Degree Apprenticeship MBA

The Salford MBA (Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship)

Salford Business School

Attendance

Part-time

Course

Two and a half year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

The Salford MBA (Master of Business Administration) is our flagship programme that concentrates on developing the wide ranging leadership and business management skills that you need to thrive at a senior level, whatever sector you work in. 

Studying on the Salford MBA programme means you are part of a small student cohort who work together in a supportive and collaborative environment where academics and students share their learning and build their knowledge.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.

You will:
  • Develop the management skills required for success at a senior level
  • Benefit from close links with industry throughout
  • Small cohort sizes provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment

This is for you if...

1.

You have managerial experience and wish to specialise

2.

You want to improve your employability

3.

You enjoy collaborative learning

4.

You like to put learning into practice

5.

You are a critical thinker and enjoy problem solving

Course details

All about the course

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:

(1) Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.

(2) To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you.

The programme will provide you with an advanced, integrated and applied research informed leadership and management curriculum appropriate to global contemporary business environments. You will be able to contribute strategically to the leadership and management of an organisation from an operations or functional management perspective.

Core modules

Economics with Financial Management

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of microeconomic theory and understanding of the macro-environment.
  • Critical analysis of financial data and the impact of financial decision making on stakeholders.
  • Evaluation of the principles and practice of financial management.

Marketing with Operations Management

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of existing ideas and themes in the broader field of marketing.
  • The synergies between marketing and operations management in order to evaluate critically, the most contemporary frameworks for effective working.
  • Analysis of the alternative methods and techniques for marketing and operations in manufacturing, service and international settings.

Organisational Behaviour and Change (30 credits)

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of theory, behaviour, people management and leadership within an organisational context.
  • Critical appraisal of decision making and change management in diverse, complex and multicultural stakeholder contexts.
  • Development of evidence-based critical thinking.

Strategic Leadership (Salford MBA pathway)(30 credits)

This module covers:

  • Evaluation of strategic choice framework for successful change.
  • Review of leadership principles in a range of organisations and demonstration of leadership skills through reflective analysis.
  • Identification and evaluation of the issues that impact strategic decision making.

MBA Business Innovation Live Project

This module enables students to:

  • Undertake a rigorous and critical business project either in the UK or overseas.
  • Understand and apply theory and practice to business/organisational issues by using appropriate research and problem solving processes.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

Our teaching combines academic expertise with real-world experience so that your learning is practical, relevant and industry-focused. The programme is delivered by academics who are experts in their field but who also have worked in – and maintain strong links with – industry. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by a range of learning activities such as industry visits and guest speakers. The course includes a one week international study trip to develop your awareness of national and international business.

ASSESSMENT

The assessment for the modules involves both formative and summative elements. Normally, a module consists of two pieces of summative assessment. Formative assessments, including class discussions, presentation, report writing, with feedback will be provided which will enable you to develop their knowledge and understanding of materials covered in each module.

You will need to take an End Point Assessment (EPA) upon completion of the degree programme. This will consist of two distinct assessment methods; a project showcase based on a work-based project (including report, presentation and questioning) and a professional discussion based on review of portfolio.

School overview

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

Salford MBA students are based in the MBA suite in the nearby Maxwell building. This customised study space is available for use on a 24 hour/ 7 day basis. Maxwell also has a selection of food and drink outlets.

The University’s library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and offers a wide range of study support including 360,000 books, 600,000 electronic books, silent study areas, collaborative working areas, PC suites and lap top loan. You also have 24/7 access to study and computing facilities at the MediaCityUK campus.

Teacher profile

Dr Jonathan Lord, MBA Director 

"I am a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and MBA Director for Salford Business School. I have previously been an HR Director, Manager and Consultant, working across all public, private and not-for profit sectors. Specifically, I have worked within the transport and construction industries, as well as carrying out HR projects within the public and voluntary sector.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Academy of Management and Industrial Law Society.

My specialist research area focuses on labour law and how this is governed as well as how it developed over many centuries. I am proud to have been Chairman of OPAL, a charity that advocates for adults with learning difficulties, for the last 14 years."

