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Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (Master of Business Administration)

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Institution code: 

Two years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

A 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree, or management experience. 

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The programme and qualification is designed to meet the needs of senior managers and those seeking to develop their managerial and leadership skills, specifically: learning how to use and develop evidence-based approaches to strategy formulation; using business cases as part of scenario planning; to enhance skills through practice; and how to manage self in order to manage others more effectively.

The modules studied will facilitate and encourage critical thinking. In addition, the modules have been designed to foster and innovative and creative ways to manage and lead in order to achieve optimal organisational performance through people. Embedded within the programme are 5 “Big Ideas” which reflect and project the ethos of the School and its programming; namely: namely: advocacy; plurality; accountability; empowerment and application.

These big ideas shape the curriculum and in so doing prepare participants for the challenges of executive management and leadership. Upon completion of the programme you will be able to think and act strategically; be an effective decision-maker; be able to better motivate staff through creating and supporting high performance culture and have created a clear career development pathway.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Data and Analytics Literacy in Business

The module will develop the skills and confidence to tackle relevant, work-based, problems. The module will broaden the critical learning and developmental experience of students that falls outside their usual employment sphere.

Managing Through Finance (Mandatory)

This module provides an appreciation of a wide range of financial issues that affect the business world. It also evaluates the nature of corporations and their governance from a financial perspective. The module concentrates on the analysis of financial statements, financial tools and techniques before progressing to a strategic perspective. It encourages students to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Managing in a Changing Environment (Mandatory)

The module explores the nature of organisational culture and its impact on employees, and to enable students to develop a critical awareness of organisational theory and practice; enabling them to deal with problems, choices and constraints involved in organisational change. The module encourages students to develop their own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice in relation to managing change.

Leadership & Organizational Behaviour (Mandatory)

This module introduces the study of organisations and their evolution. In particular, it focuses on: people; technology; and responsibilities. In bringing together these key components of organisation strategy, the module reflects the reality of addressing the interests of multiple stakeholders simultaneously. Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the content of this module in their place of work.

Project Management (Mandatory)

This module equips participants with the analytical, practical, technical, and software skills necessary to manage business projects successfully. To this end, the module explores each stage of the project lifecycle model (initiation, planning, execution and closure) and examines the different skills required of the project manager at each stage. Students will also examine both ethical considerations and the human resourcing challenges inherent to the project environment.

Marketing, Branding and Strategy (Mandatory)

Strategic marketing has a fundamental role within organisations. It implies analysis, planning, strategy formulation and managing relations over time, to create value for the organisation and its stakeholders. It is responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value propositions to targeted customer segments in the long term. This module is centred on a customer-facing approach, integrated across and throughout companies, not-for-profit organisations and the public sector.

Research Methods for Business (Mandatory)

The module explores research approaches, designs and methodologies, thus enabling the student to develop their investigative and analytical skills. The application of inquiry, analysis and evaluative comment are essential for critically assessing information and using this to develop future strategies in a range of environments such as commerce, education, health and social care. Competence in gathering, examining and critiquing different types of data (numerical and qualitative) will enhance the student’s ability to understand the significance and relevance of research within their industry and aid their ability to construct effective resolutions to issues in relation to their environment.

Management Project (Mandatory)

The dissertation demands a high level of individual application and commitment to research. It provides students with an opportunity to identify and reflect on and explore a topic in significant detail. Your research may constitute either a traditional academic project or an applied management report.

Career opportunities

Provides participants with a career oriented qualification that provides opportunities for advancement relevant to the private, public and third sectors.

Fees and finance

This apprenticeship is offered only to students undertaking the course as part of their employment. Apprenticeship training will therefore be funded directly by employers or by employers in partnership with Government. Apprentices will not be required to pay any tuition or course fees, and will not be eligible for any Student Finance England maintenance support.

Please see our Apprenticeship pages for more information about apprenticeship funding.

Entry requirements


Associate Professor

Associate Professor