M.A. Strategic Leadership and Management

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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This inter-professional, multi-disciplinary course is designed for Leaders and managers in social services, Health services, Education services and Voluntary sector projects. It is intended for Managers who wish to extend their leadership and managerial skills and to develop managerial expertise to complement their professional training.

The main emphasis is on leadership through strategic management where students are expected to ground their new knowledge within the base of their previous professional experience. This course offers a basis from which to develop management skills and to evaluate and implement innovation. The course aims to extend understanding of management within social care, education and health and to apply this understanding to the workplace, thereby improving leadership and management skills and the quality of service provision. It contributes to the professional development of the individual and the wider professional community. The intermediate qualifications similarly support both professional and academic development. Students would be expected to reflect on and learn from prior experience and combine this with new knowledge to apply to new situations.

Staff of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Business School at UEL will deliver this course


What will you learn?

At the end of this course students will be able to:

* Identify, explain and discuss contrasting approaches to the analysis of organisations and distinguish between the purposes and structures of public sector organisations.
* Become more aware of and understand change issues at individual, group and organisational levels in the public sector environment
* Understand the various aspects of and critically evaluate the effectiveness of HR policies and practice in the relevant public sector organisation that they work in.
* Understand the importance of strategy and leadership in the public sector and the context in which they operate
* Understand the principles of effective financial management
* Improve outcomes for service users.

Thinking skills

At the end of this course students will be able to:

* Critically discuss, analyse and investigate concepts and theories related to human side of management, diversity, self-management and the management of change
* Critically discuss concepts and theories of leadership and strategic management, policy-making and performance review and relate these to strategic issues within their own organizations
* Develop the capacity to analyse management practice data
* Critically engage with the integration of management data and theory leading to improvement of their capacity to conceptualise and develop hypotheses
* Increase their capacity to reflect and use personal experience as a tool for learning and intervention
* Improve their ability to use theory to communicate with and supervise others

Subject-Based Practical skills

At the end of this course students will be able to:

* Develop skills in the area of leadership and communication skills
* Design schemes of policy and performance review appropriate to their own organisation.
* Work in partnership with other organisations.
* Develop theoretically and evidenced base management practice
* Develop the capacity to work with under the surface processes in individual, group and organisational contexts
* Recognise the impact and inter-play between professional and personal experience
* Develop effective multi-disciplinary and inter-agency communication
* Develop the skills of others

Skills for life and work (general skills)

At the end of this course students will be able to:

* Identify their own strengths and weaknesses in dealing with people in face-to-face situations
* Develop intervention skills (diagnostic, implementation and evaluation skills).
* Present complex information in a concise and interesting way within a time limit in both oral and written forms
* Reflect on their own learning as a result of work and educational experiences
* Improve communication skills - verbal and written
* Develop Skills in analysis and conceptualisation


In order to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits at Level M. Providing you have been successfully assessed in Unit A, B and C (see above).

In order to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you will need to obtain 120 credits at
Level M. Providing you have been successfully assessed in Unit A, B, C, F, G and H (see above).

In order to obtain a Masters, you will need to obtain 180 credits at
Level M. These credits will include a 60 credit level M core unit of advanced independent research. Providing you have been successfully assessed in all units.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.

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