Executive MBA in HR

Develop your academic understanding of the internal and external environment of contemporary organisations and how they respond to dynamic environmental contexts. This Online Executive MBA in HR will improve your knowledge of Human Resource Management and Employee Engagement.

Online Executive MBA in HR

HR is no longer just about hiring and firing. Modern, forward-thinking organisations, focus their HR on moulding the invaluable human assets of the team and taking a strategic approach to the future of the organisation. As HR becomes a more critical role within company management, a higher qualification in HR is increasingly sought-after.

HR professionals must understand the key developments in the business - both internally and externally - to strategise effectively and respond to existing and potential challenges. But it’s not just about the strategy - HR needs to ensure that employees feel involved, committed and engaged. The bottom line is, effective HR management is about having the right balance of people and skills that complement and support the organisation in its strategic direction.

Delivered in partnership with the University of Gibraltar, our Online Executive MBA in HR will develop your understanding of Human Resource Management and Employee Engagement.

The online MBA in HR will enable you to fast track your career path to senior management or directorship level and give you the confidence, skills, and knowledge to tackle any situation you may face in the internal and external HR business environment.

Key Facts

Awarding University

University of Gibraltar


18 months


20 hours/per week


100% Online

Class Size


Career Stage

Middle management

Application Deadline

15th August 2021

Next Intake

March 2022 Modules dates

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Why Study an Online Executive MBA in HR

The Online Executive MBA in HR aims to advance management-level students' existing leadership, industry and management experiences. It will help you:

Transform Your Career

45% of students who successfully complete an EMBA receive a pay rise. Opportunity to move into a higher-level post within your current employment or professional area. Set up your own business and venture into self-employment.

Increase Your Confidence

Step up and stand out by demonstrating to employers your capability and self-motivation to learn at a higher level. Stay at the top of your game by gaining a deeper understanding of management and business.

Boost Your Knowledge

Across the board - Intellectual skills, Practical skills, Transferable skills. Advance your existing leadership, industry and management experience in the context of business management.

Who is an Online Executive MBA in HR for?

Our Online Executive MBA in HR has been designed and developed with experienced HR managers in mind.

Our programme is aimed at aspiring business leaders, executives and mid-level managers who want to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset and embed strategy in everything they do. This programme is designed for those who are self-motivated, have a desire to learn, and the drive to keep learning.

We like students who challenge the status quo, who wake up ambitious and love working with other professionals.

It will provide students with:

  • Contemporary knowledge and understanding of management theory and practice in the context of HR.
  • Theoretical and applied perspectives.
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in HR to various organisations.
  • An understanding of the factors that affect human resource management within organisations, and finding solutions to complex or unpredictable situations.
  • An understanding of the complexities and problems surrounding employee engagement, and how to evaluate them.

How Will I Learn?

We take an andragogical approach to learning. The 18-month course is self-directed - this means there are no lectures, no video-based classes or slideshows, and no dedicated study times, giving you optimum flexibility and putting you in control of your learning. Your studies will instead focus on tutor-led discussions, module assignments, and reflective practice to help you develop the skills needed at post-graduate level.

This groundbreaking style of learning is inspired by real-life scenarios that you will contribute from your own experience. You will challenge other students and be challenged. We do not use pedagogical methods (where a student relies entirely on a teacher).

  • Business experience is built upon real-life scenarios and challenges therefore you will develop skills such as leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • You will participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. This usually occurs within multidisciplinary groups of 15-20 students.

These innovative teaching methods will allow you to seamlessly translate your studies into your everyday challenges.

Our dedicated Student Services Team is also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.


The full Online Executive MBA in HR will be formed of six 20 credit modules (120 credits in total) and a 60 credit student /organisation specific research/capstone project. This is an 18-month programme. Each module has been carefully crafted by taking into consideration the need to blend traditional business management subjects with rapidly emerging trends in HR.

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practices of marketing. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant marketing theories, conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting and solving marketing problems and presenting novel applications of marketing to improve the organisation's value propositions. Primarily it seeks to develop students’ capabilities to effectively direct and manage an organisation's marketing function.

Module Summary
  • Understanding marketing management
  • Developing marketing strategies and plans
  • Creating customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty
  • Analysing consumer and business markets
  • Identifying market segments and targets
  • Creating brand equity and crafting the brand positioning
  • Marketing through the life cycle
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Relationships loyalty and co-creation
  • Service dominant logic
  • Management of the original and extended marketing mix
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its marketing function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Critically reflect upon the application of rapidly emerging marketing practices by various organisations.
Module Aims

The module aims to develop your understanding and application of the principles, practices, models and tools called upon to ensure a holistic, responsible approach to strategic management. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting both the business environment and the organisation's resource base to solve problems and presenting novel, sustainable business-level strategies.

Module Summary
  • Strategic management philosophies and schools of thought
  • Business environment analysis
  • Competitive positioning/rivalry
  • Core competencies/resource-based strategies
  • Generic business strategies
  • Strategies for growth/sustainability
  • Stakeholder engagement/positioning
  • Value chain analysis
  • Strategic change
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its approach to strategic function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Diagnose strategic opportunities or problems and critically evaluate strategic choices and viable strategic options to assist them.
Module Aims

This module aims to develop your understanding and interpretation of sound financial management to almost all business decisions in order to understand the impact of this function on the principles and practices of executive management decision making.

