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Develop your skills as an aspiring senior manager or director

Start date: September 2024
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Executive MBA for experienced management professionals

1 year full-time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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See the world beyond the component parts of an organisation

An MBA is a crucial milestone for senior managers and aspiring directors, combining essential skills, knowledge, and attributes needed to lead effectively and deliver results.

Prepare for your next step

Our Executive Master of Business of Administration (MBA) full-time course provides you with the confidence, knowledge, and skills to begin your next step towards securing a more senior or strategic role, starting a business, or becoming a consultant.

You will learn to:

  • See the bigger strategic picture
  • Cultivate your own practical approach to leadership
  • Undertake business consultancy and research projects
  • Consider the factors that influence practical decision making
  • Communicate powerful ideas through pitches, business cases and conversation
  • Master a range of tools, creative processes, problem solving techniques, and sources

Reflect on your experiences to deepen your personal development

This course asks you to reflect on your own knowledge and experience and use in-depth research and consultancy insights on this programme to examine what is it you can do, how you can deal with obstacles, and what you can achieve.

Look beyond organisational structures

During this course, you will expand your perspective beyond individual organisational functions like HR, finance, strategy, and marketing. You will explore the broader world and the opportunities it offers, gaining an understanding of the interconnected and dynamic nature of organisational life involving stakeholders, suppliers, and communities.

Consider the role of a globalised world

Throughout the course, you will examine the influence of a variety of global factors on the world of business and the role of leadership, such as:

  • Popularism
  • Climate change
  • Shifting geo-politics
  • Western philosophies
  • International relations
  • Cultural implications for business

Learn to build the relationships of the future

As the world encounters new challenges and opportunities like climate change and artificial intelligence, the importance of cultivating effective relationships within and outside organizations grows.

This course will explore how innovative thinking and adaptable entrepreneurial approaches will shape future relationships across all business domains.

Gain vital employability skills such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Presenting skills to groups
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing with an audience in mind
  • Teamwork
  • Digital skills
  • Leadership

On this course you will:

  • Appreciate the importance of innovation and creativity
  • Evaluate whether past solutions will be fit for tomorrow
  • Understand the ethical choices at play and their consequences
  • Work to select and deploy appropriate tools, methods, and resources
  • Learn to apply your knowledge and experience to a focused problem or opportunity
  • Develop the practice of reflection from feedback of faculty, peers, and one’s own experience

The Course

Learn the intricacies and skills of effective leadership

See the world differently

The Executive MBA programme’s ethos encourages a holistic view of organisations, emphasizing the interconnected nature of life within and beyond the organisation.

By understanding this interconnectedness, we can recognize our agency, capabilities, constraints, and responsibilities towards stakeholders, the environment, and future generations.

Develop your overarching inquiry of personal development

Early in the course you will be encouraged to develop an idea of an inquiry that you will work on throughout the Executive MBA.

This could be:

  • A business idea for the future
  • A career that they might want to move into
  • An experience or inspiration you wish to explore further

Our Executive MBA is suitable for you if you are in possession of an undergraduate degree or equivalent and/or a professional qualification at graduate level in a relevant field followed by at least two years management experience. Or, if you have substantial experience in a management or leadership role, usually in a middle or senior managerial post.

We also offer a Graduate MBA programme for those who have recently completed their undergraduate degree, or have limited work experience.

Three phases

The MBA is split into three equal phases, each with a different but overlapping emphasis that builds the participants knowledge, practice, and skills.

Phase One

The initial phase emphasizes core MBA components such as strategy development and implementation, accountancy and finance, as well as understanding self and our impact on others.

Phase Two

The second phase expands on the groundwork laid in the first phase, with a heightened emphasis on growth and opportunities. You will delve into topics such as adapting to the future: leadership, change and creativity, operations and information systems, and strategic marketing and sales.

Phase Three

Phase three shifts your learning towards 1-to-1 tutorial supervision and peer-to-peer action learning of your Management Consultancy or Business Research Project.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff

Close learning community

This course’s focus on group learning provides a strong platform for you to share your experiences with others and learn from your peers in a comfortable and close-knit environment.

Interactive face-to-face learning sessions

Our in-person workshops take place on our historic Bishop Otter campus in the heart of Chichester and are run in the spirit of conversation and exploration, with expert input and guidance from University faculty and guest speakers.

Building on your own knowledge

You will be encouraged to learn how to confidently navigate the fast-moving knowledge terrain to create actionable, timely and reliable insight. Clearly books and academic journals have their place, but social media, blogs, AI are having increasingly important for how we and others see the world.

Across the programme you will work individually and in groups to gather, make sense, curate insights that enable effective decision making for a sustainable future.

Meet Professor Rob Warwick

Professor Rob Warwick

Professor in Management and Organisational Learning

Dr Rob Warwick is Professor of Management and Organisational Learning at the University of Chichester. Rob switched to academia from a career in organisational change and development. He has a doctorate in healthcare policy, focusing on the interaction between policy and frontline practice.

This was gained whilst working as Head of Strategic Change for a large NHS organisation where he worked on a national healthcare initiative.

Discover assessment methods that reflect the professional world

Our assessment approach mirrors the professional organizational landscape, moving beyond traditional academic formats to methods that foster your growth as senior leaders and managers in real-world environments.


Discover a close student community within a supportive and collaborative environment


Where this can take you

This course upon your existing knowledge and experience to enable you to see what you want to achieve, as well as the steps and confidence needed to get there. Personal goals might include moving into a senior strategic role in an organisation, starting a business or becoming a consultant.

You will be able to:

  • See the bigger strategic picture and its real-world implications to influence practical decision making
  • Generate knowledge and insight through business consultancy
  • Research through a range of tools, creativity, problem solving and sources
  • Communicate powerful ideas to drive commitment, for example pitching ideas, writing business cases and conversation

The programme also aims to develop your more ‘rounded’ softer skills such as problem solving, presenting, critical thinking, writing with an audience in mind and digital skills.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

Tuition fee
Fee for whole course.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • An Honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent and/or a professional qualification at graduate level in a relevant field followed by at least two years management experience.
  • Or substantial experience in a management or leadership role, usually in a middle or senior managerial post, where you can demonstrate clear potential to operate at postgraduate level and benefit from the opportunity.
Recognition of work-based and distance learning courses

Applicants of ‘advanced standing’ resulting in exemption from some modules will be assessed individually through Recognition of Prior learning (RPL), the principal requirements include:

  • That your previous postgraduate study is in the field of management or leadership;
  • Your level of performance in a previous course is taken into account;
  • The maximum remission will accord with the University of Chichester (UoC) Postgraduate Awards policy on advanced standing.

Requests for PRL must be submitted and agreed prior to offer, it cannot be considered retrospectively.


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In addition to the above, applicants need to meet the minimum English language requirement of an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no component below 6.0, or an equivalent recognised test. English medium of instructions is not accepted as an alternative. Visit our English Language Requirements page for more information.

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