The MBA ECBM programme
The International MBA at the ECBM is laid out as an 18-24 months part-time MBA programme. Students focus on ‘Strategic Diploma in Management and Leadership’ during the first year. The schedule includes the following obligatory courses:
- Strategic Planning
- Strategic Change Management
- Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills
- Professional Development for Strategic Managers
- Managing Financial Principles and Techniques
- Strategic Quality and Systems Management
- Strategic Marketing Management
The second year of studying is more targeted at the specific needs and requirements of each student. Participants choose 2 out of 4 options:
- Research Methods for Managers
- Integrated Marketing Communications*
- Managing Human Resource Strategy*
- Global Corporate Finance and Governance*
- Ethics for Business*
Blended Learning: Students find their study material on the student platform as well as online after having received preparation instructions from their tutors. The assignments are carried out individually or in groups and further exchange takes place on the study forum and via emails. However, each year, one compulsory study week in London requires a certain amount of out-of-office days. Nine block seminars in Aachen, Berlin, Munich and ECBM London complement the study weeks.
The word count for the dissertation is 20,000 words and is worth 60 UK credit points, which are 30 ECTS.
MBA entry requirements and enrolment
Candidates should provide a high level of English as the programme is carried out in English. In addition to the language proficiency, students should meet one of the following requirements:
- 3-5 years of managerial work experience (on average)
- or a business based education (e.g. economist, business economist or equivalent)
- or a Bachelor or Master degree in any field
The programme takes 18-24 months depending on autumn or spring start. Students who start in February automatically choose the ‘fast-track option’. After the first 6 months this group of students is combined with the students that started in October the year before to complete the second year. The autumn start in October is always 24 months.
While candidates are able to apply throughout the year, term times are scheduled: The next MBA programme starts in February 2017.
The total tuition fees for an MBA at the ECBM are £9,800, payable at the beginning of the course or in instalments.
Interview with Christine Scheck
Deputy Director, Programme Manager MBA, European College of Business and Management
Christine would you mind first introducing yourself briefly?
My name is Dr Christine Scheck and I am the Deputy Director at the European College of Business and Management. I am responsible for the post-graduate programmes at ECBM as well as I am lecturing on under- and post-graduate levels since I started working here in 2001.
The European College of Business and Management is affiliated to the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce – in what way is this reflected in the MBA’s table of content?
Our school is the training arm of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce in London and therefore one of the most successful overseas Chamber colleges in existence. We teach the skills and knowledge that international managers need to be successful.
Are the majority of your students from Germany?
Yes, the majority of the students live and work in Germany and are studying with us part-time but most are in companies with international connections.
Please describe the background of your students
Our MBA students are on average in their mid-thirties and are located all over Germany. The gender is equally split between male and female students and we are strongly in favour of promoting the idea of ‘women into management’. Students are in middle to upper management positions and are employed by companies of various industries and sizes, from SMEs to large global players such as Bosch and Siemens.
Could you please explain the concept of ‘Blended Learning’?
The blended learning approach means that programmes are delivered both in class (at weekends) and via a Virtual Learning Environment with an emphasis on preparation work, access to materials and literature as well as group interaction.
On top of the classes MBA students also attend block seminars, could you please highlight a few topics that are discussed?
The block seminars cover topics such as Strategic Planning, Marketing, Finance, Leadership and so forth. Students choose two optional modules during their programme according to their professional experience and prior knowledge. The block seminars take place on the premises of our partner institutions in Aachen, Munich, Berlin and at the College in London. The students make their own travel arrangements. The costs for travel and accommodation are not included in the tuition fee, but we advise them on good hotels in the area.
Which international accreditations does your school have?
The MBA is awarded from Liverpool John Moores University which is a state accredited institution with international status and which allows the graduates to carry the title without restrictions and to progress onto Doctorate study.
What is the application process like? Or rather, how do you select the candidates?
We require a degree, 3-5 years appropriate business experience and a good level of English. We consider each application individually and carry out personal interviews to ensure the suitability of each candidate for the programme.
In what way is Brexit going to have an impact on the application process and the tuition fees?
It will not impact on the application process or the tuition fees. We see no issues in continuing to attract high quality applicants
Last but not least, how much is the 18-24 month part-time MBA at your school?
The tuition fees are £9800 over the entire 18 or 24 months, which is a very competitive price.
And when is the application deadline and the start of the academic year?
The programme starts twice a year, in September and February. There are no specified application deadlines.
Thank you very much for this interview.
