Executive MBA (Finance)

Executive MBA (Finance)

Summary

Study level
Award
MBA
Part time
1 year+
Location
Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Recent years have seen the global economy stagger from one crisis to the next, and these circumstances have radically transformed the role of financial management. Senior level finance professionals can now take advantage of greater employability options, in addition to increased opportunities for career progression. This is why the Arden Executive MBA (Finance) has been designed to develop your managerial skills in financial decision-making. Skills that will be in high demand in the labour market for a long time to come. 

This Executive Master of Business Administration degree will help bring out your best qualities as a manager and leader, and will provide you with continuous opportunities to apply what you learn to your current role throughout your time spent studying with us. On the course you’ll perform in-depth analyses of strategic financial management, corporate performance reporting, and personal and business transformation, learning how these areas relate to each other while building your strategic understanding of the commercial environment. 

The Arden Executive MBA (Finance) course has been developed by our highly experienced academic team in partnership with industry experts - all with the needs of future leaders like you in mind. When you complete this course, you’ll do so as a well-rounded, senior professional, ready to take reap the financial rewards of a career in a highly lucrative industry. 

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Course details and modules

Our Executive MBA (Finance) syllabus has been designed to accelerate your career by helping you develop the skills and knowledge demanded by the financial sector. Through this, we’re preparing you for the next step in your career as a senior finance professional. During the course you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates and fellow professionals with a breadth of experience, helping you build your international business network. Additionally, if you want to continue your academic development after graduation, our Executive MBA degree provides a strong foundation for further study at PhD level.

Simon Henry

I’ve found that studying my MBA online with Arden has given me a much more comprehensive foundation of knowledge around the topics I don’t often encounter in my work role, including financial decision-making, ethics and strategy. This knowledge will enable me to progress to more strategic roles in the future.

Simon Henry
MBA Online

Modules

  • Competitive Strategy
  • Leading Global Teams and Organisations
  • Financial Management
  • Contemporary Marketing Communications Planning 
  • Analysing Business and Financial Performance
  • Managing Strategic Finance and Risk
  • Business Transformation Project 

How do we assess you?

We’ve designed our assessments to give you a number of different ways to demonstrate your strengths. That’s why you’ll find a variety of methods are used, including:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Proposals
  • Business plans 

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Abdulrahaman Usman

As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy.
 
Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this Executive MBA (Finance) course, you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • 2 years’ suitable work experience

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this course. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

Don’t have prior work experience?

For those without prior work experience, we have an MBA programme that could be the perfect fit. Arden’s MBA has been designed to help students like you not only complete a full MBA, but also use their qualification as an entryway into a management position.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

Funding and Scholarships

The Arden University Postgraduate Merit Scholarship offers students with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or higher £2,000 off our postgraduate tuition fees. You can also apply for up to £11,570 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies. 

If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.

Refer a Friend

When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.

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Meet the faculty

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

Ready to progress to a senior management role? Our Executive MBA (Finance) degree gives you with the skills you need, from strategic thinking, to personal transformation, to change leadership. Whichever stage of the economic cycle we find ourselves in, the specialist attributes you will develop on this course are highly valued by private and public sector organisations alike. 

What can the MBA (Finance) do for me?

If you’re already working in a professional role and looking to take the next step to senior management, the Executive MBA (Finance) will help you to develop and demonstrate the skills you need. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Demonstrate your planning, problem-solving and strategic-thinking skills
  • Become a confident communicator in all business scenarios
  • Develop your financial management knowledge and skills
  • Develop deep knowledge in your chosen specialist area
  • Develop the ability to take a wider-world perspective on issues such as diversity and ethics
  • Completed projects and activities that have had a positive impact on your organisation

What can I do after Arden University?

Where do you want to go next? Our Executive MBA prepares you for senior and leadership roles, whether you choose to stay with your current employer or embark on a fresh challenge. 

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with like-minded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

When you graduate from Arden, you’ll have the chance to complete a level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, helping you fast-track to Chartered Manager status at an additional cost of only £150* inclusive of VAT. Completing this diploma independently can cost upwards of £2,000*.

You’ll also have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline. 

*Prices (including VAT) are correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change 

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway.