Executive MBA for the Creative Industries - Fees and Funding

Fees are a key factor when deciding to undertake your degree. When comparing fees across different programmes, most importantly you should find out what the tuition fees include, how you can pay, whether there are any scholarships available for self-funded students and whether there are any 'hidden costs'. The fees for this programme are unique in that they include all of the following and there are no hidden costs:

  • Registration
  • Tuition and assessment
  • Four residential weeks (accommodation and meals)
  • Study materials via your online study portal
  • Individual tutorial support
  • Use of the on-site Ashridge Library
  • Access to Virtual Ashridge study resources
  • Ashridge transport between Berkhamsted and Ashridge
  • Membership of the Alumni Association
  • Use of the Ashridge gym, indoor pool, tennis and squash courts, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and pitch and putt golf course when you attend your residential weeks.
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Programme fee

  • £32,500 + VAT (£39,000 inc VAT)

There are many ways to pay for your programme and our Headstart Scholarship Scheme can help you. Take a look at the funding options below to find a way to suit you. Alternatively please join a webinar or come to an open day to discuss in more detail with our Admissions staff.

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Funding option 1

Payment options and loans

To help manage the financial commitment required to undertake this programme, Ashridge offers three payment options:

  1. Payment in advance – the whole fee
  2. Payment at the beginning of each academic year subject to a one off £420 administration charge
  3. Payment by monthly standing order, totalling 20 equal payments, plus a one off £420 administration charge (for self-funding participants only).

Student Loans

Future Finance

Future Finance is an external loan provider of finance for undergraduates and postgraduates from within and outside of the UK to help with tuition fees and cost of living expenses. Find out more and how to apply for a loan from Future Finance.

Loan options for UK residents

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans which you could consider applying for. They can be used to help pay the cost of work related learning opportunities. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning, or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work. The Young People’s Learning Agency pays the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards.

The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of financial support such as grants or bursaries.

It is important to bear in mind that the Professional and Career Development Loan scheme is a commercial loan product and should only be considered as an option after all other student funding options have been fully investigated.

For further information on financial support to support your learning, please visit www.gov.uk or contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900.

For your reference, the Ashridge learning provider registration number is: 12357

Funding option 2

Headstart Scholarship Scheme

We are keen to offer support wherever possible to self-funded individuals to ensure that we continue to welcome a diverse group of participants from a wide variety of backgrounds.

We therefore offer a range of scholarships through our Headstart Scholarship Scheme. Scholarships are awarded in the following categories:

  • National Ambassador – Up to 50%
  • Sector Ambassador – Up to 50%
  • Leadership – 25%
  • Aspiring Women in Business – 25%
  • Small Business Investor – 25%
  • Sustainability Impact – 25%
  • Entrepreneurship – 25%

When you apply, you should be able to demonstrate your eligibility for one of these scholarships.

Application rounds and deadlines for 2017 will be announced shortly.

Please note: Only one scholarship can be awarded per candidate. We recommend applying as early as possible, as there is a limited fund available and awards will be made on a competitive, first come first served basis. The Headstart Scholarship Scheme also enables you to access a selection of MBA resources early before the course starts.

For more information and the Scheme Terms and Conditions please contact our Admissions Team.

Funding option 3

Industry scholarships

Radio Academy Scholarship

We are delighted to offer the Radio Academy scholarships worth 50% (£19,000 inc VAT) of the programme fee. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must be:

  • Working within radio broadcasting, audio production (individual podcasters to discuss the broadcasting, production, marketing and promotion of radio and audio)
  • Must be in possession of an unconditional offer for a place on the programme
  • Candidates must not be in receipt of any significant financial assistance, such as from an employer
  • Candidates must be a member of The Radio Academy in advance of their application - membership is £36 per annum - for more details please visit their website

In order to apply, please complete an application and indicate that you would like to apply for one of the Radio Academy scholarships on the form. Our Admissions Team will then confirm your eligibility and advise you on the next steps.

Application Deadline:

2017 deadlines will be announced shortly.

Film Skills Fund Bursary

We are delighted to offer bursaries of between £5,000 and £19,500 for the programme on behalf of the Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, supported by the BFI National Lottery. In order to be considered for a bursary, you must be:

  • A UK resident for at least three years
  • Currently working in the UK film industry
  • Be from an under-represented group, such as people who are BAME, women in leadership roles, people with disabilities, people who are LGBT, people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds or people returning to work
  • Must be in possession of an unconditional offer for a place on the programme

In order to apply, please complete an application and indicate that you would like to apply for a Film Skills Fund Bursary on the form. Our Admissions Team will then confirm your eligibility and advise you on how you can apply for a bursary.

In order to apply, complete an application and indicate that you would like to apply for a Film Skills Fund Bursary on the form. 

Application Deadline: 2017 deadlines will be announced shortly.

Channel 4 scholarships

We are delighted to offer scholarships of up to 90% of the tuition fee on behalf of Channel 4. In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must be:

  • Resident in the UK
  • Currently working in the creative industries
  • Connected to television, film or production
  • Self-funded with no access to any other source of funding other than personal savings
  • Must be in possession of an offer of admission onto the programme from Ashridge.

In order to apply, complete an application and indicate that you would like to apply for a Channel 4 scholarship on the form. Our Admissions Team will then confirm your eligibility and advise on how you can apply for these scholarships.

Application deadlines for 2017 will be announced shortly.

Funding option 4

Employer Support

1. Salary Sacrifice Scheme

In some circumstances your employer may agree to allow you to pay for your studies through a ‘Salary Sacrifice’ scheme. Here you establish an agreement with your employer whereby they agree to pay your tuition fees in their entirety to the business school and then you agree to pay all or part of your fees back to your employer through a deduction from your salary before tax each month.


Salary Sacrifice can help UK employees who want to undertake a period of work-related study but where corporate sponsorship is not available to reduce the net cost of the chosen programme of study.

UK employees, investing in a personal development programme at Ashridge could make savings on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions.

Organisations in the UK may also make savings by not being liable for National Insurance on the portion of the salary that is sacrificed for the training course or studies.

How to find out more

Speak to your employer to find out whether they offer or would be willing to discuss the Salary Sacrifice Scheme with you. If they agree to offer you this opportunity then you will need to set out an agreement for payment and timescales indicating how you will pay back your part of the agreement.

We recommend that you speak to a professional tax and benefits specialist to ensure you are fully aware of the tax and pension implications of this scheme. More information for UK residents can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk.

2. Sponsorship

If you plan to apply for employer sponsorship, please ask for a copy of our business case for employers or refer to the programme prospectus.