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Our part-time, Executive MBA programme is tailored to the demands of working professionals, blending a series of innovative focused sessions away from your workplace with the opportunity for immediate impact in your existing role.
Over two years, you'll develop your functional knowledge, critical thinking and leadership skills to accelerate your future career with a choice of specialist pathways in strategy, healthcare, leadership and management.
Small class sizes create a rich learning experience
Ranked 22nd in Europe and 52nd in the world by the QS Global EMBA rankings 2018
Unique consultancy challenge module to stretch your capabilities
Substantial scholarship funds available, including NHS awards for healthcare professionals.
Choose from three locations: Lancaster, Malaysia or Ghana.
Designed for experienced managers, professionals and executives
Discover the structure of learning and core themes you will explore during our two-year Executive MBA programme, with the option to pursue specialist pathways in Leadership, Strategy, Healthcare or Management. Each module is followed by a practical, work-focused assignment, where you apply and evaluate some of the theories you have just learnt to create actionable recommendations for your organisation.
The Executive MBA modules will extend your knowledge of business functions, processes and strategies. They will expose you to many new ideas and concepts, and their practical applications, as well as encouraging you to re-examine your own practice and your personal management style.
In order to help you optimise and integrate your learning we streamline the process and activities as much as possible, with a programme design that lets you tackle work issues as part of your assessment for the programme.
In contrast to many part-time programmes which require regular attendance at evenings or weekends, the teaching at Lancaster is packed into short, intensive modules to help you balance your studies with your other commitments. Each core module starts with a 2-week online course that gives you an initial overview of the subject. This is followed with an intensive face-to-face workshop which typically runs from Thursday to Saturday.
These intensive three-day blocks of study help you to minimise time out of work, whilst providing you with a focused period in which you can engage with complex ideas and develop a deeper understanding of the various subject areas. During these sessions, you will develop strong working relationships with staff and members of the cohort which creates a valuable support network to enhance your learning experience.
Each module is followed by a practical, work-focused assignment, where you apply and evaluate some of the theories you have just learnt, effectively acting as an internal consultant and generating actionable recommendations for your organisation.
The assignments cover all areas of business operations to engage you with all parts of your own organisation, or if you prefer to use a different organisation as the basis of your study we can make arrangements for this.
Please note, the above workshop dates are subject to change.
Your first year starts with an online induction period and a three-day Introductory Workshop, followed by six core modules. The online induction includes four weeks of preparatory refresher sessions and pre-reading to rapidly build you subject knowledge, refresh your study skills and create a smooth return to education. During this time, you will start to forge relationships with your fellow participants.
The introductory workshop will give you an introduction to staff, facilities and the programme's central ethos of learning through action. During this, you will begin our unique personal development course called the Mindful Manager and start your module preparation by examining your own beliefs on leading and leadership practice.
This is a practically focused module which explores key ideas relevant to leading and managing organisations. You will critically evaluate your own practice using frameworks and tools with real practical relevance. The module focuses on the world of work, considering leadership in the context of issues such as motivation, culture, power, and structure.
Managers need to understand the fundamental concepts of economic analysis to aid good decision making. This module develops this knowledge by demonstrating their relevance and building your understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic problems related to business.
The responsibilities of managers and leaders are wide ranging and expanding to include wider ethical, environmental and social issues. This module aims to provide exposure to these issues with a view to examining the assumptions, practices, strategies and consequences of business and management activity. Ultimately, we strive to prepare future decision-makers for the challenges and uncertainties of an increasingly interconnected, interdependent and complex world.
It is imperative that managers understand the role and purpose of finance in organisations whether this be the financial reporting requirement, internal decision making or capital structure decision. This module attempts to impart this understanding. 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.
Working out how to win in your market is a key leadership skill. This module explores how organisations research, segment and attack markets. You will develop a practical understanding of marketing and its contribution to the success of an organisation. Through discussing ideas, tools and frameworks you will gain an understanding of how to challenge and improve the planning and implementation of marketing strategies in your own organisation.
The aim of this module is to improve your understanding of operations management and its contribution to the success of an organisation. We will discuss the key integrating role of operations as the connection between strategy and the delivery of a product or service to a customer. The tools and concepts that will be covered in this course apply to both manufacturing and service operations, and so will be relevant for all organisations.
The three core modules in year two move from the functional understanding of organisations, to a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic decision making. You also get the chance to focus your study by choosing three modules from one of our elective specialisms in heathcare, leadership, strategy or management before completing your EMBA with a challenging live company project.
Please see the dedicated tabs for module information on our specialisms: healthcare, leadership, strategy or management.
This module will allow you to consider the question, ‘how are you entrepreneurial?’ It will present an overview of the main concepts relevant to entrepreneurship across diverse contexts, and encourage you to think entrepreneurially, and to consider entrepreneurial solutions to challenges that are big and small. Whether or not you have been or are an entrepreneur, or you have a dream one day to be one, this is a module will be relevant.
