Core classes

Rapidly build your existing knowledge

As part of your Executive MBA programme, you will complete core modules that cover the general functions of management, explore essential business topics and equip you with the skills to be an effective and inspiring leader in your field.

Each module provides you with a solid grounding in business theory and practice. The emphasis is on applied learning, giving you a chance to test your understanding through case studies and simulations. You will be placed in diverse syndicate groups. These groups consist of students from a variety of cultural and industry backgrounds to ensure that you gain the widest possible perspective from the MBA experience.

As an Executive MBA participant, you will work through around 16 hours of material for each module online, split into one-hour cells, using our highly interactive online learning tools before each of your in-class sessions. The interactive integrated preparation cells are online and available for you to take when it suits you in the run up to each in-class visit. In the online preparation periods, you will cover key concepts and theories supported by our teaching assistants. You will then attend lectures at our campus in South Kensington, London, once a month, all day on Friday and Saturday, for 10 of the 12 months in your first year. In August and January, an additional two days will be added for core module exams.

You can apply the knowledge and skills gained from this programme immediately back in the workplace, fast-tracking the learning process.

On the Executive MBA, you learn Accounting skills and get a background in Managerial Economics and Corporate Finance. Alongside this, you get to develop soft skills as well, such as understanding how organisations work, how to lead, inspire and manage people and projects. For instance, in the Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success and Organisational Behaviour modules, we have explored topics such as negotiation and charisma. These soft skills are fantastically valuable for any aspect of one’s life.

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Core modules

This module aims to contribute to your managerial potential by explaining the techniques of financial management accounting and examining the relevance to broader issues of decision-making and organisational control.

During the module, you will develop the ability to:

  • Appreciate the different uses of financial and management accounting information for a wide range of decisions relating to financial performance, corporate social responsibility and governance, and business sustainability
  • Evaluate the uses and shortcomings of published financial accounts having a command of the basic accounting concepts and principles of underlying accounting information systems
  • Appreciate the contribution of different forms of cost analysis to the analysis of short-run and long-run management decisions
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of management accounting information and systems in supporting management control of organisational effectiveness, responsibility and sustainability.

This module provides a framework for analysing financial markets and showing how they interact with the key decisions of firms. It enables you to understand the role of assets, pricing, and the interaction between the economy and financial variables.

It give an overview of the two key financial instruments – Stocks and Bonds, introduces the key derivatives markets – Futures and Options, examines Portfolio Analysis and the risk return trade-off, introduces the concepts of risk and return in financial markets and the relevance of diversification, and how return is related to risk through the Capital Asset Pricing Model.

Corporate Finance will extend your understanding of company valuation and investment appraisal, introducing the concept of the cost of capital and how it can be calculated. It shows how companies are financed and how to decide between different types of finance.

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and experience in this important topic which involves innovation and corporate entrepreneurship as core elements. The module introduces you to the themes which are relevant if you want to clearly develop innovation as a corporate activity. It introduces you into entrepreneurial thinking styles that are important to develop radical forms of innovation in your company.

This module introduces basic economic concepts of practical value in business life, providing a conceptual framework for assessing the interaction between firms and markets, and identifying the ways in which profit opportunities arise in markets and can be effectively exploited.

It will provide a framework for modelling the interaction between consumers and producers, study alternative market structures ranging from monopoly to perfect competition, and enable you to identify and analyse strategic interaction between market participants.

Among business disciplines, marketing is the primary contact point between a business and its customers. Nearly everybody will, at some point in their career, wear a marketing hat. Understanding marketing will help you whether you are an accountant, a consultant, a programmer, a banker, or a museum curator. Appreciating customer needs and how to marshal the resources of an organisation to meet those needs are crucial skills in today’s business world.

This module develops a general management viewpoint in planning and evaluating marketing decisions, from both strategic (e.g., market selection, firm objective, etc.) and tactical (e.g., promotion, pricing, etc.) perspectives. The module will also help you to understand how marketing decisions are affected by organisational and environmental influences.

This module provides a framework for understanding organisations and managing some of their key processes. It will also provide an opportunity to think about yourself as a leader and how you can develop your leadership skills.

During the module, you will develop the ability to:

  • Analyse motivation problems in an organisational context
  • Manage basic team dynamics
  • Design effect organisations
  • Manage the intricacies of power and influence in organisational life
  • Analyse and manage organisational culture
  • Think critically about their own leadership skills and how to develop themselves as a leader.

Management consists of a set of universal skills that are well understood and can be learned. One of the most important of these skills, and one closely related to organisational success, is leadership. Leadership consists of how each one of us makes a unique difference to the challenges we face with people and projects.

Each session of the module will focus on a number of themes and will involve a blend of activities. The module begins with a general introduction to leadership and then moves on to studying personal aspects of leadership. As the module progresses, we will be paying attention to more organisation-based aspects, finishing off with sessions for personal action planning.

The field of strategic management is replete with different definitions of strategy. The most common understanding is that strategy is about how an organisation achieves an advantage in a competitive, fast-paced environment by harnessing its resources and competencies over relatively long periods of time, in pursuit of specific goals. Strategy is shaped by the external market conditions as well as the resources available to management internally (including the firm’s internal structure, systems and culture). This integration of the external and internal perspectives provides the basic framework for strategic thinking.

As part of our commitment to diversity, students are expected to enrich their experience and gain new cultural insights by studying a language such as Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian or Arabic, using a technology-driven approach. All students will have access to language classes on campus and premium access to an innovative app which will allow you to learn a new language during your MBA.