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The Cambridge EMBA is aimed at senior professionals with the potential to hold leading roles within their organisations. As an employee’s career progresses, they will need to make informed, strategic decisions on areas of significant responsibility. The programme helps them to develop a broad, comprehensive understanding of organisational areas, a strong grasp of the global business environment and ‘soft’ leadership skills so that they can manage and lead organisations effectively.

We are keen to work with companies interested in developing their employees and preparing them for more senior roles.  If you would like to find out more or discuss any aspects of sponsoring employees, please contact:

Alison Greenwood

[email protected]

Benefits of the Cambridge Executive MBA

The format of the programme has been carefully designed so that participants spend as little time away from their work as possible, roughly 34 days out of the office over a 20-month period. This time off can be negotiated with employers as vacation, unpaid leave, study days, time off in lieu, etc.

It is a requirement of the Cambridge EMBA for its participants to be in full-time employment and the application of lessons learned over the EMBA is an important feature of the programme.

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The EMBA focuses on participants’ personal and professional development, better preparing them for the demands of a senior management or leadership role. The programme aims to develop participants’ effectiveness as leaders through executive coaching and peer-to-peer learning, developing skills in negotiation, communication, team management, strategic thinking, leadership and relationship-building skills.

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We believe the ability to collaborate effectively is at the heart of business success, particularly for those looking into senior management positions. Participants can learn directly from a peer group with varied and notable experience, the results of which can be extremely valuable in the future. Participants have an average age of 37, demonstrate 12 years’ work experience and represent over 20 nationalities worldwide.

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Cambridge Executive MBA participants have access to a large alumni community through Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge Colleges and the greater University network. Participants become lifelong members of one of the University’s 31 Colleges.

Cambridge Executive MBA participants are also allowed to return to the School to complete one elective a year, free of charge, for the remainder of their working lives. This is a valuable opportunity for alumni to keep abreast of the latest research, meet with former colleagues and make contacts in other EMBA cohorts.

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Cambridge is a European hub of hi-tech innovation and entrepreneurship. The EMBA offers the opportunity to meet with local and Accelerate Cambridge start-ups during the programme’s wrap-up sessions held on Saturday evenings. Learning about entrepreneurship within the course structure, peer-to-peer learning from entrepreneurs on the programme and meeting active start-ups helps participants practice ‘intrapreneurship’ within their own organisations. 

EMBA participants work on two ‘live’ projects, which reflect our belief in ‘learning by doing’. Organisations from multinational companies to FTSE 100 companies have sponsored projects for EMBA participants to work on, and can provide an opportunity to explore new industries and test new approaches.

Our programme includes two real-time projects:

Team Consulting Project

A week-long group project where participants work in small teams consulting for a major organisation.

The Team Consulting Project (TCP) requires participants to work as a consulting team for a client of their choice, applying learning to a live business issue. This project may cover any aspect of business in any commercial, industrial, public sector or not-for-profit organisation anywhere in the world. Participants gain insight into the client’s organisation, which is often in a different industry, and bring back knowledge, experience and connections from the organisation to their own place of work.

Find out more about the Team Consulting Project

Individual Project

An individual project where participants focus on a business challenge faced by him/herself or the organisation for which he/she works.

The Individual Project (IP) provides participants with an opportunity for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of a chosen topic. Participants usually choose an aspect of their current organisation in which they have a special interest and wish to explore more deeply.

Find out more about the Individual Project