MSc Digital and Technology Solutions - Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship

Course overview

This Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship programme supports employees in organisations to develop and implement complex digital and technology strategies.

It equips the learners with knowledge and skills to investigate, identify and implement digital and technological strategic solutions through technology leadership. It helps prepare them towards becoming a digital and technology solution specialists who are confident, competent and capable individuals to apply leadership and change management skills in a digital transformation process.

Blended learning and management skills

  • Learners are expected to enhance their work-based learning and research ability, teamwork, communication skills, information handling, problem-solving, project management, creativity, and analytical skills.
  • This is achieved through a mix of blended learning combining (lecture/practical, online learning, work-based learning, classroom-based/problem-based, theory-oriented/skill-focused) and different methods of assessments (examination/coursework).
  • In particular, learners are expected to achieve leadership skills to promote a high level of cooperation between own work group and other groups to establish a technology change led culture; to develop and support others in developing an appropriate balance of leadership and technical skills and to create strong positive relationships with team members to produce high performing technical teams.
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Why Henley?

The Henley Way

Helping our programme members 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 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 our learners deliver exceptional performance.


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


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, they can ask themselves those crucial questions that allow them to learn more about what informs their strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with programme members to diagnose their 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.

Rigour and relevance

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 academic staff who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What programme members learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive education and development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with client 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 our clients become exceptional.

Apprenticeship learning

As part of the Apprenticeship programme, learners are expected to provide evidence of how they have incorporated the classroom and theoretical learning back into the workplace. This evidence of learning needs to be recorded and is used to help develop the learner’s evidence portfolio, which they will use as part of their End Point Assessment at the end of their Apprenticeship.

How we teach you

By working in long-term partnerships with our clients, we can help to maximise the value of Levy contributions. We aim to utilise the fund to meet our clients’ strategic objectives and achieve their ambitions for their employees and organisations.

At Henley we empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Working with their Apprenticeship Tutors learners will be encouraged to utilise the new learning to benefit both the teams within which they work and the wider organisation.

The alumni network

Individual learners will meet with others both on their cohort and likely those on other cohorts from previous years. Together they can form the most valuable network throughout their career. From day one, they join Henley’s alumni association, a group of over 80,000 spread across 160 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 Library that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. (These materials are also available online through the virtual learning environment.) The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space.

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. For client choosing a closed cohort we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at a nationwide set of locations including your own offices if required.

Henley support

Organisational support

Each client is assigned an Account Director or Manager to support them with the on-boarding of new learners onto this Apprenticeship programme and will work together throughout the application and enrolment process.

Individual learner support

  • Personal development: Is woven into the fabric of the Henley programmes. 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.
  • Apprenticeship Tutor: Henley will assign an apprenticeship tutor to support the individual learner and their line manager through the apprenticeship journey. Tutors will communicate and meet regularly with the apprentice within their workplace or virtually to provide the learning support, and review and assess the evidence gathered for their evidence portfolios.

Employer support

Employers provide support to learners as part of the employers’ commitment to their employees. Organisations are contracted by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to give a minimum of 20% off the job training time. Off-the job training is defined by the ESFA as: “training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship” This 20% off the job training is not exclusive to class sessions although they do count. Some other examples may include:

  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring and industry visits
  • Chairing or attending meetings (outside the learner’s normal job function)
  • Learning support and time spent writing assignments
  • Meeting with the Apprenticeship Tutor
  • Working on the evidence portfolio.

How to apply

How to nominate learners

For a learner to join any of Henley’s Apprenticeship Levy Degree programmes a three-way agreement needs to be put in place. This triangular agreement includes: Henley Business School, University of Reading, the employers and the employees (individual learners).

Once this is complete employers are asked to complete a cohort form which formally nominates selected employees and is an initial assessment on nominees’ eligibility. Once the Employer Framework Agreement is in place and nominations have been received, individual learners are sent the online link to apply.

Check Apprenticeship funding eligibility

Before individuals can apply employers need to check employees are eligible to receive funding.

First - Determine whether your business is a Levy payer.

Second – Nominated individuals need to be eligible to receive apprenticeship funding:

  • Their work contract must cover the duration of the programme
  • They must not 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 your 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 master’s degree in a similar subject, please talk to our Degree Apprenticeship team, as some previous master’s degree programmes may mean they are ineligible for funding on this programme.
  • Maths and English qualifications at Level 2, or equivalent.

MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Eligibility Check

In addition, to be accepted on the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist, nominees must either have a first degree from a British University or it’s equivalent.

For further information on the individuals application to the programme please see our entry requirements.


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Contact Us

For more information about Henley’s apprenticeship programmes please contact us by email at or by phone on  (0)1491 418733 .

