MSc in Management and Leadership


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Program Description


This part-time course meets the requirements of the Level 7 Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Eligible organisations can use £18,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the course tuition fees.

Our Management and Leadership MSc is informed by Cranfield’s Management MSc - ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world by The Economist WhichMBA? Masters in Management 2017 ranking - and our Executive MBA - ranked 9th in the UK in the Financial Times 2019 ranking.

This practical postgraduate course, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton - one of the world’s leading organisations of independent professional services - will help you develop your leadership and management skills with a specific focus on leading-edge insights, commercial application and effective management frameworks. It offers a ‘real-world’ business education which can be applied directly back into the workplace.

Developed for high potential, early-career managers, we encourage you to come and experience this world-class course at Cranfield - famous for innovation, career-enhancing services and globally-renowned faculty in partnership with Grant Thornton, reputed for the quality of its service and advice, with a passion for shaping a vibrant economy. This course will support your career progression, preparing you to carry out senior strategic roles successfully.

Who is it for?

  • Early-career professionals who want a ‘real-world’ business education which they can apply directly back into their workplace.
  • Self-motivated managers who are keen to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities, and become more effective leaders.

Why this course?

You will study with a cohort of experienced professionals, build your network and gain insights into best practice internationally. In addition, you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you develop during the course immediately in the workplace.

The collaboration of Cranfield and Grant Thornton on the delivery of this course ensures you will be exposed to industry-leading education, incorporating teaching from current practitioners, business simulations and one-to-one leadership coaching.

You will carry out projects designed to help you apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn. The course will support your career progression, preparing you to carry out senior strategic roles successfully.

Teaching by Cranfield staff is exclusively focused on postgraduate and executive levels and is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence. We place a huge emphasis on real-world challenges throughout the course. You will:

  • develop leadership capabilities in yourself and others, in order to meet modern societal and business challenges,
  • gain comprehensive knowledge of core business functions enabling you to progress into a variety of management areas,
  • develop a strategic mindset to enable the achievement of business objectives,
  • develop the self-awareness and confidence to effectively lead, or operate as part of, a team.


Cranfield School of Management is one of an elite group of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditations from:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Association of Master of Business Administration (AMBA)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Course details

The course covers core management subjects in a series of 12 modules delivered across five to six days every three months, over the two year period. Alongside the face-to-face modules, 20% of the course is delivered through blended learning. The course is highly interactive and student-centred with large elements of coaching, live consulting cases and business simulations. The organisation-based project commences in the second half of the second year. You will tackle live company challenges, with the support of academic experts and company-based professionals. Modules will be delivered at Cranfield, with off-site learning at Grant Thornton’s London office.

Year 1 comprises seven taught modules delivered over one week period in each quarter. You will also engage in peer coaching during this first year.

In year 2, a further five modules are delivered quarterly. Peer coaching continues throughout this year and is complemented by professional coaching sessions. Between September and February, you will complete your organisation-based project in which you will tackle a live company challenge. This is supported by academic experts and company-based professionals. Following its completion, you will complete your final module at Cranfield which is designed to explore and facilitate the integration of learning between you and your peers by sharing your organisation-based project experiences at a Capstone Conference. This will also help you prepare for your endpoint assessment (EPA), which is a requirement of the apprenticeship standard.

Leadership development and career development activities run throughout the two-year programme. A learning log, delivered via PebblePad (personal learning platform) will chart your progress based on Cranfield/Company experiences, such as knowledge, skills and behaviour development.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates from all backgrounds. Professional experience and personal qualities are equally important to us and each application is considered on its individual merit.

Candidates will usually have a minimum of one-year post-qualification work experience together with either a good degree and/or professional qualification.

Applicants who do not have a degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

A world-leader in management education, research and consultancy for over 50 years, Cranfield School of Management is an exclusively postgraduate business school whose mission is to improve the practi ... Read More

A world-leader in management education, research and consultancy for over 50 years, Cranfield School of Management is an exclusively postgraduate business school whose mission is to improve the practice of management. Read less