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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Leadership and Management (Public) (2015 entry)

Academic Year: 2018/19

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 (available as entry as well as exit awards)
Programme title Leadership and Management
Programme code BSPT60
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


Entrance Requirements to the programme are: 

i)              Possession of a degree or equivalent


ii)             Have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of a British Chartered professional institution;


iii)            Hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal education


See also Exemptions under Programme Structure below.


Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:54:25 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 organisations;
  • 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;
  • provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with business organisations.

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

  • The benchmark statement for Masters Awards Business and Management
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications/Descriptors for a Higher Education qualification at Level 7
  • School of Business and Economics Business Plan
  • Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • The University academic quality procedures

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

     K1. The impact of contextual forces on organisations including ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change                  issues;

     K2. The development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services including customer expectations, market                            orientation and the marketing mix that support organisational strategy;

     K3. Operations management of products and services to support effective and efficient resource use and process design;

     K4. The financing of the business enterprise:  sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and                    financial reporting applications;

     K5. The characteristics of the leadership and management roles; the leadership, management and development of people within                  organisations; organisational behavior and culture, human resource management and leading change; managing well-being in              organisations; evidence-based leadership and management;

Specific to PGDip/MSc:-

     K6. The development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

3.2 Skills  and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

    C1. manage creative processes in self and others; organise thoughts, analyse, synthesise and conduct critical appraisal; recognise the           need for systematic thinking and cross-functional approaches

    C2. establish criteria for problem solving and decision making, use appropriate decision techniques including identifying, evaluating               and solving business problems;

    C3. conduct critical analyses of management research and practice; source, analyse and evaluate business-related data from a wide             variety of organizational, professional and research sources;

    C4. identify appropriate leadership styles for situations.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

    P1. use effective oral and written communication, using a range of media including business reports; produce written communication           that argues the business case, supported by valid and reliable evidence;

    P2. create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions;

    P3. make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a business context;

    P4. employ numerical and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations and qualitative research skills to aid               decision-making;

Specific to PGDip/MSc:-

    P5. model reflexive practice such that they can teach others the benefits of goal-setting, reflection and analysis for the development             of self and the business; adapt their management and leadership approach to meet the context and environment in which they             operate;

    P6. perform effectively as a team leader and team member, recognising and applying each individual’s contributions, including team             selection, team development, delegation, and management;

    P7. engage in oral communication that achieves objectives, including listening, negotiating, persuading and influencing.


c. Key transferable skills:

c. Key transferable skills:

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

    T1. create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions and deliver critically evaluative reports;

    T2. scan and organise data; abstract meaning from information and share knowledge;

    T3. use communication and information technology appropriately in acquiring, analysing and communicating information;

    T4. listen, negotiate and persuade or influence others;

    T5. use effective oral and written communication; using a range of media including business reports.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Core Modules 


 Module Title

Modular Weight


Financial Management



Managing and Leading People



Operations Management



Marketing Management



Information Management and Governance



Leadership and Change


BSPA01† Masters Research Project 60


4.2 Optional Modules


Strategic Management



Project Management



Managing Individual and Team Performance



Management of Learning and Development



Selection and Assessment



Manager as a Coach



Coaching and Mentoring



Management of the Consultancy Process



New Product and Service Development



Occupational Health and Safety Management



Leadership Framing and Problem Solving



Value Focused Decision Making



Hidden Traps in Decision Making



Learning from Decisions Using Systems Thinking



Service Marketing



Service Operations



Service Strategy



Public Management



Innovation Management






Strategy and Planning



Intellectual Property



Understanding Business Failure



Risk Management


  by Partial Distance Learning (>50%)


To complete the PG Cert in Leadership and Management students must complete 4 x 15 credit modules.  To complete the PG Dip in Leadership and Management students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules.  To complete the MSc in Leadership and Management students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules and a 60 credit research project.  Section 5 outlines the specific modules required for each degree award.

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


4.4  Exemptions

Candidates who are members of the following approved accountancy bodies may, at the discretion of the Programme Director, count 15 credits towards the Loughborough University Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management and the MSc in Leadership and Management. 

  • 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)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland (ICAI)


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an 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 from the modules listed in 4.1 specifically, BSPH01; BSPH02; BSPH03 and BSPH04.

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 modules from 4.1 (modular weight 90, not including BSPA01) and two optional modules from 4.2 (modular weight 30).

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits module BSPA01.


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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