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The Executive MBA is an accredited postgraduate programme comprising bite-size packages of learning. It aims to develop business leaders’ and managers’ understanding and critical appreciation of the theories, tools, and applications of leadership and management with a strong focus on sustainability and carbon literacy. This understanding enables them to, more effectively, manage change in organisations and utilise appropriate resources.

The Executive MBA at Worcester seeks to improve individual’s personal effectiveness, innovation, and strategic leadership to enhance organisational performance. The programme focuses upon applied and relevant learning, encouraging students to relate the knowledge and skills gained to real leadership and management scenarios.



Key features

  • A challenge based curriculum that speaks directly to the needs of emerging leaders in contemporary business environments
  • Sustainability and carbon literacy is woven through the course and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are explored in the modules
  • The opportunity to apply learning directly into your own organisation to add immediate value and develop consulting and problem solving skills by engaging with a third party organisation on a meaningful change and improvement project
  • Programme support scaffolding that develops you as an individual leader as well as your academic understanding
  • Opportunities for the systematic development your skills in objective analysis, evaluation and presentation to enable you to further develop confidence in effectively appraising and implementing management strategies
  • The chance to develop the capability to understand your own approach to the role of leadership and to inform this approach through the development of appropriate knowledge, skills, behaviours and techniques in a dynamic way
  • The chance to develop an ability to apply knowledge and understanding of organisations, leadership and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve your practice
  • Enhanced lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large
  • A stimulating academic environment which is based upon the values of academic openness and critical appraisal
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

This programme is open to Business Owners, Chief Executives, Directors, Senior and Middle Managers, namely, those with leadership responsibility and who are ready to explore their capability in depth.

  • The Executive MBA is appropriate for you if you have experience of senior management in either a commercial or public sector environment. You need not necessarily have had previous exposure to studies in business, leadership or management
  • Applicants will normally have a first or second-class Honours Degree or equivalent in any subject and at least two years of business/management experience at a senior level
  • The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Find out more about language requirements and support

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.

All modules are mandatory:

  • Sustainability and Ethical Business Practices
  • Responsible Leadership and Conscious Change Management
  • Sustainable Market Positioning
  • Fundamentals of Finance for Sustainable Business
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Digital Transformation and Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Leading Successful Projects
  • Innovation and Design for a Better World
  • Insight & Investigation
  • Consultancy Project
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, practical activities etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.


The programme will use a combination of approaches to tuition with on-campus elements taking place on selected Friday and Saturdays which will be delivered intensively in a block for each module. In addition to the on-campus workshops there will also be at least two online sessions, either live or pre-recorded. Each module will have an associated pre-read/material (this could be video material etc) and students will be expected to complete the pre-work so that this can be built on in the on campus taught workshops.


Additionally, students will be split into a number of small group Action Learning Sets. These sets will be consistent throughout the programme and will provide the learner with peer support – these action learning sets will facilitated by a member of faculty in the first few sessions but then it is anticipated that this will become self-managed and will continue through the remainder of the programme duration.

The curriculum will have the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) embedded within each module and will use situational challenges to bring content to life (real life situations they will face to drive relevancy and engagement). Where possible access to external speakers will provide additional insight and challenge either through on-campus or a hybrid delivery method.

In addition to these programme elements, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and five occasions thereafter to discuss progress and development. In the final stage of the programme a supervisor will be allocated to work with you on your consultancy project.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. In particular the University Graduate Attributes of problem solving, teamwork and effective communication, and reflective and resilient lifelong learning will be present throughout the programme. These attributes and capabilities will be developed through a mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Finally, BlackBoard (the university’s virtual learning environment) will allow for student interaction outside of modules via programme level discussion boards and will be encouraged to set up and interact with others in the cohort. Building in short masterclass sessions like Wellbeing and Resilience sessions run internally and externally through integrating interesting external events and lectures into the EMBA schedule.

Contact time

Year one has four 15 credit modules, year two has four 15 credit modules. Year three has a single 15 credit module and a 45 credit consultancy assignment.

In a typical (15 credit) module you will have around 21contact hours of teaching. Typically contact time could be structured around:

  • 14 hours of interactive on campus workshops
  • 2 hours of live online workshop sessions
  • 4 hours of seminar activity in groups working in action learning sets
  • 1 hour in direct discussion with your personal academic tutor

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected for a typical 15 credit module to undertake:

  • 54 hours or preparation for the module assessment
  • 75 hours of guided independent learning through BlackBoard

Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


  • 2.5 years part-time
  • Maximum registration period 5 years


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that teaching will take place on a Friday and Saturday and suitable arrangements need to be in place to ensure that you are able to attend all of the class contact time.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course and who have direct experience of engaging with professional audiences. The team includes senior academics, usually with doctoral level qualifications, professional practitioners with industry experience, and other key contributors able to provide specific and specialised input to your learning.


Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include one written examination and a range of coursework assessments such as reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study consultancy project.

Your proposed formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
  • 1 individual presentation
  • 1 group presentation
  • 2 2000 word reports
  • 2 3000 word reports
Year 2
  • 1 practical assessment 
  • 1 individual presentation 
  • 1 1500 word reflective written assignment
  • 1 2000 word report
  • 2 3000 word reports
Year 3
  • 1 3000 word research proposal
  • 1 10000 word dissertation

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.




This programme will give students the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the principles of leadership and management and learn to apply these principles more widely. Through this, they will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. Their studies will have a vocational orientation, enabling them to perform more effectively in leadership and management in their own workplace contexts. Holders of qualifications at this level will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.


Fees and funding


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

Face to face delivery for each module includes a 2-day workshop on a Friday and Saturday. Students will be expected to attend each face-to-face session and travel and any overnight accommodation is the responsibility of the student.

The programme will provide opportunities for the student to attend additional learning opportunities and networking events. These are optional and do not form part of the formal elements of the programme. Travel costs to any external events are the responsibility of the student.

How to apply

How to apply

Students can contact the Business development team at Worcester Business school on 01905 542444 or through the How to apply page. Applicants will not be interviewed, unless there are concerns regarding the position or management experience of the applicant that require clarification.

The Programme Manager will offer to meet with all candidates to discuss progression options at any point during the application process. Candidates will be selected on the basis of evidence of a capability to engage with academic work at postgraduate level and a track record in a leadership and management position.

In order to express an interest in applying for this course, please contact the EMBA Team via email on

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