Course overview

The Henley Executive MBA - global

For experienced managers looking to develop their management and leadership competencies, undertaking an MBA part time offers an ideal solution. Structured in a way that allows you to continue to work, the Henley Executive MBA – global is a part-time MBA that connects your learning to current global and relevant organisational issues.

Today’s globally connected business world calls for a wider perspective, new skills and different ways of thinking. Henley’s global Executive MBA is designed to develop outstanding business leaders ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of operating in today’s global economy. It develops leaders who are strong, responsible and adaptable.

This multi-campus EMBA brings together a hand-picked diverse group of experienced and talented business leaders in a unique learning context, blending global perspective with local relevance led by inspiring faculty and practitioners. Local workshops are combined with mixed multi-national sessions delivered in the UK and our international campuses in Germany, Denmark and Finland. A number of global experiential learning opportunities enable participants to work on challenges prevalent in emerging markets such as South Africa, and experience first-hand interaction with cutting edge innovation start-ups in the USA or with entrepreneurial and fast growing firms in China.

Featuring a global syllabus, multinational cohorts and immersive overseas study experiences ensures this is more than just an Executive MBA.

Connecting people with international business perspectives and local understanding creates more resilient and adaptable leaders and Henley’s emphasis on personal development, research-led applied knowledge and cross-cultural peer-learning creates a rich transformational experience. After successfully completing this programme you will become confident working with complexity and remain calm and assured under pressure.

The global Executive MBA builds on over 50 years experience in delivering the Henley Executive MBA, established, trusted and favoured by industry, adding a powerful dimension to you as a manager and leader.

In the UK, the programme is delivered at our Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Themes, near London.

You don't need to stop work to do the EMBA - global. In fact, most people don't. As this is a part-time MBA, conveniently situated near London, you can continue in your job and come to Henley once a month for an intensive three to four-day workshop, where you will interact directly with our faculty and industry speakers as well as working collaboratively with your peers.

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Why Henley?

We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Whatever location of learning chosen, the Henley MBA proves to be a life-changing experience for many. An enriching experience that provides new outlooks that will shape your decisions throughout your life. Intense, rewarding, challenging, stimulating and relevant.

The Henley MBA is a truly international experience, with a global focus to the syllabus and research, enriching study trips and a cohort drawn from the leading economies of the world.

The support

Personal development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.

The alumni network

Your cohort and cohorts from previous years are likely to form the most valuable network throughout your career. From day one you join the alumni association, a group of 74,000 spread over 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information. Be part of our community, join thousands of alumni on our new online platform: Henley Live

The environment – Executive and Flexible Executive MBA

Both the Global and Flexible Executive MBA’s are taught at our Greenlands campus on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire within 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland. We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.

The programme delivery is a balanced combination of interactive workshops and guided on-line learning resources. Interactive workshops are delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion. Each module follows a learning pathway guiding participants in pre-workshop reading and preparation, workshop materials, and post-workshop learning application and assessment. Resources include the Henley Business School physical and virtual Library that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space.

Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.

How we teach you

Our Executive MBA programme has a particularly strong focus on themes of international business, leadership and corporate reputation. There is a real hands-on approach to learning, you work collaboratively with your fellow students and classes are taught by international faculty at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Our Executive MBA programmes combine the best in academic theory with practical, real life projects. This means that as well as having an outstanding learning experience, you will be ready to put it all into practice immediately in the workplace.

At Henley, we recognise that you want to develop yourself to prepare for the challenges of business leadership, so within the programmes there is a continuous element of personal development and career development to support you throughout your journey.

On the Executive MBA programmes, you have the opportunity to go on international study visits, to both international and European locations where Henley has a developed network and a strong footprint.

Everything above is informed by Henley’s eminent reputation in teaching practising managers and in research excellence and application.

Meet us

MBA 1-2-1 consultations

If you are unable to attend any of our current events please get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1 consultation with a member of the MBA recruitment team to discuss your MBA plans and answer your questions. We would be happy to meet you at the Henley Business School Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Thames or to speak with you via telephone or Skype. Please call +44 (0) 118 378 7593 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

UK

  • The Henley MBA Drop-In Session

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  • The Henley MBA Drop-In Session

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  • Executive MBA Preview Day: 18 May 2019

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Asia

  • beo International Education Fair Tokyo, March 2019

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  • SI-UK University Fair Tokyo, March 2019

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  • Brit Education UK Application Day Bangkok, March 2019

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  • IDP Gateway UK Bangkok, March 2019

