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The Exeter MBA

Full-time MBA

Accelerate or redirect your career with our internationally accredited Exeter MBA programme. In addition to the contemporary curriculum essentials such as digital technology, data analytics and behavioural economics the Exeter MBA also offers personal transformations, design thinking and circular economy as a way to navigate the complex ethical decisions that leaders must take on a regular basis.

We recognise the importance of tackling global challenges in all our futures, this is a core value and goal of the Exeter MBA.

What to expect on your programme

Develop a solid grounding in core business disciplines through our core modules, and tailor our flexible programme to your individual interests and career needs with a range of specialist elective modules.

Take advantage of experiential learning through study trips, company visits, corporate challenges and consultancy projects for partner organisations, which complement workshops led by business practitioners and academics who are specialists in their field.

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Start date 

September 2024


Programme Director: Professor Donald Lancaster

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Full-time MBA programme structure

The following programme structure is for academic year 2023/24 only and may be subject to review and change for 2024/25 academic year.

The Exeter MBA programme structure 23-24

Specially designed for participants taking a career break after a period away from the world of study, our induction supports your return to education through workshops and team building activities. It will equip you with practical study skills, presenting with impact, campus orientation and team exercises required to make the most of your MBA. It will introduce you to your careers path, cross cultural skills and one-to-one coaching, as well as refreshing understanding of academic writing, referencing and use of AI.

Understanding our world

You will learn the basics of data analysis, accounting, finance, and economics, which will help you understand our world and how you can create change wherever you choose to take your MBA. You will build a set of professional skills and understand exactly when and where you can use these skills in your future career. You will be assessed by written assignments and MCQ test.


  • Economics
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Data Analytics

Achieving Sustainable Success

You will learn about the practical aspects of business: real-world marketing, operational management, and strategic decision-making that good managers employ to drive sustainable success. These tools for success are used in large and small organisations and will be valuable wherever your MBA takes you. You will be assessed by a simulation and written assignments.


  • Real-world Marketing
  • Operations
  • Strategy

Leading with Purpose

Delivered by academic staff from the Exeter Centre for Leadership (EXcL), you will learn what it takes to be a good leader. By focusing on the skills required to operate at a strategic level, you become a more effective leader in your future leadership role. You will be assessed by written assignments.


  • Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Responsible Governance: Ethics, Risk and Reputation

Designing A Better Future for All

Our students are unified by their desire to tackle global challenges, which is a core value of The Exeter MBA. You will study global challenges, and work with academic staff from our Centre for Circular Economy to explore and apply Circular Economy techniques. You will be assessed by written assignments, and the Design Challenge where you will work in a group to solve a real problem for an external organisation.


  • Tackling Global Challenges
  • Circular Economy Design Challenge
  • Circular Economy Corporate Challenge

Creating the new

Academic staff from our Centre for Entrepreneurship, and Initiative in the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX), will introduce you to current thinking and approaches to creating and realising new ideas. Here you will gain experience of new business models, and immerse yourself in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. You will be assessed by written assignments.


  • Digital Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Elective modules (choose up to 6)

  • Becoming an effective Negotiator/Influencer
  • Behavioural Economics in Practise
  • Being An Entrepreneur: New Venture Creation
  • Business and Climate Change
  • Leadership Skills Expedition (in Norway)
  • Leading Wellbeing
  • Media in the Age of AI
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Strategic Sales Management
  • Sustainable Business International (in France)
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Sustainable Performance Leadership
  • The Politics of Sustainability

MBA Consultancy Project

The culmination of your programme is your MBA Consultancy Project which is a unique opportunity to develop and apply your innovative business thinking by working with an external company or organisation to address a ‘live’ management issue. By undertaking your MBA Consultancy project, you will add value to a client organisation while solving the needs of a real organisation facing real business challenges.

Here at Exeter, we are committed to the personal and professional development of our MBA students, using a wide variety of creative teaching approaches.

Alongside taught and assessed programme elements, we place personal effectiveness at the heart of the MBA experience and ensure that all students have access to a portfolio of workshops, masterclasses and experiential learning opportunities, with voluntary activities such as:

  • Careers progression
  • Professional Coaching
  • Negotiation training
  • Storytelling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Networking
  • Guest Speakers
  • Business Visits
  • Interview training
  • Net Zero Workshop

In addition, the programme offers students the opportunity to become accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and by Future-Fit, both reputable sustainability organisations.