Taught course

Hull Executive MBA (EMBA)

University of Hull · Business School

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally possess

  • a minimum of three years’ appropriate post graduation work experience
  • a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) awarded by a UK university or comparable overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification

Applicants with more than five years of senior level post graduation work experience may be admitted with a 2.2 or third class degree.

Applicants without a degree or equivalent professional qualification

Applicants who do not have a degree or equivalent professional qualification but meet the other eligibility criteria may submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they can benefit from, contribute to and succeed on the Executive MBA programme. The applicant should have completed approximately eight years of full-time appropriate work experience.

A portfolio may include, for example, details of significant work projects carried out, information about strategic analyses undertaken (for example, budgets and strategic forecasts), company reports, or other contributions to policy formulation and implementation. The portfolio might also include information about other courses taken, and training and development programmes attended.

The aim is to demonstrate that the applicant’s business knowledge and experience are sufficient to allow them to fulfil the academic requirements of the Hull Executive MBA.

Eligible candidates must also submit

  • a University of Hull postgraduate application form, completed and signed
  • a current detailed CV
  • a 200-word personal statement indicating what you hope to gain from the Executive MBA and the contribution you would make to the programme
  • two good certified work references
  • proof of qualifications to date

Senior Leader- degree apprenticeship route

Applicants must also submit a written letter of recommendation from their employer who is contractually committed to allowing students 20% of their working week to devote to their studies, as well as providing a mentor and the support of their line manager.

Degree apprenticeship applicants must also hold, or be working towards, level 2 (minimum) qualifications in Maths and English.

English language

Non-native English speakers must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5.


As the final stage of the application process, applicants who have satisfied all other conditions will be interviewed by business school staff, either by telephone or in person. The interview also provides an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about particular aspects of the Executive MBA, and to receive further information about the programme of study.

Months of entry

July, August

Course content

The AMBA-accredited Hull Executive MBA (EMBA) transforms you into a strategic and responsible leader through our business relevant, internationally recognised programme. You will be challenged to think critically to enhance your effectiveness both personally and professionally, developing the skills and understanding required to operate in a complex global business environment.

Teaching is informed by globally recognised research and led by academics with industry experience. Having access to excellent facilities across the University, you and your fellow EMBA students will remain together as a team throughout the programme, learning from each other and enlarging your professional network.

With modules taking place in three day blocks (Wednesday to Friday), every 6 weeks, this allows you to fit your studies around work and other commitments.

There are two main study variants: The traditional EMBA option or the 'Senior Leader- degree apprenticeship' route. Within these, a range of pathways are available, including General Management, Health and Social Care, and Technology Management. We can also respond to industry demand and work with organisations to develop new pathways.

The Hull Executive MBA is taught throughout the year on a rolling carousel system with start dates around every nine months. This means you will be studying some modules, possibly with students from both the traditional and degree apprenticeship routes, who started earlier, and with those that join at a later stage. As a result, you will benefit from being able to build relationships within your own cohort, as well as network with other groups, creating more opportunities to develop your industry contacts.

Our AMBA accreditation confirms our quality, and as a Hull EMBA student, you will:

  • Become a strategic and responsible leader who can think critically to enhance personal and professional effectiveness.
  • Develop the skills and understanding required to operate in a complex global business environment.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of modern organisations through our holistic approach, driven by our distinctive expertise in systems thinking.
  • Forge excellent links with industry through real world consultancy projects.
  • Gain experience of a broad range of industries and sectors with our diverse cohort.
  • Transfer new knowledge and skills direct to the workplace
  • Flexibility of traditional and degree apprenticeship models, with the option of tailored ‘pathways’ to suit industry needs.

Start date - July/August 2020.

Information for international students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9950 (90 credits)
International students
£19900 (total cost over 2 years)

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The Hull EMBA is much more than a qualification – it is your gateway to a world of opportunities. Our careers team will make sure you maximise your chances of success, helping you develop that all-important edge. While studying for your Hull EMBA, you will be able to access a variety of resources which will provide you with opportunities to develop skills that are highly sought by today's employers. You will be encouraged to build valuable networks with an array of contacts – from business leaders to independent consultants and alumni. Career development advice At Hull University Business School we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills needed to improve your chances of success. The Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated resource which supports you throughout your time here and beyond. Careers events and workshopsThis is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you after graduation. Our alumni community Support does not end at graduation and our global community of more than 32,000 alumni, offers extensive networking opportunities. Our graduates range from senior managers to chief executives, working in organisations such as Credit Suisse, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, Rolls-Royce and Johnson and Johnson pharmaceuticals.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+ 44 (0) 1482 466850