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MA Leadership | progression from apprenticeship

At a glance

Subject area(s)
Business & Management
£4,950 (10% discount for organisations with more than six on one cohort).
Course length
Approximately 7 months
Suitable for
Senior leaders who have completed the Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Leadership and been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership


This leadership-focused course enables individuals to take their existing knowledge and skills to an advanced level. It can help shape managers with the ability to lead their teams with unparalleled excellence. Completing extra modules and further study allows learners to achieve Henley’s MA Leadership.

This programme is subject to approval by the University of Reading (as of February 2023).

Please note: an MA Leadership cohort may not be immediately available, and a learner may need to wait for 6–12 months following their Senior Leader Apprenticeship. All workshop and assignment submission dates are subject to change by Henley Business School. Henley Business School reserves the right to postpone an intake start date if the minimum number of students is not reached.

Key benefits

This programme is subject to approval by the University of Reading (as of February 2023).

Developing leadership in the organisation

The final stage of the MA Leadership has two compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules Credits

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.
Academic authors
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Dr Stephen Simister

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.

Academic authors
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Dr Caroline Rook

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

Professor Jean-Anne Stewart is a Professor of Leadership Development at Henley Business School. She brings over 20 years’ business experience implementing complex international IT and business change programmes. Most recently at her time at British Airways, she was responsible for developing their internal facilitation, leadership, project management and change capability.

Read more about Jean-Anne

To join this programme, individuals will need to have successfully completed the following:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership. This assessment follows the apprenticeship. Our academic panel assesses the work-based projects and assignments completed as part of the programme. We award the Postgraduate Diploma if these assignments meet our academic standards. After earning this qualification, learners can then complete the MA Leadership.

This programme is subject to approval by the University of Reading (as of February 2023).

Stage 3 of the MA Leadership requires further study and an additional fee of £4,950.

This programme is subject to approval by the University of Reading (as of February 2023).


For clients wishing to run a closed cohort, we have the flexibility to deliver the programme at locations nationwide. If you do not wish to use your organisation's facilities, we are happy to arrange an alternative teaching venue that may be more convenient for your staff.

Open cohorts are also delivered at venues across the country. The first and last workshops are typically taught at our Greenlands campus near Henley-on-Thames. Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, this beautiful campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.


Through the Henley Business School Library and the virtual learning environment, learners can access a multitude of resources including books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Find out more about our approach to working with you

Contact us

This programme follows on from the Senior Leader Apprenticeship | Leadership and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership.

For more information about Henley’s apprenticeship programmes please contact

Telephone: (0)118 378 4030
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