Hull University Business School

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull Executive MBA (EMBA)

Postgraduate - Taught EMBA

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in June, February

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 enlarging your professional network.

With modules taking place in three day blocks (Wednesday to Friday), every 6 weeks, this allows you to fit your studies around work and other commitments. 

There are two main study variants: The traditional EMBA option or the 'Senior Leader- degree apprenticeship' route. Within these, a range of pathways are available, including General Management, Health and Social Care, and Technology Management. We can also respond to industry demand and work with organisations to develop new pathways.

The Hull Executive MBA is taught throughout the year on a rolling carousel system with start dates around every nine months. This means you will be studying some modules, possibly with students from both the traditional and degree apprenticeship routes, who started earlier, and with those that join at a later stage. As a result, you will benefit from being able to build relationships within your own cohort, as well as network with other groups, creating more opportunities to develop your industry contacts.

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

  • Become a strategic and responsible leader who can think critically to enhance personal and professional effectiveness.
  • Develop the skills and understanding required to operate in a complex global business environment.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of modern organisations through our holistic approach, driven by our distinctive 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
  • Flexibility of traditional and degree apprenticeship models, with the option of tailored ‘pathways’ to suit industry needs.

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. 

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, supply chain management 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 three core ideas:

  • Lead Responsibly - Leaders must recognise the responsibility they hold, and discharge it skilfully, ethically, and responsively.

  • Connected Thinking - Organisational sustainability requires sustainable business eco-systems both locally and globally, where multiple cause-and-effect relationships are acknowledged and accounted for.

  • Complexity and Ambiguity - The rapidly changing world cannot be fully understood through old ideas and traditional thinking; we must lead creatively to manage the changes that are driven by complexity and ambiguity. 


Teaching takes place in three day blocks, normally Wednesday to Friday, every six weeks. Face-to-face class contact is enhanced by online learning in the weeks before and after the blocks. All participants take eight core modules, and then choose from two different pathways 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.

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Strategic Management

    This module considers the nature of strategy. You study strategic group analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic choices and decisions, and organising for strategic advantage.

  • Human Resource Management

    Students study the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that underpin and shape HRM, as well as HRM practices including talent management, performance and development.

  • Marketing

    This module covers a range of marketing skills including analysis, strategy, planning and implementation, as well as the impact, value, and use of digital marketing.

  • Accounting & Finance

    This module focuses on the analysis and use of financial information, rather than the collation and processing of data. Topics range from company financial statements to crypto-currencies.

  • Understanding Organisations and Organisational Change

    You will be introduced to a range of topics including power, motivation, organisational culture, and how these interact with leading and managing organisational change.

  • Systemic Management & Complexity

    In this module, you’ll investigate topics including complexity theory in relation to systemic management, systemic interventions, conflict in organisational life and managing complexity in organisations.

  • Leadership

    Here, you will discuss the theory and practice of leadership, learn how to develop leadership skills and consider the political and ethical aspects of leading teams and organisations in a complex world.

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Beginning with the broad concepts of how to design and manage the operations of any organisation, this module will explore how to develop ‘fit for purpose’ supply chains.

General pathway

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise

    Learning in this module centres around understanding individual and organisational dimensions to creativity, and the psychology of creativity/invention, explored from a general, and an industry-specific perspective.

  • Consultancy and Project Management

    Working on real business problems, you will gain an understanding of the skills needed to manage complex projects, and how to guide others to do so in your own context.

  • Economics

    This module covers a range of topics, from understanding the basic principles of how markets behave, to the under-pricing of natural, ‘free’ resources.

  • International Business

    You study topics including macroeconomic theory in internationalisation, national and global economies, international trade and investment flows and emerging economies.

Health and Social Care pathway

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Consultancy and Project Management

    Working on real business problems, you will gain an understanding of the skills needed to manage complex projects, and how to guide others to do so in your own context.

  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise

    Learning in this module centres around understanding individual and organisational dimensions to creativity, and the psychology of creativity/invention, explored from a general, and an industry-specific perspective.

  • Leading and Managing Health and Social Care - Policy Perspective

    You will develop a critical understanding of political concepts related to recent policy initiatives and their implications in the field of health and social care.

  • Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

    Students explore how quality is ‘driven’ within health and social care and how improvement might be effectively promoted and managed within and across sectors.

This pathway is delivered in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences, benefitting from their extensive expertise in the health sector.

Both pathways include a Research Methods & Dissertation module, based on a business and management topic of your choice, which may take the form of a consultancy report or a traditional academic format.

Technology Management Pathway

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise

    Learning in this module centres around understanding individual and organisational dimensions to creativity, and the psychology of creativity/invention, explored from a general, and an industry-specific perspective.

  • Infrastructure Management

    This module provides systematic methods and techniques to design, integrate and manage efficient, agile and cost effective technological infrastructures.

  • Cyber Security and Organisational Resilience

    You will learn about complex security related obligations, and the barriers, procedures and controls needed to protect organisations from threats such as fraud and money laundering.

  • Enterprise Systems and Business Intelligence

    This module explores the theory and practice of enterprise systems and business intelligence used in business management operations. It combines critical themes that have become crucial in business management operations, and recognises that these combinations are critical in a ‘big data’ business environment.


Most modules are assessed by individual assignments, such as essays and reports. Two modules are assessed by examination, and some may require group project work and the delivery of a presentation.

On successful completion of all modules, students will undertake an end-of-programme, 15,000-word work-based project or dissertation focusing on a business and management topic of their choice.

Degree apprenticeship students complete the course by taking an ‘end point assessment’, provided by an external organisation. This includes a review of the apprentice’s portfolio and work-based project, as well as a short presentation and professional discussion.

*All pathways are subject to sufficient student numbers in order to run.

Our teaching staff

“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

Fees and funding

Home/EU (part-time): £19,900 (total cost over 2 years). A 50% Studentship is available for all eligible applicants to the traditional EMBA study route.

The Senior Leader degree apprenticeship can be fully-funded by those organisations paying the levy. Those not paying the levy can access 90% funding. See the degree apprenticeship information or contact us for further details.  

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)

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally possess

  • a minimum of three years’ appropriate post graduation work experience
  • a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) awarded by a UK university or comparable overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification

Applicants with more than five years of senior level post graduation work experience may be admitted with a 2.2 or third class degree. 

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 they can benefit from, contribute to and succeed on the Executive MBA programme. The applicant should have completed approximately eight years of 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 Executive MBA.

Eligible candidates must also submit

  • a University of Hull postgraduate application form, completed and signed
  • a current detailed CV
  • a 200-word personal statement indicating what you hope to gain from the Executive MBA and the contribution you would make to the programme
  • two good certified work references
  • proof of qualifications to date

Senior Leader- degree apprenticeship route

Applicants must also submit a written letter of recommendation from their employer who is contractually committed to allowing students 20% of their working week to devote to their studies, as well as providing a mentor and the support of their line manager.

Degree apprenticeship applicants must also hold, or be working towards, level 2 (minimum) qualifications in Maths and English.

English language

Non-native English speakers must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5.


As the final stage of the application process, applicants who have satisfied all other conditions will be interviewed by business school staff, either by telephone or in person. The interview also provides an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about particular aspects of the Executive MBA, and to receive further information about the programme of study.

Scholarships and bursaries

The business school offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to Executive MBA students each year.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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 webinars This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. 

Our alumni community Support 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.