Many congratulations on securing a place on The Exeter MBA at the University of Exeter Business School this coming year. You will soon be joining a highly reputed, recognised and innovative MBA that will equip you with the knowledge, the skills and the mindset that will enable you to advance your career.

This website is designed to answer practical questions about familiarising yourself with the MBA and settling in the delightful city of Exeter. You will be studying, interacting and socialising with a highly selective group of promising business leaders. We are glad to have you with us, and we are confident you will find your time with us highly demanding, yet richly rewarding. We look forward to supporting you to achieve everything you want to on our MBA.

Dear Class of 2020

Many congratulations in securing a place on our award-winning Exeter MBA this coming year. I am delighted that you have chosen to join us.  You will be joining our Class of 2020 made of smart, engaged and ambitious professionals wishing to engage with the global challenges that we face and take part in a collaborative learning experience that will advance your career. We receive around five applications for every place on the programme, and we are delighted you will be one of the selected few who will have made it onto our MBA.

You will not only be joining one of the UK's most prestigious Universities, but also one of the most progressive, outward looking MBA programmes with a tremendous reputation. Earlier this year Corporate Knights recognised our MBA programme as number 2 in its ‘Better World’ MBA rankings. We take great pride in those achievements which reflect the tremendous efforts our team of MBA Faculty, professional colleagues and corporate partners have invested to keep the programme innovative, experiential, cutting edge - and most importantly, relevant to the needs of global employers.

We are very proud of the Exeter MBA, and so will you be. I can assure you we will do our utmost to engage you, excite you and support you as learn new knowledge, acquire new skills, understand your own developing ambitions and explore new opportunities - for yourself and/or your organisation. We are glad to have you with us, and we are confident you will find your time with us highly demanding, yet richly rewarding.

So welcome to Exeter, and welcome to the Exeter MBA.  We look forward to welcoming you on September 16th and we wish you a safe journey to Exeter.


Jackie Bagnall

Director, The Exeter MBA

The Full Time Exeter MBA will be starting on 16 September 2019 with our two week MBA Induction, which is designed to help you prepare for the demanding year ahead.  Following a day of acclimatisation, you will start your personal transformation.

Throughout the two week induction period you will be introduced to the academic requirements of the programme, be invited to build relationships with fellow MBA participants and MBA alumni, and refresh your writing, reasoning, and study skills while beginning the process of acclimatisation for MBA studies.

Induction Timetable

(please note that this may be subject to change)

Date Time Description
Monday 16th September 8.45 - 9.30  Welcome and refreshments   
  9.30 - 10.15 Programme overview with the Programme Director
  10.45 - 12.15 Welcome exercise and introduction to Personal Transformationsl
  13.30 - 15.30 Careers development and support 
  15.30 - 16.30 Introductions to the MBA Team, roles and responsibilities of an MBA student
Tuesday 18th September 08.45  Sign in
  09.00 - 12.00 Returning to the world of study
  12.00 - 12.30 Study insights with current MBA students
  12.30 - 13.30 Lunch with current students, alumni and faculty
  13.30 - 13.45 Team exercise with Associate Dean of Professional Education
  13.45 - 14.30 Campus orientation
  14.30 - 15.50 Visit to the new Entrepreneurship Centre with Adam Lusby
  15.00 on City centre orientation and team exercise
Wednesday 18th September 09.00 - 15.00 University registration and document clearance
  15.00 - 15.15 Welcome by Prof David Bruce Allen, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean
  15.15 - 17.00 Review of team excercise with Associate Dean of Professional Education
Thursday 19th September 14.00 Arrive in MBA Suite with overnight bag
  15.00 - 16.00 Travel to Dart Valley for Leadership / Team Building events
  17.30 - 21.00 Evening lecture and meal, overnight stay
Friday 20th September 07.30 - 08.15 Breakfast
  09.00 - 12.00 Practical leadership tasks with Justin Featherstone
  13.00 - 17.00 River crossing challenge with Justin Featherstone
 Week 2    
 Monday 23rd September 09.15  Sign in
  09.30 - 12.30 'Developing a Growth Mindset' with Rebecca Fielding
  14.00 - 16.30 'Developing a Growth Mindset' continued.
Tuesday 24th September 08.45  Sign in
  9.00 - 11.00 Guidance on academic referencing and plagerism wtih Alison Truelove
  11.30 - 12.00 Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) talk with Student's Guild, Tom Clemo
  13.00 - 15.00 Writing skills with Stuart Robinson
  15.00 -17.00 Networking skills
Wednesday 25th September 08.45 Sign in 
  09.00 - 12.30 'Presenting with impact'with Rob Hayes
  13.30 - 17.00 'Presenting with impact' with Rob Hayes continued
Thursday 26th September 08.45 Sign in
  09.00 - 11.00 Programme Practicalities with the MBA administration team
  12.30 - 13.30 Tools of learning (word, excel, end note)
  13.30 - 15.00 Introduction to academic writing for international students, with Q&A
Friday 27th September   MBA Alumni Conference


