Executive MBA

Create • Inspire • Transform

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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.

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What will I experience?

  • Integrated management subjects – links theory and research to management practice
  • Executive coaching (optional) – supports your professional development and career progression
  • Consultancy project - delivers practical value for 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
  • Leadership Development Residential - raises awareness of your leadership strengths and opportunities
  • Guest lectures and business visits – learn from industry experts 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.

MBA course graduate Gary Jeffries

The MBA gave me a more rounded understanding of business as a whole and this now underpins much of my client-facing work.

Gary Jeffries, Managing Director of Hughes Ellard and Chairman of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Key Facts

2 years part time. Start: September or January.
2017 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.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man/International students
September 2017 entry: £14,900 with £7,450 being charged in year 1 and year 2.

This course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

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Programme specification


The Portsmouth MBA

Leadership Development

Find out more about the MBA Residential.

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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. 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 and Leadership Development Residential

Year 2

  • Strategic Leadership and Change
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Managing Operations and Systems
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Consultancy, Research Methods and Professional Development, including executive coaching and business consultancy project

Teaching and 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.

Katie Ilincariu

Alumni view

Katie Ilincariu
Sales and Marketing Manager and MBA alumna

Katie Ilincariu is Europe and South America sales manager for Fosse Liquitrol – a company which provides spill control systems to industries such as aerospace and engineering. She decided to embark on the MBA at the University of Portsmouth Business School to further develop her knowledge and understanding of business and established business practices. 

The MBA is a key to unlocking the doors to senior and executive level management roles. The pace of the course allowed me to carry out a full-time international sales role at the same time as studying.

Paul Vine

Alumni view

Paul Vine
Watch Manager and MBA alumnus

Paul Vine, a firefighter from Southampton, had often thought about pursuing a postgraduate degree. 

I have always wanted to complete an MBA. I’ve seen others within the organisation complete the course and had heard how rewarding, interesting and appropriate it was. The fire service is going through a period of huge rapid change – as is most of the public sector – and all the areas of the course, including finance, marketing and operations, are playing an important role as the public sector increasingly has to behave like a business. My advice to anyone thinking about doing an MBA is do it.

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The leadership development residential launches the programme’s focus on strengthening your capabilities as a leader. This two-day conference introduces you to the MBA executive coaching scheme, assesses your strengths and opportunities as a leader, and sets the stage for your leadership development planning.

Executive coaching

Offered in collaboration with TPC Leadership, the Portsmouth MBA coaching scheme supports your growth and transformation as a leader. Individual conversations with a trained coach are a good way to reflect on your learning and to integrate MBA knowledge and skills into your leadership behaviours. Up to six coaching sessions are offered each academic year.

Consultancy project

You will apply your management knowledge and consultancy skills to a real-life business project, exploring a strategic challenge to create value for a client organisation. The project will require you to define the scope of analysis, plan the project’s implementation, study the issue and deliver recommendations based on your findings.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Career prospects

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MBA students refine their career plans throughout the programme with the support of course tutors, executive coaches and Career Services staff.

Some of the roles our graduates have taken include:

  • Global Director
  • Chief Executive
  • General Manager
  • Finance Director
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Consultant

Career planning and support

One benefit of studying at Portsmouth is the strong career planning support provided by Purple Door – the University’s careers and recruitment service team – who assist you with career advice and planning via meetings with a careers adviser or via an online service for those away from campus. Portsmouth alumni may call on Career Services for up to five years after graduation. Additionally you may get assistance with a job search, volunteer opportunities and business start-up advice.

Career planning is also supported by a leadership development workshop and by executive coaching sessions offered as part of the course. Portsmouth Business School's Enterprise and Employability Week, professional networking events and local job fairs give you the opportunity to explore potential opportunities and hear from talent management experts.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your management profile. Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications such as the MBA. 

The wage premium, according to research published by The Sutton Trust, is significantly higher for someone with a Master’s degree than for someone with a Bachelor’s degree.  In the UK a Master’s degree holder can expect to earn £5,500 more a year than an undergraduate, with the U.S. annual premium estimated to be almost twice as high $16,500, or £10,300. (The Sutton Trust, Lindley and Machin, the Postgraduate Premium, February 7, 2013)

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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

MBA Open Events

Find out if the Executive MBA is right for you by visiting us. Take a look at our facilities, meet staff and speak with current students at one of our regular MBA open events and information sessions.

Fees and Funding

Find out about various tuition fee discount schemes and learn more about fees and funding at the University.

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