Executive MBA

The Executive MBA is a two-year part-time programme which is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and capability, while at the same time allowing you to improve your organisation.

What Will You Study

The Executive MBA is a two-year part-time programme which is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and capability, while at the same time allowing you to improve your organisation. In contrast to many part-time programmes which require regular attendance at evenings or weekends, the teaching here is packed into short, intensive modules to help you balance your studies with your other commitments. Each core module starts with a two-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 Friday to Sunday.

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 your cohort which creates a valuable support network to enhance your learning experience.

In between each module you are supported by tutors to apply your new knowledge and skills directly into your organisation, producing work-based assignments that will improve your understanding, and make a real difference to your company.

Running alongside the modules is a personal development stream, allowing you to grow your ability to lead and manage. You will build on your strengths, broaden your self-awareness and improve your decision making capability. New knowledge, new skills, plus new ways of thinking and acting will all contribute to advancing your career.

Key features

  • No need to leave your job since our block modules take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Studying made easy in a weekend modular format
  • A convenient design, so you can balance your personal and professional needs with your study
  • Personal development, including Lancaster’s unique Mindful Manager approach
  • Learning Through Action design, which allows you to instantly apply your new knowledge
  • Develops you and your organisation at the same time
  • Taught by internationally respected lecturers and professors
  • Opportunities for international study and experience
  • Choice of elective options

Cohort Information

Our current and previous cohorts include a range of students from various industries, some of which include banking, pharmaceuticals, aviation, telecommunication and education. We even have entrepreneurs and small business owners.

We encourage diversity in our cohorts and have students from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, China as well as other countries.

Entry Requirements

  • First degree Transcripts and Certificate (minimum Second Class Upper)
  • Updated CV or Resume
  • Two References
  • Personal Statement
  • Passport Biodata page
  • High School Certificate with English Grade C or better  (IELTS 6.5 overall if required)

Fees

The Executive MBA programme is spread across two years. The whole programme costs $24,000 

NB: Textbooks, photocopying, stationery items, housing, meals and other incidental costs are not included in the tuition fees above. 

The university offers flexible payment options for the duration of your study and will not increase the tuition fee you are charged during the course of the programme.

Key Information

  • Duration: 24 months part-time.
  • Intake: 20 – 30 students per intake
  • Location: Accra, Ghana

Designed for: Experienced managers, professionals, executives and entrepreneurs

An upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent professional qualification. At least five years full-time professional/managerial work experience.  Click here for more information on our application process.

Assessments: Work based assignments, examinations, consultancy challenge project and dissertation.

This two-year part-time programme has been specially designed for leaders who want to further their education without leaving their employers or business.  While it demands real commitment, we understand the time pressures you face.  So we’ve organised the programme such that face-to-face time is conveniently provided in block modules – approximately once every six to eight weeks.  Structured to make full use of your time, the programme includes online pre-learning, work-based assignments and a real focus on you as a manager and leader; on building your strengths, broadening your awareness and honing your soft skills.  

Course Structure

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.

Year 1 Core ModulesYear 2 Core Modules

– Marketing Management
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.

– Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
This module explores key ideas relevant to leading and managing organisations. You will critically evaluate your own practice using frameworks ad 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.

– Business Economics
Grasping the fundamental concepts of economic analysis aids good decision making.  This module develops your knowledge by demonstrating the relevance of these concepts and building your understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic problems related to business.

– Operations Management
This module aims to improve your understanding of operations management and its contribution to the success of an organisation.  You will explore 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 covered apply to both manufacturing and service operations, and so will be relevant for all organisations.

– Accounting and Finance for Managers
It is crucial for managers to understand the role and purpose of finance in organisations. This module provides a general understanding of theoretical and practical financial issues, particularly the use of financial information and analysis in strategic decision making.

– Business Ethics and Sustainability
  In an increasingly interconnected, interdependent and uncertain world, the responsibilities of managers and leades are embracing wider ethical,        environmental and social issues. This module aims to prepare future decion-makers for the associated challenges, examining the assumptions, practices, strategies and consequences of business and management activity.
 
– Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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.

– Business Research and Consultancy Project
Designed to consolidate your learning in a live business situation, the Business Research and Consultancy Project is the capstone of your Executive MBA.

– Global Strategic Management
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.

Electives
Our electives allow you to specialise in areas of your choice, or to take a portfolio of different options that will broaden your business knowledge. Each specialism is made up of three electives, the majority of which are delivered entirely online, allowing you to work virtually with EMBA students from our other locations around the world. Below are the list of available electives:

– International Business in Context : This elective is delivered face-to-face, overseas. You will learn about the economy, and 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. It is open to students on any pathway. Costs for this module are not covered in the programme fees. 

Managing Strategic Change
Mergers and Acquisitions
Strategic Brand Management
Responsible Leadership Challenges
Innovation and Improvement Methods
Quality Improvement and Measurement in Healthcare
Systems Thinking
Leaders Leveraging Human Capital: Managing the Interface of HRM

Research Methods for Managers
A substantial piece of action research carried out within your own organisation or industry over the final months of your EMBA, this requires you to devise and conduct your own research and apply appropriate theory to a central issue of organisational importance.

Consultancy Challenge
A key part of the action orientation of the EMBA programme, this involves a one-week group consultancy intervention for a client organisation. It gives you scope to test out your new knowledge and skills in an unfamiliar environment, thus helping to embed your learning from the programme as a whole. A preparatory workshop, held before you meet your client, introduces you to some of the key consultancy skills and tools.

Dissertation
Work-based assignments
After each of the modules, you complete 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. Covering all areas of business operations – from strategy and marketing to operations and finance – this work will engage you with all parts of your own organisation.
The assignments allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories you have been introduced to. Most importantly, you will be able to apply these to real business situations.