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Executive MBA

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Reasons to study Executive MBA at De Montfort University:

The Executive MBA is designed for business leaders who want to develop rich and versatile skill sets with which to manage the complex social, cultural, technical and organizational issues in contemporary business markets and environments.

The highly original approach of the Executive MBA addresses and responds to the changing demands and interactive situations of modern executive roles and consequently contrasts with many existing programmes which tend to offer standardised functional-style approaches and suites of modules.

Through this course you will experience blended and integrated learning experiences, using an original and flexible approach, which will allow you to develop agility and flexibility in response to the challenges of the 21st century careers. This will be achieved through a programme which has been developed around an innovative ‘project-based’ module structure which nurtures and necessitates composite and combined skills, techniques and knowledge. As a consequence, the Leicester Castle Executive MBA experience will build and enhance your judgement, confidence and self-awareness. 

Upon successful completion you will also be awarded with a Level 7 professional qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The course will be delivered by a range of inspiring and intellectual leaders, including Professor Dana Brown, Strategic Management Professor Paul Hughes, Professor Peter Stokes, Dr Amanda Berlan, Dr Regina Frank and Visiting Professor Michael Schaeffer. With their exemplary experience and expertise within the field, so you can be sure you will be learning alongside leading experts.

  • Leicester Castle Business School is an official higher education partner of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

  • Create value for you and your business with options to develop projects around real business problems and ideas.

  • Study flexibly via blended and integrated learning experiences enhancing your ability to respond to complex and changing environments.

  • You will enhance your career potential by enriching your knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational settings and operations.

  • You will develop your professional skills by studying and learning with leading professor-practitioners who are operating at the leading edges of their respective knowledge-practice sectors.

  • You will have the opportunity to practice leadership and decision making through project based learning which will develop your expertise.

  • You will develop an international network throughout your studies in a place where a unique group of people converge with the potential to form lifelong friendships, and in some cases business partnerships.

  • You will have the opportunity to participate in international trips to gain a global outlook.


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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
September: N10083

Start date:
September 2019

24 months part-time 

Fees and funding: 
2019/20 entry: £21,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
September 2019: N10083

Start date: 
September 2019

24 months part-time option

Fees and funding: 
2019/20 entry: £21,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

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

Leicester Castle Business School

The Leicester Castle Business School, part of De Montfort University, is here to meet the needs of 21st century business. Going 'Beyond Business As Usual' we offer a unique accessible learning environment that invites students to challenge convention, giving them the opportunity and tools to think, create and inspire.

Hugh Aston Building

The Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million, includes lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

Opportunities and careers

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Vedica Scholars Programme for Women

Based in New Delhi, Vedica scholars offer an exciting programme which is focussed on coaching young women to prosper in the workplace. LCBS works in partnership with Vedica, providing expertise which will benefit your experience.



You will have the opportunity to participate in the #DMUlocal programme which was created by De Montfort University Leicester (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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