An insight into the Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, at GSM London, from the perspective of our students and lecturers.

Executive Master of Business Administration

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth


February, April, June and November

Study options

part time
7 weekends over 2 years



Executive MBA for ambitious professionals

The Executive MBA at GSM London develops leaders of the future. It is a transformative programme designed to help you realise your leadership potential. You'll receive business knowledge, leadership skills and develop a network to help advance your career or grow your business.

Why study our Executive Master of Business Administration degree?


The GSM London Executive MBA is a pioneering, well-established programme which we have successfully delivered for over twenty years.  We have recently redesigned it with input from industry professionals, experienced academics and alumni. It includes up-to-date global business insights ensuring that the academic context is applied to real-world practice.    


Innovative programme delivery 

The programme encourages you to draw on your managerial experiences to critically evaluate workplace cultures, values and practices and enhance your leadership approach. Innovative modules such as ‘Emerging Business and Technologies’ and ‘Enterprise Creation’ ensure continued relevance to the modern business environment. 


Awarded by University of Plymouth 

Your Executive MBA is awarded by University of Plymouth, ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018 (THE's list of the UK's best universities aged under 50). An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your Executive MBA. 


Real-world application 

We empower students to make a difference in the business and wider world. The focus of the Executive MBA is on real-world application making it a catalyst for advancement into leadership or a more senior role, as well as being relevant for entrepreneurs looking to develop their own business venture. 

Also, we have access to the full range of market data and tools from, including the Portfolio tool which allows you to track listed securities.


Flexible learning at the weekend 

With multiple entry points throughout the year and just seven weekend face-to-face sessions over an average of 18 months, plus six months of independent research or consultancy with online teaching, supervisory and learning support throughout your course, you‘ll benefit from the freedom to devise your own study schedule that fits in with your other responsibilities. And with distinctive weekend delivery, you can return to work and immediately begin putting your learnings into practice.  


Cost effective, competitive fees 

Our competitive Executive MBA fees make studying for a respected degree in London highly affordable. You can earn while you study plus your only additional costs will be travel and accommodation for seven weekends, as opposed to London accommodation and living costs plus loss of salary for an entire year when studying full-time. 


Study in London, the financial capital of the world 

Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries. 

How is the course structured?

The EMBA consists of 7 modules delivered flexibly over a period of 16-20 months depending on your enrolment date, plus a dissertation to be completed by distant supervision from your supervisor by month 24.

You will be able to study the modules as:

7 four-day module weekends (Thursday-Sunday)

The four-day weekend will comprise:

Day 1 Strengths Based Learning and Research Skills workshops to support the Dissertation / Consultancy Project

Days 2 to 4Taught module

The modules you will study are:

See full EMBA programme specs

  • Markets and Marketing
  • Leadership and Organisational Transformation
  • 21st Century Globalisation
  • Human Factor
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Emerging Business and Technologies


And one of the following electives:


  • Enterprise Creation
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues
  • Business Analysis and Project Management

4 start dates throughout the year 
as you can enrol on the course on any given module weekend throughout the year.

This flexible structure is carefully designed to fit around your professional schedule, and allow UK and International students to pursue their MBA with minimal impact on existing commitments 

Executive Master of Business Administration 2019-20 timetable

For more details on the coure module please review the course Module Specifications.

Executive Masters of Business Administration 2019-20 Module Specifications

Entry requirements

To commence this programme, the applicant will need to have a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum classification 2:2, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted)


In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of five years’ work experience, at least three of which will be at management level.


If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the course, you will need an IELTS (or equivalent) minimum score of 6.5, 5.5 in all four components. Please refer to this guide for all accepted English language qualifications.


Applicants where their first degree was studied and awarded in the UK, or in a country that UKVI recognise as a majority English speaking country (list as per the sponsor guidance) will be accepted in lieu of IELTS etc. but only if the degree was awarded 2 years ago or less.


Non-standard entry:


If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, exceptionally you may be able to be considered via our non-standard entry process.


Applications from candidates who lack the normal course entry requirements are positively encouraged. In such cases, the Admissions Tutors must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the course successfully.


To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:


Evidence of full-time work experience (5 years' work experience, at least three of which will be at managerial level)

An employer reference


Academic interview (if required)

Written essay (if required)

Candidates who apply via non-standard entry are considered on individual merits.


Tuition fees


£6,050 per year


£7,865 per year

Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

*For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated degree programme. This programme is not currently designated for funding. Visit the Office for Students for more information.

How to apply

Applications to GSM London for a postgraduate programme can be made direct to us using the application form here or made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here.  All available programmes from GSM London are listed on the UCAS website.  There is no cost to you for applying directly to GSM London or through UCAS for a postgraduate programme.

Please note the application deadlines if applying through UCAS which can be found here along with further guidance.

If at any point you require any information, advice or guidance please do get in contact with our Course Advisory team by clicking here.

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