Executive Masters in Leadership & Management

If you are looking for a flexible program that has an immediate impact, the Ashridge Masters in Leadership and Management is unequaled.

Programs at Ashridge are designed to be practical, highly relevant and above all focused on real issues you may be facing in your organization. Drawing on our faculty’s extensive experience in designing degree programs, executive education, and coaching, we deliver programs that combine academic credentials with real-world experience.

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The Executive Masters in Leadership and Management is ideal for working professionals who are looking to stretch themselves, to learn, and improve in leadership and management practices using a fresh, flexible, self-directed learning approach. Delivered online, and complemented with optional* face-to-face Masterclasses held at Ashridge, this degree focuses on immediate practical application and will enable you to demonstrate insight and knowledge to your employer while you are studying, enabling you to make a real impact from day one.

The program team has designed a user-friendly online environment which provides you with 24/7 access to a powerful range of teaching materials for the program, as well as learning resources, help and advice, signposts and an array of social networking tools to help successfully guide you through the program.

The program is divided into three modules, which are taken at the Certificate and then, in more depth, at the Diploma stage: People, Processes, and Performance. When you join the program determines which module you will start with, as we run them on a rolling, 'sequence neutral' basis. Each module is offered once per year (both at Certificate and at Diploma level) and is followed by a one month break to allow you time to refuel, while offering you maximum flexibility to fit this qualification around work and personal commitments.

Program Content

People: This module allows you to understand behavioral preferences and work styles, further exploring their impact on performance. You will learn how to deliver more individual and team effectiveness, explore the effect of change in the workplace and identify successful change management strategies. Topics include:

  • Leadership versus management
  • Creating, managing and leading change
  • Coaching and building agile, high-performance teams and collaborative cultures

Processes: Here you will learn about marketing, operations management and the innovative use of technology in business strategy. Our integrative approach is relevant to global markets, consumer, business, service and industrial sectors, as well as not-for-profit and public sectors. The module explores key business processes and practices that will cut across traditional departmental boundaries and help to develop a ‘customer-oriented’ perspective. Topics include:

  • Strategic marketing and market analysis
  • Operations management and entrepreneurship
  • Digital transformation and innovation

Performance: This module will develop your confidence and competence when working with financial and strategic information to measure business performance and support decision-making. You will also develop an understanding of the principles of strategic thinking to enhance your contribution to your organization. Topics include:

  • Measuring financial and business performance
  • Financial and non-financial decision-making
  • Strategic thinking and value creation

Strategic Work-Based Project**:

The Work-based Project (WBP) is a significant piece of academic work, addressing an issue of strategic importance and/ or operational significance within the employing organization. This could be an area of interest or a business need or both. It gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a range of business functions and apply these in a practical setting. It also enables you to practice research skills and to bring about real benefits to the organization that you choose to focus on.

Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)

By design, the Executive Masters in Leadership and Management is the ideal program to be delivered as a degree apprenticeship in England, which allows it to be fully employer/government funded. If you are living and working in England and would like to know more about the various funding routes to this degree, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on apprenticeships@ashridge.hult.edu

*Masterclasses are optional for international students and mandatory (minimum attendance of 2 out of 3 Masterclasses per year) for all participants who are funded through the UK Degree Apprenticeship Levy scheme.

**All participants who are funded through the UK Degree Apprenticeship Levy scheme will also be undergoing a final assessment through an independent End Point Assessor.

Dates & Fees

Duration: 24-30 Months

Locations: Online & Ashridge

Next start date: There are three intakes per year. The next cohort starts on 1st October 2018. Applications close on 31st August 2018. Please click here to start your online application or contact us on admissions@ashridge.hult.edu in case of any questions or queries.

Length: This program was designed to be completed within 24 to 30 months. You determine the pace of your study and it is recommended that you spend about 10-15 hours a week working on different aspects of the degree program: studying, researching, reflecting, and writing.

Fee: The program fee is £18,000 per participant and payments can be split into three stages*.

  • Postgraduate Certificate Stage 1: £6,000 plus VAT
  • Postgraduate Diploma Stage 2: £6,000 plus VAT
  • Masters Project Stage 3: £6,000 plus VAT

**Participants who are eligible for the UK Apprenticeship Scheme may receive full funding through their employer and the government. For more information about the UK Apprenticeship Levy and how you can use it to fund your degree, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on apprenticeships@ashridge.hult.edu*

Entry requirements:

  • Either an undergraduate degree (equivalent to a first or second class U.K. degree)
  • OR at least 3-5 years’ managerial work experience in a professional or community setting with evidence of appropriate conceptual and study skills
  • Access to an organization in which to undertake work-based assignments (typically your employer)
  • Regular access to a computer with a good broadband internet connection to access online learning resources
  • There is no requirement for a GMAT or equivalent It is important that all participants who apply have the personal motivation and capability to benefit from and contribute to the program
  • Proficiency in English.

Further entry requirements for Degree Apprentices:

  • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships
  • The government requires individuals to have the equivalent of a Level 2 in English and Maths (GCSE level)
  • Funding rules require an individual to be employed and working at least 50% in England
  • Line Manager support and access to the employing organization to undertake work-based assignments, to build the portfolio of evidence and carry out the Work-based Project

How to apply:

It's easy to apply online for this qualification. Please click here to start your online application or contact us on admissions@ashridge.hult.edu in case of any questions or queries. You will need to set up a username and password the first time you access the application portal. You don't have to complete the application in one session; you can save what you have done so far and return to complete it at a later date. Once we have received your completed application form and references, we aim to update you within ten working days with a decision.

Fees: £18,000 + VAT


Dr Mike Cooray

Dr Mike Cooray

PhD, MBA, MSc, DipM

Dr Jane Stevens

Dr Jane Stevens

MB ChB, MD (Res), MBA, MRCP, FRCPath, Queen Mary University of London

Roger Delves

Roger Delves

MA, English Literature, St Catherine's College Oxford

james Moncreiff

James Moncrieff

MBA, Open University

Izle Lansdell-Zandvoort

Ilze Lansdell-Zandvoort



Alan Jackson

"I know that I am already able to provide a much more informed and critical view on our approach to strategy development, something which I hope I will be able to build on in the future."

Alan Jackson

Consumer and Trade Marketing Director, Japan Tobacco International

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