THE MANCHESTER Executive MBA Challenge offers 20 candidates the opportunity to win a full £16,500 scholarship for a part-time Executive MBA at Manchester Metropolitan University. Scholarships worth £4,000 and £2,000 are available to runners up.
The Challenge, sponsored by Williams BMW, consists of four business games and challenges which have been designed to test candidates’ skills and support their professional development. It will take place at the University in July and September. Points will be awarded after each challenge, and the winner will be the person with the most points.
To enter, candidates are expected to have a minimum of three years' relevant management experience plus a bachelor's degree, or a minimum of seven years' relevant management experience (without formal higher education qualifications).
The Executive MBA at Manchester Metropolitan University is accredited by the Association of MBAs, ensuring that students gain an internationally recognised qualification. Teaching takes place in three-day study blocks in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on the All Saints campus.
Last year’s winner Karl Roberts is owner of 360cash, and is in no doubt about the quality and breadth of learning on the Executive MBA. He said: “I use the knowledge I’ve gained on the MBA programme in my business on a daily basis. There have been a few occasions where that knowledge has 100% informed business decisions I’ve made; before I would have probably gone with my gut feeling. Now I’m able and have the confidence to be more analytical about decisions, and I understand much more about what we need to do and the business case for making changes.
“My outlook towards my business had changed too; having to undertake independent research into the five stages of business was like switching on a light bulb, and I immediately understood where we are as a business, and where we need to go. As a direct result of an HR assignment we were asked to complete, I have made significant workforce changes by integrating two parts of my workforce.”
Registration for the Manchester MBA Challenge opens on 7 May, and candidates have until 23:59 on 17 June to apply.