Effective leadership and management makes the difference in organisations today, by inspiring people to perform and by improving results. Good leaders are sought and valued by every organisation. This course has been designed for current and future leaders who will be able to benefit from our flexible design, delivery and assessment. This work-based learning Masters qualification has been developed for participants on management development programmes sponsored by their employers. Course participants are provided with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to live situations through work-based assignments or projects. Learning will be self-directed, flexible and supported by University tutors. This approach to learning and development brings real and immediate benefits to the learner and their employer. The course design is based on the National Occupational Management and Leadership Standards which specify six standards: Managing self and personal skills; Providing direction; Facilitating change; Working with people; Using resources and Achieving results. For further information about these standards. Although a first degree is desirable, entry will be flexible to allow applicants with suitable experience and knowledge to claim Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) to join the course. Applicants who present one of the following: the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Executive Diploma in Management or Executive Diploma in Strategic Management or a CIPD accredited Pg Diploma in HRM (or equivalent) along with significant management experience will be considered for direct entry to the Diploma stage of the programme.
MSc Leadership And Management
Course concept and design
This Masters course is structured around the National Occupational Management and Leadership Standards, 2004 (The standards – see diagram), which many organisations recognise as a valuable framework for developing competencies and designing development programmes.
It is a staged programme, offering the flexibility to study for a Postgraduate Certificate qualification by completing stage one or a Postgraduate Diploma by completing stages one and two. You could then go on to complete a Masters qualification at stage three or return at a later stage to a top up Masters qualification.
Stages one and two (PgCert and PgDip)
You will complete six work-based units on the standards:
-Managing self and personal skills (15 credits): Development of skills and use of resources to achieve personal learning and professional aims.
-Providing direction (15 credits): consideration of the complex business environment and the use of strategic planning to achieve organisational goals.
-Facilitating change (15 credits): approaches to leading and managing change, including the use of information as a basis for sound decision-making.
-Working with people (15 credits): strategic development of the organisation's human assets through workforce planning, recruitment and selection and retention of employees.
-Using resources (15 credits): systematic approaches to managing finance and risk by generating, analysing and evaluating relevant information.
-Achieving results (15 credits): managing and improving organisational performance based on a customer focused approach.
-Management report (15 credits): builds and develops knowledge, learning and application of the six units based on the standards, in the production of a report that covers at least three areas of the standards.
-Continuous Professional Development (CPD) (15 credits): this unit covers both stages one and two in providing a framework for planning and defining learning objectives for the work-based learning units, recording and reflecting on progress.
Stage three (Masters)
This stage prepares and supports participants in planning, implementing and reporting a substantial piece of investigative work, based on primary and secondary research. There are two units to complete for this stage:
-Research methods (15 credits): this unit prepares participants to carry out research by introducing them to investigative methods based on primary and secondary research.
-Integrative Report (45 credits): a substantial piece of investigative work, based on primary and secondary research. The topic can be from any area of leadership and management that is of academic and practice-based interest.
Participants will be allocated a project supervisor from within the Business School who has expertise in the particular area chosen.
This innovative approach combines a professional practice approach to developing people with the theoretical underpinning that the University of Portsmouth brings in awarding this qualification.