Course overview

Henley’s Full-time MBA course

Where will you be in 12 months? Designed to harness your real potential, the Full-time (FT) MBA will provide you with the knowledge, skills and strength to earn your place among the next generation of great business professionals and outstanding leaders – all in just one year.

Henley's FT MBA for the next generation of business professionals

At Henley, we passionately believe that tomorrow's outstanding leaders and great business professionals not only need to acquire practical skills and business acumen – they also need to be immersed in an environment that is dedicated to making them the very best they can be. At Henley we create a learning environment that is focused on you. The Henley FT MBA will harness your business intuition and empower you to apply it intelligently. We will help you reflect on the knowledge you acquire and gain a bigger picture of business and the wider world. Our FT MBA course is a personal one, we will get to know you and be with you on every step of your journey. It is unique – and that is why we are proud to call it the Henley MBA.

Your outcomes from the FT MBA

  • a globally-recognised MBA from the world-famous Henley Business School
  • career acceleration
  • a deeper understanding of global business best-practice
  • the confidence to take on new challenges – and succeed
  • access to a top-tier worldwide network of 76,000 alumni

Get where you want to be, faster with the Henley FT MBA

  • unique, collaborative and personal applied-learning approach
  • focus on international business, leadership and corporate reputation
  • leading international faculty at the top of their game
  • international study visit
  • applied business project or an in-company project
  • emphasis on personal development
  • career-focused with dedicated support and advice
  • based full-time at Whiteknights campus, University of Reading
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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 mode 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.

The environment – Executive and Flexible Executive MBA

The Executive and Flexible Executive MBA 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.

Class sizes are deliberately small and delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion. Resources include the ARC (Academic Resource Centre) 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.

The environment – Full-time MBA

The Full-time MBA is taught at our Whiteknights site at the beautiful University of Reading campus. Opened in 2009, the £25 million Business School is one of the newest and most visually impressive buildings on campus. Prominent features include a 250-seat conference standard lecture theatre, seminar rooms equipped with the latest technology, PC labs, dedicated research space, a popular cafe and visitor area and the Academic Resource Centre (ARC).

As a result of our demanding entry requirements and rigorous approach to teaching and learning, we attract only the most ambitious and capable graduates. This provides you with a peer group from whom you can learn and share your knowledge, ideas and experience.

The campus is a short trip to the centre of Reading, a vibrant town on the River Thames that boasts a rich selection of entertainment and leisure activities, from music and bars, to sport and shopping. It is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the UK, with 13 of the world’s top 30 global brands based in the region, including Vodafone, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and Intel. Reading is just 25 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

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 Full-time and 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.

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 MBA - Drop-in session

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  • MBA Preview Day - 12th January 2019

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  • British Council Study UK Exhibition, New Delhi

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  • British Council Study UK Exhibition, Mumbai

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  • QS World MBA Tour, Mumbai

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  • QS World MBA Tour, New Delhi

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  • QS World MBA Tour, Bangalore

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How to apply

How to apply

Please Note: The final application deadline for the 2018 Full-Time MBA programme is the 30 June 2018.

All applications must be submitted online along with the following documents:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. Admission questions - a. Why are you considering an MBA at this point in your career? b. Why would you like to apply to Henley? Please give three specific reasons based on the research you have done so far. c. How will you contribute to the Henley Business School MBA community? d. Please can you give two examples of how your experience (professional or otherwise) has prepared you to undertake an MBA. Please note: These questions will also be used to assess your eligibility for a scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, if you have passed the threshold for consideration at interview. Please ensure you fully answer the questions as outlined above and not a generic Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement. Any applications which do not include answers to the above questions cannot be considered for a scholarship award.
  3. Up to date CV (in the template provided)
  4. Two professional references
  5. Degree transcript and certificate
  6. Proof of GMAT/GRE score (if applicable)
  7. Proof of English language ability (if applicable)

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

Please also note: In order to be assessed for a bursary, which is awarded based on financial need, please ensure you complete the ‘Funding’ section of the online application form confirming you wish to be considered and giving details of your individual circumstances. 

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.  Scholarship awards will automatically be considered for each application received.

Your application documents will initially be considered by the Admissions staff.  If you are deemed suitable, you will be invited for a competency based interview which can be held at Henley Business School or via video conferencing. The interview will focus on the following behaviour and competencies: 

• Motivation
• Commercial and business awareness
• Team working
• Time management
• Resilience and flexibility  
• Communication

Also be prepared to explain to us why you believe you are a dynamic high potential individual and why you should be considered for the Full-time MBA at Henley.

Within 5 working days of the interview you will be notified by email of the admissions decision which will be:

  • Offer - of a place to join the Henley Full-Time MBA
  • Decline - an offer will not be made this year, but an an option to apply in future years is available

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

This is a highly selective admissions process given that our class sizes are small and space is limited. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible in the year to increase your possibilities of securing a place. 

This gives our MBA Recruitment team the opportunity to work with you prior to and after your submission to guide you through the process.


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Contact Us

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

Important Information

Programme Length:
12 months, full-time

£35,000 (Includes £1,000 deposit and accommodation in South Africa for the study visit)

Additional Costs:
The programme fee does not include flights or visas to South Africa.

