Executive Education


Short Courses

We offer a range of focused programmes which are designed to meet crucial business needs and to showcase the acclaimed faculty expertise and research within the School of Business and Economics.

Our intensive short courses and masterclasses provide the opportunity to explore specific topic areas in depth in order to maximise learning and motivation and to provide high impact idea concepts and best practice for immediate application back in the workplace. These short courses may, for example, take the form of a one-off evening Masterclass with discussion and networking, or a focused short course of 1 to 5 days’ duration, depending on requirements. The courses can be designed to a highly bespoke level with the organisation’s specific needs in mind.

The content and structure of the short courses we offer are determined by corporate need and ongoing School research in associated fields. Currently, short course provision is offered in the following areas with the facility and expertise to offer tailored courses in other business-related subject areas:


Leading successful organisational change, driving performance, cultivating innovation and enterprise, developing a personal leadership style, enhancing skill sets, goal setting for success, leading in the international context.

Human Resource Management

The role and impact of analytics on HR, the fundamentals of HRM, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.

Health and Wellbeing

Becoming a resilient leader, creating resilient workplaces, managing organisational stress and wellbeing.

Decision Sciences

Understanding how to turn data into decisions, and using that data to better understand our customers, stakeholders and employees, and to create innovative business models and operating environments. Topics include Simulation, Agent-based Modelling, Decision Analysis, Robotics and Automation and the Hybrid Cloud. 

For more information on our Decision Sciences short courses agenda, go to the Specialisms//Decision Sciences webpage.

Career Management

From the organisational and individual perspective: reviewing career direction (especially mid-career) and/or thriving in later career; how to get the best out of later-career employees.

Business Operations

Streamlining business operations to improve customer service and product delivery, lean processes.


Leading with greater transparency, accountability and efficiency to build more productive and more effective boards.

Healthcare and Emergency Planning

Leverage new advances in health care delivery, balance competing demands, and improve performance and outcomes.

Information and Knowledge Management Systems

Social network analysis, handling ‘Big Data’, using social media.

Marketing and Sales

Creating a distinctive brand that resonates with customers, extends across digital marketing channels, and connects with target markets.


The strategic management of multinational enterprises, managing strategic change, global sourcing and emerging markets.

Enterpreneurship and Innovation

Understanding R&D, finance, marketing, and organisational structure in order to transform ideas into profitable businesses. Examining the structures and strategies that drive innovation, growth, and new levels of efficiency and effectiveness.

Personal Development and Interactive Skills

A range of courses to help participants develop essential ‘soft’ skills for leadership and management, management and team-working including awareness, individual personality types, conflict management, communication, presentation skills for success, sales and negotiation skills, self-management, problem solving and decision making.

Effective Safety Leadership

Senior managers have a significant influence on the performance of the organisation and, as accident investigations have shown, they can have a profound impact on organisational safety. The course is designed to enhance senior managers’ effective safety leadership in the context of organisational resilience.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Safety Interventions

This course will consider the relative merits of a number of evaluation approaches for assessing the effectiveness of safety interventions and will discuss the development and application of robust safety performance indicators.