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PMMSLTDL - MA Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-Up)

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Arts Level Masters
Possible interim awards
Total credits for course 60
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Distance Learning 6 MONTHS  
Course leader Jalil Ahmed

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

This distance learning top-up course enables students with a Level 7 award equivalent to 120 credits to undertake two modules at LondonMet to gain an MA in Management & Strategic Leadership. The two modules are Management Learning and Research, and Management Research Project.

The course team have included assessment of prior learning in the Admissions process. Because of the diversity of L7 qualifications, all applications will be reviewed by the course team for suitability

The course consists of two distance learning modules, both of which are delivered via an e-platform The first module, Management Learning and Research introduces students to the philosophies and practices associated with reliable research and enables students to engage critically with research methodologies and to design their own research proposal. Teaching for this module will consist of on-line resources, live lectures, videos and guidance, with additional support provided via email and Skype.

The second module, Management Research Project enables students to undertake a detailed research project in their own context, with support provided by an individually assigned supervisor.
Students will have been asked to indicate their potential research project during the Admissions process.

Course aims

The MA Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-up) enables students to:

1. Develop an understanding of key management issues in an organisation and its environment in which business operates;
2. Acquire a range of cognitive and transferable professional, strategic management and leadership skills, to equip them to progress their careers to lead and manage organisations in the future.
3. Identify and assess strategic management challenges faced by modern organisations and articulate ways in which these challenges can be met;
4. Apply and evaluate forms of management in a variety of contexts;
5. Be able to analyse the resources of an organisation with the objective of adding value to the organisation.
6. Acquire personal development skills for life-long learning professional development.

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MA Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-up) course the students will be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding
1. Understand how core functions of business work, and their interdependency.
2. Recognise different styles of leadership and be able to develop their own leadership skills appropriately in the context in which they work.
3. Relate leadership and management to the work environment to develop their own practice as a leader and manager.
4. Assess the contributions that parts of an organisation make to the success of the organisation in achieving its objectives, with a view to improving organisational performance.
5. Link the latest developments in strategic thinking with leadership skills to guide the future development of an organisation.

Practical/transferable skills including employability
By the end of the course, students will have developed practical/transferable skills that will enhance their employability. They will be able to:
1. Demonstrate strategies and methods which provide independent learning capabilities required for continuing professional development and which demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility;
2. Work within time and other constrained environments, requiring the need to be selective and precise and to make informed decisions;
3. Produce reports and give oral presentations to a professional level; 4. Work effectively in groups and demonstrate management and leadership, team-working, planning, communication, influencing and other “soft” skills.

Subject-Specific Practical Skills
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Link theoretical and quantitative knowledge and analytical skills to practice in organisations;
2. Communicate complex management ideas through written and oral expositions;
3. Design, plan, organise and deliver an individual research report reflecting professional standards;
4. Interpret and present information effectively in a variety of contexts.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Understand how core functions of business work, and their interdependency:
Management Learning and Research and Management Research Project
- Relate leadership and management to the work environment to develop their own practice as a leader and manager: Management Learning and Research and Management Research Project
- Assess the contributions that parts of an organisation make to the success of the organisation in achieving its objectives, with a view to improving organisational performance: Management Learning and Research and Management Research Project
- Link the latest developments in strategic thinking with leadership skills to guide the future development of an organisation:
Management Research Project

Assessment strategy

Assessment for the two modules will be as follows:

Management Learning and Research

1. A comparative methodological critique of two case studies [qualitative and quantitative]
2. A 3,000 words proposal.

The Management Research Report
1. A research project report of 8-9,000 words.
2. A research summary [equivalent to 1,000 words] suitable for a management audience

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Given that this is a blended learning course students will experience a variety of teaching methods as well as being encouraged to become reflective learners and work independently.

Students will be asked to self-assess prior to the submission of the two courseworks required for Management Learning and Research. This approach anticipates that students will engage closely with the requirements of the assessments and develop a good understanding of the grading criteria

Students will be asked to actively reflect on the feedback given on their research proposals and revise their plans as appropriate prior to commencing their research projects

The Management Research Project requires students to carry out independent work and encourages them to reflect on what they have learned through the process of the research project.

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

By the end of the course, students will have developed practical/transferable skills that will enhance their employability. They will be able to:

1. Demonstrate strategies and methods which provide independent learning capabilities required for continuing professional development and which demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility;
2. Work within time and other constrained environments, requiring the need to be selective and precise and to make informed decisions;
3. Produce reports to a professional level;
4. Work effectively and demonstrate management and leadership, team-working, planning, communication and other “soft” skills.
5. Lead and manage effectively in different organisational contexts

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

This course is accredited by the CMI.

Career opportunities

The Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-Up) MA provides you with a springboard into a variety of careers in British and international organisations. Previous students have gone on to find employment in a range of public, private and third sector organisations.

The course can also enhance your current career. Our alumni have succesffully improved their status in a diverse array of industries around the world, including roles in marketing, finance and general management.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good bachelor’s degree (2:2 or equivalent)
  • a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership of 120 credits at postgraduate level from either the CMI or Oxademy (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2015/16 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 07 Feb 2018 Last validation date 07 Feb 2018  
Sources of funding FUNDED ENTIRELY BY STUDENT TUITION FEES
JACS codes N200 (Management Studies): 100%
Route code MSLTDL

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7183 Management Learning and Research Core 20 CITY SPR MON PM
          CITY AUT+SPR    
          CITY SPR+SUM    
MN7P62 Management Strategy and Leadership Project Core 40        

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7183 Management Learning and Research Core 20 CITY SPR+SUM    
          CITY SPR MON PM
MN7P62 Management Strategy and Leadership Project Core 40        

Stage 1 Level 07 April start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7183 Management Learning and Research Core 20        
MN7P62 Management Strategy and Leadership Project Core 40        

Stage 1 Level 07 July start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7183 Management Learning and Research Core 20        
MN7P62 Management Strategy and Leadership Project Core 40