Course overview

Our Executive MBA builds on your existing years of management, and will help to expand your global career prospects and earning potential.


We provide a support network to smooth your transition from professional life to study, through induction processes and supplementary sessions. An experienced academic will also be appointed as your personal tutor.


The course is flexibly structured so you can combine your studies with your demanding career. You can take between two to four years to complete the programme and choose from several starting points throughout the year. You can also vary the number of modules you take each year and spread the cost by paying for each module as you progress.


You can contribute to your organisation through real-time application of your learning.

In addition to core modules covering the fundamentals of leadership, strategy, sustainability and entrepreneurship, you can also choose optional modules that align with your personal career ambitions. These cover areas including ethics, innovation, the digital economy and change management.

You will have opportunities to develop your professional networks through contacts you make amongst your fellow students, our Business Leader seminars and links to China, Malaysia and Singapore. Our Postgraduate Careers Service is also available throughout your studies and after you graduate.

You have the option to take industry-recognised digital qualifications by Microsoft and SAP alongside your course, which will develop your digital skills and help you stand out to future employers.


International study tours (dependent upon any travel restrictions) to China or USA offer where direct experience of global business through meetings with executives, company visits, and sessions with experts. Our unique connections with China and Malaysia also offer a fantastic opportunity to learn about the essentials of doing business in these countries. You could also enrol on modules on our Malaysia and Singapore MBA programmes.

Why choose this course?

Top 85 worldwide

best Executive MBAs

Flexibly structured

Combine your studies with your demanding career, studying part-time over two to four years

More than 19,000

Business School alumni connect you to a powerful global network of business contacts

Gain digital skills

We offer the opportunity to take industry-recognised Microsoft and SAP certifications at significant discounts from the open market rate

Triple accredited

Part of an elite group of business schools worldwide to gain ‘triple crown’ accreditation

EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB accredited

Progress your career

Our recent Executive MBA graduates have experienced average salary uplifts of 45% to 96%

2017-2018 period

Course content

Our Executive MBA aims to develop your skills in:

  • leadership
  • practical management
  • creative and entrepreneurial problem solving
  • sustainable business practices

You will experience a well-considered mixture of academic theory and practical relevance, enabling you to identify solutions to real-world challenges in your work environment.


Stage one: Broadening management experience

Accounting and Finance

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting, management accounting and finance. Both commercial and not-for-profit organisations will be considered.

Financial reporting is the process of presenting financial (and other) information to a range of stakeholders in order to ensure appropriate accountability and stewardship. You will be encouraged to consider the need for integrity in financial accounting and reporting, and the potential limitations of regulation and standards.

Management accounting is concerned with the preparation and presentation of accounting information to aid managers in their jobs of planning, decision making and control. New and traditional management accounting techniques are analysed in the context of a changing management context with its emphasis on strategy, costing and performance metrics. The content of the module is aimed primarily at managers and not accountants.

The finance section emphasises two of the major financial decisions, the investment decision and the financing decision - where the money comes from and how it is best used within the organisation.  

Business Economics

This module aims at developing your understanding of how markets work and the principles of supply and demand. It will also provide you with an understanding of how self-interested parties within organisations interact and how corporate governance mechanisms can control these interactions. The focus will be on the relationship between markets, organisations’ structure and firms’ profitability. By the end of the module, you will be able to think critically about markets and organisations and use this critical analysis to improve your decision-making.

An advantage of economics, and one reason for its widespread use in analysing individual and institutional decision-making, is that it requires the analysis to be explicit about the key elements of the process under consideration, ie who are the key decision makers, which are they goals, what actions they have available, and which is the mechanism by which decisions translate into outcomes. In this way, the basic tools of economics offer a set of skills necessary for rigorous analysis of business problems.

Leadership, People and Organisational Capability

This module explores key contemporary issues in organisational behaviour and the management of people in diverse and dynamic contexts. The topics covered will include employee motivation, leadership and working in teams, power and politics, conflict, change, culture, inclusion and contemporary challenges for an emerging industrial age.


The module offers an overview of the nature and practice of marketing at both the strategic and tactical levels. You will be introduced to a variety of conceptual frameworks and will be expected to apply them in relation to case study companies and your own business experience.

Key themes to be addressed include:

  • the nature and role of marketing and marketing management
  • connecting with customers and building strong brands
  • shaping and managing the marketing offering
  • communicating and delivering value
Operations Management

The design and management of operations are crucial for the success of organisations. Whether in industry, the service sector, the public sector, or the ‘not-for-profit’ sector, well designed and well managed operational systems that align with an organisation’s strategy are central to achieving and sustaining high levels of performance. The module provides a broad introduction to fundamental topics, concepts, frameworks, and methods relevant to contemporary operations practice. Areas covered include managing projects, managing quality, supply chain concepts and operations planning, and managing service systems.

