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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
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.
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.
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
Leadership, Engagement and People Performance
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The course is taught in blocks of three days each month.
LJMU offers employers a customised programme with in-company delivery options to suit your business needs.
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
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.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
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.
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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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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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