MBA Master of Business Administration (Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship)

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (part-time, per year): Not applicable

About this course

This Masters level degree apprenticeship has been designed with the Chartered Management Institute to meet employer training needs for senior/high potential managers.

  • Study on a programme customised to meet business needs and tailored to the individual learner
  • Benefit from flexible start dates   
  • Apply proven management and leadership development approaches
  • Learn from committed, experienced and insightful teaching teams with strong backgrounds in business
  • Experience learner coaching and regular workplace visits which are built into the programme 

This is a distinctive MBA, which is intellectually-challenging, insightful and focused on improving practice in the workplace across all areas of management, leadership and the functions of business.

Modules have been developed in consultation with businesses in the Liverpool City Region, that identified the following training themes:

  • Self-development and performance through others
  • Strategy and the big picture
  • Strategy in to action
  • Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures

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AACSB International –The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business logoLiverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.

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Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.

On graduation from this programme you will see a marked improvement on employee day-to-day performance, confidence and learning in the workplace, as well as improvements in your ability to demonstrate new skills learned during the course.

By combining experience with new management thinking developed over the lifetime of the MBA, you will see improvements in decision-making, contributions to idea generation and business improvement.

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Explore the four themes and modules you will study on your Masters level degree apprenticeship

Self-development and performance through others

  • Leadership, Engagement and People Performance
  • Business Project

Strategy and the big picture

  • Leadership and Strategic Performance
  • Marketing Context and Relationship Management

Strategy into action

  • Business Process Excellence/Project Management 
  • Enterprise and Risk Management 
  • Finance and Decision Making 

Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures 

  • Digital Business Innovation 
  • Leading change for sustainable futures
  • Research strategies for practitioners 
  • Strategic Business Consultancy Project 

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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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 

Project Management
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to understand the different aspects of project management so that you can use this management skill within your working environment. 

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 blocks of three days each month.

Teaching methods

LJMU offers employers a customised programme with in-company delivery options to suit your business needs. 

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 applied to the workplace and include reports, presentations, projects and portfolio development.

​In addition to LJMU assignments throughout the course, learners will undertake an end point assessment to ensure they meet the Masters level apprenticeship standard.

​LJMU academic staff will visit apprentices in the workplace at various points throughout the duration of study. This is to ensure that apprentices are building their portfolio and linking learning to their current role.

Course tutors

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

Fiona McNamara

Fiona McNamara

Programme Leader

Fiona McNamara is an experienced senior lecturer and leadership development specialist who has worked on MBA programmes for over ten years.  She took over as MBA Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores in February 2019.  Her academic interests encompass leadership, reflective practice, career change and development and the future of work.   Fiona is delighted to be working with talented academics on this professionally led programme which brings together leaders and managers across the Liverpool City Region, and is rooted in the local economy, supporting economic growth and social change.  

Undertaking the MBA is a transformative experience, and understanding your own individual personal development is key. Delivering this knowledge and seeing it cultivate in students through professional growth and business success makes it all worthwhile.

School facilities

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:

  • an undergraduate degree
  • a minimum of two years' relevant workplace experience.  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.
  • to attend an interview
  • a demonstrable ability to study at this level

Additional information

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • The programme leader will sometimes set a GMAT score and request references if a candidate cannot attend interview
  • Credits may be awarded for learning already undertaken in the University or elsewhere for which you have received qualifications or certificates. You may also submit a claim for recognition of unaccredited prior learning (RP(E)L). This may be for work you have accomplished in a professional, paid or voluntary capacity. This has to be submitted via an RPL form with supporting evidence. You will also be liable to pay an administration fee and charge per credit.  

All RP(E)L claims must be applied for at the point of admission and cannot be considered at a later stage

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

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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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.

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