Digital & Technology Solutions Masters Degree Apprenticeship

for Employers

The Digital & Technology Solutions Masters Degree Apprenticeship is a higher-level postgraduate programme, which blends together the skills and knowledge of a technical specialism with a clear industry focus. 

Created in collaboration with employers and the Tech Partnership, the programme builds upon our gold accredited Degree Apprenticeship, which has more than 450 degree apprentices from over 50 different employers. 

Our programme is designed to enhance participants understanding, by teaching specialist knowledge and building the capabilities to apply it in the dynamic digital workplace of today. Students will be prepared to progress in their career and be confident to take on new challenges and new responsibilities in this exciting field. 

The Digital & Technology Solutions Masters Degree Apprenticeship utilises expertise from across the university – the Department of Computing and Mathematics, and the University’s internationally accredited Business School. Participants will benefit from research-informed teaching and an excellent working and learning environment.

Our next cohort will be starting in September 2020; please contact us to find out how to get involved.

Programme Content

The programme has a number of specialisms, focusing on developing professionals within a number of roles, allowing you to choose an option that most closely complements the participant’s workplace responsibilities and career trajectory.

All specialisms are underpinned by fundamental technical and business concepts, vital for operating in the strategic space of digital management.

Core modules include:

  • Digital Leadership and Transformation (20 credits)
  • Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Reflective Practice in Digital Leadership (20 credits)
  • Professional Development
  • Synoptic Project (60 credits)

The following specialisms will be available from January 2019: 

Software Engineering Specialist Units

  • Software Engineering Principles and Practices (15 credits)
  • Software Testing and Maintenance (15 credits)
  • Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Service Oriented Software Engineering (15 credits)

IT Project Management Specialist Units

  • Environments and Approaches (30 credits)
  • Methodologies and Techniques (30 credits)


The following other specialisms will be available subject to sufficient employer demand.

Data Analytics Specialist Units

  • Computational Statistics, Visualisation and Forecasting (30 credits)
  • Data Analytics (30 credits)

IT Strategy Specialist Units

  • Data Management (20 credits)
  • IT Consultancy (20 credits)
  • Managing Enterprise Systems (20 credits)

Cyber Security Specialist Units

  • Cyber Security Principles and Practices (30 credits)
  • Advanced Network Security (30 credits)

Delivery Model

The programme includes part-time study over a period of two years, on-site at Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme is delivered through block teaching of three days each month during term-time, equating to around 33 days over the course of the programme. Students are supported by business coaching and will be required to complete additional project work when not attending University. 

Final Degree Award

At the end of the two years, successful apprentices receive an MSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions. 

Entry Requirements

Software Engineer and Cyber Security Specialism

Applicants will have at least a second-class honours degree in a computing-related subject or, exceptionally, a good sub-degree qualification in computing and very substantial work experience in computing or a closely-related area.

Data Analytics Specialism

Applicants will have at least a second-class honours degree in a STEM or numerate subject or, exceptionally, a good sub-degree qualification and very substantial work experience in computing or a closely-related area.

IT Project Management and IT Strategy Specialism

Open to graduates with at least a second-class honours degree or exceptionally to applicants with a good sub-degree qualification and substantial relevant work experience.

Applicants without a degree

Those without a degree may be eligible for the course if they have a minimum of five years experience in a relevant industry. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis and is at the discretion of the Programme Director.

Requirement for Level 2 English and Maths

It is a condition of apprenticeship funding, at any level, that all applicants are 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. If required, this is provided at no additional cost.


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 95% of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

Find out more about funding

Get Involved

We will support you every step of the way to engage with our programmes, whether you intend to upskill existing employees or attract graduate-level recruits.

Please get in touch with us by emailing or calling our Apprenticeships Team on 0161 247 3720.