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Below you can find an example of the structure of our programmes. Click on a course title below for more information.

Pre-Term
Orientation Week

The Orientation Week is an intensive introduction to all aspects of the Executive MBA programme. Participants attend their first lectures and start getting to know their classmates.

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Term 1
Management Science

This course examines how managers can utilise scientific modelling to test their business intuition and understanding of a complex issue, before exploring how simple models can be used to communicate business insight and decisions up and down an organisation.

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Corporate Finance

The main objective of the course is to help participants understand the concepts and techniques used by organisations to make practical financial and investment decisions, using real business examples.

The course is aimed at the non-specialist and provides a strong overview of theoretical and practical financial issues that will inform other areas of their EMBA studies.

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Financial Reporting & Analysis

Knowledge of accounting is essential for understanding the financial performance of any organisation. The main objective of this course is to help students with no prior academic knowledge of accounting become informed users of financial statements.

The course enables participants to understand, record and present economic information, before developing skills to critically analyse and interpret accounting data for use in management decisions.

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Microeconomics

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to the parts of microeconomics that are especially relevant to management. This is a foundational course designed to give you an economic perspective on the topics, concepts and analytical tools that you will encounter in other parts of the EMBA. These include price theory, the firm, market structure, game theory, transactions costs, market power and externalities and the environment.

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Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice.

‘Management’ we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. ‘Praxis’ refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Personal / Professional Development & Speaker Series

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Our Executive coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. Participants hear from termly guest speakers that focus on either Leadership in Action or Practitioner Insight.

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Term 2
Organisational Behaviour

Understanding how individuals behave and the relationship between individual and group behaviour and organisational performance are some of the most challenging issues for managers.

The course is designed to increase your knowledge of people’s behaviour within organisations and how it can be influenced and managed to maximise organisational performance.

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Corporate Finance

The role of the corporate finance function in an organisation is to make practical and effective financial and investment decisions. You will learn about financial concepts, models and techniques used by organisations.

Basic insights of corporate finance theory are presented and linked to real business decisions. The course also addresses the present valuation of future cash flows, the treatment of risk and the impact of agency costs and asymmetric information on an organisation’s choice of financing.

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Operations Management

Most of an organisation’s personnel and assets are typically devoted to processes – systematic activities to be delivered reliably over time. From marketing and sales to finance and HR, every corner of a company is affected by processes.

Participants are taught to understand different kinds of processes, critically examine them and make recommendations for improving their productivity. This learning will ensure participants understand issues facing supply chain management and process alignment, and its impact on key operational decisions such as revenue management and product development.

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International Business

International Business takes place in the form of an International Business Study Trip with all lectures for the course delivered during the trip. The course covers internationalisation strategies including why and how firms internationalise.

You will meet local business leaders and government officials and visit leading domestic and international organisations to understand the varied responses to globalisation.

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International Business Study Trip

The International Business Study Trip is a week-long visit to a global location carefully selected based on current economic trends around the world. The core course – International Business – is delivered in its entirety on this trip. Past EMBA classes have visited the United States, Brazil, Argentina and China.

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Personal / Professional Development & Speaker Series

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Our Executive coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. At termly EMBA dinners, participants will hear from guest speakers that focus on either Leadership in Action or Practitioner Insight.

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Term 3
Individual Project

The Individual Project can be about any practical aspect of business or management, and is equivalent to a master’s degree thesis. The project gives you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and allows for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of your chosen topic.

Participants’ projects represent a contribution to new knowledge. Some are subsequently published as papers for academic, practitioner or policy audiences.

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Team Consulting Project

The Team Consulting Project is a core element of the Executive MBA programme. It is taken for credit but is not formally assessed by Cambridge Judge Business School.

Instead, participants receive real feedback from their project clients. The project requires you to work in groups as a consulting team for a client of your choice, applying your learning to a real business issue.

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Marketing Management

This course covers the role of marketing as a process, how it contributes to an organisation’s survival and growth and how marketing plans are developed, implemented and evaluated over time.

Participants gain the skills needed to develop and communicate strategies, analyse customers and competitors and build strong brands within a global context.

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Macroeconomics

The course provides participants with an introduction to macroeconomics. The aim is to give participants sufficient background information for them to make judgments about macroeconomic events and policies. They also assess their likely impact on organisations and the ability to follow and appreciate non-technical commentaries on the macroeconomy and macroeconomic policy.

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Negotiation Skills

Relationships are key to business success, yet they are fragile. Good management, of one’s life and professional career requires a set of distinct relational skills: the ability to distribute value, to spot opportunities for value creation, to deal effectively with differences, to circumvent or resolve conflict, to be seen as fair and objective and to manage difficult conversations.

