Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Executive Master of Business Administration, MBA

Progress your career through flexible, online study with The Greenwich MBA degree. Based in South East London, you can specialise in one of five sectors.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Our MBA is available in flexible study options, allowing you to work full-time while studying
  • You can tailor your studies to the financial services, public services, social enterprise or maritime sector
  • Study at our inspiring Greenwich Campus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located near the financial district of Canary Wharf.


Systems Management & Strategy



  • 1 years full-time
  • 2-3 years part-time

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for advanced access to the Master's Gateway of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, which provides an accelerated route to the institute.

The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised Master's degree in business administration and management.

This Master's aims to develop the business leaders of the future. It approaches responsible leadership thematically from the starting points of creativity, practicality and social resourcefulness. There is a focus on your personal development, including your career management.

You will look at the integrative disciplines of business strategy and the management of change, leading to a real-world consultancy project and an individual business project. 

Find out more about the degree, practical course activities, and what our students and graduates think.

Specialist MBA awards

The Greenwich MBA can be tailored to four specialist sectors: 

  • Financial Services (including banking and insurance)
  • Public Services (including health, local government and emergency services)
  • Social Enterprise 
  • Maritime.

On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following:

  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Financial Services)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Public Services)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Maritime)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Social Enterprise)

Flexible learning

Part-time by supported open learning

This is completed in 2 or 3 years. You can choose whether to complete the degree in 2 or 3 years and will have the flexibility of switching this at the start of your second year.

Part-time by supported open learning study is primarily aimed at individuals who are working full-time and need to balance study with work and home commitments. 

It employs supported open learning, a flexible learning model which uses a mixture of different methods of study. It is open to home students (UK and EU), who are required to study approximately 12 hours a week in less than three years. 


This is open to UK, EU and international students and is completed at the Greenwich Campus over a 12 month period. 

Home students wishing to undertake study leading to PGDip Management (previously called a DMS) should apply for the Executive MBA (by supported open learning) and request an exit award after 120 credits.


Our Business Management subjects are ranked:

  • Top 10 for student satisfaction in London (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • Top 10 for high research quality in London (Complete University Guide 2018).


This degree aims to:

  • Develop your critical awareness of current issues in business and systematic understanding of organisations, their place in the business world and how they are managed
  • Provide you with critical awareness of current issues in business and management that is informed by leading-edge research and practice in the field
  • Improve your ability to acquire and analyse data and information to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise a range of information in the context of new situations
  • Develop your ability to apply relevant knowledge to a range of complex situations, taking account of how this relates to other areas of the business or organisation.

Degree re-structure

This degree was recently restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

What you will study

Responsible Leadership and Development (15 credits)

Acquire and develop the necessary skills to manage your own career and become a responsible leader. Explore and critically evaluate current theories of leadership and how these can be applied in practice.

Scholarship in Business (30 credits)

This course develops your abilities of academic practice and research. You will learn to analyse trends and changes in the business environment and gain the necessary tools to interpret and exploit change.

Strategy and Business Decision Making (30 credits)

You will be equipped with the core concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management, enabling you to make better decisions. 

Integrated Operations Management (30 credits)

This course provides you with concepts, techniques and tools to design, analyse, and improve operations in both goods production and service offering, so you can efficiently and effectively deliver value to customers.

Financial Management (15 credits)

Gain the skills and knowledge to take a leading role in promoting both effective and ethical practice in an organisation's financial management.

Creative Problem Solving and Consultancy Project (15 credits)

Explore and evaluate the practical application of business concepts through the experience of working as a member of a consultancy team to investigate and recommend solutions to a live business brief.

Business Project (45 credits)

This course is a key element in Master's study. You will build on previous experience, developing practical and theoretical skills and the ability to relate theoretical constructs to business problems.

Come visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

Next Open Day coming soon

The best way to find out about student life at the University of Greenwich is to join one of our amazing Open Days. You get to look around the campus, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too!

Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can't make it? Don't worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualification, from a recognised university or higher education institute.

You should also have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

Applicants without an undergraduate degree who have a minimum of five years' relevant business experience may apply subject to interview.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5.0 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


The programme employs 'blended' learning:

  • Case studies to relate to the real world of business
  • Group work for discussion, research and presentations
  • Business simulations
  • Role play exercises and reflective practice for professional development
  • Formal classroom lectures and tutorials
  • Online webinars
  • Portfolio, outlining your learning achievements
  • Self-study and research facilitated online.

The focus of assessment on our MBA is to test your understanding and ability to apply your knowledge.


You have the opportunity to progress rapidly through management in different companies or to apply your skills and knowledge to managing your own businesses.

Our graduates are working in sectors such as accountancy, banking, consulting, energy and utilities, engineering and manufacturing, environment and agriculture, healthcare, information technology, property and construction, public services, HR, retail, training and education, transport and logistics. Some of our graduates also started their own business. Many of them have reached senior or higher level positions like managing director.


We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

Our MBA includes executive coaching, which helps you to understand your value in the marketplace and develop plans that will make the very best of your career potential. 

You will also have the opportunity to work on a live consultancy project, developing your creative problem solving and consultancy skills. You will work in teams to research solutions and provide recommendations for the client, delivered through presentation and report.

Extracurricular activities

You will participate in an MBA student conference as part of your studies where you will prepare a presentation on a given topic:

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