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, Organisation development or, Policing and Law Enforcement enable you to focus on 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 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
- Specialist options allow you to focus on areas of particular relevance to your role or organisation
- Course content has a real word focus and is based on current practice
The programme is personalised to individuals and customised for businesses so that they can apply the necessary management practices to ensure that:
- students make an immediate impact in their job
- skills are practiced and knowledge applied
- time away from work is kept to a minimum with learning happening in the workplace
Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.
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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
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 use your own)
- 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 2017) 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.
On graduation you can expect to see a marked improvement in day-to-day performance, confidence, decision-making and idea generation as you start to apply your learning to the workplace. This will all contribute towards wider business improvement.
It is expected that course graduates will have an improved career trajectory and be able to move more quickly and with confidence up the career ladder.
Another benefit of studying for your MSc or PgCert at the Liverpool Business School is the network it enables you to join. This enables alumni and staff to continue building meaningful, long-term relationships beyond the classroom.
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.
In order to gain the PgCert, all core modules must be completed. If modules from one of the specialist pathways are completed along with the core modules the PgDip can be obtained. To gain the MSc the business consultancy module must be completed along with the core modules and the chosen pathway modules.
We offer three sector specific pathways so that you can tailor the course to your specific professional learning requirements. The pathways offered are Leadership, Organisational Development and Policing. Please note that the specific optional modules relating to each pathway are detailed in the optional module list below.
Leadership and Leader Development
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
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
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.
You will develop a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with leadership business and management can be critically reviewed and focused into a coherent strategic leadership/business consultancy project.
Strategy and Change
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.
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.
In this research module you will apply leadership knowledge and skills then review and reflect on your own application of management and leadership practices within the context of emerging themes. You will identify a research topic and are assigned a support tutor to guide and support your research journey.
Learning Orientated Leadership -Leadership pathway
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.
Integrated leadership strategies - Leadership pathway
The aim of the module is to consolidate prior learning and integrate knowledge and skills acquired in other modules.
Applied Research Informed Evidence - Policing pathway
The module aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to identify and present the impact of your research activity. You will tailor your own research findings to academic and practitioner audiences, working with other students to peer review and discuss generated research data. The module will be assessed by senior professionals from the criminal justice sector. The module will advance your ability to make qualified claims from your research, to contextualise your data within the broader context of work in the field, and to offer practice relevant commentary capable of identifying areas for policy and practice development.
Press and the Media - Policing pathway
You will examine the nature of the modern press and media landscape, including social media and how this aligns to policing and law enforcement.
You will critically evaluate and assess the role that the press and media play in modern policing and law enforcement activity, including the legal and ethical issues arising from the relationship between those forums.
This module will consider effective use of social media and also look at the legal and ethical issues affecting this area of work.
The overall aim of the module is to raise awareness and develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully engage with the press and media and to use social media. It focuses on the various aspects of leaders within policing and law enforcement and how they can effectively engage with the press and the media.
Command and Decision making in critical situations - Policing pathway
You will identify and critically assess the constituents of a critical incident and raise knowledge and understanding of the psychological processes involved in the associated decision making process. You will also assess the role and effectiveness of post incident management theories and processes, together with the legal liabilities that often arise from critical incidents.
OD theories and practices - Organisational Development pathway
Integrated leadership strategies - Leadership pathway
The aim of the module is to consolidate prior learning and integrate knowledge and skills acquired in other modules.
Diagnosing and intervention design - Organisational Development pathway
The module focuses on Investigating and exploring the application of researched informed diagnostic and intervention design models, frameworks and approaches in order to enhance organisation effectiveness.
Implementing and evaluating interventions - Organisational Development pathway
An insight into teaching on your course
Apart from the consultancy project, each taught module will consist of three full day face to face sessions per 10 credits. For example, Leadership and Leader Development (20 credits) will be taught across six days. In addition to the taught elements, students will spend time preparing for the session and will also engage in follow up activities. An example is shown below:
Leadership and Leader Development (7200LODMS)
Total learning hours: 200
Taught element: 48 hours
Private study: 152 hours
The private study element comprises of independent research, further reading, preparation for taught sessions, follow-up activities and assignment preparation and write-up.
Each module comprises of a number of workshops relating to the credit tariff. This programme uses a flipped learning approach; students will be sent resources via our virtual learning environment (VLE) in advance of the session in order to be able to discuss key themes and concepts alongside their peers. The VLE is also used as a key communication tool in between sessions and follow up reading and activities are shared.
Teaching follows a seminar model and shared learning and peer learning is strongly advocated. We promote the use of Action Learning Sets in order to provide ongoing peer support throughout the programme and beyond.
As this is a Level 7 course we encourage criticality and provide students with key texts for further discussion in sessions. We critically examine case studies, look at examples of successes and challenges within the real world and engage in simulation activities. We use a variety of tools to encourage self reflection.
All aspects of this programme aim to blend theory with practice. This is a theme which runs through all modules. The final module of the programme is a Consultancy Project. This is a 60 credit module and is the culmination of two years of study. The project is focused on a ‘real’ issue or theme from the workplace. The Research Methods module lays the foundation for this extended piece of independent research.
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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
The assessment approaches vary from module to module. All assessments incorporate a blend of theory and practice. Assessments may comprise of individual presentations, group presentations, academic reports, critical evaluations of literature, project reports, simulations and portfolios.
The structure and length of assessments directly relate to the credit tariff of each individual module.
Paul is programme leader in this uniquely placed MSc programme. His programme offers an alternative management training option to an MBA. "We position this MSc to middle managers with a strong desire to progress to senior management roles. The focus is on the practice of leadership and management."
This course is current in today’s regional and national environment where productivity and growth are key drivers for success. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to navigate the business environment effectively.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.
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You will need:
- a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent
- a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above
The course team has a strong commitment to widening participation and positively welcomes non-standard applicants. Candidates with some management experience or are about to enter a managerial role and have a demonstrated aptitude for study can be accepted without previous experience of higher education. Admission will normally be by interview, after formal application in order to assess their aptitude for study.
Credits may be awarded for learning already undertaken in the University or elsewhere for which you have received qualifications or certificates. You may also submit a claim for recognition of unaccredited prior learning (RP(E)L). This may be for work you have accomplished in a professional, paid or voluntary capacity. This has to be submitted via an RPL form with supporting evidence. You will also be liable to pay an administration fee and charge per credit.
All RP(E)L claims must be applied for at the point of
admission and cannot be considered at a later stage
Where English is not the candidate's first language, or their first
degree was not taught and assessed wholly in English an IELTS
score of 6.5 must be achieved, with no individual score of less
The programme complies fully with the requirements of the
Equality Act 2010. If you have any specific queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the 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.