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

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Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
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0151 231 5090

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0151 231 8080

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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

Fees and funding

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Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2016) 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 
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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

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.

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. Redmonds 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. 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.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

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

Additional information

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • The programme leader will sometimes set a GMAT score and request references if a candidate cannot attend interview
  • 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.
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