MBA Leadership – Bath Spa University (Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship)

Key facts

MBA Leadership
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Two years part time.

Entry requirements

You'll usually have a good undergraduate degree in any academic subject, plus at least two years of work experience after graduation, and currently be employed in a management position.

See what we look for in potential students or contact our admissions team for more information:

Our MBA degree in Leadership aligns your professional career development with the strategic needs of your organisation and sector.

  • Develop your existing management experience and secure an internationally-recognised postgraduate management degree.
  • Gain an executive postgraduate qualification by studying part-time while in your current role.
  • Engage with current debates on the issues and challenges facing managers and leaders today.

Due to Covid-19, we have made changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please see the 2020 Postgraduate Programme Changes page for information about specific changes to this course.

Please note the changes are for the 2020-21 academic year only.

The 'Programme Document' beneath the main image on this course page shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.

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Created and delivered through close consultation and collaboration with employers, the MBA Leadership at Bath Spa aims to ensure that you'll graduate with the leadership skills that organisations need in an ever-changing business environment.

You'll learn to manage complexity, diversity, and change, and develop creative and innovative approaches to the challenges facing teams, organisations, and sectors.

This MBA in Leadership and Management gives you the opportunity to gain Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation, in addition to securing an internationally-recognised postgraduate management degree.

What you'll learn


This course is designed to develop your theoretical and practical expertise in strategic management and leadership.

We engage with current debates on the issues and challenges facing managers and leaders today, critically reflecting on the complexities of social, political, and economic change in local, regional, national and international contexts. 

Course structure

The MBA Leadership is delivered part-time over two years.

In the first year, you take the majority of your classroom-based modules.

In the second year, you concentrate on your major independent Work Based Consultancy Project.

The Professional Development Portfolio module runs across both years of the course, supporting your academic progress and your professional career development.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Strategic Management
  • Leading Change and Innovation
  • Governance and Risk Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Work Based Consultancy Project

How will I be assessed?

You're assessed by a variety of methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:

  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Business plans
  • Proposals for work-based projects / consultancy project
  • Reflective learning, professional career development and work-based experience portfolio
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations

How will I be taught?

We combine academic study with work-based learning and your own professional experience. You'll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, case studies, and project work.

Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in leadership and senior management. You'll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the workplace, and enhances your professional career development.


Work-based learning, industry learning and professional networks

This course is designed to increase your professional networks and business connections.

Work-based learning, the development of a professional portfolio, and the work-based consultancy project are underpinned by the taught modules, and supported by a University-based mentor and a work-based mentor.

The Bath Business School MBA is supported by an Industry Advisory Panel with experts and professionals from a range of organisations across different business sectors locally, regionally, and nationally.


The MBA Leadership is designed for people who are already employed, working in a management capacity, and supported to take the course as professional career development by their organisation.

You'll develop your leadership and management expertise in the context most relevant to your chosen career path, and develop lifelong learning skills, including an enthusiasm for business and learning as part of personal professional development.


UK students part time

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

2020/21 ENTRY

Course fees

Total (including Year 1 and Year 2) £9,500

International students full time

2020/21 ENTRY

Course fees

Total  £14,000

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll usually have a good undergraduate degree in any academic subject, plus at least two years of work experience after graduation, and currently be employed in a management position.

You may be considered without an undergraduate degree if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience. You'll be asked to attend an interview, or to submit a portfolio supporting your application.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply for the MBA? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

With your application, you'll need to upload your undergraduate degree certificate, an up-to-date CV, and two references – one from your current employer, and an additional professional reference (this can be from someone else in your current organisation, or can be an external reference from a different organisation).

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Phone: +44 (0)1225 876180

Bath Business School Graduate Course Director: Dr Kristin Doern
Phone: +44 (0)1225 876248

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