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MSc Leadership and Management Development

Summary 2015/16

  • Develop the competences, skills, awareness and mind-set to become an effective leader and manage people within a range of contexts;
  • Cultivate the writing, analytical and reflective skills required to engage in research at Masters level;
  • Join a vibrant research community and receive support and supervision from research-active experts in a range of management areas.

Management development is a term used to cover a wide range of learning activity in organisations, driven by global competition and the increased pace of change in the environment. Essentially, its purpose is to enhance the capacity of organisations, and the people within them, to successfully execute tasks and achieve specific work outcomes through effective leadership.

This MSc is for experienced graduates in management, or related areas, who are looking to enhance their subject knowledge and develop advanced research skills. The programme is particularly suitable if you are aspiring to a career with a significant focus on management and/or organisational development.

The programme will help you to develop and enhance your skills in management, reflect on your own practice and gain an excellent understanding of how creating direction and vision through communication, motivation and inspiration can aid the growth, success and sustainability of an organisation.

Location: Edge Hill University
UKPASS: P052053
Course Type: Masters Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
2 years: Part Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a management or social sciences related discipline.

In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree with demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion.

How do I apply?

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What will I study?

A number of pathways are available on this MSc, allowing you to specialise in leadership and management development, third sector management or international management.

Modules common to all pathways cover topics such as business planning and financial resource allocation, the nature of leadership and management roles, the impact and influence of development interventions on the individual and organisation, and the relationship between strategy, organisational and national cultures.

You can tailor the MSc to explore the economic and social challenges facing modern organisations and consider the trends and development in management across different sectors. Alternatively, you can assess the impact of international politics and the need for a global perspective on management, or analyse the decision-making process within third sector governance and undertake a period of work-based learning.

Whichever pathway you choose, you will be introduced to a wide range of research methods and the methodologies applicable to management research as well as being supervised and supported through both conducting research and writing a dissertation.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through a hybrid approach that makes use of group sessions and one-to-one meetings. The modules may be delivered weekly, in block sessions, or by some other appropriate arrangements such as audio/video conferencing or online discussions as appropriate.

Who will be teaching me?

This MSc is taught by highly motivated and experienced academics specialising in different areas of management research. All members of the programme team are active researchers engaged with projects at national and international level.

Some seminars will be delivered by external guest speakers from academia and industry. You will also be invited to attend a series of research seminars organised by the department and have the opportunity to present your own work within a supportive and nurturing environment.

How will I be assessed?

Most modules are assessed through essays and other written research projects. The dissertation/research project is predominately assessed based on a 25,000-word written thesis.

What are my career prospects?

Commercial, third sector and public sector management require professionals with in-depth knowledge of their subject area.

An MSc in Leadership and Management Development qualification could be a crucial step towards a career in areas such as general management, organisational development or consultancy.

The skills and experience acquired throughout the programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.

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A Great Study Environment

The stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Business School and Department of Law and Criminology.

The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £26 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our 2015/16 Money Matters guide at

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many postgraduate study fairs taking place across the UK and Ireland.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:

  • Dr Penny West, Edge Hill Business School, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
  • Tel: 01695 657654
  • Email:

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BUS4520 Leadership and Management Learning (20 credits) explores the nature of leadership and management roles and the impact and influence of development interventions on the individual and organisation.

BUS4521 Strategy, Culture and Change (20 credits) explores the relationship between strategy, organisational and national cultures. The module considers how internal and external change might impact upon the planning process within organisations.

BUS4522 Organisational Research (20 credits) aims to develop skills in research methodologies and techniques that are specifically appropriate for undertaking, analysing and writing up academic research in the form of a dissertation or practitioner/consultancy research.

BUS4523 Business Planning and Finance (20 credits) examines business planning and financial resource allocation. The module explores a range of different models and sets of practices. It will encourage a critical approach which is designed to enable you to distinguish between these different models and their application to a range of private, public and third sector organisations.

BUS4519 Dissertation (60 credits) requires you to undertake a piece of independent research based upon, or linked to, a specific issue or topic related to an organisational or management development that has been identified during the programme.

You will study two additional modules from your chosen pathway.

Leadership and Management Development Pathway

BUS4524 Management in the 21st Century (20 credits) explores the challenges and issues facing organisations. The module considers the alternative economic and social structures that are applicable throughout the world and how these differences conflict with and collude with the development of the global economy.

BUS4525 Collaboration Across Boundaries in Management (20 credits) invites you to reflect upon your practice and your experience of working across organisational silos or departments, then using those reflections to identify trends and developments in management and leadership learning across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Third Sector Pathway

BUS4526 Third Sector Governance: Policy, Practice and Challenge (20 credits) requires you to analyse and identity the decision making process (both formal and informal) within an organisation of your choosing. Furthermore, you are asked to reflect critically upon accountability and regulation within this specific agency.

BUS4527 Work-based Learning (20 credits) allows you to undertake a period of activity in a host organisation with the aim of completing an agreed piece of research/project.

International Pathway

BUS4528 Global Civil Society (20 credits) examines the growing and changing roles of non-governmental actors in international politics and how global civil society interacts with the state and market in comparative perspectives.

BUS4529 International Development Management (20 credits) has been developed in conjunction with senior managers in the voluntary, community and third sector. The module considers the need for managers who have international exposure in the wake of intensified globalisation.

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