Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is designed for apprentices with significant managerial experience who aspire to a senior leadership position.


Learners will develop vital skills including people management, market analysis and strategy implementation, while simultaneously building the analytical and enquiring approach necessary for effective decision-making.

The Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship prepares future senior leaders for the complex, changing demands of contemporary business.

This practice-orientated programme will enable apprentices to build an informed understanding of critical contemporary management and leadership, all grounded in the real-life applications of theory.

Learners will gain the knowledge, behaviours and skills to confidently engage in sustainable, evidence-based business decision-making.

Course details

The programme is delivered on a part-time basis. Learners attend eight block weeks of study through the duration of the course.

Material will be delivered through a mixture of class contact, online webinars and tutorials, and remote support.

Indicative content

Core modules:

  • Financial decision making.
  • Systems, structures and operations.
  • Managing people in a global context.
  • Customer and international market analysis.
  • Strategy and implementation.
  • Leadership, complexity and change.
  • Creativity and innovation.
  • Conducting evidence-based research.

Learners are assessed through a combination of exams and coursework.

Coursework will consist of essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, learning logs and a final dissertation.


Successful apprentices will gain the Master in Business Administration (MBA) and can apply for Chartered Manager status through the Chartered Management Institute. Successful apprentices can register as full members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have GCSEs in English and Maths or equivalent, as well as:

  • an honours degree of 2.2 or above, or
  • three years' work experience relevant to the MBA course content.

If you do not have an honours degree, professional qualifications combined with managerial experience may be sufficient, so please give full details in your application.

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.

There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.

Benefits for businesses

The Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship allows you to equip your management staff with the expertise that your business needs to get ahead in an increasingly competitive market.

They will gain an in-depth understanding of how to shape organisations, explore new market strategies, apply economic theory and build high-performing, collaborative teams.

From the start, learners are required to apply what is being taught to their employment context: reflecting on their work-based experience and solving real issues faced by your business.

Why UWE Bristol?

You will learn from our highly-qualified teaching team, enjoy access to professional development skills workshops and visiting speaker series.

You will also benefit from our considerable industry networks, which include EY, GlaxoSmithKline and the Office for National Statistics, amongst others.

Face-to-face learning will take place in the Bristol Business School, which combines Harvard lecture theatres with social learning spaces and technology-enhanced teaching areas to create the best possible learning experience.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the course, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.