The course provides strategies and tactics to succeed in all types of negotiating environments; drawing on case studies, role playing and real-world experiences to help develop the skills required to successfully and confidently manage the negotiation process.

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Personal / Professional Development & Speaker Series

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Our Executive coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. At termly EMBA dinners, participants will hear from guest speakers that focus on either Leadership in Action or Practitioner Insight.

Find out more about the PPD series

Term 4
Individual Project

The Individual Project can be about any practical aspect of business or management, and is equivalent to a master’s degree thesis. The project gives you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and allows for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of your chosen topic.

Participants’ projects represent a contribution to new knowledge. Some are subsequently published as papers for academic, practitioner or policy audiences.

Find out more about the Individual Project

Team Consulting Project

The Team Consulting Project is a core element of the Executive MBA programme. It is taken for credit but is not formally assessed by Cambridge Judge Business School.

Instead, participants receive real feedback from their project clients. The project requires you to work in groups as a consulting team for a client of your choice, applying your learning to a real business issue.

Find out more about the Team Consulting Project

Managing Innovation

In order to compete successfully and thrive, organisations must continuously adapt to new market needs and new technology. However, innovation consistently emerges as one of the major challenges that CEO’s face in their organisations, leaving them vulnerable to losing their competitive advantage.

The course is designed to enable participants to develop their own perspectives on implementing innovation, exploring how companies can redefine themselves in the digital era and the frameworks and tools that can be used to support innovation objectives.

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Strategic Management

Strategic management is the continuous planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment of all that is necessary for an organisation to meet its goals and objectives.

The course helps you understand the role of strategy in the success and failure of organisations and proceeds mainly through case studies from a range of industries. Each case or lecture will introduce new strategic concepts all of which come together to give an overall understanding of strategy.

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Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice.

‘Management’ we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. ‘Praxis’ refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Personal / Professional Development & Speaker Series

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Our Executive coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. At termly EMBA dinners, participants will hear from guest speakers that focus on either Leadership in Action or Practitioner Insight.

Find out more about the PPD series

Term 5
Individual Project

The Individual Project can be about any practical aspect of business or management, and is equivalent to a master’s degree thesis. The project gives you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and allows for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of your chosen topic. Participants’ projects represent a contribution to new knowledge and some are subsequently published as papers for academic, practitioner or policy audiences. At the Executive MBA dinners, which are held once a term, you hear from a guest speaker; either a Leadership in Action Speaker, who focuses on the challenges, triumphs and lessons of running organisations or a Practitioner Insight Speaker, who shares his or her experience of specific areas of business such as marketing or finance.

Find out more about the Individual Project

Corporate Governance & Ethics

Corporate governance is a critical topic for senior executives to understand, because it concerns issues of ownership, control and accountability for organisations.

This course examines the role of governance, the justifications for governance reforms and the ethical problems involved across issues as diverse as takeovers, mergers, auditing processes and shareholder engagement.

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Electives

Electives allow you to broaden your experiences, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor the EMBA to your specific needs. Subjects for the electives vary from year to year, and are chosen to best complement the interests of each cohort.

Find out more about our electives

Electives

Electives allow you to broaden your experiences, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor the EMBA to your specific needs. Subjects for the electives vary from year to year, and are chosen to best complement the interests of each cohort.

Find out more about our electives

Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice.

‘Management’ we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. ‘Praxis’ refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Personal / Professional Development & Speaker Series

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Our Executive coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. At termly EMBA dinners, participants will hear from guest speakers that focus on either Leadership in Action or Practitioner Insight.

Find out more about the PPD series

  • Pre-term courses
  • Core courses
  • Management Praxis course
  • Electives
  • Travel
  • Projects
  • Personal / Professional Development & Speaker Series

Please note: the above table provides a representation and is subject to change.

Our programmes

Use the tabs below to view further information specific to each of the programmes we offer.

The Cambridge Executive MBA is a 20-month programme delivered over 16 weekends and four week-long sessions, spread across five terms.

It is designed so that you can continue working while earning a Cambridge degree. Participants are fully supported and engaged in the programme through the virtual learning environment (VLE), our online learning platform.

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The programme structure

Find out about the various components of the programme and see a typical weekend in Cambridge.

The Cambridge Executive MBA, is a 20-month degree programme for senior executives. The programme format has been designed to fit with the schedules of busy executives, so you don’t need to spend significant time away from your place of work. It is delivered over 16 weekends and four blocks, three week-long blocks, and one four-day block.

