At a glance
- Take control of your future direction, and reflect upon your performance and achievement
- Strengthen your knowledge and skills by applying practical learning to international business issues
- Acquire invaluable international insights from an array of industries
- Take part in life-changing global immersion study trips to solve real business problems
- Study a part-time, flexible MBA degree while continuing to work in your current role
- Gain a triple-accredited professional qualification (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB)
- Subject area(s)
- Business & Management
- Course length
- 21 or 27 months
- Suitable for
- Senior executives, entrepreneurs, aspiring business leaders and those preparing for board-level positions
The Global Executive MBA uniquely delivers proven leadership teaching with international insight. It builds on our flagship Executive MBA which has been running for over 50 years.
The programme will empower you to become an exceptional leader who thinks and acts with clarity, confidence and conviction. Personal and professional development are woven into the fabric of our MBA degree.
You’ll gain a profound understanding of yourself as well as clarity on your future career direction and goals. Our experienced and inspiring tutors will support and challenge you every step of the way.
The Global Executive MBA is a part-time programme that runs for 21 months (with flexibility to extend to 27 months).
You will take part in two Global Immersion Study trips. First, you’ll work with an NGO, charity or start-up in the USA or China. Next, you will travel to South Africa, to make a direct impact on organisations grappling with critical social issues.
At Henley, we place great importance on building a community of peers that stretches beyond the length of the MBA. This flexible MBA is a truly international experience, with a global focus to its syllabus and research projects.
Understand your leadership strengths and how to use them to maximum effect in your role
Deepen your knowledge and achieve your personal and professional goals
Work on live challenges common in emerging markets and interact with start-ups in advanced markets at an international level
Benefit from highly-experienced, inspiring academic tutors
Meet, and share experiences with, an array of like-minded multinational professionals from a wide range of industries
The Executive MBA – Global typically runs for a total of 21 months and is broken down into three stages (see the March 21 study schedule). We provide 21 hours of contact time for each module to give you the hands-on support you need to excel.
Stage 1 Modules
18 days’ attendance over 5 months
Next, you will study how to effectively analyse, plan, control and monitor your organisation’s finances.
From our Copenhagen campus, you will develop an awareness of the issues and practices that affect people management.
Lay the foundation for future success with a thorough grounding in the design and implementation of goods and services delivery.
Your own future direction is the sole focus of Stage 1’s final module. Reflect upon your own learning and performance, and plan for your personal and professional development.
Stage 2 Modules
29 days’ attendance over 6 months
You will visit China or the US as part of this module to work with a start-up, NGO or charity. Use this exciting opportunity to apply this module’s core strategic concepts and frameworks in real life.
Your own future direction is the sole focus of Stage 2’s final module. Reflect upon your own learning and performance, and plan for your personal and professional development.
This is the most life-changing module for most participants. You will travel to South Africa to help a start-up or NGO understand and improve its key stakeholder relationships. You will oversee this project from start to finish, and see the real-life impact of its implementation.
Next, you will examine integral marketing strategies for the international stage. This module has a particular focus on ethical and socially responsible marketing strategies.
You will return to the UK to get to grips with the fundamental principles of strategic thinking and decision making.
Stage 3 Modules
13 days’ attendance over 4 months*
*You will also complete a final project or dissertation and assignments.
As you enter the final stage of your MBA degree, you will deepen your understanding of key leadership models.
Your own future direction is the sole focus of Stage 3’s final module. Reflect upon your own learning and performance, and plan for your personal and professional development.
You also have the choice of taking additional taught and online modules, or a further international study visit module.
Destination and dates to be confirmed
Taught and online electives include: Corporate Finance, Brand Strategy, Managing International HRM, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, and Digital Marketing.
The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.
The Henley MBA offers you a unique personal and professional development experience.
The programme brings together a hand-picked, diverse group of leaders in a unique learning context and environment.
You shouldn’t expect to spend a lot of time in a traditional classroom. Instead, our teaching approach is highly practical, and you will spend a significant amount of time working on real-life projects.
During these overseas experiences, you will work on challenges for NGOs and charities in emerging markets such as South Africa. You’ll also experience first-hand interaction with innovative start-ups in the USA or fast-growing firms in China.
With a global syllabus and multinational cohorts, this is not your average MBA degree.
For one thing, you can expect significantly more support from your lecturers, with at least 21 hours of contact time during each module. You’re not just another student: we invest in you, just as you invest in us.
To join this Henley MBA programme you will need:
- Three year's management experience
- Good first degree or equivalent professional or international qualification*
- Evidence of competence in English**
- You must be able to gain access to company data for assignment purposes.
- You may be required to attend, via Skype, in person or telephone, a skills based interview with a senior member of Henley staff focusing on the following behaviours and competencies:
- Commercial and business awareness
- Team working
- Multitasking and time management
- Resilience and flexibility
For application support or clarification, please contact our MBA Team.
How to apply
All applicants must submit:
- Application form
- CV (please see example template, CV review is available)
- Personal statement
- Two professional references
- Degree transcript and certificate
- Proof of English language ability (if applicable)
Please see the entry requirements and application form notes before submitting your application. We are currently reviewing applications for the next intake. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be considered for a place.
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 at least 4 weeks before the programme commences. Please note our Admissions team can take 10-14 days to respond to your application.
Terms and conditions
*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 here.
- 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.
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.
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.
- March 2021
- October 2021
Fee reductions are available for some applicants. Please contact email@example.com for information on qualified reductions.
Example Tuition Fee Breakdown for the Executive MBA - Global 2021 intakes.
- 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.
Scholarships and bursaries
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|Suitable for:||Senior executives, entrepreneurs, aspiring business leaders and those preparing for board-level positions|
As part of our Global Executive MBA programme, you’ll benefit from invaluable career, leadership and professional development. This includes:
- Leveraging your strengths
- Leading with gravitas
- The art of negotiation
- Managing change and uncertainty
- Team work and intercultural dynamics
- Maintaining and strengthening resilience
- Improvisation and stand-up comedy
We also run additional professional development events to build your network, deepen your knowledge and help you achieve your career goals.
You’ll benefit from access to a qualified, experienced Executive Coach with whom you can discuss all aspects of your professional development.
You’ll also have access to a host of useful online resources, such as:
- VMock – online CV building tool
- Alumni Extra – webinar library covering a range of professional development topics
- PayNegotiation – online training package
We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.
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Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.
At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.
The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.
All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.
We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.
Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.
When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.
Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.
Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.
Henley Conference Centre and Hotel
Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.
History of Greenlands
Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.
Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.
The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.
Why choose Henley?
As one of the UK’s first business schools, Henley has been developing leaders for over 70 years. It’s not just about developing your professional skillset. Personal development is embedded in all our programmes and it is central to our Executive Global MBA.
We offer a special and unique learning experience. Our Greenlands campus and its 30 acres of beautiful parkland are situated on the banks of the River Thames.
Many students enjoy strolling by the river, cup of tea in hand, while they reflect on what they’re learning. The small cohorts of peers make it easy to strike up interesting conversations at any time.
At Henley, you’ll become a member of our community from day one. Community and collaboration are key to everything we do, and we’re known for our ‘syndicate’ method of study. This is a form of group learning that encourages students to draw from and reflect upon each other’s insights.
The benefits of studying at Henley Business School don’t stop after you graduate. You’ll become part of our vibrant alumni network of more than 80,000 business professionals, in 160 countries. This is a unique resource that will help build and support your career path.