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Leadership in Professional Contexts MSc, PgCert, PgDip

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Are you looking for a promotion or a change of direction and are you working for a department such as Education, Social Services, Nursing or other care and the Police? If you are determined to get into management within the public sector perhaps you could consider advanced training to help you get there. Leadership in Professional Contexts allows you the time to explore understanding of leadership as a set of skills and knowledge to boost practical application at work.

You critically reflect your own practise and work towards a range of professional standards within leadership.  The programme gives you insight into leading from the middle, effective school improvement, professional development, strategic planning, management and leadership, financial planning and leadership and the law. It is a very comprehensive programme to give you the confidence to make evidence based decisions and use your training to make the best possible choices within your career.

You learn leadership in light of wide ranging changes to social, economic and government conditions and policies to extend knowledge of leadership and management theory. You enhance skills in professional settings such as education, social services, nursing, caring agencies and policies inform professional debates. The programme allows you to fit study around your existing commitments as it is delivered online via the online learning platform.


You may already be a leader who needs some extra skills and knowledge or you may be an aspiring leader requiring the skills and confidence to progress in your career. Graduates come from a broad range of backgrounds and equally go into wide ranging careers. The skills, theory and application you learn will propel you to become a confident leader.

Courses listed for the programme

Compulsory Courses 36 months MSc

  • Exploring Leadership
  • Work- Based Project /Dissertation


  • Leading and Managing from the Middle
  • Action Research Project
  • Mentoring in Professional Contexts
  • Leading Effective School Improvement
  • Leading Professional Development
  • Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Leading Change
  • Strategic Planning, Management and Leadership in Professional Organisations
  • Financial Planning, Management and Leadership in Professional Organisations
  • School Leadership and the Law

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You gain first hand knowledge and experience within a range of settings such as education, social services, fire and rescue, nursing, healthcare, caring agencies, police and security, and other public sector organisations 

Where you study

  • Online
  • Part Time
  • September or January
  • 12 months or 24 months or 36 months

International Student Fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.



Entry Requirements and Study Support

Online Facilities

Campus Facilities

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