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  • Hands On UK Universities Interview Day Bangkok, March 2019

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  • Mentor Application Day Bangkok, March 2019

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  • Education For Life UK Fair Bangkok, March 2019

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  • Careers Masterclass by Dan Kiernan for Offer Holders, Bangkok 2019

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  • Careers Masterclass by Dan Kiernan for Offer Holders, Shanghai 2019

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  • Careers Masterclass by Dan Kiernan for Offer Holders, Beijing 2019

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Faculty

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Henley Business School’s ambition is to empower individuals to become outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. We are looking for applicants who have:

  • the intellectual ability to deal with the rigours of the Executive MBA
  • a strong commitment to the programme
  • a positive mindset
  • the ability to work in multicultural teams and a global outlook
  • suitable professional experiences which they can share with colleagues
  • achievements in a wide and balanced variety of fields

Our entry requirements are:

  • A minimum of five years managerial experience with strong evidence of achievement and career progression
  • A good undergraduate honours degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of English language proficiency when English is not the candidate’s first language

Outstanding applicants with other professional qualifications and significant experience will be considered.

How to apply

You will need to submit the following documents on-line:

  • Application form
  • Admission essay – “What will be my contribution to the Henley Business School Executive MBA community?” (maximum 500 words)
  • CV (in the template provided)
  • Two professional references
  • Degree transcript and certificate
  • Proof of English language ability (if applicable)

Admissions process

The Henley admissions process is very thorough and uses a wide variety of criteria to select internationally diverse cohorts of individuals with strong academic credentials and outstanding professional track records.

Your application documents will initially be considered by the Admissions team. If there is a good fit between what you are looking for and what the programme can offer, you will be invited for a competency based interview which can be held at Henley Business School or via video conferencing.

On acceptance of your offer, a deposit of £1,000 is payable to reserve your place.

Application Deadlines:

  • Final application deadline – 31 August 2018
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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at mba@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

Important Information

Programme Length:
21 or 27 months, part-time

Fees 2019:
£39,500*

*The international trips costs will be covered within the tuition fee with the exception of flights, visas and some ground transportation to/from airports.

Additional Costs:

The programme fee does not include flights or Visas for the European and overseas workshops and study visits.

The cost for the optional international study visit elective module is not included within the above price.

Course intakes:

October 2019 and March 2020

Application Deadline:

1 September 2019 (deposits to be paid by 3 September 2019)

Note: please answer all sections of the online application in full prior to submission. Leaving sections blank may delay the admissions process. For application support, please contact the EMBA Team.

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Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

Stage 1

This module focuses on the key principles that underpin the delivery of goods and services by organisations. It takes a systems and processes approach, integrating elements of operations management, information systems management and project management. Whilst processes are viewed as key enablers of business strategy, the module emphasises the need to understand such processes in a systemic way. Key topics cover the design, implementation and on-going operation of goods and service delivery in a variety of organisational contexts. By the end of this module you will be expected to critically evaluate the applicability of the module concepts to specific organisational contexts.

This module covers the topics of financial accounting, management accounting, finance and microeconomics. It is designed for you to recognise that every aspect of your business has an impact on the bottom line. Organisations that do not effectively plan, control and monitor their finances are unlikely to achieve their operational targets and strategic business objectives. By the end of this module you will be in a position to analyse critically the relevance and appropriateness of financial techniques and economic issues within your organisation.

In this module you will develop an appreciation that people management is a key line manager activity and develop an awareness of the issues and practices that support and hinder the management and development of people and performance in organisations. You will consider the impact of context on managing people and performance, particularly in national, international and multinational contexts; public and private sectors; large, medium and small enterprises. By the end of this module you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to identify issues and dilemmas in your own workplace based on your understanding of the people and performance management, philosophies and approaches.

The Personal Development module seeks to support and challenge you in all aspects of your growth whilst studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of the MBA. The module aims to enable each student to take control of your future direction; to pursue life and career goals;obtain maximum benefit for yourself and an organisation; reflect upon your own learning, performance and achievement; and plan for your personal, educational and career development.

Stage 2

This module will enable students to understand and apply the fundamental principles of the strategic thinking process and also to gain insight into the variety of issues and challenges faced by managers of firms. By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate a high level of ability and skill in strategic thinking, strategic analysis, synthesis and decision-making. You will be able to analyse and understand an organisation and its external competitive environment, assess an organisation''s internal value-creating activities and processes, and identify and evaluate appropriate strategic options for an organisation, assessing impact on competitive position and future performance.

