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The programme introduces students to advanced management concepts through a combination of core foundation subjects before selecting one of four specialist pathways. Read more
The programme introduces students to advanced management concepts through a combination of core foundation subjects before selecting one of four specialist pathways. Students also have the opportunity to choose a mixed pathway route, tailoring the course to their requirements. The programme is structured into three components; six core foundation subjects (60 credits), one of four specialist pathways (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The MSc Management programme is assessed by individual coursework, group coursework, and examinations.

Coursework can take the form of short essays, extended essays, reports and presentations, through which students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Taught modules contribute two thirds of the overall degree (120 credits). The final assessment is the 60 credit dissertation (10,000 – 12,000 words), where students conduct their own research aligned to their pathway under the guidance of a supervisor.

Students undertaking the Entrepreneurship & Innovation pathway will also have the opportunity to explore starting-up their own business.

For those without a business, management or economics background please also see our MSc International Business programme.

Specialist pathways:

To apply and start studying the core Management MSc or other specialist pathway, please visit the programme pages;

Management MSc
Management: Operations MSc
Management: Organisational Leadership & Change MSc
Management: Strategy MSc
Qualifications

Qualification titles reflect the chosen specialist pathway:

MSc Management: Strategy

MSc Management: Operations

MSc Management: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MSc Management: Organisational Leadership and Change

Students will also have the option to study a mixed pathway, graduating with an 'MSc Management'.

About the Birmingham Business School

At Birmingham Business School we deliver world-class research and teaching that provides the; insight, ambition and skills to shape advanced and sustainable business strategies. We put people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

Consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group of global business schools.

Birmingham Business School is already globally renowned for the quality of our research and teaching. With students representing over 60 countries currently studying at our main campus, our courses being taught in a range of international business schools, and an international faculty and global alumni community of around 23,000 graduates, we have a global footprint that ensures worldwide impact.

Our dedication to providing our students with a rich educational experience within our Business School has led to increased investment in our career services and corporate relations programme. This will further enhance the already excellent career prospects of our graduates, with additional opportunities for project work and internships with leading global businesses.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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To register interest and for more information on the programme, please contact Dr Christine Oliver [email protected] m +44 (0)7803 987940 or Dr Martin Miksits [email protected] m +43 (0)660 4444009. Read more
To register interest and for more information on the programme, please contact Dr Christine Oliver m +44 (0)7803 987940 or Dr Martin Miksits m +43 (0)660 4444009.

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Course Summary

The different ways in which systemic leadership and consulting practices respond to organisational challenges and personal, relational and development issues is a key element of this course, which will help you develop insights into systemic organisational practice and theory.

Developed for corporate and business leaders in health or care settings, social and community workers, religious leaders and other professionals, it will enable you to take a step-change in your leadership practice.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study how different paradigms influence ways of leading, consulting, coaching, organising and managing change and development in organisations
- Explore current research and advanced scholarship in systemic and related fields, including a range of theoretical frameworks and approaches in relation to systemic practice and research methodologies
- Develop systemic coaching and consultation techniques so that you can ethically engage with, explore and expand possibilities for communication and action in an organisational context
- Gain reflexive leadership skills so you can observe, discuss, critique and draw learning from your own practice, with a particular focus on issues surrounding power, diversity and social difference
- Benefit from the creative use of a range of inquiry techniques in leadership and consulting situations in ways that serve to ethically intervene in unfolding possibilities in organisations.

Why choose this course?

This course on systemic leadership and organisational development is distinctive in its approach to learning, the transformational experience it offers, the development of practical skills and its ethos. To point to some of these features more specifically the course offers:

Comprehensive and practical systemic frameworks that help you to orientate in complex organisational situations and work effectively and ethically as leader or consultant from within such situations.

Development of relational sensibilities and skills in listening and talking with others in ways that invite understanding, orientation, direction and commitment.

An opportunity to make practical ethical contributions to your organisation whilst you are studying, and in the process developing your role and position in relation to others.

A transformational experience that changes your way of making sense of your organisational `reality and your contribution from within it. The course is likely to also change your sense of professional identity and agency in the world.

Development of scholarship in systemic social constructionist approaches which are increasingly recognised as contributing to cutting edge thinking and practising in the field of organisation studies and development.

An opportunity to take stock of the resources and resourcefulness you bring to the course and build them into your learning practice and experience.

Career Management Skills

The course helps your employability and career management in developing your abilities:

to account for your practice as leader or consultant facilitating the development of organisations and the achievement of objectives
to engage with and make sense of a job opportunity from a wider contextual awareness and mindfulness of the organisation as whole.
to engage with the emergent possibilities rather than only the set properties of a particular job or position
to use your reflective skills to account for your own practice, abilities and experience and how these contribute to developments in coherent and compelling ways.

Career/Further study opportunities

As participants on this course come from diverse backgrounds and experiences it is impossible to point to specific career moves. However the course is likely to be instrumental unlocking career opportunities in several ways:

The course develops you as relational leader who participates with agency and relational responsiveness in your emerging organisation. It will equip you to facilitate and co-create meaning making in your organisation but also to critically reflect on current organisational practice and promote ethical practice. This includes making sense of the organisation as a whole and in your every day practice acting with relational sensibility, poise and practical wisdom.

