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Your Guide To London’s Executive MBA Programs

London Executive MBA

Even after many years on-the-job learning, many business professionals may choose to pursue a formal advanced business education. With the chance to earn an Executive MBA, experienced professionals can pursue a degree more tailored to their particular experience level and career goals. EMBA graduates may find other benefits as well, including a 11.6 percent salary increase after graduation. Other tangible benefits can be seen in the form of career growth and increased leadership opportunities, development of a global business mindset and the establishment of a strong peer network.

Schools throughout the world offer Executive MBA programs, giving experienced business professionals a multitude of options to consider as they begin to plan for their degree. Below, we take a look at some of the top London Executive MBA programs.

Ashridge Business School

The Ashridge Business School offers students two separate options for an executive education: the Executive MBA for Creative Industries and the Global Executive MBA.

The 24-month EMBA for Creative Industries takes place mostly online. The program is tailored towards professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers or mid-career professionals looking to grow their business or role within the creative industries field. The degree covers the same main subjects as a standard MBA—marketing, finance, economics and more—but focuses particularly on how these topics apply to the creative industries. The program does not involve exams, but requires students to take part in a four week residential program and final business-based masters project.

The Global Executive MBA at Ashridge can be achieved in as little as 18 months, and only 21 days which would require you to be out of the office. The program aims to give students theory and opportunities in business that can be taken outside of the classroom and applied on the job. The school also has a global campus network, with locations in London, Boston, Dubai, Shanghai, San Francisco and New York, so even a sudden location change won’t disrupt your studies.

Cass Business School – City University London

The EMBA at the Cass Business School is a 24-month program which takes place over weekday nights and weekends, allowing students to continue with their careers during their education. Students may also choose to take the Modular Executive MBA program, which is delivered during one long weekend a month (Friday-Monday) during a 24-month period. The program focuses on developing students’ professional relationships, encouraging a focus in global business practice through International Consultancy Week and the choice of an International Elective.

Cranfield School of Management

The Cranfield School of Management EMBA offers students a combination of in-classroom learning with out-of-classroom application. The degree is delivered as part of a partnership with Grant Thornton, the world’s 6th largest accounting and advisory firm. Students will have the chance to benefit from this partnership and develop their leadership and management skills during a two-year, part time program with world-renowned faculty and a focus on innovation.

Henley Business School – University of Reading

The Henley Business School part-time EMBA is based at the school’s Greenlands campus near London. The program focuses on each students’ personal development as a manager, with students working on company-based projects in groups. The program also includes a one-week international study trip with the option for a second study visit, encouraging a global business education.

Imperial College Business School – Imperial College London

The Executive MBA at the Imperial College Business School is a 23-month part-time program designed for business leaders in today’s fast-paced and technology driven world. The program provides students with a strong foundation of business knowledge but also allows the opportunity for specialization within area of expertise. Based in London, the program will draw from the resources and innovation-inspired education of the Imperial College London, one of the most reputable science and technology universities in the world.

Judge Business School – University of Cambridge

The EMBA at the Judge Business School is designed specifically for senior executives who are looking to expand their experience and move into top leadership roles within their organization. The Judge program will provide students with both hard and soft skills, offering practical knowledge that can easily be applied to your career. The EMBA takes place over 16 weekends and four week-long blocks during a 20-month period, with coursework that aims to complement your job responsibilities, rather than add to them.

London Business School

The London Business School (LBS) Executive MBA aims to help business professionals to recognize and most effectively use their leadership potential and skill. The program is part-time and takes 20 months to complete, but also continues after graduation through the strong network of EMBA alumni. By allowing professionals to continue in their career while earning their degree, the program provides practical knowledge, expand your global perspective and bring together some of the top business professionals and markets in both London and Dubai.

Saïd Business School – University of Oxford

The Executive MBA at Oxford’s Saïd Business School concludes over 21 months in the form of 16 residential week-long modules taking place every six weeks. Aimed at helping senior professionals to realize their leadership potential, the Saïd program has been ranked 9th in the world in the Financial Times Global EMBA ranking last year and 2nd in the world by The Economist.

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Alanna Shaffer

Staff Writer, covering MetroMBA's news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.

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