MBA (Senior Leader Masters Apprenticeship)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

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Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Part Time (2 years)

About your course

The MBA Masters level apprenticeship at Liverpool John Moores University has been designed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), to meet employer training needs for senior and high potential managers and leaders.

  • The programme is customised to meet business needs and tailored to the individual learner, with flexible start dates available  
  • Learners apply proven management and leadership development approaches
  • Committed, experienced and insightful teaching teams with strong backgrounds in business
  • An up to date programme equipped for an unpredictable business environment
  • Learner coaching and regular workplace visits are built into the programme

​"To study on a course where so much of it is work-based is ideal. It means you can complete projects that you would have had to undertake anyway, improve your performance by being more reflective and qualify whilst you do it."

​Karen Livesey, Practice Business Manager, The Orchard Surgery

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?

This new programme has been developed in consultation with businesses to ensure it responds to the current business environment.

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, everyone brings with them their area of expertise 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, 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, therefore, 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 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

Liverpool Business School recognises the impact that good leaders can have on productivity and performance, yet the UK is lagging behind global competitors when it comes to the education and training of our managers.

​CMI and DBIS reports have noted a tendency for UK businesses to rely on ‘accidental managers’ who may not necessarily have the training and skills to equip them to manage effectively.

Our MBA programme aims to respond to this evidence-based need for trained middle and senior managers, or those identified as high potential managers,  by developing confident, competent, forward-thinking leaders who can balance strategic thinking with excellent operational focus.

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

Self-development and performance through others

​Learners will first gain a greater understanding of themselves, their own management preferences and how this affects their management practice. Running alongside the requirement for self-awareness is the need to recognise their impact on others.

Strategy and the big picture

Learners will then look at how their role supports wider business needs, priorities and possibilities. Leaders and managers can apply learning from the first theme to understand how and where they can deliver value in their organisation and how they will achieve this effectively.

Strategy into action

Learners will focus on how the business achieves its aims, how it makes the strategy and vision happen and how well it does this.  

Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures

Managers are then challenged to think about how business improves, innovates, and promotes creativity through champions who can lead change in the organisation. The course also considers the wider responsibilities of leaders and managers in order to develop their ethical stance, be part of the wider community they serve and help to build a sustainable future for the business.

 LJMU offers employers a customised programme with in-company delivery options to suit your business needs. Learners will have one three-day block of study per 4-8 weeks.

What you will study on this degree

There may be some changes before you start your course.

The themes and modules are as follows:

Self development and performance through others

Leadership, engagement and people performance (20 credits)
Business project (10 credits)

Strategy and the big picture

Leadership and strategic performance (20 credits)
Marketing context and relationship management (10 credits)


Strategy in to action

Business Process Excellence (Optional). If this module is selected you will also need to complete a Project Management Module. These modules total 10 credits.
Enterprise and Risk Management (10 credits)
Finance and Decision Making (10 credits)

Digital Business, innovation and sustainable futures

Digital Business and Innovation (10 credits)
Leading Change for Sustainable Futures (10 credits)
Research Strategies for Practitioners (10 credits)
Strategic Business Consultancy Project (60 credits)

How will I be assessed?

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.

Staff research interests

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

​All of our research is driven towards real-world application and measurable business impact. We have the knowledge base, the advanced tools and the expertise to allow regional businesses to raise their game.

Thanks to a strong tradition of working with regional businesses through UK Government sponsored Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), we can provide a framework for collaborating with client organisations to turn research and intellectual property into a viable service or product for local, national or global application.

Entry requirements (Home)

​Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme and have at least two years postgraduate, relevant experience in the workplace, with the typical entrant having substantially more than this.

Given the nature of learning and the assessment of learning, participants would normally be in a position where they undertake important management decisions. Admission to the programme therefore requires a mix of experience, academic development and intellectual aptitude. Admission will normally be by interview, after formal application.

The course team has a strong commitment to widening participation and positively welcomes non-standard applicants. Candidates with significant management experience (at least 2 years) and a demonstrated aptitude for study can be accepted without previous experience of higher education.

Applications where an interview is not possible will need to provide additional evidence of experience and aptitude to study. This will normally be achieved by taking up employment references and a score in the recognised international admissions test for management programmes, GMAT. The programme leader will set a GMAT score from time to time.

English and maths will be required at a minimum of level 2.  This can be obtained during your study if you do not currently hold these qualifications so that you can complete these qualifications prior to your end point assessment.

Where English is not your first language, or your 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?



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

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Graduate employment

You will see a marked improvement on employee day-to-day performance, confidence and learning in the workplace, as well as improvements in their 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.

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.
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