MSc Leadership and Management Practice (Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship) 

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (part-time, per year): Not applicable
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About this course

This LJMU Degree Apprenticeship has been designed with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to meet employer-training needs for middle managers and leaders.

  • ​Study on a course that follows the Masters-level degree apprenticeship standard
  • Opt for a workplace evaluation to enable LJMU to assess training requirements in your organisation
  • Develop a training package bespoke to your organisational training needs 
  • Start your studies in September or January 
  • Benefit from course content and teaching informed by proprietary business research and academics’ close links to business
  • Join a community comprising your employer, peers, the Liverpool Business School and participating organisations

This programme offers an alternative management training option to an MBA. It is aimed at middle managers who may then go on to progress to senior management roles in the future. It focuses on the practice of leadership and management as opposed to the MBA which seeks to understand the functions of business.

The programme is personalised to individuals and customised for businesses so that they can apply the necessary management practices to ensure that:

  • learning results in improved workplace performance
  • skills are practiced and knowledge applied
  • time away from work is kept to a minimum with learning happening in the workplace

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Fees and funding

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Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Candidates can expect to see a marked improvement in day-to-day performance, confidence, decision-making and idea generation as they apply their learning to the workplace. This will all contribute towards wider business improvement.

It is expected that MSc graduates will have an improved career trajectory and be able to move more quickly and with confidence up the career ladder.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application after any review changes have been confirmed. 

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Core Modules

Leadership, Engagement and People Performance
20 credits

This module aims to:

  • help you identify your own personal and professional leadership development goals
  • reflect on leadership in relation to personal identity, others and the social context of leading
  • assess the impact of business or organisational context on leadership practice 
  • enable you to engage and manage performance in your own business environment 

Leadership and Strategic Performance
20 credits

This module enables you to develop leadership and strategic performance by:

  • providing an understanding of the external business environment, taking into account global perspectives, governance and accountability as well as social, technological and policy implications. 
  • focusing on leadership and communication and bringing opportunities and strengths together
  • enabling you to build strategies which lead to high performance in the working environment

Marketing Context and Relationship Management
10 credits

This module aims to provide an understanding of marketing context and the importance of relationship management by:

  • providing you with an understanding of marketing orientation, its antecedents, and subsequent uses both externally and internally 
  • developing your appreciation of the nature of organisational relationships and the importance of managing these effectively

Business Process Excellence
10 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the management of the supply network 
  • critically evaluate and apply current operational theory and techniques to optimise process excellence 

Finance and Decision Making
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to understand the sources, uses and management of finance; the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial decision making.

Digital Business Innovation
10 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to understand digital business
  • understand how digital technology is reshaping traditional business models 
  • focus on innovation and the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in a digital environment 

Leading Change for Sustainable Futures
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to initiate and lead change in your organisation, with a focus on sustainable change at both a personal and organisational level.

Research Strategies for Practitioners
10 credits

This module enables you to:

  • develop a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with leadership business and management can be critically reviewed
  • apply research methods in the strategic leadership/business consultancy project to develop yourself as a reflective, scholarly practitioner

Strategic Business Consultancy Project
60 credits

This module aims to:

  • enable you to undertake a work-based strategic business consultancy project 
  • put into practice the skills and knowledge gained over the duration of your course 
  • apply concepts from wider management literature
  • provide you with an the opportunity to conceptualise and propose high performance strategies focusing on growth/sustainable outcomes


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The course is taught in a block of three days in each month.

Teaching methods

Our approach to how managers and leaders learn uses proven management and leadership development approaches. 

Applied learning

At the centre of our philosophy is the notion that we learn best from experience and applying our learning, so action learning and coaching are a key part of our programmes. 

This approach encourages strong peer learning groups where managers can learn from each other. Students are encouraged to share how learning has been applied and improved practice in their own workplace. 

The programme is personalised to individuals and customised for businesses so that they can apply the necessary management practices to ensure that: 

  • learning results in improved workplace performance 
  • skills are practiced and knowledge applied
  • time away from work is kept to a minimum with learning happening in the workplace 

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    Teaching approaches include recognising the workplace as a place to learn, self-development planning, flipped learning, coaching and peer-to-peer coaching, action learning, projects and masterclasses. 

    See our Masters and Degree Level Apprenticeships brochure for further information on our teaching approaches. 

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    How learning is monitored on your programme

    To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

    All assignments are focused on personal and professional development through reports, essays, projects and portfolio development.

    Course tutors

    Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

    Andrew Doyle

    Andrew Doyle

    Programme Leader

    Andrew Doyle is an experienced academic who, after several years as a Senior Lecturer, took over as MBA Programme Leader in 2017. His academic work is underpinned by many years as a Managing Director and he is skilled in management, marketing, analytics and customer service. Since taking on his current role, Andrew has redesigned and developed a professionally led programme that brings together leaders and managers across the Liverpool City Region, and is rooted in the local economy, supporting economic growth and social change. He is uniquely positioned for this task after undertaking the MBA himself as a student in 2009, and has experience in all facets of business and higher education. He made sure that the Liverpool Business School provides a distinctive postgraduate degree qualification which is intellectually-challenging, insightful and grounded in improving practice in the workplace across all areas of management, leadership, career development, and specifically the functions of business. Andrew lectures on environmental analysis and marketing performance strategy and firmly promotes the philosophy that you learn best from experience with action learning and the development of peer learning groups.

    This course is current in today’s regional and national environment where productivity and growth are key drivers for success.  Students on this course gain the knowledge and skills to navigate the business environment effectively.

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    What you can expect from your School

    The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

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    Entry requirements

    You will need:

    • a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent 


    • a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above
    • The ethos of this course is that it is applied to practice and most of the assignments will ask you to consider your current workplace context.    If you are not currently working or will not be in employment for the duration of the programme we recommend that you have a discussion with the programme manager before making an application.

    Additional information

    • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
    • RPL is accepted on this programme
    • Non-standard applications will be considered on individual merit

    If you have any specific queries, please contact

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    Application and selection

    Securing your place at LJMU

    You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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