A ground-breaking new qualification offers business leaders the opportunity to exercise academic rigour in the development of their personal leadership and business growth.

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Leading Business, dubbed the ‘practical MBA’, has been developed in partnership between QuoLux, the leadership and strategy development specialists, and the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School.

Uniquely, the qualification is centred on work-based learning with participants gaining a master’s level qualification in running their own business.

As both Managing Director of QuoLux and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire, the MBA in Leading Business has been designed with the needs of owner-managers of small and medium sized businesses in mind.

Learning is applied within the context of their own organisation’s challenges and goals, rather than more traditional MBAs which apply theories to case studies of other companies, and can seem quite abstract.

This is not only a first for Gloucestershire, it’s unlike any other MBA available in the UK and, as far as we are aware, anywhere in the world.

The partnership between QuoLux and the University of Gloucestershire has already seen owner-managers on the LEAD and GOLD leadership development programmes run by QuoLux awarded Postgraduate Certificates by the University with others working towards attaining the Diploma. This new development allows participants in QuoLux’s GAIN programme to reach the higher level of MBA.

Gwyn Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Business at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “This new MBA is a great example of the University’s drive to bring together the worlds of business and learning and produce course materials that interact with real experience. The work-based MBA allows participants to add formal learning to their ongoing experiences and, most importantly, introduces knowledge which they can immediately use in their own ventures.”

The first four participants – all from Gloucestershire companies – who have already achieved Postgraduate Diplomas will take part in GAIN this year, taking their final step in working towards MBA accreditation in 2018.

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