Leadership and Management MSc

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What is special about this course?

There are real challenges for leaders and managers with organisations looking to achieve more while controlling and cutting costs. Leaders need to take on greater responsibility to drive innovation and creativity within their teams, finding new solutions and new ways of working.

If you are already a graduate and have recently taken up a leadership position in an organisation - or are about to do so - you will no doubt be considering whether there is anything else you could be doing to develop and improve your leadership and management skills, especially if you wish to take a more proactive role.

This flexible and high quality masters programme is designed to help you develop and enhance your leadership skills and knowledge through a structured online learning programme that is highly flexible and delivered by experienced practitioners.

An online induction is held in early September and mid-January each year (depending on your start date) which will introduce you to the online learning environment.

Special features

  • Gives you the skills to become a more effective leader
  • Enables you to work proactively, creatively and collaboratively
  • You will undertake a major piece of advanced independent work within the area of leadership and management at a strategic level
  • The course is available to study part time and online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE),
    enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree

Are you ready..?

We have developed a self-assessment tool which allows you to assess your suitability for studying at Masters level and provides you with a better understanding of the underpinning knowledge and skills you should possess prior to starting on the programme.

  • Use the self-assessment service
    (This will take you to a login page where you will create an account using your email address. This information will only be used for tracking, informing you of your progress, and also resetting your password.)

Work your way through the statements and abilities to receive your results. This should take you around 10 minutes. Results are presented as a spidergram/radar chart. You can review a range of resources related to each of the 12 abilities. You can download all of these or dip in. Once you have had a look at some of the resources, then please complete this very short questionnaire.

Entry requirements

  • A 2:2 honours degree or above
  • An ordinary degree will also be considered, along with appropriate professional experience 
  • Candidates with no formal qualifications, who can demonstrate their abilities and engage in continuing professional development, will be considered
  • You must also be in employment (paid or voluntary), and able to draw upon your working experience in order to complete assignments


*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes


Core modules are:

  • Leading the contemporary workforce
  • Managing in the global network

Option modules, from which you will choose one, include:

  • Information decision making
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical leadership
  • Managing and developing the human resource
  • Reward and development management
  • Employment law
  • Employee relations
  • Success and culture
  • Transformational change


Core modules are:

  • Entra- and intra-preneurial thinking
  • Collaborative leadership

Option modules, from which you will choose one, include:

  • Information decision making
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical leadership
  • Managing and developing the human resource
  • Reward and development management
  • Employment law
  • Employee relations
  • Success and culture
  • Transformational change


To achieve the award of MSc Leadership and Management you must complete the Research for Business module and a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured, two modules per semester): online supported learning
  • Part-time (unstructured one module per semester): online supported learning
  • You may participate in online discussions, forums and group exercises, which will count towards your overall performance
  • You will receive support from expert staff
  • Your application will be dealt with by Inverness College UHI

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 2.5 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 5 years

Each module is designed to be taught within a 15 week semester. This involves 12 weeks of module material and class interaction, and 3 weeks for completing assessments. It is anticipated you will receive 20% of your module learning as online supported content and tutorials and 80% will be self directed study.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January


Fees payable for this online postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) and EU (EU)*Rest of UK (RUKO ) and EU (EUO**) International (INTO)**
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,820
2019-20Scottish (SC) and EU (EU)*Rest of UK (RUKO ) and EU (EUO**) International (INTO)**
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £960
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,880
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,760
Masters degree (60 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,640

*EU students with a term-time address in Scotland.

** EU or international students studying from their own country.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not open to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your Leadership and Management course, you will have all the skills, knowledge and experience you need to seek senior management/leadership positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

With improved confidence, you will be better equipped to make decisions at senior level, feel comfortable taking part in high-level meetings and have increased motivation to further your career.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Doing the course has made a huge impact on my life. I wanted to move forward with increasing management responsibility. It has helped my children better understand the importance of making time to study and the doors that further education can help open. Learning online at your own pace is a fantastic way to study, especially when combined with the support from a helpful and knowledgeable tutor staff. The practical application of your learning will result in your ability to lead and manage effectively.

Malcolm graduated from our MSc Leadership and Management. He chose to study part time, enabling him to fit his studies around his existing job as Customer Experience Engineering Lead at LifeScan Scotland, part of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies.

I chose the part-time MSc Leadership and Management for several reasons. I work in a very competitive field and qualifications are vital for credibility and competitive edge.

I was also attracted by the flexibility offered by part-time, online learning. I needed a course that would adapt to the demands of my job and allow me to work at my own pace. I have support from my tutor whenever I need her, whether it is on the phone, by email or even face-to-face.

Allane Hay, MSc Leadership and Management student graduate and lecturer in business, management and event management

With my kids growing up I felt it was the right time to focus on a new challenge. Running my own business, I deliberately chose a subject that would be relevant. I thought, and have been proven correct, that some of the material covered would challenge our working methods. I now plan to offer bespoke consultancy services to other SMEs who do not have the benefit of someone internally to review their management and leadership strategies and processes.

Vicky Kirkland is studying on our MSc in Leadership and Management. She chose to study part time, enabling her to fit her studies around running her business.

Apply for Leadership and Management MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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