Executive Master’s in Leadership

Key Information

September 2023 Intake: Applications closed. 
Eligibility form: Applications are now closed for the 2023 Intake. Notice will be posted when applications open for September 2024.
Delivery: Part-time
Total UK credits: 180
Total ECTS: 90
Fees: £14,000* - eligible organisations will be able to use £14,000 of their apprenticeship levy funding to cover the overall cost

*Covering tuition fees and End Point Assessment

The Executive Master’s in Leadership is only available to study using apprenticeship levy funding in England only. For more information please contact Ruth Velenski: [email protected].

Programme summary

The Executive Master’s in Leadership is a 2-year part-time (Friday and Saturday once a month), block taught programme designed for leaders and managers from any industry and a variety of academic backgrounds. The Business School offers this academically rigorous and professionally relevant programme under the apprenticeship levy funding scheme to help employees improve their management skills and competencies.

Who is the Executive Master’s in Leadership for?

The programme is designed for aspiring leaders and leaders with a good first degree or a relevant professional qualification and at least 3-5 years' work experience in a senior role.

Programme Schedule and Modules

The programme is delivered in a flexible, block-taught format, integrating both classroom and work-based learning over a period of 24 months. The content is designed to develop employees’ skills as leaders and team players and enable them to demonstrate both strong personal skills and sound technical knowledge.

Year 1 modules

Term 1:  September - December
Induction (not a module)
1. Leading People and Change
2. Personal Leadership Development for Experts and Professionals

Term 2: January - April 
3. Principles of Marketing & Strategy
4. Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders

Term 3: May - June
5. Advanced Strategy Analysis
6. Work Based Leadership Impact Project (Part 1)

Year 2 modules

The second year builds on what was covered in year one by developing key areas of specialist content which are important for leadership and management roles across multiple industries.

Term 1: September - December
7. Managerial Economics & HRM for Leaders
8. Operations and Supply Chain Management

Term 2: January - March
9. Digital technologies and Business Innovation
Work Based Leadership Impact Project (Part 2)

Term 3: May - July
Writing up and submission of Work Based Impact Project

July - September
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment - Leading to Chartered Management Status with CMI.

Graduation: The ceremony will occur in January the following year, after the successful completion of the Masters degree and the Level 7 apprenticeship.

Benefits to your organisation

This programme will support your employees in their current role and develop their leadership skills for future career progression in a senior leadership capacity.

Throughout the programme participants will undertake a number of professional development activities which will help them reflect on their learning and build on their personal presence and self-awareness, whilst developing both social and emotional intelligence.

The final component of their degree will be a work-based leadership impact project, which will demonstrate their understanding of management and leadership and its application to their own organisation.

Successful completion of all requirements means that students will achieve a level 7 master’s degree as well as a Senior Leader Apprenticeship award. They will also be eligible for professional accreditation from either the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Read more about the Business School(formerly Cass) having launched two degree apprenticeship programmes.

Our full terms and conditions

Faculty and Team biographies

Professor Ajay Bhalla

Professor Ajay Bhalla
Ajay Bhalla is a Professor of Family Business and Innovation at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). Since joining Bayes in 2001, his research and teaching has focused on leadership, succession and governance in family businesses, employee owned businesses, and digital transformation and innovation.

He is passionate about helping boards and executives discover (a) why resilience is vital (b) the challenges they face in current times and (c) how they can prepare better for tomorrow by nurturing capabilities they need to build lasting businesses.

Ruth Velenski

Ruth is Head of Corporate Development within the Business School and is responsible for developing and managing corporate sponsorships and corporate partnerships between the Business School and a range of companies.

Previously she was Head of Campaigns with responsibility for identifying, designing and implementing fundraising initiatives to support key academic centres across the business school.

Since 2017 Ruth has been playing a significant role in helping to promote and attract doctors to the Executive Master’s in Medical Leadership (EMML) from across both the NHS and Private Health Care sectors and has established a number of significant partnerships in this respect.