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Executive Education

Learning redefined

Develop your skills and understanding with online courses crafted by The Economist’s editors and invited subject-matter experts, including global thought leaders and innovators.

A topical, practical approach and in-depth insights based on the latest developments are designed to keep you ahead in business.

Applied excellence in learning

Transformational learning

The Economist is regarded as one of the world’s most trustworthy and insightful sources of information and analysis. Benefit from a balanced, global worldview and our independent, data-driven perspective.

91%
Course completion rate
1,768
Enrolled participants (to date)
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89 countries

Networked learning brings unique local insight into global developments to sharpen your perspectives.

Our courses

Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start October 12th 2022
Price £1,475
NEW COURSE

Climate change and sustainability in business

Cultivate effective, climate-conscious business strategies in our six-week online course. Get a practical grounding in the science and economics of climate change, examine the business risks and analyse corporate decarbonisation strategies.

Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start October 12th 2022
Price £1,475
Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start October 26th 2022
Price £1,475
STARTING SOON

Business writing and storytelling

The course explores the psychology, craft and purpose of writing with a focus on the choices writers must make— from words, phrases and metaphors to the sentences and paragraphs that make up creative expression.

Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start October 26th 2022
Price £1,475
Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start October 26th 2022
Price £1,475
STARTING SOON

Fintech and the future of finance

Do you understand how technological innovation is shaking up finance? Covering subjects such as cryptocurrencies, personal fintech, blockchain and govcoins, you’ll build a clear picture of the disruptions and opportunities affecting the future of finance.

Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start October 26th 2022
Price £1,475
Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start date October 12th 2022
Price £1,475
UPDATED

International relations and geopolitics

Develop the tools to interpret global developments with this course—recently updated to reflect the invasion of Ukraine. As Russia throws the geopolitical order into disarray and the US-China rivalry intensifies, discover how to interpret the changes in power dynamics and what they mean for you.

Duration Six weeks
Location Online
Commitment 6-8 hours per week
Start date October 12th 2022
Price £1,475

Stay tuned for more

New courses are in development—keep in touch to find out more

Why choose our courses?

Network with global experts

Enjoy a new way of learning with thought leaders and market-leading professionals

Insider insight—straight from the source

Enjoy exclusive access to The Economist’s renowned subject-matter specialists

Get “tools, not rules”
Our practical methodology considers current global developments to maximise your efficacy

Our courses are like The Economist itself—comprehensive, succinct and rigorous. They seek to offer practical insights and skills to business executives and leaders as they shape the future of their organisations.

Bob Cohn

President, The Economist

Frequently asked questions

How are the courses taught?

Each course is broken down into manageable, weekly modules, designed to facilitate the learning process with diverse learning activities.

You will work through online instructional materials made up of notes, videos, podcasts, infographics, polls, quizzes, real-world case studies and assessments.

There will be a high level of interaction with peers and the tutor team through weekly class forums and small group discussions.

You will apply what you learn each week to submitted work, some of which is graded.

Are there any due dates, and how flexible are the courses at accommodating my schedule?

Each week you will have one or more activity submissions due. All submissions will be shared ahead of time, upon the release of each module, so that you can plan accordingly.

Although we recommend that you stick to the weekly deadlines in order to get the most out of your course, there is an extension request service available for when you need additional time (terms and conditions apply). Your success adviser is also always available to support you with any scheduling challenges.

What sort of qualification do I get?

Our online short courses lead to a certificate of completion upon successfully finishing a course. The course content enables students to gain skills to remain confident, competent and relevant in the workplace.

The courses do not carry any credits towards a university degree or diploma qualification.

How do I get a certificate of completion?

You are assessed continuously throughout the modules based on a series of practical assignments completed online and your overall participation. There are four categories of grades, which are explained to participants in the orientation module. Participants who achieve 50% or higher will receive a certificate of completion.

How do I get a certificate of completion with distinction?

If you achieve 75% or higher you will receive a distinction.

What kind of support will I get on the course?

A dedicated success adviser will support you from start to finish. They will be available online during office hours to offer administrative and technical assistance for the duration of the course.

When you need support outside of office hours, there is a team of success advisers available to handle any general queries you may have. The tutor team will provide you with content support via an online discussion forum in the online learning platform.

What are the payment options?

You can either pay your course fees in full before the course starts or elect to make use of a part-payment option to settle your fees over the duration of the course. Please note that the part payment option incurs an administration fee of 3% of the course cost.

Who is GetSmarter?

GetSmarter is an online-learning company with more than ten years’ experience in developing premium, online short courses from the world’s leading universities and institutions.