Henley Flexible Executive MBA - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Henley's Flexible Executive MBA has been adapted to the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship. It is still for experienced managers looking to develop their leadership and management competencies and still delivers a world-class education effectively and conveniently. As per the specifications of an Apprenticeship Degree programme it is structured to allow learners to continue to work full-time and to study their MBA part-time, applying the learning to current global and relevant company issues.

Companies can choose whether to send employees on an open or closed cohort; either way, individuals study and share experiences with like-minded professionals from a wide variety of managerial backgrounds and on an open cohorts, business industries. The course has a number of aims for its programme members, including:

  • Developing strategic, holistic and integrated perspectives on business, organisations and management
  • Integrating theory and practice through an approach that combines academic rigour with practitioner relevance
  • Providing personal development opportunities to support the development of individuals management capability and capacity to work in and lead teams in different situations
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Why Henley?

We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Whatever mode of learning chosen, the Henley MBA proves to be a life-changing experience for many. An enriching experience that provides new outlooks that will shape your decisions throughout your life. Intense, rewarding, challenging, stimulating and relevant.

The support

Personal development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.

The alumni network

Your cohort and cohorts from previous years are likely to form the most valuable network throughout your career. From day one you join the alumni association, a group of 75,000 spread over 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.

The environment

The Flexible Executive MBA programme is currently taught at our Greenlands campus on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire within 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland. We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.*

Classes are delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion.

Resources include the ARC (Academic Resource Centre) that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space. Although these materials are also available online through the virtual learning environment.

Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.

*Greenlands may not exclusively be used for programme delivery. We have the flexibility to deliver the programme at a nationwide set of locations including your own offices if required.



How we teach you

Our MBA programme has a particularly strong focus on themes of international business, leadership and corporate reputation. There is a real hands-on approach to learning, you work collaboratively with your fellow students and classes are taught by international faculty at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Our MBA programmes combine the best in academic theory with practical, real life projects. This means that as well as having an outstanding learning experience, you will be ready to put it all into practice immediately when you are back in the workplace.

At Henley, we recognise that you want to develop yourself to prepare for the challenges of business leadership, so within the programmes there is a continuous element of personal development and career development to support you throughout your journey.

On the Executive MBA programmes, you have the opportunity to go on an international study visit, to an overseas location where Henley has a developed network and a strong footprint.

Everything above is informed by Henley's eminent reputation in teaching practising managers and in research excellence and application.

How to apply

Application process

Studying on any of Henley’s Apprenticeship Levy Degree programme is three way agreement. This triangular agreement includes: Henley Business School, University of Reading, the employers and the employees (individual learners).

Once the initial contract is signed between Henley and the employers then an online application will be made available through the employers.

For further information on this please email the Henley Apprenticeships Degree team: apprenticeships@henley.ac.uk

Meet us

MBA 1-2-1 consultations

If you are unable to attend any of our current events please get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1 consultation with a member of the MBA recruitment team to discuss your MBA plans and answer your questions. We would be happy to meet you at the Henley Business School Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Thames or to speak with you via telephone or Skype. Please call +44 (0) 118 378 7593 to arrange a mutually convenient time.


  • The Henley MBA Drop-In Session

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  • Executive MBA Preview Day: 10 August 2019

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  • SI-UK University Fair, Bangkok

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  • Hands On UK Universities Interview Day, Bangkok

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  • British Council Study UK Fair, Bangkok

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  • Brit-Education UK University Fair, Bangkok

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Important Information

Programme Length:
31 months, part-time - including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA)

Autumn 2019 intake - £25,500*

*Companies nominating less than five individuals onto a cohort will need to supplement the Government Master's Levy allowance . Please contact the team for more information- +44 (0)1491 418733

Next intake: September 2019

Application Deadline: Individual applications close on 02 July for the September 2019 intake.

Please note to apply for this programme formal nomination forms must be completed by employers and the Employer Framework Agreement signed before application links will be sent.

