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Executive MBA

Study in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle, originally built in 1150 and benefiting from a recent £4.2 million refurbishment.


Reasons to study an Executive MBA at De Montfort University:

If you’re looking to turbo-charge your career and change the way you see your future and the world around you, then an Executive MBA can make the difference.

Perhaps you’re looking to evolve from a functional role to senior leadership role, maybe you want to build your strategic understanding of issues to tackle a complex project or perhaps you’re looking to venture into your own business with solid foundations.

Contemporary organisations and markets require talent who bring imaginative solutions to the table. This programme understands that complexity and offers an original approach to skill up executives. 

By studying this Executive MBA you will gain:

  • The ability to think critically about complex organisational challenges
  • An awareness of your strengths and vision to build into a career plan
  • Understanding of contemporary and cutting-edge theory that can be applied to your professional life from day one
  • A network of contacts and peers across sectors within the UK and abroad

Our Executive MBA has also been mapped to the Apprenticeship Senior Leaders Level 7 standard so your organisation, if eligible could use their apprenticeship levy to pay for it.


How DMU's Executive MBA approaches teaching:

  • Challenging orthodoxies. The pace at which the world is changing is too complex for linear thinking, and established approaches don’t always offer sustainable solutions. In this programme you will learn to ask alternative questions in unusual places. Organisations often chase failing strategies -- but the changing variables in our societies, culture and technological landscape require solutions of higher quality.
  • Flexible learning. We combine online with classroom learning, so you can have a balance between your working life and participating in this programme.
  • Expanding leadership through a variety of disciplines. As well as the staple modules built on business and management disciplines, our Executive MBA goes beyond business as usual by offering interdisciplinary knowledge, drawing in models from areas as diverse as theology, storytelling, psychology and theatre, just to name a few. This will enhance your judgement, and boost your analytical and critical skills.


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  • UK
  • EU/International

Programme code: N10083

Start date:
September 2023

24 months part-time 

Fees and funding

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £21,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Programme code: N10083

Start date: 
September 2023

24 months part-time

Fees and funding

2023/24 tuition fees for EU and international students: £21,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.


Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.
Professional qualifications deemed to be of equivalent standing will be considered on an individual basis. 

Additionally, a minimum of three years appropriate professional experience is required.

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

If you are an international student you may require a short-term study visa. If you require further information on this visa please visit the UK Government website.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all immigration rules and regulations are understood and followed and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have a valid visa during periods of study in the UK.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



Year 1

Leadership Practicum

This module will provide a novel and leading edge perspective on leadership in contemporary organisational contexts. It will allow you to explore a range of perspectives on leadership looking at, for example, conventional trait and situational theories of leadership and considering these in comparison with more facilitative, relational and discursive approaches such as, transformational, charismatic and distributive leadership.  Additionally, this work will be underpinned with coaching and mentoring and the module will provide rich and varied opportunities for you to contextualise your experiences.


Financial Decision Making

The Financial Decision Making module considers the dynamics of numerical data and information and your role in current business and management practices and business development. It will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face tutoring and distance learning and at different levels, in order to respond to different participant pre-accomplishment and ability. The module will employ case studies which illustrate how to interpret and effectively utilise financial information in a manner which adds value to business decisions and integrates financial information in the light of the realities of business strategy shaping in the contemporary era.


Strategy in Turbulent Times

The module will use a simulation and the teaching will be based around various aspects of understanding of the questions and situations generated. Business analytics will be covered during this module together with opportunities to work with techniques on real case studies and live business issues. The module will take you through conventional linear representations of strategy and progress to demonstrate and provide hands-on experience, through relating this back to your own professional experiences, to more incremental, complex and transformational approaches. Crucially, you will learn why strategies fail and succeed.

Year 2

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Settings

This module allows you to explore your academic and professional experiences in a novel context and engage in innovative and entrepreneurial behaviours. The work of the module is constructed around a number of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. Current business challenges point at the need for new ways of thinking and new solutions. Such approaches can also be a driver for wider social change. The module introduces you to models and debates in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, and examines some of the realities of rendering these operational. This module will also integrate research methods and field research, such as the field business project at Chiang Mai (Thailand). The team have access to a wide range of potential projects including, for example, Cocoa supply change management.


Business and Sustainability

Sustainability presents a contemporary domain in which organisations and business are obligated to balance constraints and pressures from both internal and external sources. Senior organisational figures and executives feel compelled to behave appropriately and therein resides a challenge – how to keep up-to-date with the latest information and research when resources in terms of time and work pressures are scarce. This module addresses the need for current and relevant research delivered in an applied manner so as to build and reinforce effectiveness, judgement and confidence in the contested area of business and sustainability. The module will be mindful of being presented without jargon yet will use and contextualise leading edge research with a view to stimulating novel and critical reflection on issues which are central and critical to organizational international business policy.


Future of Work and Organizations

This module is a capstone for the course. You will examine a wide range of stimulating and interesting topics emerging around, for example, the impact of artificial intelligence, crowdfunding, social enterprises, and virtual organisations. The module will include a series of company visits with the possibility of inter-institutional collaborative seminars. Students will relate the material of the module to the other modules of the programme drawing out inter-disciplinary and cross-modular themes and learning.


Teaching and assessment 

The Leicester Castle Business School combines academic knowledge with consultancy experience, gathered from their work with organisations as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, Topshop and Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust. We also host leaders and practitioners in the classroom, who share their experience and insights.

As well as exploring a range of academic perspectives, Executive MBA students learn through a variety of dynamic methods:

  • Project-based knowledge. There are a range of opportunities to apply your new knowledge, whether you’re exploring a challenge in your organisation, tackling your final capstone project or joining our international immersive treks to businesses and communities around the world.
  • Simulations. A gamified method of learning about you, teams and the realities of decision-making in real time. You will participate in a strategy simulation and a financial simulation.
  • Discussion-based learning. Our faculty are trained to also drawn on the knowledge of the highly diverse and experienced participants in the programme, facilitating group discussions throughout each of the modules.
  • Personal development and career coaching. You will advance your confidence and self-awareness through emotional and psychological profiling, followed by a series of one-to-one coaching sessions that shed light on your career plan.


Teaching is delivered through a mix of assessment methods such as, presentations, time-constrained assessments, case analysis and reports.  Part of the rationale for this mix is to assess different skills which enable you to collect, prioritise, assimilate and disseminate information in different contexts. 


Chartered Management Institution

Leicester Castle Business School is an HE accredited partner of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
The CMI (the Chartered Management Institute) is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building


You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.


Library services


On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


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You will have the opportunity to participate in the #DMUlocal programme which was created by  DMU to make a significant contribution to the social and economic development of Leicester and bring positive change across the city. By working alongside Leicester City Council and other organisations you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting projects that meet the needs of communities and have a transformative impact.

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Innovation Centre

You will have the opportunity to engage with our entrepreneurial community and become inspired by new ideas and ways of working. The innovation centre provides a platform for entrepreneurs, students and graduates to shape your business and innovative ideas.

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