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.

Study for an MBA with Portsmouth Business School and you will be joining one of a small number of MBA programmes accredited by the Association of MBAs

Find out more about this course, our facilities and generous scholarships 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
  • 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.

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
A second-class honours degree (or equivalent, including professional qualifications), not necessarily in a business related subject, plus at least three years of postgraduate work experience at a professional or managerial level. Applicants with no formal qualifications but with appropriate management experience will be considered as non-graduate candidates. 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 students
2016/17 entry: £9,600 per annum, with Year 2 tuition*
2017/18 entry: £9,600 per annum, with Year 2 tuition*

This course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2016/17 entry: £9,600 per annum, with Year 2 tuition*
2017/18 entry: £9,600 per annum, with Year 2 tuition*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase (based on the most current RPI-X percentage change available when setting the fees)

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The Portsmouth MBA

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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. 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

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

Student view

Katie Ilincariu
Senior sales specialist and MBA student

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. 

I am enjoying the autonomy and pace of the course, which allows me to carry out a full time International sales professional role at the same time as studying. The balance between learning and my career is exactly what I need.

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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Master Classes

MBA Master Classes introduce elective content on business management topics. Reflecting the latest business research and practice, they bring together current students, MBA alumni, senior researchers and guest speakers to explore subjects of interest in depth. Graduates of the Portsmouth MBA are invited to return to campus to take part in Master Classes as part of their continuing professional development plans.

MBA Consultancy

The Portsmouth MBA prepares you to apply your management knowledge and consultancy skills to a real-life business project. Working together in teams, you will explore a strategic challenge with a client organisation to define the scope of the consultancy project, plan the project implementation and deliver recommendations to the management team, based on your findings.


The UK residential launches the programme’s focus on leadership development. 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.

The international residential, takes place in the second year of the course. It focuses on global business, organisational strategy, leadership, economic development and the impact of national culture on business. You will take part in cultural activities, lectures and company visits giving you experience and understanding of diverse industries, business models and challenges.

Executive Coaching

Offered in collaboration with The Performance Coach, the Portsmouth MBA coaching scheme supports your personal growth and transformation as a leader.

The executive coaching provides a structured way to apply learning to business challenges at work. It also encourages you to take positive steps to integrate new knowledge and skills into leadership behaviours. Up to six coaching sessions are offered each academic year.

Eugen Barbu, MBA Master of Business Administration (Executive) student

I chose the Portsmouth MBA not only for the ease of fitting the course around my work and personal commitments, but also for the quality of the learning environment and for the additional credibility of an AMBA-accredited degree.

Eugen Barbu, Principal Research Fellow and MBA graduate

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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, 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

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 MBA workshops and career development events offered as a part of the programme. An annual presentation on careers in consultancy, Portsmouth Business School’s Enterprise and Employability Week, AMBA career fairs 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)

Andy Kettle, MBA Master of Business Administration (Executive) graduate

Completing the MBA has stretched me in so many ways. The Fire Service has also benefited enormously from me gaining this qualification and is continuing to do so through my increased contribution to the work of the management team.

Andy Kettle, Independent Consultant and MBA graduate

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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 current course members at one of our regular MBA open events and information sessions.

MBA Scholarships

Generous funding opportunities are available for the Executive MBA including the Portsmouth Business School MBA scholarships and the Alumni Scholarship Scheme.

MBA candidates may also wish to explore Postgraduate loans and company support

Fees and Funding

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