September 2019 - Key Deadline dates:

  • Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by 06 June 2019
  • If the Employer Framework Agreement between your organisation and the University of Reading has NOT already previously been signed it will need to be signed and returned by 07 June 2019
  • Individual applications to be received by 02 July 2019*

NB: Applications for the September 2019 cohort will be open from 10 June - 02 July 2019

For further details please email: apprenticeships@henley.ac.uk

Previous intakes:

  • June 2019
  • March 2019
  • January 2019
  • September 2018

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Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change


Schedules for the Flexible Executive MBA - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Stage 1

This module focuses on the key principles that underpin the delivery of goods and services by organisations. It takes a systems and processes approach, integrating elements of operations management, information systems management and project management. Whilst processes are viewed as key enablers of business strategy, the module emphasises the need to understand such processes in a systemic way. Key topics cover the design, implementation and on-going operation of goods and service delivery in a variety of organisational contexts. By the end of this module you will be expected to critically evaluate the applicability of the module concepts to specific organisational contexts.

This module covers the topics of financial accounting, management accounting, finance and microeconomics. It is designed for you to recognise that every aspect of your business has an impact on the bottom line. Organisations that do not effectively plan, control and monitor their finances are unlikely to achieve their operational targets and strategic business objectives. By the end of this module you will be in a position to analyse critically the relevance and appropriateness of financial techniques and economic issues within your organisation.

In this module you will develop an appreciation that people management is a key line manager activity and develop an awareness of the issues and practices that support and hinder the management and development of people and performance in organisations. You will consider the impact of context on managing people and performance, particularly in national, international and multinational contexts; public and private sectors; large, medium and small enterprises. By the end of this module you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to identify issues and dilemmas in your own workplace based on your understanding of the people and performance management, philosophies and approaches.

This module is a springboard into your successful and rewarding MBA journey. It comprises of two parallel streams that lay the foundations of your academic and personal development throughout the programme. A number of key study skills techniques will be introduced which will be important for your successful completion of the programme. It will introduce you to a number of themes around leadership and leadership skills that you will continue to develop throughout the whole MBA. It will also include an introduction to the Personal Development process, the second element of this module, which will continue throughout the MBA. The Personal Development process seeks to support and challenge you in all aspects of you growth whilst studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of the MBA. The module aims to enable each student to: take control of their future direction, to pursue life and career goals, obtain maximum benefit for you and you organisations, reflect upon your own learning, performance and achievement and plan for personal, educational and career development.

Stage 2

This module will enable students to understand and apply the fundamental principles of the strategic thinking process and also to gain insight into the variety of issues and challenges faced by managers of firms. By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate a high level of ability and skill in strategic thinking, strategic analysis, synthesis and decision-making. You will be able to analyse and understand an organisation and its external competitive environment, assess an organisation''s internal value-creating activities and processes, and identify and evaluate appropriate strategic options for an organisation, assessing impact on competitive position and future performance.

This module will provide insights into the variety of issues and challenges faced by managers of international firms in the global business environment. The module includes an International Business workshop and a Global Immersion Study week. The aim is for students to develop an ability to understand the complexity of international markets and the capacity to successfully manage issues related to international business and strategy. A number of key frameworks will be introduced and applied in developing strategies for international expansion as well as strategies for managing complex operations across national, regional and global markets.

The Global Immersion Study week will take place in the US or China and involves small consulting projects offering the opportunity to directly interact with internationally active companies while applying core strategic concepts and frameworks from the module to real-life cases. The Global Immersion Study week will also offer the opportunity to visit and interact with leading multinational enterprises operating in a variety of countries and industries. The global immersive experience is further fostered by the opportunity to work in multinational teams of experienced professionals from across all four international campuses.

The Strategic Marketing module is designed to raise your awareness of marketing as both a strategic and tactical function, develop your understanding of strategic marketing and the relevance of key marketing concepts and the importance of ethically and socially responsible marketing strategies. This module will enable you to critically analyse theoretical explanations of marketing situations and assess their relevance, identify factors that drive and influence the development of market structures and the comparative differences across various business contexts and recognise the nature of relationships and partnerships that are vital to the creation of customer value.

The Reputation and Responsibility module will develop your knowledge and understanding of strategic reputation and responsibility management. You will engage in debate and discussion around issues of corporate responsibility, sustainability and governance and learn about key concepts of how relationships are built and stakeholder management. Students will be exposed to a range of tools for the analysis of perceptions related to reputation.

Stage 3

The module is designed to introduce students to key concepts, theories and models of leadership, change, culture and values, capabilities and approaches that bind these together. This module will prepare you to become a business leader so that you can make appropriate and effective use of different approaches in leadership and change. You will identify your development goals as change leaders and practice the core skills of leading change.

The Management Challenge is a major research-based project investigating a significant management or business problem/issue which leads to actionable recommendations. It requires you to develop and build on key elements of your learning throughout the Masters programme and apply it within a practical context. In developing the Management Challenge, you are required to undertake a critical and in-depth review of current thinking in your chosen topic area which forms the basis for an empirical investigation leading to conclusions and recommendations grounded in appropriate evidence. In order to do this effectively, you are expected to develop and apply a research design and techniques that are appropriate to the problem or issue. The aims of the Management Challenge are to build upon the knowledge you have gained during the Masters programme and the application of that knowledge to a specific management problem or issue, formulate logical, appropriate and actionable recommendations as a result of the investigation and communicate the findings in writing in a convincing and articulate manner.

Elective Options
A choice between the following:

Corporate Finance, Brand Strategy, Managing International HRM, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, Digital Marketing

Entry requirements

Designed for experienced practising managers, most of which already have nine or more years of managerial experience. Sharing your experience with fellow programme members enriches your learning.

First - Determine whether your employer is a Levy payer.

Apprenticeship funding calculator The Education and Skills Funding Agency has created an apprenticeship funding calculator to help you understand the government’s reforms.

Use the calculator to estimate:

  • Whether your company will pay the apprenticeship levy
  • How much you will have available to spend on apprenticeships
  • How much the government will contribute towards the cost of training.

Second - Assess your eligibility to receive apprenticeship funding from your employer

  • Your work contract must cover the three year duration of the programme
  • You must not be already undertaking another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme, at the same time as the start of this programme.
  • You must spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • You must also have the right to work in England
  • If you already have a Master's degree in Business Management, please talk to our Degree Apprenticeship team, as some previous Master's degree programmes may mean you are ineligible for funding on this programme.

Third - Specific qualification and previous management experience entry requirements


A good degree or the equivalent professional or international qualification is normally required plus a minimum of 3 year's management experience; However we do welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience who may not meet all the formal criteria for admission. If you have a minimum of 5 year’s experience at a senior or strategic level with no degree, we would be happy to consider an application. Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability.


Programme members are expected to meet a minimum of three of the below.

  1. An involvement in strategic planning and decision-making the objectives and effects of which are measured outside of standard operational activities.
  2. A responsibility for co-ordinating the work of others in a team whether internal or external to your working environment and whether corporate, project or event based.
  3. A responsibility for meeting financial targets, managing or working with budgets the outcomes of which may be determined by the efforts of more than one person. Demonstrate how your specific input has shaped these outcomes.
  4. A responsibility for developing and improving the performance of people, innovation, creative output, processes or technology whether for internal or external application.
  5. A responsibility for managing specific projects or teams both within or external to the organisation. Clarify the size and nature of the tasks, and how you managed or directed others.
  6. A role that primarily achieves results through influencing others (internal or external stakeholders /customers) rather than through direct authority.
  7. Experience of working internationally or of relevant multi-cultural exposure.

Fees & funding

Price: Autumn 2019 intake - £25,500*

*Companies nominating less than five individuals onto a cohort will need to supplement the Government Master's Levy allowance .

Please contact the team for more information- +44 (0)1491 418733 or email apprenticeships@henley.ac.uk

Jan Hilderbrand

I started my MBA while living in London and I completed it when in San Francisco! By the time I graduated, I had completely changed direction. Once the MD of a creative agency, I am now a Consultant and Adviser.

Henley Flexible Executive MBA - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship