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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull Executive MBA (EMBA)

Postgraduate - Taught EMBA

Open for admission in 2022

Open for admission in 2023

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 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. 

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.

International partnerships

As well as the Executive MBA that is taught on campus at Hull, we have a number of international partnerships in key locations across the world.

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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.


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.

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

"This is a fantastic course and it has broadened my understanding, knowledge and awareness".

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"The reason I wanted to study an EMBA is to have a strategic edge."

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“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
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Fees and funding

Home (part-time): £19,900 (total cost over 2 years). Financial assistance may be available in some circumstances.

Leadership development may be supported through the Apprenticeship levy – please contact us for 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.

EU/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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

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

Taught by academics with significant industry experience.

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Become part of a global network of business professionals – Hull MBA graduates operate worldwide in their thousands.

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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

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.

In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

International students

Application deadlines
  • ATAS programmes - 29 April 2022
  • All other programmes - 15 August 2022

Your deposit should be paid by 25 August, you should accept any offer by 29 August and your CAS must be issued by 5 September.

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must 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. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

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Future prospects

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

The University careers team, together with our dedicated Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success, 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 and our AMBA accreditation, means you automatically have additional access to a wide range of member benefits – including events, career development advice and online resources – as well as to the wider expertise, insight and thought leadership of the worldwide MBA community

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 you with the knowledge and skills needed to improve your chances of success. The Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success supports you throughout your time here and beyond.

Enhancing Professional networks
Not only will you enhance your networks via those you study alongside, you will also have opportunities to take advantage of professional networking events, and by becoming a student member of our global alumni community.

Our alumni community 
Support does not end at graduation and our global community of more than 35,000 Hull university Business School alumni, which includes nearly 10,000 MBA graduates. 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.