Digital & Technology Solutions Masters Degree Apprenticeship

for Apprentice Students

Take your digital and technology career to new heights with the strategic skills and knowledge provided by studying a Masters Degree Apprenticeship. 

Our programme is designed to enhance your understanding, by teaching specialist knowledge and building your capabilities to apply it in the dynamic digital workplace of today. You will be prepared to progress in your 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. You will benefit from research-informed teaching and an excellent working and learning environment. The flexible curriculum enables you to choose a route that closely aligns with your own role, and with your skills development requirements.

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What You Will Study

The programme has a number of specialisms allowing you to choose an option that most closely complements your role and career trajectory.

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

Core modules for all specialisms include:

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


Available specialisms: 

Software Engineering Specialist Units

  • Introduction to Software Engineering (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 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

  • Introduction to Cyber Security (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. Apprentices are supported by business coaching and will be required to complete additional project work when not attending university.

The Degree Award

At the end of the two years, successful apprentices receive an MSc 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.

How to Apply

In order to enrol on the Digital & Technology Solutions Masters Degree Apprenticeship, you will need to be employed in a suitable role with a supporting employer.

Please get in touch with us by emailing or calling our Apprenticeships Team on 0161 247 6646 to start your application.