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Executive Masters of Business Administration

The Cardiff School of Management (CSM) Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) has been developed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institution (CMI) and offers students associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute.

The Executive MBA provides a solid grounding in professional business practice and theory for business professionals,consolidating learning whilst providing a foundation for future leaders.

The programme format is delivered at a pace that suites you and your work commitments - it is a highly practical and action-oriented approach and can be completed in as little as 2 years but more usually 3 years. Along the way to full MBA you will also achieve:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration in Year 1
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Business Administration in Year 2
  • Executive MBA completed in Year 3

The core elements of CSM Executive MBA are delivered through intensive modular input in weekend blocks, with additional online activities and real business projects to encourage a deeper understanding.  Optional subjects give you the opportunity to explore your own interests and career direction. There will be a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning. The elective modules allow you to specialise in areas that best suit your needs. 

For course specific enquiries, please contact Programme Director, Stephen Bibby:

Course Content

Core modules – 140-credits:

  • Effective Strategic Management (20-credits)
  • Strategic Operations Management (20-credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (20-credits)
  • Strategic HRM (20-credits)
  • Accounting, Economics and Finance (AEF) for Decision Markers (20-credits)
  • Management Report & Research Methods (40 credits)

Option subjects – 40 credits:

  • Managing Change (20 credits)
  • Consultancy Tools & Techniques (20 credits)
  • Project Management Theory and Practice (20 credits)

Management Report and Research Methods:
Completion of a 8,000-word management report based on a real world management problem, utilising both current theory and practice. Each student on the course will be allocated to a subject expert and have access to an online research methods module. Students will have six months to complete this work. Prizes for best student and best management report are awarded at the end of the course.

The elective modules (40 credits) allow you to specialise in areas such as Change Management, Professional Consultancy and Project Management. 

Learning & Teaching

The Executive MBA  is designed to:

Be action-oriented - the programme design, with its work-based assignments and leadership challenges, helps you apply your learning and ensure that as your abilities grow, your organisation reaps the benefits.

Build a foundation of knowledge - on the Executive MBA we help you grow your knowledge from the ground up via core courses that refresh your existing skills and secure your understanding of key management topics.

Offers customised learning - which will give you the ideal opportunity to broaden your experience, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor your Executive MBA to your specific needs.

Provide a hands-on approach - to management topics, inviting business leaders and thinkers into the programme to work with you on live case studies that allow you to explore new industries and test new approaches.

Offer complete flexibility - modules are completed in self-contained blocks. The programme can be completed within two to five years with the option to vary the number of modules taken each year to suit your lifestyle, work and personal commitments.

Focus on leadership development - which is geared to developing your knowledge of business functions and their interactions, and to building your ability to manage and lead in complex organisational situations. It dovetails seamlessly with our existing, highly successful portfolio of leadership courses.

The programme is completed in weekend study (normally one weekend a month) and is comprised of five core subjects, two electives and finally a management report.


Furthermore all course work on this Executive MBA can be focused on your company so adding significant value to your studies.

Employability & Careers

This Cardiff School of Management Executive MBA has been designed to be very flexible and to link into the existing executive courses in CSM. Credits achieved on these other executive courses can be transferred to the Executive MBA.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A Honours degree at least 2:2 and at least four years management work experience
  • Other professional qualifications such as CIM or CIMA will also be considered plus four years management work experience.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Stephen Bibby:

Key Course Information

Place of Study:

Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Two - Three years part-time

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses.
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Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, Stephen Bibby tells us more about the Executive Masters of Administration at Cardiff Met

Meet the Team: Stephen Bibby

Meet Stephen Bibby, Programme Director the Executive MBA at Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

My Highlights of Studying the Executive MBA at Cardiff Met

Learn more about Lerisha's experience of studying the Executive MBA at Cardiff School of Management.
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How the Executive MBA at Cardiff Met Changed my Career and Professional Interest Beyond Recognition

Read more about how graduate Naomi was able to find her career passion thanks to her time at Cardiff Met.
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Graduate Profile
Graduate Profile

"I was looking for an MBA that had a solid reputation in terms of quality and outcomes and one that fitted in with my lifestyle – working full time and studying part time would be challenge enough without having to undertake a wholesale lifestyle change to accommodate it.

From a career point of view, it gave me more confidence – the underpinning theory and practical application of that theory was hugely useful to be able to take back into a work environment and identify the potential uses. From a personal point of view, it played into my ridiculously competitive streak. Not having studied since I left school, my aim was to finish the course but after receiving my first assignment back, my aim was to finish top… at everything! I pushed myself harder and further than I ever thought possible."

Lisa Newberry, Deputy Director and Head of External Engagement & Development at Cardiff Met

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