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MBA Leadership

As a work-based degree programme, the MBA Leadership is designed for students who wish to develop their careers by studying for a Master’s degree while remaining in their current employment.

The Course

Lincoln International Business School is proud to have developed a flagship part-time Master of Business Administration in Leadership. The MBA Leadership is built around a programme of development aimed at those who wish to become a strategic leader and manager. The programme seeks to develop a critical appreciation of the issues and complexities of the present and future business environment and the need for strategies of sustainability in business and society.

The MBA Leadership is a work-based learning programme which brings together relevant contemporary academic theories and research with a practical understanding of activities within organisations. The MBA Leadership is accredited by the Chartered Management Institution (CMI), and upon successful completion students also receive a Level 7 CMI qualification.

The MBA Leadership has been designed to support career progression, preparing students to carry out senior strategic roles successfully. Students can develop a critical understanding of the issues relating to business and management, which can enhance their ability to maximise individual and organisational potential. The programme aims to build an individual's capacity to successfully manage and lead people, projects, operations, and services. It is designed to develop aspects of leadership, such as strategy, innovation and change, enterprise and risk, finance, marketing, and leading people and developing collaborative relationships.

The programme aims to build on the Principles of Responsible Management Education to address global challenges and create a better future for society through the lens of responsible leadership. Our work-based learning approach is designed to situate you at the heart of learning and can enable you to personalise and apply your learning directly to your organisation, so that both you and your organisation may benefit directly from your studies.

As a work-based degree programme, the MBA Leadership is designed for students who wish to develop their careers by studying for a Master’s degree while remaining in their current employment. This is achieved through a blended learning approach of face-to-face and online delivery.

The programme draws upon critical action learning, which aims to promote a deeper understanding of the realities of situations through collective as well as individual reflection, considering the tensions, contradictions, emotions, and power dynamics that exist within a group and an individual manager's life. Through the use of action learning sets, students can combine action learning with critical thinking and critical management learning.

Finance and Management (Core)
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Finance and Management (Core)

This module aims to develop the background and understanding that managers and leaders need in terms of financial applications. The module will cover the basis of financial and management accounting, introducing concepts which lead to the development of a more competent understanding of the budgeting and other associated resource allocation problems.

Financial accounting is introduced as separate from management accounting, to enable an understanding of the financial reporting statements which firms must produce to be compliant with the regulations of their company structures. Beyond this we review some financial analysis, including trend identification and concepts or issues that firms face from their funding choices. This can lead to a greater understanding of the financial consequences of the decisions which management choose.

Governance and Risk Management (Core)
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Governance and Risk Management (Core)

This module examines corporate governance, developing key skills to support good governance, risk management, control, and stakeholder dialogue throughout an organisation. It provides an overview of the role of boards and directors in corporate governance and aims to develop an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in governance worldwide.

The module aims to develop students who understand and appreciate the importance of going beyond financial information and supporting good ethical business practices to help companies sustain long-term success. It also evaluates techniques to manage cybersecurity risks within the student's own organisation and the wider environment.

Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking (Core)
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Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking (Core)

This module has a strong focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, leading to the development of a strategic plan which can enable an organisation to move forward.

There will be consideration of the innovative and creative process, both at individual and corporate level. Corporate entrepreneurship is not only a desired result of a company’s strategy but also as a precondition of strategic success in a responsible environment. It creates and sustains a competitive advantage. In a similar role to that of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs seek to provide solutions to problems, for example low productivity, waste, poor quality, and low morale. As well as identifying the potential business benefits of intrapreneurship, there will be consideration of strategies to encourage, nurture, and lead intrapreneurship within an organisation.

Students can produce a strategic plan for a work-based project which can enable the implementation of an innovative solution to an agreed business problem, and the identification of appropriate research methods for the project.

Leading Across Organisational Networks (Core)
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Leading Across Organisational Networks (Core)

This module focuses on knowledge and strategies for developing, and leading, collaborative networks. It also examines how to build collaborative relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders, both within their own organisation and across external political environments.

In order to develop skills to lead beyond the graduate's own area of control and authority, there will be opportunities to develop influencing, negotiation and advocacy skills. This can help to build reputation and promote effective collaboration and ways of dealing with conflict.

Leading and Developing People (Core)
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Leading and Developing People (Core)

This module focuses on leading and developing individuals and high performance teams within an organisational culture. Consideration will also be given to workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, as well as diversity and inclusion. Leadership theory and practice, communication, and decision-making will be explored, and the impact on strategic workforce planning. There will also be an appraisal of the student's own role and capacity in these areas.

Leading Organisational Change (Core)
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Leading Organisational Change (Core)

This module focuses on leading and managing change within broader economic, political, and social contexts, as well as barriers to change and the strategies to overcome these.

There will be consideration of organisational change theories, models and frameworks, and different approaches for managing change. The module also examines new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, and culture, to promote effective leading of organisational change.

Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement (Core)
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Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement (Core)

This module aims to equip students with a critical appreciation of how organisations can enhance competitiveness through stakeholder engagement. The module introduces marketing management to students whose previous studies and current occupations may be very diverse. It emphasises the need for a critical and analytical perspective and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.

Marketing within a global environment is examined alongside a consideration of how the impact of environmental trends and customer demands shapes companies marketing strategies. The module aims to establish a sound foundation of core marketing concepts that can be built upon in subsequent modules.

