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Leadership and Management (Top-up) MSc

Leadership and Management (Top-up) MSc

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary


Take your practical leadership experience you’ve gained in your career and complete a dissertation on leadership or management to convert your experience into a full Master’s degree.

Supported by an expert supervisor, you’ll explore management theory and improve the way you lead and inspire others, and graduate with a recognised academic qualification.

You’ll choose a dissertation topic you’re passionate about and define a suitable research area with your course director.

As you continue to work alongside your studies, you’ll be able to apply your learning directly in your workplace and develop your research and critical analysis skills.

This course is open to anymore with management and leadership experience, but it also offers direct entry routes for officers of the Armed Forces, based on rank and experience, through

  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • . The University of Portsmouth is also an Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) approved supplier.

    Careers and opportunities

    Careers this Master’s prepares you for

    You’ll graduate as an expert in leadership with a postgraduate qualification to showcase your skills. Holding a recognised MSc certificate will help you appeal to employers and evidence your experience, both in civilian life and during your time in service.

    During your degree, you’ll network with lecturers and fellow students which will support your career development.


    Research Methods and Investigative Project (60 Credits)

    Tuition fees

    UK fees
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    For this course (per year)


    International fees
    Course fees for EU and international students

    For this course (per year)


    Entry requirements

    There are 4 recognised routes of entry: 1. The award of the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Management obtained within the last 5 years and a minimum of 3 years appropriate management experience. 2. Military applicants may apply on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) via either their Rank or the award of ICSC and a minimum of 2 years work experience at a leadership level. 3. Police applicants may apply on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) following successful completion of the College of Policing Senior Leadership Development Programme (June 2018 or later) and a minimum of 2 years work experience at Chief Inspector level or equivalent. 4. Via a Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio where the applicant can demonstrate they meet the Learning Outcomes of a number of prior units. Please contact our admissions team for more details.

    University information

    The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more