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MA Leadership and Management

Do you want to study a Masters that directly links to your current business model and fits with your working life?

Our Leadership and Management MA is tailored to fit the your business and professional interests.

The course is part time and we only require you to be in the classroom one day a month.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

For an informal discussion about the course, email principle lecturer Dr. Rob Warwick 

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Entry Requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

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Student view

Paul Ackerley
Associate Lecturer
I originally considered this course as I was one of those entrepreneurial people that had spent a decade or so making things happen within a range of different situations, taking on a leadership role if you like, with little time left over for reflecting on my own practice and methods and crucially on how leadership thinking has been evolving around me. This part-time course seemed ideal. I couldn't stop being a busy person overnight, but I could devote one day a month to a series of lectures, and schedule intermittent weekly time for relevant reading. I was further persuaded that this would be an effective solution for me by the opportunity to construct a piece of assessed work around my actual professional commitments. The sessions themselves have proved to be consistently engaging. The specialist input is both informative and challenging. We are encouraged to actively question the myriad leadership and management concepts that have been traded over the years and the lecture content feels contemporary and fresh. Learning alongside a small group of fascinating individuals, experts in their own fields, in a smart building with access to digital media is a valuable bonus. The course is giving me to time to think, time to reflect and time to recalibrate my professional response. I would strongly recommend it.

Course content

The MA programme has been designed to achieve a close connection between the learning environment and the workplace.  Emphasis is placed on face to face delivery of the programme with student participation and experience being central to the facilitation of learning and teaching. The use of professional specialists to provide input where required is also a key feature of the learning approach.

The programme examines the practice of leadership and management informed by an analysis of wider management theory, in a changing organisational context.

You will attend our Bognor Regis campus for 1 day per month for 10 months in the first 2 years. The final year is more flexible and focuses on producing a dissertation topic supported by your tutors. We predominantly use small group learning and Action Learning Sets to deliver the content of the programme. Assessment is via assignment/presentations and report completion.

You will create a detailed, transformational Personal Development Plan in your first year alongside a study into ‘Managing a Department’.  In the second year you will study Strategic Leadership and High Performance Team Management.  In the final year you will attend research methods workshops, decide on a specific area to investigate and report on what is relevant to you, your career or your employer.

"Contemplating taking on a masters-level programme whilst maintaining a demanding full-time position and a young family is a scary thought.  This worry, however, was quickly removed when starting on the University of Chichester’s part-time MA in Leadership and Management.   It would appear to me that this programme is specifically designed for people in my situation.  The self-directed teaching style, complemented with monthly taught sessions, creates the excellent balance to fit post-graduate study into an already busy schedule. 

The flexibility of course content and focus on work-based learning has allowed me to bring my studies into the workplace and has already helped to deepen my understanding of my role as a manager.  Learning and sharing with others professionals seeking to also broaden their perception of management practice is a real asset and allows for further insight through supportive challenges and encouragement.  

I would certainly recommend this course to others wishing to develop themselves as a leader, to bridge the gap between management theory and practice and to deepen their understanding of the role they play in their respective teams."

Vito Mastrolonardo, Head of Support & Customer Experience

"There are a number of organisational developments where I work and with development comes change and opportunity. I want to put myself in the best place possible for the career developments that may arise.  

Furthering my education in a practical and hands on way looked like the best option. And that is exactly what the MA Leadership and Management does.

I had a degree in Business Studies and the next logical progression route was a professional qualification or a masters level degree.   However a Masters or MBA appear on the face of it very expensive and require a major time commitment. That is, until I found the University of Chichester MA in Leadership and Management.  It is still a long term commitment, it still has a commitment to work hard and be very self-directed  but, it is over three years. One day a month. And I can jump off at the end of each of those three years with a post graduate qualification.

What’s more, it was a ‘hands on’ course. All the assignments must be relevant and applicable to your job.  This is even better. I need to manage a department, I have a team to lead, what better than to directly and immediately apply that knowledge.

I’m now 5 months in to the programme.  5 sessions that have included developing my knowledge in  creating vision, objectives,  strategy and change management. In additional to the directed learning, action learning sets that have been invaluable in helping me to understand myself and question what we have learnt in a facilitated, confidential group environment.

I am already applying my new found knowledge.  I need to create a new strategy for my department and this has become the focus of one of my assignments.  My personal journey has seen me read a number of contrasting articles on strategy and leadership, encouraging me to critically evaluate my thinking and the thinking of others. This has been especially useful when reading journals and books on leadership and applying this critical thinking to the workplace.

This is the course for me. This was the way for me to cement my knowledge in leadership and management and how to develop it further.  It gives me the opportunity to advance my learning and knowledge in a practical and applied way to my work. It allows me the valuable opportunity to work on assignments during my working day as they directly relate to the work that I am currently doing.  I am now on a respected, powerful journey to becoming a Master Leadership and Management enabling me to develop my career and satisfying my thirst for personal development."

Gareth Sear, Business Start Up Manager


Indicative modules

  • Personal Development for Leading Transformation
  • Managing a Department
  • Strategic Team Development
  • Developing and Implementing Corporate Strategy
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

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