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About the course

Develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills to be an effective leader. Learn how to drive performance and sustainability in organisations. Study while continuing to work in industry, supported by an experienced academic team

Solent’s Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship follows the MBA Master of Business Administration curriculum. This is dual-accredited with the CMI Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma, which is embedded across key units. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for Chartered Manager status and Fellowship of the CMI. This will be subject to management experience and application process.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with a number of organisations. You'll investigate real life business situations and challenges. This is achieved through an industry guest speaker programme, visits to businesses, and completion of work-based assignments. Professional mentoring and reflective practice will further develop your leadership skills to take forward in your management career.

The degree is designed to be flexible and fit around your own working schedule. You'll study on a part-time basis, spending ten long weekends in total (Friday - Sunday) at the University, with additional support to prepare you for the End Point Assessment (EPA).

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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

The School has extensive business experience at senior level, management consulting experience, and research interests in applied business and management.

What does this course lead to?

This course is perfect for those currently in a management role, who wish to progress their career to senior management level.

Who is this course for?

The course is well-suited for candidates already holding an honours degree, and with some management experience, who wish to move into a senior or strategic management role. This can include general managers, senior managers, section leaders, directors, c-suite roles, and senior military officers.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs. The programme cost is £18,000.

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the new apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    Applicants should hold a first or second class honours degree from any recognised institution and have a current senior management position, however individual employers will set selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. This may involve previous management experience, having undertaken an apprenticeship or qualifications. English and Maths will be required at a minimum of level 2 prior to the end point assessment.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you are currently in work and are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship here at Solent, please speak directly with your employer to see if there is an existing agreement in place.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our  apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Across Years One and Two

Core units
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Financial Planning
  • Management of Strategy and Organisational Change
  • Personal Development as a Strategic Manager
  • Information and Data Analytics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods
  • Management Project

Meet the course team

Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Head of Subject View profile
Celia Walters academic profile Celia Walters Course Leader View profile
Zahida Shah academic profile Zahida Shah Senior Lecturer View profile
Sian Campbell academic profile Sian Campbell Senior Lecturer View profile
Tim Jackson academic profile Tim Jackson Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Business Innovation Projects will further help inform the ‘real world learning’ experience.

Industry links

With the existing strong Industry links developed by the University, alongside the CMI programme ‘engagement plan’, students will have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals. Students will also have access to a unique learning platform. Business Innovation Projects will further help inform the ‘real world learning’ experience.

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