leadership

Management (Leadership & Change)

MA

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2020
  • Future start date: Sep 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 12 - 16 months
  • Fee: January 2020 - £18,500; September 2020 - £21,500

The Leadership & Change pathway equips you with the knowledge and skills to become an agile leader and changemaker. 

To be a successful leader in today’s climate, you must be able to effectively respond to cultural shifts and technological advances. This pathway will give you the skills to recognise and maximise new opportunities to successfully navigate the constantly shifting business market.

To inspire others, you need to radiate confidence, motivate different types of employee, and offer a clear vision while adapting to change. Our MA Management programme will help you explore a wide range of leadership styles, and encourage you to make a difference in work and in your community.

This programme takes a holistic approach to management. You'll develop your personal as well as your professional characteristics, and build your people skills. You'll be challenged to assess your own strengths and weaknesses, and dig deep to improve your self-reliance and resilience.

By studying our MA, you will:

  • Learn to act with confidence
  • Think critically and decisively
  • Understand how successful leaders work
  • Discuss and assess different leadership styles
  • Explore the emotional and social aspects of leadership
  • Plan your own development

This is a practical programme, designed to prepare you for the hurdles and opportunities you'll face in global business. Our alumni have harnessed the skills they've learned to take control of corporate organisations, startups, and family businesses.

Every leader is different. As part of a diverse and dedicated group of students, you'll immerse yourself in the study of a variety of management practices. Your group will explore how certain managers get results, and thrive in challenging and changing environments. Through projects and collaboration, you'll also discover that being a leader isn't just about acting alone.

This MA will transform your attitudes toward management, and show how you to combine the latest thinking and theories with the values that set great leaders apart. You will also get the chance to probe deeper into areas that interest you, such as business analytics, international negotiation, coaching or running a family enterprise.

Our highly experienced tutors will guide you on the road to becoming a more rounded and dynamic manager. We offer individual guidance and support from staff who have excelled in academia, community organisations and thriving businesses. Our careers staff will also draw from a strong global network to help you plan and secure your next move.

Regent's is based in the heart of Central London, surrounded by some of the most prestigious businesses. We draw from these companies to secure guest lecturers who have extended the limits of what was considered possible, and will show how to apply your knowledge to real business situations.

In your final year, you can either:

  • Test your research and analysis skills by completing a dissertation
  • Carry out a business project, exploring solutions to a real business issue
  • Plan out the concept for a business start-up, spotting an opportunity and exploring the market

You will leave Regent's with a broad knowledge of what it takes to bring people together and push them further.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you choose to join as student members of the Institute (students have specific period to register) and upon completion of mapped modules within the MA Management, you will receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

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Length

There are two entry points each year in January and September. If you begin your studies in September, it will take approximately 12 months to complete the programme. If you start in January, it will take approximately 16 months.

