First things first, the Masters Apprenticeship lasts for two
and a half years, so you’ll need to be committed to seeing the whole programme
though – even when things get tough. You’re building up to getting your Masters
over time – starting with twelve months that form your Postgraduate
Certificate, twelve months advancing to a Postgraduate Diploma, and a final six
months to upgrade and obtain your MSc.
You’ll kick it all off with an induction day, likely to be either Wednesday 6 March or Thursday 7 March 2019, to provide you with deeper insight into the
course. Here, you’ll meet the other successful candidates, get to know the
professors at Cranfield, and kick start the first of your group work
Then, you’ll begin the first modules of your Postgraduate
Certificate, each taught as a three-day study block, with ten in total over the
course of the programme. You’ll cover modules like Strategy – planning for the
outside factors, be it political, economical or technological, that affect our
organisation. You’ll study both Finance and Organisational Behaviour, and get
stuck into the challenges of leading a diverse, global organisation. Then
there’s Personal Development, where you’ll put all your learning into practice
in your own work. And finally, you’ll even take on training designed
exclusively for Barclays and our Shared Growth Ambition.
You’ll usually find that before each module begins, you’ll
be part of a webinar, allowing you to ask any questions you need to. Then,
you’ll have a reading list to help you prepare for the upcoming teaching. As a
guideline, you can expect that you’ll need around 100 study hours per module –
and some of that will need to be in your own time.
In the first twelve months, you’ll also start on what we
call action learning: strategic projects that address real business challenges
and opportunities inside Barclays. You’ll work as a group to research and
provide potential solutions, making group project reports, group presentations,
and individual presentations as you go.
Your second twelve months, the Postgraduate Diploma year,
will follow a similar structure. Now, you’ll take on more advanced modules in
areas like Leadership, studying leadership theory and the evolving challenges
there, and Change, where you’ll learn what it takes to implement strategy that
moves the business forward. Again, you’ll take on an action learning project
here, which might be the same project in more depth or might be something new
Then finally, you’ll move into the last stretch: six months where
you’ll upgrade to your Masters. To do that, you’ll write your thesis, which
takes the form of an Applied Strategic Project - an independent project which
might or might not be related to the group projects you’ve taken on throughout
the programme. You’ll also take on modules in research methods to help you get
stuck into this final project.