You will become an agent for change, development and organisational learning who contributes to your organisation or your clients organisation from different systemic consultancy positions, by becoming a reflexive learner yourself, by critically and appreciatively engaging in the process of organisational development and change, and by designing, facilitating and evaluating development interventions to achieve organisational aims.

You will form an identity as a systemic organisational research practitioner with your own research experience and contribution to ethical organisational practice through inquiry and a critical appreciation of different forms of inquiry as instrumental to the emergence of an organisation and the people in it. This will be paramount to taking responsibility for the design and conduct of further research and research programmes and the promotion of ethical organisational practice through forms of inquiry.

Possibilities for further study: Some graduates decide to expand and deepen their systemic insight and practice through a Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice. Other graduates may want to apply and amalgamate their systemic skills and insight in studying subject matters related to their field of practice e.g. human resource management, business or public administration, education, social work, project management and so on.

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The Defence Leadership MSc is designed to appeal to those interested in, or involved with, leadership. It's primary audience will be those with personal experience of leadership practice and who are keen to expand and improve their knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and practice. Read more

Course Description

The Defence Leadership MSc is designed to appeal to those interested in, or involved with, leadership. It's primary audience will be those with personal experience of leadership practice and who are keen to expand and improve their knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and practice. The scope of the MSc covers defence, the wider security sector and public services.

Course overview

The Defence Leadership MSc is a three year part time executive MSc made up of 13 taught three day modules delivered in 7 schools, 3 schools in years one and two. Module 13 (Research Methods) is at the beginning of year three as a precursor to the research based dissertation which completes the schedule of study.

Upon completion of the MSc you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the variety of approaches to leadership
- Be aware of, and develop a critical understanding of, the nature of their own leadership
- Describe the causes of leadership success and failure
- Plan and lead successful organisational change
- Have the practical knowledge and skills to be able to analyse widely different contexts and situations
- Develop leadership in others
- Develop a critical analysis of contemporary leadership theory and practice have the knowledge and skills to understand and shape the development of leadership in war, conflict and crisis situations
- Design and conduct a research project to address pertinent organisational issues in leadership studies
- Develop an area of specialisation through the conduct of an in-depth investigation
- Critically appraise and apply leadership studies ideas, theories and concepts to a specific organisational context
- Develop a critical analysis of the research methods and philosophies that underpin leadership studies.

Modules

Core:
- Introductory Studies & Critical Thinking
- Leadership Studies - Classical and Modern
- Strategic Management in Defence
- The Psychology of Leadership
- Defence Sector and Organisational Behaviour
- DL Programme and Project Management
- Leading Change and Innovation
- National Security: Resilience and Crisis
- Global Security: Culture and Complexity
- Global Security: Emerging Challenges
- Leadership Development in Defence
- Contemporary Defence Leadership Studies

Individual Project

A 20,000 word research-based project selected by you and focused on an aspect of leadership.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessments including assignments and exams.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to a thorough understanding of defence leadership in its widest setting, within and beyond the defence sector in theory and in practice.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/defence-leadership.html

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The different ways in which systemic leadership and consulting practices respond to organisational challenges and personal, relational and development issues is a key element of this course, which will help you develop insights into systemic organisational practice and theory. Read more
The different ways in which systemic leadership and consulting practices respond to organisational challenges and personal, relational and development issues is a key element of this course, which will help you develop insights into systemic organisational practice and theory.

Developed for corporate and business leaders in health or care settings, social and community workers, religious leaders and other professionals, it will enable you to take a step-change in your leadership practice.

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study how different paradigms influence ways of leading, consulting, coaching, organising and managing change and development in organisations
• Explore current research and advanced scholarship in systemic and related fields, including a range of theoretical frameworks and approaches in relation to systemic practice and research methodologies
• Develop systemic coaching and consultation techniques so that you can ethically engage with, explore and expand possibilities for communication and action in an organisational context
• Gain reflexive leadership skills so you can observe, discuss, critique and draw learning from your own practice, with a particular focus on issues surrounding power, diversity and social difference
• Benefit from the creative use of a range of inquiry techniques in leadership and consulting situations in ways that serve to ethically intervene in unfolding possibilities in organisations.

Course detail

This course on systemic leadership and organisational development is distinctive in its approach to learning, the transformational experience it offers, the development of practical skills and its ethos. To point to some of these features more specifically the course offers:

• Comprehensive and practical systemic frameworks that help you to orientate in complex organisational situations and work effectively and ethically as leader or consultant from within such situations.

• Development of relational sensibilities and skills in listening and talking with others in ways that invite understanding, orientation, direction and commitment.

• An opportunity to make practical ethical contributions to your organisation whilst you are studying, and in the process developing your role and position in relation to others.