This module aims to give you a view of strategy from the perspective of a general manager. One of the qualifiers for success in business is the ability to think strategically and to develop a strategic problem-solving capability. You will develop this and gain a strategic framework through which the ideas and concepts covered in previous modules can be integrated and understood. This will give you a holistic and more complex understanding of organisational issues, allowing you to develop appropriate strategic options. The module considers the implementation of strategy, examining appropriate strategies for leading and managing change.
Designed to consolidate your learning in a live business situation, the Business Research and Consultancy Project is the capstone of your Executive MBA.
The first element is the Consultancy Project. In a team of your peers you will take on a one-week consultancy intervention, working with a client organisation deliberately chosen to be very different from your own.
Throwing you into an unfamiliar environment stretches your capacity to think strategically, and requires you to apply your experience plus the new skills, thinking processes and knowledge you have gained to the client’s issue. The practice of consulting plays a vital role in embedding your learning in practical action, and enables you to develop new ways of working that will benefit you and your organisation in the future.
The module includes an intensive workshop on research and consulting skills in preparation for the engagement with your client. The Consultancy Project element is assessed through a report produced for the client, a presentation for the University, and client feedback on your performance as a team.
The final element of the Executive MBA is the business research dissertation, an in-depth reflective essay. For this you are asked to reflect on your experience, your EMBA, and your Consulting Project, and distilling your principles for leading and managing people. This determining what you believe are the most important elements of your leadership – what you believe in that you want to communicate to others through your decisions, actions and behaviours. Your dissertation will be an exploration of the theory and practice of these principles.
Throughout the Business Research element you are supported by academic tutors, although there is expected to be a high degree of self-directed learning. The final outcome will be a reflective essay.
If you choose the Healthcare specialism, you will choose three modules from the electives below before completing your EMBA with a challenging live company project.
The elective options on the Lancaster EMBA allow you to specialise your study. Each specialism is made up of optional modules, the majority of which are delivered entirely online, allowing you to work virtually with EMBA students from our other locations around the world.
The Healthcare stream is designed especially for those members of the cohort who work in healthcare, or who are considering a move into healthcare management. This is part of the endorsement of our programme by the NHS Leadership Academy.
One elective is delivered face-to-face – the International Business in Context elective. This is delivered overseas. Students receive talks on the economy, and on different aspects of doing business in the country from faculty, government and business speakers. There are also a number of company visits and cultural experiences. Aspects of all four of our specialisms are covered, allowing you to write your assessment on your specialism and count the international elective in your specialism. Costs for the international module are not covered in the programme fee.
Please note, our NHS scholarship awards in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy are available to those following the Healthcare pathway. Visit scholarships to find out more and apply.
This elective module covers:
The Quality Improvement foundations of health care
Measurement practice in Health care
Common Tools and techniques of measurement for Quality Improvement
The interpretation and use of measurement in Quality Improvement
The management of measurement data and measurement teams
Critical reflection of individual and organisational practice
"We cannot solve our problems with same thinking that we used when we created them" Albert Einstein.
You might be working in a large organisation that has become increasingly complex, as it deals with constant uncertainty and change, making it a chaotic environment to manage. You might be working in a small organisation that is part of a wider system of interdependent organisations, with these relationships having direct influence on your supply and demand chains. Your organisation might be a collection of diverse units that operate commercially across geographical boundaries with lots of interdepedency. All these are examples of organisational systems thatwould benefit from a systems thinking approach to problem solve and improve organisational efficiencies.
Systems thinking challenges traditional linear approaches to problem solving which tends to break the system down into its constitutent parts when trying to find solutions to problems However, often these solutions do not work long term and can sometimes frustratingly make the situation worse. Sound familiar? This module takes you through a different approach, with system thinking focusing your mind on the a ‘bigger picture’ and patterns and interrelationships of the system parts that make it a whole.
You will explore the theory of complexity science and human system dynamics. You will evaluate tools and techniques that you will be able to apply at a structural, technical and relational level in your organisation to come up with creative and efficient solutions to problems.
This elective module is for anyone grappling with change in a complex environment as described above, whether your organisation sits in a public, private voluntary sector system.
The purpose of this elective module is to give EMBA students the opportunity to explore how business is done in an
unfamiliar location. It serves as an integrating modules for the EMBA programme, asking students to draw on
ideas from across the programme to help with their analysis of the country they are visiting.
The module will have three formal components:
1.preliminary online activity during which students will be introduced to the recent development of their
chosen countries economy and some of the issues specific to business and management within that
economy, for both local and international organisations
2.A visit to the chosen country. Local faculty will amplify the discussion of issues and provide appropriate
formal contextualisation for field visits to both corporate and other locations that will provide opportunities to
observe and understand business and other economic and social activity relevant to business in the chosen
3.On return, students will write an individual reflective paper
There is an additional charge for this elective option which is in the region of £2000 per student.
History and development of Quality Improvement Science
Broader approaches to Quality Improvement
Commonly used models and techniques for QI and Improvement Science
Policy context of QI in health care
If you choose the Leadership specialism, you will choose three modules from the electives below before completing your EMBA with a challenging live company project.
This eelctive module allows students to draw together their learning from the degree by examining the global
grand challenges and exploring how their organisations can take action that engages with these
challenges in a manner that adds value to the organisation.
