Leadership and Management - MSc

Are you looking to not just manage but to lead in a responsible, innovative, sustainable and inspirational manner, in a range of business functions?

Overview

Studying our CMI-accredited Leadership and Management course will open doors to many exciting employment roles. A good leader needs management skills, communication skills, organisational skills and team-building ability, but they also require a deep knowledge of business in order to lead the innovation of products and processes in a sustainable way

The MSc Leadership and Management course at Kent Business School will enable you to kickstart a career at the top of a chosen field by building graduates who strategise effectively and solve problems, efficiently. Through detailed learning of leadership and management theory, alongside practical experience, you’ll graduate ready to manage change and lead teams successfully. MSc Leadership and Management also comes with an optional Industrial Placement.

Reasons to study MSc Leadership and Management at Kent

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn a broad overview of leadership and management in contemporary organisations, covering topics such as organisational behaviour, leadership theory and practice, corporate strategy, business analytics, strategic marketing, accounting and financial management and sustainability and corporate responsibility management. You will end your Master's with a detailed Business Report, to further develop your research and employability skills.

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“Being able to link theories and ideas between modules helped with my understanding of business concepts and ideas.”

~ Gabriella Carboneri, MSc Management

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Entry requirements

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For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in any area will be accepted on this course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

This course is studied over one year full-time and consists of eight compulsory and two optional modules in Stage 1. Stage 2 consists of a piece of management related research project.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of management and leadership in contemporary organisations, covering topics such as corporate strategy, marketing and communications, accounting and financial management and leadership and change management.

Stage 2 consists of one compulsory module; the Business Report. This allows you to further develop your employability and research skills whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.

The MSc Leadership and Management programme is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Students can choose two optional modules from Level 7 KBS modules delivered at Canterbury during the Spring term.

Compulsory modules currently include

Business failures in the global financial sector, and the subsequent repercussions for a range of different groups, not just shareholders, have put the spotlight on the role of business and the behaviour of managers. Is business just responsible for maximising profit for its owners, or does it have responsibilities to other groups? This raises a number of difficult questions; which groups? responsible for what? And if so, how to discharge these responsibilities?

This module has three main aims:

• To develop critical thought, insight and debate regarding the changing role of business in today's society.

• To broaden your views on the role of business in society.

• To provide you with the tools, skills and knowledge to manage responsibly.

The nature of the topic is constantly changing and evolving; therefore the module will be subject to continual refinement according to developments in industry, government and academia.

Indicative topics are:

• Definitions of Corporate Responsibility

• The Role of Business and Society

• Theories of Corporate Responsibility

• Ethics Theory

• Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

• Areas of Corporate Responsibility

• Firm Level Responses

• Social Accounting

• Criticisms of Corporate Responsibility

• Social Entrepreneurship

• Sustainability

Find out more about BUSN9000

This module aims to provide students with a rigorous framework of knowledge and practical applications concerning leadership, people management and organisational change that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow. It has a number of distinct learning objectives.

Firstly, the module seeks to familiarise students with major contemporary research evidence on effective approaches to leadership in various contexts. Research focusing on the links between people management practices, organisational processes and positive organisational outcomes is examined, as is research that highlights the role of leadership in addressing major contemporary challenges to sustainable development. Secondly, the module introduces students to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, change management, and leadership development. It aims to help them become effective leaders as well as effective managers, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance. Finally, the module requires students to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Find out more about BUSN9047

The aim of this highly practical module is to give students an intensive grounding in analytics modelling and hands-on experience in using industry-standard spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel®) to structure, analyse and solve a variety of problems encountered in business and management.

Students will learn how to build practical analytics models using descriptive analytics techniques to visualise and interpret data; predictive analytics techniques to predict future outcomes and trends; and prescriptive analytics techniques, such as optimisation and decision analysis, to support decision making in complex situations.

