The Executive Masters in Leadership and Management is ideal for working professionals who are looking to stretch themselves, to learn, and improve in leadership and management practices using a fresh, flexible, self-directed learning approach. Delivered online, and complemented with optional* face-to-face Masterclasses held at Ashridge, this degree focuses on immediate practical application and will enable you to demonstrate insight and knowledge to your employer while you are studying, enabling you to make a real impact from day one.
We have designed a user-friendly online environment that provides you with 24/7 access to a powerful range of teaching materials, supported by live online webinars delivered by expert faculty. The learning resources, advice and guidance support apprentices through to successful completion of the qualification.
The Masters is divided into three modules: People, Processes, and Performance. In year 1 you will complete the Certificate stage. Year 2 is a deeper dive into each topic at Diploma level, following which you will embark on a final work-based project and your end point assessment to earn your Masters Degree. When you join the course determines which module you will start with, as we run them on a rolling, 'sequence neutral' basis. Each module is offered once per year (both at Certificate and at Diploma level) and is followed by a one month break to allow you time to reflect and prepare for your next module.
People: This module allows you to understand behavioural preferences and work styles, further exploring their impact on performance. You will learn how to deliver more individual and team effectiveness, explore the effect of change in the workplace and identify successful change management strategies. Topics include:
- Leadership versus management
- Creating, managing and leading change
- Coaching and building agile, high-performance teams and collaborative cultures
Processes: Here you will learn about marketing, operations management and the innovative use of technology in business strategy. Our integrative approach is relevant to global markets, consumer, business, service and industrial sectors, as well as not-for-profit and public sectors. The module explores key business processes and practices that will cut across traditional departmental boundaries and help to develop a ‘customer-oriented’ perspective. Topics include:
- Strategic marketing and market analysis
- Operations management and entrepreneurship
- Digital transformation and innovation
Performance: This module will develop your confidence and competence when working with financial and strategic information to measure business performance and support decision-making. You will also develop an understanding of the principles of strategic thinking to enhance your contribution to your workplace. Topics include:
- Measuring financial and business performance
- Financial and non-financial decision-making
- Strategic thinking and value creation
Strategic Work-Based Project**:
The Work-based Project (WBP) is a significant piece of academic work, addressing an issue of strategic importance and/ or operational significance within the employing organisation. This could be an area of interest or a business need or both. It gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a range of business functions and apply these in a practical setting. It also enables you to practice research skills and to bring about real benefits to the organisation that you choose to focus on.
Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)
By design, the Executive Masters in Leadership and Management is an ideal qualification to be delivered as a degree apprenticeship in England, which allows it to be fully employer/government funded. If you are living and working in England and would like to know more about the various funding routes to this degree, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
*Masterclasses are optional for international students and mandatory (minimum attendance of 2 out of 3 Masterclasses per year) for all participants who are funded through the UK Degree Apprenticeship Levy scheme.
**All participants who are funded through the UK Degree Apprenticeship Levy scheme will also undergo a final assessment through an independent End Point Assessor.