One Planet MBA

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 30 months
  • Business and Management
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


The right MBA for the right times

Global in outlook and transformational in nature, the One Planet MBA is your catalyst for ‘change - for good’. Combining an outstanding business and management education, the One Planet MBA helps you acquire new techniques and knowledge, connects you to exciting new networks and opportunities and shows you new routes to profitable growth and positive impact.

Change yourself

Transform your future and explore new directions. Our programme is specially designed for professionals and aspiring leaders who wish to take stock and reflect on their careers, then identify their aspirations and leverage their strengths to transform themselves [repetition below]. You will start by articulating your values and objectives, and work with your mentor and career coach to identify and benefit from new opportunities. You will upgrade your skills, develop your knowledge and acquire an entrepreneurial mindset to explore new directions. 

Ignite change in business

Gain a thorough understanding of the global economic, environmental and social challenges that business faces in the 21st Century. Our programme will help you gain a thorough understanding of how global economic, social and environmental challenges are impacting on business and the workplace. It will enable you to identify new ways of succeeding in a hypercompetitive and interconnected world through product, process and business model innovation that leverage opportunities brought about by emerging economic models, such as the “sharing economy”, the “circular economy” and the “on-demand” economy. 

Positive impact

Acquire practical professional skills, from start-ups to boardrooms. By helping you to identify growth opportunities for your organisation and opportunities for innovation you will become a more effective manager and business leader. You can have a positive impact, on your organisation and on the world around you. Combining an outstanding business and management education, our one planet MBA will help you acquire new techniques and knowledge, connect you to exciting new networks and opportunities and show you new routes to profitable growth and positive impact.

Programme structure

The programmes consist of 180 credits, divided into modules weighted at either 12 or 24 credits. The following table describes the programmes as planned for delivery at the time of this specification. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of normal programme development. Details at any time will be available from the Business School website. Elective modules may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows and if the module or an equivalent module has not been previously taken.

  • 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.

Compulsory modules

MBAM801The Changing Business Environment Term 1 (Modules are delivered to FT and Executive students at the same time)12
MBAM802Integrated Accounting Term 112
MBAM803Finance and Responsible Investment Term 112
MBAM804Marketing and Customer Engagement Term 112
MBAM805Leadership Development Term 112
MBAM806Managing Strategic Resources and Operations Term 112
MBAM807Economics for a Sustainable World Term 112
MBAM808The Human Factor in Sustainable Organisations Term 2 (Modules are delivered to FT and Executive students at the same time)12
MBAM809Strategic and Responsible Innovation Management Term 2 (Modules are delivered to FT and Executive students at the same time)12
MBAM810Global Strategic Analysis and Management Term 2 (Modules are delivered to FT and Executive students at the same time)12
MBAM811Sustainability Consulting Project Or MBAM812 - Choose 124
MBAM812Research Dissertation or MBAM811 - Choose 124

Optional modules

Modules are delivered to FT and Executive students at the same time

MBAM813Solutions for Environmental Management 12
MBAM814Governance and Ethics in Business 12
MBAM815Entrepreneurship: Starting Successful New Ventures 12
MBAM816Collaborating and Partnering 12
MBAM817Sustainable Supply Management 12
MBAM818Exploring Leadership 12
MBAM819Creative Communication 12
MBAM820Innovations in Sustainable Finance 12
MBAM821Biomimicry and Business: Learning from Nature 12
MBAM822Managing Around the World 12
MBAM823Managing our Heritage 12

One Planet MBA Project

The culmination of your programme is your MBA Project which provides an opportunity to take your One Planet learning into the real world and apply your knowledge and skills in a practical context.

There are two distinct options for your MBA Project:

  • Sustainability consultancy project in partnership with a local, national or international organisation which will give you an opportunity to apply your MBA learning to a live project and introduce you to the field of applied sustainability consulting.
  • MBA graduates need to be able to unravel complex situations, think critically, diagnose problems and justify choices and actions based on sound evidence. The Sustainability research project is an opportunity to showcase your research and analysis skills and develop and in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specialist subject.

Module and Credits

It should be noted that the credit value of each module is either 12 or 24 and this diverges from the University’s 15/30 credit structure. This divergence is permissible given that the MBA is distinctive from other programmes and self-contained, and has specific entry and accreditation requirements. The MBA modules will not be open to students from other University programmes and MBA students will not take modules outside of their own programme.

Each module stipulates an expected number of contact hours and study hours. For a 12-credit module the normal contact hours (face-to-face working with faculty) is 28, supported by 92 hours of private study by the student. The private study consists of preparatory reading prior to the module as well as reading during and after the module to support case preparation or the completion of assignments (82 hours). Where a module involves a four-day intensive study block, sessions run from 9am to 5pm (with breaks) and students are also expected to read and undertake preparatory work during the module evenings.

