About the course

Studying an MBA can transform the way you think and the way you work, change the way others see you and open up new leadership and management opportunities.

This MBA enables you to develop the critical and reflective strategic leadership skills you need to succeed in an uncertain world, challenging your assumptions, cultivating flexible thinking, effective decision making and responsible management. 

The MBA at a glance

  • Start Date: January and September 
  • Duration: 2.5 years (part time)
  • Delivery: 10 block teaching weekends (Friday - Sunday)
  • Assessment: Combination of exams, presentations, written assignments and projects
  • Award: MBA or MBA (Senior Leader Apprenticeship)

How to apply for the MBA

The Executive MBA has specific guidelines for applications. For information on accompanying documents required, interviews and entry criteria for the Hertfordshire Executive MBA, please visit our How to apply page for all the relevant details.

Degree Apprentice applicants should contact be@herts.ac.uk

Professional MBA Scholarship

To apply for the scholarship you need to demonstrate how you have benefited your organisation over the past 5 years, showed critical thinking and strong leadership skills and overcame specific business challenges. You will also need explain why this is the appropriate stage in your career to apply for the MBA.

Please note that if you apply and receive the Professional MBA Scholarship you will not eligible for any other University scholarships.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Master of Business Administration
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Master of Business Administration

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Why choose this course?

The Hertfordshire Executive MBA is a distinctive course that will expand your mind and your network. The course offers you:

  • Earn a highly respected Master of Business Administration (MBA) studying part time alongside your existing job.
  • Take a life-changing professional journey and expand your mind, skills, career potential and professional network.
  • Challenge your assumptions and gain a critical, reflexive approach to strategic leadership and management.
  • Focus on industry best practice and live consultancy, underpinned by cutting-edge research.
  • Make a powerful difference to your organisation by developing a strategic, global outlook and experience of everything from accounting to marketing.

Key staff

Dr Neil Greenley
Director of the Hertfordshire Executive MBA
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Sammi Pruden
MBA Coordinator 01707285572
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I chose the Hertfordshire MBA for its practice-led approach, as well as the faculty staff's involvement, live research and active consultancy.

Year 1 student

Hertfordshire MBA

Course details


Our Master of Business Administration really is career changing. In fact, by their Second Year, over half of our current MBA students had changed roles. Many secured promotions with their current employer, while others gained the confidence to change companies, begin new careers or launch their own business.

To help you do the same, we’ve embedded career development into every part of our postgraduate teaching. You’ll also have access to our career coach, with sessions on topics including personal branding, personal impact and difficult conversations, plus our Business School careers team, alumni network and regular career-focused events.

Teaching methods

Our teaching and learning methods enable the development and sharing of skills and knowledge and are built on an expectation of active involvement in the programme.

A participative style is used throughout to enable students to learn from each other as well as from teaching staff. Experiential learning is central to our teaching philosophy.

There is a considerable emphasis on the utilisation of theory and knowledge to make sense of your own and fellow participants' experiences at work. Case study material is widely used alongside case histories developed by fellow participants.

To ensure you gain real world business insights, we combine group based learning with practical applications. The Collective Enterprise module and your Applied Individual Project enable you to work with industry leaders to help provide solutions to their current business challenges.

Work Placement

At every stage, the Hertfordshire MBA offers you opportunities to engage with business, learn through practical, work-based assignments and apply your knowledge in real-world settings.

In your Second Year, you’ll work with an innovative enterprise, or develop your own, on our Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development module. It’s an exciting opportunity to work with practitioners, addressing live challenges facing a commercial or social enterprise.

In the Final Year of your Master’s, you’ll also undertake an applied individual project. As part of this, you’ll conduct an original piece of academic research and a piece of business consultancy. You’ll work directly for your chosen client, delivering tangible, value-adding contributions to decision-making and practice. 


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Strategic Management Perspectives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods for Business 0 Credits Compulsory
    Managing and Working Across Cultures 15 Credits Compulsory
    Managing Financial Value Drivers 15 Credits Compulsory
    Management of Projects 15 Credits Optional
    Applied Individual Project 45 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £1545 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


    Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    Educational experience

    We usually require either:

    • An honours degree (at level 2:2 or above)
    • A higher degree
    • A professional qualification of equivalent standard in any discipline

    This may be from a UK university, or equivalent, or a recognized overseas university.

    Where an applicant does not meet the above requirement their application may be considered on an individual basis, where they can demonstrate significant management experience.

    Professional experience

    Ideally you should have five years’ relevant work experience. Where an applicant does not meet this requirement their application may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account their business exposure, leadership skills and professional achievements. 

    English proficiency

    An IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 580 (237 CBT, 89 IBT) is required for those whose first language is not English. This may be waved where a candidate has an existing qualification from a UK institution, or another judged suitable by the university.


    Following review of all applications received against the criteria above eligible candidates will normally be invited for interview with two members of academic staff to verify that the minimum entry requirements for the programme have been satisfied.  

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Part Time, 3 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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