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

Leading Self, Others and Developing Cultures

  • Induction and Academic Skills Development
  • Leadership, Leader Identity & Collaboration (30 credits)
  • Strategic Leadership & Strategic Direction (30 credits)

Stage 2

Leading the Organisation

  • Innovation, Change & Entrepreneurship (30 credits)
  • Developing & Sustaining High Performing Organisations (30 credits)

Stage 3

Leading the Future

  • MBA Work-Based Project (60 credits)
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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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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