The best leaders have mastered the art of decision making and action based on critical thinking. Your Aston MBA will teach you how to reflect on your own career, perceive emerging opportunities and develop a growth mindset. You will become enterprising in everything you do and your organisation will benefit from a confident and informed business leader.
The Executive Apprenticeship MBA is made up of six core modules, one elective and a business project taught over a two year period.
Who is this programme for?
The Executive Apprenticeship is a transformational MBA for leaders who want to accelerate their careers and immerse themselves into the principles of strategic thinking in a business context.
Apprentices can range from new employees to existing managers who have grown into their role, but would benefit from a formal MBA qualification. It is intended for professional managers in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation who want to develop their leadership knowledge, transferable skills and behaviours.
Roles can include anyone with significant management responsibilities. Responsibilities can include leading people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term results. The collaboration between work and study shapes your apprentice to behave ethically, lead others and deliver impact.
The Executive Apprenticeship MBA is taught at postgraduate level through a set of core modules that will equip you with a thorough knowledge of the key business and management issues needed in modern business. Candidates are then able to select from a range of elective modules to specialise their studies. Finally, the programme concludes with the Business Project.
Topics on offer include:
- Crafting Organisational Strategy
You will learn to link strategy theory and practice to develop your skills as a strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial thinker and doer. You’ll also develop your understanding of how to use financial analysis for strategic decision-making.
Creating and Delivering Customer Value
You’ll learn and put into practice the key concepts and theories in marketing strategy and management, including how to research and understand customer behaviour, innovate for global markets and interpret data to develop marketing strategies.
Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance
This module will improve your understanding of assessing the financial health of a business. Through a state of the art business simulation, you’ll work in teams making financial decisions for your shared business while competing against your peers. This simulation is an engaging way to put theory into practice.
Designing and Managing Operations, Systems and Processes
This module aims to provide an understanding of the role of operations management and how it contributes to the development and implementation of business competitiveness and efficiency.
- Personal Leadership Focus
This exciting new module confronts learners with current business issues and encourages thought leadership about how managers and their organisation must react and take action to prepare for future challenges.
The Aston Edge
The Aston Edge programme is delivered alongside the core curriculum and is our way of providing you with professional self-development skills to equip you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today's global business environment. You'll learn leadership, team working, confidence, presentation skills, and much more through a programme of workshops and business simulations.
You will select one elective module to deepen your knowledge of a key business area further. Below is a list of the types of modules that may be available for you to choose from:
- International Business
- Business Finance
- International Marketing Management
- International Operations
- Global Business Ethics.
The course concludes with a major business project that gives you the opportunity to design your own learning experience to fit your own area of interest. As an Executive Apprentice, you will undertake a project based on your own organisation, using your new knowledge to work towards a solution that your company is facing.