MBA Strategic Leadership (degree apprenticeship) - University of Portsmouth

MBA Strategic Leadership (degree apprenticeship)

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An exciting MBA opportunity for current and aspiring senior leaders

Course Overview

About this course

This innovative MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship course gives you the opportunity to earn a globally recognised postgraduate degree and attain Chartered Management status.

The programme provides leadership development opportunities for senior managers and those aspiring to senior management in private, public and third sector organisations. It gives you the confidence to improve your performance and can transform your future by developing the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career and fulfil your career ambitions.

This exciting new course combines academic excellence and professional expertise to further develop your own talent and capability and the capability of the organisation you work for.

After you complete the course, you can apply through the ‘qualified route' to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI), depending on your experience. We will provide you with further information about the options available and the processes involved during the course.

To find out more about the degree apprenticeship, register for one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

If you do not want to do the Level 7 degree apprenticeship pathway but want to earn the MBA Strategic Leadership degree award, apply for our MBA Strategic Leadership course.

Why take this course?

You will develop your strategic leadership and managerial capabilities throughout the programme, given its strong emphasis on applied learning and implementation.

It will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to make you a more effective leader in your current role and be better prepared to take on more challenging leadership roles in the future.

Why this course matters for employers

The MBA Strategic Leadership course is a part-time (day release) course aimed at developing senior leadership capability to enable senior leaders and managers to define a clear sense of purpose and strategic intent for their organisations and business units.

Course participants will develop their individual strategic leadership and managerial capability and will support the talent development of the teams and the organisations they work with. As they strengthen their own capabilities to become even more effective in their current roles, they will also prepare to take on more challenging senior positions in the future.

What will I experience? 

This course includes:

  • Integrated management subjects
  • A work-based learning project
  • An individual strategy project

Which route?

You can do this course as a degree apprenticeship or as a traditional part-time MBA.

This MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship route attracts significant Government funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, which means your employer covers your course tuition fees.

The MBA Strategic Leadership degree route is an excellent part-time MBA programme combining the best of academic excellence and professional expertise. It does not attract degree apprenticeship funding, but you may apply for a postgraduate scholarship and/or a postgraduate student loan.

You can achieve a professional Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification through both courses.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MBA Strategic Leadership is a catalyst for a transformational journey.

Some MBA graduates accelerate their careers by progressing to more senior levels of leadership. Others use the MBA to prepare for their next career opportunity, such as exploring the potential of entrepreneurship.

More information and how to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, interested in setting up a degree apprenticeship programme with the University, or would like more information, please complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.

To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.

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Gary Jeffries, Managing Director of Hughes Ellard and Chairman of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Executive MBA graduate)

The MBA gave me a more rounded understanding of business as a whole and this now underpins much of my client-facing work.

Gary Jeffries, Managing Director of Hughes Ellard and Chairman of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Executive MBA graduate)

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

Understanding the business management context

The first year develops a more comprehensive understanding of business management and builds greater self-awareness as a leader.

Units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Coaching for Leaders and Managers
  • Corporate Communications
  • Financial Management
  • Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism
  • Integrated Strategy Project
  • Applied Learning Portfolio

Year two

Managing and leading strategically

In the second year there is greater focus on strategic leadership and the application of business management learning to address challenges at work.

Units in this year include: 

  • Strategic Leadership and Change
  • Applied Learning Portfolio (including the Work-Based Learning Project)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and assessment

You will receive regular feedback on your development throughout the course.

Our collegial, supportive learning environment makes use of lectures and seminars, business simulations, group discussions and case studies that help you analyse complex problems, evaluate opportunities and risks, propose solutions and plan their implementation, drawing on current management research and practice.

Academic performance is assessed through course work and work-based learning projects.

Alumni view

Katie Ilincariu is Europe and South America sales manager for Fosse Liquitrol – a company which provides spill control systems to industries such as aerospace and engineering. She decided to embark on the MBA at the University of Portsmouth Business School to further develop her knowledge and understanding of business and established business practices. 

Katie Ilincariu

Katie Ilincariu
Sales and Marketing Manager and MBA alumna

The MBA is a key to unlocking the doors to senior and executive level management roles. The pace of the course allowed me to carry out a full-time international sales role at the same time as studying.

Alumni view

Paul Vine, a firefighter from Southampton, had often thought about pursuing a postgraduate degree. 

Paul Vine

Paul Vine
Watch Manager and MBA alumnus

I have always wanted to complete an MBA. I’ve seen others within the organisation complete the course and had heard how rewarding, interesting and appropriate it was. The fire service is going through a period of huge rapid change – as is most of the public sector – and all the areas of the course, including finance, marketing and operations, are playing an important role as the public sector increasingly has to behave like a business. My advice to anyone thinking about doing an MBA is do it.

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Facilities & Features

Leadership residential

The leadership and coaching development residential launches the programme’s focus on strengthening your capabilities as a leader and manager. This two-day conference introduces you to the MBA coaching scheme, assesses your strengths and opportunities as a leader, and sets the stage for your executive coaching and leadership development planning.

Work-based learning project

A work-based learning project uses your management knowledge and skills to complete a business project, exploring a strategic challenge to create value for your employer or another client organisation. Participants define the project aim, scope and objectives, then plan and implement the project, making recommendations based on the findings.

Applied Learning Portfolio

An Applied Learning Portfolio encourages and supports critical reflection on your learning throughout the course, and it demonstrates how you are applying new knowledge and behaviours in a work-based context. Although this is relevant for all course participants, it is particularly valuable for those completing the Level 7 Senior Leaders’ degree apprenticeship pathway who are required to complete the CMI assessment at the end of the course.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

The MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship route prepares students to apply through the 'Qualified Route' to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI).  An end-point assessment, conducted by an independent reviewer, is one requirement in achieving Chartered status.  Further information about the end-point assessment will be available in due course.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Make a future for yourself
Make a future for yourself

MBA students review and refine their future career plans throughout the programme supported by course tutors, executive coaches and Career Services staff.

Some of the roles MBA graduates have taken on after completing the course include:

  • Chief Executive
  • Global Director
  • General Manager
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Finance Director

Career planning and support

One benefit of studying at Portsmouth is the strong support provided by the University’s careers and recruitment services team, who offer career advice and planning services. Portsmouth alumni may call on Career Services for up to five years after graduation.

Additionally you may get assistance with a job search, volunteer opportunities and business start-up advice. Career planning is also supported by a leadership development workshop and by executive coaching sessions offered as part of the MBA course.

Our Enterprise and Employability Week, professional networking events and local job fairs give you the opportunity to explore potential opportunities and hear from talent management experts.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of how you intend to progress in your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate business management qualification adds to your management profile. Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications, such as the MBA.

Benefits to you

  • Stay ahead of the competition by working in your job and gaining your degree at the same time.
  • Learn the theory of business and apply it to your workplace.
  • Gain job-specific training.
  • Have access to the support and resources at the University of Portsmouth.

Benefits to your employer

  • Grow their own staff, instilling their business culture from an early stage.
  • Get the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their business.
  • Support succession planning and enhance retention of a skilled workforce.
  • Work in partnership with the University to maximise effects of the programme.
  • Have access to Portsmouth Business School's expertise and the opportunity to engage in our wider business activities.

Employers can find out more on the Portsmouth Business School website.

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