Executive MBA

The Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) is a post graduate qualification targeted at managers and professionals across all business sectors looking to gain a qualification that is well regarded in the business and financial industries. Additionally, the course aims to develop the skills and techniques that will change students' approach to management practice; experienced employees will be equipped with the managerial and technical tools that will benefit their careers as well as the organisation they work for.

EMBA courses provide a balance between 'hard' analytical skills including marketing strategies, accounting, regulation of audits, operational logistics, applying information technology and data and people management while recognising the importance of developing 'soft' skills such as ethical decision making, communication, delegation and awareness. The courses are a blend of theoretical and functional applications of current and relevant business thinking designed to develop a deep understanding of business function relationships and strategic decision making.

The nature of the applicant base for EMBAs is such that students will have the opportunity to mix with, and benefit from, others in a similarly successful position, from a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds and industries in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The modes of study in an EMBA will range from lectures, work-based case studies, discussion and debate to hands-on practical project work.

Since the EMBA is aimed at those already undertaking demanding jobs, most programs are delivered on a part time basis where students will participate in sessions and lectures over regular long-weekends or week-long chunks throughout the period of approximately two years. Some programs are split into modules which can be taken at a students' own pace over the course of up to five years. Many Executive MBA programmes offer a module in an overseas location, providing the chance to gain a unique international perspective. The benefit of working full-time while undertaking an EMBA is that the new techniques and ideas may be applied immediately.

Most executive MBA courses require a relevant honours degree from a well regarded university or equivalent vocational qualification and minimum five years work experience in a managerial position. Since the course is aimed at further propelling the careers of professionals in senior positions, evidence of business success will generally be more important than academic certifications in terms of entry requirements.

EMBA courses vary widely in cost, from £10, 000 - £60,000 and will largely depend on the institution and mode of study. It is common for employers to sponsor applicants who show potential, to put them through an EMBA because of the benefits to the organisation.

EMBA awarding bodies in the UK

Birmingham Business school
Executive Modular MBA
Duration: 2.5 years - 6 years split into 8 modules and a dissertation
Start date: Flexible - January, April, July, September

Bradford University School of Management
Executive Part-Time MBA
Duration: 2 - 3 years

Durham Business School
Executive MBA
Duration: 2 years, part time

Henley Business School
Executive MBA in Corporate Finance
Executive MBA in Real Estate
Executive MBA
Duration: 21 months, part-time or 15 months, accelerated

Hull University Business School
Hull MBA Executive
Duration: 2 years, part time

Imperial College Business School
Executive MBA
Duration: 2 years, part time on week-days or weekends
Start date: weekday course starts December, weekend course starts April

Kingston University
Executive MBA Part-Time
Duration: 2 years
Start date: September, January

Lancaster University Management School
Executive MBA
Duration: 2 years, part time

London Business School
Executive MBA Part time
Duration: 20 months
Start dates: January and September

Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
Executive MBA
Duration: 27 months, part time
Start date: January

Nottingham University Business School
Executive MBA
Duration: 2 - 5 years, part time modular courses

Warwick Business School
The Warwick Executive MBA
Duration: 2 years, part time
Start date: March, October