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Our MBA programme has been delivered for more than 20 years and has more than 1,000 graduates globally. Now our MBA apprenticeship route allows students to complete the MBA within a work-based learning approach.

The programme has been designed in collaboration with 30 leading companies, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute to develop students knowledge and skills in:

  • Strategy
  • Innovation and change
  • Enterprise and risk
  • Leading and developing people
  • Developing collaborative relationships

This innovative, flexible, work-based programme represents a remarkable opportunity for aspirational professionals. For those who are transitioning from a specialist background into senior management, or seeking to ground an existing leadership role with contemporary theory, the MBA will have a transformational impact for organisations.

Managers will emerge as highly capable professionals grounded in key areas of business administration with a thorough and dynamic approach to tackling complex business challenges. They will also have strong capabilities in emerging organisational trends and business issues which are reflected in the research strengths of Newcastle Business School.

Successful apprentices will also achieve a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership, making them eligible to take an ‘exemption’ route to Chartered Manager (CMgr/FCMI) status, subject to fulfilling the professional experience requirements.

Our MBA programme has been delivered for more than 20 years and has more than 1,000 graduates globally. Now our MBA apprenticeship route allows students to complete the MBA within a work-based learning approach.

The programme has been designed in collaboration with 30 leading companies, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute to develop students knowledge and skills in:

  • Strategy
  • Innovation and change
  • Enterprise and risk
  • Leading and developing people
  • Developing collaborative relationships

This innovative, flexible, work-based programme represents a remarkable opportunity for aspirational professionals. For those who are transitioning from a specialist background into senior management, or seeking to ground an existing leadership role with contemporary theory, the MBA will have a transformational impact for organisations.

Managers will emerge as highly capable professionals grounded in key areas of business administration with a thorough and dynamic approach to tackling complex business challenges. They will also have strong capabilities in emerging organisational trends and business issues which are reflected in the research strengths of Newcastle Business School.

Successful apprentices will also achieve a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership, making them eligible to take an ‘exemption’ route to Chartered Manager (CMgr/FCMI) status, subject to fulfilling the professional experience requirements.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Apprentices on our MBA programme will be challenged and stretched. They will be encouraged to draw on their own professional experiences throughout. Using their employer as a vehicle for learning, students will be able to demonstrate impact and effectiveness as a business leader.

Throughout the programme, students will develop the ability to critically reflect on their work and that of others; present and justify their work in the context of wider theories and practice, and display and critically apply expert knowledge within their discipline. The MBA will specifically develop behaviours such as:

  • Leading by example
  • Judging and challenging
  • Reflecting on your own courage and curiosity
  • Valuing difference

The modules employ a range of assessment approaches including individual reports, case study analysis, self-reflection, group presentations and consultancy reports, a research proposal and a dissertation or Management Investigation based on the students own employer.

Our MBA programme is professorial-led, with each module led by a Professor at the forefront of their discipline. Delivered with support from other senior members of academic staff, each module will expose students to world-leading expertise in that area.

As this programme is covered by Newcastle Business School’s prestigious AACBS double accreditation and providing CMI Professional Accreditation, the course will establish students amongst the business elite.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

As well as internationally-recognised academic credentials, our lecturers have extensive experience in practice at senior levels of leadership. Many continue to undertake consultancy work, including advising governments and regulatory bodies, all of which will feed into the learning experience.

In addition to our lecturers, students will also be exposed to frequent guest speakers from industry – including Northumbria alumni – and will be allocated an individual executive coach who will work with students for the duration of the programme. These independent professional coaches have valuable experience in senior leadership roles and will support apprentices in transferring their learning into professional practice.

On-campus teaching blocks will include masterclasses, experiential workshop activities, problem-based case discussions and practical business challenges. Fellow students will come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and learning from each other’s experiences will form an important part of students development.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, IT facilities and lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. Students will be based in our exclusive Corporate Hub, on the top floor of the award-winning City Campus East building with panoramic views over Newcastle.

As MBA students, apprentices will develop strong research skills and critically apply theory to their own experiences. Learning will be underpinned by a ‘research-rich’ approach. Throughout the course, students will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that is at the heart of Newcastle Business School. Through our bespoke professorial-led modules, the innovative MBA programme showcases our signature research areas of responsible business, innovation and entrepreneurship and digital economy.

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In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

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We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

 

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Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry%20

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International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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