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Executive MBA

Course Description


Innovatively tailored to meet the needs of North Wales’ management professionals and high-flyers, the Management Centre’s new Executive MBA Programme is designed to provide a challenging and flexible learning experience.

The programme is aimed at professionals who have key technical and functional experience, but who seek the breadth of business and management knowledge needed to develop their careers in the direction and at the speed required. We recognise that MBAs across the globe appreciate the international recognition that their qualification brings and the opportunities, which it can create. Our experience suggests that most MBAs are looking to consolidate and advance their learning with a view to either changing career direction or to fast-track progression in their current sector. Our Executive programme recognises these demands and provides an ideal platform for the highly motivated individual.

Aims of the course

Among the key features that distinguish the Executive MBA Programme at Bangor Business School’s new Management Centre are:

Aimed at management professionals within North Wales
Structured around part-time studies
Flexibility which recognises the often heavy demands placed on delegates in their workplace
Broadly based syllabus aimed at equipping participants with the knowledge and skills required across diverse business and management environments
An analytical and problem solving bias
Personal and professional development
Leadership and team building focus
Performance management
Networking and peer support
The programme is a challenging one both intellectually and in workload. However, the rewards are tremendous. The teaching and learning processes are formative. Most MBAs will find their studies are life changing, bringing opportunities which otherwise would not have presented themselves. The competence and confidence, which accompanies the learning and development process equips participants for the greater things to come.

Course structure

The programme is offered part-time. The course has a minimum duration of two and a half years although we would expect most students to complete within three.

Executive MBA students attend a combination of evening, afternoon and weekend sessions over each of the two semesters each year.

There are three stages in the Executive MBA Programme:

core compulsory modules that build knowledge and skills across key business and management disciplines and fields;
optional specialist streams aimed at ‘implementation/application’ and ‘project management’ within either public sector or SME management including innovation/entrepreneurship;
an individual project based on a real project in the student’s place of work.
The programme starts in mid-September each year with a three day introductory module aimed at building study skills and imparting the MBA ethos, starting the process of ice breaking and group working, and sorting out domestic and technical matters prior to commencing the course.

The programme is taught in two semesters each year. Students will normally complete three modules each semester. Hence, over two years they will complete the required 12 modules comprising the core and specialist streams.

Two modules are taught in parallel and teaching is timetabled over ten weeks on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons each week. The third module is taught over four days in concentrated weekend blocks.

What will you study?

Core modules (10 modules):

Managerial Economics
Financial Management
Management and Organisational Behaviour
Human Resources
Marketing Strategy
Managing Service Provision
Management Accounting
Management Research
Strategic Management
Risk and Project Management
Specialist Stream options (1 module from):

Public sector management stream
The public sector touches all our lives and has undergone major changes in recent years. It has been at the forefront of developing innovative management practices in a demanding range of political and social contexts. This module explores the complex and challenging world of public sector management and engages the student in the issues of managing and developing effective, efficient and responsive public services.
Entrepreneurship and small enterprise management stream
Entrepreneurs and small firms are the lifeblood of an economy, and make an increasing contribution to innovation, wealth creation and employment. This module provides a detailed insight into the entrepreneurship and the role of small firms within the economy. It explores the process of establishing a venture from idea generation to the completion of a business plan. It then takes the student through the process of developing a business plan and its different components, including business description and the market; development and production; sales and marketing; management team and the financial plan.
Dissertation/Project (1 module)

The Dissertation or Project will normally be based on an investigation relating to a student's workplace or a more general work related issue. It is a significant piece of work requiring diverse skills in problem identification, definition, methodology selection and development, data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development of conclusions and recommendations based on clearly articulated objectives. Normally, students will have a work based mentor and will be under the supervision of an appropriate academic from within the Management Centre. Word length is between 12,000 and 20,000 words.

Visit the Executive MBA page on the Bangor University website for more details!

Student Profiles

125th Anniversary Scholarships - 20+ Awards

125th Anniversary Research Scholarships£5M investment for up to 125 research studentships and bursaries from Sept ‘09To celebrate our 125th anniversary, Bangor University is launching a five year programme of postgraduate expansion. This starts in 2009-10 when we will invest around £5M in up to 125 research studentships and bursaries, with further expansion and more opportunities to apply for in the future. The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges: Arts & Humanities
Business, Social Sciences & Law
Education and Lifelong Learning
Natural Sciences
Health & Behavioural Sciences
Physical & Applied SciencesThe majority of the Bangor 125th Anniversary Scholarships will be fully-funded studentships, covering all fees for three years plus an annual maintenance allowance. A number of research studentships will specifically be available for outstanding international students. In addition, there are a large number of Bursary awards worth £6,500 a year and a variety of targeted awards.For further information, and to register your interest at the earliest opportunity, follow the web link below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fully-funded research studentships + maintenance allowance


The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges.

Application Procedure

Initially, follow the web link below to register your interest. Further information will be sent directly.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate degree in relevant discipline, and minimum 3 years professional experience

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