Important Information

Programme length: This is a 24 month part-time programme - including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Price: £21,000
Next open cohort intake: 11 November 2020
Application deadline: 02 September 2020

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

Autumn 2020 - Key deadline dates:

  • Employer cohort forms to be signed and returned by 14 August 2020
  • If the Employer Framework Agreement (EFA) between your organisation and the University of Reading has NOT already previously been signed it will need to be signed and returned by 14 August 2020
  • Individual applications to be received by 02 September 2020

NB: Applications for the Autumn 2020 cohort will be open from 18 August - 02 September 2020.

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

Taught through a blended learning method each module combines face-to-face learning with virtual learning via the Canvas platform with the development of some skills and behaviours also developed and practised at work.

Programme Schedules:

Stage 1: Core modules

These core modules start with a focus on Digital Information Management.

Learners develop an understanding of the principles of informatics and effective management of information resource as business competitiveness.

This module covers the underpinning theory and methodology of information management and systems; appreciate business principles, organisation, processes and models; identify the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions; and perform analysis and design of a systems solution using appropriate technologies.

Module convenor: Professor Kecheng Liu

As digital technology moves from being disruptive to becoming pervasive, the breadth and depth of digital change transforms entire systems of production, management, and governance.

This poses a dual challenge to leaders who must not only be able to understand how digital technologies continuously reshape their competitive environment and devise strategies to keep their organisation ahead; but also need to be able to continuously rethink organisational processes and their own role within them:

  • What is the role of leadership in an emerging work environment where advances in automation and machine-learning mean that core functions such as organising information flows, delegating and prioritising work and even high-level decision-making can now be assumed by systems?
  • How does the ubiquity of connected data affect organisational power structures, leadership legitimacy, ethics and governance?
  • How can leaders build a company culture that embraces continuous individual and organisational development?

Drawing on leading-edge case studies, theory and industry guest speakers, this module critically explores the role and opportunities for leadership in the context of the emerging Digital Organisation paradigm.

Module convenor: Dr Norbert Morawetz

This module explores how existing and cutting-edge technologies can provide innovative digital business solutions. It involves the understanding of digital technology principles, values-based innovation, digital business ecosystems and platform ecosystems, and applies the emerging service science and service logic/thinking approaches to the development of digital business solutions. It covers innovations in processes, products, technology, services, and business models, as well as methods and models to create new business value in highly competitive and technology-rich environments.

Module convenor: Dr Yin Leng Tan

Stage 2 - Specialism 1: IT strategy specialism

In Stage 2 is where the learner can choose one of the following technical specialisms:

  • IT strategy
  • Data analytics

IT strategy

This equips learners knowledge and skills to drive digital initiatives and implement IT strategy to help transform their operating model through the delivery of technology-based change initiatives.

It includes the capability of managing strategic alignment of business and IT capabilities to deliver and support strategic plans for implementing information technologies; conducting digital change and selecting appropriate tools and engaging with senior stakeholders to formulate digital strategy; and digital engagement exploring the principles of consulting and digital technology strategy and problem solving methods in conjunction with digital roadmap techniques.

This module covers the business and technology strategic alignment of the enterprise. It builds the knowledge and skills to gain a strategic perspective of the digital transformation of an organisation at the enterprise level. It introduces the digital initiatives portfolio which is explored at a more detailed level in the Digital business strategy module.


To enable learners to develop and critically evaluate business systems and technical strategies to help organisations transform in a fast-moving digital world:

  • To develop an understanding of why enterprises create a strategic alignment of business and IT capabilities – and the consequences of failing to do so
  • To build a solid knowledge foundation of the components of business and technical strategies and how they interact in a holistic framework
  • To appropriately select from a portfolio of business IT alignment tools and apply these for digital transformation, engaging with professional colleagues and executives

Module convenor: Professor Sharm Manwani

Digital business strategy covers the strategic development of digital initiatives. It builds the knowledge and skills to gain a strategic perspective of the digital transformation of an organisation for key initiatives. It connects the enterprise view of digital transformation introduced in the Managing strategic alignment module with the strategic technologies used by the enterprise.


To enable learners to analyse, design and develop key digital initiatives to help organisations transform in a fast-moving digital world:

  • To analyse and assess how key digital initiatives fit into the overall strategy and business/operating models
  • To formulate design solutions for the key digital initiatives including a plan for the required technologies and capabilities
  • To appropriately select from a portfolio of tools and apply these for key digital initiatives, and to engage with senior stakeholders

Module convenor: Professor Sharm Manwani

This module explores the role and nature of IT consultancy in the context of developing strategic ICT technology solutions to support business strategy. It develops knowledge and skills in the use of consulting tools for modelling and analysis of technologies as internal or external consultants. It explores the principles of consulting and digital technology strategy and problem solving methods in conjunction with digital road-map and transformation techniques to enable students to identify, analyse and develop proposals to meet the strategic technology needs of competitive digital businesses.


