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

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20, 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

Managing People in Organisations (P/T)

This is an extremely practical module which introduces, critically analyses and evaluates key elements of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour to enable effective deployment of people within organisations. A strategic exploration of the global context within which people work and are managed is also carried out through a range of organisational behaviour concepts and theories. Assessment for this module is a 5000 word analytical report based upon an organisational case study.

Services Marketing and Operations

This module offers the theories and tools required to understand the strategic role of services marketing and operations. It aims to provide leaners with an understanding of the complexities in reconciling services marketing and operations management and how managing marketing and operations contributes to an organisation’s competitive advantage. The module aims to provide a comprehensive insight into the importance of alignment between marketing needs and operational capabilities, a market-driven approach to designing and delivering services offerings to customers and clients. It explores the operating environment of service organisations and the key decisions that managers must make when coordinating and controlling resources when delivering services.

Contemporary Strategic Thinking

This module aims to explore the nature of strategic thinking and strategic management within a range of organisations and across business networks. 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 digitization, servitisation, digital ecosystems, platforms, business model innovation and disruption - synonymous with more fast moving and complex environments. The module involves developing a critical understanding of core models of strategy. The learning programme will deploy a range of cases, simulations and thinking tasks to explore strategic decision making in contemporary organizational concepts. Case studies are used to explore the relationship between theory and practice. The intent is to develop your abilities to think strategically and increase awareness of roles in, and relationship to, strategy. Attention is given to the public sector, SMEs, virtual firms and organisations operating in an international rather than just a domestic context.

Finance for Managers

This module enables you to develop an understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation.

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.

Leadership: Ethics and Power

The module talks about the critical leadership approach in organisations and strategic impact on the ethical competence of individual and groups. Ethics are systems of power and valuation rooted in culture, tradition, and institutionalisation. Leading businesses and organisations implies the imperative of socially responsible activity with improvement and sustainability rooted in ethical awareness and moral action. You'll explore theoretical foundations of leadership, ethics and power; and will consider your own values and beliefs about what ethical leadership and responsible business mean.

Innovation, venture creation and the enterprising mindset

The module aims to provide you with skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to create and develop opportunities for innovation and new venture creation and the development of an enterprising mindset. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship require a combination of curiosity, creativity and sound analytical judgement, and learning through action and reflection. This module will provide opportunities and scenarios for you to demonstrate how the skills developed in complementary modules can be integrated and realised to identify and pursue opportunities for innovation and venture creation.

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-Research Project

The Business-research Project provides you with the opportunity to get involved in a project, normally within a business of your choice. The Business-research project aims to provide solutions to a commissioned business problem. You'll have the opportunity to engage in the process of scoping the project, undertake the necessary information gathering, analysing the information and make recommendations. The nature of the task will vary according to the nature of the issue to be investigated; it may be strategic or operational in nature.

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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Changes to option modules

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