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Oxford Executive MBA

Oxford Executive MBA

What can you expect as a student on this programme?

The Oxford Executive MBA (EMBA) is a generalist degree designed to be both intellectually challenging and stimulating, equipping you with essential skills which allow you to specialise and then pursue these specialisms through a variety of electives and business projects. 

Programme aims

The education aims of the programme are:

  • The study of organisations, their management, and the changing external environment in which they operate.

  • Preparation for and development of a career in business and management.

  • Enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large. 

  • Produce Oxford Executive MBA graduates equipped to integrate a range of functional skills and specialisms.

  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advancement of management research and the needs of the global business community.

Programme outcomes

The outcomes of the programme are: 

  • The programme will provide an analytical and integrated study of business and management, which will result in an understanding of organisations, how they are managed, and the external environment within which they operate. 

  • The study of organisations will result in an understanding of their purpose, structure, operations, management, and governance. 

  • Students will be equipped with a thorough understanding of the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations. They should understand the important theories, models, frameworks of analysis and roles of management. 

  • Students will also understand how organisations are influenced by the external environment, in particular the institutional framework within which they operate (including legal, political, and ethical consideration) and the influence of economic, technological, and environmental factors on the strategy, behaviour, and management of organisations.

Within this general framework, you will understand customers, markets, human resources, operations, innovation, entrepreneurship, information systems, finance, business ethics, business strategy, and the economic and political environment.

Teaching and learning methods

The methods used to enable you to gain the requisite knowledge and understanding are:

  • Classes: Each course will be taught intensively with 24 contact hours split between case studies and lectures. Highly interactive lectures require significant preparation before class. You will be encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and to broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

  • Study Groups: You will work in study groups, which facilitate collaborative learning. Many classes will require presentations of your analysis of predesignated work/case studies. 

  • Online: Between sessions, you will use the School's intranet to complete additional course work, both individually and in virtual groups. Individual access to essential readings and a range of material from academic and business sources is provided for each course.

In addition, you will be expected to make use of the wide range of business research tools made available through the School's online library resources, including company reports, financial market data, academic and practitioner articles. 


The assessment schedule is a flexible combination of examinations, and group and individual assignments, subject to the restriction that at least 70% of marks for all modules should be allocated on an individual basis. Assessment will be performed at the end of each module. 

Practical and transferable skills

The practical and transferable skills gained on this programme are:

  • Leadership

  • Business communication, presentation, and report writing skills

  • Group working/team building

  • Negotiation skills

  • Critical analysis

  • A range of skills in research/IT

  • Resource and time management skills

  • Development of autonomous learning

  • Academic report writing.

Learning support

On the programme you will be divided into study groups that are structured to be inclusive and diverse. The School will hold an intensive two-day induction programme during which time the Programme Director will introduce the course and present information on the projects to be undertaken, as well as information on support services.


The final award on this programme is a Masters in Business Administration.


The Oxford Executive MBA is accredited by AMBA.




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