Graduate 2013, MBA European College of Business and Management, London
Martin, please tell us a bit about your background
I studied business administration at the VWA Lüneburg in Germany, but I realized that I had to improve my language skills to work in Asset Management. Hence I moved to London with my girlfriend with the aim to stay there for one year to learn the language. 11 years later and I am still here.
I worked 10 years in asset management and witnessed the financial crisis, Brexit and all the other ups and downs in-between. Reflecting on those years I find that this was the best time of my life. I completed an Investment Management Certificate but decided eventually that this was not enough. Since I saw myself in Management, I decided to gain an MBA.
If you look back at the time before the MBA, do you remember a specific moment that got you started?
Yes, in 2010 / 2011. I was thinking of adding another qualification to my CV. However I faced a dilemma either to go down the finance route – meaning to study towards the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or to study towards a more managerial route and to gain an MBA. After researching both in great depth, I finally decided at the end of 2010 to gain an MBA. Plus there was an additional driver that made me decide for an MBA and that is the fact that I could use it to found my own company one day.
In terms of your professional background, where did you work before and where do you work now?
Before the MBA I was working in Asset Management in a Client Relations support function. After graduating I led an international team of Client relations Executives for Europe (4 team members) and the Middle East (2 members). I was self-employed advising Hedge Funds on their business development and now work for an Asset Management Company as a business development manager. I strongly believe that none of this would have been possible without the MBA.
And in what way did the time as MBA student influence your private life?
As a matter of principle I believe that one should spend a great amount of time in researching the right option for the next career move and then commit 100% to it. Following this definition I spend 18 months to gain the MBA. During this time I spend most afternoons and weekends either researching or writing some of the essays for the MBA. Just to be clear this is a part time course and as a result I had to work full time and did most of the course work either in my free time or holidays. This means to constantly fight against deadlines, writing essays up to 2AM in the morning and I even spend one week in Mauritius in a hotel room working on a paper while my wife was on the beach sun bathing. Something I won’t forget because it was a very intense time both professionally and on a personal level – was it worth it I hear you ask – yes definitely but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife Nicole.
The Euro College in London is linked to the German-British Chamber of Commerce – what was the German ratio during your studies?
The EURO College has an “English only” policy. Meaning that all the courses and all the essays as well as the dissertation are in English only. In the breaks some students fall back into German but even then you quickly return to English because some of the students are from overseas (i.e. Brits, Germans, Brazilians …). In our course, one of the German ladies married another student from Brazil. True Globalization. The classes were very mixed and people come from all sort of backgrounds. Which makes the debates very lively (Medicine, Architecture, Consulting, Finance, Sales, Shipping, Transport, Automotive, Banking … and that was only in our course). The mixture is broadly speaking 60% men (tent to be a little older 30-40tes) and 40 % woman (a bit younger 20-30tes).
And what would be your overall conclusion of the time at the Euro College?
I had a great time studying for the MBA at the European College in London. The lecturers are experienced and have long track records working in adult education. This ranges from Finance lecturers that worked 30 years in the banking industry in London, others come from a consultancy background and can advise on strategic matters and one of the lecturers has gained a Bundesverdienstkreuz (the highest honors a private individual can gain in Germany.) However make no mistake – the MBA will require a lot of time to succeed and students must be truly fluent in English to pass the modules and the dissertation. As a result one will not just gain an MBA, a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (Level 7 qualification) but also a network of very interesting and diverse students and lecturers that I still have contact to up to this point.
Last but not least, as a German in the UK, to what extend are you concerned about Brexit?
The Brexit does not concern me. I had my time here in London and I mentioned earlier that I see it as the time of life. On a personal and professional level I had so many great opportunities here in London, met so many interesting people and broadened my horizon to a point that I believe that people all over Europe all want the same thing: they want to take care of their families, provide for them, protect the way they live, they want to stay healthy and find fulfilment in what they do.
Having said all that I am not too concerned about the UK leaving the European Union. What I do find a shame though is that future generations of Europeans, like my daughters, will not have that same opportunity that I had at the age of 26.
Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Duration: 18-24 months (3-4 semesters)
Programme Language: English
Teaching Locations: Aachen, Berlin, Munich and ECBM London
Teaching Method: Blended Learning
Programme Delivery: 9 weekend seminars (Fri-Sun) in Germany and London
2 full weeks in London
Accreditation: Accreditation from a state-certified university with opportunity to progress to
ECTS Credits: 90
Programme Start: Yearly in February & October
Next Programme Start: First Phase: 3rd February 2017 until August 2017
Second Phase: September 2017 until August 2018
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