September 2019

Application Deadline:
UK Applicants: Rolling admissions (please speak to the MBA Team for more information)

EU/International Applicants: 31 August 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 MBA Team.

Final Date for Interviews:
2 August 2019

Deadline to Meet Offer Conditions Prior to Start Date:
16 August 2019

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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

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 operations module is designed to enable students to align delivery system and process design to the strategic requirements of the organisation. You will learn how to implement process change through the application of project management techniques and evaluate and improve the on-going delivery of goods and services. The module covers key concepts and theories within the areas of operations management, service operations, process management and project management.

In this module you will be able to interpret and understand financial and economic data, support key management tasks of planning, controlling and making decisions to create value in an organisation. By the end of the module you will understand key concepts and theories of accounting and economics to manage financial resources and develop an ability to use and communicate on this concept s in practice.

This module will introduce students to key marketing concepts, models and frameworks which you will apply to a range of business situations. You will develop your professional skills by applying a range of marketing analytical tools to make effective strategic and tactical decisions to provide value for the customer and the organisation. You will be taken through a cycle of activity to analyse markets, identify value opportunities and create and deliver marketing programmes.

Stage 2

This module will give students an insight into the variety of issues and challenges faced by managers of firms with international operations in an international environment. You will develop an understanding of the complexity of international markets and the capacity to successfully manage issues related to international business and strategy. You will learn how managers of internationally active firms sustain their firm in very different environments.

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.

Plus elective modules from a range which may include:

Corporate Finance, Strategic Information Management, Contemporary Perspectives in Marketing, Knowledge and Organisational Learning, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship

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 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 about stakeholder management. Students will be exposed to a range of tools for the analysis of perceptions related to reputation.

And a choice of one of the following:

This is a self-directed piece of work to develop your ability to research, problem solve and learn independently. You will identify and summarise the key issues in a topic, design and justify and the research approach adopted, critically appraise relevant literature and present your chosen conclusions.

This is a self-directed piece of work to develop your ability to research, problem solve and learn independently. By the end of this module you will produce an original dissertation, which critically analyses a particular research question and examines the question using appropriate academic literature, data, methodology, theory and models.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Henley Business School’s ambition is to empower individuals to become great professionals and 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 Full-Time MBA
  • a strong commitment to the programme
  • a positive mindset
  • the ability to work in multi-cultural team 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 three years post qualification work experience with strong evidence of achievement and career progression
  • A good undergraduate honours degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of English language proficiency - English language requirements (PDF-66 KB).

In addition we may require a satisfactory GMAT, GRE score or equivalent

Contact the MBA recruitment team on +44(0)118 378 7593 for further advice on your suitability for the programme or e-mail your CV for informal review

UK visa requirements

If you are not a national of the European Union (EU), it is likely that you will need to obtain a UK visa to live and study in the UK before you travel. See the UK Border Agency website. Contact the University's International Office with any questions:

Tier 4 visa pilot scheme

The University of Reading is pleased to have been selected by the Home Office to take part in a small pilot scheme, which provides Master's level students the opportunity to benefit from a streamlined visa application process, and six months extra time on their Tier 4 visa to look for work.

The pilot scheme will cover Tier 4 visa applications made for entry in the academic year 2018/19. Find out more on the University of Reading website.

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.

Fees & funding


The programme fee is currently £35,000 (including £1,000 deposit and 1 compulsory study visit to South Africa, with flights and any necessary visas at an additional cost).

Next intake: September 2019

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

Fee Breakdown

Tuition Fee Breakdown for the Full-time MBA - September 2019 intake.

Other sources of external funding

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. These loans are open to UK residents.

Grants Scholarships - UK & Overseas

The Grants Register, published by Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 1403921164), is the most authoritative and comprehensive guide available about postgraduate grants and professional funding worldwide. Each entry has been verified by the awarding bodies concerned ensuring that every piece of information is accurate. As an annual publication, each edition also provides the most current details available today. Copies are available in the reference section of most public libraries.

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I did not think I had a lot to learn about working in a team, however, in the teams at Henley with the great mix of people, experience, culture and nationality, I have had a totally new and very enjoyable experience.

Full-time 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.

Full-time MBA Scholarships and Bursaries 2019

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to support outstanding applicants for our Full-time MBA in 2019.

Henley Business School Full-time MBA Scholarships 2019


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 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 September 2019 intake of the Full-time MBA programme. We are looking for exceptional candidates who will add considerable value to the programme based on an outstanding academic or professional background. Applicants will be considered based on the strength of their MBA application, including the essay questions and the interview.

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 including two x 100% awards. Scholarships cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.


12 months

End date information

Applicants holding a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Full-time 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 and by 28 June 2019 at the latest if they wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Henley Business School Full-time MBA Bursaries 2019


A bursary provides financial assistance to a student whose personal circumstances demonstrate the need for financial support.


Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for the September 2019 intake of the Full-time MBA programme. To be considered for a bursary, there is a section on the application form for candidates to state their financial need and awards are decided based on both the strength of the applicant and their individual circumstances.

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.


A number of awards between 15% and 50% of the programme fees for 2019 may be awarded. Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.


12 months

End date information

Applicants will need to hold a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Full-time MBA for 2019 in order to be considered. 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 and by 28 June 2019 at the latest if they wish to be considered for a bursary.