MSc Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

The MSc Management for Future Leaders has been approved as meeting the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship.

This new programme has been developed for organisations with an active graduate scheme, with a focus on developing leadership competences for emerging future leaders. Designed for relatively new graduates identified by you their employer as “high potentials” to fast-track into a senior leadership position.

This apprenticeship programme aims to equip learners with knowledge and skills to strengthen the apprentice's appreciation of and ability to effectively cope with the very concrete issues, problems, dilemmas and opportunities faced within more senior leadership roles in their organisation and beyond.

This programme is available to:

  • Organisations wishing to send groups of employees on a closed cohort which may be contextualised specifically for your organisation
  • Organisations wishing to send small or individual employees on an open cohort.

The MSc Management for Future Leaders is designed so that the apprentice applies their learning in the workplace, through work-based assignments and major work-based projects. The programme therefore lends itself perfectly to the degree apprenticeship, where the learner is required to combine real time work with study that is truly work-focused and productive. This gives the apprentice opportunities to develop, practice, and evidence knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the SLMDA Standard within their normal working environment.


On successful completion of the Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) MSc Management for Future Leaders, learners will receive the following awards:

  • Henley Masters in Management for Future Leaders Degree
  • CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Chartered Manager status (This will be granted on successful completion of the End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Level 7 Apprenticeship Certificate

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK that is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Over 130,000 managers use its services on a daily basis and CMI has constantly been at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.

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Why Henley?

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

The Henley Alumni

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 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 MSc Management for Future Leaders programme is 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. 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.

Henley's support to the organisation and learner

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 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.
  • 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.

How we teach you

Using a blended learning approaching coming face-to-face sessions with Henley’s academic staff, backed up with a virtual on-line learning environment combined with practical development at work of other behaviour and skills Henley’s Apprenticeship Degrees have a strong focus on the application of relevant theory in a real-world context. There is a real hands-on approach to learning, each Apprentice learner will work collaboratively with their fellow learners and classes are taught by Henley’s international academic staff.

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 to apply

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 for learner eligibility

  • Your nominated learners 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 Business Management, please talk to our Degree Apprenticeship team, as some previous Master’s degree programmes may mean they are ineligible for funding on this programme.
  • Certificates proving they have Maths and English qualifications at Level 2 (G.C.S.E Grade C or above), or equivalent are also required.

Henley MSc Managment for Future Leaders eligibility check

In addition, to be accepted on the MSc Management for Future Leaders programme, nominees must have a degree from a British University or its equivalent and either be on a maximum of 3 years work experience.

Applicants must also have completed an internship with their current/past employer within the previous 3 - 4 years or be currently enrolled in one.

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


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: For those being funded by the Levy this is 24 months, part-time - including 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). For those not being funded by their organisations Levy this will be a 21 month programme with no EPA.
  • Price: £18,000
  • Next open cohort intake: 02 November 2020
  • Application Deadline: 21 August 2020

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.

November 2020 - Key Deadline Dates:

Employer Nomination Forms to be signed and returned by 05 August 2020

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 05 August 2020.

Individual applications will open from 07 August and will need to be completed by 21 August 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: Managing and Leading Performance

Focuses on leading and managing organisational performance through the application of fundamental concepts, models and techniques in strategic, financial and people management.

As well as the core electives listed below, there will also be a choice between two elective modules.

Strategy is contentious and in addressing the topic, this module challenges the learner to answer core questions which face business leaders today:

  • What is the purpose of an organisation – to maximise shareholder returns or to meet the broader needs of stakeholders?
  • How are successful strategies created – are they the output of a planned approach or do they emerge from within the business?
  • Should a firm’s strategy be a response to opportunities identified in the market or the exploitation of its resources and capabilities?
  • What is value?

The module explores how and where firms create competitive advantage in their markets. In doing so, it will introduce students to strategy and strategic marketing with well established theories, frameworks and models used by strategists and they will explore how they are applied in practice.

Module Convenor: Dr Andrew Hull

This module focuses on the learner's ability to understand the importance of accounting and financial information in decision making and to critically evaluate relevant information in decision making.

On completion learners should be able to:

  • Outline the role, nature and objectives of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management
  • Describe and demonstrate how financial accounting is applied in the presentation and preparation of corporate financial statements
  • Calculate a range of ratios useful for evaluating enterprise profitability, efficiency, liquidity and related risk and returns to shareholders
  • Produce solutions to practical management accounting scenarios by applying relevant concepts and techniques.
  • Apply various techniques of investment appraisal to a range of investment scenarios to make business recommendations and explain the importance of capital investment decision-making
  • Compare and contrast the main sources of finance available to a business and - assess their costs and benefits to a business.

Module Convenor: Professor Liang Han

Every business decision has an impact on its workforce. Talented people are an organisations most valuable asset and, bottom line, one of the main keys to success.