Core modules

Module Title Credits Overview
Financial Analysis for Managers 10 The aims of the module are to enable students to understand the uses and limitations of the different elements
statutorily required Annual Report, apply this knowledge both to company valuation applicable to equity investment
decisions and to lending decisions and, as a director, use this knowledge in conjunction with other techniques to achieve
optimal financing.
Marketing for Managers 10 The course is designed to equip students with a theoretical and up-to-date profound insight and competence in the field of marketing. This module allows students to take a strategic approach in marketing planning to achieve competitive advantage. By its very nature, marketing represents the interface between the organisation and the marketplace and therefore contains a strong practical dimension that is inseparable from the conceptual frameworks that underpin the components within it. Students are able to relate key concepts to everyday observable phenomena such as branding and advertising.
Operations Management 10 Businesses buy and sell. They have inputs and they have outputs. The object of this module is to introduce students to the transformation processes that convert – at a profit – those inputs into outputs. To achieve this goal, the module covers three broad areas: The first is operations management: how to structure and to run the internal workings of an organisation, including planning for production and/or service provision. The second area is supply chain management: extending operations management beyond the boundaries of the organisation to include suppliers and customers. The third area is project management: dealing with discrete, time-limited projects
instead of on-going and repeating activities. This course provides students with concepts, techniques and tools to design, analyse and
improve the operational capabilities of an organisation. The module makes extensive use of simulation exercises to give students the opportunity to learn by practice.
Research Methods 20 Managers in organisations often need to rely on research-based information to make decisions. In order to make proper use of such material and to ensure that any decisions made on the basis of research findings are soundly based it is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methods and techniques used to collect and analyse such information. There is a wide range of possible approaches to conducting research or consultancy studies which vary in terms of the kinds of questions they seek to answer and the methods used to provide answers are explored in this module.
Strategy and Decision-Making 20 Why is it that some firms are more successful than others or better at doing business than their competitors? Why it is that one firm can be said to have a “competitive advantage” in one industry and provide “superior returns” while other firms in the same industry provide “average” returns? How and where should a firm compete? These and other similar questions are at the heart of strategic management. The module aims to provide students with an insight into how firm can compete and succeed in a complex, fast changing global environments.
The module has a solid theoretical foundation, but the focus is on the practical application of various theoretical frameworks and concept. In addition to developing students’ analytical skill emphasis is placed on strategy implementation and how managers can improve their strategic decision-making processes. Strategy concepts are applied to a range of organisations from the entrepreneurial, startup situation to medium-sized businesses as well as multi-national enterprises operating globally.
Dissertation or Business Project 60 Dissertation Project is a major research-based activity. It is the final stage of the Master’s degree and provides the student with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have gained the necessary knowledge, understanding, conceptual awareness and skills in order to organise and conduct a research project. The project can take shape as a more traditional dissertation or a consultancy assignment with a live company of on a project that is of strategic importance to the firm. Consultancy assignments may be taken in groups but each student consultant will submit an independent written piece of work.

Pathway modules

Module Title Credits Overview
Change Management 10 Today’s managers and leaders are tasked on the one hand with building and providing a stable, effective and successful organisation and on the other hand to ensure continuing relevance in the global marketplace, this is a challenging balancing act. Managing change is complex, costly and challenging. According to some, close to 70% of change projects fail to achieve their defined goals. Mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, moving to a new technology platform are all changes that affect many organisations in the 21st Century. Understanding the types of organisational changes that take place and how they affect the organisation as a whole as well as how to work with fear and resistance to change at the individual level, are essential competencies for those leading organisations as well as those who find themselves in the role of change agent. From strategic visioning, to conceiving a change initiative through to implementing change, this module will explore the many tools, frameworks that are commonly found in change management, both in business and in various academic texts.
Leadership 20 The leadership module is designed to focus on and support the wider objectives of the programme as well as the overall mission of Regent’s University London to ‘Developing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders’. Leaders today not only face a turbulent business environment, but operate in a world that include significant challenges including climate disruption, pollution, unequal distribution of wealth, politically unstable environments, wars and terrorism. This module then will enable students to have a greater understanding of leadership and people management challenges. Furthermore it asks students to reflect on their own beliefs, values, skills and behaviour with respect to the demands and challenges of leadership in the global (business) world. A key aim is to go beyond the mainstream, leader-centric and predominantly psychologically driven theories, to offer a more balanced perspective by including sociologically driven studies, which are gaining in voice. We will also explore emerging issues in the leadership literature.
Managing Complexity 10 Complexity is one of the salient hallmarks of the 21st century for global managers / leaders. The demands of managing in a complex landscape require knowledge and understanding to promote adaptability, learning and creative problem solving, as well as confidence, which enables the distributed intelligence of the organisation / community to flourish. This complexity arises from operating in multiple geographical markets, engaging in multifunctional activities and dealing with heterogeneity in terms of different businesses, countries (cultures, legislations), and tasks. In other words, global managers / leaders function in many different contexts across cultural geographical and socio-political environments. Hence, they should be prepared to think, act and communicate differently based on a given situation, rapidly accommodating global business challenges. Therefore, complexity is determined by the environment in which global managers / leaders and live. Although naturally different, environments that drive complexity share four common conditions: multiplicity, interdependence, ambiguity, and flux.