Module Summary
  • The terminology of accounting and the structure and content of the main financial statements used by business organisations.
  • The role and use of different financial statements.
  • The use of management accounting techniques for business planning and decision making.
  • Sources of business finance and the role of financial information in the financing of a business.
  • Business budgeting and budgetary control.
  • The use of investment appraisal techniques in retail management.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate, present and prepare financial information in a clear and accurate way.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of financial information for management decision making and control.
Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the nature and functioning of organisations and the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. It seeks to encourage you to use this knowledge to inform and improve your leadership and management skills and practices.

Module Summary
  • The individual at work
  • Motivation, satisfaction and productivity
  • Group behaviour and leadership
  • Power, authority and conflict in organisations
  • Organisational structure and design
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational change
  • Wellbeing
  • Employee engagement
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate relevant theories and empirical evidence relating to organisational behaviour.
  2. Critically appraise and evaluate different strategies for management and leadership.
Module Aims

This module aims to explore external and contextual factors affecting organisations and assess the impact of these factors on human resource management.

Module Summary
  • Philosophies, definitions and the nature of HRM in contemporary organisations
  • Types of organisations and the role of HRM within them
  • The nature of international HRM
  • Strategic HRM and its role in supporting the organisation’s overall strategy
  • Factors, forces and emerging themes shaping HR agenda
  • The internal and external environment of organisations
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically evaluate varying factors that affect organisations and evaluate their effect on human resource management strategies and responses.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of workable human resources solutions and their implementation in complex or unpredictable situations.
Module Aims

This module will explore different dimensions of employee engagement, exploring what is meant by the term ‘engagement’, why some organisations are better than others at creating ‘authentic’ engagement.

Module Summary
  • Workplace communication
  • Motivation, job satisfaction and job involvement
  • Employee engagement and wellbeing
  • Managing employment expectations
  • Trust and psychological contract
  • Influence and power
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate depth of awareness and understanding of employee engagement, undertaking evaluation of the affecting factors.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the identification and solution of complex problems related to employee engagement.
Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to work independently to consolidate the learning acquired through your Executive MBA programme into a single capstone project.

You will carry out an independent study on a management topic of your choice in an area of interest within your own workplace setting (or a company of your choosing) and compile a comprehensive report, applying the knowledge, understanding and skills obtained throughout the Executive MBA

You will be supported by a dedicated tutor and expected to deliver your previous knowledge and skills gained on the prior Executive MBA programme to evaluate and solve a specific business problem or opportunity

Module Summary

You will be expected to apply the key concepts learned through the Executive MBA and demonstrate their real-world application.

Before you start your project, you will work with your tutor to draw up a project and then interact with them weekly to update on the project's progression. During this time you will:

  • Recap the key learning outcomes of the module you have studied.
  • Evaluate suitable collection, analysis and interpretation of different types of data and evidence.
  • Determine effective / evidence-based decision making in organisations for business case development.
  • Develop a suitable executive human resource management capstone project proposal.
  • Produce a capstone project report.

You will be expected to consider your capstone project throughout the preceding modules, after which you will present your idea to your tutor. The tutor will discuss the project with you and, once the title has been established, you will draft the proposal within the first month. You will then interact with your tutor weekly. After each contact, you will be expected to record notes on your discussion in the learning journal as a record of contact and progress.

On completion of the Capstone project, you will be expected to complete a report describing your activity, detailing with appropriate critical evaluation, feedback, and referencing.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Synthesise knowledge gained during Executive MBA Studies and apply these in solving specific human resource management problems.
  2. Develop a conceptual understanding of human resource management theory and constructs in a way that facilitates systematic search, justification and evaluation of competing courses of action.
  3. Critically evaluate information and data (evidence) to inform management decisions.
  4. Apply the principles and practices of human resource management to solve a specific management problem or develop new opportunities for growth.

Assessment Methods

There are three components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes of each taught module. These test different elements of learning including critical analysis, management skills, professional reflection and independent / community of practice based study.

Scenarios reflective of day-to-day work situations will be presented for students to consider and answer every week. Students critically discuss the concepts within their online group discussion forum facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.

Students learn by finding relevant literature, reading and critically appraising it; discussing it within the discussion forum and applying it critically to real world examples and your own practice. The content of the scenario is based on the learning outcomes for the module.

The scenarios, reflective portfolio and the group work is carried on as the module progresses which ensures engagement throughout the module.

The online learning portfolio requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the business executive/manager will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback weekly and marks it at the end of the module.

At the beginning of each module, students are presented with a module assignment. The module activity may take the form of an individual piece of work, such as an essay on a relevant topic, or it may be a group activity such as the creation of a marketing plan.

Entry Requirements

Our digital doors are open to both local and international students from diverse educational and social backgrounds. We offer no international surcharge and believe having a multi-disciplinary and multi-national cohort is best for student development. Typically, applicants for the online HR EMBA will:

Possess a degree (i.e. a minimum of a 2.1) awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent.

The Executive MBA is for those who have significant post-graduation and/or relevant work experience on which the learning process should build. The experience required will be at least 3 years in a managerial position

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level and demonstrate the requisite professional knowledge.

e.g. word-processing, email and internet will also be expected.

In writing, discussions and presentations.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students: £7500

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Deposit payable on acceptance†£860
1st November 2021£830
1st January 2022£830
1st March 2022£830
1st May 2022£830
1st July 2022£830
1st September 2022£830
1st November 2022£830
1st January 2023£830

† Deposits are non-refundable