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Leadership in Organisations MA

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October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£10,800 (UK/EU) *
£15,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Chris Rigby

While the global spread of new technologies has transformed how goods and services are produced and delivered, bringing together actors from all sectors, the worldwide recession has meant many organisations are looking to achieve efficiencies and competitive advantage. Understanding how to operate strategically and lead effectively in this new context are highly sought after skills in such complex times.

Why study MA Leadership in Organisations at Middlesex University?

With a focus on subject such as leadership in 21st century organisations, management learning and critical leadership perspectives, this course is designed for graduates and professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in this dynamic and highly relevant field. Focusing on critically evaluate contemporary issues and theoretical approaches, as well as skills to enhance effectiveness in a complex, dynamic and increasingly global environment, you will learn to apply theory to everyday situations in order to consult on, manage and lead effectively on a range of projects, issues and initiatives related to leading in organisations.

Course Highlights

  • Driven by research to ensure a focus on contemporary & future leadership challenges as well as existing historical perspectives
  • The course is also taught by experienced practitioners of leadership who have industry experience in organisations such as The Royal Armouries, British Airways, and numerous market research companies in Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea and England
  • Learn from academics whose areas of research include; leadership and identity, critical management studies, e-mentoring and authentic leadership

What you will study on the MA Leadership in Organisations?

The course provides a critical overview of the core issues and future scenarios of organisational leadership and management 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 such as authentic leadership, toxic leadership and critical leadership. You will then be ready to complete your studies with a dissertation on a relevant topic that is of particular interest to you.

  • Modules

    • Perspectives on Leadership in Organisations (30 credits) Compulsory

      The module will lay the foundations for the understanding of the wide range of ways that leadership, management and organisations have been conceptualised in the 21st century. It will critically explore the complex, multi-actor and multi-level context in which leaders and managers have to operate. Rooted in humanist pedagogy, the course will develop students understanding of how effective leaders are able to make-sense of complexity and also balance (broker) the many contradictions and tensions that arise with shifting patterns of governance.

    • Management Learning (30 credits) Compulsory

      This module aims to create a critical understanding of the field of Management Learning, drawing on theories of learning that underpin and inform Management Learning practices and leadership development. Starting with a reflective and reflexive critique of how managers learn, we will critically explore theories of learning to understand their use, potential and limitations in the context of planned and unplanned learning experience and opportunities. Drawing on adult learning theory, individual and social theories of learning, we will explore and critique their use and application in a range of management learning practices, including, formal education and training, action learning, coaching and mentoring and reflective practice. This module is theory led with practice sessions incorporated into the learning experience.

    • Authentic Leadership in Practice (15 credits) Compulsory

      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership, in particular the increasing interest and demand for authentic leadership. The module will explore the contextual complexity of and challenges to leadership effectiveness in the 21st century. The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore how their values underpin their leadership authenticity and effectiveness.

    • Managerial and Intrapreneurial Leadership (15 credits) Compulsory

      This module is designed to engage students in identifying, exploring and analysing the nature of changing role of managerial leaders in leading and managing people from a historical and global perspective. Students have the opportunity to comprehend and gain awareness of key managerial leadership issues, including role complexities, disaster and crises management, learning and development, intrapreneurship, [ir]responsible behaviours and practices, and cross-cultural matters.

    • Toxic Leadership (15 credits) Compulsory

      This module investigates and evaluates the forces behind the rising incidence and growing impact of the unethical forms of leadership. The module introduces the student to the non-heroic, self-interested forms of leadership and explores how to combat its effects. The module also explores the different types of Psychopaths, Corporate Psychopaths, Sociopaths, Narcissists and Machiavellians.

    • Critical Leadership (15 credits) Compulsory

      The module applies key concepts from Critical Management Studies (CMS) perspectives - such as identity, discourse and performance – to the study of leadership. It does so to provide students with resources with which to critically reflect on their prior experiences of leadership and explore the implications of these perspectives developing a subtle understanding of the operation of power within organisational contexts.

    • Applied Dissertation (60 credits) Compulsory

      The module will enable students to demonstrate a critical awareness of people management and development strategies, business orientation, and how research can add value through critically reviewing current people management and development theory and practice. In order to achieve this, it is this module's purpose to develop student’s ability to identify and undertake a live empirical piece of research into complex business issue from a people management and development perspective that will inform both current theory and practice.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Leadership in Organisation taught?

You will take part in a full range of learning, including lectures, seminars and workshops to explore concepts and theories, engage in discussion and look at real world issues. You will also take part in online activities, group and individual tutorials and self-directed study.


Individual course work will involve critically reflective personal learning review of your learning journey, drawing on relevant theory to illuminate your understanding of practice and developmental account and a research paper where you will select a character or an organisation from the leadership literature and gauge their/its toxicity against a characterisation of corporate psychopathy, and/or narcissism and/or Machiavellianism. You will also take part in group coursework such as a presentation on inauthentic leadership and inline debates on issues such as responsible leadership.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA Leadership in Organisations support your career?

The course will develop you to critically review, analyse and evaluate both the challenges and the opportunities facing organisations as they move towards the 3rd decade of the 21st century and present persuasive arguments and plans for delivering strategic change. Roles with a specific focus on work and organisations are:

  • HR Officer, Administrator or Manager
  • HR Management Consultant
  • Training and Development Officer or Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Coaching and Mentoring Advisor or Consultant

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