• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2020

Course Overview

Please note this course is subject to validation.

Today’s managers and leaders need to successfully navigate a disruptive and continually changing organisational landscape. Within a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment, their performance is being challenged in unrelenting ways.

Now more than ever, successfully embedding a sense of leadership into an organisation can be the difference between success and failure, or mere survival versus profitability. Whether it is a private, public or non-profit organisation, strategic leadership development is an essential ingredient to organisational resilience and sustained relevancy.

Our MA in Leadership and Management seeks to accelerate the mind-set of managers in order to help them to become responsible, reflective, and strategic leaders in any given field.

Our programme has been newly redesigned to reflect the changing pace of organisational decision-making where traditional management theories and practices may no longer be fit for purpose.

There are three recurring themes throughout the programme: relevancy, responsibility and reflection as these three traits underpin effective management and leadership.

Who is it for?

This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop a deep understanding of the nature of leadership and the practicalities of management in a world of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity.

With the focus of the programme on applied leadership and management, the confidence, knowledge and skills developed throughout the course will be transferable into the workplace whether it be a private, non-profit or public organisation.

You will develop advanced techniques and in-depth knowledge of timely issues that today’s leaders and managers face, so that you can continue to progress in your careers.

Course Details

The MA in Leadership and Management plays to the strengths of Bucks New University’s diverse and practice-based institution.

Our teaching and learning promotes resilient, sustainable business leadership within a connected, commercial context. This programme will help give you hands-on experience that directly relates to a workplace setting.

The three recurring themes throughout the course are:

  • Responsibility: Embed a sense of personal and organisational responsibility to a larger ecosystem;
  • Relevancy: Develop leadership skills so that you and your organisation will remain relevant in a volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous (VUCA) environment;
  • Reflection: Utilise and develop the higher cognitive skills of reflection in order to help you remain relevant and responsible through periods of uncertainty and volatility.

Our programme focuses on preparing organisational leaders to actively engage with, and navigate, fluid, interconnected and (often) disruptive factors within the global market place.

You will learn to read and translate global uncertainties and disruptive factors, and quickly adapt these circumstances to your organisation’s competitive advantage to ensure sustainability.

A team of colleagues who retain close links with external organisations and employers has developed the MA in Leadership and Management – we make use of external speakers and industry contacts to develop relevant course materials.

What are the course entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

  • Entry qualifications: Hons Degree or academic equivalent
  • Non-academic entry requirements: review of work experience, letters or recommendation, interview (via Skype or in-person)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (if applicable)

Course Modules


  • Financial & Operational Excellence While Managing Risk
  • Performance Leadership in a VUCA environment
  • Realising Personal Potential & Developing Team Talent
  • Ethics, Change & Innovation
  • Negotiated Project (optional)
  • Dissertation (optional)


How much does it cost

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

This programme is designed to meet the requirements of a range of sectors. There is a strong emphasis on future employability, and helping you progress as senior leaders and managers or, in the wider context, as consultants and business developers. You may also choose to progress to PhD studies.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

At Bucks Business School our goal is to support you with career progression and help you strive for pivotal roles in a challenging landscape.

This programme is designed to be applied to, and reflective of, the changing pace of the environmental and contextual drivers for effective organisational leadership and management.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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