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MBA Executive MBA

Course Description

Why take this course?

The Executive MBA is a globally recognised business management degree. Designed for working professionals, this part-time Masters in Business Administration will develop your leadership and management skills to fulfil your career ambitions.

The Portsmouth MBA creates opportunities for you to develop your capabilities as a leader and manager, inspires confidence to improve your performance and can transform your future by developing the skills to progress your career.

Find out more about this course, see our facilities and meet with members of the MBA admissions team by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What will I experience?

Integrated management subjects – links theory and research to management practice
Masterclasses - tailor your MBA learning experience and keep up-to-date with latest research and practice
Group consultancy project - delivers real value for business clients (your own organisation or another)
Individual strategy project – hones your analytical and research skills on a topic of your choice
Business simulation project – challenges your assumptions and encourages new insights
Executive coaching (optional) – supports your professional development and career progression
UK weekend residential – a conference that supports your leadership development
International study visit (one week) – an overseas experience with emphasis on global business
Guest lectures and business visits – learn while expanding your network

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MBA programme is a transformational journey. Some MBA graduates accelerate their careers by progressing to more senior levels of leadership. Others use the MBA to prepare for their next career change, such as exploring the potential of entrepreneurship to set up their own business.

Module Details

The Portsmouth MBA is a flexible part-time course ensuring minimal disruption to your work and home commitments. It is mainly taught in two-day blocks on alternate weeks, over two academic years. You will also attend Master Classes, a UK residential and an international residential that are typically delivered outside the two-day teaching block. Our MBA academics and professional staff, who understand the pressures of combining work and study, will fully support you throughout the programme.

The Executive MBA course structure includes eight taught units and two developmental units that focus on professional development:

Year 1

Accounting and Financial Management
Marketing and Sales Management
Strategic Management
Managing in the Global Economic and Financial Environment
Integrated Strategy Project
Consultancy, Research Methods and Professional Development, including Executive Coaching, Master Classes and UK residential

Year 2

Strategic Project Management
Strategic Leadership and Change
Managing Operations and Systems
Innovation and Enterprise
Consultancy, Research Methods and Professional Development, including Executive Coaching, Master Classes and international residential

Programme Assessment

You will receive regular feedback on your development throughout the course. Our friendly, supportive learning environment makes use of lectures and seminars, business simulations, group discussions, team projects and case studies designed to help you analyse complex problems, evaluate opportunities and risks, propose solutions and plan their implementation, drawing on current management research and practice.

Academic performance is assessed through group work and presentations as well as work-related assignments, exams, reports and a research project. Assessment methods vary, but clearly laid out assessments, supported by instruction and guidance, will assist you in fulfilling programme requirements and utilising your learning for business impact.

Student Destinations

MBA students refine their career plans throughout the programme with the support of course tutors, MBA career workshops, organisational visits, residential study tours, career services events, and the University’s Careers and Recruitment Service.

Some of the roles our graduates have taken include:

Technology Consultant / Business Consultant
Operations Manager
Head of Transformation
Engineering Services Business Manager
Business District Improvement Manager
Finance Director
Managing Director

Visit the MBA Executive MBA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ian Stevens

Ian has won the 2010 MBA Management Team Prize is originally from South Africa and has a wealth of business experience. He has worked for Unilever, Gillette and Boots, as well as initiating numerous entrepreneurial ventures.

"I wanted to do my MBA 20 years ago but it’s only recently that I felt it was the right time and I was in the right place to do it, given the support that this commitment requires. British education opens up an international playing field and I was keen to enrich my experience with the credibility of an AMBA accredited degree.

"Living in Gosport, Portsmouth Business School is on my doorstep and once I met the staff I knew this institution really meant business. They encourage the synergy of minds so you learn from interaction with other students as much as you do from the lecture theatre. They are also extremely knowledgeable and approachable, which makes for a fantastic, challenging learning environment.

"The MBA at Portsmouth allows you to find your feet. I have taken all my business successes and failures and filtered them through current thinking and methodologies. This analysis has helped me to reflect, to learn, and to fine-tune my business skills in a structured way.

"The Business School is part of a vibrant university, which isn’t bogged down with old buildings and old attitudes. It is full of modern methods, and challenging minds and experiences, which will deliver real value in the workplace."


MBA scholarships at Portsmouth Business School - 6 Awards

For the full-time International MBA, the scholarship is a 25 per cent reduction off the course fees before any other discounts (such as the 20 per cent discount for Portsmouth alumni). For the part-time MBA Executive, the scholarship is a 25 per cent discount off the course fee for each year of the three years of study before any other discounts.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% discount off the tuition fees


The Master of Business Administration (MBA) scholarships are open to Home, EU and International self-funding students.

Application Procedure

Application form available via web link below

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree (or equivalent, including professional qualifications), not necessarily in a business related subject, plus at least two years of postgraduate work experience at a professional or managerial level. Applicants without formal qualifications, but with at least 5 years of management experience are welcome to apply. Applicants may be required to submit a work portfolio. All applicants are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Last Updated

28 February 2017

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