Why we partner with the Exeter MBA

At the frontline of Change

A partnership with progressive, FTSE100 companies 

The Exeter MBA is a unique partnership with FTSE100 companies and leading NGOs - all leaders in their field, yet at the frontline of change.

The on-going contribution of our corporate and institutional partners ensures the programme content is focused, relevant and informed by real global challenges. We are working with some of the world’s most enlightened NGOs, start ups and multinationals – they place responsible management, sustainability and innovation at the heart of their strategies.

Our corporate and institutional partners support our participants on the programme in many different ways

How successful partnerships benefit you

Our partner organisations include FTSE100 companies, SMEs, NGOs and social enterprises - they all play an active part in the delivery of The Exeter MBA:

  • They co-deliver the MBA programme.  Our partners work alongside MBA Faculty to bring their own knowledge and experience to the programme by leading or co-delivering MBA modules, contributing guest talks and setting real-life business challenges for you to address as part of the assessment for your MBA
  • They provide opportunities to work with an inspirational range of organisations through case study analysis, assignments, projects, field and study trips.
  • They support and mentor you, help you practice your interview skills
  • They ensure The Exeter MBA is at the forefront of thinking and practice and relevant to the needs of modern day business by chairing the MBA's Corporate Advisory Board.

To see how our partners contribute to the MBA, see our interview with Business Because

Work and Study with Enlightened Partners 

On The Exeter MBA you take part in team-based consulting assignments with our corporate partners and external clients at key stages of the year, for example as part of individual module assessment, the MBA's Corporate Challenge, Emerging Business Models project, Innovation project - and of course for your final MBA project which you undertake for one of our partners.

These projects and assignments help you appreciate the nature of change our partners face, and give you the opportunity to design innovative business models and solutions. By doing so you develop valuable experience, knowledge and skills that will propel you into senior management or consultancy roles after graduation.

Corporate-sponsored MBA Challenges and Projects

In 2017, the following organisations turned to the MBA to leverage the innovative business thinking of its participants while setting them challenges and providing consulting project opportunities: 

  • IBM
  • Barclays
  • SAP
  • The Met Office
  • PwC
  • The White Company
  • The Cooperative Group
  • Fairtrade Foundation
  • Bunzl
  • Syngenta
  • Coca Cola
  • EY
  • Unilever
  • Oxfam
  • Marks & Spencer

We also work closely with smaller organisations and start ups - in particular those pioneering change through new business models such as Uber, Airbnb and organisations that leverage new technologies and ways of thinking.

On The Exeter MBA you will drive innovation and change.

Our Key Corporate Partners 

Accenture Development Partnerships works with leading international development organizations to address the world’s social, economic and environmental issues. By delivering the power of Accenture’s global capabilities and experience, it help its clients develop sustainable, innovative and market-based solutions to maximize value while driving measurable impact.


Canon is a world leader in imaging products and solutions for the digital home and office. Canon’s aim is to do business responsibly and they believe that the innovations and technological advances they embed into their products should enrich customer’s lives without harming the environment. From design and production through to customer use, recycling and re-use, they are working to reduce the environmental impact of their products and operations and promote sustainable consumption.


Centrax Gas Turbines specializes in the manufacture and service of gas turbine powered generator sets that use core engines from Siemens. The generator sets are used mainly for combined heat and power but also in base load, simple cycle and standby applications.  Centrax Gas Turbines is a global company, with a broad customer base throughout the world and employs approximately 250 people.


Grant Thornton is the world's seventh largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms which provide assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities, and public sector entities.


IBM is a globally integrated enterprise bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development with the aim of shaping the future of society at large, their ‘Smarter Planet’ initiative is designed to encourage innovative working across multiple industry sectors to ensure a smarter, anticipatory approach to solving problems and creating a competitive edge.

IBM are involved in the One Planet MBA to ensure that future leaders of all types of enterprises know how to be successful in a rapidly changing interconnected world which requires both vision and collaboration.


As a world leader in providing weather and climate services, the Met Office employs more than 1,700 at 60 locations throughout the world. The Met Office is recognised as one of the world's most accurate forecasters, using more than 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and a high performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day. These are delivered to a huge range of customers from the Government, to businesses, the general public, armed forces, and other organisations.


SAP is at the centre of today’s technology revolution. The market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organisations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition.


Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources.  At the heart of what it does is The Good Growth Plan, its six commitments to address critical challenges the world faces to achieve food security.


The Coca Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation, and manufacturer, retailer, and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. The company’s mission is to create a low carbon, zero-waste future where they use sustainable resources – as part of a closed loop system - and develop a business that makes a positive environmental, social and economic contribution to the communities in which they operate.


Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. Thomson Reuters employs more than 45,000 professionals, in 100+ countries.