Reasons to study an Executive MBA at De Montfort University:
If you’re looking to turbo-charge your career and change the way you see your future and the world around you, then an Executive MBA can make the difference.
Perhaps you’re looking to evolve from a functional role to senior leadership role, maybe you want to build your strategic understanding of issues to tackle a complex project or perhaps you’re looking to venture into your own business with solid foundations.
Contemporary organisations and markets require talent who bring imaginative solutions to the table. This programme understands that complexity and offers an original approach to skill up executives.
By studying this Executive MBA you will gain:
- The ability to think critically about complex organisational challenges
- An awareness of your strengths and vision to build into a career plan
- Understanding of contemporary and cutting-edge theory that can be applied to your professional life from day one
- A network of contacts and peers across sectors within the UK and abroad
- A postgraduate qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute
Our Executive MBA has also been mapped to the Apprenticeship Senior Leaders Level 7 standard so your organisation, if eligible could use their apprenticeship levy to pay for it.
How DMU’s Executive MBA approaches teaching:
- Challenging orthodoxies. The pace at which the world is changing is too complex for linear thinking, and established approaches don’t always offer sustainable solutions. In this programme you will learn to ask alternative questions in unusual places. Organisations often chase failing strategies — but the changing variables in our societies, culture and technological landscape require solutions of higher quality.
- Flexible learning. We combine online with classroom learning, so you can have a balance between your working life and participating in this programme.
- Expanding leadership through a variety of disciplines. As well as the staple modules built on business and management disciplines, our Executive MBA goes beyond business as usual by offering interdisciplinary knowledge, drawing in models from areas as diverse as theology, storytelling, psychology and theatre, just to name a few. This will enhance your judgement, and boost your analytical and critical skills.
Structure and assessment
This module will provide a novel and leading edge perspective on leadership in contemporary organisational contexts. It will allow you to explore a range of perspectives on leadership looking at, for example, conventional trait and situational theories of leadership and considering these in comparison with more facilitative, relational and discursive approaches such as, transformational, charismatic and distributive leadership. Additionally, this work will be underpinned with coaching and mentoring and the module will provide rich and varied opportunities for you to contextualise your experiences.
Financial Decision Making
The Financial Decision Making module considers the dynamics of numerical data and information and your role in current business and management practices and business development. It will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face tutoring and distance learning and at different levels, in order to respond to different participant pre-accomplishment and ability. The module will employ case studies which illustrate how to interpret and effectively utilise financial information in a manner which adds value to business decisions and integrates financial information in the light of the realities of business strategy shaping in the contemporary era.
Strategy in Turbulent Times
The module will use a simulation and the teaching will be based around various aspects of understanding of the questions and situations generated. Business analytics will be covered during this module together with opportunities to work with techniques on real case studies and live business issues. The module will take you through conventional linear representations of strategy and progress to demonstrate and provide hands-on experience, through relating this back to your own professional experiences, to more incremental, complex and transformational approaches. Crucially, you will learn why strategies fail and succeed.
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Settings
This module allows you to explore your academic and professional experiences in a novel context and engage in innovative and entrepreneurial behaviours. The work of the module is constructed around a number of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. Current business challenges point at the need for new ways of thinking and new solutions. Such approaches can also be a driver for wider social change. The module introduces you to models and debates in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, and examines some of the realities of rendering these operational. This module will also integrate research methods and field research, such as the field business project at Chiang Mai (Thailand). The team have access to a wide range of potential projects including, for example, Cocoa supply change management.
Business and Sustainability
Sustainability presents a contemporary domain in which organisations and business are obligated to balance constraints and pressures from both internal and external sources. Senior organisational figures and executives feel compelled to behave appropriately and therein resides a challenge – how to keep up-to-date with the latest information and research when resources in terms of time and work pressures are scarce. This module addresses the need for current and relevant research delivered in an applied manner so as to build and reinforce effectiveness, judgement and confidence in the contested area of business and sustainability. The module will be mindful of being presented without jargon yet will use and contextualise leading edge research with a view to stimulating novel and critical reflection on issues which are central and critical to organizational international business policy.
Future of Work and Organizations
This module is a capstone for the course. You will examine a wide range of stimulating and interesting topics emerging around, for example, the impact of artificial intelligence, crowdfunding, social enterprises, and virtual organisations. The module will include a series of company visits with the possibility of inter-institutional collaborative seminars. Students will relate the material of the module to the other modules of the programme drawing out inter-disciplinary and cross-modular themes and learning.
Facilities and features
Leicester Castle Business School
The Leicester Castle Business School, part of De Montfort University, is here to meet the needs of 21st century business. Going ‚Beyond Business As Usual’ we offer a unique accessible learning environment that invites students to challenge convention, giving them the opportunity and tools to think, create and inspire.
Hugh Aston Building
The Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million, includes lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals.
Opportunities and careers
Vedica Scholars Programme for Women
Based in New Delhi, Vedica scholars offer an exciting programme which is focussed on coaching young women to prosper in the workplace. LCBS works in partnership with Vedica, providing expertise which will benefit your experience.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the #DMUlocal programme which was created by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to make a significant contribution to the social and economic development of Leicester and bring positive change across the city. By working alongside Leicester City Council and other organisations you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting projects that meet the needs of communities and have a transformative impact.
You will have the opportunity to engage with our entrepreneurial community and become inspired by new ideas and ways of working. The innovation centre provides a platform for entrepreneurs, students and graduates to shape your business and innovative ideas.