This module will provide insights into the variety of issues and challenges faced by managers of international firms in the global business environment. The aim is for programme members to develop an ability to understand the complexity of international markets and the capacity to successfully manage issues related to international business and strategy. A number of key frameworks will be introduced and applied in developing strategies for international expansion as well as strategies for managing complex operations across national, regional and global markets. The module also sheds light on the most recent developments in international business.

The Strategic Marketing module is designed to raise your awareness of marketing as both a strategic and tactical function, develop your understanding of strategic marketing and the relevance of key marketing concepts and the importance of ethically and socially responsible marketing strategies. This module will enable you to critically analyse theoretical explanations of marketing situations and assess their relevance, identify factors that drive and influence the development of market structures and the comparative differences across various business contexts and recognise the nature of relationships and partnerships that are vital to the creation of customer value.

The Reputation and Responsibility module will develop your knowledge and understanding of strategic reputation and responsibility management. You will engage in debate and discussion around issues of corporate responsibility, sustainability and governance and learn about key concepts of how relationships are built and stakeholder management. Students will be exposed to a range of tools for the analysis of perceptions related to reputation.

The Personal Development module seeks to support and challenge you in all aspects of your growth whilst studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of the MBA. The module aims to enable each student to take control of your future direction; to pursue life and career goals;obtain maximum benefit for yourself and an organisation; reflect upon your own learning, performance and achievement; and plan for your personal, educational and career development.

Stage 3

The module is designed to introduce students to key concepts, theories and models of leadership, change, culture and values, capabilities and approaches that bind these together. This module will prepare you to become a business leader so that you can make appropriate and effective use of different approaches in leadership and change. You will identify your development goals as change leaders and practice the core skills of leading change.

The Management Challenge is a major research-based project investigating a significant management or business problem/issue which leads to actionable recommendations. It requires you to develop and build on key elements of your learning throughout the Masters programme and apply it within a practical context. In developing the Management Challenge, you are required to undertake a critical and in-depth review of current thinking in your chosen topic area which forms the basis for an empirical investigation leading to conclusions and recommendations grounded in appropriate evidence. In order to do this effectively, you are expected to develop and apply a research design and techniques that are appropriate to the problem or issue. The aims of the Management Challenge are to build upon the knowledge you have gained during the Masters programme and the application of that knowledge to a specific management problem or issue, formulate logical, appropriate and actionable recommendations as a result of the investigation and communicate the findings in writing in a convincing and articulate manner.

The Personal Development module seeks to support and challenge you in all aspects of your growth whilst studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of the MBA. The module aims to enable each student to take control of your future direction; to pursue life and career goals;obtain maximum benefit for yourself and an organisation; reflect upon your own learning, performance and achievement; and plan for your personal, educational and career development.

And a choice between the following:

Managing the project-based organisation, Strategic information systems management, Corporate reputation, Relationship marketing, Brand Strategy, Strategic Innovation, Knowledge Management, Managing International HRM

An International Study Visit. The destination and dates to be confirmed.

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Entry requirements

Designed for experienced practicing managers, most of which already have nine or more years of managerial experience. Sharing your experience with fellow programme members enriches your learning.

To join this Henley MBA programme you will need:

  • Five year's management experience;
  • Good first degree or equivalent professional or international qualification*;
  • Evidence of competence in English - English**; and
  • You must be able to gain access to company data for assignment purposes.

For application support or clarification, please contact the EMBA Team.

*A good degree or the equivalent professional or international qualification is normally required; However we do welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience who may not meet all the formal criteria for admission. If you have a minimum of 5 year’s experience at a senior or strategic level with no degree, we would be happy to consider an application. Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability.

**Candidates whose first language is not English will normally be required to meet one of the following conditions:

  • Take an IELTS test and achieve an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element. The University also accepts a number of other tests instead of IELTS. A full list of equivalent tests and scores can be found on www.reading.ac.uk/ad-Englishtests.aspx
  • Have successfully completed a degree taught in English language (approved criteria applies).
  • Provide a satisfactorily completed declaration from a current employer (confirmation from a previous employer can be accepted if the applicant left that employer within 12 months of the programme application), confirming that they are required to work in English to a high level on a daily basis.
  • Obtain a confirmation of satisfactory level of English language proficiency from an authorised staff from Henley Business School based on one of the following:
    • Provision of a self-declaration stating their responsibilities and activities, supported by examples of aspects of their work, requiring English language proficiency in fulfilling their role; or
    • Undergo a face-to-face interview in English with an authorised staff from Henley Business School

You are required to submit documentary evidence of your performance level with your application. Please indicate on your application form the qualification you have taken and the grade you obtained and attach the appropriate certificate.

