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Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): January 2022
  • 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.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

Student story: Laura Roper

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

  • Poster presentation
  • Research proposal

Module 2: Management Research Project

  • Academic research report
  • Research article eg. Targeted towards Practical report - e.g. article in AUA Perspectives magazine

How you’re taught

The courses follow a self-directed, supported work-based learning structure, designed to minimise staff time away from their institutions. The course incorporates a mix of classroom-based modules, independent supported learning and work-based projects.

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


Module 1: Applied Research Skills

Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 January 20229am - 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.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

You will need to following to apply for this course:

  • IETLS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees below are the fees for courses starting between September 2021 and August 2022. Fees are subject to annual review and will be confirmed in due course for 2022/23 entry.

Home fees for 2021 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.