MBA One Planet

The University of Exeter

Tuition fee:
  • € 22,840 / Year (EEA)
  • € 22,840 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The One Planet MBA at Exeter provides a very specific kind of education. This is reflected in the rankings and recognition received from a number of external organisations.

Environmental, financial and social changes are challenging traditional business models. We believe that future business leaders across the globe must recognise and embrace these challenges and be capable of developing more sustainable business processes. Our mission is to prepare you to meet those challenges responsibly and creatively, with the leadership qualities and collaborative approach required for profitable international businesses of the future.

Built on a strong foundation of top-flight teaching, research excellence and global business partnerships, our MBA programme will teach you the ability to innovate, to think and act strategically, and to lead others through organisational change.

Developing your skills in core business disciplines finance, economics, accounting, operations, HR and strategy is fundamental to the programme. But you will go beyond this and gain the skills and understanding to become a successful business leader in a rapidly changing and resource-constrained world.

Our links with global business and industry mean we can draw on an extensive network of corporate partners and business professionals who contribute directly to the MBA. The programme's global outlook means you will learn alongside business professionals from many different countries and you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of international study visits.

The MBA teaching team is headed up by by top-flight faculty, business leaders and entrepreneurs which means you will have access to the very latest business ideas, theories and approaches with the theme of sustainable business at the core of everything you experience.

Careers and employment
We appreciate that one of the most important reasons for postgraduate study is to increase your employability, so the Business School has a dedicated Employability Team who will work with you on promoting and enhancing your employability. Through their support you will have the chance to develop skills, understanding and personal attributes that make you more likely to gain graduate level employment and be successful in your chosen occupation.

One Planet MBA
The University of Exeter is engaged in many iniatives, including energy policy, climate change and sustainable futures, geopolitical development, human health and the environment. With a focus on climate prediction, adaptation and migration, and close liaison with the Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter is fast becoming a hub for world-class climate change research.

Our Cornwall Campus is home to the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, the fastest growing institute of its kind in the UK. The group carries out research on biodiversity, whole organisms and populations across a range of species.

We are further investing £80million in research in science, medicine and engineering, with one of the five areas for this investment being Climate Change and Sustainable Futures.

The MBA programme calls on the Universitys excellent pedagogic credentials for innovative teaching and learning, and meshes with the Business Schools intent to help shape the attitudes, values and behaviour of future business leaders.


The Business School has its own dedicated computing facilities as well as access to the extensive computing facilities of the University. Research students have their own workrooms, available 24 hours a day, with individual workstations and access to the Schools databases. The impressive Xfi Building features the Thomson Reuters Financial Information Laboratory, a dealing room, a networked lecture theatre and syndicate rooms, as well as an atrium café with wireless internet access.

The Business School's £18 million New Building has also recently been completed, increasing our capacity yet further for leading research and learning and providing more space for students and staff.

We have access to important databases such as Bloomberg, WRDS, Morningstar Direct, Business Insights, Datamonitor, LSPD, CRSP, SDC Platinum and Thomson Reuters products 3000Xtra, Datastream Advance, Wealth Manager and Trader. Other resources for research students include a series of working papers from universities, NBER and CEPR.


The programme begins with an induction programme to support your return to education and ensure you are equipped to meet the academic requirements of the MBA.


* 10 core modules and 2 elective modules plus your MBA Project.
* Two non-assessed compulsory activities are included in the One Planet MBA which are designed to develop your skills as a business leader.
* You will be able to attend up to five additional non-assessed Masterclasses to extend your learning and understanding.
* The programme is intensive and includes formal lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignments.
* Lectures and classroom-based teaching is complemented with study trips, mini-consultancy projects, guest speakers and extra-curricular activities.
* A range of additional extra-curricular activities, such as our Guest Speaker programme take place throughout the year to complement your learning and provide opportunities for you to further build your skills, knowledge and understanding.


Admission to the MBA programme is usually dependent upon a good first degree and a minimum of three years' managerial experience. Many applicants find that they possess extensive work experience, eg, eight years or more, or have attained a professional qualification but not completed formal degrees. Non-academic achievements are taken into consideration, therefore applicants with one or more of the following skills and experience are welcome and encouraged to submit an application:

* Mature managers with extensive work experience.
* Extensive experience of technical or specialist work.
* Professionals planning career changes or returning to employment after a break from work.
* Professionals seeking to develop skills for broader management roles.

International students
International students must show proficiency in the English language and have an appropriate qualification:

* Certificate of Proficiency in English of the Cambridge Local Examinations Grade B or above
* IELTS 7.00
* TOEFL 250
* iBT TOEFL 100 +

Additional requirements
We also require two references (ideally including one from your last university) and a personal statement explaining why you are interested in an MBA at Exeter.

Successful applicants for this programme must demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the One Planet MBA in their personal statement

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



Our rankings and recognition
Association of MBAs

Our MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs which is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. AMBA's accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. AMBA accredit MBA provision at 168 schools in 72 countries. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programmes.
Aspen Institutes Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey

The One Planet MBA has been positioned for the first time by the Aspen Institute USA in their biennial Beyond Grey Pinstripes Rankings. It has been placed 2nd in the UK, 9th in Europe and 47th in the world. The ranking measures MBA programmes against how well they prepare their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.
Green Gown Award
In only its second year the One Planet MBA won a prestigious Green Gown Award in the Courses category for its 'innovative and interdisciplinary programme'. Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the Green Gown Awards recognize exceptional environmental and sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector across the UK.
Sunday Times University of the Year

The University of Exeter has been awarded University of the Year by the internationally-respected Sunday Times University Guide 2013.

Sunday Times University Guide

For the past five years the University of Exeter Business School has been rated one of the UKs top business schools for student satisfaction. In the Sunday Times University Guide 2013, we were ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for every subject we teach (Accounting & Finance, Business and Economics).

Complete University Guide 2012

Ranked in the top 10 for three core Business School subjects (Accounting and Finance, Business Studies and Economics) in the Complete University Guide 2013. The University of Exeter Business School is one of only three institutions in the UK to have achieved this.

PRME - Principles for Responsible Management Education

The Business School is part of the PRIME initative whose mission is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

EFMD - The Management Development Network

The Business School is a member of EFMD, the international membership organization which plays a central role in shaping an international approach to management education. With 750 member organisations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 75 countries, EFMD is a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.
EABIS - The Academy of Business in Society

The Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) is a unique alliance of companies, business schools and academic institutions, committed to integrating business in society issues into the heart of management theory and practice. Our membership ensures we are part of international research, debate and discussion relating to EABIS four key areas of expertise: Sustainability, change and innovation; purpose ethics and leadership; strategic management and economics and corporate and public governance.


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