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The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. It is tailored around you and your individual development needs, and our approach ensures that you graduate with the skills and confidence to become an agile and resilient leader.

Your personal development is underpinned by practical experience. This enables you to apply your learning and demonstrate your capability for senior management.

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of business, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying finance or globalisation in isolation, you study finance together with globalisation, marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The integrated core modules are complemented by option modules that enable you to tailor your learning to your career needs. You also complete a consultancy project that involves investigating a real issue from within your organisation.

As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different business areas.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

During the course you can

  • build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing
  • attend guest lectures from leading industry experts who provide unique insights into management
  • create a portfolio of work so you can evidence your learning and development

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges.

Critical self-awareness

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Course structure

Three years – university-based study blocks

Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete

  • year one – four modules
  • year two – three modules plus work-based project
  • year three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Year one modules

  • managing strategy
  • strategic marketing management and decision making
  • two options

Year two modules

  • strategic global human resource management and decision making
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice
  • two options

Year three modules

  • research and consultancy methods
  • dissertation or organisational project


The choice of options offered will be dependent on student numbers and may include

  • communication in the contemporary organisation
  • leadership and managing change • enterprise
  • business operations and process management
  • the digital organisation
  • managing financial resources

Please for module descriptions


Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.


The Executive MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability, providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career.

This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. This ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations seek from their leaders.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability, by demonstrating your potential for leadership and ability to deliver solutions to complex organisational issues.

The course is highly valued by employers and previous EMBA graduates have gone on to successful careers in senior management in a range of industries and professions.

Visit the Executive MBA page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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