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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Management and Leadership (Thomas Cook) (2008 entry onwards)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Management and Leadership
Programme code BSPT75
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

See: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/business-economics/managementleadership/


and also the following:


Entrance Requirements to the programme are:

i)              possession of a degree or equivalent


ii)             possession of the requisite managerial experience, and normally with employment in an appropriate management position, as determined by the Programme Director.


Exemptions are noted under Programme Structure below. 

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:19:35 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • develop individual skills and prepare participants for management career progression in their chosen industry sector, mainly through development of both their technical knowledge and skills, and their conceptual and analytical abilities;
  • prepare participants for management roles in which they will be expected to contribute towards the functional and strategic management of their organisation;
  • provide participants with the opportunity to develop deep understanding in areas of particular interest by undertaking research and work-based projects;
  • enable participants to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice to complex issues with the aim of improving business and management practice;
  • enhance the career development and employability of participants;
  • encourage participants to pursue personal development and lifelong learning skills and be self-motivating
  • provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with the Thomas Cook business.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The benchmark statement for Masters Awards Business and Management
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme participants should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • The impact of contextual forces on organisations including ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues;
  • The development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services including customer expectations, market orientation and the marketing mix;
  • The concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and / or services; the management of resources and operations;
  • The financing of the business enterprise:  sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications;
  • The characteristics of the management role; the management and development of people within organisations; organisational behaviour, HRM, change management;
  • The development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations;
  • The use of relevant interpersonal communication technologies for application in business and management;
  • The development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests;
  • A range of contemporary issues impacting on various areas of management;
  • The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • manage creative processes in self and others; organise thoughts, analyse, synthesise and conduct critical appraisal;
  • establish criteria for problem solving and decision making, use appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems;
  • use of models of business situations and qualitative research skills;
  • identify appropriate leadership styles for situations;
  • recognise complex situations where choices involve consideration of ethical and organisational values;
  • conduct research into business and management issues;
  • learn through reflection on practice and experience.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • apply leadership and performance management selecting the appropriate style for situations;
  • perform effectively within a team environment and recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in team processes including team selection, delegation, development and management;
  • use effective oral and written communication, using a range of media including business reports;
  • engage effectively in two-way communication including listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others;
  • create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions;
  • make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a business context;
  • employ numerical and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations and qualitative research skills;
  • conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics, the Internet as well as primary research
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

  • create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions;
  • scan and organise data; abstract meaning from information and share knowledge;
  • use communication and information technology appropriately in acquiring, analysing and communicating information;
  • listen, negotiate and persuade or influence others;
  • use effective oral and written communication using a range of media including business reports;
  • demonstrate effective performance within a team environment and recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in group processes; team selection, delegation, development and management;
  • set targets, motivate and employ performance management techniques;
  • interpret numerical information and use numerical reasoning;
  • manage themselves and their time effectively, be self-aware, display sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations and manage continued learning;
  • enhance their career prospects and effectively contribute to the business aspirations of their organisation.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Compulsory Subjects 

4.1.1 Level 1 (total modular weight 40)                                                                                                                   


Module Weight


Financial Management 1



Planning and Operations 1



Leading People to Influence Performance 1



Information Management 1



4.1.2 Level 2 (total modular weight 40)


Financial Management 2



Planning and Operations 2



Leading the Team 2



Information Management 2



4.2  Optional Subjects

4.2.1 Level 1 (total modular weight 20)


Marketing 1



Sales and Marketing 1



Problem Solving and Decision Making 1



4.2.2 Level 2 (total modular weight 20)


Forecasting and Decision Making 2



New Product and Service Development 2



Strategic Marketing Management and Sales Management 2



4.3  MSc Subjects (total modular weight 60)


Masters Project


  by Partial Distance Learning (>50%)


4.4 The choice of optional subjects will be made from those available.  Information on the up-to-date position is available from the School of Business and Economics.


4.5 For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.


4.6 Exemptions

Candidates with the award of Loughborough University Professional Certificate in Management may count 60 credits towards the award of Diploma.

Candidates who were awarded the Loughborough University Professional Diploma in Management prior to 2001 may count 100 credits towards the award of an MSc.

Candidates who were awarded the Loughborough University Professional Diploma in Management after 2001 may count 120 credits towards the award of an MSc.

Candidates who are members of the following approved accountancy bodies (subject to the approval of the Programme Director) may count 10 credits towards the LoughboroughUniversity Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership or 20 credits towards the LoughboroughUniversity Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Leadership.  Certificate upgraders (as outlined above) would only be able to count an additional 10 credits to the 60 credits they already have.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Institite of Chartered Accountants of Ireland (ICAI)


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must have accumulated at least 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must complete all of the level 1 modules listed in 4.1.1 (modular weight 40 credits) and two level 1 modules from those listed in 4.2.1 (modular weight 10 credits).  This specific requirement may however be waived at the discretion of the Programme Director.

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, candidates must have completed modules with total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, candidates must have completed all of the compulsory level 1 and level 2 modules from 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 (modular weight 80), two optional level 1 modules from 4.2.1 (modular weight 20) and, two optional level 2 modules from 4.2.2 (modular weight 20).   This specific requirement may however be waived at the discretion of the Programme Director.   The optional modules taken at level 2 should complement those taken at level 1.  

Candidates must also have accumulated at least 100 credits and achieved module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a total module weight of 20.

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisified all the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits from the modules listed in 4.3.


5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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