Executive MBA programme content and structure

Study a range of business areas and do a consulting project based on your own organisation on our Executive part-time MBA.

Our Executive MBA offers a comprehensive and demanding curriculum. Over the taught phase, you’ll meet other senior executives, and apply what you learn to issues in your organisation.

We’ve built an extensive strand of leadership and managerial skills into the programme. You’ll complete ten core modules in a range of business areas.

All assessment focuses on practical learning: coursework, presentations and other hands-on methods. We avoid exams because we think it’s more important for you to apply what you’ve learned to real life situations.

Please note that units and course information below refers to the 2021/22 academic year. 2022/23 content is likely to be similar but is subject to change.

Personal and professional development programme

Develop the soft skills and confidence you need to achieve your goals with our programme of timetabled lectures and workshops.

Throughout your MBA, you’ll hear from leading academics from the School of Management as well as expert guest speakers.

Core modules

Business analytics

We have more data than ever before but businesses need to convert this data into knowledge. Analysing big data lets organisations gain intelligence and improve their decision-making and performance.

This module will show you how to tap into insights from data, and find solutions to complex problems.

Financial analysis and management

Get an introduction to the principles of financial reporting and decision making. Through relating your studies to your own work, you’ll learn to:

  • understand how your decisions can affect your organisation’s financial performance
  • extract useful decision-making information by analysing financial statements
  • contribute effectively to discussions on funding alternatives, investment opportunities and company valuations

Innovation and disruptive technologies

Disruptive technologies are changing the business landscape. They’re creating new opportunities for some while threatening the survival of others.

Explore the latest developments in disruptive technologies including areas like:

  • artificial intelligence
  • big data
  • machine learning
  • decision support systems
  • cryptocurrencies and blockchain
  • robotics
  • fintech
  • smart cities

You will look at innovation as a way of introducing disruptive thinking (and technology) into organisations. You’ll also explore the role of technology in innovation, which includes an international week-long study trip to a relevant location (travel restrictions and advisories permitting). While optional, this trip is an important part of the module so we hope students can participate.

If you choose to take part in the optional international study trip, you will have to pay some expenses such as flights or associated travel costs like visas and some meals. You should budget between £1,000 and £1,500 for this.

While we aim to deliver the same learning experience each year, the location of the trip and whether or not it is conducted in-person, online or cancelled altogether, will depend on the circumstances at that time and may be beyond our control.

Leadership and change

Engage with leadership theory in a practical way. You’ll explore different aspects of leadership and examine the impact of a lack of effective leadership in organisations and society. Find out how interventions can bring about positive change in today’s complex world.

Managing operations and supply networks

What do Amazon, Apple, Toyota, Inditex and Dyson have in common? They have built their success on exceptional operations and supply network capabilities.

In any type of organisation, sustainable value requires excellence in operations and supply networks.

This module will improve your understanding of:

  • the technical and quantitative performance of any system
  • customer and employee behaviour in that system

Responsible business

The working world is constantly changing. Through this module, you’ll learn how to become resilient and help your organisation become ‘future fit’. Develop and implement strategy with environmental, social, and economic value. Understand and respond to ethical and sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Strategic HRM

Employees are a company’s biggest asset. Explore the emerging field of human resource management (HRM), discuss the latest research and examine contemporary examples of best and worst practice.

You will:

  • explore the strategic alignment of HRM to internal and external challenges and opportunities
  • discuss how to manage people in an environment that increasingly relies on cross-boundary employment
  • learn how to manage valuable people that you don’t employ, and how to employ knowledge workers who may be difficult to manage

Strategic management

Strategic management is a broad field of study. This module will draw on a wide range of disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology and natural sciences.

You’ll use analytical concepts and methods to understand how an organisation can:

  • create and use competitive advantage
  • compete in particular markets
  • develop its range of businesses and activities

Strategic marketing

Develop your understanding of the concepts, theories and applications needed to succeed in marketing. This module covers marketing terms, principles, concepts and strategies, both online and offline.

You’ll apply these concepts to real-world situations and analyse your own experiences.

The entrepreneurial mindset

Entrepreneurial skills are in strong demand. Develop your entrepreneurial mindset. This module will strengthen these skills:

  • active perception
  • creativity
  • flexibility
  • experimentation
  • reflection

Capstone consulting project

This significant piece of work is worth 33% of your final degree, and takes place once you have completed the taught modules.

Taking on the role of a professional consultant at your own organisation, you’ll explore a real issue of interest to you and your employer. You’ll enhance your learning by applying it to a real business issue and developing practical solutions.

We call it the Capstone Project because you’ll use what you’ve learned on your MBA to build a constructive analysis and recommendation for your business.

Meet other business leaders

We have partnerships with over 300 companies. Throughout your Executive MBA, you’ll have opportunities to network with senior leaders from a range of sectors.

Guest speakers

Hear insights and experiences from business leaders. They will share their thoughts on topics such as current business issues, corporate strategies and complex management situations.

Recent speakers have included experts in:

  • digital and social media
  • management consulting
  • data analytics
  • branding
  • global trading platforms
  • private equity
  • entrepreneurship

The Executive Bath MBA - a student's perspective

Jane Phillips is Nuclear Island Deputy Programme Director, Hinkley Point C Project. She joined the Executive MBA in 2019.

Executive MBA student Jane Phillips stands in front of a white studio backdrop wearing a dark green silk blouse with her arms crossed.
‘The collaborative atmosphere is superb, and hearing inputs from a diverse range of backgrounds is fascinating.’
Jane Phillips

Further information

Information about how we deliver the Bath MBA and additional costs.

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the fields of business, management and finance. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.

We will teach you in-person on campus, unless circumstances mean we have to move to blended or remote learning. We will let you know of any changes to teaching in advance.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:

  • case studies
  • lectures
  • online resources
  • practical sessions
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

Methods of assessment

Modules are assessed by coursework and work-based projects.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee covers tuition and academic materials.  Other aspects (e.g. social activities, networking and events) are provided at the University’s discretion and are not part of the tuition fee.  

The fee includes the cost of:

  • essential textbooks
  • case material
  • journal extracts

We provide all course materials in digital format.

If you choose to take part in the optional international study trip, you will have to pay some expenses such as flights or associated travel costs like visas and some meals. You should budget between £1,000 and £1,500 for this.


This course is regulated by the Office for Students.

Entry requirements

The academic and professional experience you'll need to apply for our Executive part-time MBA