The Bath MBA (Part Time Executive)

  • Full or part time
    Part time & On campus available
  • Course fees
  • Course Disciplines
    Business Management Studies Strategic Management
  • Course Start
    September
  • Course Duration
    2 years part-time
  • MBA Program Type

Course Description

Designed for senior executives, our blended learning Executive MBA lets you fit study around a busy professional life:

  • study part-time
  • incorporate your organisation’s issues into your project work
  • apply academic theory to real problems to consolidate your learning
  • provide real benefits to your organisation

An MBA built for busy professionals

You’ll attend for each module over two consecutive months, three days a month (Thursday to Saturday). This ensures engagement with your tutors and classmates, reigniting your passion for familiar subjects while discovering new ones.

Requiring around ten hours of work a week, the blended design combines:

  • active learning and reflection
  • both theory and practical work
  • group project work
  • individual study

A comprehensive strand of leadership and managerial skills is built into the 22 month programme. A consulting project in your own organisation serves as a capstone and completes the programme.

Executive MBA programme content

Our Executive MBA offers a comprehensive and demanding curriculum. Over its 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.

You’ll finish your MBA with a consulting project based on your own organisation.

Core modules

The entrepreneurial mindset

Entrepreneurial skills are in strong demand. This module will help you develop your entrepreneurial mindset, through strengthening these skills:

  • active perception
  • creativity
  • flexibility
  • experimentation
  • reflection

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 will apply these concepts to real-world situations and look critically and analytically at your own experiences.

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

Responsible business

We’ve designed this module to help your organisation become ‘future fit’. You’ll learn to become resilient through developing and implementing strategy with environmental, social, and economic value.

Smart businesses know they need to understand and respond to ethical and sustainability challenges. They also know to seek out new opportunities in changing markets. You’ll learn to think about these challenges and opportunities in relation to your business strategy.

Innovation and disruptive technologies

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

In this module you will explore the latest developments in disruptive technologies including:

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

You’ll 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.

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.

No matter what 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

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.

Strategic HRM

This module explores the emerging field of human resource management (HRM). You’ll examine the latest research and 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

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 management is a broad field of study. We’ll draw on a wide range of disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology and natural sciences.

Executive part-time MBA career development

We want to help you make the most of your potential. Whether you’re aiming for promotion in your current organisation, or to change career completely, we can help.

You’ll get a course full of events, and one-to-one coaching and guidance from our Careers Team.

We’ve designed the MBA with input from employers to make sure it’s relevant and up-to-date. You’ll get the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career goals.

Where our MBAs work after graduation

  • Airbus
  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Costain Group PLC
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kohler Mira LTD
  • OIPT
  • SFK Motion Technologies
  • Strava
  • Tayba Shades Holdings
  • UniCredit Leasing
  • William Grant & Sons
  • YSC Consultancy

Visit the The Bath MBA (Part Time Executive) page on the University of Bath web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chibese Swere

The core modules are varied and cover a wide range of topics. The different perspective the topics brought to my learning journey is what I enjoyed the most

(Student Profile)

Stamatis Foteinogiannopoulos

There were two reasons why I was drawn to doing an MBA.
As well as wanting to advance my own career, I wanted to
expand my family’s olive oil business.

Since graduating in 2018, I now work as Operations Manager
at Sioufas & Associates Law Firm, the leading Greek Law Firm
in the Non-Performing Exposures industry. I manage a team
of nearly 100 people and work with the management team to
decide the company’s strategy.

The MBA helped me to adjust the way I think. I now relate real
problems to models I am familiar with. The most important
thing is that now I know what business solutions to apply.
I use many tools I learned from the modules. In particular,
the MBA’s strategy module provided me with the necessary
knowledge for my current role. It helped me create strategies
that address all segments of the portfolios my firm manages.

My new job has meant I haven’t had time to focus on the
family business but I’m still working on expansion plans. I have
already built a marketing plan to change the customer base.
I know exactly what to do in order to increase profitability.
The entrepreneurship project helped me a lot because it taught
me that a key variable for success is the business model.
My business model is actually very common but, at the same
time, very innovative.


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Entry Requirements

Minimum of five years' experience at management level.

2:1 or above undergraduate degree.

International applicants may need to pass an English language test.

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