Programme outline

Lecturer in action

An immersive learning experience enabling participants to make immediate impact.

Starting in January and September the Oxford Executive MBA programme is arranged into 16 week-long modules. The majority of modules run from Monday to Friday and most take place in Oxford, with at least two modules taking place internationally. View our module dates.


Core modules

In the first academic year, participants complete nine core mandatory modules offering a comprehensive understanding of modern business. On these core modules, you will enhance your general management skills and knowledge to deliver the changes needed in your organisation and influence strategic decision making at the most senior level. 

The core modules cover:

  • Accounting
  • Analytics
  • Business Finance
  • Firms and Markets
  • Global Rules of the Game (India)
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Technology and Operations Management

In the second academic year, you will undertake two compulsory modules:

Elective modules

For every class, electives are aligned with current developments in management and business and students select their preferred choices.

Electives give you the chance to focus on certain subject areas to strengthen your current skill set, improve on your weaker areas, or focus on the more important areas for your organisation. You will select a minimum of six modules, with a maximum of eight.

Example electives:

Please note that two core modules and at least one elective module take place outside the UK. These modules combine intensive study with visits to companies, group presentations and lectures from faculty staff, government and industry leaders.

Integrative modules

The Oxford Executive MBA includes integrative modules which draw together and apply themes and topics studied on the programme. 

These core themes are entrepreneurial thinking (which includes a group entrepreneurship project), strategic leadership and global complexities and risk.

Teaching and learning methods

Executives in class

Alongside traditional teaching methods, you will have the chance to reflect on your own individual experiences and work with your peers.

The modules in Oxford UK, India and China are a catalyst for a shared learning experience between the cohort as well as face-to-face time with our faculty. Each course is taught intensively with 24 contact hours covering case studies and highly interactive lectures which require significant independent reading beforehand. In addition, study groups are formed to facilitate collaborative learning through debate, discussion and presentation. Between sessions, additional coursework is to be completed online, both individually and in virtual groups.

Sample lecture

EMBA sample lecture

Experience our teaching style on the Oxford Executive MBA.

Accreditation and membership


This is a combination of examinations and group/individual assignment dependent on the module. Assessments take place at the end of each module. More information about the assessments can be found in the programme handbook.


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


Membership of Association

Global Network for Advanced Management