The MBA (Health Executive) programme, established in 1986, was the first of its kind in Europe. It provides senior managers, policy-makers and professionals concerned with health and healthcare with a top‑level qualification which enhances both career and intellectual approach to the subject. The MBA offers an advanced scheme of study involving knowledge, skills and techniques which can variously be applied to any health services agency or healthrelated organisation in the public or private sector. Recent graduates are Chief Executives in the NHS (and overseas),board level directors of hospitals, health authorities and in primary care organisations and senior doctors and nurses. The MBA is both a professional qualification and contributor to generic skills in health policy and management. It provides the traditional MBA options and core courses with an innovative approach to developing health and healthcare agendas. The MBA comprises 6 taught modules (each of 20 credits) plus a research project leading to the writing and submission of a dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the programme is spread over 2 years and the teaching for each module lasts one week . The whole programme, including the dissertation, normally takes 3 years.