Students will be exposed to a variety of case studies that will prepare them to be data-driven managers and executives capable of utilising analytics for business value creation. Practical demonstrations will include examples in finance (e.g., optimal investment strategies, portfolio optimisation), human resources (e.g., staff scheduling, workforce planning, employee performance management), marketing (e.g., product development, customer classification, marketing campaigns optimisation), supply chain management (e.g., optimal transport routing, production scheduling) and project management (e.g., task scheduling, resource planning, project completion time optimisation).

Find out more about BUSN9087

Employers are in search for individuals who possess logical thinking, analytical capability, leadership, communication and the ability to work under pressure. This module develops the necessary research knowledge and skills for students to be able to successfully complete a piece of research in industry or consultancy contexts or academia.

Indicative topics are:

• Choosing the topic of interest and literature review

• Research process and Ethics in in business research

• Choosing your research design

• Preparing the research proposal

• Communicating the Research

Find out more about BUSN9200

Topics are:

- Marketing planning

- The market: understanding and analysing the marketing environment

- Segmentation, targeting and positioning

- Marketing research

- Understanding customers and buyer behaviour

- The organisation: marketing strategy and ethics

- The marketing mix (goods and services)

- New product development

- Marketing communications

- Pricing

- Marketing channels

- Contemporary issues in marketing

Find out more about BUSN9330

The Global Strategy module has two main learning components:

• Acquiring theory and concepts in global strategy and value creation in today's dynamic environment.

• Application of theory and concepts to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of global strategy.

The aim is to critically examine and provide insights into the practice and process of strategic management within a variety of private and public sector organisations globally.

This course is designed to allow students to develop their skills of strategic analysis and their ability to think about the selection and implementation of appropriate strategies in different industry and geographic contexts and in different types and styles of organisations, including non-profit and public sector organisations.

Indicative topics may include:

• What is Strategy, and Why is it Important?

• The Context of Global Strategy and Value Realisation

• Competitive Global Strategy and Strategic Choices

• Business models

• Digital Strategy

• Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management

Find out more about BUSN9340

This module provides an insight into the key concepts and theories of human resource management and organisational behaviour in an international context. It aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge for gaining an in-depth understanding of the links between HRM practices and organisational performance and the factors at play when managing employees globally.

Indicative topics are:

• Strategic management and International HRM

• Diversity and Equal Opportunity in the Workplace

• Gender in International Business and Management

• Managing a Global Workforce

• Organisational Culture Reward Management: International comparisons

• Expatriate Assignments and Adjustment Process

• Globalisation and HRM

• International Compensation

Find out more about BUSN9350

The module provides a basic understanding of how accounting information can be used to interpret the financial position and performance of a business in an international scenario. It will also develop key skills in relation to how accounting information can inform planning and control decisions in multinational companies. The key principles and international standards upon which financial accounting is based and the form and content of the main financial statements prepared by different types of businesses, with a focus on public limited companies will be studied. The importance of corporate governance in modern businesses and the financial situation and performance of a global corporation by means of ratio analysis will be analysed as well as the importance of cost information for decision making purposes. This module covers the key internationally recognised management accounting techniques that modern businesses use for short-term and long-term decision making.

Indicative areas of the syllabus include:

• Concepts underpinning accounting systems and financial statements

• The construction of the primary financial statements and their interpretation and evaluation

• Classification and behaviour of costs and their use in short-term and long-term decision making

• Responsibility accounting systems and performance appraisal measures, including the balanced scorecard and budgeting

Find out more about BUSN9370

Optional modules may include

The module aims to equip students with the knowledge to participate in the digital marketing efforts of organisations.