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates of the MBA can expect to build successful careers in many industries both private and public sector. 

Graduates of the Salford MBA have gone on to enjoy significant roles within large multinational organisations up to the levels of CIO, COO and senior vice-president. Others are developing their own successful business.

A taste of what you could become

A manager

An acturial analyst

A business adviser

A business analyst

A management consultant

And more...

Career Links

In 2016, the University introduced its Industry Collaboration Zone programme to capture, share and expand existing best practice. Industry Collaboration unites colleagues, students, industry and communities through shared knowledge, learning and innovation. By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships, we lead the way in real world experiences, preparing students – at all levels - for life.

Industry Collaboration offers a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry-informed and research-based curriculum co-created by the University and industry. Learning is authentic, active and collaborative; that is, it involves taking risks, learning from both success and failure. Our students are prepared for the real world by explicitly developing practice and self-awareness, communication skills, team-working abilities, and critical thinking skills.

For Salford MBA students, this takes the form of industry-informed teaching from academics who combine subject expertise with real-world experience. This is supported by guest lectures, real case studies and business trips. These take on a global aspect during the overseas trip which was in Bogotá, Colombia in 2017 and 2018.

You can read about the experiences of our MBA students in Colombia over at the Made in Salford blog.

Requirements

What you need to know

To create bold leaders we require committed students who want to grasp the opportunities that we provide. As well as on-campus learning, you’ll do some self-directed study and research outside of the classroom. If you are ambitious, creative, competitive and determined, yet realise the need for collaboration, consensus building and compromise, our MBA is for you.

We are not looking for recent graduates for this course, it is designed to meet the aspirations of those who are in management, possibly at a modest level, who want to progress to pivotal organisational roles such as the CEO, CIO, CFO or COO of an internationally or nationally significant organisation. Alternatively, our MBA students are already running or are looking to establish their own innovative and forward-thinking business.

DELIVERY

The programme structure will be delivered to degree apprentices on a part-time, block delivery basis over a two and a half year period, subject to agreement by the employer and the university. Students will attend University for two days each month with the rest of the content being delivered online.

Apprentices may start at any one of three points in the year – September, January and June.

The pre-checklist

The course is specifically designed for those aspiring to work within management and exposes the student to a variety of operational and functional management concepts and practices. This will enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the operational, functional and international aspects of business and management.

This programme is suitable for graduates of any discipline with three or more years’ work experience featuring a significant level of responsibility at a supervisory level. The modular structure of the programme provides good levels of flexibility to allow candidates to continue their commitment to employers or the demands of their own business.

In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. You will need to be in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Which qualifications do I need?

Normally minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject together with English and Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above. 

Candidates must have a minimum of three years full-time post study work experience with evidence of managerial responsibility.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also considered for partial fulfilment of entry criteria.

It is also essential that you have GCSE/Functional Skills Level 2 grade C/4 or above and proof of this will be required upon application. 

Application Deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

September 2019 – Wednesday 31st July 2019

January 2020 – Friday 29 November 2019

Alternative Entry Requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Which qualifications do I need?

Normally minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a business related subject.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years full-time post study work experience with evidence of managerial responsibility.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also considered for partial fulfilment of entry criteria.

It is also essential that you have GCSE/Functional Skills grade C/4 or above and proof of this will be required upon application. 

The pre-checklist

The course is specifically designed for those aspiring to work within management and exposes the student to a variety of operational and functional management concepts and practices. This will enable students to gain a greater appreciation of the operational, functional and international aspects of business and management.

This programme is suitable for graduates of any discipline with three or more years’ work experience featuring a significant level of responsibility at a supervisory level. The modular structure of the programme provides good levels of flexibility to allow candidates to continue their commitment to employers or the demands of their own business.

In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. You will need to be in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

How much?

The total cost of this Master's level apprenticeship is £18,000. The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Additional costs

APPRENTICESHIP FUNDING

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Senior Leader standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 12

Funding band maximum: £18,000

Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

January 2020

June 2020

September 2020