• A transformational experience that changes your way of making sense of your organisational `reality and your contribution from within it. The course is likely to also change your sense of professional identity and agency in the world.

• Development of scholarship in systemic social constructionist approaches which are increasingly recognised as contributing to cutting edge thinking and practising in the field of organisation studies and development.

• An opportunity to take stock of the resources and resourcefulness you bring to the course and build them into your learning practice and experience.

Modules

• Designing, Facilitating And Sustaining Systemic Organisational Development (ASS054-6) Compulsory
• Dissertation In Systemic Organisational Practice (ASS056-6) Compulsory
• Systemic Leadership And Organisational Development - Principles And Applications (ASS051-6) Compulsory
• Systemic Research Methods: Positions, Actions And Interventions (ASS055-6) Compulsory
• The Leader And Consultant As Systemic Coach (ASS052-6) Compulsory
• The Reflexive Leader/Consultant Within Organisational Complexity (ASS053-6) Compulsory

Assessment

Central to the learning on the course are assignments for systemic practice which relate directly to the content focus of the respective units. Assignments provide you with a structure to make your learning relevant to your work place, using systemic approaches to make sense of situations, engaging with or collaborating with others, supporting others, facilitating developments and so forth. The course structure facilitates you in the development of your assignments through teaching, practice and formative exercises and tutorials.

Assignments create possibilities to learn from action and reflection and provide the opportunity for valuable feedback for your learning. You will account for assignments in seminar papers, presentations or performances that explore how the assignment connects to the course unit, how systemic practice and theory have been applied, provide insight into the specific practice, explore the developments that emerge from it and the learning it creates.

Assessments of seminar papers and presentations provide an opportunity to consolidate and share learning from the course and practice and provide another level of feedback, reflection and discussion on practice learning.

Careers

The course helps your employability and career management in developing your abilities:

• to account for your practice as leader or consultant facilitating the development of organisations and the achievement of objectives
• to engage with and make sense of a job opportunity from a wider contextual awareness and mindfulness of the organisation as whole.
• to engage with the emergent possibilities rather than only the set properties of a particular job or position
• to use your reflective skills to account for your own practice, abilities and experience and how these contribute to developments in coherent and compelling ways.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The Henley MA Leadership has been developed following extensive research at Henley Business School into the leadership and leadership development challenges faced by today’s leaders and managers. It has a flexible approach and you can choose to take 1 stage, 2 stages or the full Master’s programme. Read more

The Henley MA Leadership has been developed following extensive research at Henley Business School into the leadership and leadership development challenges faced by today’s leaders and managers. It has a flexible approach and you can choose to take 1 stage, 2 stages or the full Master’s programme.

Stage 1 – Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership 

Stage 2 – Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership 

Stage 3 – MA Leadership

The programme has involved significant collaboration and consultation with a wide range of leaders from small and large corporate organisations, the public sector, government departments, social enterprises, as well as leadership development specialists known as the Henley MA Leadership Advisory Group. 

This has resulted in a Masters-level programme based on best practice leadership development, and draws on Henley’s heritage and reputation for an pragmatic in-depth approach to developing practising managers and leaders, through peer group learning, work-based practice and reflection. 

The Henley MA Leadership is a flexible part-time programme that fits with your life and working commitments and is designed for anyone currently in either a leadership role or managerial role with significant leadership responsibilities.

The Henley MA Leadership offers real, tangible opportunities to put leadership knowledge into practice, with particular attention to ethical, responsible and purposeful leadership, supported by a team of faculty with practical experience of current organisational challenges.

Master the art of leadership

Discover and become the leader you’ve always aspired to be – a leader who is analytical, self-knowing and with a strong sense of responsibility. A leader who understands how to make individuals and teams thrive – and with the confidence to develop leadership in others and take your organisation forward.

Course structure

This programme has a blended design, with a combination of face-to-face workshops supported by facilitated on-line activities and self-study between sessions. All workshops include a mix of teaching, interactive group activities and action learning sets, supported by personal tutors and coaches. These workshops are delivered by our highly experienced faculty team. 

Most modules are compulsory , but both Stage 1 and Stage 2 include one module where there are elective choices, to provide the opportunity for programme members to engage in deeper study of specific topics and contexts personal to them but within the overall subject area.

Elective Modules – Options

This programme currently offers the following elective module options:

  • Project Leadership & Strategy Implementation
  • Leadership of Complexity & Change
  • Leadership for Mobilising and Maintaining Energy
  • Coaching & Mentoring for Leaders
  • Facilitation for Leaders
  • Assesment of Prior Experiential Learning*

The options offered for electives may vary and will be updated as required.

* If you have previously attended other Henley Business School leadership development programmes, or equivalent, you can choose the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning elective in Stage 1. You are required to produce a 3,000 word written summary of your prior experiences for assessment, to be submitted before the deadline for the Stage 1 elective.



