The MSc Leadership and Management has been designed for professionals working at middle to senior management level, who are seeking to enhance the knowledge and skills required for effective leadership and management in the complex, dynamic environments faced by organisations across all sectors today.
This postgraduate course can immediately add value to your working practice and to your organisation. You will be supported to build your knowledge and skills so that you can research effectively, develop strategy, lead and manage change and build a culture of high performance.
The Leadership and Management course adopts a philosophy of continuing professional development, where you will undertake work-based projects and complete an extensive work-based dissertation, to be of strategic value to your organisation. This course has been designed to offer a dual accreditation route with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management – a pioneering approach within the UK.
Delivered on a part-time basis, you will study with students from a variety of backgrounds at weekend sessions, normally delivered over three years. Students can fast and slow track if required.
The MSc Leadership and Management will give you the opportunity to explore the behaviours and the role of leadership and how it may influence the individual, the team and the organisation. Theories of leadership will be discussed and applied to your own leadership practice and that of your organisation.
Organisational leadership themes relating to power, politics, ethics, gender and cross-cultural leadership will be considered.
Significant leadership and management processes will be studied such as creating an environment for constant change; understanding and moulding organisational culture; building trust and a high performance team culture; managing and leading complex networks, alliances and partnerships; and the contribution of Human Resource Management.
We will also explore new and cutting edge approaches to leading including critical studies that have questioned the nature and necessity of leadership in organisations.
Students normally study for the full Master’s degree which is 180 postgraduate credits. However, exit awards are available: the achievement of 60 credits would give you a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management and 120 credits would give you a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management. Studying a further 60 credits will enable you to achieve a MSC in Leadership and Management.
Modules of study include:
Managing Professional Development
Through studying this skills based module you will become critically self-reflective in relation to your practice.
This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of leading/managing for high performance.
Global and Strategic Issues in Leadership and Management
Strategic skills and understanding are essential for leadership. You will undertake a strategic enquiry in this module and this is usually based on your own organisation.
Understanding and Managing Change
You will examine leadership and management in relation to change, specifically looking into the business case for change.
Studying this module you will gain the skills and knowledge required in relation to methodology and methods to undertake your leadership and management research, particularly your dissertation.
Coaching for Executive Leadership and Management
Coaching is increasingly being used in companies as a means of supporting enhanced performance either as a general management approach or through the use of a formal external coach. This module will build your skills in relation to the use of coaching as a management tool for enhancing goal-orientated performance.
You will be required to undertake an in-depth piece of academic work where you will critically evaluate literature and apply this to an original piece of research normally within your place of work. This will be of significant value to your organisation.
Course delivery is highly flexible and includes a mixture of classroom and work based learning, so you can fit your career development around your work commitments. Throughout the course you will undertake a number of bespoke work related assignments and gain additional support through our personal mentor/work based mentor scheme.
You will also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning by completing guided reading, individual and organisational analyses, and written assignments.
Delivery is normally by blended learning using three-day weekend blocks over two weekends on a Saturday/Sunday.