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Place Management and Leadership (MSc)


Course Description

The Place Management and Leadership programme is an international part-time course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Place management encompasses a range of professions internationally, including town and city centre management, market management, Downtown and Mainstreet management, destination management and marketing, Business Improvement District management and city marketing and branding. It is increasingly involving civic society and the third sector, and embraces new approaches to place change such as the Transition Town movement. For this reason the course is also suitable for local politicians and local community members leading or contributing to place initiatives.

The programme has been designed around the worldwide professional standards developed by the Institute of Place Management to support those that are already in, or wish to move into, a strategic role in place management. A blended learning delivery model is adopted. Each 30 credit unit is delivered through a 3 day block of master classes, followed by distance learning and tutor support.

This is a unique course and we are the only university to offer postgraduate qualifications in Place Management. The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Place Management. Delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, all assessments are designed to have impact on specific locations and you will be able to network with managers and leaders in a variety of places.

Special Features

• This is a unique course. Manchester Met is the only university to offer postgraduate qualifications in Place Management
• This course is accredited by the Institute of Place Management
• The Institute of Place Management brings together long-standing streams of research that Manchester Met has international renown for and which, together, represent the more impactful areas of marketing, in terms of the reach and significance they have on society
• The course is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners
• All assessments are designed to have impact on specific locations
• You will be able to network with managers and leaders in a variety of places. Over 100 students have studied Place Management with us, from 22 different countries
• Manchester Met is a world-leader in the study of Place Management and launched the Journal of Place Management and Development in 2008.
• We actively encourage students to publish work of suitable standard
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.

Career Prospects

Two thirds of over 400 surveyed UK town centre managers have identified that they want additional development in this area. Graduates are expected to combine their Place Management qualification with their current qualifications and personal achievements to develop a unique profile that stands out from other candidates.

Visit the Place Management and Leadership (MSc) page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have significant, relevant experience or degree-equivalent profession qualifications. International students please see View Website

Course Fees

Please refer to our website for the latest fee information.


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