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In the current climate there are structural and political pressures to improve educational performance and opportunities within educational institutions and with this the quality of leadership comes under scrutiny. Read more

In the current climate there are structural and political pressures to improve educational performance and opportunities within educational institutions and with this the quality of leadership comes under scrutiny. This MSc recognises that a high-quality educational system depends on leaders from all walks of life and all types of positions, regardless of title. It is intended, therefore, to provide leadership development for people who work in all manner of roles in the educational system: classroom teachers, formal school leaders, local authority personnel, policymakers, and any individual with a direct interest in the primary and post-primary school sectors.

The programme aspires to equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and creative capacity to respond to a variety of leadership challenges faced in contemporary educational institutions. We will challenge traditional notions of 'leaders' and 'leadership' pointing to new, more collaborative and more organic models of leading.

It is expected that graduates will be able to inform their professional practice with the latest research evidence in the field to nurture meaningful relationships in educational communities, address issues of equity and diversity, support teaching and learning, and ultimately ensure quality outcomes which are tailored to contextual needs. We seek to develop in students the ability to critique current leadership practices and to enact changes that will improve education for all.

Why Educational Leadership at Queen's?

◦As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;

◦Education at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);

◦We provide a CPD opportunity for teachers and other educational professionals who work, or aspire to work, in a leadership capacity at different levels within their organisations;

◦We seek to develop in students the ability to critique current leadership practices and to enact changes that will improve education for all;

◦The content is delivered in a mixture of face-to-face and online formats (blended learning) creating flexibility for part-time working students, while providing for a range of learning styles.

◦Belfast is a growing cosmopolitan city, offering a good quality of life and one of the lowest costs of living in the UK; this makes it an attractive destination for EU/international applicants who want to undertake full-time study.

◦If you don’t want, or need, to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit awards are available (PG Diploma/ PG Certificate);

◦You may also undertake individual course modules without completing a full degree.

Programme Structure and Modules

Core Modules (all 20 CATS points):

An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)

This module will provide you with an understanding of differing perspectives that underpin quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is required preparation for your dissertation.

Leadership for Change (compulsory)

You will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of change in complex educational environments. Topics covered include: the nature and types of change; the process of organisational change covering phases from inception to institutionalisation; factors affecting the success of change at different levels; creativity and change; resistance to change; and the subtle ways in which culture influences the implementation of reform. Attention is paid to the role of different stakeholders in the school change process and on developing constructive dialogue for change by shifting the focus from the identification of problems to exploring possibilities.

Leadership Theory and Practice: an Overview (compulsory)

This compulsory module introduces leadership and organisational theories as they pertain to education. You are expected to develop understanding of the complex nature of leadership in educational institutions and appreciate the idea that ‘good leadership’ is always contingent upon the situation and context. Leadership practice is examined through different thematic lenses such as: human motivation theories; social systems theory; the concept of emotional intelligence; organisational culture and politics; partnership and collaboration; as well as equity and ethics.

School Effectiveness and School Improvement (compulsory)

We will examine current debates on what constitutes an effective school, the factors affecting school outcomes, and the implications for those assuming leadership roles. Attention is paid to the impact of inter- and intra-school collaboration on educational outcomes and the challenges posed by existing competitive structures internationally. You will learn how to use data critically in measuring school effectiveness and planning for improvement. We will look into how such data can be used to challenge inequities and promote a socially just education.

Two optional modules may be chosen from the Educational Studies (MEd) programme.

Assessment

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework, which includes written assignments and group presentation projects.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found this degree beneficial for developing leadership practice in their workplace. Others have found it beneficial in gaining employment or promotion. Some progress to Doctoral-level studies and research.



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​This is an exciting, contemporary programme targeted a professionals and practitioners working in the sport and leisure industry who are seeking new opportunities. Read more

Course Overview

​This is an exciting, contemporary programme targeted a professionals and practitioners working in the sport and leisure industry who are seeking new opportunities. The programme is equally attractive to recent graduates seeking to develop their knowledge and employment potential as well as international students who wish to study at Wales's premier university for sport.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.

*Please note. This programme will undergo periodic review in March 2016. As such, module and pathway information may change. Refer back to this course page for the most up-to-date information at that point.​​​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Sport-Management-and-Leadership.aspx

​Course Content​​

Drawing on management and leadership perspectives, the programme critically examines the sport and leisure industry, its environment ad current challenges. There is a clear focus on applied and experiential learning. This is achieved by drawing extensively on sports organisations operating across all sectors of the industry and on using external speakers who are experts in their field to bring real life issues and challenges into the classroom. A high quality experience is provided with teaching undertaken in small groups and an emphasis on interaction and group work.

All students study five core modules which embrace key management and leadership topics as well as research skills and developing a personal leadership plan. There is one option module and students can decide whether to undertake this or an alternative independent piece of work. Completion of the MA requires students to undertake a sustained project either a traditional dissertation or a Final Project. The 'live' Final Project is a further unique feature available to those with appropriate experience.

Core Modules:
- Principles for Management and Leadership (20 credits): This is an introductory module that considers three principal themes: 1) management and leadership principles, 2) Overview of sport and sport policy in the UK, 3) governance arrangements for modern sports organisations.

- Leadership and Entrepreneurship (20 credits): This module focuses on developing an understanding of what leadership and entrepreneurship is and draws extensively on the experience of leaders working in sport and / or related fields.

- Organisational Strategy (20 credits): This introduces the concept of strategy and analyses the external and internal environment. Other features of the module include: marketing and brand management as a way of positioning an organisation; organisational change; stakeholders; culture and politics.

- Personal Skill and Leadership Development (20 credits): This module aims to focus on you as the student learner, your ability to be a reflective practitioner and identify your personal/professional needs. It also focuses on peer mentoring which has direct relevance to the cohort working together.

- Research Skills for Management and Leadership (20 credits): This module aims to hone students' understanding of research. It focuses on developing critical awareness and reading skills. It also considers the role of research as relevant to modern organisations.

Option Module:
Students have the choice of:
- Improving Business Performance (20 credits): This module develops a critical understanding of why organisations must consider organisational performance and what tools there are to assist in this process. Students are challenged to look at their own organisation and develop a critical approach to developing performance;

- Independent Choice (20 credits): This module provides students with the option of studying an area of particular interest. This may relate specifically to the sport environment (disability, community development, partnership) or it may relate specifically to a management/leadership subject area (finance, marketing, IT, etc).

On successful completion of the taught modules (above) students may undertake the Final Project (equivalent of 3 modules / 60 credits) that leads to the award of MA: Sport Management and Leadership.​​

Assessment

Assessment varies from essays to presentations and plans with students critically evaluating and reflecting on specific issues. The contact teaching time for each 20 credit module is four days with some additional days allocated for induction and presentations.

Employability & Careers​

The programme is directed towards employability both in terms of developing and enhancing the careers of those already working in the sport sector and preparing immediate graduates and those seeking a change in their career to be competitive in the employment market. There is an emphasis on developing personal management and leadership skills and we encourage students to work together to develop and hone these.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. Read more
This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. The concept of leadership is treated as problematic and examined as it applies to pupils, teachers and support staff as well as those with formal leadership responsibilities. The route is underpinned by the values and principles of "Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network" these beliefs include a democratic concept of leadership rather than a hierarchical one, and a view of learning as a shared enterprise crossing the traditional divisions between 'teachers' and 'learners'.

The route is aimed at a wide audience including practitioners studying part-time as well as full time students. It is of relevance and interest to teachers, middle leaders, headteachers/principals, advisers and others as well as to graduate students interested in the area of leadership and school improvement. We draw on participants' experiences, and students pursue their particular interest by undertaking an individual empirical research project.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpels

Course detail

The overall aims of this specialist route are to enable participants to develop:

- An advanced knowledge and understanding of educational leadership and school improvement
- A set of skills for analysing educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices
- The ability to bring together theoretical perspectives on educational leadership and school improvement and apply an informed critique of their inter-relationship
- The ability to contribute to informed development of policy and practice in educational contexts
- Familiarity with a range of frameworks for understanding pupil, professional and organisational learning

The route content is covered through eight interrelated themes:

1. Leadership for Learning
2. Policy, Structures and Change
3. School Effectiveness and School Improvement
4. Issues and Dilemmas
5. Perspectives on Leadership
6. Perspectives on Learning
7. Schools, Cultures and Communities
8. Education Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Educational Leadership and School Improvment route, students are expected to be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literature and concepts relating to educational leadership, school improvement, and learning; 
- show abilities in the critical analysis of educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices; 
- apply knowledge and understanding of educational research to plan and implement enquiry into an issue related to the route; 
- communicate the outcomes of their study and research through extended writing conforming to stipulated academic expectations and conventions.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Educational Leadership and School Improvement' thematic route. Teaching time is split between both elements, with 32 hours of teaching being provided in research methods and 64 hours in the thematic route. The elements are taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term). At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.

Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. Read more
This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. The concept of leadership is treated as problematic and examined as it applies to pupils, teachers and support staff as well as those with formal leadership responsibilities. The route is underpinned by the values and principles of "Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network" these beliefs include a democratic concept of leadership rather than a hierarchical one, and a view of learning as a shared enterprise crossing the traditional divisions between 'teachers' and 'learners'.

The route is aimed at a wide audience including practitioners studying part-time as well as full time students. It is of relevance and interest to teachers, middle leaders, headteachers/principals, advisers and others as well as to graduate students interested in the area of leadership and school improvement. We draw on participants' experiences, and students pursue their particular interest by undertaking an individual empirical research project.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmeels

Course detail

The overall aims of this specialist route are to enable participants to develop:

- An advanced knowledge and understanding of educational leadership and school improvement
- A set of skills for analysing educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices
- The ability to bring together theoretical perspectives on educational leadership and school improvement and apply an informed critique of their inter-relationship
- The ability to contribute to informed development of policy and practice in educational contexts
- Familiarity with a range of frameworks for understanding pupil, professional and organisational learning

The route content is covered through eight interrelated themes:

1. Leadership for Learning
2. Policy, Structures and Change
3. School Effectiveness and School Improvement
4. Issues and Dilemmas
5. Perspectives on Leadership
6. Perspectives on Learning
7. Schools, Cultures and Communities
8. Education Evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Educational Leadership and School Improvment route, students are expected to be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literature and concepts relating to educational leadership, school improvement, and learning; 
- show abilities in the critical analysis of educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices; 
- apply knowledge and understanding of educational research to plan and implement enquiry into an issue related to the route; 
- communicate the outcomes of their study and research through extended writing conforming to stipulated academic expectations and conventions.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Educational Leadership and School Improvement' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MEd in Education to PhD or Ed D are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Read more

If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Organisational psychologists are experts in aiding organisational effectiveness by improving the well-being of their employees. During your MAppPsy(Org), you'll learn how to carry out applied organisational research. This research relates to areas like job or competency analyses and surveys. You'll learn how to evaluate organisational and human resource (personnel) interventions.

Throughout your studies, you'll become familiar with how organisational psychology initiatives relate to an organisation's wider goals. You'll develop your ability to analyse and to carry out library research effectively. You'll refine your skills in presenting proposals and reports, both in writing and orally.

At Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your studies. You'll undertake projects in different organisations and you'll be able to join a professional network site called IO-net.

Waikato MAppPsy(Org) students learn from experts in the field of organisational psychology – Professor Michael O’Driscoll and Dr Maree Roche.

Course structure

Students in the MAppPsy(Org) must pass the equivalent of 240 points, including a 90-point thesis in their second year.

The remaining points come from the compulsory taught papers in Organisational Psychology and from other elective papers chosen in consultation with the Convenor of the Organisational Psychology programme.

Up to 120 points of the MAppPsy(Org) may be waived for students who have already completed four-year degrees (for example, an honours degree or other four-year undergraduate degree) provided that:

No required papers are waived, unless the student has already taken these papers (or equivalent papers) in their fourth year of study, and at least 195 of the 240 points must have been in psychology papers.

Core Papers

  • LBST531 (15 points) Advanced Employment Relations 1: The Employment Relations Framework
  • or 
  • LBST532 (15 points) Advanced Employment Relations 2: Current Policies and Practices
  • PSYC539 (15 points) Graduate Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC571 (15 points) Psychology of Careers
  • PSYC572 (15 points) Personnel Selection
  • PSYC573 (15 points) Training and Development
  • PSYC579 (15 points) Advances in Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC585 (15 points) Leading Organisation Development

Elective courses are typically a selection from the areas of Psychology, Labour Studies, Human Resource Management or Strategic Management.

Career opportunities

Where might your MAppPsy(Org) take you? Organisational psychologists work in staff selection and performance evaluation. They work in training, motivation and work attitudes. You might also use your skills to help with occupational stress and burnout. Organisations may employ you to work with leadership, organisational culture and organisation development strategies.



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Every February, May, August and November. Aspiring leaders often look to role models for guidance, but for many, due to the weak examples available to them in their workplace or wider society, leadership remains an illusory concept. Read more

Start Dates

Every February, May, August and November.

Course Description

Aspiring leaders often look to role models for guidance, but for many, due to the weak examples available to them in their workplace or wider society, leadership remains an illusory concept. Unfortunately all too often we are left to wonder where have all the good leaders gone?

Many candidates for leadership roles feel that they have the personal characteristics and skills necessary to be a great leader. What, then, can be done to address our negative experience of leaders and what can each of us do to ensure we perform leadership roles to the best of our ability? This course run by our School of Management aims to address these points.

The aims and objectives of the course are to:

-Explore how leadership theory and leadership studies have developed over the last century, describing various views on leadership styles, the styles themselves and how they might or should vary.
-Critique what we know about power, influence, motivation and the way in which leadership is constructed between leaders and followers.
-Demonstrate the importance of vision in the leadership process and how leadership differs at strategic (or senior) organisational levels when compared with team leadership at the coal face of an organisation.
-Develop a plan for how you might practically begin (or continue) your personal journey of developing your own leadership effectiveness (developing knowledge, skills and attitudes) through reading, watching, talking and of course doing!

This course will provide you with a clear idea of what leadership is and what it involves. You will have the valuable opportunity to develop a useful, practical framework for understanding what effective leaders actually do. You will learn how to balance the priorities of achieving results, effectively building team cohesion and developing and motivating the individuals within your team. You will also explore how leaders can secure sustained performance by bringing out the best in their people.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

How will the course be taught?

This is a 12 week course delivered solely online using engaging audio-visual based teaching methods in addition to selected case studies. The course will be moderated by a leading practitioner on leadership, who will share their experiences and insights with the group. In addition to all of this, the course provides you with full access to the extensive library provision offered at the University of Leicester.

The course is assessed by a practice based assignment. In addtion to the development of key skills and acquiring new knowledge, successfully completing the course will provide you with 15 Master's level credits of study and a Confirmation of Completion.