Teaching combines, lectures, cases, group exercises with contributions from external speakers. The critical importance of strong sustainable operational processes is highlighted, stressing lean thinking and process excellence. Both strategic and operational perspectives are emphasised throughout. The module is assessed by a structured business process analysis exercise and an individual report, which offers delegates an opportunity to pursue topics directly relevant to them.

Strategic Management

Strategy is central to any organisation. How do we become better at it? How does our strategizing make a difference? This module covers all the basic tools and techniques of strategy and strategic management, underpinned by theory which we make practically relevant and which you can then apply in your own organisation. You will gain insight into how your organisation can develop and implement better strategy and how to become a more effective strategist. We use case studies, insights from guest speakers and your own organisation and/or management experience, our own research (enthusiastically covered) and even storytelling or Lego play, to develop and interrogate your understanding.

We challenge preconceptions and introduce you to key debates, whilst equipping you with an understanding of context and critical faculty in the application of key concepts – for example the nature of strategy, understanding the competitive environment, external and internal sources of competitive advantage, business models, corporate strategy and alternative strategy options, and strategy development processes. This is a central module in your Executive MBA, and according to comments from previous cohorts, insight and enjoyment is (almost) guaranteed.

Stage two: Deepening management experience

Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Theorists and policy makers now understand the link between entrepreneurial activity and economic development, and creativity and innovation underpin all successful entrepreneurship.

Successful entrepreneurship is characterised by a set of identifiable skills that are useful in any domain, and these skills are best developed in an integrative and engaged environment, where theory can be practically applied. This module will use the Ingenuity creative problem solving model to integrate the content and simulate the entrepreneurial environment.

The module's focus will be on generating, evaluating and selling innovative ideas in a team context. Whilst led by academics, practitioner engagement will be central to the module's successful delivery. This will be achieved through a combination of guest lectures and mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Decisions and Organisations

This module integrates and reflects upon the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and challenges your understanding and application of the material presented on the core modules.

This is undertaken by focusing on the role of different business stakeholders in achieving economic and environmental sustainability - through an examination of their possibly contradicting and contradictory objectives, values and decision-making processes.

We have a wide range of practitioners featuring in the module. You will have to present and defend your integrated sustainable strategy to a real board, consisting of practitioners with experience of board membership. You will also run a real media conference consisting of journalists from the press.

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Business Ethics

This module examines ethical issues and dilemmas, covering a range of complex and controversial problems relating to business in a global economy. The main concepts and theories underpinning the business ethics field will be introduced, and you shall have the opportunity to apply these to business situations.

More specifically, the module explores pertinent issues of human rights, globalisation and sustainable development, and places these within different philosophical and cultural perspectives. The module also explores the role of professionals from an ethical perspective, and situates these explorations within a political-economic framework.

Business Intelligence in the Digital Economy

This module focuses on the key digital technologies that are producing revolutionary change in business right now. Wherever you work – finance, retail, government, manufacturing, consultancy or any service role – your industry and your job is being changed by disruptive technologies as organisations become data-driven.

New uses of data are radically changing how firms produce products and services, how they interact with customers and how they partner together. But the change has just started – this module can help you take advantage of the changes to come.

We will look at the underlying business ideas which drive and make use of technologies like big data analytics, The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, social media, Web 2.0, and cloud computing. We will discuss how they are being used by different firms to transform their capabilities, their business models and their performance. We will look at how to use these technologies in business examples, the firms that you are interested in and in your own jobs.

Commissioning and Service Redesign

In all health service organisations, services are evolving formally and informally. This module will look at the formal ways in which services change, in response to changing health needs and thus commissioning processes; and how organisations can respond through effective service re-design.

Contemporary Issues in Management

This module aims to promote self-directed learning on emerging issues for the future of management. You will be consulted on potential topics during semester one and the process explained. You will be expected select a topic for your studies from a selection that should demonstrate the relevance and importance of the topic for your future business ambitions or personal career development.

Corporate Finance

The module examines the ethical and practical justifications for the idea that companies should operate in the interests of shareholders and also the counter arguments in favour of a stakeholder perspective.

The module then deals in turn with the major financial decisions made in organisations (capital budgeting, capital structure, dividends, mergers, working capital). Decisions are analysed first in the context of well functioning capital markets. Capital market imperfections and behavioural biases on the part of managers and investors are then considered.

Ethics, Governance and Risk

This module engages with contemporary challenges and issues in governance, ethics and risk in complex healthcare systems. The module brings together academic theory drawn from both the study of high-performing healthcare organisations and major organisational crises and disasters, as well as exploring and applying insights and models from other sectors. The issues examined throughout the module reflect current concerns in health policy and practice, with a particular focus on the UK health and care context.

