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MA Data Centre Leadership and Management

Course Description

Course Overview

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-taught/data-centre-leadership-and-management

Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Data Centre Leadership
What are the challenges of leading in a complex and dynamic industry? This module sets the scene for the course by helping you develop the aptitude and knowledge needed to lead successful data centre teams, departments and companies. This module looks at topics such as strategic analysis, change management and organisational dynamics, as well as how to foster innovation within the business.

Finance for Non Financial Managers
Finance is a core element of any business activity and a key element of business decisions. Therefore, having a deeper understanding of financial management will enhance your contribution to the business and increase your influence within the company.

Sustainable Design for High Capacity Data Centres
The design of data centres can have a huge influence of their efficiency and sustainability. Leaders who can anticipate and manage future trends in design and sustainability will have an advantage in a fast moving industry. This module will bring you the most up to date thinking on data centre design, while also having a strong emphasis on management and monitoring to maximise efficiency and sustainability.

Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Data Centre Infrastructure Management, Security and Disaster Recovery
What are the issues when managing complex resources? What strategies can be used to ensure security, identify risk and vulnerability, and mitigate against these? How can you plan for disasters, and can you plans be built with future developments in mind? This module takes these questions and more, helping you to develop answers in the context of your own work.

HRM and Organisational Capability Development
This module looks at managing human resources from the leader’s perspective. You will look at how organisational structures influence behaviour, strategies for managing talented individuals, how to manage contingent labour and organisational performance in a dynamic environment.

Decision Making in Critical Services
Data centres are mission critical environments, experiencing high levels of complexity and change. Due to this, the data centre context is highly sensitive to the outcomes of decisions, and it is important that leaders have the knowledge and capacity to consider and implement complex decisions. This module will give you the opportunity to develop your decision making capabilities, particularly where decision outcomes may be disruptive, innovative or untested in current contexts.

Year 3 – Master of Arts Degree (MA)

Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Management
The data centre industry is a dynamic environment, with new issues emerging as technology develops, political influences change and the global economic situation evolves. These factors all impact on day-to-day leadership and management within the industry. This module will help you to build your own understanding of issues that influence the industry, develop your responses and grow as a thought leader.

Research Methods for Business and Management
Research skills are important in business as well as academia. Producing high quality research can drive innovation and enterprise and form a crucial part of the professional’s portfolio of capability. This module will enable you to develop the key project management and data analysis skills needed to deliver Masters Level research.

Post Graduate Major Project
This final module builds on the knowledge that you have developed through the course, giving you a chance to produce an in-depth academic study into a topic of your choice. Your project could address an issue in your workplace, or examine a theme in the wider industry. Under our supervision, you will further build your own specialist expertise and ultimately enhance your career development.


You will complete an assessed piece of work at the end of each module, and a Postgraduate Major Project in your final year. Your assessed work will be relevant to your job and designed to help you develop your skills, knowledge and career.

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

Entry Requirements

You need to be working in a data centre facility and have either or both:A first or second class degree from a UK university, or equivalent from an overseas universityORAt least two years at middle or senior management level in a data centre context.

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