Core courses

The programme comprises core courses designed to ensure you understand the role of different business disciplines required to run an organisation and are familiar with their key tools and methodologies, appreciate the way in which they operate in the wider organisational context, and are fully conversant with the language and terminology they use. In addition to the core courses, are electives designed to enable you to focus on areas of particular interest. Participants each choose two electives. Subjects vary year by year and are chosen to best represent the interests of the cohort.

Electives

The elective week runs for four days, starting on a Wednesday and running through to Saturday. After graduation, we offer our alumni the opportunity to return to Cambridge each year to undertake an elective, free of charge, alongside current participants. In most cases, participants have an ongoing commitment to their current organisation and employer and receive support from them. With this in mind, the focus for career development is placed on personal professional development, rather than traditional career services.

Personal and professional development

The Personal & Professional Development programme provides an opportunity to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. As part of the PPD, we offer a personalised executive coaching programme. Each participant has their own personal coach to help develop them in an area of their own choosing.

Orientation Week

Orientation Week takes place in September, at the start of the programme and does an intensive introduction to all aspects of the programme. It gives you a chance to settle back into the academic mindset and to start to get to know fellow participants. The international business study trip has been designed so that learning takes place in situ. The trip combines formal lectures, case studies, and structured discussion with local practitioners, experts, and on-site visits. The class meets local business leaders and government officials and visits leading domestic and international organisations to understand at firsthand the varied responses to globalisation.

Collaboration and networking

Collaboration and networking are essential components of the programme. Throughout the course, there are a number of opportunities for group work. And groups are changed around, so that participants have the opportunity to work with different members of the class.

Team Consulting Project

The Team Consulting Project requires you to work as a consulting team for a client of your choice. It can cover any aspect of business and may be located in any commercial, industrial, public sector, or not-for-profit organisation anywhere in the world. The individual project may be on any aspect of business or management. The project should engage with an issue of practical management concern and include a critical analysis of the relevant professional and academic literature. It’s a chance to delve deeper into a subject you feel passionate about.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

The virtual learning environment is a web-based platform that enables you to continue learning while you are away from Cambridge. Prior to the start of each term, the study materials for each course will be available on the VLE. Participants use the VLE to post general inquiries, announcements, and observations, and their classmates benefit from seeing these and sharing their responses. It is compulsory to attend all the credited courses, whether they are assessed or not. A variety of assessment methods are used during the programme, including formal university written exams, individual and group written assignments, group and individual presentations, and in-class tests.

Weekend learning

Participants arrive in Cambridge to start class at 10:00 on Friday. Lunch is an opportunity to catch up and network with classmates. Classes begin again in the afternoon and continue until 19:00 Once a term, participants go to one of Cambridge University’s 31 Colleges for drinks and dinner.

At dinner, you will hear from the speaker, either a leadership in action speaker who focuses on the challenges, triumphs, and lessons of running organisations, or a practitioner insight speaker, who shares his/her experience of specific areas of business, such as marketing or finance. Classes begin again at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning and continue through to 17:45.

Participants return home on Saturday evening, ready to apply what they’ve learned over the weekend to their work the following week. The Cambridge EMBA; see where it takes you.

Is the Cambridge EMBA right for you?

Our participants, alumni and faculty share their experiences of the Cambridge Executive MBA.

[MUSIC PLAYING] Cambridge is an incredibly special place in the UK. I think it’s an incredibly special place on the world stage. It’s one of a very small number of places and, obviously, Silicon Valley being the original example, that can claim to be a technology cluster or a business cluster with a straight face.

It’s got that critical mass of technical academic expertise, which is often the source of the ideas. Yeah, you can build great businesses on the back of just being good at business. But the wonderful thing about the business is that grad of Cambridge is, often, they have at their heart some sort of kernel of real cleverness.

You don’t just have the clever. You don’t just have the clever thing. You have the clever thing. And then you drop that into an environment, and then things crystallise. It’s like kind of crystallising a cloud.

You drop this little crystal in. And then all of this accumulated capital, accumulated business expertise, the accumulated connections required to take a good idea and bring it to scale, those are the things that Cambridge offers. And those are the things, I think, it’s very hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

The Cambridge educational experience is unique because it’s not just about being in the classroom. It’s being part of a collaborative community. So we believe that many of our EMBA participants really learn a lot from each other. So a lot of that collaboration, a lot about learning from each other, so it’s about taking what they learn here back into the workplace but also taking what their experience in the workplace back here and sharing with their colleagues.

Cambridge has produced them over 108 Nobel Prize winners over the years. We have a great business school. And obviously, our students and participants are part of a great institution, where the learning process is very natural. We can always link business ideas to a whole range of different topics.

