Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship MBA

Postgraduate (2 years part-time, work-based)

Blended learning, Cambridge

January, September

This course is delivered through blended learning: work-based study, online through our Learning Management System, Canvas, plus 12 x 1-2 day workshops per year in Cambridge.


Study a high-level university qualification and achieve Senior Leader status with our Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship. You’ll gain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) while you work, with no tuition fees.

Full description


Whether you’re aspiring to become a professional manager or you have leadership experience, our Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship will arm you with the professional skills you need to enhance your leadership career.

The content and delivery of our degree has been designed to equip you with core leadership skills and knowledge to make an increased contribution at work.

The work-based project gives you the opportunity to focus on topics relevant to your employer, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.

Modules & assessment

  • Strategic Leadership
    This module explores strategic leadership and how leadership of an organisation's strategy contributes to an organisation's performance. You’ll compare practically relevant ideas and frameworks that facilitate strategy and implementation, with a critical review of classical theories and more contemporary views, including emergent, collaborative and ethical perspectives. Designed to offer practical and problem-oriented learning, the emphasis is on how the leader can take strategic concepts and gain insight into competitive situations and strategic dilemmas faced by organisations.
  • Marketing Planning
    The module offers two themes: to critically understand the tools, techniques, operations and activities of the marketing process in the first instance, and the marketing decisions on which effective marketing management and planning are based in the second. The aim is to help you develop diagnostic skills in understanding marketing effort and the development of marketing operations from management decisions. You will also develop the ability to link external or environmental market dynamics with organisational response.
  • Organisational Behaviour
    This module seeks insights into behaviour in organisations and will develop your critical awareness of contending theories of organisation and management, especially processes. You will examine the most relevant topics and challenges faced by organisations, and their impact on human behaviour and effectiveness.
  • Strategic Management
    A fascinating discipline that studies the long-term purpose and direction of organisations and how to achieve competitive advantage. You will apply core frameworks and analytical techniques to assess organisational capabilities and resources, and evaluate strategies for shared value and sustainability.
  • Operations and Project Management
    Transforming multiple resources into products and services is a vital area of competence for managers. This module evaluates service and manufacturing philosophies to illustrate management perspectives that link operational with corporate strategies. This module also considers the nature of the project environment, the role adopted by the project manager and the relationships between projects and the objectives of the sponsoring organisation.
  • Leadership and Change
    Here you will investigate and critically evaluate historical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, including traits, behavioural and contingency theories, emotional intelligence, psychodynamics and leader-led relations. Strong emphasis will be placed on the application of these theories to your own personal leadership with a view to enhancing your performance to prepare you for management roles in the future.
  • Finance for Decision Making
    Management decision making is a complex subject involving many variable factors. This module explores the financial factor and the techniques that might assist informed management decisions. It is assumed that you will have already acquired a knowledge of financial vocabulary, the concepts behind basic financial terminology and the financial statements. You will advance these skills by considering the availability of financial information that may be relevant to decision making, how they contribute to arriving at an informed decision, a review of the type of decision and differing requirements, leading to a more bespoke deliverable information set that meets the context of the decision.
  • Human Resources Management and Leadership
    This module aims to provide you with the capacity to identify Strategic Human Management Resources (SHRM) issues impacting on, or influenced by, the leadership of organisations, in recognition of the complexity of managerial, leadership and operational challenges. You’ll be encouraged to take a critical view of traditional and contemporary SHRM and leadership theories and their application and value in dynamic organisations. SHRM in the international business context.
  • Entrepreneurial Action
    Here you will undertake a major project that focuses on your understanding and execution of entrepreneurial management in an area of specific interest to you or your organisation. You will be expected to: identify the opportunity; develop a case for its worthiness and value to business practice; develop a project plan; acquire the appropriate resources and support to develop and deliver the project; manage the project from idea to action; reflect on the project’s development and outcomes.


The End Point Assessment comprises of two assessment areas:

  1. Project showcase, based on a work-based project, including a report, presentation and questioning
  2. Professional discussion, based on a review of your portfolio

Throughout the apprenticeship there are a range of assessment activities including a strong emphasis on work-based projects as well as presentations, case studies, reports, critical reflection and written assignments based on your work environment.

You will also be completing an online development portfolio which will contain evidence of your workplace learning demonstrating the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) assessed by the professional discussion. Evidence may include reports, minutes, stake-holder/customer comments, performance reviews and presentations.

The topic of your work-based project will be agreed with your employer and supervising tutor to ensure that it is of benefit to the business and relates to both the academic and KSBs.

There are no traditional examinations.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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  • An undergraduate degree from a UK university, normally a 2:1 or above; OR an academic or professional qualification that is equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK honours degree.
  • You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grades C or above.
  • If you have relevant work experience in a post of management or professional responsibility over an extended period of time but do not hold an academic or professional qualification, we still encourage you to apply as all applications are considered on an individual basis.
  • Degree Apprenticeships are financed between the Government and employers, so you will need to be employed under a permanent contract by an organisation to apply for this course.
  • You’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; OR you can provide satisfactory evidence that you have been taught and examined through the medium of English.

ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications are mandatory.

Course offers can only be made if approved Level 2 certificates are provided prior to the start of the course.

For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements download this document from the website