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  • Blend academic theory with business and management practice
  • Emphasis on one-to-one coaching and small group learning
  • Knowledgeable, experienced and supportive academic staff

The Executive MBA at Winchester is ideal for managers who want to develop the strategic knowledge and skills essential for successful careers in organisations with a sustainable outlook. The course balances theoretical knowledge with grounded discussions of key themes including consumer marketing, leadership and power in organisations, innovation and sustainability, financial management, and the new frontiers in technology and data insight. This approach provides you with valuable personal and professional frameworks which can be readily applied to your working environment.

You will increase your ability to creatively and systematically apply knowledge from multiple data sources and develop your capability to communicate ideas clearly in order to influence a wide variety of specialist and nonspecialist audiences.

You will engage with a wide range of academic literature, the latest business case materials and live business cases, reflecting on your managerial experiences before applying theories and ideas to your own working environment. Our highly interactive, small-group seminar sessions encourage you to explore and build upon the diversity of working backgrounds for the benefit of the whole group.


The Executive MBA at Winchester is designed to enhance the skills and careers of practising managers and professionals.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and Teaching

We pride ourselves on our small-group teaching led by our knowledgeable, experienced and supportive academic staff.

Classroom sessions are highly interactive and build on the diversity of students' work experience for the benefit of the whole cohort. Small groups provide opportunities for a person-centred approach to teaching, frequent small group discussions and the application of knowledge to students' own working environments.

Start date: January

Teaching takes place: Weekends (all day Friday and Saturday). Students attend one weekend each calendar month, and each module is taught over two weekends.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.


Each core module requires one piece of coursework, and a written summative report based on a practical business issue. Students must pass Research Methods in Business prior to submitting their dissertation.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.




Students are expected to have a minimum of two years' work experience, usually in a middle-management role, and a first or second-class Honours degree or equivalent. Senior managers with substantial experience, but without a first degree, are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Year 1: Level 7

Modules Credits

Leadership 15

This module is aimed at developing an understanding of the complex, dynamic and competing expectations different stakeholders now hold in relation to businesses and the people who lead them.
Students will develop their capacity to build trust and lead others in a responsible manner across organisational boundaries, whether or not they have been given formal authority. By building an in-depth awareness of their own preferences, values and behaviours, they will learn to exercise influence across a wide range of situations, leading teams, engaging staff, expanding social capital and communicating with diverse stakeholder groups all in an ethical and responsible manner. This module is aimed at developing in students, a critical understanding of the key issues and concepts in the responsible leadership, management and influence of people in an era of globalisation and rapid change. On completion of the module, students should be able to critically evaluate themselves as effective leaders and influencers in a range of situations. Following on from this module, and drawing on the two self-development modules, students will be able to create and act upon a course of effective and continuing leadership and self-development.

Sustainability, Ethics and Responsibility 15

This module introduces the principles of responsible management as presented in the United Nations PRME and Global Compact frameworks. The module draws on and engages with on-going debate concerning the social, economic, environmental, moral and ethical dimensions of business in a global world. Students will critically examine the policy and application of responsible management in their own organisations and industry sector, as they reflect on their personal and professional role in creating sustainable business value.

Markets and Consumers 15

The Markets and Consumers module exposes students to the social, economic, and environmental issues relevant to the study of commercial activities and markets.  It examines the business world as a complex, socially-constructed arena where commercial and social exchanges occur and where marketing externalities, such as consumerism and marketing’s impact on more vulnerable segments, are critically examined. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to examine these issues within an international/global context with a focus on practical business applications. Emphasis is placed on analysing issues at the nexus of macro environmental forces, strategy, business relationships, marketing and societal welfare.

Financial Accounting 15

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of financial planning, control and decision making by exploring the relationship between the production of information and its subsequent use, communication and interpretation in the business/organisation. These skills will enable managers to support the key tasks of planning, controlling and decision making to create value. The manager should be able to develop a level of confidence in their ability to use, communicate and question financial information.

The module will investigate the production and subsequent use and interpretation of quantitative (mainly financial) and qualitative information. The module will assess the contribution of high-quality corporate governance to long-term company performance, including the implementation of an ethical and sustainable approach to business. Finally, the module will prepare students to communicate complex information in a format that is suitable for a business audience.

