Executive Master of Business Administration MBA

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Distance Learning: 2 Years

  • Starting:


  • UK Fees 23/24:

    Full Time: £11,800

  • Distance Learning Fees 23/24:

    Year One: £5,900 (90 Credits)
    Year Two: £5,900 (90 Credits)

  • Location:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

+44 (0)1604 893981


The programme is going through a redesign and the next expected cohort is January 2023. If you have any questions about the programme’s redesign you can email the Programme Leader, Dinusha Boteju: dinusha.boteju@northampton.ac.uk

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated professionals. Studying an Executive MBA degree will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills and enhancing your business knowledge and understanding. The Executive MBA course will improve your management practice and will equip you with the essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to achieve your organisation’s objectives. This course is available as MBA Distance Learning with a September and January intake.

Updated 15/05/2023


  • Enhance your employment opportunities with a globally recognised postgraduate qualification
  • Flexibility to study at your convenience

Course Content

  • While studying our Executive MBA course, you will learn to think laterally, challenge convention and offer informed solutions to business issues. You will gain valuable skills that will set you apart from colleagues, allowing you to progress to your full career potential.

    Your teaching will be delivered electronically, enabling you to balance study with your commitments at work and home, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities.

    You will be aided throughout the process by our supportive teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you. You will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online.

    With an Executive MBA, you can further enhance your employment opportunities, with a globally recognised postgraduate qualification. Additionally, MBA Distance Learning gives you the benefit of being able to balance study with your commitments at work and home. You can enjoy the flexibility to study at your convenience without the need to travel or physically attend classes. Please note that modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.

    Module information for our distance learning option can be found on the Executive MBA Distance Learning Award Map.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: BSOM046
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to evaluate relevant and appropriate concepts and applications of operations and supply chain management. It will also enable the students to critically analyse the complex issues underlying the topic. Moreover, the learners will have the opportunity to assess strategic decision making processes within their own organisations.
      • Module code: FINM036
        Status: Compulsory
        The module is designed to provide students with strategic knowledge and capability in the concepts and applications of accounting, quantitative methods, management information, and IT applications. The module equips participants with skills which enable critical interpretion and interrogation of accounting and financial information in corporate decision making contexts.
      • Module code: HRMM055
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop critical understanding of theories related to organisational behaviour and Human Resource Management. Students will engage in informed decision making and apply theoretical concepts in practice considering the contextual and subjective nature of the discipline.
      • Module code: HRMM058
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for learners to develop awareness of different business cultures across the world, and how this contributes to effective leadership. It will assess the relevance of classical theory and explore current perspectives to examine how organisations might balance leadership and a global perspective.
      • Module code: MKTM028
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip senior and aspiring senior managers with marketing knowledge and skills to help shape organisational success. The module will give participants a strategic perspective of marketing management and an understanding of the strategic marketing planning process.
      • Module code: STRM042
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to provide participants with an introduction to study on the MBA programme by making explicit the pervasive issues in business to which they will return throughout their MBA and will examine in detail in the Business Research Project. The module takes a critical perspective throughout, and sets the standards expected and required for students as they progress.
      • Module code: STRM043
        Status: Compulsory
        Successful organisations need to be flexible and adaptable to rapidly changing circumstances. For managers, this means being able to reconcile a diversity of strategic issues, no matter what their professional background. All managers need the capability to develop and interpret strategies for their organisations, both at corporate and business levels in order to seek competitive advantage in a fast-changing world where innovation and adaptability are key strategic weapons.
      • Module code: STRM044
        Status: Compulsory
        In the current international economic environment managers are frequently required to undertake project work in addition to their core responsibilities. Frequently these projects are focused upon investigating new opportunities or potential strategic changes in order to retain and extend competitive position within a turbulent business environment.This module aims to equip managers and aspiring managers with the necessary skills to undertake independent project work within a business environment. It will achieve this via asking participants to conduct an independent piece of research based upon an actual business case situation which may be industry or specific corporate focused. Specifically, participants are invited to pursue one of two possible approaches:1. An inductive study whereby participants are required to carry out a research project within a particular corporate or industry setting and derive some general management principles or theories.2. A deductive approach whereby participants are required to examine or test the validity of an existing management theory to a particular management context.
  • If you hold a first or second class honours degree from a British university, or equivalent qualification, and have a minimum of two years relevant management experience, you will be eligible to apply for this course.

    We will consider your application if you can prove any prior credit or experiential learning that is relevant to the course. As this postgraduate qualification will attract professional practitioners and managers, you may be admitted on the basis of an assessment of meaningful and measurable prior learning or professional experience.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 23/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Distance Learning: £5,900 (Year One 90 Credits) £5,900 (Year Two 90 Credits)

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    You will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Greece in 2017) in your first year. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £500 for flights and accommodation (if you are travelling from the UK). You will need to allow an additional £250 for your expenses.

    Please note: Additional fees, over and above your course fees, will be payable for the optional elements, for example for travel and accommodation for the Business Event or by the examination or membership bodies for membership and assessments associated with the qualifications.

    22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Distance Learning: £5,535 (Year One 90 Credits) £5,535 (Year Two 90 Credits)
  • What is the difference between an MBA and an Executive MBA?

    An EMBA is similar to a general MBA course, however, it is more suitable for individuals with senior management experience who are looking to further progress their career.

    Executive MBA courses tend to be studied part time or via Distance Learning to fit around work, and typically attract older students who have already gained substantial experience in the world of business.

    Unlike other postgraduate courses which provide in-depth specialisation in a particular field, an MBA is interdisciplinary. An MBA exposes you to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.

    What is the difference between an MBA and an Executive MBA?

    While both EMBA and MBA degrees focus on business development, have rigorous curriculums and are globally recognised, the distinction between them comes in the course design.

    Executive MBA courses are a more ideal option for those already working in business positions, such as in executive, manager or consultant roles, and who wish to fit their study around their day job.

    Meanwhile, MBA programs are typically studied on a full-time basis and are suited to individuals with less managerial experience.


Careers and Employability

Unlike other postgraduate programmes which provide in depth specialisation in a specific field, an MBA is interdisciplinary. An MBA exposes you to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.