Executive Master of Business Administration


In Ayr

£ 8,400 + VAT


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  • Location

    Ayr (Scotland)

  • Duration

    2 Days

On completion of the Executive MBA managers bring to their organisations the capacities to recognise and respond to: opportunities for growth. volatility and complex change. the need to re-invent organisations.
Suitable for: Executive MBA is a two-year, part-time, open learning programme for experienced managers. The Executive in the title indicates that the programme is specifically designed for busy managers who want a course of study that is highly relevant to their workplace and offers the flexibility they need.



Start date

Ayr (South Ayrshire)
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Ayr Campus Beech Grove, KA8 0SR

Start date

On request

About this course

* Applicants for the Executive MBA should normally hold a second-class Honours degree, or professional equivalent, and at least three years relevant work experience (managerial, supervisory or administrative). Executives with work experience only will be considered for the Certificate and, if their progress is satisfactory, they will be eligible to enrol on the next stages.

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Course programme

The University of the West of Scotland Business School has a respected reputation for well-focused programmes that have a highly vocational emphasis. Traditionally, we have strong links with industry and our programmes are designed to equip individuals to perform effectively in the workplace, delivered flexibly to satisfy the demands of both working people and their employers.

Features of the Executive MBA:
  • 2-year highly vocational programme
  • For experienced managers
  • Entry based on educational or work experience
  • Part-time open learning
  • Online tutor support
  • Flexible duration, delivery and attendance
  • State of the art facilities
The Executive MBA, launched in 1998, is an innovative two-year part-time open-learning programme for experienced managers. The programme's flexible delivery and highly vocational emphasis make it particularly suitable for busy executives seeking to develop themselves and their organisations without taking a career break.
The Executive MBA is designed to build on participants' work experience and help them to develop into strong all-round managers while also gaining the prestigious MBA qualification. Managers with an Executive MBA from the University of the West of Scotland bring to their organisations the capacities to recognise and respond to:
  • opportunities for growth
  • volatility and complex change
  • the need to re-invent organisations
The Executive MBA is designed for managers with work experience and has a real-world emphasis. The programme comprises three stages:
    • Certificate in Resource Management
    • Diploma in Strategic Management
    • Master of Business Administration
Each stage has four modules and lasts approximately eight months. Normally the entire programme takes two calendar years to complete. However, each stage is recognised as a meaningful and respected qualification and participants may choose, if necessary, to take a break between stages. In such cases they are required to complete the programme within five years.
Programme Delivery & Timetable
The Executive MBA is offered on a part-time open learning basis, which means that it is highly flexible. Participants do not need to take a career break or time off work to achieve the MBA qualification. They can study at a time and place that suits them and their work and personal commitments
Programme participants benefit from all-day face-to-face learning sessions held one Saturday per month at the grade A-listed mansion, Craigie House in Ayr.
Between these monthly Saturday sessions the "Virtual Campus", an internet-based e-learning environment which is highly innovative and user friendly, can be accessed by programme participants. The "Virtual Campus" is based on the Blackboard platform. Its features include:
  • Executive MBA programme learning materials
  • a wide range of links to other learning resources
  • a discussion board and email system to ensure valuable communication with tutors and other participants
The "high tech-high touch" combination of the Virtual Campus and the monthly Saturday workshops provide the flexible yet personalised combination today's busy managers appreciate.
The Executive MBA programme normally runs over 2 calendar years, starting late September, and is broken into 3 stages. Participants can take a break between stages, the only proviso being that they must complete the programme within 5 years.
Course Contents The Executive MBA comprises three stages:
Postgraduate Certificate in Resource Management
· Managing Markets (20 credits)
· Managing Operations (10 credits)
· Managing Resources (20 credits)
· Managing Talent (10 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management
· Strategic Management (20 credits)
· 1 x Option* (10 credits)
· Leadership & Change (20 credits)
· 1 x Option* (10 credits)
· Financial Management (10 credits)
· Innovation and Creativity (10 credits)
· Knowledge Management (10 credits)
· The Economy and Globalisation (10 credits)
Master of Business Administration
· Strategic Project (60 credits)
Career ProspectsGraduates of the Executive MBA will:
· acquire a firm understanding of the major areas of knowledge that underpin general management
· develop clear communication abilities across a range of media and audiences
· develop rational approaches to arguing cases and drawing conclusions based on rigorous, analytical and critical approaches to data and information
The Executive MBA features a highly flexible delivery that means that busy, working participants do not need to take a career break or time off work to achieve the MBA qualification. They can study at a time and place that suits them and their work and personal commitments. The programme's open learning delivery consists of all-day, face-to-face workshops held approximately one Saturday per month and a dynamic web-based learning environment.This innovative and user-friendly environment offers learning materials online and features e-mail, discussion groups and bulletin boards, which allow programme participants to keep in close and frequent contact with tutors and other participants.

Executive Master of Business Administration

£ 8,400 + VAT