Specialised MBAs

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Specialised MBAs 2018-09-26T14:41:21+00:00

ESEI’s two-year MBA programme is all about putting the theory from the first year of your master’s degree into practice.

Once you have completed your one-year master’s programme, you’ll move into the MBA internship semester, which gives you the chance to benefit from valuable professional experience in an industry relevant to your future goals. Working with real objectives in a company that’s relying on you to add value also helps you see the academic knowledge and professional skills you acquired in the first year from a practical standpoint.
In the second semester you will go into greater theoretical depth, producing an extensive thesis that analyses your work experience in detail and reflects on your experience. By the end of the year, you will have gained the sector-specific knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to thrive in your chosen field.
You can take any of the 60 ECTS one-year masters programmes at ESEI and choose to extend the programme to a specialised MBA of 120 ECTS.
The structure is as follows:

Year 1: Taught track of 60 ECTS
Year 2: Experiential Track of 60 ECTS

The Experiential track consists of two semesters. During semester one, you will complete an evaluated internship with tutor supervision. In semester 2, you will complete a thesis project of 20,000 words, which you must defend in front of a panel at the end.

If you wish to progress to the Specialised MBA, you must notify ESEI in writing at the end of the first semester of the taught track. Your progress and participation will be evaluated before permission is extended as you must demonstrate the aptitude and motivation for independent study before they can proceed.

You must complete the taught track before the experiential track, and the semester order cannot be modified.

The internship can be found with the assistance of ESEI´s Business Liaison Coordinator if needed.

Every effort will be made to find a placement that is suitably relevant to the student´s chosen field of study. This placement can begin during the taught track and can extend into the thesis semester though will only be evaluated during the internship semester.

You will be required to set up a blog on which to record your self-reflection diary; a weekly posting of the tasks you have performed, the challenges you have faced, and the things you have learned. We would expect to see reflections based on evidence of academic reading as well.

Twice per month you will have an hour with your tutor, either face-to-face or by skype, during which you can discuss your reflections in more detail, as well as your progress and the evolution of your objectives. The blog should be well presented, include images, and respect the confidentiality of the company.

We may share the blog on our web or social media.
The posts could be based on any of the following aspects:
• Identifying and discussing goals for your career and internship experience
• Identifying explaining, and applying curricular business concepts to the work environment
• Provide analysis of the condition, performance, structure and strategies of the work organization
• Defining a problem or opportunity related to the work organization and using a problem solving process to explore alternative solutions.
• personal reflections on your work and academic experience and samples of your work product.

The MBA thesis of 20,000 words takes time and dedication. Therefore, you must
make sure to choose a topic in which you are genuinely interested.

It could be something inspired by your internship experience, something of use to your future professional career or perhaps something inspired by your academic reading during the taught track.

As a practical MBA programme, we do not place too much emphasis on extensive quantitative research, though basic training in statistics and data collection will be provided.

You should ensure that your topic has plenty of available and reliable information available, whether the research is primary or secondary, before commencing.

The topic must be approved by the tutor, and this will take place before the end of the internship semester. Therefore, you should always be thinking towards the final semester, as the earlier you have the idea clear and get it approved, the sooner you can start to collect data and sources of information.

For the 1st year (Taught track), the tuition fees are the same than the one-year Masters of 60 ECTS – find information here.
The 2nd Year (Experiential track) leading to a Specialised MBA in Management carries additional cost. If you decide to take this additional year, you will be required to pay 3,900€ before you start the 2nd Year.