MBA

University of Hull Business School

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Hull Executive MBA (EMBA)

Start in June, February

About the course

The AMBA-accredited Hull Executive MBA (EMBA) transforms you into a strategic and responsible leader through our business relevant, internationally recognized programme. You will be challenged to think critically to enhance your effectiveness both personally and professionally, developing the skills and understanding required to operate in a complex global business environment.

Teaching is informed by globally recognised research and led by academics with industry experience. Having access to excellent facilities across the University, you and your fellow EMBA students will remain together as a team throughout the programme, learning from each other and enlarging your professional network.

With modules taking place in three day blocks (Wednesday to Friday), every 6 weeks, this allows you to fit your studies around work and other commitments.

There are two main study variants: The traditional EMBA option or the ‘Senior Leader- degree apprenticeship’ route. Within these, a range of pathways are available, including General Management, Health and Social Care, and Technology Management. We can also respond to industry demand and work with organisations to develop new pathways.

The Hull Executive MBA is taught throughout the year on a rolling carousel system with start dates around every nine months. This means you will be studying some modules, possibly with students from both the traditional and degree apprenticeship routes, who started earlier, and with those that join at a later stage. As a result, you will benefit from being able to build relationships within your own cohort, as well as network with other groups, creating more opportunities to develop your industry contacts.

Our AMBA accreditation confirms our quality, and as a Hull EMBA student, you will:

  • Become a strategic and responsible leader who can think critically to enhance personal and professional effectiveness.
  • Develop the skills and understanding required to operate in a complex global business environment.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of modern organisations through our holistic approach, driven by our distinctive expertise in systems thinking.
  • Forge excellent links with industry through real world consultancy projects.
  • Gain experience of a broad range of industries and sectors with our diverse cohort.
  • Transfer new knowledge and skills direct to the workplace
  • Flexibility of traditional and degree apprenticeship models, with the option of tailored ‘pathways’ to suit industry needs.

The Hull EMBA is also delivered overseas through our partnerships in Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore and Romania. Participants at these locations study locally and are taught by our internationally-renowned faculty.

What you’ll study

The Hull EMBA prepares you for senior leadership roles in today’s complex world. Designed to develop high-level skills in all the functional aspects of business such as marketing, supply chain management and human resources, it also develops an awareness of the relationships between them and their contribution to the organisational whole.

This distinctive holistic approach of the Hull EMBA facilitates communication across boundaries – both cultural and organisational – and in so doing enhances personal effectiveness and performance.

You will be challenged to relate your learning to your own experiences and be encouraged to step outside your existing areas of expertise to appreciate the broader context.

Based on both theory and its practical application, the Hull EMBA concentrates on three core ideas:

  • Lead Responsibly – Leaders must recognise the responsibility they hold, and discharge it skilfully, ethically, and responsively.
  • Connected Thinking – Organisational sustainability requires sustainable business eco-systems both locally and globally, where multiple cause-and-effect relationships are acknowledged and accounted for.
  • Complexity and Ambiguity – The rapidly changing world cannot be fully understood through old ideas and traditional thinking; we must lead creatively to manage the changes that are driven by complexity and ambiguity.

 

Teaching takes place in three day blocks, normally Wednesday to Friday, every six weeks. Face-to-face class contact is enhanced by online learning in the weeks before and after the blocks. All participants take eight core modules, and then choose from two different pathways studied over two years, organised so that learning in one area deepens understanding in all the others. This focused approach gives you a powerful set of tools for succeeding in today’s complex world.

Compulsory modules

  • Strategic ManagementThis module considers the nature of strategy. You study strategic group analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic choices and decisions, and organising for strategic advantage.
  • Human Resource ManagementStudents study the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that underpin and shape HRM, as well as HRM practices including talent management, performance and development.
  • MarketingThis module covers a range of marketing skills including analysis, strategy, planning and implementation, as well as the impact, value, and use of digital marketing.
  • Accounting & FinanceThis module focuses on the analysis and use of financial information, rather than the collation and processing of data. Topics range from company financial statements to crypto-currencies.
  • Understanding Organisations and Organisational ChangeYou will be introduced to a range of topics including power, motivation, organisational culture, and how these interact with leading and managing organisational change.
  • Systemic Management & ComplexityIn this module, you’ll investigate topics including complexity theory in relation to systemic management, systemic interventions, conflict in organisational life and managing complexity in organisations.
  • LeadershipHere, you will discuss the theory and practice of leadership, learn how to develop leadership skills and consider the political and ethical aspects of leading teams and organisations in a complex world.
  • Operations and Supply Chain ManagementBeginning with the broad concepts of how to design and manage the operations of any organisation, this module will explore how to develop ‘fit for purpose’ supply chains.

General pathway

  • Innovation, Creativity and EnterpriseLearning in this module centres around understanding individual and organisational dimensions to creativity, and the psychology of creativity/invention, explored from a general, and an industry-specific perspective.
  • Consultancy and Project ManagementWorking on real business problems, you will gain an understanding of the skills needed to manage complex projects, and how to guide others to do so in your own context.
  • EconomicsThis module covers a range of topics, from understanding the basic principles of how markets behave, to the under-pricing of natural, ‘free’ resources.
  • International BusinessYou study topics including macroeconomic theory in internationalisation, national and global economies, international trade and investment flows and emerging economies.

Health and Social Care pathway

  • Consultancy and Project ManagementWorking on real business problems, you will gain an understanding of the skills needed to manage complex projects, and how to guide others to do so in your own context.
  • Innovation, Creativity and EnterpriseLearning in this module centres around understanding individual and organisational dimensions to creativity, and the psychology of creativity/invention, explored from a general, and an industry-specific perspective.
  • Leading and Managing Health and Social Care – Policy PerspectiveYou will develop a critical understanding of political concepts related to recent policy initiatives and their implications in the field of health and social care.
  • Quality Improvement in Health and Social CareStudents explore how quality is ‘driven’ within health and social care and how improvement might be effectively promoted and managed within and across sectors.

This pathway is delivered in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences, benefitting from their extensive expertise in the health sector.

Both pathways include a Research Methods & Dissertation module, based on a business and management topic of your choice, which may take the form of a consultancy report or a traditional academic format.

Technology Management Pathway

  • Innovation, Creativity and EnterpriseLearning in this module centres around understanding individual and organisational dimensions to creativity, and the psychology of creativity/invention, explored from a general, and an industry-specific perspective.
  • Infrastructure ManagementThis module provides systematic methods and techniques to design, integrate and manage efficient, agile and cost effective technological infrastructures.
  • Cyber Security and Organisational ResilienceYou will learn about complex security-related obligations, and the barriers, procedures and controls needed to protect organisations from threats such as fraud and money laundering.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by individual assignments, such as essays and reports. Two modules are assessed by examination, and some may require group project work and the delivery of a presentation.

On successful completion of all modules, students will undertake an end-of-programme, 15,000-word work-based project or dissertation focusing on a business and management topic of their choice.

Degree apprenticeship students complete the course by taking an ‘end point assessment’, provided by an external organisation. This includes a review of the apprentice’s portfolio and work-based project, as well as a short presentation and professional discussion.

*All pathways are subject to sufficient student numbers in order to run.

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