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Flexible Executive MBA

At a glance

  • Triple accredited by the UK, European and US accrediting bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB)
  • Workshops held once every 2 months
  • Study with like-minded professionals from a wide variety of managerial backgrounds and industries
  • Personal and professional development
  • Optional overseas study trip in Stage 3
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Course length
30 months, part-time (including distance learning)
Suitable for
Mid-level and senior executives, entrepreneurs and aspiring leaders


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.

Key benefits

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

Compulsory modules

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.

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

Optional modules

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 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.

Next, you will examine integral marketing strategies for the international stage. This module has a particular focus on ethical and socially responsible marketing strategies.

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.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

As you enter the final stage of your MBA degree, you will deepen your understanding of key leadership models.

This is a project-based module, where you will investigate a significant management problem and produce a set of actionable solutions.

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Elective Options

A choice between the following:

Optional modules

Destination and dates to be confirmed

International trips are subject to easing of international travel restrictions, and decisions on whether to run these will be made in accordance with Government and University guidance.

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.

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.

This programme is 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 - Certification of English proficiency at work (PDF)**
  • You must be able to gain access to company data for assignment purposes.

How to apply

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 at least four weeks before the programme commences. Please note our Admissions team can take 10-14 days to respond to your application.

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

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, please consult the equivalent English Language Tests and scores.
  • 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 Flexible Executive MBA are £25,500*

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

Example tuition fee breakdown for Spring 2022 cohorts.

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

Next intake

November 2021
Spring 2022

Schedule for November 2021. For any further information, such as application deadlines, 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

Flexible Executive MBA Bursaries 2022

Accepting applications Applications for 2022 now open
Open to students enrolled on:
Award value A number of awards are available, typically 15% - 20% of the programme fee. Awards are decided based on both the strength of the applicant and the individual's circumstances. Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.
Closing date Applicants will need to hold a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley Flexible Executive MBA 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.

Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for 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.

How to apply:

To apply for this bursary candidates are required to complete the form which can be downloaded at the top of this page and return it to Anna Kite,, attaching a copy of your CV.

Flexible Executive MBA Scholarships 2022

Accepting applications Applications for 2022 now open
Open to students enrolled on:
Award value Several awards are available. Scholarships cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.
Closing date 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 at the latest one month before the programme start date and will not be considered after programme enrolment.

Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for 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.

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 at the top of this page and return it to Anna Kite,, attaching a copy of your CV.

Careers & Professional Development

On the Flexible Executive MBA programme you will receive valuable careers, leadership and professional development as part of the course. 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.

Finding us

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.

How to find us (PDF-1.15 MB)

Sports facilities

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.

Business facilities

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.

Conference Rooms

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.

Meeting Rooms

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 7593.
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