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PGDip Management Studies

PGDip Management Studies

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship (leading to Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies).

We offer business leaders the opportunity to tackle the challenges of the future of work. Learners will explore their leadership identity and practice and challenge the future of strategic leadership.

The programme boasts a dynamic and fast-moving curriculum. It combines thought leaders from the world of policy and practice and real-time projects.

Apprentices will graduate with a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship PGDip in Management Studies.

Who is it for?

The programme is for senior employees in leadership roles. They can balance employment with personal development. This will help them to shape their organisation’s future and their own career.

Programme structure

The programme runs over 19 months on a part-time blended learning basis. There are monthly study blocks of up to 2 days per month during teaching time. Before study blocks, learners will engage with programme and module blended learning materials.

Entry requirements

You need a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, along with relevant career experience. We'll consider other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience.

Candidates applying through the apprenticeship route will need to satisfy employer requirements.

Employers need to provide apprentices with 20% off the job time for course activities. Apprentices may need access to organisational data. You may need to stretch project opportunities beyond the scope of their current role. Employers should provide a workplace mentor. The University will support this mentor, as appropriate.

Fees and funding

The total cost of the Level 7 Senior Leadership Apprenticeship is c. £18,000.

Organisations can fund £14,000 of the fees through their apprenticeship levy. Employers pay a top-up fee of £4,000. Non-levy paying employers, such as SMEs, can request funding through the Apprenticeship Service. If accepted, this involves co-investment. The employer pays 5% (£700) towards the cost of apprenticeship training and a top-up fee of £4,000. They can apply to the Government to cover 95% of the levy funding maximum of £13,300.

Learners who complete the PGDip in Management Studies have the option to progress to the Executive MBA at an additional cost of £7,200. This is not part of the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship and therefore it is not eligible for Apprenticeship Levy funding. The Apprenticeship and progression to Master's study can be completed in 24 months.

Learners can access the programme as an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) through a non-apprenticeship route. The learner pays the fees, through a scholarship or by their employer directly.

How to apply 

To apply, please email to receive information on the key steps for making your application, including application forms, contract and useful documents.

Both the employer and the applicant will need to complete a short form as part of the application process.