MSc Leadership and Management Development


Course Length:2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Business School
Location:Edge Hill University
  • 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.

In Depth

What will I study?

The programme covers topics including 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 will explore the economic and social challenges facing modern organisations and consider the trends and development in management across different sectors.

You will also 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.

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.

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.

A Great Study Environment

Students sat round a table participate in a group task and discussion during a seminar.A stunning £8m building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

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.


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BUS4519Dissertation (60 credits)

Dissertation requires you to undertake a piece of independent research based upon, or linked to, a specific topic or issue related to a relevant organisational or management development matter. You will provide a theoretical rationale for the dissertation, collect and organise research data, present it within a coherent, rigorous and analytical framework, and reach a well-argued and integrated conclusion.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS4520Leadership and Management Development (20 credits)

Leadership and Management Development explores the nature of leadership and management roles as well as the impact and influence of development interventions on the individual and the organisation. At the organisational level the module considers how far organisational culture and strategic change can be influenced by development interventions, thereby enabling organisations to deal more effectively with environmental uncertainty. At the individual level, the module evaluates the importance of the identification of development needs, as well as work-based and formal development interventions, for career development. You will consider leadership and management development in a range of organisations and enterprises and conduct an examination of contemporary trends in the area.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS4521Strategy, Culture and Change (20 credits)

Strategy, Culture and Change explores national culture and cultural difference and considers the relationship between strategy, culture and change. The module identifies how both external and internal change might impact upon the planning process within organisations and how organisational culture may be affected.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS4522Organisational Research (20 credits)

Organisational Research develops your skills and awareness 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. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methodologies and develop the necessary conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical skills necessary for management studies research.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS4523Business Planning and Finance (20 credits)

Business Planning and Finance examines business planning and financial resource allocation and explores a range of different models and sets of practices. The module will encourage a critical approach which will enable you to distinguish between these different models and their application to a range of private, public and third sector organisations. The planning and financial challenges created by inter-sectoral working will be a substantial focus of the module.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS4524Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)

Management in the 21st Century explores the challenging contemporary issues facing organisations in the 21st century. It considers the alternate economic and social structures that are applicable throughout the world and how these differences collude and conflict with the development of the global economy. The success of the free market ideology, the international movement of capital, globalisation and the emergence of developing economies will all be considered within the module, as will technological developments and the social, environmental and ethical challenges which organisations are facing.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS4525Collaboration Across Boundaries in Management (20 credits)

Collaboration Across Boundaries in Management invites you to reflect upon your practice and your experience of working across organisational silos or departments. You will be encouraged to use your reflections to identify trends and developments in management and leadership learning across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree (2:1 or above) 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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Career Prospects

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.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £30 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £600 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

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, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at


How to Apply

There is an online application process for this programme.

For academic year 2020/21 entry, you will need to apply using our own online application system rather than UCAS Postgraduate.

The online application form will be available from the end of October 2019. Visit for more information about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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