can be tailored towards career preferences. Leadership skills are developed through a leadership week as well as Professional Development (PD) skills taught through the first semester.

Year Two

In Year 2 learning about strategy also becomes a central feature of the programme. Students again study core and option courses. They work on leadership skills and a highlight of this year's programme is a week-long international study trip. In addition students deliver a consultancy project and participate in a business simulation exercise.

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 structure and courses for this programme in 2018/19 and 2019/20.



Year 1


  • Quantitative Methods and Tools: This course aims to develop your understanding of basic probability, statistics and spreadsheet modelling techniques to support management decision-making.
  • Strategic Marketing: Consumers are savvier than ever. Will your marketing plan engage them?
  • Understanding Economies: With a focus on macroeconomics, develop an informed understanding of contemporary economic issues.


  • Accounting: Decipher the language of business to better inform decisions, judge opportunities, and reward people.
  • Organising for Effectiveness: Develop your intellectual tool kit for understanding and managing within complex organisational settings.

April (Full Working Week)


  • Finance: Learn about the modern financial landscape, the major players in financial markets and how securities are traded and valued by investors.
  • Operations Improvement: Learn about Lean Operations, Service Design, and Operational Risk to support strategic objectives.

August (Full Working Week)

Year 2


  • Entrepreneurial Leadership: Learn the benefit of entrepreneurship in large organisations, and how it can be integrated into more familiar approaches of corporate management.
  • Leading Strategic Change: Exposes the messy, non-linear ways organisational change happens, and helps define the leader’s role in contouring the process.


Capstone Project


An opportunity for in-depth research on significant real-world problems through a business plan, a consultancy, or a specialist research topic.


  • Personal Coaching and Careers 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