Leadership and Management Practice (Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

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Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Part Time (2 years)

About your course

This Degree Apprenticeship has been designed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to meet employer-training needs for Middle Managers and Leaders who have the potential to progress on to senior and high potential manager roles.

  • ​Course 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
  • The Degree Apprenticeship partnership programme brings together the learner, employer and peers into a wider community from within the Liverpool Business School and participating organisations

​"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 lead and manage environments to realisation"

​Andrew Doyle, Programme Leader

Introduction to the School

​The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.

The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff.
Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.


The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool's growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.

As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.

Redmonds Building 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.

Why study this course at LJMU?

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

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 learn from each other in recognition of the fact that management and leadership development is a social and collaborative process.

We take learning from the workplace seriously. Consequently, everybody brings their experience from their area of expertise with them and is encouraged to share how learning has been applied and improved practice in their 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

A range of teaching approaches will be discussed with your organisation to design a robust learning process that fits within the culture and direction of your organisation. Approaches that will be discussed include:

Recognising the workplace as an important place to learn

Learners will apply ideas in the workplace, improving their skills through a range of workplace activities and reflecting and reviewing this practice with peers on the programme. All the assessments are applied and related to the individuals' own workplace.

Self-development planning

Organisational processes can be applied to ensure that individuals plan to develop their own strengths in line with business competencies and values, and to recognise their own personal needs.

Using 'flipped learning'

This reverses the conventional process of teaching by providing the content prior to the teaching and learning session using a virtual learning environment, so that the focus of the workshop becomes about active learning and application of theory to practice.

Coaching and peer-to-peer coaching

Coaching not only enables the individual learner to tailor the programme to meet their needs, but it also provides the opportunity for the organisation to propose business critical skills and values which can become a part of the development activities. It is important to develop skills in coaching others, as well as being supported by a coach. Peer coaching is incorporated to develop skills and practice as a coach with a peer on the programme.

Action learning

This will be adopted as a supportive and collaborative approach to learning to manage. Action learning will be used to support personal development, where issues and challenges from the workplace can be discussed. This approach to management learning provides a forum to bring ideas, thoughts and issues and allow a collaborative learning process to develop ideas for action.


For each theme there is the possibility of designing an in-company project or series of projects to ensure that business needs are met. It presents an opportunity for knowledge and skills to be applied to practice by delivering something of value to the organisation.


Key note speakers will address current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership. The intent is to foster the need to be continually updating and engaging with the ways in which organisation management is changing. Depending on the delivery pattern agreed, there is potential for one key note for each of the themes.

Programme outline and structure

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.

Apprentices will have one three-day block of study per month.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on modules for further information on what you will study. There may be some changes before you start your course.

  • ​Leadership, engagement and people performance (20 credits)
  • Leadership project (10 credits)
  • Leadership and Strategic Performance (20 credits)
  • Marketing context and Relationship Management (10 credits)
  • Managing the Business (Optional. If this module is selected you will also need to complete a module entitled 'Managing the Digital Business'. These modules total 20 credits. 
  • Leading and managing people practices (10 credits)
  • Emerging management practices (10 credits)
  • Leading change for sustainable futures (10 credits)
  • Research strategies for practitioners (10 credits)
  • Leadership and management consultancy project (60 Credits)

How will I be assessed?

All assignments are focused of personal and professional development through Reports, essays projects and portfolio development.

Staff research interests

Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.

Our academics are tackling complex issues, securing international acclaim in three broad research groupings relating to:

  • Finance, Economics Operations and Evaluation
  • Management Learning, Knowledge, Organisations, Human Resources and Evaluation
  • Marketing, Consumption, Social Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Building on the successes individuals in our research groups have achieved, we are now undertaking new work, developing a range of impactive research projects within social and economic engagement.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants suitable for the MSc Leadership and Management Practice will typically have some experience of managing within an organisation, they may be new in role or a manager wanting to develop their knowledge skills and practice.

Given the general nature of assessment, candidates will normally have some managerial experience and have one of the following:

  • a degree from a recognised University or equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level or above; or
  • a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or
  • an award which the University has agreed to accept as equivalent to the above

Where a candidate does not fulfil the standard entry qualification, the Programme Leader may interview the person to determine their suitability for the programme.

The course team has a strong commitment to widening participation and positively welcomes non-standard applicants.  Candidates with management experience and a demonstrated aptitude for study can be accepted without previous experience of higher education at the discretion of the programme leader.

Where English is not the candidate's first language, or their first degree was not taught and assessed wholly in English, an IELTS score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no individual score of less than 5.5.

Will I be interviewed?

​Where an applicant does not fulfil the standard entry qualification, the Programme Leader may interview the person to determine their suitability for the Programme.


6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

​For information on fees and finance please contact:

Graduate employment

​Apprentices combine their own experience with new leadership and management thinking that will develop during their studies.

Apprentices 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.

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

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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