Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship MBA

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Explore your intrapersonal development to enhance your positive impact within an organization. Learn how to build and sustain effective relationships through collaboration and develop high performing teams. Develop as an adaptive, strategic leader with the ability to contribute to strategic objectives.    

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This apprenticeship combines a masters degree, apprenticeship and the option to achieve Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow professional recognition.

It is designed for any individual moving into a senior or strategic management role. This can include General Managers, Senior Managers, Section Leaders, Executives, Directors, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO roles and senior military officers.

The programme has been developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to support enhancement of effective strategic leader knowledge, skills and behaviours. It offers a blend of work-based learning with business, leadership and management education.

We are running two intakes a year: October and February.

Why us?

  • We are one of the most inclusive universities with a track record of enabling access
  • As well as being highly academically qualified, tutors have all had direct experience of working with work-based learners and have all held senior management and leadership positions
  • We are experienced in delivering work-based learning programmes
  • Businesses can develop their talent pipeline and also ensure effective succession planning

Course structure

You will be taught via: 

Scheduled teaching activities: Lectures, workshops and guest speakers

Personal: Coaching for enhanced learning, development and performance

Professional development: Tripartite meetings

Peer Learning: Action Learning sets

Independent Learning: Reading, reflection, research, data analysis, engaging in VLE discussions, assessment preparation

Stage 1

  • Leadership, Leader Identity and Collaboration (30 credits)

Consider your leader identity, exploring your values, motives and goals for becoming and enhancing your strategic leadership. Develop intra and interpersonal awareness through critical reflection, reflexivity and evaluate your leadership style in terms of your impact on others and the organisational context. Explore concepts that can explain and evaluate professional behaviour and investigate the impact that your behaviour has on your professional success as a strategic leader and the performance of organisations. Diagnose, plan and execute appropriate actions that positively impact on gaining and sustaining effective collaboration with a range of stakeholders.

  • Strategic Leadership and Strategic Direction (30 credits)

Study key themes associated with strategic leadership and management across organisational contexts. Critically explore approaches and appraise contemporary perspectives designed to organise for high performance in an uncertain environment. Develop an understanding of, assess and analyse the roles that strategic leaders play in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategy in a range of organisational contexts. Consider how to apply the principles and techniques of strategic leadership. 

Stage 2

  • Innovation, Change and Entrepreneurship (30 credits)

Study key themes associated with innovation, change and entrepreneurship that encourage and support organisations to perform successfully in dynamic environments. Develop your ability to set a clear agenda for change that encourages collaboration with key stakeholders. Develop skills of critical thinking, strategic project management and decision making through the use of data and information. Identify and justify change solutions that link to organisational strategic plans, demonstrate your ability to use analytical tools to monitor the progress and effect of change, explain how the strategy for change impacts the financial plan, identifying any mitigation strategies for financial risk. 

  • Developing and Sustaining High Performing Organisations (30 credits)

Explore aspects related to organisational development, performance and sustainability. Consider strategic planning for functional areas within organisations that contribute to organisational performance and sustainability. Develop your understanding of the strategic aspects of performance management, marketing, human resource management and information management/business intelligence. Enhance your ability to analyse financial data and evaluate financial proposals. Develop a performance enhancement plan which supports organisational sustainability.

Stage 3

  • Work-Based Project (60 credits)

Undertake a synoptic work-based project that brings together elements of the learning from across the programme and evidence your accumulated knowledge and understanding of strategic management and leadership and its application in your organisation. The topic of the work-based project will be negotiated between yourself, employer, and academic coach but must align with programme learning. Develop knowledge and skills related to planning and conducting a strategic management project from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Construct a portfolio of evidence highlighting and reflecting on examples of learning, its application and impact which will focus on reflection, reflexivity, critical incident analysis and personal development planning and evaluation.

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The programme is work based and, as such, there is a strong element of work-based learning and project work.

Entry requirements

The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to learners being employed full time in a management position.

It is expected that participants will have a first degree or at least 3 years management experience OR significant experience and a substantial record of achievement in business and leadership. All applicants will need at least one employer reference covering the last three years of work.

The February induction weekend (off-campus) is 1 – 3 February 2019 with the first teaching day on 13 February 2019.

Fees and finance

There are different ways for the employer to fund the costs of higher and degree apprenticeships, which may include government levies already paid for by the employer or specific funding opportunities which may be available. For a discussion around your specific requirements please contact:

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This course is designed for anyone moving into, or operating in, a senior management role. The course will help you to flourish in your current senior management position or help you achieve the management position you desire including General Manager, Senior Manager, Section Leader, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer roles.

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