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Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): January 2024
  • Duration: 12 months part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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The MSc in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership is an innovative course that provides professional staff working in management and administration roles in higher education with a transformative experience to enhance their administrative, managerial and leadership capabilities.

Building on the PG Cert and PG Dip it provides a pathway for staff working in management and administrative roles in HE with a progressional route to support their career development. The course enables participants to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities as HE professionals, promoting excellence in management and administration in higher education.

From this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of how contemporary issues, theories and ideologies in administration, management and leadership can be applied to improve current practice in your institution and the HE sector in general.
  • Evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to the HE sector, synthesising existing research to identify alternative approaches.
  • Display proficiency in the use of techniques of research and enquiry to draw conclusions from critical evaluation of relevant issues.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of your role and organisation in the global HE context.

These courses are not only underpinned by academic rigour, but help participants to develop knowledge and skills that can be easily transferred to the workplace. Ultimately, the courses aim to develop excellent administrators who have the skills, integrity and commitment to make a positive contribution to the societies in which they live and work.

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  • This course enables you to develop your knowledge, skills and abilities as HE professionals, promoting excellence in management and administration in higher education.
  • NTU is 1st for number of Business and Management students taking Professional Qualifications (HESA 2019/20).

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Nottingham Business School is accredited to AACSB and EQUIS, the highest international standards for business school education. We are one of 47 global PRME Champions - a United Nations-supported initiative leading the way with sustainable and responsible management education.

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What you’ll study

This MSc builds on the structure of the PG Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in HE Administration, Management and Leadership,.

Applied Research Skills

The purpose of the module is to acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to formulate, plan and conduct effective small scale research projects. In this respect, it acts as a research skills training module for the applied research project module, but also provides students with the research skills that will benefit their professional working life.

It will be in the following format:

  1. Identifying and framing research questions
  2. Conducting critical literature review and developing conceptual frameworks
  3. The choice, design and application of research and analytical methods
  4. Research ethics
  5. Planning a research project and writing a proposal
  6. Questionnaire design and analysis
  7. Interviewing and qualitative research methods

Management Research Project

The purpose of the module is to support participants to lead, implement and write up an individual research project that improves understanding of a significant managerial, business or organisational matter in HE, and which, if appropriate, provides recommendations for action or findings upon which action can be determined.

The module is likely to cover the following areas:

  • Research methodology
  • Reflection and reflexivity and critical thinking
  • Aspects of the research process
  • Locating and analysing secondary data sets
  • Undertaking a critical literature review
  • Developing conceptual frameworks

You will receive 5 hours of individual supervision spread over the module.

The assessments for this course are listed below:

Module 1: Applied Research Skills

  • 2000-3000 research proposal
  • Poster presentation

Module 2: Management Research Project

  • Academic report
  • Practical report - e.g. article in AUA Perspectives magazine

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Laura Roper

Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership

The course has been such a fantastic thing to be able to do, it’s really inspired me. I understand the impact that the role I do has on my institution and other institutions and that has been really fulfilling for me, I really enjoyed that.

David Duell

Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership

I feel that my studies from the PGCert to the MSc have helped me better understand what roles I am looking for and what career trajectory I want to take in HE. It’s given me some broader understanding of HE policy and strategy.

Leanne Hunt

Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership

The PGCert taught me a lot about myself and the sector, the PGDip taught me more about how to apply my knowledge to the HE context and my role. The MSc helped me developed my writing and researching skills that I continue to use today.

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How you’re taught

The learning methods encompass short study blocks and directed independent study. This design aims to minimise staff time away from their institutions.

Study blocks incorporate a range of teaching and learning methods such as group exercises, case studies, reflection, lectures, presentations and videos. Independent study is supported by a blend of multi-media e-learning materials with additional support from module lecturers.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Course dates for January 2023 entry


Module 1: Applied Research Skills

Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 January 20239am - 5pm
Module 2: Applied Management Research ProjectSelf-directed-

Careers and employability

This course does not currently offer placements, but the course assignments are based on real-world issues.

Applicants must therefore be in employment, or be able to gain access to an organisation upon which to base assignments. You will need permission from the organisation to use their data during your course.

Career Development

Completion of the course will prepare managers and administrators for their future roles and responsibilities.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship to behavioural science, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

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Campus and facilities

We provide first-class learning facilities for our students. The transformed Newton building is the home of Nottingham Business School and marks the next phase in the School's development. In Newton, students have an abundance of teaching space, a range of lecture theatres of different sizes, and masses of space for social learning.

Dryden Centre

A short walk from the Newton building and Boots library, the Dryden Centre facilitates on-campus teaching for Nottingham Business School’s postgraduate and executive education courses. Benefit from the newly built NTU Dryden Enterprise Centre next door that provides dedicated support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Entry requirements

  • To have satisfactorily completed the PG Diploma in HE Administration, Management and Leadership (within the last five years), in accordance with the Assessment Regulations.
  • Possession of a relevant professional or academic qualification deemed to be equivalent and appropriate to at least 60 M level points.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept International students onto this course. As a part-time course we are unable to accept applications from students that require a Student Route visa.

Fees and funding

Home fees for January 2024 entry

Study route

Home fees

One year (part-time)


For details on course fees and any funding available please visit our fees and funding page for further information and any additional support.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

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