Executive MBA Apprenticeship

Next start date: 6 and 7 October 2020

Applications closing date: 14 August 2020


The Executive MBA addresses and responds to the changing demands and interactive situations of modern executive roles. This programme is designed to help you develop rich and versatile skill sets enabling you to manage the complex social, cultural, technical and organisational issues that arise in contemporary business markets and environments.


This programme is aligned to the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard, designed by employers in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

This standard is allocated Funding Band 12 (£18,000) by the Institute for Aprenticeships (IfA).

Download our Executive MBA Apprenticeship guide.

Who is the apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for professional strategic leaders in private, public or third sector organisations of all sizes, for individuals who lead, manage and direct organisations.

Entry requirements

The programme is designed with professionals in mind, and this is reflected in the entry requirements. All applicants need to be employed by an organisation who will support the individual’s participation in the programme. Applicants require:

A minimum of 3 years professional experience and an honours degree.


Significant professional experience (three years minimum), and a relevant professional qualification.

Delivery model

This blended work-based programme is taught over 24 months and includes six subject modules. The teaching time will be delivered in two blocks of three study days per module.

Learning will be offered through a blended approach that will include a series of face-to-face and online seminars, real-world projects, interactive class room activities, simulations and field trips. Taught days will be complemented with distance learning and self-directed study.

Final Degree Award

All successful apprentices will achieve:

  • Executive MBA (an accredited Master’s Degree awarded by De Montfort University)
  • CMI Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management
  • Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

There will also be the opportunity to gain Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI) at the End Point Assessment.

 Programme content



Leadership Practicum

This module will allow you to explore a range of perspectives on leadership in contemporary organisational contexts. Additionally, you will be provided with rich and varied opportunities to contextualise your experiences. 

30 credits 

Financial Decision Making

You will consider the dynamics of numerical data and information alongside your role in current business and management practices and business development. You will engage in case studies which illustrate how to interpret and effectively utilise financial information in a manner which adds value to business decisions in the contemporary era. 

 30 credits

Strategy in Turbulent Times

You will cover business analytics whilst benefiting from the opportunity to develop your technique on real case studies. You will be taken through everyday representations of strategy and progress, providing you with hands-on experience. You will reflect back to your own professional development, which will allow you to learn why strategies fail and succeed.

 30 credits

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Settings

Current business challenges point at the need for new ways of thinking and new solutions. This module allows you to explore your academic and professional experiences in a new context and engage in innovative and entrepreneurial behaviours, around a number of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. You will be introduced to models and debates in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation whilst integrating research methods and global field research.

 30 credits

Business and Sustainability

This module addresses the need for current and relevant research delivered in an applied manner so as to build and reinforce effectiveness, judgement and confidence in the contested area of business and sustainability. During the module you will explore leading research with a view to critically reflect upon issues which are essential to organisational international business policy.

 30 credits

Future of Work and Organisations

In this module you will examine a wide range of stimulating and interesting topics. The module will include a series of company visits with the possibility of inter-institutional collaborative seminars. You will relate the material of the module to the other modules of the programme drawing out inter-disciplinary and cross-modular themes and learning.

 30 credits


The Masters programme is designed to enable apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. There are a variety of assessment methods including; reports, essays, group presentations, reflective diaries and case studies. In the last six months of the programme the apprentice must undertake a work-based project, which will bring together elements of their learning from different parts of the programme and show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of management and its application in their organisation. All apprentices are required to create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. This will contribute to their End Point Assessment and enable apprentices to reflect, plan and evaluate their development. Portfolio software will be used to capture all information and training will be provided to all apprentices on how to use the software.


Apprentices will have the opportunity to attend either a UK or global* residential, aligned to the learning objectives on the programme. In 2018 apprentices attended a five day global residential to Northern Thailand aligned to the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Settings module. Apprentices collaborated with the Warm Heart Worldwide foundation, a community development organisation with an established track record of supporting grassroots entrepreneurship and innovation. During the residential, participants explored entrepreneurial opportunities and collaborated with different stakeholders to co-design sustainable and commercially viable business solutions. 

*Additional charges will apply for global residential trips.

Executive business coaching

Apprentices will have access to one-to-one coaching throughout the programme to help increase self-awareness and maximise personal development. This can also support organisational and team impact by helping to grow emotional intelligence. 


‘I can honestly say that the past 19 months have flown by, it barely seems 5 minutes ago that I first stood in the docks of the castle for my induction in January 2018! The course has been equally rewarding as it has been challenging. I’ve met some fantastic individuals during my time on the programme, both academics and as part of my cohort. I’ve made some amazing memories, the DMU global trip to Thailand being a highlight; the balance between study and free time was perfect and really allowed us all to bond as an amalgamated cohort.’

Darren Hemsley, Sales and Marketing Manager, Litecast Limited


For more information, contact the apprenticeship team on (+44)116 207 8455 or email apprenticeships@dmu.ac.uk

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