University of Portsmouth

Leadership and Management (Top-up)

Effective leadership and management make the difference in organisations today, by inspiring people to perform and by improving results; good leaders are sought and valued by every organisation, across all sectors, and this qualification acknowledges expertise and experience in this field; this Master's qualification is based on the national occupational standards in leadership and management, the nationally recognised framework, enabling successful course participants to become members of the institute of leadership and management or the chartered management institute; course participants complete a research methods module that develops their academic and research capabilities; on the approval of a research proposal, participants then proceed to the investigative project module, similar to a dissertation, requiring in-depth research into a topic within the area of leadership and management.

Entry requirements

There are 3 recognised routes of entry:
1. The award of the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Management obtained within the last 5 years.
2. Military applicants may apply on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning via either their Rank or the award of ICSC and accumulated work experience at a leadership level.
3: Via a Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio where the applicant can demonstrate they meet the Learning Outcomes of a number of prior units.
Please contact our admissions team for more details.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Our teaching is structured around the National Occupational Management and Leadership Standards, which specify six standards: Managing Self and Personal Skills; Providing Direction; Facilitating Change; Working with People; Using Resources, and Achieving Results. Many organisations recognise these standards as a valuable framework for developing competencies and designing development programmes. Having previously studied six work-based learning units, this stage prepares and supports you in planning, implementing and reporting a substantial piece of investigative work that will develop your academic and research capabilities.

Here are the units you will study:

Research Methods: This unit prepares participants to carry out research by introducing them to investigative methods based on primary and secondary research.
Investigative Report: This is a substantial piece of investigative work based on primary and secondary research. The topic can be from any area of leadership and management which is of academic and practice-based interest.

Assessment methods

Learning is self-directed, flexible and supported by University tutors and employers. You will not attend formal lectures, but you can attend the many seminars and presentations held at the University which are open to the public.

For the research aspect of the course there are two elements of assessment using the literature to develop your research capabilities. The Investigative Project is similar to a dissertation, requiring in-depth research into a specific topic within the field of leadership and management.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time January 2019 3,570 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,670 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 3,570 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
MSc Part-time January 2019 4,670 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years

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