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
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
- 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
- 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
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. For campus based students this
requires a total of 24 hours attendance at the university per
module, while for on-line students engagement with forums and
discussion groups is expected. 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 (whether full-time or
part-time) in either York or Zurich 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.
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
“… a high quality programme… an
invaluable and unforgettable experience…”
“... what can I say?
Transformational, inspirational, motivational…”
“... I found the content of the
programme and interaction with the class invaluable.”
“... stimulating, enjoyable,
informative and quite amazing for me.”
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