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Postgraduate course

Leadership & Management MSc

Seeking a dynamic programme to build the skills you need to thrive in a leadership position?

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This course explores the concept of leadership and you will learn about functional topics including corporate social responsibility, coaching and data analytics. You will learn about strategic planning and learn how to lead transformation and change. Engaging with the latest contemporary research in leadership and management, you will develop your critical thinking skills and apply them.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – January 2022, September 2022
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Course overview

The course brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with a practical understanding of how organisations operate. Through the development of an understanding of contemporary business and management issues, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and professional development.

A distinctive element of the programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside the academic award.

You can choose to study this course with a Year in Industry, allowing you to apply your learning and gain valuable experience. If you choose a Year in Industry you will be studying for a total of 2 years. Your first year will be a teaching year. In your second year you will either be on placement or conducting a skills and research based module.

This programme:

  • Supports the development of international marketing skills.
  • Uses assessment methods which mirror organisation-based activities.
  • Provides a supportive platform for critical reflection through the application of academic theories to real scenarios.
  • Involves participation in active and supportive forums drawing on practical expertise.
  • Will give you excellent personal and academic support. You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you throughout the programme.

Course structure

Level 1 


15 credits


The research and study of business in contemporary society requires a critical understanding of a range of pervasive and interconnected topics. This module aims to develop your understanding of a range of contemporary business issues. Alongside this, you will gain experience of the research and scholarly expectations of postgraduate study and develop a critical awareness of the research process and research design. Throughout the module you will develop your understanding of research skills and an interest in a topic area related to your programme of study.

15 credits


This module explores the theory and practice of leadership at different levels in organisations. It complements the modules on People Management, Leadership and Management Coaching, and Organisational Development and Design, by focusing on the dynamics of decision-making, influence and support, which enable individuals and groups to work together to achieve results.

15 credits


This module introduces you to key international business (IB) theories and concepts. It examines the process of globalisation, the role of transnational firms (TNCs) as the primary movers and shapers of the global economic system and the principal institutional and organisational macrostructures of the global econom. You will evaluate the impact of the diverse national business systems operating within the world’s major regional groupings. You will also develop a comprehensive appreciation of the theories, frameworks and methodologies that complement and intersect with mainstream IB thinking and challenges.

15 credits


On this module you will build your cognitive skills and computational thinking. You will also consider the relevance of these skills to business concepts, critical evaluation and professional considerations. You will develop a deep understanding of the impact and meaning of data. It is also an opportunity to examine data analytics technique in term of problem solving, predicting and decision-making in business context.

15 credits


This module explores traditional and critical schools of thought to appreciate the changing nature of and understanding of people at work. We will expose you to contemporary and historical debates as they relate to different perspectives and approaching to managing people in the workplace. You will be exposed to the dominant managerial ideologies that have driven a range of approaches to people management, and a number of managerial concepts to understand the practices and principles of contemporary ‘people management’. You will be required to develop a critical approach to considering the role of people and the self within the context of ‘people management.’

15 credits 


This module builds on the work done about Leadership and helps with understanding organisational culture. Coaching skills are increasingly employed as a management style. This module aims to enable participants to acquire, practise and critically evaluate the skills, processes and techniques of Coaching and Mentoring in a range of settings and to understand and critically reflect on the ethical and practical challenges of employing either Coaching or Mentoring approach in the workplace. The skills developed here can be deployed in the development and enaction of the capstone project. They also increase the strength of the learning community by building links and trust between the participants.

15 credits


The speed of change, and the need to change, varies from industry to industry, but it is often important for managers and professionals within an organisation to understand theories relating to change processes, and to be able to apply them in order to lead change. The values, beliefs and repeated behaviours that comprise the culture of a group have an impact on various aspects of organisational performance, including the ability of an organisation to change. Organisational and national cultures can greatly influence the regular, day-to-day transactions within organisations, and the success of any attempts to change the nature or the processes of activities.

60 credits Compulsory

We have designed this project to build on your learning throughout the programme. It gives you the opportunity to apply everything you have learnt to a current digital marketing issue. In this module you will define, research and analyse a topic of your choice, identifying potential solutions and reaching evidence-based conclusions. Your capstone project can take the form of either an academic dissertation or an applied business consultancy project.

Teaching and assessment

You will explore issues that have significant impact on organisations by working with others and building on both your personal experiences and those of your fellow cohort members. You will carry out projects and assignments designed to help you apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn. Much of the learning is developed through the establishment of collaborative learning communities of programme participants and tutors.

A range of assessment tools are used including presentations, critical essays, portfolios, reflective journals and case study work. Each module tutor will provide opportunities for formative assessment feedback to inform your work prior to submission.

You will receive detailed feedback on assessment to help you develop and continuously improve your performance. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

You will receive study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of business management.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK ENIC listed institution.

If your undergraduate honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


Entry onto this postgraduate course will require you to demonstrate current or recent work experience. This will enable you to fully engage with the course.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU fees for 2022-2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

If you choose to study this course with a Year in Industry, the tuition fee for full time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students would be £7,475

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) fees for 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

If you choose to study this course with a Year in Industry, the tuition fee for full time international students would be £14,663

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Our staff and students are ambitious, and work together to develop learners as creative thinking, global citizens that are equipped to secure highly skilled employment. We're proud to be in the top 25 universities in the country for employment. (DLHE 2017)

Innovative, specialist modules such as Data Analytics and the Blockchain will give you the industry-ready, transferable skills needed for a competitive edge in the marketplace.

The programme will enable you to improve your ability to work in diverse groups and teams and enhance your project management and decision-making capabilities, which is crucial when leading in business.

You might consider starting your own business. The leadership and negotiation skills you develop during your MSc, as well as your contacts and knowledge, will put you in a great position to take this leap. Our dedicated start-up programme Grad2Director is available alongside this programme where you can work with our specialist team and apply for funding opportunities to start your own company. The Grad2Freelancer programme is also available for those who wish to work on a freelance or consultancy basis.

The course could also lead you to undertake further Postgraduate study through an MPhil or PhD.

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We're now taking applications for both full time and part time study, for January 2022 and September 2022 entry.

Apply now: full time (January, York campus)

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Apply now: full time with a year in industry (September, York campus)

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