The industry-leading Manufacturing Technology Centre near Coventry is to launch a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in manufacturing management. The 30-month course is aimed at providing high level management skills in UK manufacturing.
Run in partnership with Aston Business School, one of the original pioneers of degree apprenticeships, the course is targeted at senior leaders and managers in manufacturing companies and is fully-funded with the host company’s apprenticeship levy.
The course will have intakes in January and April, with up to 15 students admitted in each cohort. Applicants will be required to have a UK honours degree, a degree level professional qualification, or extensive experience in a manufacturing company.
The course includes four weekend residential workshops at Aston Business School, along with online learning support and interactive learning sets. Core modules include finance, customer value, operations management, productivity, strategic management and product launch. Optional modules include advanced strategy, international business, procurement, supply chain management and programme management.
Students will have access to the world-leading advanced manufacturing facilities at the MTC, and visiting lecturers on the course will include the MTC’s manufacturing experts.
Paul Rowlett, managing director of the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said the MTC MBA gave students the flexibility of learning around work and personal commitments, with on-campus learning, and access to the UK’s leading industry academics and the MTC’s manufacturing experts.
He said: “As well as the obvious benefits to the student it will allow companies to maximise their levy and develop their senior managers, helping them develop and retain talent, as well as maximising their business impact of their training investment. This ultimately affects the business performance and productivity of their organisation.”
Simon Finley, associate dean for MBA, Apprenticeship and Online Programmes at Aston Business School, said that ensuring senior leaders were trained in effective leadership and management techniques was vital to unlocking an organisation’s untapped productivity and growth.
He said, “Management and leadership skills are not a gift that people are just born with. They require nurturing and development, and this new MBA provides the applied, experiential learning that is required to be a successful senior leader.
“The evidence shows that management ability is strongly linked to business productivity, yet only one in five managers have benefited from a formal qualification or training. Paid for via the apprenticeship levy, our new partnership with the MTC gives manufacturers access to one of the world’s highest ranked MBA programmes and the best advanced manufacturing facilities the UK has to offer.
Anyone interested in applying for the MTC MBA should contact Ian.Buckingham@the-mtc.org
. Webinars, run jointly between the MTC and Aston Business School will be available on 3rd and 10th October at 12 noon, and 17th and 24th October at 6pm.
The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.
The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.