How to Make the Most of the Lancaster Executive MBA

The Lancaster Executive MBA can be a transformative experience, for both your professional and your personal development. To make the most of the programme and to reap the maximum rewards, our students often comment that you get out what you put in. With that in mind, we asked the current cohort for their top tips on making the most of the Lancaster EMBA experience.

  • You are on a world-class MBA at a world-class business school. Take it seriously, don’t squander your time with Lancaster. By taking it seriously your colleagues will take it seriously and you will all have a far more enriching experience as a result. You get out what you put in!
  • Read, read, read and read some more. It is such a pleasure to learn new things and this is your opportunity to do so. At the beginning it seems like you have plenty of time and so much to do. With a few modules left to go I feel already that it isn’t enough – I want more!
  • Buddy up. A really good move I made was to set up our “study group”. The group is small and it formed organically. We probably don’t talk about the actual material enough (at least for me, the group has become a vital means of reducing the isolation that COVID has brought on and I am delighted to just chat with friends). But it is generally good practice to form a group with people you like and who you can learn from.
  • Think about it all the time. Reflect on everything you learn. It is hard to carve out the time to think about what you are learning. Although most assignments revolve around your organisation, try and think about how the modules relate to other organisations too. Practice the application of the concepts. Your buddy group will be really useful here.
  • Do it for the joy of learning. Undertake each assignment thinking about how you can get the most from the exercise, rather than the grade. The MBA is about your learning, not simply the grade. Hopefully the grades will follow.
  • The opportunity to work with students from Ghana and Malaysia has been really helpful for me, it’s been interesting to learn about different cultures and ways of working.
  • You will miss it. I am genuinely dreading the end of my MBA. Enjoy it!


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