Programme outline

Lecturer in action

An immersive learning experience enabling you to make immediate impact.

The Oxford Executive MBA programme has 16-18 week-long modules (depending on your choice of elective courses). Modules are designed to fit alongside work commitments and run approximately every five weeks.

Start dates are in either September or January each year. The September intake is taught in one-week modules over 24 months and the January intake is taught in one-week modules over 22 months. Assessments take place at the end of each module, therefore the total duration to complete the September and January programmes is 26 and 24 months respectively. There is no difference in content or qualification between the two intakes, so you can apply to join the cohort with the timing that suits you best. 

Modules usually start on a Monday morning and end on a Friday evening. The first module will be online, with the rest mostly taking place in Oxford. We recommend you stay in or near to Oxford. Elective modules and overseas modules will include weekends, as indicated in this provisional list of module dates. The courses are complemented by personal study (reading, research, writing assignments), completed away from the Business School.


The programme is made up of:

  • Core courses that offer you a comprehensive understanding of modern business. The content and locations of these vary, and include international options.
  • Elective courses, selected by you, including overseas options designed to develop your individual skills and specialisations.
  • Compulsory projects: the Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford (GOTO) project and the Entrepreneurship Project (EP), both team collaborations, draw together and apply themes and topics studied on the programme.

Overseas options are available for core and elective courses. These combine intensive study with visits to companies, group presentations and lectures from faculty staff, government and industry leaders.

Throughout the programme, there will be a focus on leadership development, including group and individual coaching sessions, as well as a unique support programme of from the Executive Career Development Team including career coaching, career workshops, sector information sessions and events as well as online resources.

Elective courses

For every class, electives are aligned with current developments in management and business. 

Electives give you the chance to focus on certain subject areas to strengthen your current skill set, improve on your weaker areas, or focus on the more important areas for your organisation. There are 2-4 elective module weeks from which you will select four elective courses. 


Core themes

The programme includes core themes: entrepreneurial thinking (which includes a group entrepreneurship project), strategic leadership and global complexities and risk.

Teaching and learning methods


Alongside traditional teaching methods, you will have the chance to reflect on your own individual experiences and work with your peers.

The modules delivered in the Oxford EMBA are a catalyst for a shared learning experience between the cohort, as well as focused time with our faculty. Each course is taught intensively utilising case studies and highly interactive lectures, which require significant independent reading beforehand. 

In addition, study groups are formed to facilitate collaborative learning through debate, discussion and presentation. Between sessions, additional coursework is to be completed, both individually and in virtual groups, using online resources. 

Sample lecture


Experience our teaching style.

Accreditation and membership


The assessment regime is a combination of examinations, group and individual assignments. Assessment methods are tailored to most effectively achieve desired learning outcomes.


The final award on this programme is a Masters in Business Administration.


EFMD Equis Accredited

Membership of Association 

Global Network for Advanced Management