[Saïd Business School] Oxford Executive MBA

The Oxford Executive MBA programme equips current and future business leaders to make a difference in their chosen field through:

  • core knowledge and general management understanding, necessary for improved decision-making
  • in-depth analysis of global complexity, and international exposure on at least two international modules
  • a new advanced understanding and personal development to be a strategic leader
    the ability to think entrepreneurially in any organisational context
  • development of a unique, powerful international network, made in Oxford, of peers, faculty and new mentors.

Course Duration

21 months (part-time)
Start dates: 9 September 2019 and 20 January 2020

Course Outline

The programme is made up of:

  • Nine core modules that offer you a comprehensive understanding of modern business
  • Six to eight electives modules designed to develop your individual skills and specialisations (selected by you)
  • Integrative modules, including a group entrepreneurship project, which draw together and apply themes and topics studied on the programme
  • Two core international courses and one elective delivered overseas in key international markets
  • Individual coaching sessions and a leadership development focus throughout.

The Oxford Executive MBA is structured around three core themes:

Entrepreneurial thinking
​Developing the ability to think entrepreneurially in any organisational context

Strategic leadership
Building the decision-making abilities and self-awareness to become a leader capable of delivering sustainable success in any business sector

Global complexity and risk
Understand the landscape in which businesses operate to be able to mitigate risks and seize opportunities, worldwide.

Integrative modules
These modules are studied by all Executive MBA students and are required elements of the programme.

  • Entrepreneurship project
  • Business in emerging markets (China)
  • The global rules of the game (India)
  • The strategic leader

As an Oxford Executive MBA student you will be required to study a minimum of six electives. Electives allow you to specialise in certain subject areas to either strengthen your current skill set or improve on others.

Sample Lecture
Professor Tim Jenkinson: Private Equity vs Public Markets

Course Outcome

The outcomes of the programme are:

  • The programme will provide an analytical and integrated study of business and management, which will result in an understanding of organisations, how they are managed, and the external environment within which they operate.
  • The study of organisations will result in an understanding of their purpose, structure, operations, management, and governance.
  • Students will be equipped with a thorough understanding of the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations. They should understand the important theories, models, frameworks of analysis and roles of management.
  • Students will also understand how organisations are influenced by the external environment, in particular the institutional framework within which they operate (including legal, political, and ethical consideration) and the influence of economic, technological, and environmental factors on the strategy, behaviour, and management of organisations.

Within this general framework, you will understand customers, markets, human resources, operations, innovation, entrepreneurship, information systems, finance, business ethics, business strategy, and the economic and political environment.


The final award on this programme is a Masters in Business Administration.

Entry Requirements

You should have at least five years’ managerial experience. Candidates also need to have achieved management level before commencing the Executive MBA since they will require a certain level of authority within their organisations to implement their projects and knowledge learned on the programme.

As a guide, you should have a 2.1 degree or its equivalent. If you do not hold such qualifications you may be considered if you have a very strong fast-track employment history, demonstrating your ability as a high achiever.

As evidence, you must upload all your official university degrees academic transcripts/mark-sheets to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. If invited to an interview, you will have to provide official copies of your transcripts. If your original transcripts are not in English you must also supply an official translation.

Candidates are required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions test). Those with at least 10 years of management experience who also currently have a role which requires a high level of quantitative and/or analytical skills, may be granted exemption from the GMAT requirement. This will be at the discretion of our Admissions Committee, upon the submission of a written request together with a full application for a place on the programme.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met if:

  • Your first language is not English OR
  • You are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Border agency.

Check out the admissions process.



[Saïd Business School] Oxford Executive MBA

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