Management of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprenticeship

A specialised MBA for leaders in the manufacturing industry

Delivered in collaboration with Aston University

AMTC is a national centre of excellence for developing high level skills in advanced manufacturing. Through a collaboration with Aston Business School, we are providing an MBA tailored for leaders in manufacturing organisations of all sizes and sectors.

This MBA, delivered over two years to accommodate full-time work and personal responsibilities, merges the practical elements of industry with the academic theory to boost productivity both on production lines and throughout business processes.

The programme meets the standard for the Level 7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship and can therefore be funded via the apprenticeship levy meaning no fees for the learner.

It is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and includes membership throughout the programme and for one year after the programme.

Why choose the Management of Manufacturing MBA?

For the learner

  • Receive a full Master’s degree and industry recognised qualification
  • Funded by the employer’s Apprenticeship Levy
  • Increase lifetime earning potential by up to three times
  • Accelerate career and become more valued within the organisation
  • Have a job and receive a full salary while studying

For the Employer

  • Maximise levy support to develop senior managers
  • Investing to develop and retain talent
  • Pathway to develop strategic thinking, operational effectiveness and increase productivity
  • An opportunity for technology and knowledge transfer to the employing organisation
  • Aligning the development of senior managers to improve productivity and business performance

Entry Requirements

To enrol onto our programme, learners will need one of the following:

  • A UK honours degree, or
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or
  • A degree-level professional qualification.


  • Grade 4 or C GCSE (or level 2 equivalent) Maths and English by the time you complete the programme
  • At least three years’ relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English)
  • Two references – preferably one from an academic referee, the other from your current or previous employer (Two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience)

Applicants with Extensive Work Experience

We accept applications from candidates with extensive work experience who have not completed a graduate qualification. An assessment will be made through the learner’s CV, references and an interview to assess suitability for the course.

The MBA will supplement my engineering background with strong skills in areas such as finance, marketing, strategy and leadership and to apply this directly within my work at the MTC. The skills and knowledge I will develop through the MBA will allow me to make the next step in my career.

Tom DriscollManagement of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprentice at the ManufacturingTechnology Centre

I chose Aston Business School due to the unique MBA they are offering focusing on manufacturing. I want to progress my career to a managerial position and be involved in creating strategy for the technology area in my company. I would also like to enhance the knowledge and skills I have in finance, marketing and management as I am from a very technical background. Doing this MBA will help me achieve that.

Dr Tian Log SeeManagement of Manufacturing MBA Degree Apprentice and Senior Research Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre