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MA Leadership in Practice

Masters degree apprenticeship

Two students discussing notesDevelop into a business leader of the future by studying this transformative masters degree course and bringing new skills and knowledge into your workplace.


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 standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is January 2021

The course normally takes 2 and a half years part-time, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Gain a masters degree and professional body accreditation.
  • Develop yourself and apply your strategic leadership skills in your organisation.
  • Become the kind of leader that modern global businesses seek.

Gaining professional accreditation as a manager can help you to develop your career, particularly as 75% of employers seek professional qualifications to provide evidence of practical skills (ILM). As well as a masters degree, this course also builds the skills and competencies you need for the Chartered Management Institute Level 7 Strategic Leader Diploma.



2. How you learn

To help you enhance your strategic leadership capability and become a modern business leader, we link together the three core aspects of leadership, business and personal development planning. You’ll take a multi-disciplinary approach across business planning, sustainable growth, the political and natural environment, stakeholders, innovation and more – providing a development experience that takes you beyond just knowledge.

You learn through

  • workshops
  • presentation days
  • experiential learning
  • business investigations
  • self-directed study
  • networking opportunities
  • mentoring



3. Where you'll study

You'll study at our City Campus, with access to cutting edge facilities and world class expertise.

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 GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above – plus the following

  • equivalent of an honours degree at 2:2 level or above (no specific subject); and
  • minimum of two years senior managerial/leadership experience (with approximately five years of work experience) and currently in a senior management and/or leadership role

Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria but have sufficient relevant experience in the workplace will be considered on an individual basis.



5. Modules

You’ll take modules in • mastering the art of leadership • the intrapreneurial leader • innovation and change leadership • applied business investigation methods • applied business investigation


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?

Get in touch so we can help you with the application process apprenticeships@shu.ac.uk.

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