Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Start date

21 September 2020


2 years part-time

About the course

Degree apprenticeships are government backed programmes, run in collaboration with the University and employers in a range of industries and sectors. The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) is designed to combine the comprehensive Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme set in a work-based context within your organisation. The globally recognised qualification will help transform you for senior management roles, become a more effective manager, develop a strategic and global management perspective and improve your communication skills.

Enhance your organisational performance and develop interpersonal excellence in leading people and developing collaborative relationships through knowledge and skills in leadership and management. As a Degree Apprenticeship this course aims to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of management and organisations alongside necessary skills to prepare you for effective roles within your organisation.

Information for employers: This course is ideal if you’re a manager for an organisation with an annual payroll of over £3million, keen to develop and up-skill your workforce. The course is aimed at those already employed with substantial managerial experience, preparing them for transitioning into more senior management roles and boosting performance and productivity in your industry.

Designed to combine academic study with work-based development, this integrated approach aims to help learners become a more effective manager and develop a strategic global management perspective. Degree apprenticeships can offer added value to your organisation, as learners implement their learning and skills within the organisation through work-bases assessment.

Course detail

Strategic Financial Decisions Analysis

The module provides opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and strategic financial decision making within an organisation. The module is designed for non-specialists in finance and will help in understanding the main finance and accounting empirical concepts, including risk analysis, transparency of financial information, and strategic financial decisions. Such topics are relevant to different types of organisations including the public sector since the public sector increasingly embraces the private sector.

Strategic Marketing

The business world has become increasingly volatile, meaning that organisations are having to grasp the changes and adapt efficiently and effectively in order to connect with the market while taking into account responsibilities towards multiple stakeholders. Under this context, strategic marketing allows firms to organise and perform their customer facing activities in a way that produce desired customer, financial and societal outcomes. Marketing is an outward-facing function that interfaces between the organisation and its markets. Marketing is at the forefront of a company in gathering market intelligence and facilitating market-driven propositions. It also provides means for communicating meaningful values across the organisation and to the market. This module emphasises a market-oriented, customer driven approach to planning and implementing marketing strategies that help achieve organisational goals. The module aims to equip the knowledge and skills to undertake strategic analysis of any given markets, and create, adapt and implement marketing strategies. The main elements include challenges facing companies in increasingly dynamic marketing environment, the need to consider marketing as a strategic function that guides organisational strategy through strategic marketing development.

People Matter

In contemporary workplaces and society at large, people matter. Organisations want to be successful in their chosen field and sector but today, more than ever emphasis is placed on how they gain this success. This module will therefore consider how sustainable success is delivered through strategic and responsible management of people. The module will explore a wide range of organisations and consider how responsible people practices encourage commitment and improve performance in the challenging environment which organisations exist.

Responsible Leadership and Systemic Risk Management For Business

Good leadership is considered to be one of the most important factors for ensuring organisational effectiveness and efficiency. Leadership in the 21st century also requires a consideration of wider issues of sustainability and responsibility, particularly in the context of systemic risks. This module presents the opportunity to explore and understand theories of responsible leadership and systemic risks and to consider how they, as responsible business leaders, can manage or mitigate them. Systemic risks are a modern manifestation of the tragedy of the commons and derive from and involve shared resources that are subject to indirect causality (often with long timescales) and are normally beyond the immediate and direct control of individuals and organisations. They require widespread, often global solutions and require changes in stakeholder behaviour. In order to survive them all stakeholders (businesses, governments, international organisations and civil society) need to display greater responsibility and leadership. This module therefore explores how responsible leadership can avoid or mitigate a selection of systemic risks.

Strategic Management and Innovation

This module aims to explore the nature of strategic management and innovation practice within a range of organisations and across business networks. This includes understanding and exploring strategic formulation and responsible leadership practices in the 3rd Sector (Voluntary and social Enterprises) as well as other public sector bodies. Whilst considering the importance of well-established strategic planning concepts in the so called linear-rational process model, the module will also focus on contemporary concepts such as digitisation, servitisation, digital ecosystems, platforms, business model innovation and disruption - synonymous with more fast moving and complex environments. Hence, the module involves developing a critical understanding of core models of strategy and innovation. The learning programme will deploy a range of cases, simulations and thinking tasks to explore strategic decision making in contemporary organisations.

Professional and Personal Excellence (PROPEL 1)

This module is focused on enabling you to maximise your professional and personal development, and develop the skills necessary to become continuous learners. To that end, knowledge and ability will be developed in the areas of learning styles and preferences, and research methods. The module provides an opportunity to develop insights into professional and personal preferences, and to reflect on professional development, past, present and future. You will be encouraged to undertake personal change to modify existing work behaviours and acquire new skills.

Professional and Personal Excellence (PROPEL 2)

This module follows on from PROPEL 1 and is similarly focused on enabling learners’ to maximise their professional and personal development, and develop the skills necessary to become continuous learners. Within this module, the focus is on developing knowledge and ability in the areas of self-awareness, planning and undertaking personal and professional development, and improving interpersonal relationships.

Business Economics

This module aims to provide a simple framework for beginning to understand some of the behaviour observed in firms, markets, and industries and offer some suggestions as to appropriate forms of optimising behaviour. A range of models and concepts for the analysis of business activity are introduced.  The discussion will demonstrate that while the assumptions and devices used in economics may sometimes seem simple and abstracted from reality, it can nonetheless often provide a powerful framework for interpreting and framing strategic issues.

Work Based Project (WBP)

The Work Based Project provides an opportunity to be supervised while focusing on an area of their current work that their organisation wishes to explore other possibilities, improvements and performance enhancement. This module will help you understand how to reflect on their work and develop new skills and knowledge to reach an effective and positive change through a research and investigative processes. The nature of the task will vary according to the nature of the issue that is needed to be investigated; it may be strategic or operational. You will get in-depth knowledge about research methods that are required to fulfil your research needs.

Entry requirements

Learners must be currently employed; individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. This may involve previous management experience, having undertaken an apprenticeship or other qualifications.

As this is a Level 7 professional management qualification, you would need at least two years' relevant managerial experience.

In addition, applicants must hold English and Mathematics at level 2 (GCSE grade C or above) or equivalent prior to the end point assessment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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