Leadership and Management MSc

Course code N291

What is special about this course?

There are real challenges for leaders and managers with organisations looking to achieve more while controlling and cutting costs. Leaders need to take on greater responsibility to drive innovation and creativity within their teams, finding new solutions and new ways of working.

If you are already a graduate and have recently taken up a leadership position in an organisation - or are about to do so - you will no doubt be considering whether there is anything else you could be doing to develop and improve your leadership and management skills, especially if you wish to take a more proactive role.

This flexible and high quality masters programme is designed to help you develop and enhance your leadership skills and knowledge through a structured online learning programme that is highly flexible and delivered by experienced practitioners.

On completion of the MSc, if you have three years’ experience in a management role, you will be able to apply for the full Assessment for Chartered Manager route of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which will significantly enhance your career prospects.

An online induction is held in early September and mid-January each year (depending on your start date) which will introduce you to the online learning environment.

Special features

  • Gives you the skills to become a more effective leader
  • Enables you to work proactively, creatively and collaboratively
  • You will undertake a major piece of advanced independent work within the area of leadership and management at a strategic level
  • The course is available to study part time and online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE),
    enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree

Entry requirements

  • A 2:2 honours degree or above
  • An ordinary degree will also be considered, along with appropriate professional experience 
  • Candidates with no formal qualifications, who can demonstrate their abilities and engage in continuing professional development, will be considered
  • You must also be in employment (paid or voluntary), and able to draw upon your working experience in order to complete assignments

 

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes

PgCert

Core modules are: 

  • Leading the contemporary workforce (S1) 
  • Managing in the global network (S2) 

Option modules, from which you will choose one, include: 

  • Information decision making (S2) 
  • Effective communication (S1) 
  • Ethical leadership (S1) 
  • Managing and developing the human resource (S1) 
  • Reward and development management (S2) 
  • Employment law (S1) 
  • Employee relations (S2) 

PgDip

Core modules are: 

  • Entra- and intra-preneurial thinking (S2) 
  • Collaborative leadership (S2) 

Option modules, from which you will choose one, include: 

  • Information decision making (S2) 
  • Effective communication (S1) 
  • Ethical leadership (S1) 
  • Managing and developing the human resource (S1) 
  • Reward and development management (S2) 
  • Employment law (S1) 
  • Employee relations (S2) 

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Leadership and Management you will complete:

  • Research for business (S1) 
  • Research project (dissertation) (S2) 

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured, two modules per semester): online supported learning
  • Part-time (unstructured one module per semester): online supported learning
  • You may participate in online discussions, forums and group exercises, which will count towards your overall performance
  • You will receive support from expert staff
  • Your application will be dealt with by UHI Inverness

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 2.5 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 5 years

Each module is designed to be taught within a 15 week semester. This involves 12 weeks of module material and class interaction, and 3 weeks for completing assessments. It is anticipated you will receive 20% of your module learning as online supported content and tutorials and 80% will be self directed study.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2021-22 2022-23
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2021-22 2022-23
Per module (20 credits) £650 £669
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £2,007
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £4,014
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £6,021

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship 2022-23 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730 £1,010 £760
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190 £3,030 £2,280
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380 £6,060 £4,560
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570 £9,090 £6,840

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2021-22 2022-23
Per module (20 credits) £980 £1,010
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £3,030
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £6,060
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £9,090

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time can apply for a tuition fee loan from SAAS. You must be intending to complete the course in no longer than twice the length of time it would take for a full-time student. For example, if your course is available to full-time students as a one-year programme, you will be funded for a maximum of two years' part-time study. If your course does not have a full-time option, you must complete within three years. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500, which will be paid pro-rata for each academic year of study. 

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the MSc Leadership and Management, you will have all the skills, knowledge and experience you need to seek senior management/leadership positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

With improved confidence, you will be better equipped to make decisions at senior level, feel comfortable taking part in high-level meetings and have increased motivation to further your career.

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I graduated from the university’s MSc Leadership and Management programme. The course was fantastic and the content really interesting, my course leader provided tremendous support, especially when I was completing my research dissertation. I have now taken on extended
responsibilities at work and am looking to progress into management. I’d highly recommend this course and this university. The building is beautiful with a friendly, relaxed environment and being able to pop in when studying remotely was a huge help. 


Kirsty Foreman completed the MSc Leadership and Management at our UHI Inverness campus.

Doing the course has made a huge impact on my life. I wanted to move forward with increasing management responsibility. It has helped my children better understand the importance of making time to study and the doors that further education can help open. Learning online at your own pace is a fantastic way to study, especially when combined with the support from a helpful and knowledgeable tutor staff. The practical application of your learning will result in your ability to lead and manage effectively.

Malcolm graduated from our MSc Leadership and Management. He chose to study part time, enabling him to fit his studies around his existing job as Customer Experience Engineering Lead at LifeScan Scotland, part of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies.

With my kids growing up I felt it was the right time to focus on a new challenge. Running my own business, I deliberately chose a subject that would be relevant. I thought, and have been proven correct, that some of the material covered would challenge our working methods. I now plan to offer bespoke consultancy services to other SMEs who do not have the benefit of someone internally to review their management and leadership strategies and processes.

Vicky Kirkland is studying on our MSc in Leadership and Management. She chose to study part time, enabling her to fit her studies around running her business.