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MSc Management Practice

Applications for the MSc Management Practice are no longer being accepted.

The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship standard is currently under government review and we are awaiting final guidelines before announcing our new apprenticeship programme. This page will be updated as soon as the details available.

If you would like to be kept up- to-date with progress or have any questions, please send an enquiry and a member of the team will be in touch.

The programme

The MSc Management Practice has been designed especially for strategic leaders in the private, public or third sector who are responsible for delivering results.

The two year, part-time, blended learning Masters course is a senior leader apprenticeship (Level 7) accredited programme from the University of Manchester.

The format of the programme has been carefully aligned with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and applies to real business and organisational issues.

By using apprenticeship levy funding for this programme, companies can cost effectively develop managers and leaders to build successful, sustainable and profitable businesses for the future, not only developing more confident and agile existing leaders but also attracting new talent.

Duration Two years part-time blended learning (with an additional period to complete your end point assessment)
Intake January
Class time 27 days: one induction day plus eight x three day course units and to Integrated Development Project days
Location Alliance Manchester Business School or onsite for in-house cohorts
Minimum professional experience

Three-five years' management experience (with strong and consistent career progression and achievement)

Entry requirements First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1) plus three years' management experience (with strong and consistent career progression and achievement)
Five years' management experience (with strong and consistent career progression and achievement), plus interview with the course director.
English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above, or equivalent qualification.
Accreditation An MSc awarded by The University of Manchester and CMI Professional Chartered Manager status


MSc Management Practice programme outline


Our Experts - David Lowe

The key benefit or the return on investment is the opportunity to upskill your capability; to give you the headspace to think about real issues you are facing.

— David Lowe, Programme Director, MSc Management Practice

How you benefit

The MSc Management Practice has been specifically designed to align closely with day-to-day roles: underpinning your working practice with a solid understanding of contemporary management and leadership theory, and the senior leader master's degree apprenticeship embedded throughout.

Personalise your development through an emphasis on reflective practice, psychometrics and coaching.

Gain Professional Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Management Institute.

Focus learning though practical, work-based projects and modules, applying new knowledge and skills to real business and organisational issues.

Individualised assessment approach allows you to focus on the challenges you face as a professional leader.

Equip yourself with strategic leadership skills to support your organisation’s performance and long-term sustainability.

Improve your management and leadership skills by combining work and study, with 20% of time spent off the job undertaking the MSc and relevant development activities.

Develop confidence and agility as a leader.


Jonathan Patterson

I took on the role of Managing Director nearly two years ago and, previous to that, it’s been ten years since I’ve done any kind of education so I figured it was exactly the right time to come back and brush up on new theories, get new content and figure out how I apply that to my job.

— Jonathan Patterson, Managing Director, DWF Ventures

Participant profile

Level 7 senior leadership apprenticeships are for professional strategic leaders in the private, public or third sector who are responsible for delivering results through:

  • Direction and vision;
  • Identifying long term opportunities and risks;
  • Shaping innovative and supportive cultures.

Specific job roles may include General Manager, Senior Manager, Executive, Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer.

Professionals from a range of sectors and backgrounds, including engineering, finance, law, health and manufacturing, work together on our multi-organisational programmes. Companies can also choose to commission an in-house programme, dependent upon student numbers.

Laura Mason

It will help with some areas that I need to develop in order for me to progress within my career. It allows me to do this as part of my full-time job.

— Laura Mason, Senior Client Services Manager, Marketing Manchester

Our experienced team

Alliance Manchester Business School has some of the most highly-regarded experts in business management. By working closely with industry, the team can solve real problems, predict future trends and drive change in business and management.

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly. From booking on to the course to keeping you focused on your business challenge they aim to make your Alliance MBS experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Our Experts - David Lowe
Dr David Lowe

Programme Director

Dane Anderton
Dr Dane Anderton

Deputy Programme Director

Kate Julian
Kate Julian

Practice-Based Tutor

Steve Priddis
Steve Priddis

Practice-Based Tutor

Our Team - Victoria Mansfield
Victoria Mansfield
Degree Apprenticeship Manager

Hayley Atkinson
Hayley Atkinson

Instructional Designer and Learning Technologist

Our Team - Jill Ingham
Dr Jill Ingham

Client Relationships Manager, Apprenticeships