Leadership Practice


  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Part time 18 Months


Develop your strategic leadership capabilities through our new Senior Leader Apprenticeship, with learning that has impact on practice from day one.

You will advance your practice of leadership, learn how to get the best from your team through talent management and nurturing high performance, embrace strategic thinking and behaviour, gain vital knowledge on ethical and sustainable practices, and develop management of innovation and change.

Your studies are tailored to meet Senior Leader Apprenticeship standards and will lead to a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Practice. Tuition fees are funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Our digital delivery means you will learn flexibly, to fit around workplace realities, while gaining new knowledge and skills that can be applied in your professional role. Residential workshops provide in-person interaction and learning alongside a valuable network of fellow apprentices from diverse sectors and organisations.

Apprentices learn alongside our Executive MBA students, and upon successful completion of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship, you can choose to top-up to Lancaster University’s Executive MBA or Leadership Practice MSc. This requires a further six months' study, to be completed within five years of completion of the Apprenticeship, and with fees paid separately.

Programme Content

All members of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme will benefit from:

  • Facilitated and flexible digital learning that works alongside your professional role;
  • 12 days of in-person teaching in four blocks across the two years, supplemented by optional in-person and blended delivery;
  • Individual one-to-one support from a university apprenticeship mentor and an academic learning coach;
  • Modules delivered by experienced practitioner-teachers;
  • Peer-learning within and across organisational boundaries;
  • Study support for students new to higher education, or those returning to HE after a long break.
  • Access to Lancaster University amenities, including the Library, Careers, health and wellbeing services and sports facilities.
Course Duration

The full Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme takes two years, including an End Point Assessment. Some participants may complete the Apprenticeship more quickly by claiming module exemption based on previous academic, professional or experiential learning.

The next programme will start in September 2022. Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2022.

The optional Executive MBA or Leadership Practice MSc top-up pathways require a further six months of study, to be completed within five years of completion of the Senior Leader Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship is suitable for current and aspiring senior leaders in public, private or third sector organisations. You will typically have a first degree and a minimum of 3 years’ management/leadership experience. Admission to the programme is dependent on aptitude and experience; prior qualifications are not always necessary.

A minimum of Grade C/4 in GCSE English and mathematics (or Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent).*

Admission to the Executive MBA pathway requires a first degree and five years’ relevant management/leadership experience.

* Applicants who do not meet the maths/English entry requirements will be considered on a case by case basis, for exceptional entry. If admitted, Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in both subjects by the end of the programme.

Course Structure

Detailed module information for this postgraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

Fees and Funding

Fees for 2022/23   Per 10 credit module
UK £483
International  £483

MSc/MA = 180 credits
PGDip = 120 credits
PGCert = 60 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Important Information

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