This program is taught in the UAE
The Executive MBA is a part-time programme for business professionals preparing to become senior managers. Its focus is on the development of knowledge and understanding of strategic management issues in order to reflect on and improve business and management practice. The programme is designed to dovetail with the demands of a full-time job.
About the course
No matter what part of industry or commerce you work in, the Executive MBA course will assist you in gaining a critical understanding of the problems and challenges facing enterprises and organisations and equip you with the analytical and critical faculties to identify potential solutions. These qualities are sought by prestigious employers.
This part-time three-year course runs on one evening a week from 6pm-9pm. Learning is supported via interactive in-class sessions and independent study.
The learning and teaching strategy for each individual module are detailed in the module guides that you will receive at the beginning of each semester.
- The Executive MBA offers you the chance to join a well established postgraduate community engaged in preparing themselves for a career in executive management.
- Studying the 6 modules in the first two years may entitle you to be considered for the CMI’s Level 7 Diploma in Strategic management and Leadership. The cost for the evaluation of your work for this voluntary option (at January 2013) is £199.00 which adds considerable value to your MBA studies.
- In addition, teaching and supervision are offered by a well qualified and dedicated team of experienced staff drawn from business and academia.
- The university enjoys excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas.
What you will learn
You will study a contemporary curriculum which focusses on the key functional areas of management: Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Strategic Management and so forth, many of which will be beyond the borders of your current, familiar management responsibilities. The aim is to stretch your management competencies into new areas of potential responsibility.
The MBA programme offers a suite of contemporary modules which allow you to develop your knowledge of organisations and their management in today’s fast-moving global economy, in order to reflect and improve your own management practice
What you will study
Executive Management and Leadership
This module is designed to enable you to explore your values, attitudes, style and interpersonal skills and to provide a platform for continuing personal development as managers and leaders. It invites you to critically evaluate theories pertinent to personal development, management and leadership; and to develop your interpersonal and team working skills to enhance the current and future roles of managers and leaders.
Executive Sales Management and Marketing
This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the sales management and marketing processes and the opportunity to develop and refine relevant skills in the practice of sales management and marketing. You will gain experience of evaluating and analysing the challenges managers face in the development and deployment of sales and marketing planning, and you will develop an advanced awareness of the need to consider a range of alternative approaches to dealing with planning and management issues in order to achieve competitive advantage and successful sales.
To gain and enhance your critical knowledge and understanding you will consider and critically evaluate key stages of the organisations’ marketing and sales planning process. By the end of the module, you will have developed a superior appreciation of the processes and outcomes in the implementation of the strategic choices facing an organisation with regard to marketing and sales management
Executive Financial Management and Decision Making
This module is designed to introduce managers (usually who have no previous background in finance) to the concepts of financial management and to explore the corporate aspects, and their differing organisational contexts, that determine sources of corporate funding. The module will also consider legal and other key issues, affecting corporate financial management. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts of financial management, and enable you to analyse and evaluate financial statements to provide a basis for informed decision making. You will develop an understanding of capital budgeting, strategic financial issues and control systems and how they can assist more informed decisions.
Human Resource Management (Executive)
This module aims to provide a general introduction to HRM in organisations. It will show an awareness of the merits and difficulties associated with new and different forms of work patterns and job designs aimed at enhancing performance, motivation and commitment. It will contribute to the wider debate by examining the organisational functions that are attributed to human resource managers.
Executive Change Management
This module will introduce you to managing change. You will investigate the types of change that affect modern organisations and their scope and scale. You will analyse the structural and cultural accelerators/impediments to change, the notion that organisations can learn to innovate faster than their competitors and the prominent roles of strategy and leadership. Throughout this module, you will be called upon to exercise and improve your powers of critical evaluation as applied to conceptual models of innovation and change and both internal and external contingencies that impinge on organisational efforts to innovate.
Executive Strategic Management
The module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the strategic management process and will integrate material from other parts of the course within a strategic management framework. Initially, lectures will be used to develop knowledge of the concepts underpinning the study of strategic management. As your knowledge increases you will participate more fully in a critical exploration of the concepts. The case studies will enable you to explore the application of strategic management concepts and models, apply them to complex business problems, and evaluate the strategic issues within the case study, while critically assessing the applicability and usefulness of the theoretical models.
Executive Research Methods
This module prepares you for the dissertation. It will enable you to make informed decisions about which research methods are appropriate under particular circumstances and specifically in relation to your own research. You will develop your knowledge of a range of research tools and analytical techniques. You will also receive guidance on the structuring of your dissertation.
Executive MBA Dissertation
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research. It allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught modules and to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of a strategic issue relevant to your organisation, your recommendations following the research process and a proposed implementation plan.
Applicants should have both of the following: significant work experience in a business or management capacity; and the UK honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent).
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
Applicants who have substantial management experience may be accepted without a degree qualification, subject to an interview with the course leader in person or by telephone.
All application forms need to be accompanied by a reflective overview of the managerial responsibilities undertaken to date.
A letter of reference on headed paper from the current/most recent employer should also be provided clearly showing the length of employment and a breakdown of roles and responsibilities.