MSc Leadership and Management

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 only, 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.

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Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C
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Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C

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:

Leadership and Followership
This module is designed to develop your skills of critical evaluation in relation to leadership and followership theory as you begin your MSc and also to support you to reflect on your own leadership and followership.

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 usually based on your own organisation.

Research Methods
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.

Strategic Leadership
This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of benchmarking, setting new metrics, developing strategic plans and leading/managing for high performance. You will undertake a live project usually in 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 by undertaking a live project usually in your own organisation.

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 academic study whereby you will critically evaluate literature and use this to underpin a piece of primary 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 your course tutors.

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 over three years, part-time only by blended learning. Each module is generally delivered over two weekends on a Saturday and Sunday but this does vary depending on the nature of the module. Delivery is usually face-to-face but some sessions, particularly individual supervisory meetings are online. Delivery sessions are normally approximately every six weeks.


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.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.


A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, and have at least 2 years significant leadership or management/matrix management experience. Applicants who are also on an accelerated graduate scheme will also be considered. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. Assessments are work-based so the course is only available part-time and students should normally be in an appropriate professional role to undertake the live work-based projects on the course. 


As the course is only available part-time to students who are working, with face-to-face weekend delivery sessions approximately every six weeks, students tend to be home based.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

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Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Additional assessment or memberships £250
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).


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.


USW Postgraduate 20% Alumni Discount 2023/24

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA,MSc, LLM,MBA or DBA course from September 2023 (this includes students starting a course in January/February 2024). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2023/24

Through a supportive learning environment and an active, participative learning approach involving work-based projects, 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 of management experience the opportunity to contextualise their own and their organisational leadership and management practice.

This MSc Leadership and Management will enhance the career prospects of leaders and managers from all sectors. Graduates may also progress on to a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), PhD or research degree.