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Executive MBA

Masters degree apprenticeship

Management students in a lectureAdvance your career into senior management by developing executive leadership skills in this innovative work-based MBA programme.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Senior Leadership Masters. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start dates are February 2021 and October 2021

The course normally takes 3 years part-time, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.

1. Course summary

  • Apply cutting-edge business and leadership theory to your professional practice.
  • Develop ethical, innovative and supportive organisational cultures to deliver results.
  • Focus on self-awareness and personal development.
  • Aspire to senior leadership positions through a 3 year development portfolio.

Whether you're a junior, middle or senior manager, this course will challenge you to think differently and help you to develop your career. With flexible learning and a global focus, you'll be able to grow and innovate in your organisation.

2. How you learn

From the development of critical self-awareness to networking with leaders from a broad range of industries, you’ll combine experiential learning with the strategic and operational theories that help a contemporary business to succeed. You’ll then be able to immediately reinforce your learning by applying it in the workplace.

You learn through

  • 3 day block study periods
  • work-based projects
  • mentoring sessions
  • psychometric testing
  • portfolio assessment and presentations
  • a 15,000 word dissertation
  • reflections and personal development planning

3. Where you'll study

You'll study at our City Campus, with access to cutting edge facilities. You'll benefit from the world-class expertise of our teaching staff, who bring a multi-disciplinary approach to business education.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements are a 2:2 undergraduate degree and/or at least 2 years of relevant professional industry experience.

5. Modules

Year 1 • managing strategy • strategic marketing management and decision making • digital organisation • business operations and process management
Year 2 • strategic global human resource management and decision making • developing personal and professional leadership practice • enterprise • leadership and change
Year 3 • research and consultancy methods • dissertation or organisational project

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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