Business Administration - Executive MBA Programme (MBA)

Course Description

Advance your career by gaining the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management.

  • Study on a course recognised for its practice-based teaching and integration with modern business environments
  • Develop your ability to successfully lead and manage organisations in an ever changing and increasingly competitive environment.

This course is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. It is tailored around you and your individual development needs, with personalised coaching. At the end of the course you are awarded with a masters in business administration and you graduate with the skills and confidence to become an agile and resilient business leader of the future.

'This course helped me secure two promotions, including a move to a senior global role at HSBC, where I now lead strategic negotiations with corporate service providers. MBA and professional body accreditations provided me with recognised educational status and essential knowledge, allowing me to lead large-scale projects.'

Ilya Bykov, Executive MBA, 2017 graduate

How you learn

To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of business, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules. Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying finance or globalisation in isolation, you study finance together with globalisation, marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric tests, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your leadership skills and identify areas for development. Additionally, you have the opportunity to work on a consultancy project that involves investigating a real issue within your own organisation, or one with which you are familiar.

Over the course, we tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges.

Applied learning

Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience. Your taught sessions comprise of intensive study blocks in Sheffield, combined with self-managed study time, so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments in the UK or overseas.

You learn through:

  • problem-solving using real and simulated case studies
  • self-directed study
  • discussions
  • workshops
  • group work

The course is also accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), meaning successful graduates gain an ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management..

Future careers

The Executive MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability, providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career. This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. This ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations seek from their leaders.

Our MBAs are highly valued by employers and previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in senior management.


This course is accredited by ILM and upon successful completion of the MBA you will also receive an ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management. You will also be able to showcase this ‘dual achievement’ though you very own Digital Badge, which will display detailed information of both your degree and ILM achievements.

As ILM have a partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management you will be entitled to activate one year of ‘Student Membership’ to the Institute and access a variety of digital resources to support you with programme completion. Successful graduates can apply for full professional membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (all applications are subject to professional body approval and work experience).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

As a blended learning student, you will attend blocks in our MBA suite, and also have access to a vast range of learning resources which are available online and can be accessed from home.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Operations And Process Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Digital Organisation - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Managing Strategy - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Strategic Marketing Management And Decision Making - 15 credits - Coursework 

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Developing Personal And Professional Leadership Practice - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Enterprise - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Leadership And Change - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Strategic Global Hrm And Decision Making - 15 credits - Coursework 

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation/Consultancy Project - 45 credits - Coursework 
  • Research And Consultancy Methods - 15 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the Business Administration - Executive MBA Programme (MBA) page on the Sheffield Hallam University web site for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You need either
• a 2.2 degree or equivalent and two years managerial and operational experience
• significant managerial and operational experience

Overseas applicants also need IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all skills or equivalent.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications.

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