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Leadership & Management MSc

MSc Leadership and Management

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Why study MSc Leadership and Management?

The York St John MSc in Leadership and Management aims to recruit a diverse range of students who share a passion for Leadership and Management more generally. As a student on this programme you will be studying alongside others who wish to move into or further develop their careers in Leadership and Management.

As a student on this programme you will follow discipline-specific modules ensuring required depth and sustained investigation. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management from a leadership and people perspective, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and leadership development, through engagement with project work for your own and/or external businesses.

There are eight ‘taught’ modules on the MSc Leadership and Management programme and they include some specific leadership and people focussed modules; Leadership and Management, People Management, Organisational Change & Culture, and Leadership and Management Coaching. The Business School has specific expertise in Coaching and Mentoring and you will be exposed to the latest thinking in this subject area. In addition to the leadership and people focussed modules, you will also learn about business more widely through exploring and analysing the business and critically evaluating the role of sustainability within the modern business environment. These modules include; Business and Sustainability, International Business Strategy, Project Management and Researching Contemporary Business Issues.

All students on the MSc programmes within York St John Business School complete a module of independent study which is titled the Research Investigation. This module provides you with the opportunity to investigate in depth an area of particular interest to you that links with your programme of study. You will be supported in conducting this research by an academic from your field of interest. To support you in being able to conduct this work you will take the Researching Contemporary Business Issues module, that again all students on the MSc programmes within the Business School study. This module provides you with the opportunity to engage with current academic and practitioner business debate and encourages students to explore a range of relevant business topics. The module has been designed in such a way that it promotes a multi-disciplinary approach, for example, you will receive input from a variety of disciplines (business and non-business) thus allowing you to see business issues from a variety of perspectives.

The curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that there is a balance of theory to application and that there regular opportunities for you to engage with the world of business.. There will be regular guest input from business professionals, case studies and projects in modules that will allow you to apply your knowledge of the theory to a range of real-world business scenarios.

The programme offers opportunities to reflect upon, evaluate and apply key Leadership and Management theories and concepts as well as encouraging creative and innovative thinking in the application of relevant management models. As you progress through your studies you will not just be taught academic theory related to the subject. You will be encouraged and supported to develop skills that will prepare you for developing your career in management, especially related to leadership and management.


What qualifications do I need?

Candidates for entry to the MSc Leadership and Management programme must normally possess:

I. UK/EU students will be able to enter the programme directly in accordance with University entry requirements for MA/MSc programmes (a first degree achieved at Class 2:2 or above from an approved University or Institution) or possess an equivalent qualification.

II. In addition to the qualifications above, non-UK/EU students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve IELTS 6 or above with no less than Band 6 in writing skills, or equivalents accepted by the University.

III. For part-time students who are in employment careful counselling will be given so that they understand that this is a pre-experience programme.

If you do not meet the stated entry requirements above, the University APEL policy may be utilised for entry to the programme where necessary and appropriate. The programme may use this system to allow entry for post-experience professionals who have been in management for at least 2 years. This is likely to involve the submission of evidence of professional competence (an assignment to the Head of Programme) and an interview as part of the recruitment process.


Online application guideHow much does it cost?

The fees are subject to review.

Please visit our tuition fees webpage  for up-to-date information about fees.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni undertaking PG level study.

A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course.

Discounts/Scholarships may be available for international students. Please contact YSJ International for further information: T: +44 1904 876884 E: ysjinternational@yorksj.ac.uk 


How can I apply?

To submit your application, please use the buttons below to apply via our online application system.  For help completing the online application, please refer to our guide.


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Please note that applications are considered throughout the year but are only reviewed once they are complete with both references.


How can I find out more?

For further information please contact Head of Postgraduate - Management Gill Bishop E: g.bishop@yorksj.ac.uk or PGmanagement@yorksj.ac.uk.