Leadership and Management PgCert, PgDip, MA


Course Code

FBLT067, FBLT068


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



1 year part-time
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2022
January 2023

The content of this course for September 2022 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2021 entry and is for guidance only. Please revisit this course page for updated information.

Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

The course aims to develop both the intellectual frameworks and practical skills managers and leaders need, in order to operate in dynamic and complex work environments. In doing so, it aims to build your understanding of the nature of organisations and the external context within which leaders and managers operate.

This part-time course has been designed for those who wish to pursue career and research interests in leadership and management. The course aims to appeal to those who wish to become a professional leader and assessments generally focus on strategic workplace issues.

Course modules cover topics such as the theory behind leadership and management, how to lead and manage strategically, and the personal skills required to become an effective and dynamic leader.

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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

This course seeks to attract and support individual managers and leaders at all career stages, from entry-level management to those in senior leadership positions. Its theoretical framework aims to help you understand and address the challenges you face within your professional environment, with considerable emphasis placed on the application of learning to work settings, for instance through group discussions and assessments.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

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Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2022-23 intake.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems.


European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) 

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.  

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) 

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.  

What you'll study

The course offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of seminal and contemporary leadership and management theories and ideas, and explore how to understand and develop your effectiveness as a leader further. You will also explore why leadership and management are so critical to organisational effectiveness. All modules listed are mandatory.


  • This module will provide you with knowledge, critical awareness and understanding of seminal and contemporary theories of leadership and management, in modern organisations.


  • This module will encourage the development of professional leadership and management skills through self-reflection, personal development planning, analytical thinking and awareness of personal effectiveness.


  • The aim of this module is to give you the skills needed to analyse the key leadership and management issues that impact organisations at a strategic level, and appreciate the conflicting pressures from stakeholders and the external environment.


  • The aim of this module is to encourage you to appreciate key strategic organisational issues and the impact that leaders and managers can have.


  • The research project is designed to develop your ability to investigate strategies, gather and analyse evidence, and make sound conclusions and recommendations within a leadership and management context.


  • This module aims to provide students with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategically diverse and inclusive way . Students will explore for example, the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture, wellbeing, and approaches to developing better equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and practices that can be used creatively within a leadership role in different types of organisational scenarios.


With professional experience option 

The professional experience opportunity2 enables you the opportunity to apply for optional professional experience in semester 1, which, upon successfully securing an opportunity, will extend the duration of your master’s to either 16, 20 or 24 months. The professional experience provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

Teaching methods include: 

  • Lectures 
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials 
  • Presentations 
  • Group projects 
  • Workshops 

This course can be studied on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time. 

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods. 

Teaching contact hours

Throughout the course, teaching is typically conducted across five Fridays throughout each semester. Each day of teaching usually runs from 9.00 until 15.00.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Focus is placed on the practical application of ideas within the workplace, thereby helping students to develop learning which can immediately impact on their day-to-day performance.

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics.  Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as finance, accounting or economics.  Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

You can start this course as a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), and progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and then Masters (MA), fees are charged per one-year stage. You can also finish after each stage and leave with that award. This course is a mix of work based learning/part-time.

Student Full time Part time
UK £14,550 none Not available
International £18,250 none Not available


As part of the Coventry Business School, this course will take place primarily in the Faculty of Business and Law building and with that you have access to a number of innovative learning spaces4.

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The Library

The Lanchester Library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.

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Jaguar Centre

Our refurbished Jaguar Centre has been specifically designed to provide facilities and services to support our postgraduate students including: social spaces, computer suites and separate areas for small group study.

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TheHub is the centre of student campus life. It's also home to: The Health and Wellbeing Centre, The Spirituality and Faith Centre, The Tank Studio, The Careers and Add+vantage Office and the Enterprise Hub.

Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness and systematic understanding of seminal and contemporary theories of leadership and management.
  • Communicate a critical awareness of the complex nature of leadership and management theories within a wider organisational and contextual framework.
  • Formulate and appraise personal leadership and management skills through self-reflection, personal development planning, analytical thinking and awareness of personal effectiveness.
  • Communicate effective academic scholarship skills by judging and systematically presenting arguments from credible sources of information, both orally and in writing, using a range of media.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management you will, in addition to the above, be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse the key leadership and management issues that impact organisations at a strategic level and appreciate the conflicting pressures from the external environment.
  • Critically assess and creatively apply contemporary theories of leadership and management to real-life organisations and industries with a specific focus on key areas which affect relationships between business functions and teams.
  • Evaluate the credibility and rigour of published research and assess its relevance to modern organisations and industries of today.

On successful completion of the Master’s in Leadership and Management students you will, in addition to all of the above, be able to:

  • Critically evaluate research methodologies and propose a research pathway that demonstrates reliability, validity and coherence through autonomous planning.
  • Select a relevant leadership and management issue and demonstrate a critical awareness of seminal and contemporary theories through originality in the application of knowledge.
  • Acquire and analyse primary and/or secondary data demonstrating an understanding of ethical approaches to gathering data for research purposes.
  • Synthesise academic theory with independently gathered research data and construct an argument to form recommendations and conclusions for the industry or organisation of choice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of coaching and mentoring and the theories and practices of strategic leadership.

Where our graduates work

Past graduates from the MA have gone on to work in a wide variety of public, private and third sector organisations.  

How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.