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Programme structure

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

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. Between study periods in Cambridge, participants are fully supported and engaged in the programme through the virtual learning environment (VLE), our online learning platform.

Programme content

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Pre-Term
Orientation week

The Orientation week is a very intensive introduction to all aspects of the Executive MBA. You will stay in one of the Cambridge colleges with the other Executive MBA participants, attend lectures throughout the week and experience formal college dinners.

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Term 1
Management Science

This course will examine 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, utilising 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 will enable 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. Topics covered 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 'doing' 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.

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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 around 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. On the course you 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 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.

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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 will cover 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 will 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, 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.

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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 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.

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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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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 'doing' 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 'doing' 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.

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

Please note that the content of the programme is subject to change.