Management, Learning and Leadership, M.A.

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Designed in collaboration with practitioners, the MAMLL programme aims to provide the conceptual and experiential stimulus to improve the management learning and leadership practices of participants and their organisations.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Are you:
  • Developing or running leadership or management development programmes?
  • A leader or manager, wanting to take a developmental approach to yourself, your organisation or your staff?
  • Coaching senior teams to develop their leadership capabilities?
  • Moving into a strategic organisation development role?
  • An independent consultant wanting to learn with peers?

Do you want an active, engaged learning process to develop your practice alongside your ideas in which you specify your learning agendas with challenging support from colleagues and tutors and shape the course content?

The MA in Management Learning & Leadership (MAMLL) is a two-year part-time Masters programme run by the Department of Management Learning and Leadership.

It's an executive programme that is highly innovative in design: it uses a combination of face-to-face residential workshops, regular action-learning sets and networked learning (including online communication) to develop a lively and challenging learning community.

Who does it attract?

Studying on the MA is a development opportunity for those working or consulting on management, leadership or organisational development, related human resource issues, or working in a developmental way as a line leader or manager.

It is intended for those who have a few years experience in these activities and are currently working within them.

The programme is equally relevant to those working in private or public sector organisations, education, training and development organisations, and consultancies (both large and small), from the big four through to sole traders.

Learning organisation

The programme offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding and your practice of management and leadership learning and development, whatever the context or organisational learning setting in which you work.

The majority of MAMLL participants are UK-based, but it also attracts international participants who in the past have come from France, Denmark, Austria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Malaysia, the US and Canada. Participants need to attend the residential workshops, but the rest of the programme can be undertaken virtually.

Benefits for the employer

The programme develops participants' competence to apply critically a range of contextually appropriate theories, concepts and models to practical leadership and organisational development issues. It assists participants in their ability to facilitate individual and organisational change, development and learning in variety of operational, managerial and strategic contexts.

Programme Structure

MAMLL participants work together in a self-managed learning community committed to engaging with process as well as content. Within this learning community you are expected to be responsible for your own learning and also to share responsibility for other people's learning. The differing experiences and knowledge of all members of the community are seen as an important asset for the whole community and for the learning that takes place within it.

Action learning sets form the backbone of the programme. These are supported by six residential workshops and a virtual learning environment. This is used to facilitate networked learning and is active throughout the two years of the programme.

Action learning sets

An action learning set consists of four to six self-selecting participants and a tutor. Depending on the circumstances and home-base of the participants, the sets may be either face-to-face or online.

Face-to-face sets meet approximately every six weeks, on a date and at a place of their choosing. Online sets are expected to commit to an equivalent amount of time online, and are recommended to log in once a week.
The learning sets have three main aims: first, to help you identify the topics upon which to base your MAMLL assignments. Second, to support you and other members in producing critically reflective assignments that inform practice, and to provide constructive feedback. Third, and just as importantly, to provide a confidential forum for discussing personal and professional issues.
Sets usually change during the programme so as to maximise opportunities for working with as many different participants and tutors as possible.

Residential workshops

There are three residential workshops in each year of the programme, each exploring a major theme in management learning and leadership. More information, including is provided under Residential Workshops.

Networked learning is a crucial component of the programme, and various types of networking take place:
A specially designed virtual learning environment (VLE) is used to help all the MAMLL community members to keep in touch with one another and engage with work and study issues when they are back at work and dispersed throughout the world. You are expected to participate in this learning environment throughout the two years. We provide the cross-platform software and training needed to participate. The system gives you access to bibliographies, notes and other web-based resources. Most importantly it provides a forum for online discussion, on an asynchronous basis. The advantage of this is that all participants can engage in online debate in their own time to fit with other commitments and regardless of time zones.
The programme itself is also a forum for face-to-face and online networking amongst participants, academics, researchers, practitioners and alumni. By providing connections between people, ideas, online materials, websites and other resources, the programme thereby becomes a dynamic network for learning, continuously being shaped and re-shaped by its members.

Private study

Much of the work needed to produce assignments will be undertaken through private study and research activity, back in your home environment. The University library, which has specialist staff for management, provides remote access to the library catalogue and to a wide range of online databases. The library also operates a special postal loan service for books and journal articles for MAMLL participants, and wherever possible helps you to gain access to specialist libraries within your immediate vicinity.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time

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Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the MAMLL programme will need to have:

  • Several years' relevant work experience, though we welcome those with managerial experience who have recently moved into the field of learning and leadership.
  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised University (see below)
  • Willingness to share your knowledge and experience with others.
  • Readiness to engage with a learning community that aims to support the needs of all its members.
  • Demonstrable English language competence, if your first language is not English (see below)

Academic qualifications:

We look for a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent (a minimum of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or B/B+ on a literal scale). The subject area of the first degree is not critical.
If you have no degree but have substantial professional experience you may be required to produce an essay that demonstrates your potential for studying at master's level. We can provide guidance on this.

English Language Qualifications

We accept a range of English Language qualifications including:

  • IELTS (British Council) min 6.5
  • TOEFL min 237 (computer-based) or 93 (internet-based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of min grade C

Proficiency in English

  • A recent GCSE min grade C

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9670 International
  • EUR 9670 EU/EEA

£8,500 EU/UK; £8,500 Overseas

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