MA Leadership - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Henley's Executive Education - MA Leadership has been adapted to the meet the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship. The programme is structured to allow learners to continue to work full-time and to apply the learning back into their organisations.

Organisations 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 business industries.

It is ideally suited for those who are in a leadership role who may currently be leading organisations, teams, people or projects.

Master the art of exceptional leadership

This programme allows learners to discover and become the leader they’ve always aspired to be. Becoming a leader who is analytical, self-knowing, with a strong sense of responsibility; someone who understands how to make people thrive, and who has the confidence to take the organisation forward.

The Henley MA Leadership - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship is a Master's qualification from a triple accredited business school and a Level 7 Apprenticeship which simultaneously develops the learner's leadership skills to have an immediate practical advantage both to their career, but also your organisation.

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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. This is an enriching experience that provides new outlooks that will shape your management decisions throughout your life.

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 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

The Henley Way

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Way is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.

The Henley Way
  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Way is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.

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:

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Contact Us

For more information about Henley’s apprenticeship programmes please contact us by email at or by phone on +44(01491) 418767.

Important Information

Programme Length: 25 months, part-time

Price: £17,900 (This can be fully funded by your organisation's digital account)

Next open cohort intake:

  • 07 October 2019

To maintain the diversity of the learning groups we recommend no more than 5 individuals from one organisation on each cohort.

NOTE: Closed cohorts are available for organisations to which dates can then be agreed. Contact the Apprenticeships team for further information

October 2019 - Key deadline dates:

  • Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by 12 July 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 13 July 2019
  • Applications open from 13 July 2019
  • Application deadline 26 July 2019

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

What to expect

The programme combines peer group learning, work-based practice, action learning and reflection – supported by a comprehensive virtual learning environment – to provide you with a deep, multi-faceted understanding of modern leadership. It offers a balance between highly interactive teaching sessions and practical experience, to give you all the skills you need to excel in business today. In the process, you will learn from experienced faculty and business leaders, explore both classic and emerging leadership perspectives, and discover how to guide business units, teams and individuals through periods of change.



October 2019 timetable

Stage 1: Developing yourself as a leader

Stage 1 typically takes seven months and includes eight days of in-person workshops. Assessment is made up of three 5,000 word assignments.

Develop your understanding of leadership theories, including the management of individuals, teams and organisations. Improve your ability to:

  • Engage with leadership practices based on relevant thinking
  • Take a critical and analytical approach to leadership thinking and practice
  • Understand and apply leadership strategies, tools and practices from a variety of perspectives.

Full module description

Enhance your personal leadership skills, and your ability to:

  • Be self-aware
  • Plan, manage and reflect on your personal leadership style
  • Develop your behavioural skills to increase the effectiveness of your leadership
  • Explore the ethical and practical issues in leadership

Full module description

Stage 2: Leadership of the team

This stage typically takes seven months and includes eight days of in-person workshops or presentations. Assessment comprises two 3,000 word assignments with presentations and one 5,000 word assignment.

This module develops learners’ leadership practice, and improves their ability to:

  • Lead teams and organisations with purpose and responsibility
  • Recognise the link between performance and the manager’s role
  • Retain integrity and reputation as a leader
  • Apply new strategies, tools and practices in their leadership
  • Apply leadership principles.

This enhances practical leadership skills through a short project within a different department or division of the organisation. Improves the capacity to:

  • Plan, manage and reflect on practical leadership
  • Manage behavioural skills
  • Be self-aware
  • Consider the risks and practical issues in relation to leadership.
Stage 3: Leadership in the organisation

This final stage takes seven months and includes six days of in-person workshops.

Assessment is made up of one 5,000 word assignment, one 3,000 word learning reflections piece, and a 12,000 word study/dissertation.

This module helps to develop leadership in others. With this end in mind, learners will:

  • Plan, manage and reflect on their individual personal leadership
  • Develop their behavioural skills
  • Consider how to develop future leaders
  • Improve awareness of ethical, moral and practical issues.

Full details of the module

The leadership study/dissertation is a major research-based project in which you investigate a significant business problem and recommend solutions.

It will develop and build on key elements of the learning throughout the programme, and apply it within a practical context. Learners should choose a challenge in their own organisation as a basis for their leadership study project.

Full details of the module

Entry requirements

This programme is best suited for those currently leading organisations, teams, people and projects.

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 employees' eligibility to receive apprenticeship funding

  • Their work contract must cover the 25 month duration of the programme
  • They cannot be already undertaking another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme, at the same time as the start of this programme.
  • They must spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • They must also have the right to work in England
  • If they already have a Degree in Business Management they may be ineligible to receive funding.

Third - Specific qualification and previous management experience entry requirements


So that programme members are able to gain the maximum learning benefits we ask that each learner has a minimum of

  • Three years’ management experience
  • A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification

We also welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience (5+ years) who may not meet the formal academic criteria.


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.

As part of the Apprenticeship scheme, each learner must also have G.C.S.E's or equivalent in English and Maths.

Fees & funding

Price: £17,900

All this can be paid through your organisation's digital account.

See here for details on how to set up your organisations digital account.

For those organisations without a Levy account, the Henley MA Leadership will still be running as an Executive Education Open Programme