Ashridge Business School Distance Learning

Ashridge Business School Distance Learning

Executive MBA for the Creative Industries

Course Description

 The two-year Executive MBA for the Creative Industries is a 24 month programme. You will study mainly online with 4 residential weeks over 2 years, 3 of which are at Ashridge Business School and one is an international business experience outside of the UK.

Programme overview

This Executive MBA, delivered mainly online, is for professionals either already working in the creative sector or looking to make the transition into the sector, who wish to gain the strategic skills and knowledge required to respond to changing global market forces due to increased digitisation and globalisation. You will learn how to lead and inspire innovation and how to build a culture of creative excellence whilst balancing the demands of commercial enterprise. The programme is designed and delivered by world-ranked, triple-accredited Ashridge with the expertise and contribution from an Advisory Board of senior-level professionals from the creative industries and two experienced industry partners; Creative Skillset and Atticus Education.

Course Modules:

The Ashridge MBA for the Creative Industries is built around six core modules each containing two units. You will study each module according to a published study schedule over 18 months. The last 3-6 months of your programme will be spent on your business-based masters project. This draws on your skills and knowledge you have developed during the programme and is directly relevant to your preferred industry.

The six core modules are:

• Business Finance
• Creating Strategy
• Marketing
• Leading the Creative Process
• Achieving Scale
• Effective Leadership

Who is the programme for?

• Mid-career professional and experienced managers seeking to gain skills which will allow them to shape and lead creative businesses into a future of commercial success in the global marketplace
• Entrepreneurs who want to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to start and lead their own businesses
• Small business owners who want to grow the scope and scale of their companies


Online MSc in Management

Course Description

 The Ashridge Masters in Management:
Are you new to the business world or are you a seasoned professional?

Regardless of your experience, the Ashridge Masters in Management will equip you with the practical skills to move your career to the next level.

This qualification focuses on immediate practical application and will enable you to demonstrate insight and knowledge to your employer even while you are studying, through live assignments and case studies.

You can start the qualification in January, April, July or October each year. You could also choose to just study for the first stage, take a break and then come back later to continue your studies. You pay per stage (£5000 for each stage) which makes it easier to manage funding for this programme.

About the Programme

• Stage One: Postgraduate Certificate in Management (minimum 9 months)
After completing a compulsory Study Skills module that enables you to approach a postgraduate qualification with confidence, you submit six assignments (2500 words each), where the learning takes place in your own organisation, supported by our custom-built Virtual Ashridge.

• Stage Two: Postgraduate Diploma in Management (minimum 9 months)
After completing the Certificate, to pursue the Diploma, you submit three more assignments (5000 words each). Again, learning takes place in your own organisation, supported by Virtual Ashridge.

• Stage Three: Masters in Management (minimum 6 months)
When you complete the Diploma, you may register for the Masters in Management. This stage requires you to undertake a project and produce a dissertation of 10,000 words.

When can I start?

There are four possible start dates for each stage of the programme each year. The start dates for the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are: January, April, July and October. The Masters stage of the programme can be started at any date once you meet the requirements.