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Leading Innovation & Change MA

MA Leading Innovation and Change

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Benefits of the programme

The programme aims to provide a wide-ranging, informed and systematic approach to the challenges of leadership, and in particular the critical issues of innovation and change. In addition to an exposure to the latest thinking on these issues, you will be supported in identifying particular personal and work-based issues for resolution and development in your chosen organisation. Research skills are developed throughout the programme with targeted training and research methods sessions.

The programme is a personalised learning experience that is individually and professionally challenging and meaningful.


What will I study?

There are four structured modules leading to the Postgraduate Diploma followed by a research project and dissertation which leads
to the Master of Arts award.

  • Essence of Leadership - This module focuses on theories of personal and organisational leadership including effective leadership styles and team leadership. You will reflect on situations in your own experience and see how applying the theories can help to increase understanding.
  • Leading Innovation and Change - This module explores theories and processes of innovation and change, and the roles of leadership in achieving effective change. You will be encouraged to use your own experience in leadership roles to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection.
  • Strategic Thinking and Strategic Leadership - This module builds awareness and understanding of strategic thinking and strategic leadership and its contribution to business performance by reviewing relevant theories, models and concepts.
  • Culture and Innovation in Organisations - This module explores the cultural context of the organisation and its impact on performance and willingness to change. It supports research into the values, beliefs and routines of people working within organisations and analyses appropriate styles of leadership.
  • Dissertation - The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to undertake research into a significant aspect of leading innovation and change within your organisation. This independent research will demonstrate your ability to explore and examine a complex issue that is relevant to your organisation (or one that you know), define a research question, research this situation using appropriate tools, and produce conclusions and recommendations specifically relevant to leading innovation and change.


How is the programme taught?

The programme is taught full-time (over one year) and part-time (over two years). For part-time study, one module is undertaken per term. For all students there are a range of video lectures supplemented with tutor led discussion and development of the ideas presented in the videos. There is a total of 24 hours of tutor led learning, discussion and debate per module. Full-time students take two modules per term. The full-time and part-time programmes are delivered together so that there is a mix of candidates working in diverse groups.

For all students there is also a compulsory five-day residential meeting per programme in York where the skills and methods for completing the dissertation are taught. This is an opportunity for all students to meet colleagues from different cohorts and countries in a rich exchange of experience and learning.


How will I be assessed?

All work is assessed through written coursework. This is equivalent to 6,000 words, for each module other than the dissertation. The dissertation is assessed through a 2,000 word proposal and a 12,000 word final paper. Individualised tutor support is provided throughout the programme and is particularly valuable as you work on assessments.


What resources will I have access to?

York St John University has an excellent range of management texts and access to electronic journals, available on site and remotely via the internet. An excellent range of student support and welfare services are also available. All teaching materials are available remotely.


Comments from participants

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“... what can I say? Transformational, inspirational, motivational…”

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“... stimulating, enjoyable, informative and quite amazing for me.”


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