Course overview

Henley’s Flexible Executive MBA

For experienced managers looking to develop their international management competencies, the Henley Flexible Executive MBA delivers a world-class education effectively and conveniently. The course is structured to allow you to continue to work full-time and to study your MBA part-time connecting your learning to current global and relevant organisational issues. It’s ideal if you are unable to take significant time out of the workplace to study and want greater flexibility over how, when and where you achieve your MBA.

Why study at Henley

The Flexible Executive MBA is delivered through a blend of face-to-face workshops, activities involving peer-group learning and self-study. The programme incorporates both on- and offline using a distance-learning approach. Over the 30 months, individuals’ study and share experiences with like-minded professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. The course has a number of aims for its programme members, including:

  • developing strategic, holistic and integrated perspectives on business, organisations and management
  • integrating theory and practice through an approach that combines academic rigour with practitioner relevance
  • providing personal development opportunities to support the development of individuals'' management capability and capacity to work in and lead teams in different situations
Who is the Flexible Executive MBA for?
  • Mid-level and senior executives, entrepreneurs and aspiring leaders from across all industries who are managing people, processes or projects and making strategic business decisions.
  • Those in, and aspiring to, senior leadership roles who want to broaden their technical and leaderships skills and who perform well when studying at distance, online and with less face-to-face contact with staff and peers than on the more intensive Executive MBA – Global
  • with a minimum of 3 years management experience
Work while you study

This Executive MBA is ideal if you are unable to take significant time out of the workplace to study. You’re able to gain greater flexibility over how, when and where you achieve your MBA.

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Why Henley?

Our multi-campus approach

Blending cultures, experiences, understanding different view and perspectives is embedded into our programme through our truly diverse and international cohort. We believe it is valuable to learn from not only the course content but each other. Henley has small cohorts comprising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries for a broad and rich learning experience.

Our support

Personal and professional development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We were one of the first pioneers to embed personal development in our Executive MBA, building in space to reflect on personal values and goals, and it remains a cornerstone of our programme to this day. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. You will have access to experienced coaches, and will receive valuable careers, leadership and professional development as part of the course to help you build your network, deepen your knowledge and meet both personal and career goals.

We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Our strength lies in our approach. We enable people to understand themselves and their responsibilities while at the same time blending the practice and theory of successful business. We offer the opportunity to live, breathe, practise and create business.

The Environment

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.

Our 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 over 80,000 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

Our Accreditations

The UK, European and US accrediting bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) have assessed the impact of our MBA courses, and with our triple-accredited status, the Henley MBA is not only challenging, stimulating and relevant, but in many instances, it is life-changing.


Academic Staff

How we teach you

Our 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 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 when you are back 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 an international study visit, to an overseas location 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.

How to apply

We are currently reviewing applications for the next intake. Please contact if you would like to be considered for a place.

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All applicants must submit:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. Up to date CV;
  3. Personal statement;
  4. Certified copies of degree certificates;
  5. Two professional references
  6. English language test results or an English Proficiency at Work form, if applicable.

Please see the entry requirements and application form notes before submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

We operate a rolling admissions system and it is recommended that you apply early to secure your place. To allow time for us to process your application, we recommend that you apply by the following dates:

  • 18 February 2020 for planned March 2020 intake

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.


  • The Henley Executive MBA Virtual Drop-In Session

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  • Henley Executive MBA Global Online Taster Workshop

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

Important Information

Programme Length:
30 months, part-time


Optional Stage 3 study visit not included within the above price. Please allow approximately £2,500 plus your flights and visa costs


Applications must be completed in full and submitted no later than three weeks prior to the course start date.

For any further information, such as application deadlines or Apprenticeship Levy enquiries, please contact the MBA Team.

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 MBA 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.

This module is a springboard into your successful and rewarding MBA journey. It comprises of two parallel streams that lay the foundations of your academic and personal development throughout the programme. A number of key study skills techniques will be introduced which will be important for your successful completion of the programme. It will introduce you to a number of themes around leadership and leadership skills that you will continue to develop throughout the whole MBA. It will also include an introduction to the Personal Development process, the second element of this module, which will continue throughout the MBA. The Personal Development process seeks to support and challenge you in all aspects of you 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 their future direction, to pursue life and career goals, obtain maximum benefit for you and you organisations, reflect upon your own learning, performance and achievement and plan for personal, educational and career development.

Stage 2

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.

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.

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.

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.

