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The Executive MBA is designed for ambitious professionals who are willing to embrace challenging, part-time study. The modular programme offers a convenient format for busy executives and is delivered in Shanghai, China in one of world's most vibrant cities.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Location of Study
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We recognise that the business leaders of the future will be required to demonstrate an array of professional skills, critical analysis and strategic planning in an increasingly challenging world. Our unique Executive MBA is focused on developing these core, transferable business skills.

It offers ambitious professionals the opportunity to further advance their careers by developing the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership skills needed to pursue a high profile career in business.

Available Programmes of Study

Our Executive MBA is designed to enhance your professional credentials with a globally-recognised MBA degree and first-class management training. The programme consists of nine core modules, and a Practical Intervention Project that will evidence the culmination of your study. The core modules include Global Strategy, Leading Strategic Change, Management Effectiveness, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Graduates from the programme will reap multiple benefits for themselves and their career. The programme will help you to:

  • Advance your leadership skills by learning to lead with vision and purpose
  • Develop a holistic approach to understanding and solving business problems
  • Negotiate and communicate successfully in a competitive business world
  • Learn how to evaluate trends and drive change across all areas of business
  • Develop managerial competence and advanced project management skills

Executive MBA (Shanghai, China)

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MBA 24 months On Campus Learning Part Time January Shanghai View

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MBA 24 months On Campus Learning Part Time September Shanghai View

Programme Information

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Our Executive MBA programme is delivered in Shanghai, China, over long weekends (Friday to Sunday), starting in September or January. You will follow an eight-week cycle of part-time study over two years, during which you will be taught by a wide range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. The classroom teaching comprises a mix of lectures, group work, case studies and discussion, and this along with one-to-one supervision is designed to provide you with a sound underpinning for a specific programme of practical research.

Why Study Executive MBA (Shanghai, China)?

We will cover key aspects of business management theory and practice with a strong emphasis on balancing knowledge and skills. You will develop a broad understanding and holistic view of the drivers of global business and the most effective approaches to the management of an international organisation. In short, you will be more than ready to move on to the next stage of your career.

Our Executive MBA consists of nine core modules, each bearing 15 credit points, plus a
45 credit Practical Intervention Project that will evidence the culmination of your study.

The core modules are:
• Strategy
• Leading Strategic Change
• Accounting and Finance for Executives
• Management Effectiveness
• Strategic Human Resource Management
• Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Business Ethics
• Marketing, Reputation and Value
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Global Strategy
• Practical Intervention Project

What Our Students Say

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This is a decision that I will never regret as this has not only been an excellent educational experience but a phenomenal opportunity to advance my leadership skills and my knowledge and experience of fundamental business skills.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

This programme is for you if you have a minimum of FIVE years’ post-degree work experience, a track record of professional achievement and a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline. The Programme Director may consider applicants with non-standard qualifications. If you have non-standard qualifications and extensive work experience, please ensure to enclose a complete CV and detailed work references.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.


The Executive MBA is professional learning tailored to help accelerate your career in the world of international business. You will gain the skills employers are looking for in senior positions and/or acquire the skills to you need to radically change career path or start your own business.


Our Executive MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Students who complete degree programmes that are CMI accredited will graduate with a professional qualification and be a member of the CMI.

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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Business School
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
AB24 3QY