Careers Information

How can Henley Careers work with you?

  1. We offer all MBAs valuable professional skill development delivery in areas such as your Strengths for Career Development and Leadership, using Strengthscope™ to help you understand:
    • Your personality and performance strengths
    • The tasks and activities that are most likely to energise you and lead to high levels of engagement
    • The likely consequences of using your strengths too much, too little or in a way that isn't appropriate for the situation
    • The extent to which you apply your strengths optimally in the way you approach your work
  2. You will have one-on-one coaching with professional, qualified Career Consultants, all of whom have worked in industry;
  3. You can attend a number of alumni events and speaker engagements all designed to assist our students in meeting career goals by widening awareness and deepening knowledge;
  4. We also offer professional workshops and seminars that allow Henley MBAs to develop skills that will enhance their success on the job market.

Scholarships

The University provides opportunities to students from a wide range of backgrounds, who have the desire and ability to succeed. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer for postgraduate students. For further information see: Money matters, costs and budgets for postgraduate students.

Executive MBA Scholarships and Bursaries 2019

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available for the Executive MBA October 2019 intake.

Henley Business School Executive MBA Scholarships 2019

Subject

A scholarship is financial support awarded by an academic institution to a student on the basis of academic merit. A key consideration in our selection of Henley’s Executive MBA Scholarship awards will therefore be the degree to which we believe the candidate will make a significant contribution to the quality of the Henley MBA programme.

Criteria

It is likely that award winners will have a PhD, Master’s degree, or either a UK first-class Honours Degree or its international equivalent from a reputable, leading University or academic institution. Outstanding professional experience will also be considered. Applicants will be considered based on the strength of their MBA application, including the essay question and the interview. Scholarships are awarded by an academic panel of Henley Business School and their decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants.

Finance

A number of awards are available. These are typically between 10% and 20% but in exceptional circumstances can be up to 50%. Scholarships cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.

Duration

21 months

End date information

Applicants holding a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Executive MBA for 2019 will automatically be considered for a scholarship (if they have indicated their interest on the application form). Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, therefore applicants are advised to submit their full programme application with all supporting documents as early as possible if they wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Henley Business School Executive MBA Bursaries 2019

Subject

A bursary provides financial assistance to a student who meets specific eligibility criteria set by the Henley Business School faculty and whose personal circumstances demonstrate the need for financial support. In addition, a limited number of bursaries are made available to students from specific target categories of students who bring diversity to the MBA programme at Henley.

Criteria

Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for the October 2019 intake of the Executive MBA programme. To be considered for a bursary, there is a section on the application form for applicants to state their financial need.

Bursaries are awarded by a faculty panel at Henley Business School and their decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants.

Finance

A number of awards are available. These are typically between 10% and 20% but in exceptional circumstances can be up to 50%. Scholarships cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.

Duration

21 months

End date information

Applicants holding a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Executive MBA for October 2019 will automatically be considered for a bursary (if they have expressed their financial need on the application form). Bursaries are awarded on a rolling basis, therefore applicants are advised to submit their full programme application with all supporting documents as early as possible if they wish to be considered for a bursary.

Women in Leadership Scholarship

The winner of the competition will be announced at the Financial Time's Women at the Top Summit on Thursday 17th October 2019 in London.

Subject

The Women in Leadership MBA Scholarship is a collaboration between Henley, the 30% Club and Financial Times.The winner will receive a fully-funded place worth up to £39,500 on our part-time Executive MBA or Flexible Executive MBA programme starting in September/October 2019.

Criteria

The competition is open to both men and women who have relevant experience in the workplace either in managing a team, running a project or planning strategy.

Duration
  • 21 months for the Executive MBA programme
  • 30 months for the Flexible Executive MBA programme
End date information

Entries must be sent to mba@henley.ac.uk by May 20th, 2019. Please see our terms and conditions.


How to apply

To apply candidates must answer the following question in no more than 800 words:

What should the next generation of women experience in their working lives and what will your generation do to create this?”
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Fees & funding

Fees

Fees for the Executive MBA - global are £39,500*

*The international trips costs will be covered within the tuition fee with the exception of flights, visas and some ground transportation to/from airports.

Next intake: October 2019 and March 2020

Fee reductions are available for some applicants. Please contact mba@henley.ac.uk for information on qualified reductions.

Fee Breakdown

Tuition Fee Breakdown for the Executive MBA - October 2019 intake.