To develop a knowledge of digital technology strategy and consulting techniques to support the development of a coherent technology strategy appropriately aligned to an organisation’s business strategy for internal and external business clients.

Module convenor: Dr Vaughan Michell

Stage 2 - Specialism 2: Data Analytics

This specialism equips the apprentice learner with knowledge and skills to investigate business data requirements, and applies data selection, data curation, data quality assurance, data investigation and engineering techniques.

It includes understanding of data nature through data and quality management; data driven innovation through conducting high-quality complex investigations, employing a range of analytical software, statistical modelling and machine learning to solve commercial problems; and data-driven strategy focusing on the strategic use of data analytics in business, analysing business and technological requirement to create value through big data technologies and assessing the legal and ethical implications of data analytics in business.

This module focuses on the strategic use of data analytics in business in the era of Big Data. Given the availability of large amounts of data in business and organisation, there is an increasing need for organisations to assess how effectively data analytics and relevant emerging technologies can be utilised for business. Learners will consider how organisations can benefit from Big Data and analytics, and analyse business and technological requirements to create value though these technologies. Students will also explore recent developments in technologies surrounding Big Data and data analytics such as text analytics, visual analytics and artificial intelligence, and assess types of tools that can be utilised, including the evaluation and use of state-of-the-art tools. Students will also assess the legal and ethical implications of data analytics in business.


To evaluate the business value in utilising data analytics and develop information and data management solutions with an appreciation of data analytics methods and technologies. It also develop understanding of the legal, social and ethical concerns involved in data management and analysis.

Module convenor: Professor Keiichi Nakata

The way a business stores and processes data can significantly impact the organisation’s ability to undertake specific business functions, meet customer needs, interact with critical stakeholders, and/or make key decisions.

This module highlights the importance of data management, from management and enterprise perspectives, by considering information theory, data storage solutions, enterprise and systems architecture, traditional information systems use, and critical decision-making approaches; in order to support students’ understanding that data management is key to achieving business success.


Provide the learners with the skills to:

  • Undertake an analytical investigation of organisational data and information, in order to consider the nature, utility and quality of available data
  • Appreciate and support, from a management perspective, the implementation of data quality rule sets and guidelines, in order to facilitate knowledge workers (e.g. database designers)
  • Identify and appreciate how data needs can support business strategy
  • Highlight what data must to be acquired, managed, and processed in business - using examples from a range of large, complex, and real-time datasets
  • Understand a range of IS platform choices, and consider the properties, benefits, and problems of specific solutions in context of business operation and decision making,
  • Appreciate the data management issue involved in obtaining an enterprise systems perspective;
  • Appreciate how relevant data hierarchies and taxonomies are identified and used to manage information and knowledge management and management decision making.

Module convenor: Dr Stephen Gulliver

Data-driven recommendations are becoming increasingly popular amongst organisations; quickly replacing qualitative assessments that were until recently based on experience and tacit knowledge. A good understanding of data analytics has, therefore, become a fundamental skill for anyone looking to work with organisations that plan to make strategic use of their data assets. In this module learners will be introduced to key concepts related to descriptive and predictive analytics, and will become adept at managing, summarising, and analysing data. Furthermore, they will gain experience with building predictive models that can lead to data-driven solutions to commercial problems.

The learners will acquire key knowledge and skills in:

  • Exploring and visualising complex data sets
  • Applying principles of data driven analysis using inferential statistics and statistical modelling
  • Developing and comparing predictive models
  • Forming data driven decisions to solve commercial problems.

Module convenor: Dr Markos Kyritsis

Fees & funding

Price: £21,000

For learners that are eligible to be an apprentice 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 not eligible to receive Apprenticeship Levy funding, separate invoicing will be arranged.

Entry requirements

Learners on our MSc Digital and Technology Solutions - Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship will have graduated from University with 2:1 degree or equivalent from a UK or an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline. Apprenticeship learners must also be in full or part-time* employment.

Applicants without a degree but who have additional relevant experience or a professional qualification will be considered on their overall suitability for the programme on a case-by-case basis. Professional experience includes graduate internship programme with one or more employers.


Applicants who have a master's or equivalent in fields related to Digital or Information Management will be ineligible to apply.

To complete an Apprenticeship programme, it is mandatory that individuals have obtained Functional Skills (FS) Level 2 (Grade C or above G.C.S.E or equivalent) qualifications in English and Maths. Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of Level 2 before including them on a cohort form to start the University application process. The Government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their certificates.

Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability.

*minimum of 14 hours per week in a suitable post; suitability of a post will be assessed on case-by-case bases.