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MSc Leadership and Management Practice (full award)

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30 months

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About this course

LJMU's Leadership and Management programme supports career progression for managers or those with ambitions to take up a management role.

  • Specialist routes in Leadership or Organisational development to focus on your areas of interest
  • Designed with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to meet employer training needs for leaders
  • Taught by academics who are respected experts, academics, consultants and business practitioners with strong business links
  • Offers an alternative leadership and management development programme to the MBA, focusing on practice rather than function
  • Ideal for strategic leaders or middle managers looking to improve results or advance in their career

We offer two sector specific pathways so that you can tailor the course to your specific professional learning requirements. The pathways offered are Leadership and Organisational Development, full information about the pathways and the modules taught are in the Details tab. 

The programme has a strong emphasis on recognising that the workplace is an important place to learn; learners will integrate key concepts and theories, assessing the impact of these on their own working environment and reporting back on their findings. Thought leadership will also be employed on the programme, fostering intellectual skills and addressing the ever-changing nature of leadership and management in the real world. 

Learners will also have the opportunity to attend a series of Masterclasses scheduled throughout the year, where keynote speakers address current issues and emerging practice.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Individual Development and Reflection
10 credits

This module is a integrated and holistic part of the first year of the MBA programme and seeks to facilitate personal and professional growth and act as catalyst for reflection on learning from other first year modules and the wider aspects of the programme.

Applied Business Research
10 credits

The module will provide learners with an understanding of how to design and produce applied business research scholarly-practitioner projects. Learners will be provided with the knowledge and tools to be able to effectively design organisational/business/management research projects that apply to their own organisations or organisations which they are familiar with - learners will have a better awareness of how to become 'scholarly practitioners'. 

The module will support and provide foundations for the final element of the programme, either the 'Strategic Business Proposal' (for Senior Leader Apprentices) or the MBA/MSc final consultancy project module (for those undertaking master's degree programmes).

Consultancy Business Project
60 credits

Undertaken primarily as an independent self-managed module of study, supported by an academic supervisor with additional guidance provided through the dedicated Canvas site.

Leadership and Leader Development
20 credits

By applying theory to your practice, this module will aim to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the complex dynamics of leadership to help you in your own development and that of leading teams effectively.

In combination with the programme you will explore your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, learn how to articulate effectively your own personal leadership style and those within your organisation and identify effective and ineffective leadership in your context.


Behaviour in Organisations
10 credits

You will explore how organisations behave, critically evaluate theoretical perspectives and consider how to enhance performance within your own settings. You will look at real life case studies in addition to considering theories and models. You will critically reflect on your own organisation and consider how you can blend theory and practice in order to benefit your setting.

Leading the Business
20 credits

You will gain knowledge of how key business functions support organisational effectiveness. You will learn about marketing, operations and finance and will develop an understanding of how they inter-relate to support leadership and management decision-making.

Strategy and Change
20 credits

This module introduces you to theories of strategy formulation, implementation and change. The module will equip students to practically apply external and internal analysis, use methods, tools and models to identify needs for change, and initiate it within organisations to maintain competitive advantage.

Leading Innovation
10 credits

Building on innovation theory and best practice, this module aims to develop your ability to think and act innovatively in a range of organisational contexts. You will evaluate opportunities to exploit digital technologies and consider strategies to support and promote innovative practices in your organisation.

Integrated Leadership Strategies
10 credits

The aim of the module is to consolidate prior learning and integrate knowledge and skills acquired in other modules.


Learning and Leadership
10 credits

After completion of this module you will be able to distinguish and design learning systems to improve the performance and capability of organisational situations. You will build on theories of learning, critical thinking, knowledge management and systems thinking.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Learners will attend a 1-day induction at the start of their programme and modules will normally be delivered in block release format i.e. three full days per 10 credit module, however, days will be broken down into 2-3 hour workshops sessions.

Learners will be expected to undertake work on their own and, given the applied approach to assessment, this will demand a degree of self-management. 

Study support

Action learning will be adopted as the key supportive and collaborative approach to learning. Issues and challenges and good practice from the workplace can be discussed and peer reviewed by tutors and colleagues on the course, providing a forum to bring ideas, thoughts, issues and actionable remedies to the fore.

During all modules formative feedback, which supports the summative assessments, is on-going both within and outside the formal sessions. Students experiencing changing circumstances or difficulties with access may be supported by providing suitable case studies for their assessments, however this is not promoted.

The university’s VLE (Canvas) will be employed to allow teaching and extension materials to be readily available off-site and provide a means for participants to maintain contact.

The VLE (Canvas) allows information and resources to be shared in advance of taught sessions. It also serves as a repository for module-based materials including assessment guidance, reading lists, contact information and signposting to further resources. Some modules use the discussion board feature to incorporate tutor led support and peer to peer communication.

Work-related Learning

At the centre of the programmes philosophy is the notion that we learn best from experience, so action learning and coaching are a key part of the programme. This approach also builds strong peer learning groups where managers learn from each other, viewing management and leadership development as a social and collaborative process. It also means that the programme takes learning from the workplace seriously.

Consequently, everybody brings their experience from their area of expertise with them, and plans to apply knowledge and skills in practice and then to reflect on their experience and improve their performance



How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Knowledge and skills are assessed through individual work-related assessments, which may be supplemented with group activities.

The predominant assessment methodology is one piece of individual coursework per module, which will require participants to relate their learning to an organisational setting. These assessments will normally be developed from their own experience or setting by each individual student through the module activities with the application of theory to practice being a key element of the programme. In the initial 20 credit module, the emphasis will be on a portfolio of work, bringing together different facets of learning activities enabling them to develop a broad understanding of themselves and their overall objectives for the duration of the programme.

The assessment methodology, as set out above, provides the opportunities for participants to demonstrate knowledge and skills. In addition to this, a 'flipped learning' approach will also be encouraged, providing content prior to the teaching and learning session using the university’s VLE, this approach brings the focus onto action learning, enabling the application of skill development.

Qualifying Awards

To be awarded the PGCert, all core modules must be completed.

To be awarded the PGDip, modules from the specialist pathways must be completed along with the core modules.

To be awarded the MSc, the business consultancy module must be completed along with the core modules and the chosen pathway modules.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Alternative qualifications considered

The students suitable for the MSc Leadership and Management Practice will typically have some experience of managing within an organization, they may be new in role or a manager wanting to develop their knowledge skills and practice. Given the general nature of assessment, candidates will normally have some managerial experience and have one of the following: - A degree from a recognised University or equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level or above; or - A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or - An award which the University has agreed to accept as equivalent to the above Where a candidate does not fulfil the standard entry qualification, the Programme Leader may interview the person to determine their suitability for the Programme. Students who have a PG Cert in Leadership and Digital Marketing can enter this programme at the same point at which the PG Cert in Leadership and Management would be gained, i.e. the first 60 credits of the full MS Programme.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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