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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Leadership and Management (Building Societies Association)

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 BSPT64
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/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/bsa/


and the following: 


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 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:23:24 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • develop individual skills and prepare participants for management career progression in the building societies sector, mainly through development of both their technical knowledge and skills, and their conceptual and analytical abilities;
  • prepare participants for leadership and 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 the sector.

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;

     K7. Critically assess the role of leadership in decision evaluation.

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.

Specific to PGDip/MSc:-

    C5. assess the relationship between value-focused evaluation and decision outcomes.

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:

    T1. Use a wide range of data to identify, create and evaluate options for strategic and operational decision making;

    T2. Organise and synthesis multiple forms of information to abstract meaning and share knowledge

    T3. Engagement with information technology and other forms of media to effectively communicate information;

    T4. Use of listening and negotiation skills to persuade or influence others;

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

Specific to MSc:-

    T6. Successfully manage a project through the whole project cycle; from idea creation, planning, data collection and analysis, development of compelling recommendations and conclusions, through to final submission. 

4. Programme structure

4.1 Modules 


 Module Title

Modular Weight


Financial Management



Managing and Leading People



Operations Management



Marketing Management



Information Management



Leadership and Change


BSPH41 Value Focused Decision Making 15
BSPH52 Strategy, Stakeholders and Governance 15
BSPA01† Masters Research Project 60


  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.

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


4.3  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 modules from 4.1 (modular weight 120, not including BSPA01).

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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