Executive MBA Apprenticeship

Spring 2021 dates to be confirmed

Recently the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) reviewed the Senior Leader apprenticeship standard. The outcome of the review, published in July, was the removal of the mandatory qualification element of the apprenticeship. What this means is that Senior Leader apprentices no longer have to achieve a postgraduate qualification before their End Point Assessment. This will apply to all starts after 01/01/2021. We believe that the qualification element of this apprenticeship is important to employers and apprentices and so we are already exploring delivery options for this apprenticeship for 2021 starts. An update will be posted shortly. Please do contact us for more information.


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).

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.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a 3 way development programme agreed between employer, apprentice and DMU as the provider. It is an opportunity for new or existing staff to undertake significant development focussed on their own workplace. 

What are the commitments?

For the employer:

  • Commitment to dedicating a minimum of 20% of your apprentice’s contracted working hours to apprenticeship development activities
  • Providing a Workplace Mentor to support your apprentice whilst they are on programme
  • Providing development opportunities for your apprentice

For the apprentice:

  • Dedicating a minimum of 20% of your contracted hours to apprenticeship development activities
  • Engaging with and completing all apprenticeship programme activities
  • Creating and building a portfolio and completing the apprenticeship End Point Assessment process

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


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