Apply for the Executive MBA

Discover how to secure a place on the Executive MBA, including funding information and scholarships.

How to Apply

Select each of the steps below to view information on what to expect at each stage of the Executive MBA application process.  Visit our scholarships information below to find details of opportunities to help you fund your studies.

To apply, you'll need the following documents:

  • A detailed CV and personal statement
  • Your degree certificate and transcript
  • IELTS score report (for non-native English speakers)
  • Two references

Click Step 1 for details on how to start your application.

Submit your application and supporting documents using our online application system. You can track the process of your application at any time using this system too.

Click Step 2 for details on what happens after you've applied.

Successful applicants are normally invited to interview within two weeks. Applicants based in the UK will be interviewed here in Lancaster, and if you're overseas your interview will be via phone, Skype or face-to-face if we're in your local area.

Click Step 3 for details on receiving and accepting your offer.

After your interview, we'll normally contact you within 48 hours with our decision. If you are made an offer, you will need to complete an entry essay and respond within two weeks of receiving your formal offer to secure your place.

Fees & Loans

The tuition fees for the Executive MBA 2018 entry are available on the Apply for Masters page, and are payable at the start of the academic year. The programme fees cover all tuition, registration, examination costs and graduation. There is an additional cost for students who choose to take the "International Business in Context" elective.

Our EMBA participants include those who are company sponsored, and those who fund themselves.  We offer a range of scholarships and funding support to help you finance your Executive MBA.

Postgraduate Loans

If you are funding your own studies, there's support available to help you. The UK Government provides a scheme offering non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses, excluding MSc Management (European Triple Degree) and the International Management Programme. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

Living Costs

If you live outside of travelling distance to Lancaster, you'll need to budget extra for your accommodation during the taught modules. Most students choose to stay at Lancaster House Hotel and Training Centre, which is where most of our EMBA teaching takes place. This hotel is just a few minutes walk from Lancaster University Management School, and within easy reach of the M6. If you would like some other accommodation options, please get in touch with the Executive MBA team.



The scholarships available to candidates are substantial, and are awarded on a competitive basis. Our awards range from £1000 to £10,000, and we also have a dedicated NHS scholarship for participants following the healthcare pathway. We recommend applying early for the best chance of securing a scholarship.

Lancaster EMBA NHS scholarship

This scholarship, in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy, is designed to create an opportunity for healthcare professionals to enhance their leadership and management skills.

We are offering 8 scholarship awards of £10,000. To be considered, you will need to meet the requirements below (in addition to the standard entry requirements):

  • Be a current NHS employee in England
  • Choose the Healthcare elective modules in the 2nd year of your Executive MBA
  • Be available to join the next programme starting in September 2018.

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to produce a three-slide PowerPoint outlining why you should be considered for a scholarship and what you will bring to the programme. Please submit this as part of your application on the applications portal, as well as emailing it to

Entries will be judged by faculty from the Executive MBA and the judge’s decision will be final. The deadline for submissions is the 30th June 2018, and winners will be informed by the 31st July 2018.

Lancaster EMBA Open Scholarship

Ranging from £1000 to £3000, these awards are aimed at those who can demonstrate the skills and experience they will contribute to EMBA class discussions. You'll need to prepare a three-slide PowerPoint to outline this experience, as well as what sets you apart from other applications, why you need financial aid and what you believe you will gain from the Executive MBA. Simply upload it to the online application system before your interview, and this will form the basis of your interview discussion.

LUMS Community Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all not-for-profit organisations serving the Lancaster and District area, and is designed to create an opportunity for organisations in our local community to access our cutting-edge knowledge and upskill their leadership team. We are offering three scholarship awards, each worth 75% of the standard programme fees. Organisations will be eligible for one scholarship award only, and you will need to be available to join the next programme starting in October 2018.

To apply, you will need to write an essay on the following topic, with a maximum of 1500 words, and submit it as part of your application on the applications portal, as well as emailing it to

How will you use your learnings from the Executive MBA programme to benefit your organisation and the local community more broadly?

Entries will be judged by faculty from the Executive MBA and the judge’s decision will be final. The deadline for submissions is the 30th June 2018, and winners will be informed by the 31st July 2018

Dr Andy Bailey Scholarship Competition

Dr Andy Bailey was a Director of the Executive MBA and a tutor on our Strategic Management module. This award is based on a strategic case study, with three awards to win: a top prize of £10,000, and two second prizes of £5,000 each.  You will need to apply to the Executive MBA programme first, before you can apply for this scholarship.

The scholarship competition involves you writing an essay about a strategic issue facing your organisation. Please write an essay of no more than 1,500 words answering the following question:

What are the key strategic uncertainties, threats and opportunities facing the organisation you work for? What do you plan to do about these?

In your answer you should use at least one recognised strategic analysis tool to help deepen your understanding (e.g. SWOT, PESTLE etc. Completed essays should be submit it as part of your application on the applications portal, as well as emailing it to The closing date is 12 noon on Monday 2nd July 2018.

Please note: You are not eligible for this scholarship if you have already been allocated a staff scholarship, a community scholarship, or a NHS scholarship.

Lancaster Graduates

If you're a Lancaster graduate, you are eligible for an additional Alumni Loyalty Scholarship of up to 20% of the programme fees. This normally equates to 10% for undergraduates who graduated with a 2:1, 20% for those who graduated with a 1st, and 10% for those who graduated with a Masters degree.

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Writing a Business Case

If you are seeking company sponsorship, visit our EMBA Business Case Guide for advice and tips from our Executive MBA Programme Director Chris Saunders on how to create a clear and compelling business case. There's also a selection of suggested tips for a successful presentation to help you secure the funding you need.

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