The Business School will endeavour to offer all of the electives listed but these modules may change (1) if developments in the business environment justify the amendment or replacement of modules and (2) in the event of insufficient student demand for particular electives. It is possible that in some circumstances (e.g. timetabling restrictions, staff availability or to improve the spacing of modules) it may be necessary to pair two elective module choices against each other at the same time. We will avoid this wherever possible to maximise student choice. The Business School also reserves the right to modify the content and reading material in module descriptors in order to ensure modules remain up to date.

Non-Assessed Compulsory Activity
In addition to the core and elective modules on both programmes, further activities will be arranged to facilitate induction at the start of the course and also integrate student learning and promote sustainability leadership in practice at the end of the programme. Further details are provided after the module descriptors:

  1. Induction Programme [12 hours]: Many MBA students have been away from University education for a long period and need to be reintroduced for effective study. Induction activities focus particularly on study skills, group work and the academic requirements of a Masters degree.
  2. One Planet Cases: Integrating for Transformation [14 hours]: A two-day seminar, led by WWF
    and partners.
  3. One Planet Action [8 hours]: A single-day activity where students lead a practical and sustainabilit yrelated contribution to the community.
  4. Research and Consultancy Skills Workshops [16 hours]: Compulsory workshops are organised in
    March each year to help prepare students for their Research Dissertation or Consultancy Assignment. These workshops include proposal-writing, critical literature reviews, research design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


We are very proud of our graduates who have careers across a broad range of sectors and are working all over the world. Example destinations of recent graduates of the School's postgraduate programmes include:

  • Director, Strategic Matters UK
  • Business Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort
  • Business Consultant, Transition Consulting
  • Account Executive, IMG
  • Financial Business Analyst, Reuters
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, 7city Learning
  • Equity Analyst, Japanese Bank
  • Trainee Fund Manager, Scottish Widows
  • Finance Analyst, The Arcadia Group
  • Business Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort
  • Assistant Economist, Customs and Excise
  • Economist, Bank of Estonia
  • PhD Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Associate Lecturer, Universidad de Castilla, Spain (PhD Economics)
  • Risk Analyst, GE Capita
  • Trainee Accountant, Citibank
  • Investment Analyst, Stamford Associates
  • Account Manager, Renaissance Group, Nicosia
  • Investment Analyst, Capital Finance
  • Senior Executive, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague
  • Economist, Civil Service
  • Global Share Dealer, Deloitte
  • Ship Broker, Ssy
  • Banker, Standard and Chartered

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Building brilliant careers web page for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.

Entry requirements 2015

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;

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.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

At least 185 overall and no less than 169 in any other section.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Application deadline

For Business School programmes, due to demand for places we will be operating a two cycle admissions process for the School's taught Masters programmes.

To be guaranteed consideration we recommend that you apply by 31 January 2015. After this date applications will be considered subject to availability on a rolling basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2015/16

  • All students: £22,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Helping you Fund your MBA

To help you fund your MBA we offer:

  • An “early bird” discount available automatically to all early applicants for our Full Time 2015/16 MBA programme
  • An extensive range of scholarships covering up to 100% of the tuition fees. Our scholarships are targeted at deserving and promising applicants with the potential to make the most of their MBA programme.

In our MBA Class of 2015, around 60% of our MBA participants benefited from some sort of financial support. However, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to have a clear plan in place as to how you will finance your studies and your living expenses while studying with us.

“Early bird” discount

If you have been offered a place on the One Planet MBA, and secured your place by paying the deposit (as detailed in your offer letter) by 31st March 2015, you will automatically be eligible for our Early Bird discount of £5,000 from your fees for 2015/6.  Please note that the early bird discount cannot be applied in addition to our Ayudar, Syngenta, Afren or Emerging Global Leader scholarships.


The following scholarships are available for all One Planet MBA for 2015/16 applicants:

  • Closing dates vary so please check carefully. In some instances we offer two closing dates: 31st March 2015 for early applicants, and 31st May 2015 for all other applicants.
  • Please note: you need to have received an offer of a place on the One Planet MBA before you can apply for a scholarship.
  • More information about our application process and entry requirements.
The Ayudar Scholarships

The Ayudar Scholarship is to study for the One Planet MBA in 2015/16 (starting in September 2015). A number of part and full fees scholarships are available to deserving applicants armed with the desire to make a major contribution to business development alongside positive social or environmental impact in Colombia. Those scholarships are valued at up to £25,000 and may cover programme fees, with a contribution to subsistence.

Find out more about the Ayudar Scholarship.

