MSc Leadership and Management Practice (PgCert)

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (part-time, per year): £3,300
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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.

  • Start your studies in September or January 
  • Benefit from part block teaching for extra flexibility and the ability to fit studies around existing commitments
  • Enjoy course content and teaching informed by proprietary business research and academics’ close links to business
  • Learn techniques to enhance your leadership and management practice 

This programme, which can be undertaken as a PgCert or MSc, offers an alternative management training option to an MBA.

It is aimed at managers or those who have ambitions for a management role and would like a qualification to support career progression as a manger or leader. It focuses on the practice of leadership and management, as opposed to the MBA, which seeks to understand the functions of business. ​

At the centre of our philosophy is the notion that we learn best from experience and applying our learning, so action learning and coaching are key parts of our programmes.

This approach encourages strong peer learning groups where managers learn from each other in recognition of the fact that management and leadership development is a social and collaborative process.

The programme is personalised to individuals and customised for businesses so that they can apply the necessary management practices to ensure that:

  • learning results in improved workplace performance
  • skills are practiced and knowledge applied
  • time away from work is kept to a minimum with learning happening in the workplace


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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

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 use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • 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.


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.

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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.

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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.

This course is currently undergoing a review which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application after any review changes have been confirmed. 

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Core Modules

Managing The Digital Business
20 credits

This module helps you to understand the inter-relationship of key management functions in a digital business and their impact on effective management. It provides a basis on which to assess how individuals can maximise the way they manage in an digital organisation.

Leading And Managing People Practices
10 credits

This module enables you to evaluate and apply current research and practice in the field of leading and managing people, reviewing and reflecting on the application of people management practices within the context of emerging themes.

Emerging Management Practices
10 credits

This module helps you to understand the inter-relationship of key management functions in a business and their impact on effective management. It provides a basis on which to assess how individuals can maximise the way they manage in an organisation.

Leading Change for Sustainable Futures
10 credits

This module aims to enable you to initiate and lead change in your organisation, with a focus on sustainable change at both a personal and organisational level.

Research Strategies for Practitioners
10 credits

This module enables you to:

  • develop a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with leadership business and management can be critically reviewed
  • apply research methods in the strategic leadership/business consultancy project to develop yourself as a reflective, scholarly practitioner

Research Methods
10 credits

This module enables you to:

  • provide a conceptual framework from which research philosophies, strategies and methods associated with business and management can be critically reviewed and focused into a coherent research proposal
  • develop high level research competencies, in particular those related to data collection, interpretation and analysis, that enable you to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in an organisational setting 

Leadership and Management Consultancy Project
60 credits

This module aims to enable you to undertake a work-based leadership and management consultancy project and put into practice the skills and knowledge gained over the duration of the course, applying concepts from wider leadership and management literature. The leadership and management consultancy project enables you to conceptualise and propose high performance strategies focusing on growth/sustainable outcomes.

60 credits

This module aims to enable you to:

  • produce a Masters-level dissertation which investigates a complex leadership and management issue
  • locate your work within a body of contemporary knowledge
  • generate and analyse data and derive supportable conclusions
  • make practical and actionable recommendations for the enhancement of current leadership and management practice


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The course is taught in blocks of three days, each month.

Teaching methods

Our approach to how managers and leaders learn uses proven management and leadership development approaches.

Applied learning

Techniques include:

Recognising the workplace as an important place to learn

Learners will apply ideas in the workplace, improving their skills through a range of workplace activities and then reflecting and reviewing this practice with peers on the programme.

Self-development planning

Organisational processes can be applied to ensure that individuals plan to develop their own strengths in line with business competencies and values, and to recognise their own personal needs.

Using 'flipped learning'

This reverses the conventional process of teaching by providing the content prior to the teaching and learning session using a virtual learning environment, so that the focus of the workshop becomes about active learning and application of theory to practice.

Coaching and peer-to-peer coaching

Coaching not only enables the individual learner to tailor the programme to meet their needs, but it also provides the opportunity for the organisation to propose business critical skills and values which can become a part of the development activities.

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Action learning

This will be adopted as a supportive and collaborative approach to learning to manage. Action learning will be used to support personal development, where issues and challenges from the workplace can be discussed. 


For each theme there is the possibility of designing an in-company project or series of projects to ensure that business needs are met. 


Key note speakers will address current issues, emerging practice and thought leadership.


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.

All assignments are focused on personal and professional development through reports, essays projects and portfolio development.

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Course tutors

Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle

Programme Leader

Andrew Doyle is an experienced academic who, after several years as a Senior Lecturer, took over as MBA Programme Leader in 2017. His academic work is underpinned by many years as a Managing Director and he is skilled in management, marketing, analytics and customer service. Since taking on his current role, Andrew has redesigned and developed a professionally led programme that brings together leaders and managers across the Liverpool City Region, and is rooted in the local economy, supporting economic growth and social change. He is uniquely positioned for this task after undertaking the MBA himself as a student in 2009, and has experience in all facets of business and higher education. He made sure that the Liverpool Business School provides a distinctive postgraduate degree qualification which is intellectually-challenging, insightful and grounded in improving practice in the workplace across all areas of management, leadership, career development, and specifically the functions of business. Andrew lectures on environmental analysis and marketing performance strategy and firmly promotes the philosophy that you learn best from experience with action learning and the development of peer learning groups.

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.

School facilities

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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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent 


  • a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above

Additional information

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • Non-standard applications will be considered on individual merit

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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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.
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