In an increasingly complex and dynamic world, the effects of new technology and rapidly changing markets means organisations are looking to leaders with the ability to be both adaptable and knowledgeable with regard to the challenges faced. Within all sectors leaders who are innovative in their approach and can unlock the potential of staff are highly sought after in the drive to achieve strategic organisational change.
Why Study MA Leadership in Organisations
This course is for professionals in management positions who want to understand how they can enact strategic organisational change and graduates who aspire to such positions and want to develop their understanding of leadership in organisations. You will gain knowledge in areas such as leadership studies, management learning and organisational development from academics who have conducted research in organisational development, leadership development and critical perspectives on leadership and practiced in the private, public and third/voluntary sectors.
Delivers relevant knowledge with a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and multi-discourse approach
Study with academics who are experts in leadership and how different perspectives shape improvements in organisational performance
Blended learning method that gives greater flexibility for both full-time and part-time study
The course provides a critical overview of the core issues and future scenarios of organisational behaviour and work to give you a base from which to proceed into more specialised areas of the subject. As you become more familiar with the major concerns of the topic you will explore specific areas in work such as resilience, inclusion and exclusion, as well as critical engagements with aspects of leadership and organisations. You will then be ready to complete your studies with a dissertation on a relevant topic that is of particular interest to you.
Foundations in Leadership & Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Management Learning (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Critical Leadership (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Leadership of Self (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Leadership & Managing People (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Toxic Leadership (15 Credits) - Optional
Dark Side of Organisations (15 Credits) - Optional
Dissertation/In Practice (60 Credits) - Compulsory
Direct teaching contact modules combines a number of forms – mainly lectures, seminars, tutorials, online activities and individual projects.
The aim of lectures is to facilitate discussion on key material or approaches, explore questions, concepts and theories, or introduce case study material From organisations that Middlesex works closely with such as Worldpay, ITV, Mitsubishi and public sector organisations such as BEH MHT and LB Barnet Children & Family Services.
Small group work sessions in which you explore ideas in discussion, carry out research and analyses live case studies.
Tutor-led workshops to develop effective mentoring and coaching interventions for individuals and groups.
Action Learning Sets
Comprises a group of 4-6 students, hosted by an experienced facilitator, and provides a forum to bridge the gap between learning new theory and incorporating this into professional practice. New ideas can be explored more deeply and integrated with the experiences that managers have accumulated and absorbed to date.
Self-directed reading, research or practical project, as well as producing reflective pieces of work.
Online learning activities
This involves taking part in online debates and reflective exercises.
What are the entry requirements for MA Leadership in Organisations?
We normally require a second class honours degree or above
Applicants without a degree who have practical experience in related areas will also be considered, but you will need to demonstrate their ability on the basis of courses already attended, references supplied, a 2,000-word essay and an interview.
Applicants should ideally be currently employed or have past experience in posts with significant responsibilities.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Applicants without a degree who have practical experience in related areas will need to demonstrate their ability on the basis of courses already attended, references supplied, a 2,000-word essay and an interview.
How to apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
Building an understanding of organisational behaviour and employment relations will aid the development of practioners and graduates aspiring to roles in leadership and management. The course itself also provides support and learning for those who wish to pursue a career in academia with a HR specialism. Roles with a specific focus on work and organisations are: