All about the course

Before you make this big commitment, you might want to know more about the course, what it involves, and who’s teaching it. On this page, you’ll find out everything you need to know to help you make the best decision of your career so far.

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About Cranfield University

You may have heard of Cranfield University before, but if you haven’t, here’s a run-down. With its main campus half an hour outside Milton Keynes, Cranfield is one of the UK’s leading postgraduate universities. 

Because it’s exclusively postgraduate, it doesn’t feature in the usual educational rankings – but the Cranfield School of Management is rated consistently highly in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, the Economist, and Poets and Quants league tables. You can find out more about that here.

Needless to say, the teaching you’ll find here is exceptional and well-established. For over 50 years, Cranfield have been training leaders of industry and delivering internationally respected Masters programmes. Their professors have both firm academic standing and practical business experience, meaning you’ll find learning that’s valued both inside and outside our business.

Key facts about Cranfield

50+ years in delivering management education
7th in the UK top ten business schools *
81% of research 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' **
* 2017 Financial Times European Business Schools list
** Research Excellence Framework
World-class 5:1 ratio of students to staff
Five-time winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education
Over 60,000 people in our network of influential alumni
* 2017 Financial Times European Business Schools list
** Research Excellence Framework

The course

Let's talk about the course itself. Your MSc in Business and Strategic Leadership is structured like this

Year 1 Postgraduate Certificate
Around 22 days of face-to-face and self-study, group projects and assignments Modules covered: Strategy 1 Finance Personal Development Organisational Behaviour Elective module
Year 2 Postgraduate Diploma
Around 22 days of face-to-face and self-study, group projects and assignments Modules covered: Strategy 2 Change Leadership Personal Development Elective module
Year 3 (Six months only) Final upgrade to MSc
Predominantly self-study, completing an Applied Strategic Project – an individual thesis on a business challenge or opportunity within Barclays Modules covered: Research Methods Applied Strategic Project

What can you look forward to?

So now that you know about Cranfield and how the course is structured, let’s find out what makes it exciting - even from the moment you reach your induction. On their very first day, we spoke to this year’s cohort and to Anneke, our programme organiser, to find out what they’re looking forward to most:  

What you’ll learn

Over the course of your Masters Apprenticeship, there are certain key knowledge areas, behaviours and skills we’ll help you learn. You might already have some of them, and we’ll help you build on that. They fall into the following categories:

Organisational performance: delivering a long-term purpose

Here, we’ll train you in what you need to lead the Barclays of the future. That includes key skills and areas of knowledge relating to strategy; innovation and change; enterprise and risk, and finance.

Interpersonal excellence: leading people and developing collaborative relationships

Better team relationships drive a better bank – so here we’ll build on key skills and areas of knowledge that will help you inspire our people. That includes leading and developing people; building and developing collaborative relationships; and engaging employees in your vision and strategy. 

Personal and interpersonal effectiveness

Whether it’s bolstering your own confidence or building confidence in your team, the behaviours we’ll focus on in this area are essential for any leader of leaders. Behaviours include leading by example, good judgement and challenging decisions, courage and curiosity, valuing difference, and self-reflection on professional performance. 


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