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Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) (2018-19 entry)

About the course

The Oxford Executive MBA is a part-time modular programme designed to help senior professionals realise their potential whilst delivering international general management competence to their organisations.

The programme is delivered in 16 one-week modules over a total study period of 20-21 months starting in either September 2018 or January 2019. Core modules start on a Monday morning and end on a Friday evening. Elective modules and overseas modules will include weekends.

The programme is made up of:

  • eleven core courses, including two overseas courses that offer you a comprehensive understanding of modern business
  • six to eight elective courses, selected by you, including two overseas options designed to develop your individual skills and specialisations
  • integrative projects, a Global Opportunities and Threats module (GOTO) and a group entrepreneurship project, which draw together and apply themes and topics studied on the programme.

Throughout the programme, there will be a focus on leadership development and you will have access to individual coaching sessions.

Saïd Business School's virtual learning platform and networks enable remote users to retrieve material for core modules and project work, and access the library's electronic resources including programme reading lists and a collection of business intelligence databases.

The assessment regime is a flexible combination of examinations, group and individual assignments. Assessment methods are tailored to most effectively achieve desired learning outcomes. Assessment will take place at the end of each course.

Graduate destinations

Careers Development Centre

Whether you want to get a top job in banking, consulting or industry, become an entrepreneur, or pursue a career in academia, the school’s careers centre can help you achieve your goals.

The careers centre provides interview training, helps you to develop your networking skills, assists you in producing excellent CVs and ensures you are prepared for anything the job market can throw at you.

You will also have access to a select group of industry advisors who have experience of working for leading firms across a broad range of sectors including management consulting, finance, high tech, new ventures, media and communications, and diversified industry.

Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Team

The Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network is the official alumni network of Saïd Business School University of Oxford. Overseen by the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Team, the network was established in 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who share a common interest in business, ensuring an active network of emotionally and intellectually engaged alumni.

There are more than 17,500 OBA members living in over 140 countries. As part of this network there are 21 chapters and over 60 regional ambassadors across six continents, all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

SBS Executive MBA entry requirements


The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include seven horseshoe-style lecture theatres where most classes take place and a 300-seat lecture theatre opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 to cater for larger-scale lectures and events.

A key feature of the building is the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard, all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.

The Sainsbury Library is Saϊd Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects.

Specialist research centres at the Saïd Business School mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. They are helping particular sectors to wrestle with the challenges they face and to discover new directions through research. These centres include the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, amongst many others.


There are over 1,100 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.

A number of Research Council awards are available each year from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Fees for entry in September 2018 or January 2019

Fee status

Tuition fee

College fee

Total Course fees

(including Islands)

The fees shown above are the total tuition and college fees for this course for entry in September 2018 (Michaelmas Term) or January 2019 (Hilary Term) of the 2018-19 academic year. Tuition and college fees are payable for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees).


If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Fee status

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

(including Islands)
£12,075Approximately 30 days after an offer is made

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Additional information

There are currently two compulsory overseas modules and two optional overseas electives. In relation to electives, participants cover all costs of travel and accommodation. In the case of compulsory modules, the school pays for accommodation and meals, but students pay their own travel. Please note that this course requires that you are primarily taught in Oxford, and you will need to incur travel and accommodation costs to attend the course if you do not live in the Oxford area.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page. If you are studying part-time your living costs may vary depending on your personal circumstances but you must still ensure that you will have sufficient funding to meet these costs for the duration of your course.

How to apply

Admission to the Executive MBA is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. To apply and for further details about the course, its requirements and deadlines, please see the Saïd Business School webpage on how to apply for the Executive MBA.

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