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Business Administration (Executive) (MBA) (2022 Entry)

About this taught graduate course

Course overview

Ranked first in the UK and 6th in the world by The Economist/Which? MBA Executive MBA ranking 2020, the Warwick Executive MBA will give you the strategic leadership skills you need to make an immediate impact.

Our world-renowned teaching and research, combined with our innovative culture and comprehensive leadership and development support, will give you the skills, aptitude and vision you need to start your own business, fast track to the C-suite, or to transform your career by redefining your next steps.

The Executive MBA can be taken as a four-day block every six weeks at WBS’ Coventry campus, or as a daytime (two days every other week) or evening course (each required module is typically taught over two evenings in a four-week period between September and July) at WBS London, The Shard.

Skills from this degree

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the global business environment
  • Gain an understanding of different leadership skills and develop your own leadership style
  • Gain an appreciation of different perspectives and viewpoints by learning with and from a diverse cohort
  • Practical application - take new ideas straight from the classroom into your day-to-day work
  • You will benefit from being part of a global cohort, allowing you to develop your professional network and understand different cultures and work practices

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

You must have at least four years' postgraduate managerial work experience. We are seeking evidence of consistent progression including increased people management, budgetary and/or project management responsibilities.

You must have a 2:i at undergraduate level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university. However, we also welcome applications from candidates who do not have the academic qualifications but are exceptional, with a proven ability to achieve.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Required modules

  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Advantage
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Innovation and Creativity in Organisations
  • Leadership
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Economics of the Business Environment
  • Consultancy Project and Dissertation
  • Financial Management

Elective modules

Our electives broadly fit into the following categories:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Global Business
  • HRM and Corporate Responsibility
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Digital
  • Sustainability

There is also the option to specialise your MBA in one of the following areas:

  • Finance specialism
  • Strategic Leadership specialism
  • Healthcare specialism
  • Entrepreneurship specialism

Read the module descriptions for this course on the Warwick Business School website.

Teaching

Traditional lectures, seminars, group exercises, case studies and projects will be paired with innovative learning experiences, such as using film, drama, business simulation software and role play.


Class sizes

At Warwick class sizes comprise of around 45 students, whilst in London class sizes vary from 25-45 depending on format chosen.


Typical contact hours

Modules are typically 30 contact hours, which would be split across the teaching pattern of the particular module (weekends, block, or evenings).


Assessment

Your learning will be assessed through a variety of methods including individual written assignments, case study analysis, group work presentations and reports.

Strategic consulting project or dissertation

You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation. The strategic consulting project focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. You will work as part of a group on the project with 10% of your assessment being based on group work and 90% based on an individual consulting report. This is your opportunity to consolidate everything you have learnt and apply it to a real business. Academically, it tests your ability to apply your learning to real management issues. Professionally, it may well open the door to your next career move.

If you choose to undertake the dissertation option, although more academic with a focus on theory, it is still highly relevant in the world of business. It will demonstrate that you can assimilate your learning, take multiple perspectives on a business issue and explore your subject thoroughly.

Your career

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Arup
  • BAE Systems
  • BNP Paribas
  • CitiBank
  • Deloitte
  • Delphi
  • European Central Bank
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nielsen
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Shell
  • UBS
  • Unilever

Helping you find the right career

We have our own dedicated careers team at Warwick Business School called WBS CareersPlus. You will have access to one-to-one career guidance appointments, CV checks and tailored mock interviews.

Personalised support

The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.

You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one to one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.

Warwick Business School

If you’re interested in the bigger picture, comfortable challenging assumptions and want a degree that will open doors, then WBS is the place for you. We will give you the foundation for change and prepare you for your future career. Are you ready to make your mark in the world of business?

Find out more about us on our website.


The vision of WBS is to be Europe’s leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. We recognise that rankings are one way to profile our progress towards fulfilling this vision, and are proud to participate in the major global business education rankings.

QS Business Masters Rankings 2022

Masters in Business Analytics – 12th in the world, 3rd in the UK

Masters in Marketing – 7th in the world, 2nd in the UK

Masters in Management – 19th in the world, 4th in the UK

Masters in Finance – 20th in the world, 6th in the UK

Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2021

15th in the world, 3rd in the UK


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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Funding routes available

Find out about the many different funding routes available for postgraduate study at Warwick.

Executive MBA Scholarships

Find out more about the various funding opportunities that are available in our department.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

Executive MBA (London) Scholarships

Find out more about the various funding opportunities that are available in our department.

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Warwick Executive MBA

Read about how to apply to our Warwick Executive MBA.

London Executive MBA

Learn more about applying to our London Executive MBA.

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