Through the MSc Leadership and Management you will develop a broad understanding of the crucial role good leadership plays in the effective management of organisations. This postgraduate management course has been designed for mid-senior managers looking to enhance their career prospects and refine their own individual qualities to become a leader in the workplace.
The MSc Leadership and Management is made up of a number of creative and innovative modules which are designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of strategic and operational processes, and techniques associated with leadership activities within an organisation. Ideal for individuals or organisations who want to tailor a programme of study to address particular development needs, the MSc Leadership and Management makes it possible to gain credit and recognition for work-based projects or professional development activities whilst topping up your professional skills and managerial knowledge.
Students are also able to gain ILM accreditation whilst studying on the course.
This course is taught primarily on weekends.
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.
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 3 day weekend blocks over two weekends on a Saturday/Sunday.
There are no examinations and all modules are assessed through course work. Assessments are work-based so students should normally be in work to undertake the course.
A minimum 2:2 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, or in exceptional circumstances, three or more years’ significant managerial experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. Assessments are work-based so students should normally be in work to undertake the course.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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Students on this course may be able to obtain the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management (subject to meeting the ILM's requirements). Students wishing to do this will be charged £250 (price correct at time of writing).
Through a supportive learning environment active, participative and an action learning approach you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills, and understanding of leadership and management theory and practice that will be relevant to you and your organisation.
Studying the MSc Leadership and Management will give people who have a few years management experience the opportunity to contextualise their own and their organisational leadership practice.
This MSc Leadership and Management will enhance the career prospects of leaders and managers from all sectors.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.