Registration for 2019/20 Postgraduate students opens on 22 August 2019.  Details of registration can be found here -

This short reading list will give you an introduction to the three main areas at the core of this MBA - Sustainability, Leadership and Technology - and will enable you to start preparing for your course.  Be prepared to discuss your views on one of the books when you start your programme.  You will be provided with further reading for the core modules as your MBA progresses.  

All of the publications mentioned will be available to borrow from the MBA library or provided to you on your modules.

Subject/module Title

Raworth, Kate (2018). Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. Random House Business. ISBN: 978-1847941398

Milanovic, Branko (2016). Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalisation. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674984035


Northouse, P.G. (2017) Introduction to Leadership. London: Sage. ISBN: 978-1506330082

Blog post:


Technology Schwab, Klaus (2017): The Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Penguin -  You can read the first chapter here -

Harari, Yuval Noah (2015. Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind.  Vintage. ISBN: 978-0099590088

Harari, Yuval Noah (2017). Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.  Vintage. ISBN: 978-1784703936 

General / Corporate Challenge The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Education Resource -


Something to watch: Ricardo Semler's TEDtalk -

During the MBA programme you will be required to access and use a number of software applications, including MS Excel, this will be particularly relevant for the Data Analytics module. You will therefore be required to have installed on your laptop/MAC/PC the latest version of Microsoft Office. As a registered student of the University of Exeter you can download a copy of MS Office free of charge. Please use this link to download a free copy, please note that you will need your IT username and password.

University accommodation

Online accommodation applications are open for September.  The University guarentees places for International Postgraduate students, and the deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.    Please see details including key dates here - university accommodation. Whether you want to live on campus or in the city centre, have your accommodation cleaned or be more independent, we have a residence to suit you. Look through the university residences' webpages, or use the search facility to see which one is right for you.

Private student accommodation

Take a look at our private accommodation list at Studentpad and see what's available. It is free to access and includes a list of shared houses and flats. You can contact landlords and agents directly to ask questions, arrange viewings and gather further information. The university encourages landlords who advertise to sign up to the Unipol student housing code ‐ a national landlord accreditation scheme aiming to help students make more informed choices about their accommodation and its quality.

You may want to get in contact with your fellow MBA students to find a place to share – please join the MBA Class of 2020 Facebook Group to see who else is looking for accommodation.

You can access the Full Time Programme timetable for 2019/2020 here -  Please bookmark this timetable, as this will be kept up-to-date and includes details such as room and start-time of lectures. The online timetable will also include any evening events and workshops.  The Full Time timetable is copied below, but may be subject to some minor changes.

The core programme comprises 5 segments which cover a range of topics as shown below:

  • Understanding our world - Topics covered:  Accounting and Finance, Economics, Data and Analytics
  • Creating a Future for All - Topics covered:  Tackling Global Challenges, The Corporate Challenge, Community Challenge
  • Leading Change and Building Effective Organisations - Topics covered:  Leadership, Change Management, Negotiation
  • Achieving Enduring Success - Topics covered:  Marketing, Operations Management, Strategy
  • Creating the New - Topics covered:  Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology

The Full Time Exeter MBA Timetable for 2019/2020

Core Modules

  Title Credits Dates
 Term 1      

MBA Induction Programme - including study skills, leadership and team buidling

n/a 16 - 20 Sept 2019 and  
23 - 26 Sept 2019
  MBA Alumni Conference n/a 27 Sept 2019
  Tackling Global Challenges & Developing an Ethical Perspective 10 30 Sept 2019 - 4 Oct 2019
  Basic book keeping, accounting and finance n/a 7 - 8 Oct 2019
  Marketing 10 9 Oct 2019, 
29 Oct - 1 Nov 2019
  Personal Transformations 5