Topics are:

- The digital marketing environment;

- Enabling technologies for digital marketing;

- Website design, implementation and analysis;

- Social media;

- Customers in the Internet age: knowing, reaching & retaining the customer;

- Network effects and versioning; Internet marketing strategy;

- Loyalty, Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining;

- Brands in the Internet age;

- Data protection, privacy and legal issues;

- Digital marketing and globalisation

Find out more about BUSN9067

This module will combine lectures and seminars to present, transfer, discuss and summarise intercultural marketing concepts and frameworks. Indicative topics are:

• Analysis of cultural conditions in global markets

• Cross-cultural Marketing research

• Identification of International segments and niche markets

• Executing marketing mix strategies across different cultures

• Consumer Behaviour across cultures

• Making ethical decisions across cultures

Find out more about BUSN9090

In today's competitive and global economy, companies are turning to project management to consistently deliver business results. Increased number of international and complex projects brings with it a growing demand for project management specialists, according to Project Management Institute (PMI). This module introduces the principles and practice of project management in a global context. The module aims to:

Equip you with project management tools, techniques and management issues, focusing on key challenges that arise from managing complex projects, such as with regards to project time, quality and cost, resource constraints, stakeholder analysis, cultural diversity and teamwork.

Analyse contemporary project management issues and employ a range of established and innovative methodologies for adequate project plan, execution and control;

Critically analyse risks in projects, develop sustainable contingency plans and demonstrate ability to set reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across different project tasks with due consideration to economic, social, and environmental aspects surrounding a project.

Find out more about BUSN9173

The module examines the main methods of marketing communications. Strengths and weakness of marketing communications channels will be analysed as well as their suitability and effectiveness. The module systematically evaluates the principles, methods and strategies of marketing communications. The role of message content, format and source will be discussed as well as psychological processes involved in consumers' processing of and response to advertising. The module will discuss how different marketing communications platforms can be combined to reach specific objectives.

Indicative topics are:

• The communications process

• Advertising

• Strategy and media planning

• Image, brand management and packaging

• Direct marketing

• Digital and interactive media

• Sales promotion, merchandising and point of sale

• Public relations and corporate identity

• Exhibitions, trade shows, product placement and sponsorship

• Personal selling and sales management

• The implications of digital marketing communications are included in the above topics

Find out more about BUSN9520

Compulsory modules currently include

This module will enable students to write a high quality Business Report under the supervision of an international business expert on a management and/ or business related issue that supports their immediate career objectives.

The module will typically include:

• The Literature Review

• Electronic Literature Searching and On-Line Sources

• Using Literature Effectively

• Research Design

• Writing a Business Report

• Communicating Findings to Different Audiences

Find out more about BUSN9002

Teaching

Teaching and assessment

Our enthusiastic team of international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, bringing their subject to life and drawing you into the conversation.

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress on this course is assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations.

Coursework takes a variety of forms and includes;

  • reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • short podcasts.

Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules and the stage 2 Research project. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.

Industrial Placements

Industrial placements are the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of a specific area of expertise. This MSc programme is available with the option to take an in-company or self-employed industrial placement of up to 12 months (visa dependent), allowing you to gain work experience in the UK or overseas.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £11400
  • EU full-time TBC
  • International full-time £21200

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

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Funding

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 80% of our research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The school’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of high calibre research.

Research

Research areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history 

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Management;  

Technological Forecasting & Social ChangeHuman Resource Management Journal

Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Business Ethics and The British Journal of Management.

Careers

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Graduates may choose to start their own business, or work in any area of industry, national and international governmental organisations, charities or other non-governmental organisations

Graduates have have gone on to work for companies including:

  • Deloitte, 
  • Fujitsu Services Ltd, 
  • Pace Capital, 
  • City Sprint, 
  • J.P Morgan
  • Chase and BP.

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace. Enhance your employability prospects by undertaking an Industrial Placement or opt for an In-Company Scheme to work on a real business case study. Go on our Business Start-up Journey and transform your idea into a business through ASPIRE.

Learn more about MSc Leadership and Management with Industrial Placement

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, bought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities 

The award-winning Sibson Building is Kent Business School's home on our Canterbury campus. This vibrant, state-of-the-art structure includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated MBA, PhD and IT suites as well as social and breakout areas to fully enhance your learning experience.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you secure access to the information you need.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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