Frequently Asked Questions

  • Apply - Do I need an IELTS or equivalent English qualification?

    The Ashridge Executive MBA for the Creative Industries is taught wholly in English and so if English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of strong English language skills.

    This can be achieved via IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) or equivalent. There are also professional English language courses offered through

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  • Apply - Do I require a GMAT or equivalent?

    A GMAT score is not compulsory for this qualification. If you already have one, then you will be exempt from the Ashridge Admissions Test, which is the usual entry test for our students. The Admissions Team will be able to provide you with further information if this is the case.

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  • Apply - What is the deadline for applying?

    The recommended application deadline is 31 August 2016. We recommend applying as early as possible to ensure you have the best chance in completing a successful application in time, especially if you’re planning on applying for a scholarship. If you are applying for a scholarship under our Headstart Early Enrolment Scheme, then you will need to apply much earlier. Find out more.

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  • Apply - Will there be an interview?

    Interviews are not automatically required.  Should we require more information about your application/experience, we will invite you to interview either in person at Ashridge or via Skype video call.

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  • Assessments - How will I be assessed?

    Assessments are not standardized as they can be tailored to your organisation. Rather than focusing on traditional long examinations our aim is to allow you to be involved in a real life business situation as much as possible. There will be a range of assessments including online tests / presentations, business case analysis and individual assignments.

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  • Assessments - Is there a final project?

    In the last six months of the programme, you will be required to work on your individual business-based Masters project, which is a substantial part of your overall assessment.

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  • Assessments - What degree will I receive?

    Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a UK degree from Ashridge and a US degree from Hult International Business School which gives you greater global opportunities.

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  • Eligibility - What are the entry criteria?

    The usual minimum entry requirements are a first degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience or no first degree and a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience.

    In your application, we are interested in understanding your realistic career goals, your ability to contribute actively and work independently within a virtual environment.


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  • Eligibility - Who can apply for this programme?

    The Ashridge Executive MBA for the Creative Industries is for anyone who is already working in the creative sector, looking to develop their business and leadership skills.  Alternatively, if you’re a business professional seeking to move into the creative sector with clear goals and motives, this programme will be highly beneficial.

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  • Events - How can I find out more?

    We hold open days at Ashridge and webinars online throughout the year to provide you with the opportunity to meet the faculty, find out more about the programme and experience the unique study environment of Ashridge.

    Please visit our events page for more information and to register.

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  • Faculty - Who are the partners?

    This exciting new qualification builds upon Ashridge’s experience of delivering an industry-relevant Executive MBA combined with the expertise and industry knowledge through partnerships with Creative Skillset and Atticus Education.

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  • Faculty - Who is on the Advisory Board?

    We can boast an extensive, highly qualified and industry-relevant Advisory Board, led by David Puttnam, Film Producer and Educator.

    Other members include: Darren Henley, Sonita Alleyne, David Abraham, Dinah Caine, Katie Espiner, Steve Abbott, Tony Orsten, MT Rainey, Robin Shenfield and Stephen Woodfood. Find out more.

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  • Faculty - Who teaches on this programme?

    Please visit our Faculty page for an up-to-date list of our faculty.

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  • Faculty - Will I get to meet the Advisory Board?

    Yes you will meet some of the Advisory Board through online tutorials and webinars and also when you attend the residential weeks at Ashridge.

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  • Fees and funding - Are scholarships available?

    Yes, we have a number of scholarships available that are awarded to those who are self-financed in one of six scholarship categories available.  Find out more.

    Scholarships are awarded based on requirement, strength of application and on a basis.  We therefore highly recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you have the best possible chance of securing financial aid.

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  • Fees and funding - Do I need to pay a deposit?

    Yes.  Should you be offered a place on the programme, you‘ll be required to complete and return an Acceptance Form along with a non-refundable £1,000 deposit which will subsequently be deducted from your programme fee.

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  • Fees and funding - How much is the programme and what does it include?

    The programme fee is £32,500 plus VAT.  This includes: registration, teaching and assessments, all study materials, use of the on-site Ashridge library and online resources, all four residential weeks (accommodation, all meals and refreshments, use of sports facilities at Ashridge) and transport between Berkhamsted Train Station and the Business School when at Ashridge. Find out more about 'Fees and Funding'

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  • Programme - How is this programme taught?

    The Executive MBA for the Creative Industries is a fantastic blend of online and residential learning. Throughout the two years, you’ll have four residential workshops, three of which will be at Ashridge and one international location directly related to the creative industries.

    There will be compulsory and optional group discussions and workshops online, virtual peer-to-peer learning, video conferencing and practical application where you’ll be required to use your organisation as the focus of strategic analysis and decision making.

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  • Programme - How many modules are there?

    There are six core modules, each containing two units.

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  • Programme - What will the programme cover?

    This programme is based upon Ashridge’s established Executive MBA, covering topics such as strategic management, marketing, finance, operations, leadership, global management and sustainability with a heavy focus on the creative industries.

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  • Programme - When does the programme start and what is the duration of the programme?

    This is a two year part time programme starting October 2016.

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  • Study - How many hours will I be required to study outside of modules / classroom sessions?

    This programme is predominantly online so you are able to plan your time according to your lifestyle.

    Usually, we would recommend 15 - 20 hours reading, researching and working on assignments each week.

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