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. Apprentices will be taught in our triple-crown accredited Business School.

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


MBA Degree Apprenticeship

Delivery Model

The course is taught over 24 months and includes eight compulsory 15-credit units, as well as a substantial 60-credit executive business project. 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 is a requirement to attend during two weekends over the two-years. 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)
  • Executive Business Project (60 credits)


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.

Executive Business Project

The Executive Business Project is a substantial piece of work to be undertaken towards the end of the MBA. The fulfilment of a project lifecycle is a mandatory element within the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship standard and AMBA accreditation.

End-Point Assessment

The end-point assessment for the programme will include the presentation of the executive business project 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


Entry Criteria 2

There are a limited number of places for participants who have not completed a university degree. We may also consider candidates with:

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


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.


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.

More funding information

Get Involved

Please get in touch to discuss your organisation's requirements and to register for information updates about our next available cohort.

You can contact us by emailing or calling 0161 247 3720.