The module is made up of four elements:
1.At the outset of the module students explore: responsible leadership, moral capitalism and virtue ethics,
integrated CSR and social innovation, and the grand challenges linked to the UN Sustainable Development
2.Case studies are examined of organisations that have engaged with the grand challenges /SDG’s
3.Systems thinking is explored with particular focus on wicked problems and Soft Systems Methodology
4.Student organisational contexts are examined with regard to selecting a grand challenge / SDG and
applying SSM to design an intervention that seeks to add value to the organisation through addressing a grand
Regardless of one’s role or position within an organisation, all managers must address human resource
management issues, often on a daily basis. In fact, line managers are usually tasked with the implementation
or adherence to human resource policy such as the enactment of family leave or skills development training.
Yet, most managers have very little experience and even less training with HR practices. While not a
comprehensive summary of all HRM and HRD theory, this elective module explores the significant theoretical
underpinnings loosely associated with human resource management that address organisational policies and
practices that can be implemented to effectively manage people at work. The module provides different ways
of understanding what influences behaviour in organizations (management and workers) and offers an
understanding of how to interpret what happens in your organization. The module is designed for students who
have little to no background with human resource management or development and/or do not work within
human resource functions. As such, it seeks to explain the role human resource management – specifically
the management of people, culture, and communication – within organisations and demonstrate its strategic
relevance for all managers from all aspects of the organisation. The module focusses on the interface
between managers and the enactment of HR policies and argues that care for the human capital is a form
leadership practice. Case studies are used to explore and critique the concepts.
This elective focuses on the implementation of strategy and the management of strategic change. Given the
challenges of implementation and the high rate of failure in strategic change initiatives, this module focuses on
developing an understanding of the theory and practice of strategy implementation and the management of
If you choose the Strategy specialism, you will choose three modules from the electives below before completing your EMBA with a challenging live company project.
This elective addresses issues specific to mergers and acquisitions, such as deal structure, deal financing,
and target valuation, etc. It also introduces topics such as the role of private equity in the market of corporate
This elective module explores the role of Strategic Brand Management. The module is about learning how to
manage brands strategically. It builds on the marketing concepts and techniques introduced in the core
module to develop an in-depth understanding of strategic brand management. Brands are the most valuable
assets of firms. Brands embody the firm’s strategy and drive its execution. They represent what a firm stands
for and what it does. This module highlights the strategic implications of branding for firms and delivers a
comprehensive set of strategic tools for effective brand management. As such, this module is intended not
only for students interested in branding and marketing, but also for those interested in consulting,
entrepreneurship, and general management. The module presents the types of decisions involved in
managing brands and addresses contemporary challenges and opportunities.
If you choose the Management specialism, you will choose three modules from any of the options from the other three pathways.
We have an established partnership with Peking University in China, where you may have the opportunity to join the full-time MBA elective module "Doing Business in China" for an additional fee. This two-week programme introduces you to the Chinese economy, history and culture, and helps you gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in the Chinese market.
It's not just our world rankings and clever programme design that make our Executive MBA stand out. Through our expertise in leadership programmes, we've developed core themes to transform your own practice and personal management style. It's a proven route to success, as our EMBA graduates benefit from a new perspective, renewed confidence and the skills to take their career to the next level.
We've tailored our Executive MBA programme design to the demands of working professionals, ensuring the optimum work-life balance of short, intensive study sessions and time to implement your learning within your current role. Our beautiful campus location offers an escape from the pressures of the workplace, offering a more focused learning environment with world-class facilities and resources to support you.
This team-based challenge takes you into new territory, stretching your capacity to think strategically and embedding your learning in practical action. Working together, you will use your complementary skills to find solutions to a live issue for a client organisation and their feedback will form part of the overall assessment. Your experiences in this task will uncover new ways of working which will benefit you and your organisation in the future.
I was initially drawn to the programme because I felt it was an opportunity to expand my network. The truth is, it was so much more and the programme exceeded my exception on many levels. The lectures and the company visits were so insightful, it actually felt like a mini MBA. The cultural visits were out of this world and the Great Wall of China was my personal favourite. In short, I made some great friends, crucial contacts and gained a memorable experience. Akhtar Hussein, EMBA student.
A valuable element of the Executive MBA programme is the opportunity to network with experienced fellow professionals from sectors ranging from not-for-profit to large multinationals. This introduces you to fresh perspectives and provides a powerful test-bed for ideas and advice. This interaction continues far beyond the programme, giving you unlimited access to other minds, experiences and professional expertise to continue your learning and development into the future.
In Manchester, MBA alumni were joined by other Lancaster University graduates for a guest speaker and networking event hosted by Chris Saunders, Director of the Executive MBA.
As one of only seven institutions to have received this recognition, this marks the new Executive MBA health specialism as a top course for healthcare professionals seeking to improve their leadership and management skills.
The latest QS Global Executive MBA rankings place the Lancaster EMBA 22nd in Europe and 52nd in the world, providing excellent career prospects to working professionals with 55% of participants receiving a promotion within a year.
Richard Clegg has gone from being a nuclear research scientist to Chief Executive of the UK’s largest engineering charity - all without ever applying formally for a job.
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