This course is designed with the demands of an uncertain world in mind, building on our wealth of industry experience, academic knowledge and dedicated lecturers, to give our graduates the edge in competitive times.

Dr Jake Monk, Programme Director, MBA Collaborative Leadership

    How do you want to study?


    2 years




    Designed for people with several years’ work experience, this course will accelerate your career or help you master your current role.

    This part-time taught work/study MBA programme has been developed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Our Senior Leaders will work and study alongside a broad range of senior managers and leaders, giving them the opportunity to network and learn about collaborative leadership.

    This course is also available through the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship route (SLA). It is envisaged that candidates will complete the course in 30 months.

    Why study MBA Collaborative Leadership?

    Earning an MBA has the proven potential to boost job prospects, because the course will encourage participants onto a trajectory of continuous improvement by constantly challenging themselves, learning about current issues, networking with other like-minded people and applying proven management techniques at work.

    The full MBA consists of seven taught modules, and a management report based on a combination of secondary and primary research undertake by the candidate. The management report is often referred to as a dissertation and is centred upon a 10,000 - 12,000 word work focused research report. The structure of the MBA is given below.

      All about the course

      The programme combines classroom, online and work-based learning to provide participants with a strong mix of practical skills, industry experience, networking opportunities and academic understanding to support personal and professional development. It addresses key leadership topics including business strategy, financial management, entrepreneurship and innovation, leading effective change, business ethics and risk and leadership and personal development. Participants will also be given the opportunity to conduct a management project where they will draw on their new learning and skills to tackle, perhaps, an existing business situation and identify ways to improve it.

      Entry requirements

      MBA candidates must normally provide evidence of an honours degree in any subject (i.e. normally a 2.2 honours degree or above), and at least 24 months relevant managerial or professional experience in a senior leader context. Alternatively they may hold a recognised professional qualification.

      Additionally, applicants who were educated overseas who are currently employed in the UK and who qualify for the programme must demonstrate: a) entry qualifications equivalent to those above, and; b) normally score of 6.5 or above in IELTS or an equivalent score in an approved English Language test. These criteria will normally be aligned with the University’s policy on IELTS or equivalent language tests.

      Credit exemptions and recognition of prior learning at Level 7 will be considered in line with the University’s policies concerning the above.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

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      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      This programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face sessions, live online sessions, and guided independent study. You will be ‘in class’ for at least three block days per module, where you will benefit form a direct learning approach and from interaction with both academic tutors and your peers on the programme, who may represent a number of different organisations. You will discuss challenges and successes in the workplace and seek alternative approaches to problem solving. You will hone your listening, critical thinking and persuasive argument skills in a safe, developmental environment.

      We will make extensive use of the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra) and other, appropriate online resources for all aspects of teaching, learning, assessment, communication and administration. All modules will have a dedicated Blackboard containing a wide range of learning resources and other material that support, supplement and in some cases provide an alternative to lectures and seminars.

      Everyone in the cohort will be active participants in the shaping of the learning and teaching environment. Built into the programmes are opportunities to develop a sense of belonging as you learn to work in new groups, with people from diverse backgrounds and professional experience.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The assessment methods used within the programme are designed to provide a diverse cohort of participants with opportunities to demonstrate and develop their abilities as appropriate to the level of study and/or their work setting.

      Each module generally has one or two assessments from the following range: written assignments such as essays (includes reflective essays, case study essays, essays that review or critique research or essays based on a trigger), individual and group presentations, research reports, literature reviews; projects, critical reflections and portfolios. It is intended that at least one of the assessments for each module will relate directly to the participants’ place of work. The assessment mode will remain consistent, but the content will offer you the opportunity to put your learning into action and to deliver knowledge and understanding to your organisation. Not only will this provide opportunities for action research, but it will also provide opportunities for you to act as an informal internal consultant at work.

      Your future career

      Given that you will be in full-time employment, this programme is heavily oriented towards work-based learning where knowledge gained is applied to your workplace and reflection and evaluation further enhances your leadership effectiveness in your organisations. This ensures that the curriculum responds proactively to your needs and your community of practice to support success in your future professional roles.


      For 2022/23 intake all student fees are £15,165, for the full course, both Home and Overseas

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.


      Professional Accreditation

      Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (7D1V2).

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