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Recognise your talents and become a dynamic leader in your field.

Grow confidence as you build your skills in leadership and management theory.

Join an MSc designed to inspire ambitious leaders for our public and third sectors. The educational leadership part of this degree has been created in partnership with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership, Scottish Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

Using work-based projects, you’ll explore leadership in the context of your own workplace. Your learning will be tailored to you, your work and your career goals. You’ll learn how to identify issues and facilitate improvements within your organisation, putting your new skills into practice from the start.

Working with the latest academic research, you’ll train with successful leaders from around the world.

By the end of this degree, you’ll be able to...

  • Explain and evaluate a range of leadership and management theories.
  • Weigh up solutions to lead positive change in organisations.
  • Make informed contributions to professional debates.
  • Engage in critical reflection of your own practice.
  • Analyse evidence to make better professional judgements in complex situations.
  • Apply leadership theories to improve professional practice in a range of settings, including education, social services, nursing, and the police.
  • Respond more confidently to policy changes, social and economic shifts and other external factors.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree (30 credits).

How will I study?

MSc Leadership in Professional Contexts is delivered part-time, 100% online.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library. 

Your tutors

You’ll learn from academics and researchers within our School of Education, guest lecturers and senior leaders from a diverse range of organisations. In recent years, this has included Chief and Assistant Chief Constables, a former NHS Chief Executive, leaders from international businesses and local authorities. You’ll gain insight into leadership practices around the world, connecting online with an international community of tutors and peers.

Work-based learning

You’ll blend theory with practice, undertaking projects within your own workplace, ensuring your learning is always relevant to you and your employer.

Co-coaching

This is a popular element of the MSc, pairing together participants from very different work environments.

Encouraging fresh perspectives, you’ll learn from your partner’s experiences and the professional challenges they face. Exposing you to a sector outside your own can free you from the group-thinking so common within organisations. You’ll also develop coaching skills you can adapt and use in your own place of work.

Assessments

This degree is assessed entirely online.

Your support team

Where will this take me?

Careers

Whatever your background, and whatever your career goals, this MSc will prepare you to lead more successfully now and in the future.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to lead improvement in professional settings such as:

  • education and children’s services
  • social services
  • fire and rescue services
  • nursing and health care
  • caring agencies
  • the police and security services, and
  • other public or third sector settings.

Your qualification will be recognised by employers and institutions throughout the UK and internationally.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip, PgCert

You can apply for this degree if you:

  • have an undergraduate degree
  • or can provide evidence that you can work at postgraduate level.

This degree involves some work-based learning, so you must also:

  • be able to undertake studies in your workplace or other appropriate agency.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You’ll work through four 30-credit courses and a 60-credit work-based project to gain your MSc.

You can start your studies in September or January and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It normally takes 32 months to complete the MSc. You can take a maximum of 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits

You’ll work through four 30-credit courses to gain your PgDip.

You can start your studies in September or January and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 18 months to complete the PgDip. You can take a maximum of 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits

You’ll work through two 30-credit courses to gain your PgCert.

You can start your studies in September or January and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 9 months to complete the PgCert. You can take a maximum of 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost

£6,680

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 Credits

Indicative cost

£4,340

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 120 credits of study over two years.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 Credits

Indicative cost

£2,120

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per term.

Apply for this programme

Start month
January or September
INDICATIVE COST
£6,680

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal