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The Cardiff School of Management (CSM) Executive MBA programme has been developed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institution (CMI) syllabuses to develop you as an effective manger and future leader. The CSM Executive MBA could be the catalyst your career needs to move to a more senior role or function or it could enable you to develop beyond your technical specialism. The programme is focussed on building a deeper understanding of core business and management disciplines and learning how they link together strategically and operationally.

The core elements of CSM Executive MBA - strategic management, operations management, strategic marketing, human resource management (HRM) and accounting, economic and finance (AEF) are delivered through intensive modular input in weekend blocks, with additional online activities, real business projects to encourage a deeper understanding, with a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning. The elective modules allow you to specialise in areas of change management, professional consultancy, project management and six-sigma. 

The CSM Executive MBA programme format is delivered at a pace that suites you and your work commitment - it is highly practical and action-oriented approach. You can complete your Executive MBA over: a 'fast-track' 24-months or you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration in your 1st year, a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Business Administration in your 2nd year and in your 3rd year complete your Exec MBA.

CMI qualifications are an excellent way to enhance your professional reputation. The CSM Executive MBA programme is accredited by CMI and offers you the opportunity to gain a range of CMI qualification such as the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and Charter Management Status via the exemption route.

Course Content

Core modules – 140-credits:

  • Strategic Management (20-credits)
  • Operations Management (20-credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (20-credits)
  • Strategic HRM (20-credits)
  • Accounting, Economics and Finance (AEF) for Decision Markers (20-credits)
  • Management Report & Research Methods (40 credits)

Option subjects – 40-credits: 

  • Taught:
  • Management of Change (20-credits)
  • Management Consultancy (20-credits)


  •  Work-based Learning Module (20-credit)

Management Report: 

Completion of a 12,000-word management report based on a real world management problem, utilising both current theory and practice. Each student on the course will be allocated to a subject expert and have access to an online research methods module. Students will have six months to complete this work. Prizes for best student and best management report are awarded at the end of the course.

Learning & Teaching

The Executive MBA is designed to:

Be action-oriented - the programme design, with its work-based assignments and leadership challenges, helps you apply your learning and ensure that as your abilities grow, your organisation reaps the benefits.

Build a foundation of knowledge - on the Executive MBA we help you grow your knowledge from the ground up via core courses that refresh your existing skills and secure your understanding of key management topics.

Offers customised learning - which will give you the ideal opportunity to broaden your experience, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor your Executive MBA to your specific needs.

Provide a hands-on approach - to management topics, inviting business leaders and thinkers into the programme to work with you on live case studies that allow you to explore new industries and test new approaches.

Offer complete flexibility - modules are completed in self-contained blocks. The programme can be completed within two to five years with the option to vary the number of modules taken each year to suit your lifestyle, work and personal commitments.

Focus on leadership development - which is geared to developing your knowledge of business functions and their interactions, and to building your ability to manage and lead in complex organisational situations. It dovetails seamlessly with our existing, highly successful portfolio of leadership courses.

The programme is completed in weekend study (normally one weekend a month) and is comprised of five core subjects, two electives and finally a management report.


Furthermore all course work on this Executive MBA can be focused on your company so adding significant value to your studies. 

Employability & Careers

This Cardiff School of Management Executive MBA has been designed to be very flexible and to link into the existing executive courses in CSM. Credits achieved on these other executive courses can be transferred to the Executive MBA. 

Visit the Executive MBA page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!




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