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, 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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Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
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:

Managing Professional Development
Through studying this skills based module you will become critically self-reflective in relation to your practice. 

Strategic Leadership
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.

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.

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.


Subject to revalidation from 2021
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.


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.


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 management/matrix management experience 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.


The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* 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/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.


USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount


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. Graduates may also progress on to a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), PhD or research degree.