Leadership MSc has been specifically designed for experienced managers and professionals to focus on the development of their leadership skills.
Your and your peers’ experience will be used as the basis for the learning throughout the programme.
Studying on the course involves working with your current organisational challenges in real time using the learning sessions as opportunities for analysis, critical reflection, planning and review. As your projects progress, change or indeed stall, you will be able to use the resources of the programme to explore ways of addressing these challenges with encouragement and support from your team and the Westminster academics.
The course will give you the opportunity to explore and review the leadership processes at work in the project you are working on, using both new and familiar models. You will develop the confidence to critically reflect and analyse leadership styles and approaches, which in turn will enhance your team performance.
Entry requirements vary among our postgraduate courses, but most courses have the following minimum standard entry requirements. Any course-specific requirements are described on our course pages.
Note that even if you meet our minimum entry requirements, we cannot guarantee you a place on the course.
Our standard postgraduate entry requirements for most courses are:
a good honours degree from a recognised university or qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent
English Language competency requirements vary among courses, but as a minimum, you will need the equivalent to an IELTS* score of at least 6.5 overall (and minimum 5.5 in each component)
Stage 1 – The Certificate Level
Module 1: Individual and Professional Development
In this module we will debate what it means to be a leader in your professional context. You will begin to define how you want to shape your learning journey during this period of study. Everyone is different. Each participant will take into consideration the choices and challenges they deal with.
During this module you will:
Focus on your development and understanding of leadership in your professional context.
Receive 360° feedback from colleagues and peers at work, receive focused coaching as a result of the outcomes of the TLQ™ questionnaire (Transformational Leadership Questionnaire)
You will be (re)introduced to key academic skills for evaluative reflection and critique, work-based and peer learning techniques, reading and analysing academic texts, and writing for academic and professional audiences.
Module 2: Leading and Managing Change (Learning in Context)
Working on a current project or organisational issue, your focus in this module will be specifically on the role of leaders in informing, supporting and designing organisational change.
You will act as an internal consultant to your company using the course participants, activities and events as sounding boards and test beds. The aim is to offer you a deep, critical and systematic understanding of Leading and Managing Change and its interrelationships with other relevant organisational areas.
This will of course include a critical ethical dimension to your practice, highlighting considerations of potential dilemmas, and/or impact on other individuals and communities.
Stage 2: The Diploma Level
Module 3: Critical Inquiry in Practice
You will work on pragmatic yet rigorous approaches to research in relation to leadership issues. You will learn to develop high quality academic and corporate research outputs that will enhance your professional practice and deepen your understanding of appropriate research practices and their implementation in the workplace.
This module aims to help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise with respect to the concepts, methods, debates and values in leadership literature and leadership research, so that you feel prepared to conduct research into issues and practices confidently, effectively and responsibly. It also aims to help foster a culture of collaborative inquiry in research within and across subjects and disciplines and, where appropriate, organisations.
Module 4: Negotiated Learning
The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for you to develop an area of your practice in leadership through self-planned activity, negotiated with relevant workplace colleagues such as your line manager, that demonstrates the attributes of Masters level academic working.
The module provides an opportunity for you to approach learning experientially through planning strategies and milestones, self-appraisal and review, applied to an activity or study relevant to your work. A key outcome from this module should contribute to your workplace and your work responsibilities, and be developed and implemented with the support of managers and relevant colleagues.
Stage 3: The Work-based Inquiry Project
This final module draws together your learning from the programme so far. It will include Action Learning Sets as well as tutorial support. Your project will consolidate the skills of practice or work-orientated research, including analysing data and making work-relevant judgments, and reporting the findings and recommendations in formats adequate to your profession/business sector.
The project work provides the opportunity for you to make a significant contribution to your organisation through the recommendations and outputs of your robust inquiry of the current issue. As part of the module you will prepare a project proposal, including addressing main ethical considerations.
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.
Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.
Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.
We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.
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