MA in Leadership and Management

York St. John University

Program Description

MA in Leadership and Management

York St. John University

If you want to develop your understanding of strategic leadership and management, and transfer this learning into pragmatic and productive knowledge, skills and abilities, this is the programme for you. The Postgraduate  Diploma/MA programme covers a wide range of leadership and management  contexts and perspectives. It will appeal to those who already work, or want to work, in the public, private or voluntary sector. The programme welcomes home, European and International students, to generate a rich  cultural diversity in the learning group and enable students to grasp key issues around globalisation and business ethics.

Most students will register for and complete the MA programme. Applicants who enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma can progress to the MA dissertation on successful completion of module assignments.

Dr Tina Harness - Head of Programme

Benefits of the programme

•In a collaborative learning and teaching environment, you can experience debate on strategic issues of relevance and engage in discussion on putting theory into practice.

•Through module assignments, you can research and explore topics of particular interest. If you are already in employment, you can use the written assignments to explore, for example, implementing HR strategies within your organisation.

•A key part of the programme is the action learning set. Here, in a group of up to eight learners, you will work in a mutually supportive yet challenging environment.
The programme brings the opportunity to stimulate learning and development in the spirit of collaborative working.

What will I study?

The programme comprises five modules. Completion of the first four leads to the Postgraduate Diploma award, with completion of the research appreciation and dissertation module leading to the Master of Arts award. The modules are:

Module 1: Strategic Leadership, Culture & Ethics

This module explores the key issues around strategic leadership, culture and ethics in organisation and business environments. This will involve reviewing relevant theory, models and concepts and their practical application to business today.

Module 2: Leading Organisational Development

This module explores issues pertaining to effective leadership of organisational development including innovation, change management, and human resources issues of understanding and empowerment including innovative practices. Case studies are used to develop skills in understanding the complexity of real-life issues and the synthesis of information.

Module 3: Managing the Business Environment

This module explores internal and external relatedness in the business environment. It examines issues pertaining to the identification and management of key business stakeholders and the management of resources including human, finance and marketing. It considers the ethical issues involved in relations with internal and external stakeholders and identifies socially and environmentally sustainable business practice.

Module 4: Managing Business Integration

This module explores issues pertaining to problem-solving, decision-making and project management. It will provide analytical and consultancy tools for analysing practices and processes within business settings in order to make recommendations for implementation.

Module 5: Research Methods & Dissertation

The dissertation is the final part of the programme, successful completion of which leads to the award of MA in Leadership & Management. The dissertation aims to provide you with an opportunity to undertake independent research, through supported individual study, into one aspect of the foregoing studies from the postgraduate programme. It is intended that the study will build on elements of learning derived from one or more aspects of previous modules. Students will undertake desk-based or action research, with the aim of facilitating an appreciation of quantitative or qualitative (or a combined methodology) approaches to research in leadership and management. It is envisaged that the constitution of the leadership learning sets, formed during the programme induction, will be re-formed for this module.

What resources will I have access to?

York St John University has an excellent range of management texts and access to electronic journals. There are PCs/networked terminals available in learning resource rooms, housed in the main library. An excellent range of student support and welfare services are also available.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

Home students will be able to enter the programme directly in accordance with normal entry requirements for MA programmes. International students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve IELTS 6 or above with no less than Band 6 in the writing skills.

At Postgraduate Diploma level (study level M) students are required to:

•Possess a professional business qualification equivalent to the Graduate Diploma


•Possess a first degree, achieved at Class 2:2 or above, from an approved University or Institution


•Possess an equivalent qualification

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Where Postgraduate Diploma applicants do not meet the stated entry requirements above, the YSJ APEL policy may be utilised for entry to the programme where necessary and appropriate. The programme is expected to use this system to allow entry for post-experience professionals who are over 21 and who have been in management for at least two years. This is likely to
involve a submission of evidence of professional competence, an assignment to the Head of Programme and an interview as part of the recruitment process.

For entry at Master of Arts level (level M) students are required to:

•Possess a first degree, achieved at Class 2:2 or above, from an approved University or Institution

•Possess a Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma from a recognised institution

•An international qualification equivalent to the above

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom York, England
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