What will I study?
Throughout the programme, you will become knowledgeable about the theory and practice of responsible business, leadership and management in the context of your own personal and professional practice, organisation and sector specific contextual drivers, and broader societal and global challenges. You will develop your ability to critically reflect on your leadership approach and management capability and practice, whilst also cultivating an awareness of cultural and ethical issues that impact on your individual practice and organisational contexts.
Furthermore, you will work on developing research skills, critical thinking and effective organisational improvement techniques as well as exploring all the personal competences associated with leadership and management in complex, dynamic and excellence focused organisations. But it’s not just about cutting edge theory; it’s also about hands-on practical experience. To this end, you are encouraged to build on your own leadership and management experience with work related assignments which will contribute to developing self, career and workplace improvement.
Modules within the programme will adopt a combination of research approaches including learning how to research, extracting knowledge from and critically analysing research from others and importantly, applying research in your daily practice.
This MSc aims to provide you with a framework of learning that develops your personal and professional capabilities as an existing or aspiring senior leader, supports you in applying cutting edge business theory to enhance organisational practice and builds your capacity to lead investigations, people and projects in the workplace.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You’ll be taught using a range of methods such as workshops, tutorials, directed study and discussion forums, and led by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry and research experience to demonstrate how the theories, tools, technologies and methods you will learn on the programme translate in to real life situations.
For each module you can expect 24 hours of overall contact time delivered through interactive workshops and face-to-face classroom sessions. This will be supported by a minimum of 12 hours of guided tutor learning which can be delivered virtually, including tutorials, tutor led collaborative exercises with peers, discussion forums and video presentations.
You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 164 hours for each module. This will be supported by your module tutor and will consist of pre-class reading preparation, research, assessment preparation, development and writing as well as skills development and online tests and quizzes.
The assessment for this programme is 100% coursework.
As part of the programme, you will have access to the CMI Management Direct portal. This is a resource base that includes online briefings on current management topics, templates and self-assessment tools. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
Careers and further study
This programme is specifically designed for those in employment and who are seeking to develop their careers as a strategic leader. As such significant emphasis is placed upon developing the competences required to accelerate leadership career potential. Through the teaching, learning and assessment strategy, you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge and skills as practising or aspiring leaders, and to think analytically about your personal and organisational practice.
Furthermore, the majority of the Knowledge and Understanding criteria required in the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for management and leadership (2008). The National Occupational Standards are statements of best practice which outline the performance criteria, related skills, knowledge and understanding required to effectively carry out various management and leadership functions.
As a registered student on the programme you will become an affiliate member of CMI throughout the duration of your studies and have access to all of their online resources. The programme is also mapped against the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) enabling you to also receive a CMI level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership upon successful completion of the programme.