Lancaster Executive MBA

The Lancaster Executive MBA programme is designed to build your functional knowledge and your leadership capability through a combination of taught modules in key management areas interspersed with experiential projects, or challenges, where you apply that knowledge to specific business issues. These are complemented by action oriented coursework assignments in your organisation.

Duration: 24 Months (Part-time)

The taught modules are grouped into three key themes or perspectives 
- The Strategic Perspective – the 'big picture' of where the organisation is and wants to go
- The Relational Perspective – the 'soft skills' and people management aspects of leadership
- The Practice Perspective – the practical aspects of leading and managing the various business functions

Why the Lancaster Executive MBA?

When you embark on a part-time MBA, it’s never an easy ride. You expect and want it to be challenging and to test your abilities in all directions. That is certainly true at Lancaster – unsurprising from a management school that has achieved top rankings in the UK for teaching and research for more than a decade.
Those qualities are reflected in the staff you’ll meet on the programme – and in the real currency and rigour of the ideas you’ll be introduced to.
What makes the Lancaster EMBA truly distinctive is the concept of learning through action, which shapes the entire programme design, along with its focus on both personal development and organisational development.

Key Facts

Duration: 24 months
Intake: 20 - 30 students per intake
Designed for: Experienced Managers, Professionals and Executives
Locations: Accra, Ghana
Requirements: Click here for EMBA requirements
Fees: Click here for EMBA fees

Modular format

Short, intensive modules are held at our campus in East Legon, Accra, every six to eight weeks.  These take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, enabling you to focus on study without distrusting your job.  Click here to see our module dates
To discover how some of our Executive MBA graduates have used the programme to shape their own careers and the growth of their organisations read Lancaster graduate profiles

Year 1:

Explores how organisations research, segment and attack markets, and teaches you to challenge and improve marketing strategies through branding and manipulation of the marketing mix
Allows you to explore ideas on leaders, leading and leadership. It is practically focused, developing political, decision-making, and motivating skills. And it allows you to critically explore and evaluate your own leadership practice.
Provides frameworks and tools with real practical relevance for managing highly complex HR decisions. It explores the world of work, taking into account how recent changes have affected the process of managing and how changes in structure and process within organisations affect culture and values. It also explores issues of power.
Examines how organisations can design and manage processes, resources and control systems to deliver quality and value-adding activities in the most effective way
Introduces you to the fundamental concepts of economic analysis by demonstrating their relevance and building your understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic problems related to business.
Develops your skills in analysing and using financial information and your understanding of the role of management accounting and performance measurement
Considers how to treat the principle topics and issues in finance that are of concern to the general manager and to all those needing to make financial decisions. The course will provide a general understanding of theoretical and practical financial issues, particularly the use of financial information and analysis in strategic decision-making

Year 2: 

Focuses on how to take a strategic and holistic perspective when diagnosing problems, planning and leading within organisations, and explores how globalisation and other external environmental forces impact on the strategic options open to organisations
Managing Strategic Change
Managing people's reactions to change is a key leadership skill, vital for ensuring that management objectives are realised. This module not only examines the impact of change on organisations and individuals, it also explores the process of diagnosis and of developing appropriate strategies for leading and managing change.
Research Methods for Managers
A substantial piece of action research carried out within your own organisation or industry over the final months of your EMBA, this requires you to devise and conduct your own research and apply appropriate theory to a central issue of organisational importance
A key part of the action orientation of the EMBA programme, this involves a one-week group consultancy intervention for a client organisation. It gives you scope to test out your new knowledge and skills in an unfamiliar environment, thus helping to embed your learning from the programme as a whole. A preparatory workshop, held before you meet your client, introduces you to some of the key consultancy skills and tools
Work-based assignments
After each of the modules, you complete a practical, work-focused assignment, where you apply and evaluate some of the theories you have just learnt, effectively acting as an internal consultant and generating actionable recommendations for your organisation. Covering all areas of business operations – from strategy and marketing to operations and finance – this work will engage you with all parts of your own organisation.
The assignments allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories you have been introduced to. Most importantly, you will be able to apply these to real business situations.

Key features:

- World-class EMBA in a convenient, career enhancing format
- Studying made easy in a weekend modular format
- Several scholarships available
- Internationally respected lecturers and Professors
- Flexible payment options available
- Programme led by our Deputy Provost - Dr Cynthia Forson
- No need to leave your job since our block modules take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays


This two-year part-time programme has been specially designed for leaders who want to further their education without leaving their employers or business.  While it demands real commitment, we understand the time pressures you face.  So we've organised the programme such that face-to-face time is conveniently provided in block modules - approximately one every month.  Structured to make full use of your time, the programme includes online pre-learning, work-based assignments and a real focus on you as a manager and leader; on building your strengths, broadening your awareness and honing your soft skills.  
You will find yourself developing throughout the two years, ensuring your on-going career advancement in the years after. The diverse demographics of our current EMBA class come with students from Ghana, Nigeria, Lebanon, Ivory Coast and Canada with varying years of work experience.  Typically the majority of the class have more than seven years' work experience.
To find out about our EMBA application process and requirements, click here.