Please note that you will be required to upload a statement of up to 750 words detailing why you feel you should be considered for an Ayudar Scholarship Award. You should include any significant management, professional and/or sustainability achievements you would like to be taken into consideration for this Award and how you would envisage making use of your new knowledge and skills after the programme in contributing back to Colombia’s economic and/or human development.  To apply for this scholarship, please click here.  The deadline for applications for this scholarship is 31 May 2015.  Please note, this award cannot be combined with the early bird discount.

Syngenta One Planet MBA Scholarship

The Syngenta scholarship is valued at £25,000 and covers the full One Planet MBA tuition fee as well as a contribution towards accommodation and living expenses.

Eligible candidates will need to:

  • Meet the full entry requirements for the One Planet MBA.
  • Have a background or demonstrable interest in food security or related topics such as environmental health and rural communities.

You will need to include a statement of up to 750 words outlining why you feel you should be considered for the Syngenta Scholarship. You should include details of your background and/or interest in food security; what benefits do you think you will gain from undertaking the One Planet MBA; and how do you envisage being able to apply the knowledge you have developed to further the area of food security. To apply for this scholarship, please click here.  The deadline for applications for this scholarship will be 31 May 2015. Please note this award cannot be combined with the Early Bird Discount

The One Planet MBA Emerging Global Leader Scholarship

In 2014, to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the MBA at the University of Exeter, we launched the One Planet MBA Emerging Global Leader Scholarship.  For the 2015/16 programme we are offering up to two scholarships valued at£12,000 each, which will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate academic excellence and strong business leadership skills with outstanding potential, with particular emphasis on what you think you will gain from the One Planet MBA, what your contribution will be to the experience of others on the programme, and what you would like to achieve with the One Planet MBA in terms of personal and professional aspirations.

Please note that you will be required to upload a statement of up to 750 words, stating why you should be considered for this award, with emphasis on your leadership experience and qualities.  To apply for this scholarship, please click here.  Deadlines for these scholarships are 31st March 2015 for early applicants, and 31st May 2015 for all other.  Please note this award cannot be combined with the early bird discount.

One Planet MBA 5th Anniversary Scholarships In 2015, the One Planet MBA will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary.  In recognition of this milestone, we are offering up to 5 scholarships of £8,000 each.  The scholarships will be awarded to exceptional applicants with a track record in leadership who can demonstrate academic excellence and potential. Those scholarships are awarded on an on-going basis following interview by the MBA team (no specific scholarship application is required). To maximise your chances of securing one of our MBA 5th Anniversary scholarships, please submit your application as early as possible as they are quota-restricted.  These scholarships may be awarded on top of the early bird discounts.  This means that, if you apply early and secure one of those scholarships you will benefit from a £13,000 discount on your fees.
Corporate Partnership Scholarships

Several MBA Scholarships up to a value of £5,000 each are offered by our network of corporate partners and come together with the opportunity to undertake an internship or a consultancy project at the following organisations:

Atos, Canon, Coca Cola, The Cooperative Group, IBM, IKEA, Lafarge, Lloyds Banking Group and Thomson Reuters.

Please note, you can apply for a maximum of 2 corporate scholarships but students can only receive one award.

You will need to write a statement of up to 750 words for each Corporate Partnership Scholarship you apply for describing any significant management and professional achievements you would like us to take into consideration for this Award and explain why you have chosen this particular company and what particular skills and abilities can you offer your chosen company that might set you apart from other Scholarship applicants.  Applications will open in November and we will have two closing dates: 31st March 2015 and 31st May 2015. To maximise your chances of securing one of our corporate-sponsored scholarships you are advised to secure an offer for the One Planet MBA as early as possible.  To apply for a Corporate Partnership Scholarship, please click here.

These scholarships may be awarded in addition to the early bird discounts.  This means that, if you apply early and secure one of these scholarships, you will benefit from a £10,000 discount on your fees.  Please note awards are made by the sponsoring organisation.

Applying for a Scholarship

You need to have received an offer of a place on the MBA before you apply for a scholarship.

You can then complete the online scholarship application form for entry on our Full Time Programme the following September.  The deadline for all scholarship applications is set to 31st May 2015.  However, please note some scholarships have multiple closing dates so please check carefully.

All scholarships are awarded on a discretionary basis by our generous donors, with eligibility assessed on the basis of your academic qualifications, work experience and your personal statement.

Please note:

  • you can apply for a number of Scholarships but students can only be awarded one.
  • no feedback will be communicated to unsuccessful applicants
  • all decisions are final.

Please contact the MBA Office for more information.

Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions Team

For queries on entry requirements, eligibility and how to apply please contact the University of Exeter Postgraduate Admissions team

Business School Postgraduate Admissions Officer

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Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723246