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Executive MBA (Built Environment)

Advance your career into senior management with the Sheffield Hallam University Executive MBA (Built Environment). Designed for professionals seeking rapid career progression, our Executive MBA builds on your existing ability and challenges you to develop the executive leadership skills needed for senior management within built environment organisations.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus

Course description

The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Built Environment) is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management.

This unique course encompasses aspects of housing, regeneration and construction and meets the needs of senior managers operating in today’s built environment sectors. The course focuses on developing leading edge knowledge and skill sets, improving your ability to successfully lead and manage organisations in an ever changing and increasingly competitive environment.

The course is ideal if you are a member of the senior leadership team in a built environment organisation, or aspire to be, and have a responsibility for finance, HR, systems and other resources, marketing or other business support functions.

It is designed for people who work in
• the commercial, not for profit and public sectors
• organisations involved in the design, development, construction and management of the built environment

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of management, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance in isolation, you study finance together with marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The core MBA modules are complemented by a range of built environment modules that enable you to tailor the course content to your career needs. You also complete a dissertation/consultancy project that involves investigating a current major issue from within your organisation.

As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of an organisation.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

You also have the opportunity to attend a European or international field trip to study international urban development perspectives and practice, and to work on collaborative interdisciplinary project.

During the course you
• build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing
• attend guest lectures from leading experts who provide unique insights into management within a built environment related setting
• create a portfolio of work so you can evidence your learning and development

Flexible course design
The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community
When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. Within our Executive MBA programme we also run routes in business, education and psychology.

Critical self-awareness
At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You need either

• a 2.2 degree or equivalent and two years managerial and operational experience


• significant managerial and operational experience

Overseas applicants also need IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below this level, we recommend you complete a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required English level.

We assess all applications on merit and interview candidates to ensure suitability for the course. We recommend that you contact us for guidance before applying.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able toclaim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years – university-based study blocks

Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete
• year one – four modules
• year two – three modules plus work-based project
• year three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Starts February
If you would like to discuss the start date options, please email the course leader, Dr Steven Pattinson s.pattinson@shu.ac.uk

Typical modules may include

Year one

MBA core modules
• managing strategy • strategic marketing management and decision making

Built environment core modules
• leadership, partnership and change • management information systems

Year two

MBA core modules
• strategic global human resource management and decision-making • developing personal and professional leadership practice

Built environment options
Choose one from • innovative value management • strategic project management • strategic property asset management

Choose one from • international contract procurement • global interdisciplinary perspectives and practice

Year three

MBA core modules
• research and consultancy methods • dissertation or consultancy project

Module descriptions – MBA

Developing personal and professional leadership practice
This module will help you to develop and enhance the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development. You will develop and practice the skills required to critically reflect on learning and on your ability to apply learning to real world complex issues within the work place; citing actions and barriers to implementation.

Managing strategy
The module explores the theory of strategic management and financial concepts, in a range of industries, organisational and global contexts. You will develop the critical, theoretical and practical skills to examine past strategies and current positions, and develop proposals on how organisations might develop in the future with consideration of the global business environment.

Strategic marketing management and decision making
This module will help you to understand what it means to be a marketing oriented organisation and how to develop marketing strategies that meet corporate objectives and deliver sustainable competitive advantage.

Strategic global human resource management and decision-making
This module is designed to enhance your knowledge and develop your understanding of organisational behaviour and human resource management theory and practice. It will develop and expand your knowledge and perspective of the complexity of the interrelationships between people, organisations and the environment, in the contexts of contemporary international organisations.

Research and consultancy methods
The module provides you with a wide ranging introduction to research methodology, in order to underpin your dissertation/consultancy project.

Dissertation or consultancy project
The module provides specialist support for your critical research and analysis in to a specific business issue in the built environment.

Module descriptions – built environment

Leadership, partnership and change (core module)
Built environment professionals are operating in a complex and rapidly changing social, political and economic context which is increasingly reliant upon the effective collaboration of a range of professionals in the private, not for profit and public sectors. Within this context, the module will develop your knowledge of the complexity of leadership and change, through real world diagnosis and application, and awareness of the diverse spectrum of related concepts, models and theories.

Management information systems (core module)
The module will develop critical knowledge and understanding of information systems and modern digital technologies linked to organisational processes and their use in supporting business operations.

Innovative value management
The module will develop knowledge and understanding of the different methods and strategies used to manage value within projects, and critically evaluate both their importance within the increasing globalisation of project delivery and as part of strategies for companies operating within those global markets.

Strategic project management
The module will develop your strategic project management knowledge coupled with the appropriate application of tools and techniques in support of project delivery and in meeting strategic organisational needs, goals and objectives.

Strategic property asset management
The module will develop your critical appreciation of the management of residential and commercial property assets, the alignment of business and property asset strategies and the ways in which property can best support business goals and objectives.

Contract procurement strategy
The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the administrative procedures associated with procurement strategies and related forms of contract to support stakeholders' requirements and the delivery of projects in a global context.

Global interdisciplinary perspectives and practice
The module explores urban development in an unfamiliar politico-economic and socio-cultural setting; providing direct experience of professional regulation, practice and methodology within a geographical location outside United Kingdom. It also provides experience in the management and execution of a complex assignment in a collaborative interdisciplinary context.

Assessment Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.


The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability. The course focus is on providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career.

This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. Together this ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations in your sector seek from their leaders.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability by demonstrating your potential for leadership within the built environment sector, and the ability to deliver solutions to complex operational issues, within an increasingly business-focused and competitive environment.

Our MBAs are highly valued by employers and previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in senior management.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 (£4,170 per year) for the course including Chartered Management Institute membership.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,700 (£4,235 per year) for the course including Chartered Management Institute membership

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £14,300 for the course (£4,770 a year) including Chartered Management Institute membership.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £14,750 for the course (£4,915 a year) including Chartered Management Institute membership.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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