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.To develop your global citizenship and broaden your horizons, one of your four electives will be a required overseas module at one of our partner institutions. These modules are all bespoke and designed specifically for WBS students, covering areas such as sustainability and digital innovation.

Strategic consulting project or dissertation

You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation.

The strategic consulting project focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. You will work as part of a group on the project with 10% of your assessment being based on group work and 90% based on an individual consulting report. This is your opportunity to consolidate everything you have learnt and apply it to a real business. 

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. 

If you choose to undertake the dissertation option, although more academic with a focus on theory, it is still highly relevant in the world of business. It will demonstrate that you can assimilate your learning, take multiple perspectives on a business issue and explore your subject thoroughly.

Flexibility

This is a two year programme and we expect that most candidates will complete their studies within this time period. However, if you are unable to complete within two years due to work or unexpected family commitments, you can extend your studies into a third year at no additional charge. If you extend into a fourth year an extension fee will be charged (please refer to the Fees and Funding tab for details). 

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 Executive MBA study programme will feature eight required modules designed to provide you with a solid foundation in management, business, leadership, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). From these, you will build the foundations needed to become a successful manager and leader, and gain 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.

 

Financial Management

This module will provide you with a good grounding in the basic concepts of finance. It will support you in developing your skills in financial planning and decision-making, including providing the mathematics and statistical tools required to solve financial problems. You will gain an appreciation for decision-making in a complex world with uncertainty and develop an understanding of the implications of sustainability for financial analysis.

Corporate Reporting and Decision Making

This module will introduce you to the key management areas of management accounting and corporate reporting. It will enable you to understand and interpret financial and other corporate information, enter into intelligent discussion with financial partners and to appreciate the bigger picture rather than get lost in the detail.

Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship

This module will introduce you to the main conceptual frameworks that have shaped research and practice on innovation and strategic entrepreneurship. The key themes you will cover are the link between innovation and strategy, innovation and organisational structure and the role of ‘openness’ in successful innovation, enabling you to develop an integrated view of innovation and corporate entrepreneurship in different operating contexts.

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

We offer a wide range of elective modules to our Executive MBA students. Face-to-face elective modules will be offered to Executive MBA students, though there may be slight annual variations in the number on offer due to student demand and scheduling constraints. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the same modules will be available at the same locations in subsequent years.  

The elective modules may be offered at the University of Warwick campus, at WBS London or overseas in a non-UK location. To support you in gaining international experience, one of your four elective modules will be a required overseas module.

Please be aware that electives held at WBS London run in the daytime 2 + 2 format or four-day blocks.

The below are examples of existing electives and further electives may be added throughout the year. Your Programme team will inform you when a new module is available.

Our electives broadly fit into the following categories. 

Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (SF)
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation (WL)

Key

SF - delivered in San Francisco, California, USA 

WL - delivered at both Warwick and London

Please note that module availability may vary yer-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Digital
  • Digital Transformation* (L)
  • Digital Innovation Analytics for Leadership (L)
  • Big Data & Business Analytics (S)

Key

S - delivered in Madrid, Spain

L - delivered at WBS London*

Please note that module availability may vary yer-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Finance and Accounting
  • Corporate Finance (WL)
  • Financial Analysis (W)
  • Investments & Risk Management (W)
  • Mergers & Aquisitions (WL)
  • The Psychology of Investing & Decision Making (L)

Key

W -  delivered at Warwick campus

WL - delivered in both Warwick and London

L - Delivered at WBS London

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Global Business
  • Doing Business in China (C)
  • Doing Business in Mexico (M)
  • International Business (WL)

Key

C - delivered in Beijing, China

M - delivered at IPADE Business School, Mexico

WL - delivered at both Warwick and London

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.
 

 

Sustainability
  • Business & Sustainability (Ca) 
  • Managing Sustainable Energy Transitions (W)

Key

Ca –  delivered in Vancouver, Canada

W –  delivered at Warwick campus

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

 

Management & Leadership
  • Behavioural Science for Managers (W)
  • Leadership & the Art of Judgement (WL)
  • Leading &Managing Change (W)
  • Managing Organisational Performance (WL)
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice (WL)
  • Project Management (W)
  • Strategic Leadership for the Healthcare Industry (L)

Key

W –  delivered at Warwick campus

L – delivered at The Shard, London

WL – delivered in both Warwick and London

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Healthcare
  • Digital Innovation in the Healthcare Industry (WL)
  • Improving Health Systems* (L)
  • Strategic Leadership for the Healthcare Industry (L)

Key

L - delivered at The Shard, London

WL - delivered in both Warwick and London

Please note that these modules are illustrative and subject to change.

*new title subject to approval

Marketing
  • Luxury Industries & Brand Management (IT)
  • Strategic Marketing (W)

Key

IT - delivered in Milan, Italy

W –  delivered at Warwick campus

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Strategy
  • Strategic Leadership Development (L)
  • Strategy & Practice (WL) 

 

Key

L – delivered at The Shard, London

WL – delivered at both Warwick and London

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Operations
  • Design Thinking & Service Design (F) 
  • Organisation Design (W)

Key

F –  delivered in Helsinki Finland

W –  delivered at Warwick campus

Please note that module availability may vary from year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

HRM & Corporate Responsibility
  • Enhancing Business Performance through Governance (W)

Key

W –  delivered at Warwick campus

Please note that module availability may vary year-to-year depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

 

Specialise in Finance, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship or
Strategic Leadership

You may wish to tailor your Executive MBA by selecting modules focused on an area of specialism.

Alongside the Executive MBA's core backbone of building all-round business acumen, you can choose to focus your MBA within one of the areas of Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare or Strategic Leadership. You will gain a letter of acknowledgement from the Dean of Warwick Business School to confirm your success in your chosen specialism.

You will initially study your eight required modules, which are then followed by elective modules, two of which will be in your chosen specialism (three for the Healthcare specialism). You will also undertake your dissertation in your chosen specialist area, supervised by an appropriate member of faculty.

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.

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.

Strategic Leadership Specialism

This specialism will enable you to step into strategic management and organisational leadership positions. You will develop your own leadership style to manage people and organisations and will be able to implement business strategies to lead organisations through technological and market changes.

Please be advised that Specialism availability may vary depending on student demand and scheduling constraints.

Strategic consulting project or dissertation

You will have the choice to undertake either a strategic consulting project or traditional dissertation.

The strategic consulting project focuses on practice and is based in an employment setting. You will work as part of a group on the project with 10% of your assessment being based on group work and 90% based on an individual consulting report. This is your opportunity to consolidate everything you have learnt and apply it to a real business.

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.

If you choose to undertake the dissertation option, although more academic with a focus on theory, it is still highly relevant in the world of business. It will demonstrate that you can assimilate your learning, take multiple perspectives on a business issue and explore your subject thoroughly.

If you choose to take the Entrepreneurship specialism as part of your MBA, the dissertation will give you the opportunity to dive deeply into a new business idea, tackle an existing issue or use the opportunity to help launch your own venture.

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
  • 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?

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