The module explores difficult ethical issues, the management of risk and the governance of healthcare in broader historical and social context, and examines both the practical application of, and challenges inherent to, major tools and techniques used in healthcare. The module provides a detailed examination of key concepts of governance and ethics; major developments in NHS policy; challenges in the governance of risk, safety and resilience; and practices and theories of healthcare improvement.

Games and Strategies for Business

Game theory is used to analyse and predict the outcomes of complex situations involving strategic interactions, ie interactions in which the right choice for us depends upon the choices made by others, and our choices affect how others behave. Managers face strategic interactions within the firm (with other divisions and subordinates) and outside the firm, with suppliers, competitors, customers, regulators, and even capital markets. Examples include pricing decisions in oligopolistic markets, entry or exit decisions, incentive schemes, and optimal timing to release information.

In this module, you will learn the essential tools of game theory, discover their use by applying them to a variety of business situations and cases, and find out which are its limitations. It aims at developing your ability to think ahead and to take into account other people’s possible responses to your actions. More importantly, we’ll discuss how to choose or design the best “game”. After all, “successful business strategy is about actively shaping the game you play, not just playing the game you find” (Brandegurger and Nalebuff, 1995).

Innovation Management

The aim of this module to understand the different factors that support innovative performance within firms. First, we look at innovation from an industrial perspective, showing how innovations of product, process and organisational structure can create and destroy markets. Then we consider innovation within an organisation, showing how innovation can be used to address social, environmental and governance challenges. Finally, we look at innovation from a managerial perspective, highlighting the entrepreneurial practices necessary to sustain innovation. We draw upon live cases of innovation within small, fast-growing firms and learn from approaches used to re-vitalise larger firms.

Participants choose which firm they wish to work upon and research the historical innovation performance of that firm and recommend a change programme for senior managers to act upon. This equips participants with the knowledge to manage innovation within their sector of interest and helps build their capability to respond to uncertainty and change.

International Study Tour

The International Study Tour (IST) offers an exciting opportunity to appreciate the dynamics of contemporary business practice in an international context. It comprises a mixture of preparatory classroom learning and research, and field visits to organisations in the destination country, and meetings with senior managers.

The IST provides a great opportunity to reflect on the application of theory to practical business management issues in different environments, namely national, corporate and consumer cultural contexts and business environments. A range of sectors, industries, and company sizes are included to maximise alignment to students’ interests.

The IST has visited USA and China. The destination each year is based on the benefit that the destination country adds to the experience but may be affected by regulatory and logistical constraints. Assessment mirrors the innovative nature of the module and includes reflection on personal learning.

Leadership and Change Management

The module will include the following topics:

  • The meaning, nature and evolution of the field of leadership in an organisational, social, environmental and multi-cultural context
  • Critical issues in leadership, including how leaders are selected, development tools that are available, and issues of evaluation - leadership development, styles, motivations and competencies
  • Leadership skills for building teams and securing involvement and participation - working collaboratively, ethically and effectively to support a partnership approach to leadership and management development
  • Leadership and strategic change - the key roles that leaders play in creating visions and strategies and the implementation of leadership and management strategies to meet current and future organisational demands
  • Leadership and sustainable strategic management
  • Leading change - how leaders influence and persuade others and the key challenges that organisations and individual managers face
Personal Development

This module provides an opportunity to reflect upon and develop a deeper sense of personal autonomy that will enhance the quality of relationships in both the personal and professional setting.

Using an experiential format, the module examines issues of self-care, self-esteem, values, assertiveness, individual modes of construing other people, stress, developing relaxation and working in groups.

Project Management

Varying in size and type, projects are literally everywhere. They are vital to all sectors and all business functions and are key platforms for improved performance and enhanced competitiveness. However, many projects are not easy to plan, manage or control, and may fail; they may overshoot the deadline, go over budget, or not meet the specifications. Risks and uncertainty and the choice of the right methodology, further complicate planning and control and affect the chances of successful project completion.

The module develops knowledge of the most important project planning and control methods and techniques, both traditional and contemporary. It enhances understanding on how the variety of project management methods work through in-class applications, readings, and the use of relevant software. It addresses broader issues and challenges of managing projects successfully, including stakeholder engagement and management, risk and uncertainty, the contribution of projects to innovation, and the development of a portfolio strategy.

Strategic Market Relations: Building, Managing and Leveraging Market Relationships

Why focus on business-to-business marketing? It is believed that between 50% and as much as 80% of all marketing related jobs and associated economic activity are in business markets. New perspectives in business marketing have emerged that focus on intangible resources, the co-creation of value, and relationships in networks of organisations rather than the traditional buyer-seller dyadic view of markets and marketing.

