Global Executive MBA course content

Global workshop residentials

Once you have been offered a place in our executive MBA programmes and paid a reservation fee, you have exclusive access to our Manchester MBA Preparation course.

This online course helps you understand what it's like to study at Manchester, how you go about writing academic assignments and most importantly, what 'Learning by Doing' really means.

You will have the opportunity to rediscover key study skills, undertake Business Essentials courses in Marketing and Operations Management and meet the teams supporting you.

Taking around 15 hours in total, you can complete the course at your own pace, and there are many opportunities to apply your skills and new knowledge.

Core Courses

3-day workshop in Manchester + 3-day workshop in Singapore + online learning


Leading and managing in today’s global business environment is complex. This course will provide you with analytical tools to critically evaluate the globalised economy from a cultural, political and economic perspective. You will explore major management issues and develop an understanding of the social context of businesses.


You will also examine the field of organisational behaviour. Why have contemporary management practices and organisational forms been adopted? What is their effect on people’s behaviour? You will learn how to respond to contemporary management and organisational challenges, by applying the latest research, ideas, frameworks and practical case studies.

4-day workshop in Singapore + online learning


This course will provide you with key knowledge about operations management and marketing. We will encourage you to consider the interactions and potential tensions between these areas, and to critically evaluate the application of theory to real-life contexts. You will also work in multinational groups to develop solutions to marketing and operations management challenges.

3-day workshop in Dubai + 1 virtual workshop + online learning

This course will introduce you to the two main areas of accounting: financial accounting and management accounting. We will introduce you to financial reports' content, role and usefulness. You will then learn how to interpret, analyse and understand financial information. Alongside this, you will develop an understanding of the theories, techniques and practices of management and cost accounting. You will also explore the design of management accounting and control systems.

4-day workshop in Manchester + online learning

This interdisciplinary course will help you develop a cutting-edge approach to strategy and competition that is fit for purpose in today’s changing business environment. You will explore key areas of interest, such as competition, global instability, the sharing economy and technology disruption, alongside more traditional, dominant schools of thought. The course will blend theory and practice, emphasising teamwork and real-time case analysis.

3-day workshop in Dubai + online learning


This course will boost your understanding of e-commerce, allowing you to deal with rapid changes in technology and business practices. As well as studying core economic and internet market theory, you will consider the effects of technology and Artificial Intelligence on key industries such as advertising, financial markets, insurance, healthcare, venture capital and the retail sector. You'll also learn how to design new platform firms and develop strategies to take a traditional corporation into the digital age.

2 workshops in Manchester (3 days in total) + workplace application + online learning

Today's senior executives are increasingly required to be more reflective about their own practice (e.g. their responsibilities) and more reflective in decision-making situations that are uncertain and complex. Applying this dual perspective to the senior managerial approach, this inquiry-based course will help you to explore aspects of your own practice (e.g. senior managers' responsibilities). It will enrich your practical knowledge and skills for cultivating a more reflective approach to decision-making.

Applied Learning

1-day workshop in Manchester + group work (six months in total)

Your live business project, with a twist. Change your perspective, stretch your thinking and boost your social responsibility credentials by working with a not-for-profit organisation. You'll have the opportunity to apply your new skills and knowledge to a different type of business challenge. You get valuable, practical experience, and the client receives high-level consultancy. We learn from and support our local, national and global communities. You will also have the option to take on a project for a commercial organisation if you prefer.

Tailoring Your Journey

Per elective: 3-day workshop (minimum) in Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Shanghai or Singapore + online learning

Elective courses are your opportunity to gain more expertise in an area of your choice or explore a new field of interest. Choose electives tailored to your interests and career goals, and combine electives to create your own pathway in marketing, digital business or finance, for example.

Our electives are continuously refreshed to ensure it balances traditional core business principles with current and emerging topics such as fintech, sustainability and data science.

You can attend workshop residentials for electives at any of our global centres: Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Shanghai and Singapore. This gives you more opportunities to widen your international network and business perspectives.

Current electives:

  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Fintech, Digital Banking and Blockchain
  • Information Systems and Digital Strategy
  • International Business Strategy
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Strategic Financial Analysis
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Work Psychology for Managerial Success

Offered in Manchester:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Engaging Human Talent
  • Practical Investing
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management

To give you added flexibility, we offer some electives that are entirely online or that include longer/shorter face-to-face workshops.

Personal and Professional Development

GEMBA+ is a suite of extra-curricular experiences that will help you define your goals, enhance your interpersonal skills, build your corporate connections and raise your profile across the world.

Running in parallel with the academic programme, these activities are not credit-bearing. They are designed to give you targeted support and motivation to help you through the MBA and beyond. The Global Executive MBA includes several exclusive options:

Supporting professional discussions The team are on hand to facilitate introductions to senior alumni to enhance your learning and career progression. Drawn from our extensive network of business contacts from across the world, they will work with you to help you define your goals, build your confidence and increase your global corporate contacts.

Next level networking To help you make those vital global business connections, our Global Careers Service and Alumni Relations team offer a range of different events exclusively for GEMBA students. These include a welcome dinner, guest speaker and networking events, and visits to high-profile global organisations.

In addition to the above, you will also have access to the MBA+ extracurricular activities that we offer across all our part-time MBA programmes, including:
  • Online careers seminars
  • Employability sessions
  • Careers guidance
  • Alumni introductions
  • Alumni socials
  • Alumni speaker events
  • Alumni groups, and more


3-day workshop (minimum) in Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Shanghai or Singapore + online learning


Extend your learning and boost your CPD after you graduate with a complimentary elective at any of our global locations.

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