Executive MBA

Delivered in conjunction with our collaborative partner, the University of Gibraltar.

Executive MBA

The global business environment is constantly evolving. This programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle leadership positions in complex, ever-changing organisations - without quitting your day job.

Our Executive MBA is aimed at middle-managers who want to develop their understanding of management and enhance their professional potential.

It covers the key principles and practices of management and draws on real-life experience to provide you with meaningful insights into management theory and practice.

You will learn in a multidisciplinary group of professionals from around the world with a variety of different backgrounds. This will give you insights and knowledge across industries, allowing for a learning experience that applies to real-world scenarios and context.

Key Facts

Awarding University

University of Gibraltar

Duration

18 months


Commitment

20 hours/per week


Format

100% Online


Class Size

15-20


Career Stage

Middle management


Application Deadline

14th August 2020 (For Sep 2020 start)


Fees


Promotion

Up to £500 off early bird (See T&Cs)

Why Study an Executive MBA?

Our Executive MBA is designed for mid-level managers, executives and business leaders who want to stay on top of their game and stand out from their peers. If you want to improve your knowledge, open the doors to new opportunities and maximise your earning potential, this is the course for you.

This programme will help you:

Transform Your Career

45% of students who successfully complete an EMBA receive a pay rise.

Opportunity to move into a higher-level post within your current employment or professional area.

Set up your own business and venture into self-employment.

Increase Your Confidence

Step up and stand out by demonstrating to employers your capability and self-motivation to learn at a higher level.

Stay at the top of your game by gaining a deeper understanding of management and business.

Boost Your Knowledge

Across the board - Intellectual skills, Practical skills, Transferable skills.

Advance your existing leadership, industry and management experience in the context of business management.

Who is an Executive MBA for?

The Executive MBA offers emerging/aspiring executives and senior managers with a scheme of study that develops their academic, critical, reflective and practical understanding of managing complex organisations in a rapidly evolving contemporary global business environment. Subsequently, the programme aims to develop students’ capacity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to help them develop their career and take up successful managerial and leadership positions in the future.

We like students who challenge the status quo, who wake up ambitious and love working with other professionals.

It will provide students with:

  • Contemporary knowledge and understanding of management theory and practice.
  • Theoretical and applied perspectives.
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in various organisations.

How Will I Learn?

We take an andragogical approach to learning. This means the 18-month course is self-directed with guidance from your experienced tutor. This groundbreaking style of learning is inspired by real-life scenarios which you will contribute from your own experience.

You will challenge other students and be challenged. We do not use pedagogical methods (where a student relies entirely on a teacher).

  • Business experience is built upon real-life scenarios and challenges therefore you will develop skills such as leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • You will participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. This usually occurs within multidisciplinary groups of 15-20 students.

These innovative teaching methods will allow you to seamlessly translate your studies into your everyday challenges.

Our dedicated Student Support Team is also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Curriculum

The full Executive MBA will be formed of six 20 credit modules (120 credits in total) and a 60 credit student /organisation specific research/capstone project. This is an 18-month programme.

Module 1: Marketing Management (20 credits)

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practices of marketing. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant marketing theories, conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting and solving marketing problems and presenting novel applications of marketing to improve the organisation's value propositions. Primarily it seeks to develop students’ capabilities to effectively direct and manage an organisation's marketing function.

Module Summary

  • Understanding marketing management
  • Developing marketing strategies and plans
  • Creating customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty
  • Analysing consumer and business markets
  • Identifying market segments and targets
  • Creating brand equity and Crafting the brand positioning
  • Marketing through the life cycle
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Relationships loyalty and co-creation
  • Service dominant logic
  • Management of the original and extended marketing mix

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its marketing function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Critically reflect upon the application of rapidly emerging marketing practices by various organisations.

Module 2: Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the nature and functioning of organisations and the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. It seeks to encourage you to use this knowledge to inform and improve your leadership and management skills and practices.

Module Summary

  • The individual at work
  • Motivation, satisfaction and productivity
  • Group behaviour and leadership
  • Power, authority and conflict in organisations
  • Organisational structure and design
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational change
  • Wellbeing
  • Employee engagement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate relevant theories and empirical evidence relating to organisational behaviour.
  2. Critically appraise and evaluate different strategies for management and leadership.

Module 3: Financial Management (20 credits)

Module Aims

This module aims to develop your understanding and interpretation of sound financial management to almost all business decisions in order to understand the impact of this function on the principles and practices of executive management decision making.

Module Summary

  • The terminology of accounting and the structure and content of the main financial statements used by business organisations.
  • The role and use of different financial statements.
  • The use of management accounting techniques for business planning and decision making.
  • Sources of business finance and the role of financial information in the financing of a business.
  • Business budgeting and budgetary control.
  • The use of investment appraisal techniques in retail management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate, present and prepare financial information in a clear accurate way.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of financial information for management decision making and control.

