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Executive MBA (part-time) (MBA)

n/a (full-time) / 28 months (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

This is a part-time MBA programme for experienced middle managers.

Course Aims

The aim of the Executive MBA is to develop participants to become reflective practitioners by encouraging them to integrate the theories and knowledge gained from the taught programme with the skills, values and insights derived from experience gained before and after the MBA.

Special Features

The reasons to study the Executive MBA include:

Course Description

The Executive MBA at Cardiff Business School consists of ten core modules, elective modules and a dissertation. The programme is of 28 months’ duration (4 taught semesters and a dissertation). The Executive MBA has been designed to meet the needs of experienced middle managers looking for ways to develop their understanding and knowledge of business.

Course Structure

Core modules:

Elective Modules

Students will also undertake a Dissertation (project).

Teaching Methods

Our programme has been designed to fit around work commitments. The Executive MBA is of 28 months’ duration, with modules delivered in weekday blocks of three days.

Intellectual skills are promoted within teaching blocks through presentations, the examination of case studies, group discussion, debate and assignment. The case study sessions will enable students to apply the theoretical concepts taught in the lectures to real-world contexts


Staff may vary from year to year. At present our tutors are:


Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 3,000 words.

Students additionally produce a Dissertation of 20,000 words.

Skills Acquired

If you are a manager who wants to adopt strategies and gain expertise to build and sustain business effectiveness in a competitive global market place then Cardiff Business School’s Executive MBA is for you.

The programme offers participants the opportunity to apply their managerial experiences to theory and practical situations. The programme provides:

Students Views

'I am really enjoying the learning process, it’s hard work but the new knowledge gained is worth it!.'

Read Sarah's full testimonial

‘I needed some higher-level learning which was business focused and would fit around my full-time role as a company Director.  The executive MBA modules covered topics that would enable me to benchmark my existing skills and provide new insights, methods and tools that would ‘stretch’ me and that I could then apply to the workplace.  I am really enjoying the learning process, it’s hard work but the new knowledge gained is worth it!’

Sarah John, Commercial Director, Acorn (Learning Division) 2012 cohort

Entry Requirements

Minimum of an upper second class Honours degree, or higher, or equivalent from a recognised university.

Applicants will normally be required to have a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience. Applicants with substantial working experience but without a first degree may be considered for entry on a case by case basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5.

Application Deadline: 31 August 2015

Admissions Information

Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year and will be based upon your written application and the references received.


A number of scholarships will be made available to support the most able participating candidates.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Tuition fees to be confirmed on 30 November 2015.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Cecile Boutrou  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75130 



School Website:

More information

Funding Available

There are current funding opportunities for this course. Click here.

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published on 2 March 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.