As any part-time student will tell you, undertaking an MBA alongside other work and family commitments is by no means an easy task. It may be one of the toughest challenges you take on – and you’ll need to recognise in advance the demands it is likely to make on you.
We try to streamline the process and activities as much as possible, with a design that lets you tackle work issues as part of your assessment for the programme. But as an EMBA participant, you’ll be devoting time to study in various ways – attending modules at Lancaster, working with other class members both during modules and on the programme’s online learning portal, and setting aside time for your in-depth personal study, research and writing back in your normal home/work environment.
Short intensive teaching blocks
In contrast to many part-time programmes which require regular attendance at evenings or weekends, the teaching at Lancaster is packed into short intensive residential modules. Most of these run from Wednesday to Saturday every two to three months – see dates for next cohort.
These intensive four-day blocks of study help you to minimise time out of work for you and your employer. At the same time they also provide the all-important breathing space you’ll need to engage with learning and complex ideas, and develop understanding of the various subject areas. You will also forge strong working relationships with other cohort members and with staff members – a process that starts with a carefully designed Induction programme, with a focus on team-building and self-awareness.
Your fellow students
As you will see from the EMBA Class, you will be learning alongside experienced fellow professionals from many sectors of the economy – from large multinationals to not-for-profit organisations. Their varied experience and personal contacts can be highly valuable for your work and your career.
Teaching takes place in our Executive Training Centre, which is an integral part of the 4-star Lancaster House Hotel. Situated on the edge of campus, the hotel is just a few hundred yards from the Management School, is readily accessible from junction 33 of the M6 motorway and only 70 miles from Manchester International Airport.
Most students choose to stay at the hotel itself, part of English Lakes Hotels who own several of the Lake District’s most popular hotels. The hotel has 100 ensuite rooms, all with internet access, and its own leisure club with swimming pool, sauna and gym.
Interaction with the full-time MBA
Incorporated into the programme are opportunities to network with the international managers on the Full-time MBA. For example, during the introductory workshop, the two groups compete against one another as part of an outdoor activity day.
Various events are run throughout the year to which members of both programmes are invited. These range from an extensive programme of guest speaker events to the MBA Ball.