Students will develop an understanding of financial reporting and analysis and the contexts in which financial reporting and financial decision-making take place. The technical content of the module is based on IFRS and international examples are used to facilitate students’ development of a global financial perspective. Framework based teaching is used to enhance students conceptual understanding of technical material and to encourage the development of technical knowledge and critical analysis relevant to a business audience.

Innovation and Change 15

This module approaches the challenge of change from the perspective of the individual manager and seeks to develop a deeper appreciation of how their changing world can be better understood. The emphasis is on organisational change, and related concepts of innovation and knowledge management, exploring the dynamic capabilities needed to manage organisations in increasingly turbulent global business environments. At a practical level the module will explore student’s experiences of change, how they interpret change, ways in which they can study change, choices and responses to change, and implications for their professional development.

Insight Management 15

This module will provide students with an understanding of the insight management function and will equip them with key skills in insight generation and delivery for business decision-making. The ability to harness the ever-expanding amounts of data is transforming our ability to understand the world and everything within it. The ‘datafication of the world’ is associated with an increased use of different and new types of data such as text, video, Internet data, sensor data, financial transactions, and credit card payments etc.

The module will develop students’ ability to critically evaluate approaches to generating ideas and insight through creative thinking techniques, within both divergent and convergent processes. They will explore ways in which we make sense of the information around us, examining consumer decision and business decision processes. The ethical implications of the use of insight management techniques will recur throughout the module.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 15

Enterprise and entrepreneurship are recognised as phenomena fundamental to global economic growth and development, thanks both to the importance of small firms as the mainstay of most economies and the vital role played by dynamic and innovative new ventures. This module views enterprise and entrepreneurship through a comparative global perspective, within a sustainable and ethical framework. It sets out to develop students’ understanding of theoretical debates in enterprise and entrepreneurship scholarship and their ability to assess them, with a grounding in opportunity-focused behavioural perspectives and their critical alternatives.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship are inherently practical activities, and the module also discusses a set of tools and models used to examine enterprising practice in local, regional and global contexts. Students learn how to evaluate new opportunities and the venture-building and sustainability strategies of the entrepreneurs who grasp those opportunities. They also develop skills in researching, developing and implementing innovative new business models and communicating the results to both scholarly and practitioner audiences.

Strategy in Organisations 15

Strategic management is the primary decision-making function of senior managers in public, private and third-stream organisations, regardless of scale, ownership or location. This module considers the process of strategic management from theoretical, analytical and practical perspectives and the points of view of a range of stakeholders. It aims to equip students with the ideas and conceptual tools they will need to understand organisational strategic practice and act in a wide range of conditions. They will learn to evaluate an organisation’s internal competences and financial resources, and to respond to rapid environmental change.

Through discussion of differing theoretical perspectives and their application to local and global case studies, students consider the issues that arise as organisations pursue opportunities for sustainability and growth while subject to contextual parameters, competitive pressures and financial constraints. They will engage in research individually and in groups to evaluate organisational performance but will also learn to develop and apply practical solutions and strategic options. These concepts and practical approaches are firmly embedded within paradigms of sustainability and of ethical management practice.

Research Methods in Business 20

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in any area of business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Dissertation 40

The dissertation enables students to specialise in a work-based or industry/sector specific area of interest, by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings in relation to the wider business, industry and sector issues.

The dissertation is focussed on developing the critical analysis, knowledge and insight required to address highly relevant work-based or industry/sector challenges. The skills developed during this process are of great value to employers, demonstrating the ability to critically and forensically investigate a significant business-related issue or opportunity. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at DBA or PhD level.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees - MBA*

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Part-time entry | £6,165 p/a

Total Cost | £12,330

*2019 fees are subject to Board approval.


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Core Text: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the popularity of some books, there will not be enough copies for every student. It is advised that students seek to purchase their own books - second hand copies are often available. Indicative cost: £350 


Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

Part-time only: 24 months
Typical offer
First or second-class Honours degree with a minimum of two years' work experience.
On campus, Winchester