Executive Master of Business Administration

Faculty of Business

In partnership with Plymouth University

  • GSM London’s Executive MBA is up to date with today’s business practices, extremely useful for my professional progression – Shaffick Gobindram

Next start date

February 2018


February, April, June and November

Study options

part time
7 weekends over 2 years




If you are a busy management professional who needs to fit your studies around your professional commitments, our Executive Master of Business Administration programme is the perfect choice.

Please note: This course is subject to a minimum number to run

  • GSM London’s Executive MBA is up to date with today’s business practices, extremely useful for my professional progression – Shaffick Gobindram

Why study with GSM London?

With a focus on interactive learning, you will have the opportunity to refresh your existing skills and knowledge base, whilst learning more about the world of business. You'll not only hone your management skills, but also develop your analytical and problem-solving abilities, which are crucial in a managerial role.

This programme covers a range of relevant subjects, such as international business management strategies, accounting and finance, strategic change and human resources management.

By the end of the programme, you will have the tools you need to progress in your current role, or move into a new one.

How will this course support my professional development?

It is important for management professionals to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date. With its focus on interactive learning, this programme will ensure that you are equipped with the latest in business methodology and best practice.

Because you will be studying around your work, you can apply the knowledge you learn to your job, providing you with practical application of your new found skills.

How is the course structured?

The EMBA consists of 8 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.

You will have the option to study the modules in either of the following schedules, to fit your convenience:

Option 1 - 7 module weekends (Friday-Sunday) plus 3 additional Saturdays

Option 2 -  3 module weekends (Friday-Sunday) and 3 four-day module weekends (Thursday – Sunday)

The modules you will study are:

  • Business Environment and Strategic Management
  • The Strategy of International Business
  • Leadership and the Management of Strategic Change
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Planning and Promotion
  • Management Information and Communication Systems
  • Research Skills and Dissertation Planning
  • Dissertation

7 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and one of the following (or international equivalents):

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) at 2:2 or above, (or an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution)
  • NQF Level six qualification GSM London’s DMS in Business Management Programme

In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of three years managerial experience.

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 score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification. We accept:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of 6.0
  • Pearson’s PTE Academic – 51
  • GSM London’s English Proficiency test – 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT – 76-77

*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s: gsmlondon.ac.uk/b3-young-or-vunerable-applicants

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 (minimum three years managerial experience)
  • An employer reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

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

Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by Plymouth University.

Candidates may gain exemptions from a module or modules on the programme up to a maximum of 120 credits through Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). He/she must demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with the relevant modules through previous studies or work experience, and MUST undertake the Research Skills and Project Management module. APCL and APEL cannot be applied to the Master’s project and will not normally be applied to the Research Skills and Project Management module.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.


EU/ UK Student fee

£5,950 per year       

GSM London Alumni only

£4,165 per year

International Student fee

£7,250 per year 

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the Executive MBA, please email enquiries@gsmlondon.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7800