Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull Executive MBA (EMBA)

Postgraduate - Taught EMBA

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Part time
EMBA 2 years

About the course

The AMBA-accredited Hull Executive MBA (EMBA) transforms you into a strategic and responsible leader through our business relevant, internationally recognised programme. You will be challenged to think critically to enhance your effectiveness both personally and professionally, developing the skills and understanding required to operate in a complex global business environment.

Teaching is informed by globally recognised research and led by academics with industry experience. Having access to excellent facilities across the University, you and your fellow EMBA students will remain together as a team throughout the programme, learning from each other and enabling you to enlarge your professional network.

With modules taking place in four day blocks (normally Thursday to Sunday), every 6-8 weeks, this allows you to fit your studies around work and other commitments.

The Hull EMBA is also delivered overseas through our partnerships in Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore and Romania. Participants at these locations study locally and are taught by our internationally-renowned faculty. 

Our AMBA accreditation confirms our quality, and as a Hull EMBA student, you will:

  • take advantage of our relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – successful students can be awarded the CMI level seven diploma in strategic management and leadership, enabling you to apply for chartered manager status (on-campus EMBA only)
  • develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of modern organisations through our holistic approach, driven by our expertise in systems thinking
  • forge excellent links with industry through real world consultancy projects
  • gain experience of a broad range of industries and sectors with our diverse cohort
  • transfer new knowledge and skills direct to the workplace

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

Home/EU (part-time): £9,950 (90 credits) 

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

International (part-time): £19,900 (total cost over 2 years)

“Doing the Executive MBA was more than worthwhile. It has been very beneficial to me, academically and from a practical point of view."

Paul McGrath, Director, Port and Site Services

“The Executive MBA has allowed me to see areas of potentially massive improvement and is inspiring me to think differently.”

Sarah Cash, Director of Business and Income Development at Dove House Hospice

What you'll study

The Hull EMBA prepares you for senior leadership roles in today's complex world. Designed to develop high-level skills in all the functional aspects of business such as marketing, logistics and human resources, it also develops an awareness of the relationships between them and their contribution to the organisational whole.

This distinctive holistic approach of the Hull EMBA facilitates communication across boundaries – both cultural and organisational - and in so doing enhances personal effectiveness and performance.

You will be challenged to relate your learning to your own experiences and be encouraged to step outside your existing areas of expertise to appreciate the broader context.

Based on both theory and its practical application, the Hull EMBA concentrates on five core themes that are integrated throughout the programme.

  • Connected thinking - Modern business organisations require solid accounting, creative marketing and reliable logistics. Customers expect – and organisational success requires – that the various elements will be drawn together to provide an overall product or service.
  • Responsible leadership - Throughout the EMBA, you will consider the complex nature of managerial work and will develop and demonstrate leadership competencies within the context of ethics, diversity and executive accountability.
  • Advocacy - Management hinges on the art of persuasion. Competence in business is founded on functional forms of business knowledge such as accounting, finance and human resource management – yet managerial success comes from a broader set of skills and attributes requiring the ability to work with others across a variety of contexts.
  • Consensus and difference - While acknowledging the aspiration of consensus, the Hull EMBA recognises difference, dissent and conflict, not as distractions but as potentially powerful forces for development and change.
  • Problem identification - The Hull EMBA emphasises a focus on problem identification rather than purely the pursuit of solutions, as once a problem is ‘named’ the resolution is more readily established and accepted.

Teaching takes place in four day blocks (normally Thursday to Sunday) every six-eight weeks. All participants take 12 core modules, studied over two years, organised so that learning in one area deepens understanding in all the others. This focused approach gives you a powerful set of tools for succeeding in today’s complex world.

Core modules

  • Strategic management

  • Leadership and organisational change

  • Managing in organisations

  • Human resource management

  • International business

  • Economic environment

  • Marketing

  • Supply chain and management operations

  • Accounting and finance for managers

  • Complexity and network thinking

  • Systemic management

  • Consultancy and intervention (on-campus EMBA only)

  • Complex project management (overseas EMBA only)

  • Dissertation

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We are a leading UK business school with internationally recognised accreditations.

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Our programmes are designed to give you the academic knowledge and practical skills to become a competent and confident professional.

Our research-active staff are called upon for their expertise by governments and business organisations around the world.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally possess the following

  • a minimum of three years’ appropriate post graduation work experience
  • a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent awarded by a UK university or comparable overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification (applicants with more than 5 years of senior level post graduation work experience may be admitted with a 3rd class pass degree)

Distance taught students can also demonstrate English language proficiency through either a degree taught in English or through a company that works in English if they have been employed there for 5 years or more and can provide proof. This will be confirmed as satisfactory during the interview.

Applicants without a degree or equivalent professional qualification

Applicants who do not have a degree or equivalent professional qualification but meet the other eligibility criteria may submit a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate that the applicant can benefit from, contribute to and succeed on the MBA programme. The applicant should have completed approximately 8 years full-time appropriate work experience.

A Portfolio may include, for example, details of significant work projects carried out, information about strategic analyses undertaken (for example, budgets and strategic forecasts), company reports, or other contributions to policy formulation and implementation. The Portfolio might also include information about other courses taken and training and development programmes attended.

The aim is to demonstrate that the applicant’s business knowledge and experience are sufficient to allow them to fulfil the academic requirements of the Hull MBA.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

The Hull EMBA is much more than a qualification – it is your gateway to a world of opportunities.

Our careers team will make sure you maximise your chances of success, helping you develop that all-important edge.

While studying for your Hull EMBA, you will be able to access a variety of resources which will provide you with opportunities to develop skills that are highly sought by today's employers.

You will be encouraged to build valuable networks with an array of contacts – from business leaders to independent consultants and alumni.

Career development advice

At Hull University Business School we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills needed to improve your chances of success. The Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated resource which supports you throughout your time here and beyond.

Careers events and workshopsThis is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you after graduation.

Our alumni communitySupport does not end at graduation and our global community of more than 32,000 alumni, offers extensive networking opportunities. Our graduates range from senior managers to chief executives, working in organisations such as Credit Suisse, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, Rolls-Royce and Johnson and Johnson pharmaceuticals.