Module convenors: Dr Ana Graça and Dr Lynn Thurloway

Elective Options
A choice between the following:

Corporate Finance, Brand Strategy, Managing International HRM, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, Digital Marketing

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:

  • Three years' management experience;
  • Good first degree or equivalent professional or international qualification*;
  • Evidence of competence in English - English language requirements (PDF)**; and
  • You must be able to gain access to company data for assignment purposes.

*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.

**Please see the English language requirements (PDF) for a list of approved English language tests. We require applicants whose native language is not English or who did not complete their first degree in English to have taken one of the following tests and to have reached the minimum level indicated.

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.

Alternatively, if the everyday working language of your current employer is English, please download and complete the proficiency at work (PDF) form, to be submitted with the Application. This must be signed by your Line Manager or HR Department.

Fees & funding


For the Flexible Executive MBA - 30 month course.


Fee reductions are available for some applicants. Please contact for information on qualified reductions.

Fee Breakdown

Tuition fee breakdown for the Flexible Executive MBA - March 2020 intake.

Careers Information

Careers & Professional Development

On the Flexible Executive MBA programme you will receive valuable careers, leadership and professional development as part of the course. In 2020/21 this includes (but is not limited to):

  • Leveraging your strengths
  • Improvisation and stand-up comedy
  • Maintaining resilience for peak performance
  • Team work and intercultural dynamics
  • The art of negotiation
  • Leading with gravitas
  • Managing change and ambiguity

Outside of the timetabled workshops, we run additional professional development events for you to get involved in to build your network, deepen your knowledge and help you meet your career goals.

You will also have a qualified and experienced Executive Coach who you can book appointments with to discuss anything related to your professional development. Appointments are confidential and you can meet in person, over the phone or virtually.

One of the things you could talk to your Executive Coach about is your strengths, using StrengthscopeTM to help you understand:

  • Your innate strengths
  • The tasks and activities that are most likely to energise you and lead to high levels of engagement and productivity
  • 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

You will also have access to a range of online resources, such as:

  • VMock – online CV building tool
  • Alumni Extra – webinar library covering a range of professional development topics
  • PayNegotiation – online training package

Jan Hilderbrand

I started my MBA while living in London and I completed it when in San Francisco! By the time I graduated, I had completely changed direction. Once the MD of a creative agency, I am now a Consultant and Adviser.

Flexible Executive MBA


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.

Flexible Executive MBA Scholarships and Bursaries 2021

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available for the UK-based Flexible Executive MBA in 2021.

Henley Business School Flexible Executive MBA Bursaries March 2021


An MBA 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 who will bring diversity to the MBA programme at Henley.


Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for the March 2021 intake of the Flexible Executive MBA programme. Applicants may apply based on one of the following categories:

  • Applicants who bring knowledge and experience regarding international business and management, in particular in emergent markets and/or in culturally diverse settings.
  • Applicants employed by an organisation within the non-profit/voluntary sector that makes a contribution to improve the personal or social experiences of communities or individuals.
  • Applicants who currently work in small- to medium-sized organisations or head their own organisation.
  • Applicants from any industry or background who are able to demonstrate highly valuable business or individual experience which would contribute to team learning.

Bursary applications are considered by a faculty panel at Henley Business School whose decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants.


A number of awards are available up to 50% of the programme fees, typically between 15% and 25%. Awards are decided based on both the strength of the applicant and their individual circumstances. Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.


30 months

End date information

Applicants will need to hold a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Flexible Executive MBA for March 2021 in order to be considered. Bursaries are allocated on a rolling basis whilst funds are available. It is therefore advised that applicants wishing to apply for a bursary send their application to the programme as early as possible.

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Henley Business School Flexible Executive MBA Scholarships March 2021


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 Flexible 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.


Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for the March 2021 intake of the Flexible Executive MBA programme. We are looking for exceptional candidates who will add considerable value to the programme based on an outstanding academic or professional background.

Scholarships are awarded by an academic panel of Henley Business School whose decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants.


Several awards are available, typically up to 25% of the programme fees.

Scholarships cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.


30 months

End date information

Applicants will need to hold a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Flexible Executive MBA in order to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, and applicants are therefore advised to submit their full programme application with all supporting documents as soon as possible.

Please note that scholarship applications must be made 2 weeks before programme start date and will not be considered after programme enrolment.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship candidates are required to write an 800-word piece entitled "What will you contribute to the Henley Business School MBA community?". Please write your essay on the application form which can be downloaded below and return it to Anna Kite,, attaching a copy of your CV.

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