Elective Modules

Module Title Credits Overview
Coaching 10 The aims of the module are to provide the students with the relevant coaching tools and techniques so that they can “coach” people with confidence, raise the students’ self-awareness, so that they themselves ask questions about themselves, provide the necessary tools so that the students learn not only about themselves, and how to view things from another perspective, but learn from the insights and resolution
of the coaching process.
Diversity and Migration Management 10 This module aims to enable students to build on their understanding of human mobility within and across national borders, diversity and repercussions of growing diversity regarding theories, key concepts, and practices. They will have an increased awareness of the processes, contexts and influences associated with human mobility and diversity in a range of environments. Having developed an awareness of processes, contexts and influences, students, by analysing firms’, governments and individuals practices and approaches, will be able to formulate and argue coherently for appropriate policies and strategies. Students will learn to understand and analyse risks and opportunities facing firms, governments and individuals in an ever connected global context, and consider the ways in which to manage diversity and human mobility in such environment.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation 10 This module combines ideas and concepts from the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation to create a learning environment that allows students to deconstruct taken-forgranted tools, theories and practices by thinking “out of the box”, to create proactive solutions to contemporary business problems as well as develop the ability to stretch boundaries in an attempt to identify innovative entrepreneurial solutions. By stretching the students’ thinking, intellectual, creative and innovative skills, it is hoped they will make better entrepreneurs, managers and leaders.
Family Business 10 Upon successful completion of the module the student should have developed a critical insight into how family vision, values and, goals, are linked to the mission, vision and goals of the business, a critical understanding of the stages in the development of a family business and the issues that the family must overcome at each stage to ensure the business is sustainable, a critical understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a shareholder, an employee and a family member within the context of the family business and a clearer understanding of the challenges they face in returning to work for their family’s business and the changes they may need to encourage in order to ensure that the business is sustainable
Green Business 10 Environmental problems such as pollution and resource depletion have become key challenges that no forward-looking business can afford to ignore nowadays. This module offers a macro and micro-level approach to green business, which should be understand the kinds of “play to win” or “play not to lose” practices in which companies can engage for the long term without destroying the ecological balance of the planet. Greening processes are both a constraint for business - since they require managers to change their way of organising corporate activities – but also an opportunity to benefit from ongoing global transitions to new forms of economic, political and social organisation. The stakes are enormous and it is no surprise that world business and political leaders view environmental sustainability as a key growth area.
Private Equity and Venture Capital 10 Venture Capital and Private Equity seem opaque with complicated legal structures and a particularly alienating jargon. An understanding of the way things work, why they are structured in a particular way and how to talk about them properly is a goal of the module. Unlike other forms of finance, there is a ‘hands-on’ aspect to Venture Capital and Private Equity which makes it more intense. Thus deals are more complex and require an extra level of analysis and the incorporation of contextual factors. Finally, the real art of PE investing comes in the valuation of potential investments. Every person involved in the investment process will have different views about its value, and different ways of deriving that value. Understanding these different perspectives is the most important skill, or instinct, to acquire in private equity—even more important than the many various valuation techniques. Also, new techniques are evolving to accommodate some of the more inadequate practices of the past; we will examine and assess these in their appropriate contexts.
Social Media and Analytics 10 Marketing communications play the vital role in supporting and maintaining a brand. This once one-way street then moved to dialogue and has now become multilogue with the exponential growth in Word of mouth (WOM) social media marketing. This module will introduce students to the key concepts of social media marketing. Students will learn how to understand, critically evaluate and apply conceptual social media frameworks, theories and approaches relevant to their marketing and promotional mix. They will discover how social media networks are used as part of the marketing strategies of a variety of different organisations. They will appreciate and be able to harness the key metrics tools of social media marketing in order to listen, monitor and manage communications through such tools. The module also aims to develop students’ strategic understanding of how to build and manage social media marketing communications campaign which impacts on the identified target audiences and integrates with all other relevant media.
Sustainability for Managers 10 This module provides students with an understanding of the increasingly central role of Sustainability in business and corporate strategy and examines the trajectory of current management practice. The module will embody a critical understanding of the increasingly need of the business manager to adapt and leverage Sustainability constructs. This module will initially provide students with a contemporary understanding of the external issues that are driving business to engage with Sustainability. This will cover recent ecological and social drivers that are externally impacting businesses around the world and the contemporary moves by stakeholder groups to engage businesses in embedding the full spectrum of sustainability strategies into their operational models. Theories and case studies around sustainability engagement in support of the earnings imperative will also be critiqued. This will be positioned in the context of the maturity of businesses in their development and application of sustainability management strategies.
Technology and Innovation 10 Economic growth, increased wealth, higher standards of living, and better quality of life all depend upon productivity increases. And increased productivity is primarily a function of technology and innovation. This course will focus on both the macro aspects – how technology and innovation have contributed to the making of the modern world – and the micro aspects – how technology and innovation influence business. The course will also focus on what factors – social, political, economic, cultural, geographic, and religious – have been conducive to or detrimental to the success of technology and innovation, on both the macro and the micro levels. There will be special emphasis on the management of technology and innovation, with case studies in different industries and countries used to illustrate and analyse the concepts and ideas covered.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

