Manchester Metropolitan University

MBA Degree Apprenticeship

for Employers

Through the MBA Degree Apprenticeship, employers are able to embed strategic business capabilities within their workforce, and develop and retain talented leaders.

The MBA Degree Apprenticeship can accelerate career development and enhance organisational performance by expanding knowledge and understanding of strategic management, finance, marketing, human resource management and international business.

The programme is aligned to the Level 7 Senior Leader apprenticeship standard, developed by the CMI, the University and a group of 30 leading employers.

Delivery Model

The course is taught over 24 months and includes eight compulsory 15 credit units, as well as a substantial 60 credit work-based dissertation. Each unit is delivered in a three-day block, during which, participants will benefit from the latest academic and practitioner thinking presented by University staff and industry guest speakers.

In addition to the taught element of the programme, there are two residential weekends over the two-years and an optional international study trip (not covered by apprenticeship funding). Participants will be allocated an executive business coach and receive six sessions throughout the programme.

Customised Delivery Options

We are able to offer a customised programme to meet employer requirements, dependent on enrolling specified minimum numbers. Please contact us to discuss your own requirements.

Programme Content

Year 1 Units

  • Masters Business Portfolio (15 credits)
  • Reflective Personal Leadership (15 credits)
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People (15 credits)
  • Operations Management (15 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (15 credits)

Year 2 Units

  • Accounting & Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Global Economic Environment (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

The assessment for each unit is designed to enable participants to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. Participants are also encouraged to conduct research into their organisation, so that they can contextualise their learning in the classroom. The MBA Degree Apprenticeship includes a range of assessment types, from essays to group or individual presentations, and business reports.

Masters Business Portfolio

This blended unit will ensure that participants capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme in a single cumulative portfolio directly contributing to the End Point Assessment.  Commencing from day one and running throughout the programme, this unit enables participants to reflect, plan and evaluate their development. A university team member will also conduct periodic visits to the student in their workplace to assess how they are applying their personal and academic learning to their job role.

Dissertation

The MBA dissertation research project can be an enterprise project, business consultancy project, or an empirical dissertation. The dissertation must be applied to a person’s own organisation to satisfy the assessment criteria. The project will be a combination of thorough research methods and will be a substantial piece of work of approximately 15,000 words, which will address a business research issue. Through this project, participants will be able to draw upon the different strands of learning throughout the programme.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment for the programme will include the presentation of the dissertation and an independent professional discussion to review the completed portfolio.

Final Degree Award

All successful apprentices will receive the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), an accredited degree awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. Upon completion of the End Point Assessment, participants will also receive the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

The course is designed with professionals in mind, and this is reflected in our entry requirements.

We welcome applicants who meet either of the criteria described below:

Entry Criteria 1

  • At least 3 years work experience
  • A good degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject from a recognised University
  • An equivalent academic or professional qualification

or

Entry Criteria 2

Participants do not need to have completed a university degree to earn a place on our MBA programme. We will also consider candidates with:

  • Significant management experience (ideally 10 years plus)
  • A substantial record of achievement in business and leadership

and

Entry Criteria 3

All applicants for the MBA Degree Apprenticeship need to be employed by an organisation who has confirmed they will support their participation in the programme.

Supporting references

We ask applicants to provide at least one employer reference to support their application covering the last three years. Additional employer references or personal references can be provided to support the application.

Level 2 English and Maths requirements

All applicants for the MBA Degree Apprenticeship must be able to evidence GCSE English Language and Maths passes at Grade A*-C or commit to completing Functional Skills Level 2, in addition to the programme. This is provided at no additional cost.

Funding

Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Employers with a payroll below £3 million are eligible for funding, which will cover at least 90 per cent of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

Find out more about funding

Get Involved

Our apprenticeship experts are available to support you to implement apprenticeships at your organisation. Although the programme is awaiting final approval from the government - currently scheduled for January 2018 - please get in touch so we can discuss your own requirements and keep you up-to-date with any developments.

You can contact us by emailing apprenticeships@mmu.ac.uk or calling 0161 247 3919.

Employers