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Executive Management MSc

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*Please note, we are not accepting applications for this course for September 2021 entry.*

Learn about information for applicants and offer holders in response to Covid-19, and King’s teaching plans for September entry.

Applications to this programme can only be made upon prior completion of 30 credits of eligible Executive Education short courses at King's Business School. More details on the available courses can be found here on our Executive Education pages.

Our programme offers a distinctive high quality, postgraduate level education for experienced and practising (mid-career) executives in business and management related subjects in a research active and intellectually challenging environment.

This course specifically aims to:

  1. Enhance students’ knowledge of a variety of management related topics tailored to meet their need.
  2. Provide students with the opportunity to examine and understand the subjects as they apply to their own sector and organisation.
  3. Equip students with up to date knowledge and technical skills that they can apply on their return to their working environment in order that they can critically evaluate the impact and effectiveness of their current leadership/management practice
  4. Foster a context in which students can learn from a diverse and experienced cohort.
  5. Provide opportunities for learning from practitioners and experts in the field and for reflection on their own practice.
  6. Improve personal effectiveness, thereby enhancing the quality of management
  7. Facilitate students to integrate theory with practice through assignments that combine academic rigour with practical, practitioner relevant institution analysis.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Variable (up to 6 years)

Study mode Part-time

Credit value MSc (180 credits), PG Dip (120 credits), PG Cert (60 credits)

Course leaders Professor Alison Wolf

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200



Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty King's Business School



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Course detail


The programme provides a knowledge and understanding of the following:

1. A systematic and comprehensive understanding of aspects of, and inter-relationships between: organisations, their management, and the environments within which they operate.

2. A critical understanding of contemporary perspectives on the core subject areas of management and business.

3. Executive management responsibilities and priorities, including:

- Leadership

- People Management

- Strategy

- Finance

- Analytics

- Governance

- Entrepreneurship

4. Contemporary management issues, highlighting recent developments in theory and practice



Course format and assessment

The programme structure for this course consists of the following modules:

Leadership & People Management (15 credits)

Finance for Strategic Impact (15 credits)

Strategic Marketing Management (15 credits)

Strategic Management & Governance (15 credits)

Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Institution-based methods study (60 credits)

Adequate development of practical skills is assessed partially indirectly and partially directly through successful performance in coursework. Many coursework assignments require students to explicitly utilise some of these practical skills, while the acquisition of adequate knowledge, and the development of sufficient understanding, in many modules will necessitate students utilising several of these key practical skills. The undertaking of an institution-based methods study provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the practical skills that have been acquired through the course content.


Year 1

Students take two 15 credit modules (Executive Education courses) before enrolling on to the programme. They then take another two 15 credit modules (Executive Education courses), and two 60 credit modules, as in the programme structure. There are not nested awards and the standard exit awards apply.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Institution-based Methods Study (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements 2:1

Experience of management at executive level and completion of two 15-credit courses in the King's Business School Executive Education open programme. 

An undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours in any discipline is also normally expected but candidates who do not have a 2:1 undergraduate degree, but who meet the requirements above, may also apply. These candidates must upload their CV when they submit an application. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk.

Your application will be assessed by two members of staff. Candidates with non-traditional qualifications or experience may be interviewed, either in person or by phone if overseas, and all applicants are welcome to call us to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March and over holiday periods

Personal statement and supporting information

Supporting document Yes

Please provide a writing sample of around 250 words, answering the following question. Please note this an essential requirement and supporting statements which do not answer the questions below will not be assessed as part of your application. 

Why you are applying for this specific programme, and how does it fit in with your future plans? (max 250 words)

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Optional  
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application. Please note that for applicants without a 2:1 undergraduate degree, the inclusion of a CV is essential.

Application closing date

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Part time Home fees: £13,650
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,650

King’s College London alumni are eligible for a 10% discount.

Fees paid for MSc Executive Management modules completed before registering for the MSc will be credited against the total fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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