Application deadlines 

January 2020 

Priority deadline: Wednesday 11 December 2019 click here to find out more about this deadline

September 2020

Early deadline: Wednesday 11 December 2019 click here to find out more about this deadline

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application.These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 1,000 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

India Postgraduate Taught Masters scholarships

Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business. Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018-19

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Tuition fee

Starting January 2020: £18,500
Starting September 2020: £21,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 for the year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Additional fee charges

  • The programme fee outlined is for the full Masters programme including the dissertation element
  • Should there be a requirement to retake modules during an additional term of study or during the dissertation term,  there will be an additional charge per module retaken at the rate applicable to that period of study
  • The module charge will be calculated on a credit basis for each module, in line with the overall credit weighting of the programme  
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases
     

Teaching and Assessment

Through group seminars and lectures, you will learn to compare different management perspectives and case studies, and put your learning into practice in business simulations.

Teaching will be carried out through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group work
  • Case-study analysis
  • Individual and group tutorials

You will also be assessed on your competence in teamwork, and learn to take responsibility for making decisions.

Academic Calendar

Contact hours and expected workload

Each core module consists of 200 notional learning hours while optional modules will each have 100 notional learning hours. The Dissertation/Business Project/Business Start-up has approximately 600 notional learning hours.

Teaching staff

Our tutors have extensive experience in the business world, and have researched and experienced a range of different leadership styles. The programme also includes visits from a selection of guest speakers who are prominent in global business, with insights into many different approaches to change.

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Assignments
  • Business plans
  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Individual and group projects
  • Research proposals

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted. 

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1,000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

You'll graduate with strong leadership skills, and have the ability to confidently adapt to ensure you thrive in the global business arena. This will set you up for a successful career in:

  • Private and public sector management
  • Social enterprise
  • Management consulting
  • A family business
  • A start-up
  • Business development

Professional development

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you choose to join as student members of the Institute (students have specific period to register) and upon completion of mapped modules within the MA Management programme, you will receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Engaging with Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as a professional body provides a wide range of benefits, which add value to your learning development in many different ways. Some benefits include:

  • Additional Level 7 qualification upon successful completion of the programme
  • Access to Career Development Centre
  • Access to latest research and thinking
  • Access to Mentoring scheme
  • Access to online Professional Manager magazine
  • Affiliate student membership whilst studying
  • CMI Management Library - book loans, databases etc. 
  • CMI qualifications fast-track learners into the next stage of their development to become Chartered Managers (CMgr) - on completion of their degree and additional post-nominals after their name when they graduate upon membership renewal
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) record online
  • Management Direct - 24/7 extensive online knowledge resource on Management and Leadership – Access to thousands of online resources, including videos, e-learning and publications
  • Phone and email support from CMI information researchers
  • Events and networking
Chartered Management Institute

MA Management (Leadership & Change)

MA Management (Leadership & Change)