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Executive Management MSc

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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

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 Managers (15 credits)

Marketing Management (15 credits)

Strategy, Organisations and Change (15 credits)

Social Entrepreneurship (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

Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Institution-based methods study (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Leadership & People Management (15 credits)

Finance for Managers (15 credits)

Marketing Management (15 credits)

Strategy, Organisations and Change (15 credits)

Social Entrepreneurship (15 credits)


Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours in any discipline.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

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 500 words, answering the following questions. 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)

How does your experience and education make you a suitable candidate for this programme? (max 250 words)

Please write these questions as separate answers, with a clear title for your answer to each question. Documents where your answers are not clearly titled and separated will not be accepted

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.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is 25 April 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

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

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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