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Course dates

The Cambridge Executive MBA is a 20-month programme delivered over 16 weekends and four week-long sessions, across five terms. It is designed so that you can continue working whilst earning a Cambridge degree. 

The programme requires only 34 days out of the office over the 20-month period. Between study periods in Cambridge, participants are fully supported and engaged in the programme through the virtual learning environment (VLE), our online learning platform.

2019 course dates

Course dates for the 2019 programme.

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Term one (2019)

The term begins with the Orientation Week, an intensive introduction to all aspects of the Executive MBA programme.

  • 14-20 September (Orientation week)
  • 18-19 October
  • 15-16 November
  • 13-14 December

Term two (2020)

International Business is one of the core courses on the programme, and this takes place in the form of the International Business Study Trip, with all lectures for the course delivered during the trip. You will receive an introduction to coaching during this term, which aims to help participants to make the most of their individual performance in a business context, where they are now and where they want to be in the future.

  • 17-18 January
  • 14-15 February
  • 14-21 March (International Business Study Trip)
  • 17-18 April

Your knowledge will be consolidated over the next two terms as more in-depth courses are taught, allowing you to learn more about yourself and your organisation.

Term three

  • 15-16 May
  • 12-13 June
  • 3-4 July
  • 31 July-1 August

Term four

The Team Consulting Project is a collaboration between an external organisation and EMBA participants, where participants form small teams to act as consultants for an organisation of their choice.

  • 4-5 September
  • 5-9 October (Team Consulting Project)
  • 6-7 November
  • 4-5 December

In the final term you have the opportunity to customise the programme through your choice of electives.

Term five (2021)

Electives allow you to broaden your experiences, focus on subjects of particular interest, and tailor your Executive MBA to your specific needs. Subjects for the electives vary from year to year.

  • 15-16 January
  • 10-13 February (Electives)
  • 12-13 March
  • 9-10 April 

Personal & Professional Development courses will take place every term.

Please note that the programme dates listed above are subject to change.

Weekend Schedule

As part of the assessment for the Executive MBA you are required to sit examinations. These generally take place on specific Friday mornings and are likely to require you to be here earlier on those days. The examination dates will be provided when you start the programme.

Friday Morning | Teaching sessions
Afternoon | Lunch & teaching sessions
Evening | Formal Hall dinner & speaker series (once a term)
Saturday Morning | Session
Afternoon | Lunch, teaching and wrap up sessions

Accommodation and meals

During your orientation week we arrange accommodation for all Executive MBA participants.

For weekend sessions, it is expected that you stay in commercial, non-collegiate accommodation in Cambridge. Some Colleges have guest rooms available to part-time students but availability of these are usually extremely limited and are often only available out of term. There are a number of hotels near to the School with whom the Executive MBA has organised reduced rates.

During your times in Cambridge you'll have the opportunity to experience 800 years of Cambridge history at College dinners.