Module 4: Strategic Management (20 credits)

Module Aims

The module aims to develop your understanding and application of the principles, practices, models and tools called upon to ensure a holistic, responsible approach to strategic management. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting both the business environment and the organisation's resource base to solve problems and presenting novel, sustainable business level strategies.

Module Summary

  • Strategic management philosophies and schools of thought
  • Business Environment Analysis
  • Competitive positioning / rivalry
  • Core Competencies / Resource Based Strategies
  • Generic Business Strategies
  • Strategies for growth / sustainability
  • Stakeholder engagement / positioning
  • Value chain analysis
  • Strategic Change

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its approach to strategic function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Diagnose strategic opportunities or problems and critically evaluate strategic choices and viable strategic options to assist them

Module 5: Business Ethics and Sustainability (20 credits)

Module aims

This module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of sustainable business issues and how they can be managed, promoted and developed in a business context.

It also aims to develop a critical awareness of corporate responsibility and ethical business and organisational practice.

Module Summary

  • Environmental orientation and the three main goals of sustainable development; Social, economic and environmental goals.
  • Areas of activity for sustainable business and the development of business strategies for sustainability with reference to sufficiency, consistency and efficiency.
  • Transformation processes taking place during the exchange between business nature and society.
  • Operations management for sustainable production, energy and resource use and value chain analysis and operational process.
  • Sustainable consumption, the modern consumer and its impact on society and the wider environment.
  • Systems of legal regulatory, environmental and social norms and standards, the triple bottom line and how organisations report sustainability.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility; definitions, in practice, organisations responsibilities, governance and management of externality.
  • The business as a multi-purpose entity and stakeholder concept. General stakeholder spheres of influence, expectations and conflict and management action.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse stakeholder expectations and engagement together with the ethical challenges faced by modern organisations.
  2. Critically evaluate an organisation’s management of triple bottom line sustainability, corporate social responsibility and business ethics.

Module 6: Operations Management (20 credits)

Module aims

To critically evaluate the evidence to enable the design, development and implementation of operating systems in organisations.

In depth understanding and ability to evaluate the effectiveness of operations management in the creation of value for an organisation.

Critical awareness and evaluation of production, supply and value chain.

Module Summary

  • Process Structures, tools and improvements
  • Capacity planning and utilization
  • Quality Management / continuous review
  • Lean systems
  • Supply chains
  • Value chains
  • Operation planning, scheduling and control

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate business processes in service or manufacturing organisations
  2. Critically evaluate operation issues in the value addition process of an organisation

Final Assessment: Capstone Project (60 credits)

Module aims

The aim of this module is to consolidate students learning acquired through their executive MBA programme into a single capstone project. Students will carry out an independent study on a management topic of their choice. They will have the opportunity to apply the comprehensive theoretical knowledge, understanding and skills that they obtained throughout the executive MBA to an area of interest within either their own workplace setting or a company of their choosing and compile a comprehensive report.

Module Summary

  • Recap the key learning outcomes of the module they have studied
  • Evaluate suitable collection, analysis and interpretation of different types of data and evidence
  • Determine effective / evidence-based decision making in organisations for business case development
  • Developing a suitable executive management capstone project proposal
  • Producing a capstone project report

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Synthesise knowledge gained during executive MBA Studies and apply these in developing solutions to complex management issues and improving performance.
  2. Develop conceptual understanding of business and management theory and constructs in a way that facilitates systematic search, justification and evaluation of competing courses of action.
  3. Critically evaluate information and data (evidence) to inform real life management decisions within the workplace.

Assessment Methods

There are three components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes of each taught module. These test different elements of learning including critical analysis, management skills, professional reflection and independent / community of practice based study.

Scenarios and discussion

Scenarios reflective of day-to-day work situations will be presented for students to consider and answer every week. Students critically discuss the concepts within their online group discussion forum facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.

Students learn by finding relevant literature, reading and critically appraising it; discussing it within the discussion forum and applying it critically to real world examples and your own practice. The content of the scenario is based on the learning outcomes for the module.

The scenarios, reflective portfolio and the group work is carried on as the module progresses which ensures engagement throughout the module.

Reflective Practice

The online learning portfolio requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the business executive/manager will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides weekly feedback and marks your work at the end of the module.

Module activity

At the beginning of each module, students are presented with a module assignment. The module activity may take the form of an individual piece of work, such as an essay on a relevant topic, or it may be a group activity such as the creation of a marketing plan.

Entry requirements

Our digital doors are open to both local and international students from diverse educational and social backgrounds. We offer no international surcharge and believe having a multi-disciplinary and multi-national cohort is best for student development. Typically, applicants for the Executive MBA will:

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Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2020 £7,500

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

DateInstalments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£834
1st Nov 2020£833
1st Jan 2021£833
1st Mar 2021£833
1st May 2021£833
1st Jul 2021£833
1st Sep 2021£833
1st Nov 2021£833
1st Jan 2021£833

† Deposits are non-refundable