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the main theoretical and managerial concepts and issues in the area of business-to-business marketing and strategic market relations. We explore the complex dynamics of networked relationships between buying and selling organisations. Such networks offer organisations the opportunity to learn and create value in novel and innovative ways. However, they also constrain the actions of individual organisations in the network. Thus, strategic market relations require firms to understand how to build, manage, and leverage their market relationships.

Venture Capital and Private Equity

Venture Capital and Private Equity (VC&PE) provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life cycle, from selecting early-stage young firms to identifying late-stage investment opportunities such buyouts.

This module examines how VC&PE firms operate from both the investor and investee perspective. It looks at due diligence, firm section, structuring deals, valuation, managing portfolio firms, and exit. Cases discussed range from seed funding to management buyouts (MBOs) and bolt-ons to turnarounds and are often accompanied by industry experts in class.

Stage three: Preparing for your future career

Management Project

All MBA students complete a management project, giving them the opportunity to put theory into practice. You spend up to six months on a management project exploring current business issues and applying the theories and techniques learned during your MBA to resolve them.

You have three options. Either:

  • apply for a project with a real business (company-based management project)
  • do a desk-based project
  • write a business plan

The specific topic is subject to an approval process. Course members enrolled on a specific MBA variant must undertake a Management Project related to their named variant.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Thursday 09 June 2022.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Highlights of your learning experience include:

  • small, diverse class sizes which promote discussion and the exchange of knowledge and ideas
  • international study tours - experience different cultures and realise the direct impact of differing environments on business, taking you from the classroom to the real world
  • Business Practice Week - attend company visits in Nottingham and London, learning more about current business challenges and how these relate to theoretical concepts
  • the Ingenuity process – take part in a unique method for encouraging creative problem solving, developed by our Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Digital professional skills certifications

We offer the opportunity for you to take industry-recognised Microsoft and SAP certifications alongside your degree programme at significant discounts from the open market rate. This will enhance your digital capability, differentiate your CV and help you stand out to future employers. Find out more on our digital professional skills website.

How you will be assessed

  • Examinations
  • Essay
  • Project work

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline. We will also consider applications from graduates with good approved university honours degrees as well as those with significant professional experience or qualifications that have the potential to enhance the diversity of the MBA class.
Work experience

For entry to our Executive MBA, we usually expect you to have at least five years of post-graduation full-time work experience. The application process will include an interview.


2022/23 entry

Course dates for 2022/23

  • Course starts: 1 December 2022 - application deadline: 11 November 2022
  • Course starts: 1 February 2023 - application deadline: 11 January 2023
  • Course starts: 1 April 2023 - application deadline: 11 March 2023
  • Course starts: 1 June 2023 - application deadline: 11 May 2023
  • Course starts: 1 August 2023 - application deadline: 11 July 2023

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply


UK fees are set in line with the national UKRI maximum fee limit. We expect fees for 2023 entry to be confirmed in August 2022.

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).

Additional costs

All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice.

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.


Business School MBA scholarships

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding


We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

Graduate destinations

Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.

Increasingly, graduates are required to be cloud and data-ready for the workplace with 66% of employers wanting to see graduates achieve professional qualifications as well as their main degree (CMI 21st Century leaders report). The school works with some of the world’s leading business software providers including SAP and Microsoft, offering the option to take their globally recognised professional digital qualifications alongside your course. Our Digital Centre of Excellence will support you so that you can develop the digital skills necessary to pursue your chosen career and stand out to future employers.

Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate. Business School postgraduates also have access to events and resources provided by the Careers and Employability Service.

Previous Executive MBA graduates have gained promotions, made a career change and created entrepreneurial ventures. Our Ingenuity Lab has supported a number of our MBA graduates in starting their own company.

Graduate destinations include:

  • management consulting
  • finance and accounting
  • human resources
  • marketing/sales
  • information technology
  • operations and logistics

Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Accenture, Apple, Bosch, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, EY, Fidelity Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan, Red Cross and Santander Group.

Career progression

Our recent Executive MBA graduates have experienced average salary uplifts of 45% to 96% (2017-2018 period).

As working professionals, many graduates from the Executive MBA programme have experienced career enhancements in their employing organisations or have been able to make career changes. Entrepreneurial ventures have also been pursued.

EQUIS accredited

The Business School is EQUIS accredited.

AMBA accredited

The Business School is AMBA accredited.

AACSB accredited

The Business School is AACSB accredited. 

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates
" An Executive MBA makes my skills and education current and highly relevant to the dynamic nature of business today. The curriculum is challenging, yet rewarding. Many faculty members have a lot of business experience and knowledge, which underpins and supports the academic learning. "
Susan Finch, Site General Manager, Pennine Healthcare

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This content was last updated on Thursday 09 June 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.