McDonald's management degree apprenticeship programme

McDonald’s Management Degree Programme


Experience, education and a salary: at McDonald’s, you can earn while you learn, and secure yourself a bright future career.

Bringing together on-job training, our training curriculum, and a BA (Hons) Business Management Professional (Retail) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, we’ll provide you with all the tools, training and support you need to become part of the next generation of outstanding McDonald’s managers.

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How does it work?

What you’ll learn

Throughout the programme, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of running a busy restaurant from managing accounts, to handling stock, to learning how to be an inspirational leader. Based at one of our restaurants, you’ll see first-hand how to get the best out of your team, and be given real managerial responsibility from the start – so you can start applying what you’ve learnt straightaway.

Block release study

Three to four times a year, you’ll study on block release at Manchester Metropolitan University, learning business theory and using it to complement and enhance your on-job training. We’re always updating the course content and structure to reflect the changing business environment, making sure our managers are always ahead of the curve.

Bright career prospects

There are few bigger brands in the world than McDonald’s. We have restaurants across the world – but we haven’t forgotten our roots as a family restaurant. That’s why we make sure to take care of our employees, with exceptional benefits and considerable opportunities for training, development and progression for everyone on our teams. On our Management Degree Apprenticeship Programme, we’ll give you all the support you need to lead one of our restaurants in the future.

Rewarding you for your service and making sure you’re developing at the right pace is deeply important to us: that’s why we’re clear about what we offer, and how we plan to help you progress here.

Get an accredited business degree

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation to provide excellence in global management education. This places them among the top 5% of business schools worldwide to have secured this accreditation, and means your degree is internationally recognised.


The BA (Hons) Business Management Professional in Retail is accredited by the CMI, which means you can also obtain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership on successful completion of your studies, in addition to your degree. The CMI accreditation also enables you to join the Institute as a student member and register for Chartered Manager status on completion of your studies.

Apprenticeship (Level 3)

As part of the course, you will complete your Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision.

Entry Requirements

We look for 104–112 UCAS points at A2 – usually BCC or BBC. You could also have an alternative, like a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, or Extended Diploma at Grade 3 (with grades DMM).

You’ll need GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Maths, and (preferably) ICT.

We also consider non-standard applications on a case-by-case basis.

Visit the official McDonald’s Management Degree Programme page to find out more and apply.

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