Leadership and Management

Inspire and motivate people to perform to their full potential

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Why take this course?

This course is only available to the Armed Forces and Fire and Rescue Services where there is agreement in place with the University regarding the provision of continuing management and leadership development for members of their staff who wish to apply.

This work-based learning course is aimed at helping experienced and aspiring leaders and managers to develop their critical skills based on analysis, research and interpretation of information to form sound conclusions as a basis for recommendations for improvement. These skills are essential to effective management and organisational improvement and performance. Assignments will be set in the workplace and will address real organisational issues.

You will be able to benefit from our flexible structure and delivery allowing you to tailor your studies to meet your professional development needs and succeed as influential managers.

There are direct entry routes for officers of the Armed Forces and Fire and Resuce Services based on rank and experience, for more information visit the Accredited Prior Experience and Learning web pages. The University of Portsmouth is an ELC approved supplier.

Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain a thorough grounding in how to manage people alongside the skills to be a confident leader
  • Make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improve your career prospects
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is grounded in the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management and offers a work-based learning approach. Successful completion of the Certificate and Diploma programmes enables you to gain graduate membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Completion of the PgDip stage provides the necessary entry requirements to progress to the MSc Leadership and Management.

Steve Lawrenson, MSc Project Management student

The facilities offered by the University are superb and the support given by both the academic staff and the administration made my whole experience very positive.

Steve Lawrenson, project management student

Key Facts

1 year part time
A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications at an appropriate leadership and managerial level. It is also possible to claim Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL). English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: part time: £3,130

International students
2016/17 entry: part time: £4,230

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Programme specification

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This stage comprises two units:

Leading and Managing Performance focuses on leadership and management of performance from the different perspectives of the organisation, the group and the individual. The design, application and support of performance management systems and how these are managed are critically examined.

The Leadership and Management Report is an investigative project based on analysis and critical evaluation which combines key themes from at least two of the three units that make up the PgCert and PgDip.

Teaching and Assessment

Learning is self-directed, flexible and supported through a blended delivery approach including a course website, email, telephone, textbooks, journals and occasional face-to-face meetings as and when appropriate.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is a work-based learning proposal and project on a topic of your choosing.

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Flexible Learning

No matter where you are, you will have easy access to the University’s comprehensive online resources – just as though you were on campus. Our online resources include several hundred ebooks (electronic versions of key textbooks) and access to databases containing academic and business journals. There are also study skills resources (e.g, academic writing, referencing, etc) available online.


Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You will be specifically assigned a personal tutor to oversee your progress, as well as a workplace mentor chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance and moral support throughout your studies.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

The ASK unit will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to refresh yourself on university study ensuring you perform to your full potential.


University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.


Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Career prospects

Effective leadership and management make a major difference in today’s organisations by inspiring people to perform and by improving results. Management and leadership skills are highly valued in all sorts of organisations. 

This course will develop your ability to provide strategic direction in order to achieve significant goals within your organisation. It can also enhance your career prospects and act as a springboard to other dynamic and rewarding managerial roles.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degrees students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service – Purple Door – can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

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Portsmouth Business School holds regular course information events throughout the year - we'd be delighted if you could join us.

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Postgraduate Information Days 2016

  • Wednesday 2 March 2016, 1pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday 27 April 2016, 1pm – 5pm

Our Postgraduate Information Days are for anyone considering postgraduate study at the University of Portsmouth. It’s your opportunity to learn about the University and the postgraduate opportunities on offer.

Meet with our postgraduate subject specialists and faculty admissions teams who will provide information and guidance on the range of Master's courses and research programmes available at the University. In addition, some of our current postgraduate students will be available to speak to you about postgraduate student life at Portsmouth, alongside staff from our Careers and Recruitment service, Student Finance Team, International Office and Graduate School.

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Alternatively, If you would like to visit the campus you can download our free walking tour for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday - Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm. We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look into our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.

Find out more information about our self-guided walking tours.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.