Taught course

MBA Strategic Leadership (Degree Apprenticeship)

University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth Business School

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (or equivalent, including professional qualifications), not necessarily in a business related subject, plus at least 3 years of work experience at a professional or managerial level. Alternatively, applicants without formal qualifications, but with a minimum of 5 years of management experience, are welcome to apply. Applicants may be subject to interview and/or be asked to submit a portfolio in support of their application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship course gives you the opportunity to earn a globally recognised postgraduate degree and attain Chartered Management status.

The programme provides leadership development opportunities for senior managers and those aspiring to senior management in private, public and third sector organisations. It gives you the confidence to improve your performance and can transform your future by developing the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career and fulfil your career ambitions.

This exciting new course combines academic excellence and professional expertise to further develop your own talent and capability and the capability of the organisation you work for.

After you complete the course, you can apply through the ‘qualified route' to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Chartered Member (CMg MCMI) or a Chartered Fellow (CMgr FCMI), depending on your experience. We will provide you with further information about the options available and the processes involved during the course.

To find out more about the degree apprenticeship, register for one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

If you do not want to do the Level 7 degree apprenticeship pathway but want to earn the MBA Strategic Leadership degree award, apply for our MBA Strategic Leadership course.


You will develop your strategic leadership and managerial capabilities throughout the programme, given its strong emphasis on applied learning and implementation.

It will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to make you a more effective leader in your current role and be better prepared to take on more challenging leadership roles in the future.


The MBA Strategic Leadership course is a part-time (day release) course aimed at developing senior leadership capability to enable senior leaders and managers to define a clear sense of purpose and strategic intent for their organisations and business units.

Course participants will develop their individual strategic leadership and managerial capability and will support the talent development of the teams and the organisations they work with. As they strengthen their own capabilities to become even more effective in their current roles, they will also prepare to take on more challenging senior positions in the future.


This course includes:

  • Integrated management subjects
  • A work-based learning project
  • An individual strategy project


You can do this course as a degree apprenticeship or as a traditional part-time MBA.

This MBA Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeship route attracts significant Government funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, which means your employer covers your course tuition fees.

The MBA Strategic Leadership degree route is an excellent part-time MBA programme combining the best of academic excellence and professional expertise. It does not attract degree apprenticeship funding, but you may apply for a postgraduate scholarship and/or a postgraduate student loan.

You can achieve a professional Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification through both courses.


The MBA Strategic Leadership is a catalyst for a transformational journey.

Some MBA graduates accelerate their careers by progressing to more senior levels of leadership. Others use the MBA to prepare for their next career opportunity, such as exploring the potential of entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

UK students
The fee for the MBA Strategic Leadership Degree Apprenticeship will be covered by the degree apprenticeship levy fund. Please contact Dr David Hall, MBA Director on 023 9284 4791 for queries.
International students
The fee for the MBA Strategic Leadership Degree Apprenticeship will be covered by the degree apprenticeship levy fund. Please contact Dr David Hall, MBA Director on 023 9284 4791 for queries.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

02392 848599