When you embark on a part-time MBA, it’s never an easy ride. You expect and want it to be challenging and to test your abilities in all directions. That is certainly true at Lancaster – unsurprising from a management school that has achieved top rankings in the UK for teaching and research for more than a decade.
Those qualities are reflected in the staff you’ll meet on the programme – and in the real currency and rigour of the ideas you’ll be introduced to.
What makes the Lancaster EMBA truly distinctive, however, are its concept of learning through action which shapes the entire programme design, and its focus on both personal development and organisational development.
Shaping you for more senior leadership roles
The Executive MBA modules will extend your knowledge of business functions, processes and strategies – opening up new avenues and perhaps new career directions. They will expose you to many new ideas and concepts, always with an eye to practical applications. And our innovative modules will challenge you to re-examine your own practice and your personal management style, enhancing your strategic thinking skills and your capacity to reflect critically on what works, and why.
Testing learning in new contexts
The various 'learning through action' projects and assignments allow you to take and apply your new knowledge in new areas – both in-house and in client companies via the Consultancy Challenge. These projects are ideal for fine-tuning your consultancy skills and your teamwork, honing your research skills, and perhaps revealing unforeseen areas of competence.
Improving company performance with fresh insights
As an experienced manager, you’ll doubtless already be grappling with various organisational and business challenges in your professional working life.
Looking at these anew, and exploring how management theories and tools can help you and your organisation resolve them, is a central part of what the programme aims to help you do – through practical work-based assignments which you tailor to the needs of your job. And it's why the programme develops – and benefits – not only participants but their organisations, too.
Accessing other minds, experiences and professional expertise
Alongside the many tools, concepts and academic resources you’ll be accessing another equally vital resource: the experience and fresh perspectives of your fellow students, faculty member and tutors. The debate and discussion, both in the classroom and in subsequent online debate, provide a powerful test-bed for ideas and potentially also a valuable source of professional advice.
Modular format – balancing organisational and personal life
Short but intensive modules away from the workplace can give that ‘breathing space’ which is so hard to achieve under day-to-day pressures, and free you up to engage with complex ideas and problems.
Online induction period – four weeks of preparatory refresher sessions and pre-reading designed to rapidly build your subject knowledge, refamiliarise you with important study skills and smooth your return to education. Through online interaction you will also start forming relationships with other programme participants.
Introductory workshop – an introduction to staff, facilities and the programme's central ethos of learning through action, this first workshop also includes team-building activities. You will begin the Theory and Practice of Leadership module here by examining your own beliefs on leading and leadership practice.
Leadership Practice and Responsibility – allows you to explore ideas on leaders, leading and leadership. It is practically focused, developing political, decision making, and motivating skills. And it allows you to critically explore and evaluate your own leadership practice.
Strategic HRM and Organisational Behaviour – provides frameworks and tools with real practical relevance for managing highly complex HR decisions. It explores the world of work, taking into account how recent changes have affected the process of managing and how changes in structure and process within organisations affect culture and values. It also explores issues of power.
Managing Operations – examines how organisations can design and manage processes, resources and control systems to deliver quality and value-adding activities in the most effective way.
Marketing Management – explores how organisations research, segment and attack markets, and teaches you to challenge and improve marketing strategies through branding and manipulation of the marketing mix.
Business Economics – introduces you to the fundamental concepts of economic analysis by demonstrating their relevance and building your understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic problems related to business.
Financial and Management Accounting – develops your skills in analysing and using financial information and your understanding of the role of management accounting and performance measurement.
Corporate Finance - considers how to treat the principle topics and issues in finance that are of concern to the general manager and to all those needing to make financial decisions. The course will provide a general understanding of theoretical and practical financial issues, particularly the use of financial information and analysis in strategic decision making.
Strategic Management – focuses on how to take a strategic and holistic perspective when diagnosing problems, planning and leading within organisations, and explores how globalisation and other external environmental forces impact on the strategic options open to organisations.
Managing Strategic Change – managing people's reactions to change is a key leadership skill, vital for ensuring that management objectives are realised. This module not only examines the impact of change on organisations and individuals, it also explores the process of diagnosis and of developing appropriate strategies for leading and managing change.
Consultancy Challenge – a key part of the action orientation of the EMBA programme, this involves a one-week group consultancy intervention for a client organisation. It gives you scope to test out your new knowledge and skills in an unfamiliar environment, thus helping to embed your learning from the programme as a whole. A preparatory workshop, held before you meet your client, introduces you to some of the key consultancy skills and tools.
Research Methods for Managers and the Dissertation – a substantial piece of action research carried out within your own organisation or industry over the final months of your EMBA, this requires you to devise and conduct your own research and apply appropriate theory to a central issue of organisational importance
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You need the following IELTS score:
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To apply for the EMBA programme you will normally need to have the following:
a good first degree (typically at least a 2nd class honours) from a recognised university, or a degree-equivalent professional qualification
at least five years' professional/managerial work experience
two good references from your current employer, one being from your immediate line manager
a satisfactory interview with a member of Lancaster's admissions team
If you meet the requirements above but do not have a degree, you may be admitted subject to satisfactory completion of the Lancaster EMBA Admissions Essay and interview with the Programme Director. Please contact us for further details.
At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.
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