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Data Centre Leadership and Management (MA)

Course Description

The data centre sector is growing and is central to our daily lives. But there’s a shortage of data centre managers who can address the rapid change and complexity faced by the industry. Our course will equip experienced professionals with the knowledge and capability to meet the demands of data centre leadership.

Data centres are fast-moving, complex businesses that need decisive, knowledgeable leaders. Our MA course aims to give practising data centre managers the opportunity to develop and advance their leadership abilities.

While our MA includes technical elements, it’s not designed to be a technical course. Rather, it takes broad-based contemporary business theory and applies it to data centre management to help you apply your learning effectively and immediately.

As all of our students continue to work while studying, you’ll have the opportunity to look at your current work and past professional experience to consider how you can apply what you’ve learnt in practice. Together we’ll analyse historical and contemporary management theory, giving you a firm understanding of how it’s evolved, while challenging current thought on business and leadership issues.

Consolidating the breadth of philosophical and theoretical concepts of leadership with the essential underpinning theories of change, risk management, finance, general management and human resources management, our MA programme offers you the opportunity to apply generic constructs to your own data centre workplace.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the ability to consider, and then apply, leadership and management principles in a number of ways, in line with your organisation’s needs and external demands.

Our lecturers are experienced practitioners with strong professional links. What’s more, our modules are developed with input from industry specialists so you can be sure they’re current, authentic and challenging. Specialists also provide guest lectures, case study material and advice on current and emerging issues for use as ‘provocations’ on our course.

Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the east of England. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, including our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through which you can access study resources and help.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/data-centre-leadership-and-management


Like many organisations, data centres are experiencing a shortage of senior staff with contemporary and robust skills in leadership and management.

Our MA programme aims to assist those who are already working in managerial roles to develop relevant capabilities to address the current skills gap, to engage with personal and continuing professional development, and to advance their knowledge and application of leadership and management abilities. Developing capability beyond a technical role is central to sound leadership and management in all businesses, and particularly so in this area.

Core modules

Data Centre Leadership
Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Sustainable Design for High Capacity Data Centres
Data Centre Infrastructure Management, Security and Disaster Recovery
HRM and Organisational Capability Development
Decision Making in Critical Services
Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Management
Research Methods for Business and Management
Postgraduate Major Project


You’ll be assessed through a range of written assignments, portfolio assessments and report work. You’ll be encouraged to explore the application of theoretical constructs to your own workplace through the use of contextualised assessments, online discussions, and tutor-lead activities.

- This is a 3 year programme
Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations.

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Visit the Data Centre Leadership and Management (MA) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1. Entrants will be expected to hold a degree from a UK university. Usually, this will be at a minimum of lower second class honours; 2. Holders of other awards, including those from non-UK universities will be considered on the equivalence of their qualifications; 3. Entrants will be expected to demonstrate previous relevant managerial experience, preferably two years at junior or middle management level in a Data Centre or similar environment

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