My background is in finance and investment banking. And in 2005, I started my own company. Later, I engaged in a total of 11 startup companies as a founder or a co-founder. Currently serve as CEO for one of those companies,

Judge Business School and the MBA present a valuable laboratory, where ideas and initiatives can be discussed and challenged and sharpened and potentially develop into companies. This presents a very, very valuable access to knowledge, to the network, and to really enhance my companies.

We met before the course at one of the open events. We both worked in technology innovation. During the course, we kind of realised there was a real opportunity to do a new type of innovation consulting firm. Shortly after the course, we’ve decided to talk quite seriously about it and then started Catalyst Corporation, which is our new innovation consultancy.

With Catalyst, we’ve tried to form a new form of innovation consultancy. What we’d seen in our background working on innovation is, although a lot of innovations were successful, quite a lot of companies either lose all their creativity when they’ve come to deliver, or you have some really exceptional, great creative ideas that don’t ever make it to market. What we realised is if we couple great creativity with some serious analytical business thinking, we can help ensure that companies have innovations that work and will deliver them value.

The Judge Executive MBA starts with a week in Cambridge in September. The course itself is on a Friday and a Saturday each month, where we all get together in Cambridge to study and learn together. Obviously, in between the monthly weekends, there’s personal study that you need to do in your own time, which is around reading, using a virtual learning environment, group exercises, and discussions with your course mates about the material that we’re studying.

So I had a tiny baby when I started the course. Managing the workload whilst also looking after a very small baby was quite challenging. But I managed to find balance asking for help from my family. And now that she’s a little bit older, I’ve got into a rhythm of studying for a couple of hours every evening after she’s gone to bed. For me, that kind of work/life balance works really well.

So it’s really hard to point to one part of the company that hasn’t been influenced either partially or significantly by the EMBA. Obviously, we’re a consultant. So we work across a range of functional disciplines.

And the EMBA content really reflects that. So that’s from practical things, like the things we learned from management and accounting and finance, to particularly looking at the management of working capital and financial planning and financial structure of the business. And the other things that were really useful are the softer skills, management practise, organisational behaviour courses. They gave us an opportunity to be really conscious about designing the culture of the type of company that we wanted to own and work in.

Often, what I do is I pick an elective that is going to grow my current career. So for example I would pick an elective about disruptive innovation or fast strategy, which really helped me grow my role in innovation within my sector, which is satellite communication. And then I would pick other electives that are, for example, how to be an effective board director and without knowing how it is going to impact my career.

And surprisingly, fast forward 12 months later, I am now a board member. Sometimes when you stretch your goals and you explore new areas, you open your horizons. And you never know what’s going to come afterwards.

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Please note that the timings and content of the programme referred to in the film are subject to change.

The Global Executive MBA is a 20-month programme delivered in co-operation with Peking University HSBS Business School. 

The programme is delivered over 10 one-week blocks, some of which are in Cambridge and some in Shenzhen, China. 

The Cambridge Judge Business School and Peking University HSBC Business School Cooperative Programme

The Global Executive MBA provides students with exposure to Chinese business and culture during its four weeks of teaching in Shenzhen. For those successful Global EMBA applicants looking to deepen their Chinese knowledge and get a qualification from a leading Chinese university, the Cooperative Programme between Cambridge Judge and Peking University’s HSBC Business School (PHBS) now provides that opportunity.

Master of China Studies for Economics and Management (MCS)/Certificate of China Studies for Economics and Management (CCS)

As part of a wider collaboration between Cambridge Judge and PHBS, the Programme allows successful Global EMBA applicants the option, if they wish, to enrol in either a Master of Chinese Studies (MCS) or a Certificate of Chinese Studies (CCS). Both of these are taught and awarded by Peking University, one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in China. The cooperation between Cambridge Judge and PHBS allows students to study for both the Global EMBA and one of the Peking University qualifications during a two year period, with the timetables carefully sequenced to avoid any overlap, and to minimise the travel and workload.

The Certificate, which requires less study time, is a non-degree qualification but successful students will become alumni of Peking University.

Please note that the MCS is not available to Chinese nationals, but the CCS is.

Further information about the MCS and CCS is available from Peking University’s website.

Assessment methods

Executive MBA students are assessed through a combination of examinations, written project submissions, and class assignments of various kinds – some group and some individual.

The combination of assessment techniques provides a well-rounded assessment of participants’ abilities. All assessed work is a requirement of the programme.

Feedback

Participants receive qualitative and quantitative feedback on their assignments. For written examinations they receive quantitative feedback in line with University of Cambridge regulations.