10 Oct, 15 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct
4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov,
and 3 Dec 2019

  Leadership 10 16 Oct, 2 Dec 2019
  Accounting & Finance 10 17-18 Oct, 24 Oct 2019 and
12-13 Nov 2019
  Practical Insights into Data and Analytics 10 22-23 Oct 2019 and
5-6 Nov 2019
  The Design Challenge - IDEO n/a 14-15 Nov 2019
  MBA Consultancy Project - Workshop Part 1   25 Nov 2019
  Economics for Managers 10 26-29 Nov 2019
  Exam: Accounting & Finance   4 Dec 2019
  Corporate Challenge 10 9-13 Dec 2019
Term 2      

Personal Transformations 

  • Workshops and 1:1 sessions
  • Professional Impact Interviews
  • Leadership Workshop & Talent Event (London)

Various Mondays in Term 2 
12-14 Feb 2020
19-20 Mar 2020

  Igniting Change in Business 10 14-17 Jan 2020
  Leadership 10 20 Jan 2020 and
25 Mar 2020
  Strategy 10 21-24 Jan 2020
  Managing Strategic Resources & Operations 10 28-31 Jan 2020
  Negotiation 5 10-11 Feb 2020

MBA Consultancy Project Workshop Part 2
MBA Consultancy Project Workshop Part 3
MBA Consultancy Project Workshop Part 4


17 Feb 2020
2 Mar 2020
16 Mar 2020

  Strategic and Responsible Innovation 10 25-28 Feb 2020
  The Entrepreneurial Mindset 10 10-13 Mar 2020
  Leading in the 4th Industrial Revolution 10 24-27 Mar 2020
Term 3      
  Undertake electives - see details below    

Elective Modules (Choose 2)

Code Title Credits Dates

The Enteprenerial and Intrapreneurial Process: Starting Successful New Ventures
(Co-requisite MBAM912) 


27-28 April 2020
19-20 May 2020
12 June 2020


Generating Insights Through Deeper Analytics 
(Co-requisite MBAM913)


29-30 April 2020
21-22 May 2020


Corporate Finance


5-8 May 2020


Leading Resilient Organisations


26-29 May 2020 



Sustainable Finance


2-5 June 2020


Business-to-Business Marketing


8-11 June 2020


Leadership Skills Expedition

10 13 - 17 July 2020
MBAM936 International Experiences  10  Various dates May/June 2020

Compulsory Project Workshops

Title Credits Dates

MBA Project

  • Project Workshop 1 
  • Project pitching 1 (evening - 2 hours)
  • Project pitching 2 (evening - 2 hours)
  • Project pitching 3 (evening - 2 hours)
  • Project Workshop 2
  • Project pitching 4 (evening - 2 hours)
  • Project pitching 5 (evening - 2 hours)
  • Project Workshop 3
  • Project Workshop 4
  • Project Workshop 5

25 November 2019
20 January 2020
27 January 2020
11 February 2020
17 February 2020
17 February 2020
24 February 2020
2 March 2020
16 March 2020
1 May 2020


MBA programme and admissions • Contact Emma Birch in the MBA Office
• Email:
• Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 725078
Accommodation • Contact the Accommodation Office via the Student Information Desk
• Email:
• Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 72 4724
Fees and Finance • Contact the Student Information Desk
• Email:
• Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 72 4724
Visa requirements and travelling to the UK • Contact the International Office via Student Information Desk
• Email:
• Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 72 4724

• See the Registration page on the website
• If you have a problem activating your IT Account ‐ contact the Student Information Desk

Q: What are the University Term Dates?

A: Term dates can be found here - .  Please note that the MBA Term 1 begins on 16 September 2019 with our two week Induction programme, and finishes on 13 December 2019.

Q: What books will I need to purchase?

A: You may like to buy some of the core texts (see Preliminary Reading List), but most of the books you will need are available to borrow from the University Library or the MBA Mini-library.  Many books are also available to borrow and view electronically from the Library.  If you want to buy your own books, you may find second-hand copies for sale at much lower prices - for example from here: 

Q: How do I get to Exeter?

A: If you are flying into the UK from overseas, you will be flying into London Heathrow or London Gatwick.  Details of how to organise your travel to Exeter can be found here -

If you have any more questions before you arrive, please feel free to contact us on or tel: +44 (0) 1392 725078.