In this Masters programme, you’ll develop three distinct skills required for innovation in leadership:
- Critical approach to problem-solving.
- Effective communication skills.
- Insight into your own professional development.
Advancing your career
These three skills are vital for professional adaptability and employability across industries, functions and roles. As a graduate of this postgraduate course, you’ll be prepared for positions in a full spectrum of industries including computing, engineering, finance, legal services, management consultancy and not-for-profit. You will also benefit throughout your career from the ethical, socially responsible and international themes that underpin all our programme content.
- Part of the elite Russell Group of major research-intensive universities
- Top of the Russell Group for academic support (NSS 2020)
- Over 20,000 students and 4,000 staff from 150 countries
- Ranked 10th for research impact (Times Higher Education’s ranking of the most recent Research Excellence Framework)
- 18th overall in the Complete University Guide 2022
- University of the Year shortlisted (Times Higher Education Awards 2021)
- University of the Year shortlisted (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
Entry requirements for home and international students:
You should normally have, or be about to complete, a 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification). Alternatively, we would accept a Masters degree (or equivalent).
If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:2. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out. Your degree can be in any subject, though knowledge of relevant areas will be beneficial, including:
- Management or business studies
- Finance or accounting
- Other subject areas/joint degrees with substantial modules in management, finance/accounting or economics (e.g. economics and quantitative methods)
- Applicants with experience in a managerial role without the specified academic qualification may be considered in exceptional circumstances
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
- IELTS Indicator: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
- TOEFL IBT (internet-based and special home edition): 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
- Trinity ISE: Level 3 with Merit in all components
- PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
- GCSE: B / 6 or above
- Duolingo: 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
- LanguageCert B2 Communicator: High Pass with 33/50 in each component
You need to have completed the test within two and a half years of the start date of your programme. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.
You will not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities:
- If you're from a specified majority English-speaking country
- If you've completed a degree in English in a specified country within seven years of your intended start date
Practising Strategy (15 credits)
Underpinning the programme, this module introduces key concepts and techniques in innovation and business leadership, and management in public, private and third-sector organisations. You will learn to apply theories of strategic management in their practice.
Operations Management (15 credits)
This module explores the nature of operations management and its impact on competitiveness, through examination of operations strategy; process and product design; quality, performance and supply chain management; and project management.
Finance for Business (15 credits)
Finance for Business aims to equip non-financial managers with core tools and techniques to be able to analyse financial performance, evaluate alternative sources of finance, explore different financial investment appraisal tools and evaluate the utility of financial information during decision making.
Leading and Managing People (15 credits)
This module aims to provide a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of organisational behaviour and HR management, including leadership, team dynamics and culture, recruitment and selection, rewards, and diversity and ethics in the workplace.
Essentials of Marketing and Ethics in Global Business (15 credits)
Long-term customer and stakeholder relationships underpin business success. This module examines the role of marketing and ethical behaviour in creating that success, in the image of an organisation and the communication of brand. You will explore these concepts and practices across all business sectors and develop practical skills in writing a global marketing plan.
Leading Change, Managing Continuity (15 credits)
Change need not be disruptive. An understanding of the theories of change management and leadership can help shape business success. This module introduces a more sophisticated understanding of organisational change, encompassing social, political, economic and ethical drivers and barriers.
Entrepreneurial Leadership (15 credits)
Becoming an entrepreneurial leader is essential to business success for start-ups and existing companies, large corporations, family businesses and social enterprises. This module examines entrepreneurship and leadership throughout a business’s life to engender success and improve working lives.
Innovation Management (15 credits)
Innovation is important both strategically and operationally within organisations. This module explores alternative perspectives on the theories and practice of managing innovation. You will learn to investigate and select the optimum approaches for different businesses across a range of industries.
Research Methods (15 credits)
This module introduces a range of research methods and types of research projects. You will learn how to formulate a research question and to find answers using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Research Proposal (15 credits)
This module is a chance for you to plan independent research into either a current issue in management practice or a more theoretical problem. You will analyse relevant literature, develop a research plan and identify any ethical issues associated with your chosen topic.
Independent Research Project (30 credits)
By undertaking a longer piece of sustained research, reflection and writing, you will demonstrate: critical analytical skills; the ability to gather and synthesise data and literature from a range of sources; and subject-specific knowledge. This will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired through your whole degree, including self and time management. You’ll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you’re studying. They’ll help you develop research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.