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Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) Part-time

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 to further their career.

The aim of the part-time Executive MBA is to help you become a reflective practitioner by encouraging you to integrate the theories and knowledge gained from the programme with the skills, values and insights derived from experience you gained before and after the MBA.

Our Executive MBA consists of ten core modules, two elective modules and a dissertation. The programme runs for 28 months (4 taught semesters and a dissertation). It has been designed to meet the needs of experienced middle managers looking for ways to develop their understanding and knowledge of business.

The dissertation enables you to conduct an investigation into a significant challenge facing your organisation and produce practical recommendations for improvement.

You will benefit from insights from internationally renowned academics, industry experts and business practitioners and will learn with and from experienced managers from a variety of specialisms and sectors.

On completion of the programme you will have enhanced self-understanding and an ability to demonstrate leadership of your team and organisation.

Distinctive features

  • A programme designed to fit around work commitments, only requiring three days away from the office at any one time.
  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration28 months
AccreditationsAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
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Admissions criteria

Candidates for this part time programme will normally be graduates of a recognised institution with a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) and at least 3 years’ relevant work experience.

Non-graduates with professional qualifications or significant work experience may also be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0, and at least 6.5 in all other categories. (or an equivalent English language qualification).

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Our two-year Executive MBA programme has been designed to fit around work commitments, with modules delivered in weekday blocks of three days, approximately 8 weeks apart.

Part one

The structure of the degree consists of 12 x 10 credit modules in part one. This will consist of 10 core modules and a choice of two electives from three in any one academic session.

Part two

Part two will consist of a 60 credit dissertation which describes an individual piece of research work conducted within your own organisation or industry.

You will be expected to submit your dissertation no later than the January following the end of year two. This is to allow you to schedule your research work around the normal commitments of your employment and family life.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

In year one you will undertake core modules and one optional module.

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 you to apply the theoretical concepts taught in the lectures to real-world contexts.


Module titleModule codeCredits
Corporate FinanceBST60310 credits
Operations ManagementBST60410 credits
MarketingBST60510 credits
Strategic ManagementBST60610 credits
Organisational BehaviourBST61210 credits
Leadership and Professional DevelopmentBST62010 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Lean ThinkingBST61410 credits
Lean ThinkingBST61410 credits
Marketing AnalyticsBST62210 credits
Digital Transformation, Organizations and SocietyBST62310 credits

Year two

In year two you will take the following core modules and can choose one of the two optional modules not taken in the first year.

Upon successful completion of the taught modules you will undertake a dissertation based on a piece of research within your own organisation. The dissertation is submitted in January following the end of the second year.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Dissertation (MBA Part Time)BST61960 credits
Human Resource ManagementBST60710 credits
International BusinessBST60910 credits
Sustainable Business ManagementBST61110 credits
Entrepreneurship and InnovationBST62110 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Lean ThinkingBST61410 credits
Lean ThinkingBST61410 credits
Marketing AnalyticsBST62210 credits
Digital Transformation, Organizations and SocietyBST62310 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

The Executive MBA is taught in thirteen blocks of three days which typically run from 9am to 5pm. Once a module is completed you will have approximately four weeks to complete an assignment.  A great deal of learning happens within the cohort itself as you learn about other sectors, and how to bring about organisational change, together.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including elective module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate.

The Executive MBA Programme Director is also on hand to provide advice and guidance and to help with any issues you may encounter whilst undertaking the course.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.


We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work and generic written feedback.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

How will I be assessed?

All modules are assessed by a written assignment of 3,000 words given to you at the end of each module. You will have around four weeks to complete each assignment.

You are also required to submit a 20,000 word dissertation.

What skills will I practise and develop?

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 the Executive MBA is for you.

Our programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools to enhance your professional performance and help you to realise your career potential and aspirations. It is a challenging programme but you will gain the breadth of knowledge and confidence needed to work right across any organisation, to have a strategic influence and to effect change.

The programme offers you the opportunity to apply your managerial experiences and academic theory to practical situations. The programme provides:

  • Interaction with researchers and business scholars, many of whom produce world-leading research.
  • The flexibility to manage a full-time career and study a widely recognised business qualification.
  • The opportunity to share experiences with members of your cohort.
  • The development of practical skills for management.
  • The opportunity to network with members of the Cardiff Business School Alumni Association and to attend talks given by high-profile speakers.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

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EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

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If you joined us you would find yourself part of a group of roughly 20 managers from a broad range of organisations.  Over the last few years this has included Admiral Insurance, Scottish & Southern Electricity, Deloitte, Cardiff Council, NHS, Amazon, General Electric, Fire & Rescue Service, and many other successful private and public organisations.