Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship - PSM

About the course

This Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programme develops public service managers to make evidence-based decisions, take the lead on initiatives, collaborate with external agencies and solve complex problems within and across organisational boundaries.

Delivered part-time over 2-2.5 years, the course explores conceptual issues concerned with public service management which is balanced with the development of practical skills relating to leadership and management of people, resources and change.

Apprentices will enhance their skills of self-direction, leadership and originality to assist with formulating their own organisational plans and responding to strategies developed by others.

Important points

  • There is non-standard entry for those without a first degree, agreed by an interview process with the Admissions Tutor and Programme Leader.
  • Apprentices completing the MSc Public Service Management programme will undertake a separate End Point Assessment to complete the Degree Apprenticeship process.

Why choose this course?

  • Course content is constantly updated to reflect current government policy and the latest conceptual developments with regard to the application of management ideas in organisations which provide publicly funded services.
  • By combining the study of management theory with the critical analysis of contemporary practice our students develop the skills and capabilities required to progress a managerial career in public, private and third sector organisations.
  • In their final year, apprentices will participate in a substantial piece of independent research that has the potential to contribute significantly to the operation of their organisation.

What will I study?

We are constantly developing and refining our class room techniques. Class sizes are typically between 20-30 students which allows us to use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These range from experiential learning techniques where delivery of content responds to student’s experience and class discussion

In other subjects, such as project management or performance management there is an emphasis on learning particular techniques or concepts and applying these to case studies. Whatever the topic, all our modules are delivered in an interactive way and based on contemporary approaches to teaching and learning as promoted by the Higher Education Academy.

In addition to group based learning in the classroom our students receive detailed one-to-one supervision during their individual research project. An academic member of staff supports the student in the development of research questions, the development of appropriate data collection and data analysis tools and the identification of relevant literature on the chosen topic.

On some key modules learners have the opportunity to learn alongside professionals on the ‘parallel’ programme – MSc Business and Organisational Strategy. This allows for greater diversity of ideas, strengthening of professional networks and the opportunity to reflect on those features of organisational life that are distinctive to an organisation or shared across others.

Professional Accreditations

Learners have the opportunity to gain Chartered Manager member status from CMI subject to successful completion.


This programme is intended for those involved in the development, provision or support of public service provision, whether they are in a public, private or charitable organisation. The programme allows practitioners and managers to engage with the opportunities and challenges within and beyond their organisations that will enhance their contribution at the strategic level.

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