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New Executive Master of Business Administration Announced

Wed, 20 January, 2021

FAQs to help decide if this Executive MBA is for you...

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NSIRC has partnered with Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS), part of De Montfort University, to deliver an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Apprenticeship programme. The University internationally recognised and designated a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Hub in 2018. It was subsequently awarded University of the Year for Social Inclusion in the Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019.

LCBS’s mission is to ‘go beyond business as usual.’ It is this mind set informs the creation of programmes such as the new EMBA, which encompasses the latest thinking on ethics, responsibility, sustainability and innovation as well as research, teaching and engagement challenges.

The following Q & A will tell you all you need to know about the LCBS EMBA – read on for more details:

Who is the MBA programme for?

The LCBS EMBA is designed for individuals seeking a diverse and novel management knowledge. Completion of the course will enable career progression into senior leadership roles, improve strategic thinking, and develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to solve problems and lead complex change.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification. Professional qualifications deemed to be of equivalent standing will be considered on an individual basis. Additionally, a minimum of three years appropriate professional experience is required.

How is the programme delivered?

The LCBS EMBA uses a highly structured approach of six modules, totalling 180 credits, apprentices study part-time over two years of study. These have been formulated to cover traditional business functions via modules including Strategy in Turbulent Times and Financial Decision Making. The EMBA also uses interdisciplinary perspectives that challenge the status quo. It expands leadership approaches using themes of sustainability, social responsibility and ‘jobs of tomorrow’, for example, Future of Work, Business and Sustainability and Leadership Practicum.

What is an apprenticeship?

The MBA is supported by the UK Government and the employer through the Apprenticeship Levy. Find out more about how apprenticeship funding works on the Department for Education website.

An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme for the individual’s immediate job and future career. The job must have a productive purpose and should provide the Apprentice with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve the apprenticeship. The Apprentice gains these through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise these new skills in a real work environment. (Education & Skills Funding Agency, 2019)

For the LCBS EMBA, these knowledge, skills and behaviours are aligned with the Senior Leaders Standard. This defines a leader as someone who has senior management responsibility and can include formal governance / director responsibilities. 

The individual student is responsible for direction and vision, providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. They take into account market trends and environmental influences, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks.

Through inclusive leadership, they are responsible for developing ethical, innovative and supportive cultures with the ability to deliver results. They are a role model, with responsibility for those in senior positions and/or significant organisational budgets. Specific job roles may include: Senior Leader, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer and so on. (Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education, 2021)

Develop and enhance your skills to become a dynamic senior leader. Photo: TWI Ltd
Develop and enhance your skills to become a dynamic senior leader. Photo: TWI Ltd

How is the programme assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are offered to candidates such as presentations, time-constrained assessments, case analysis, reports and reflective practice. Part of the rationale for this mix is to assess different skills which enable the individual to collect, prioritise, assimilate and disseminate information in different contexts.

What advantages will an Executive MBA give me?

  • Advanced development of the individual’s knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with a senior leader, as per the Senior Leadership Standard
  • Level 7 Strategic Management & Leadership Practice Qualification from the Chartered Management Institute
  • Executive coaching and mentoring to prepare the candidate for senior leadership or deciding what’s next as they navigate their career journey
  • Dynamic learning methods including project-based knowledge, simulations / gamification, case studies and discussion based learning

How much does the programme cost?

The course fees for the LCBS EMBA is £18k for the two-year duration of the study period.

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