For further information, including course structure, please visit the University of Leicester website.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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The master’s degree programme is grounded in four core premises. 1. Sustainability requires new forms of organising, especially when it comes to project-based organisations involving diverse stakeholders. Read more

What is Leadership for Sustainability about?

The master’s degree programme is grounded in four core premises:

1. Sustainability requires new forms of organising, especially when it comes to project-based organisations involving diverse stakeholders.
2. Organising and leading sustainability requires new and diverse leading and organising skills, understanding and knowledge for managers and leaders of sustainable projects.
3. Organising and leading sustainability requires a new way of thinking sustainability within and between organisations. Current research on social entrepreneurship and social innovation can reveal new methods and strategies with regards to this.
4. Methodological and methodical knowledge and understanding are needed to enable leaders to make sustainable decisions.

Based on these four premises, the programme bridges together the fields of organisation theory, leadership, project management, social innovation and social entrepreneurship so that together new ways of organising and leading sustainability can be created. This will enable students to rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.
[[What makes Leadership for Sustainability unique? ]]
In this programme students are taught to reflect upon organisational and leadership challenges linked to organisational development and sustainability. This programme provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.

This master's programme is also focused on action and doing via diverse projects and even via the thesis work. This is a way to develop students’ professional, conceptual and human skills so that as for example future sustainable leaders and social entrepreneurs, they will drive sustainable changes and have the capacity to make informed decisions about organisational and leadership issues in the management of sustainable organisations and projects.

Finally, embedded in this program is the idea that sustainability can be reached if individuals rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.

Teaching methods

TeachingLectures, seminars, and workshop enable interaction in small and large class. Group work is used to generate discussions about sustainability, especially while doing case studies. Study visits and guest lectures connect learning with practice. Individual papers, individual studies and the thesis work enable to focus and gain specific and in-depth knowledge to master the subject at hand.

What career will I be prepared for?

This programme lays a solid foundation for those seeking to work as key players in project management and organisational development environments, and where the broader issues of societal development are important. The skills acquired will be relevant for managers in local, national and international governmental bodies, the private and non-profit sector and in consultancy work.

The entrepreneurial content of the course is designed to stimulate and encourage students to initiate projects, businesses or organisations with the purpose of working towards sustainable development.

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Our leadership and management masters is a challenging and innovative course that has been designed for mid-senior managers looking to enhance their career prospects and refine their own individual qualities to become a leader in the workplace. Read more
Our leadership and management masters is a challenging and innovative course that has been designed for mid-senior managers looking to enhance their career prospects and refine their own individual qualities to become a leader in the workplace.

The course is made up of a number of creative and innovative modules which are designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of strategic and operational processes, and techniques associated with leadership activities within an organisation.

Ideal for individuals or organisations who want to tailor a programme of study to address particular development needs, the course makes it possible to gain credit and recognition for work-based projects or professional development activities whilst topping up your professional skills and managerial knowledge.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/793-msc-leadership-and-management

What you will study

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.

Modules of study include:

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

- Strategic Leadership
This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of leading/managing for high performance.

- Global & Strategic Issues in Leadership & Management
You will explore how modern leaders and managers need to have some understanding of global and strategic issues.

- Understanding & 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 dissertation.

- Coaching for Executive Leadership & 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.

- Dissertation
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.

Learning and teaching methods

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 3 day weekend blocks over two weekends on a Saturday/Sunday.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

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.

Assessment methods

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.

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The Master of Design in Social Innovation applies the lens of design thinking to address some of society’s most intractable social, environmental and economic challenges. Read more
The Master of Design in Social Innovation applies the lens of design thinking to address some of society’s most intractable social, environmental and economic challenges.

In the face of the promise of untold growth we are now confronted by a harsh reality: that in the second decade of the 21st century the traditional model of ‘business as usual’ is no longer viable. In applying a range of approaches to designing and prototyping social ventures and models of organisation, the MDes in Social Innovation will equip you with a practice-based approach to embedding innovation in the area of sustainability, community resilience, corporate social responsibility, venture philanthropy and organisational agility. Working with a cross- disciplinary team of professionals, the course will allow you to learn about radical ideas, evolve these ideas and test them in a ‘lived’ organisational environment.

The MDes Social Innovation will demonstrate that many of the most successful designs, innovations and innovators have learned to operate across the boundaries between disciplines, sectors, organisations and traditional services.

The course will develop your ideas and skills in people-centred and organisational leadership as a way of transforming the way that public, private and not-for-profit services are shaped using design thinking methodologies.

At its heart lie three design principles:

1. an holistic approach - the need to approach innovation from a ‘holistic’ point of view, drawing on its potential impact in terms of people, technology, the environment, psychological and emotional meaning and long-term sustainability

2. a core intent - the potential to develop a ‘core intent’
and value proposition to organisational models to stimulate commercial and brand value through interaction, social value, collaboration and ideas generation

3. participatory and inclusive - the importance of developing social and environmental solutions ‘with’ and ‘by’ key stakeholders, customers/markets etc. and not simply ‘to’ and ‘for’ people.

