Executive Master of Business Administration MBA

Key Facts

  • Level


  • Duration

    Distance Learning: 2 Years

  • Starting

    September, February

  • UK Fees 24/25

    Full Time: £11,800

  • Distance Learning Fees 24/25

    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 Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is a well-recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated professionals who are seeking career advancement or consolidation. 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 will help improve your management practice and will equip you with the essential leadership skills, confidence, and competence to achieve your organisation’s objectives.

As organisations grapple with continued complex change and disruption, employers are demanding more than ever that leaders are equipped to face these challenges with confidence and expertise. The Executive MBA programme at the University of Northampton is a contemporary and market-focused programme aimed at middle and senior managers across the commercial, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The programme will develop students’ strategic and critical thinking skills to manage complex, multidimensional issues in a dynamic and uncertain business environment. Strong analytical and decision-making skills will be fostered through engagement with a wide range of business concepts, tools, and technologies which are applied in organisational and industry contexts. Students will be encouraged to reflect on and develop their skills and competencies alongside deepening knowledge and expertise.

The programme is recognised and accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

This course is available via Distance Learning, and we have two programme starts in the year: January and September. This mode of delivery is supported by live online sessions, though the sessions will also be recorded.

If you have any questions about the programme you can email the Programme Leader, Dinusha Boteju: dinusha.boteju@northampton.ac.uk

Updated 11/06/2024


  • The programme is recognised and accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
  • Enhance your employment opportunities with a globally recognised master’s 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.

    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.

    Studying through 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 the modules will be delivered at specific times during the academic year, so you will need to complete modules within the specified schedule.

    As it is recognised the students might have been out of academia for several years due to being in employment, the “Skills for MBA Study” module at the start of the programme, will help to support students to get back into academic study.

    The learning materials are provided on our virtual learning platform. We also have online sessions which are usually held during weekdays, but which will also be recorded. We recommend students make arrangements to attend these online sessions to maximise the learning experience.

  • 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 master’s 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.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £11,800
    • 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.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

    2023/24 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)

    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.

  • 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 learners who have already gained substantial experience in their fields. Meanwhile, MBA programs are typically studied on a full-time basis and are suited to individuals with less managerial experience.

    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.

    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.


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.