Negotiated Learning Project (Core)
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Negotiated Learning Project (Core)

The Negotiated Learning Project forms the final part of the MBA Leadership and allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of business management and leadership in a ‘capstone’ project for an organisation. It is an individual and independent project where students can use their learning to help solve a chosen business problem or challenge. The project provides students with the opportunity as leaders in an organisation to initiate, lead and drive change within a company.

The project is undertaken in an area chosen by the student and is supervised by a member of the School. Students on the MBA Leadership as part of the degree apprenticeship route will normally undertake a project based on an agreed business problem that forms part of their role and agree the project title and support arrangements with their employer and tutor.

Strategy in Practice (Core)
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Strategy in Practice (Core)

This modules relies on concepts of strategic decision-making to explore how strategy is conceived by integrating theory, practice and experience. The module explores how strategy affects organisations and how an organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively, given the understanding of the internal structures, processes and culture, and the external conditions.

Students can explore how mission, vision, and values are shaped in an organisation. The module will cover topics related to organisational structures, business models and how the external environment (political, economical, social, technological, environmental, and legal) impacts on current and new strategies.

This module is designed to build a student's skills and strategic decision-making, in terms of assessment, information and resources, conceptualisation of strategies, implementation, and monitoring of the results.

Within this module, reasonable people, with different experiences, specialised skills and functional perspectives, will have different views. Strategy involves making sense together, through an innovative and creative process. Students will be asked to perform research based on complex information and constructs, analyse real life business situations challenging the status quo, and reflect on their own practice.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment methods are based on work-based portfolios that should contain evidence of theory, practice, and reflection. Portfolio assessment will be through a range of formats, these could include reports, case studies, reflective learning accounts, presentations, projects, proposals, plans, or practical work-based artefacts with accompanying critical commentary.

The Negotiated Learning Project forms the final 60 credits of the MBA Leadership and allows students to demonstrate their mastery of business management and leadership in a ‘capstone’ project for an organisation. It is an individual project in which students can bring together all their learning on the programme to help solve a chosen business problem or challenge. This allows students to combine elements of learning from different parts of the MBA Leadership to demonstrate their accumulated knowledge and understanding of management and its application to an organisation through synoptic assessment.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Please contact Lincoln International Business School at MBALeadership@lincoln.ac.uk for further details.
The MBA Leadership programme can also be studied as part of a Senior Leadership Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA). The SLMDA has been created by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), and higher education providers. This programme is facilitated through the apprenticeship levy, funded by the Government and employers, and is an opportunity to develop strategic leadership skills. The SLMDA route combines a Master’s degree, apprenticeship, and the option to achieve Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow professional recognition.

For Home/EU students

The following fees apply to students who are paying their own fees and not accessing the apprenticeship route. They also apply to students who are being sponsored by their employer outside of Apprenticeship schemes. This route does not include portfolio support or access to the apprenticeship End Point Assessment for the SLMDA. Employers seeking to support students through the Apprenticeship levy should contact mbaleadership@lincoln.ac.uk.

MBA Leadership

 Level

Duration

Programme

Fee

 

 

7

2.5 years

MBA Leadership

£12,600

 

 

MBA Leadership 

 

2019 intake

 

 

Credits

Fee

 

 

Year 1

60

£4,200

 

 

Year 2

60

£4,200

 

 

Year 3 (Project)

60

£4,200

 

 

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Total

180

£12,600

 

 

Students wishing to access additional portfolio support can request this on an individual basis.


Apprenticeship Route

Employers:

Businesses in the UK are now required to pay HMRC the apprenticeship levy on a monthly basis through the PAYE system. There is an opportunity for all UK businesses regardless of whether you are a levy-paying employer or not, to benefit from government funding for apprenticeship training. More information on how Apprenticeship funding works can be found here on the gov.uk website.

Levy-Paying Employer:

- From April 2017 the government levy imposed a 0.5% levy on businesses payroll.

- Employers with a payroll in excess of £3m will be affected.

- For every £1 paid in the government will top up by 10%.

Apprentice Levy Calculator:

Calculate Your Levy

Our Fees:

Level

 Duration

 Programme

Band 

 Charge

7

 2.5 years plus EPA

Senior Leaders Master's Degree Apprenticeship - underpinned by MBA Leadership

12

 £18,000

Contact: mbaleadership@lincoln.ac.uk.

Non-Levy Paying Employers

Non-Levy Paying Employers should contact the us at mbaleadership@lincoln.ac.uk directly to check the availability of Education and Skills Funding Agency funded Apprenticeship places for smaller employers. Where funded places are available, eligible businesses are required to contribute to 10% of the above charge. This is known as ‘co-investment’ and is also available for those businesses who have already expended their levy funds.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Each applicant will be assessed individually, and this will involve an academic interview.

Minimum entry requirements are a mixture of academic qualifications and professional experience. The baseline for entry is Maths and English GCSCs at level two, or Grade C and above. Applicants must be employed in a managerial capacity with a minimum of 2 years’ experience.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

The course is aimed at those in senior roles such as section leaders, executives, directors, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, chief information officer roles, and senior military officers. It could also appeal to those in the NHS, and the Police and Fire Service.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure you have access to the specialist equipment and resources you need to develop the skills you may need in their future career.

Lincoln International Business School is based in the award-winning David Chiddick Building, which is situated in the centre of the city of Lincoln on the Brayford campus. It provides dedicated teaching and learning spaces and comprises lecture theatres, workshop rooms, IT laboratories and a café. Software including SAGE is available for you to use, as well as SPSS, Datastream (the source of financial and economic data), and FT.com.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.