Course aims

- To understand the role of social innovation as a business discipline balancing both leadership roles in terms of innovation, the creation of vision and future directions and management roles in terms of using specific tools, methods and techniques.
- To approach leadership, organisational and enterprise development from the perspective of design thinking and creative innovation.

Study units

- Stage One
Developing a knowledge base and new reference points - introduces you to a range of theories and practices in the strategic use of design and innovation, with a particular focus on the method of design thinking in the global context and how it relates to social and environmental change and sustainability.

- Stage Two
Putting new learning into a professional context – develops the practical application of design thinking with a focus on innovation and industry-oriented professional practice based on design management. It also extends your innovation and leadership toolkit. The Studio Practice unit gives you the opportunity to take on a work placement or design research project which will inform your major project.

• Unit 4 Professional Practice in Management and Consulting • Unit 5 Strategic Design and Innovation
• Unit 6 Studio Practice

- Stage Three
Evaluating and advancing existing knowledge

• Unit 7 Major Project

Programme Aims for the Master of Design

The Master of Design programme aims to provide the opportunity for you to develop creative thinking and innovative strategies through an advanced understanding of the practical application of design thinking and design strategy to management and organisational leadership, in order to equip you with the knowledge and skills to apply your learning in a global context. In particular, this programme aims:

- To equip you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the contextual background to, and developments in design thinking and to reflect on that learning in order to advance your own practice and subject area and to innovate.

- To develop effective managers and leaders with effective design management skills who through creativity and global awareness are able to influence and create positive change in their organisations whether at an operational or a strategic level.

- To equip you with independent study skills that support research, practice and professional development and allow you to continue developing as life-long learners throughout their professional lives maintaining contact with emerging practice from a variety of fields.

- To provide a stimulating environment, which is supportive, flexible and collaborative and allows you to develop your potential.

- To develop a high level of professionalism and confidence to initiate and lead complex design projects involving diverse disciplines and business functions.

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The Masters’ in Professional Leadership and Management is an advanced programme of learning for professionals, managers and leaders working in public and community services who wish to develop their leadership capacities and strategic orientation. Read more
The Masters’ in Professional Leadership and Management is an advanced programme of learning for professionals, managers and leaders working in public and community services who wish to develop their leadership capacities and strategic orientation. It is intellectually rigorous, critically examining the relationship between relevant theory, traditions of professional practice and contexts of change and innovation.

Participants will explore the character of professionalism, the professions, challenges to the professions and ways in which – through knowledge and technology, organisational form and regulatory practices - the nature of professional practice is changing. A major and distinctive focus is upon inter-professionalism and both ‘the new governance’ and new ways of working which require inter-professional models of service. The programme examines leadership and management in (and for) these new contexts and the knowledge and skills required to perform what are changing and demanding professional leadership and management roles. It is expected that professionals from health, education and social work will be strongly represented and, so, mutual and shared learning among participants is a core aim of the programme.

Aims of the Programme
The aim of this course is to offer a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of leadership and management for the public service professions, by bringing together academic insight and research into the professions and public leadership and management with participant and tutor experience of the contexts and character of professional practice. Through this, the wider aim is to promote greater understanding among professionals of the challenges involved in leadership and management of public service organisations, and to stimulate improved practice.

The course therefore aims to:

1) Survey, review and analyse the changing public services context in which professional practice is set
2) Examine, assess and apply ideas of leadership and management in professional and inter-professional contexts
3) Develop participants’ personal awareness, confidence and skills in managing and leading professional practice
4) Develop reflective practice, professional skills and professionals’ ability to analyse, negotiate, and make defensible judgements in complex situations.

Course Structure and Content
The MPLM is a 2 year Part-Time Master’s programme which comprises: 4 core/compulsory modules (total 90 credits: 2 @ 30 credits and 2 @ 15 credits); a further 30 credits of module(s) to be taken as option(s); and a dissertation (60 credits).

Candidates for the Masters take four core/compulsory modules: The State, Professionalism and Inter-Professionalism; Leading and Managing in Multi-agency Settings; Management of Human Resources; and Research Methods. Through their choice of electives, students will be able EITHER to deepen their learning about interprofessional leadership and management OR to ‘specialise’ in the context, form and substance of leadership and management of professional practice in their chosen sector or professional area. The electives offer opportunities variously to pursue further:

a) key aspects of leadership and management, generally;
b) understandings of the public service contexts in which professionals work; or
c) subject knowledge related to complex professional practice.

The Dissertation will normally involve a research project within or related to the work setting, a work task or the student’s management/leadership role.

Assessment
The methods of assessment selected to test achievement of the learning outcomes are intended to provide:

a) a blend of formative and summative assessment, the former intended to support progress towards the learning outcomes
b) a blend of written work and other forms of submission/presentation, the latter intended to enable productive interchange among participants and to test the range of disciplines required of professional leaders and managers
c) a set of tasks that invite participants to address one of the key learning outcomes – that is, the application of theory or method to practice
d) a set of tasks that invite participants to draw on (share) experience and to reflect critically on that experience.

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