The aim of this module is to give learners the confidence to challenge existing workplace thinking by using good theoretical understanding and practical reasoning. They will engage with real life business cases and learn how to assess factors shaping Managing People and Organisations, which may include:

  • Contextual factors
  • Strategic talent management
  • Digitisation
  • Well-being or climate of inclusion.

However, it takes sophisticated conceptual and analytical skills to deliver this. It needs a deep understanding of people in an organisational context.

Module Convenor: Dr Washika Haak-Saheem

The Personal Development for Future Leaders module is an integrated and holistic part of the MSc Management for Future Leaders - Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship and is split over the 3 stages of the programme.

It seeks to support and challenge future leaders in all aspects of their growth while studying and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules and aspects of this Apprenticeship degree. The Apprentice learner will:

  • Reflect upon their own learning
  • Performance and achievement
  • Plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Module Convenor: Dr Tatiana Rowson

Stage 2: Leading in Action

Stage 2 of this programme applies critical leadership concepts and helps identify and understand the drivers of effective leadership behaviour in driving innovation and change in a global context.

As well as the core electives listed below, the Personal Development module will have a second workshop and there will be an elective module.

Finding your Leadership DNA places practising managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders, faced with real dilemmas, and choices about courses of action. Through exploration of the links between leadership, the change context, culture, and change practice, they will be able to make informed decisions about how to mobilise the leadership and change resources at their disposal (individually and collectively).

Key themes covered include:

  • Concepts, theories and models of leadership and their relevance to organisational change circumstances
  • The challenge of change and the key organisational and people factors impacting on its nature and enactment
  • The role, nature and impact of values and culture in both pursuing and responding to change and its leadership
  • The core skills and techniques required to enable, enact and evaluate effective change.

Module Convener: Professor Andrew Godley

The Apprenticeship leaner develops an awareness of the contemporary global trends and developments and gains a critical insight into their implications on current and future business scenarios. Students learn to identify potential challenges and prospects for business and society relevant to their context and propose suitable solutions.

Students gain an appreciation of the complex and dynamic nature of global business developments faced; the variety of factors influencing the choices and compromises that have to be made in international businesses, and the implications of those for the future viability and effectiveness of the organisations concerned.

The module covers various aspects of the global business environment including:

  • Geopolitics
  • Trade and investment
  • Global value chains
  • Advanced technologies
  • Climate change.

Looking at their impact upon business operations and strategy.

Module Convener: Professor Elena-Beleska Spasova

The module enhances the Apprentice learner's innovation skills by developing innovative ideas in their organisation. The module brings together insights, concepts and managerial tools from the field of entrepreneurship and innovation studies.

We develop theoretical and practical understanding of the function of entrepreneurship and the nature of the innovation process from idea to changing products, processes, teams, organisations and markets.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Create an environment for innovation and creativity in their organisation
  • Establish the value of ideas and change initiatives to drive continuous improvements.

Module Convenor: Dr Maksim Belitski

Stage 3: Leading with Impact

Stage 3 provides research skills to the learners so they can identify and address a management challenge within your organisation. This brings together the knowledge and skills acquired in stages 1 and 2 to create tangible impact in your organisation.

This stage is made up of one new core module, plus the continuation of the Personal Development for Future Leaders Module and one elective module. As well as the Final Management Project.

Corporate responsibility and ethics have become a major topic of debate and concern in contemporary society, but also an area of managerial importance for organisations and their leaders.

This module allows practising managers to:

  1. Gain an understanding of; current corporate responsibility debates and issues, and of corporate responsibility concepts, tools and strategies, and their practical application
  2. Appreciate the importance of ethical conduct which ensures corporate responsibility.

Module convenor: Dr Filipe Morais
Co-convenor: Dr Kleio Akrivou

The Final Management Project (FMP) is a major project. Here the learners have the opportunity to demonstrate practical business research skills in identifying a significant organisational issue, problem or gap in management knowledge, design an appropriate data collection and analysis process and present supported recommendations for practice or contribution to knowledge.

Module convenor: Dr Filipe Morais

Fees & funding

Price: £18,000

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

All applicants must be in full or part* time employment.

Applicants are expected to have at least a 2.1 degree, or equivalent, from a UK or an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline.

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 a graduate internship programme with one or more employers.

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

Additional requirements for Degree Apprenticeship applicants only

In addition to the entry tariff requirements above, applicants for Degree Apprenticeship programme will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants may not hold a Master’s Degree in fields related to Management or Leadership.
  • Applicants must have completed an internship with their current/past employer within the previous 3-4 years or be currently enrolled in one and/or have been identified by their current employer as high-potential through other means.
  • Hold or achieve Functional Skills (FS) Level 2 pass in Maths, or a pass at C/grade 4 in a GCSE with the word Mathematics in the title, or other acceptable equivalent qualification in Mathematics as designated by the ESFA.
  • Hold or achieve Functional Skills Level 2 pass in English, or pass at C/grade 4 in a GCSE with the word English in the title, or other acceptable equivalent qualification in English as designated by the ESFA.