MSc Leadership and Management Practice (Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship) 

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (part-time, per year): Not applicable

About this course

This blended learning degree apprenticeship focuses on management, with specialist options in leadership, organisation development or policing and law enforcement

  • ​Designed with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to meet employer training needs for leaders
  • Taught be 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 advance or improve results 
  • 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
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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.

Candidates can expect to see a marked improvement in day-to-day performance, confidence, decision-making and idea generation as they apply their learning to the workplace. This will all contribute towards wider business improvement.

It is expected that MSc 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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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.

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Core modules

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. 

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.

Learning Orientated Leadership -Leadership pathway
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.

Integrated leadership strategies - Leadership pathway  
10 credits

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

Consultancy Project
60 credits

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.

Research Methods
10 credits

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. 


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

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)

Credits: 20

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. 

Teaching methods

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. 

Applied learning

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 a key part of our programmes. 

This approach encourages strong peer learning groups where managers can learn from each other. Students are encouraged to share how learning has been applied and improved practice in their own workplace. 

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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    Teaching approaches include recognising the workplace as a place to learn, self-development planning, flipped learning, coaching and peer-to-peer coaching, action learning, projects and masterclasses. 

    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 (7212LODMS). 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 (7210LODMS) lays the foundation for this extended piece of independent research. 

    See our Masters and Degree Level Apprenticeships brochure for further information on our teaching approaches. 

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    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.

    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. 

    Course tutors

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

    Paul Lees

    Paul Lees

    Programme Leader

    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 on this course gain the knowledge and skills to navigate the business environment effectively.

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    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:

    The students suitable for the MSc Leadership and Management Practice will typically have some experience of managing within an organisation, they may be new in role or a manager wanting to develop their knowledge skills and practice.

    Given the nature of our approach and assessments, candidates will have at least 3 years 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; 
    • A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or
    • An award which the University has agreed to accept as equivalent to the above


    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.

    In addition to the above, any candidate enrolled on an apprenticeship will be in possession of a Level 2 Mathematics and English qualification.  

    Where a candidate does not fulfil the standard entry qualification, the Programme Leader/ Programme Team, may interview the person to determine their suitability for the Programme.

    Mature entry

    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.

    Overseas qualifications

    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 than 5.5. The programme complies fully with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

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    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

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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.

    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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