Executive MBA

The academic year

The Warwick Executive MBA is designed to transform you into a creative leader with a global outlook. Right at the start of the programme there is a pre-module induction weekend during which you will get to know the study programme, Warwick campus, and meet your fellow participants.

Modules

Our Executive MBA comprises eight required modules and your choice of four elective modules. In parallel with the global focus of the course we enable you to increase your exposure to different international learning opportunities. You will be required to attend one module at a non-UK university, such as IPADE Business School in Mexico, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad or Guanghua School of Management (GSM) in Beijing, China.

Consultancy project

You will also undertake a consultancy project which can be focused on an issue within your own organisation. Academically, it tests your ability to apply your learning to real management issues. Professionally, it may well open the door to your next career move.

Flexibility

You have up to five years to complete your MBA, but we recommend a period of around three years part-time. Making time for work, family, and friends, is important so take advantage of our flexibility.

If you want to complete your MBA sooner, you can often speed up your studies through careful selection of elective modules and an early start to your consultancy project.

How we assess your work

Your learning will be assessed through a variety of methods including individual written assignments, case study analysis, group work presentations and reports, and exams.

Required modules

Your required modules will help you to build the foundations you need to become a successful manager and leader, and provide you with the skills, knowledge and vision you will need moving forward in business. Each module is self-contained, and assessment is a combination of syndicate group work and written assignments, however the Accounting & Financial Management module also includes a class test.

 

Accounting & Financial Management

Understand the fundamental principles of finance and accounting that will enable you to feel confident in the boardroom, and make decisions based on your knowledge of the whole business picture. 

Economics of the Business Environment

Increase your knowledge of the global economy, and understand core elements of economic analysis. Appreciate internal economics, what you can and cannot control in strategy-making, and why managers must cope with uncertainty and risk.

Innovation and Creativity in Organisations

Develop strategies for personal and team creativity, and discover how to embed that creativity into your organisation to foster innovation.

Leadership

Develop an in-depth understanding of leadership covering the topics of; leading with confidence and values, leading teams effectively, leading team decision making and leading successful change. 

Marketing

Learn the fundamental concepts and theories of marketing that add value to an organisation, how to sustain that value, and analyse their application in marketing practice.

Organisational Behaviour

Build and develop analytical skills and undertake critical reflection on behaviour in organisations. Themes include power and politics in organisations, identity in organisations, emotions in organisations, groups and teams in organisations. 

Operations Management

Gain a wider view of the concepts, principles and techniques of operations management. Understand the general underpinnings of operational success, and in turn, improved overall business competitiveness. 

Strategic Advantage

Develop critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level. Strategy is only relevant in context, so you will constantly be relating the theory and practice to your own national, industrial and organisation context to ensure you understand. 

 

 

Elective modules

Every year we offer around 30 elective modules delivered here at WBS; or in London, India, Mexico, and China. Please note that module availability may vary year to year dependent on faculty availability, student demand and scheduling constraints. Our Executive MBA students may also choose to pursue elective from the Distance learning MBA.

Our electives broadly fit into the following categories. All elective modules are delivered at the WBS campus in Coventry, unless indicated otherwise. 

Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance 
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation (S)

Key

S - also available at The Shard, London

Finance and Accounting
  • Advanced Corporate Finance 
  • Corporate Finance (S)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Financial Analysis 
  • Investments & Risk Management
  • Psychology of Investing and Financial Decisions

Key

S - also available at The Shard, London
 

Global Business
  • Doing Business in China (C)
  • Doing Business in India (I)
  • Doing Business in Mexico (M)
  • International Business (S)

Key

C - run at Guanghua School of Management, Beijing
I - run at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
M - run at IPADE Business School, Mexico
S - also available in The Shard, London

HRM & Corporate Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance (S)

Key

S - also available in The Shard, London

 

Management & Leadership
  • Behavioural Science for Managers (S)
  • Complexity, Management & Network Thinking
  • Economics of Overseas Business Investment
  • Improving Management Decision Making (SO)
  • Leadership & the Art of Judgement (S)
  • Leading for Innovation
  • Management of Change (S)
  • Managing Organisational Performance (S)
  • Modelling & Analysis for Management
  • Project Management (S)
  • Service Management
  • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare (available from 2017/18)
  • Supply Chain Management

Key

S - also available in The Shard, London
SO - only available at The Shard, London only

Marketing
  • Service Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing
Healthcare Specialism
  • Digital Innovation in the Healthcare Industry (available from 2017/18)
  • Healthcare Improvement (available from 2017/18)
  • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare (available from 2017/18)
Strategy
  • Strategic Marketing (S) 
  • Operations Strategy (S) 
  • Strategic Development: Methods and Models
  • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare (available from 2017/18)
  • Strategy & Practice (S) 

 

Key

S - also available at The Shard, London

Finance Specialism
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Finance (S)
  • Financial Analysis
  • Investments & Risk Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Psychology of Investing and Financial Decisions

Key

S - also available at The Shard, London

 

Specialise in Finance, Healthcare or Entrepreneurship

For executives who wish to concentrate on their sector-specific understanding, we offer the opportunity to tailor your Executive MBA through modules in three specialist areas; Finance, Healthcare and Entrepreneurship. Alongside the Executive MBA’s core backbone of building all-round business acumen, you can then choose to focus your MBA within these areas. You will gain a letter of acknowledgement from the Dean of Warwick Business School to confirm your success in one of these specialised study areas.

Finance Specialism

This specialism is designed for senior management and executives who are likely to have significant exposure to financial issues; typically those progressing to board level in public or private businesses, or taking responsibilities which include managing financial or accounting professionals.

Healthcare Specialism

This specialism will appeal to both clinical and healthcare management professionals across the healthcare sector, who are looking to develop both their general leadership capabilities, and their sector-specific understanding.

Entrepreneurship Specialism

This specialism will enable you to make calculated decisions between seizing opportunities and managing risk. Whether you want to set up your own business or develop your entrepreneurial mindset within a large corporate or an owner managed business, we will equip you with the innovative skills to find creative solutions to day-to-day problems. 

Consultancy project

Your consultancy project will allow you to apply what you have learned during your Executive MBA to a real management issue, usually from your own organisation. Depending on your chosen topic, it could open the door to your next career move.  It is the culmination of everything you have learned enabling you to demonstrate that you can explore a business issue thoroughly from multiple perspectives and make practical recommendations based on the theories, concepts, frameworks and tools that you have learnt during the course.

If you are interested in changing either your functional role or the sector that you work in, you can use your consultancy project as a stepping stone to transition by working on a project for a different organisation or within a new functional area.

The output for your degree from your consultancy project will be a 15,000 word dissertation.

Previous participants have explored:
  • Equity crowdfunding and its role in future start-up and small business finance
  • Consumerisation of healthcare on the UK – Marketing and service strategies to meet consumer expectations
  • Implementation of a Knowledge Management Strategy in a business critical group
  • An overview of offshoring within Investment Banking: Realising a successful strategy
  • Learning from the past and preparing for the future - How could the military improve decision-making?
  • Stakeholders risk ratings: A Risk Assessment Framework, methodology and rating scale for the modern corporation

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