Leadership and Management MA

Postgraduate (3 years part-time)

Distance learning

January 2018, May 2018

Overview

Please note this course is no longer running. To view our current Postgraduate courses in a similar field, please visit our course listing.

Fast-track your career: all successful organisations need people who can formulate strategy, implement change and lead others. Our dynamic, flexible Masters course will help you do just that. Study part-time while you continue to work, with full support from our experienced tutors.

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Full description

Careers

When you graduate, you could consider middle or senior management roles across the private, public and not for profit sectors.

We strive to offer an outstanding course and outstanding career prospects. Our Employability and Careers Team will be on hand to help throughout your time at Anglia Ruskin and after graduation.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Strategic Management
    The module explores the core field of strategic management, and how strategy contributes to organisational performance. It focuses on your organisation's internal and external environment, and addresses key issues such as competitive advantage.
  • Strategic Leadership
    How can a leader take strategic approaches to contribute to an organisation's performance? We'll help you find out. This is a practical module that builds on your own work to provide ideas and frameworks for the design and implementation of strategy.
  • Leadership and Change
    This module will investigate and critically evaluate historical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, focusing especially on leadership at junior to middle management level. Classical theories of leadership will be examined including traits theory, behavioural theories and contingency theories. Some contemporary theories will include issues such as emotional intelligence, psychodynamics & leader-led relations.
  • Advanced Decision Making
    The aim of this module is to develop your decision making skills - a crucial attribute of any leader, particularly in a complex and changing environment. Self-awareness, management of change, and enhancement of professional judgement and leadership are core elements of the module.
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
    This module prepares students to undertake a piece of business or management research for their Masters project by developing appropriate knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills. Emphasis is placed on developing skills most likely to lead to a successful closure of a research journey set within any organisational setting identified by students in the role of either academic or practitioner researchers. Skills such as the ability to frame research aims, generate research questions/hypothesis, and research objectives, the ability to generate a conceptual framework, the ability to select and justify a particular research design and methodology and the ability to act as an ethical researcher so as not to spoil the field are all central features of this module. In addition the generation of core practical skills such as the ability to generate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data are central to this module. By developing this knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills the true aims of conducting research will be realised. Students will gain confidence in a range of cognitive and practical skills suitable to conducting research projects in a range of international business contexts so as to add to knowledge and understanding. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Postgraduate Major Project
    Building on your learning throughout the course, this module will enable you to carry out a major piece of research. This gives you a chance to develop specialist knowledge in an area that interests you, ultimately enhancing your career development.

Optional modules

  • Human Resources Management and Leadership
    This module examines human resources issues from the perspective of the leader. You will explore how concepts of strategic human resource management and leadership can be applied to dynamic modern situations.
  • Strategic Marketing Management
    The module has two themes; firstly, the critical understanding of the practical tools, techniques, operations and activities of the marketing process. Secondly, the marketing decisions on which effective marketing management and planning are based.
  • Finance for Decision Making
    Management decision making is a complex subject involving many variable factors. This module explores the financial element contained in decisions and the techniques that may be used to assist informed management decisions. It is assumed that the student has already acquired a knowledge of financial vocabulary, the concepts behind basic financial terminology and the financial statements. The module begins by considering the availability of financial information that may be relevant to decision making and how this fits with that needed for the informed decision. This is further developed to the type of decision and differing requirements, leading to a more bespoke deliverable information set that meets the context of the decision. In order to fulfil the requirements identified as necessary for the informed decision the module explores the financial techniques developed by financial and management accountants and how they may be used and applied. Finally consideration is given to the relevance and weighting of the financial element in the decision making process and how qualitative issues may be incorporated in the overall decision. The link to corporate governance best practice is also explored. The module is designed to be contextualised for students from different organisations and sectors, and for it to be delivered to students without practical management experience. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. The module will be assessed by two written assignments. The first assignment will encourage students to reflect upon the theory and techniques that underpin financial management practice while the following assignment will encourage students to consider how accounting can inform decision making within an organisation.
  • Organisational Behaviour
    The nature of organisations, the role of management and its relationships with the environment are issues which are undergoing continual redefinition. The purpose of this module is to provide a number of conceptual frameworks to help students make sense of their professional practice and context. The focus of the module is to seek insights into behaviour in organisations from a behavioural science perspective.

Assessment

We’ll assess you in a number of ways including written assignments, reflective portfolios, personal development plans and presentations - all designed to help you demonstrate practical outcomes in real work situations.


This is a 3 year programme

Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

More about distance learning

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Please note this course is no longer running. To view our current Postgraduate courses in a similar field, please visit our course listing.

Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance Learning, 2016/17

£6,500

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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