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Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership PGDip

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): January 2024
  • Duration: 10 months part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This 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.

The course 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.

This course aims to:

  • Develop and enhance participants management and leadership knowledge through providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment.
  • Enhance professional practice through critical appraisals, reflection and application of management and leadership knowledge, skills, behaviours and values.
  • Develop transferable skills (including verbal and written communication, working in teams, problem identification, research, making presentations and working with data).

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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  • The course provides a pathway for staff working in management and administrative roles in HE with a progressional route to support your career development.
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What you’ll study

Building on the structure of the PG Certificate in HE Administration, Management and Leadership, the structure of the course has been designed to offer a balance of independent study, as well as working and learning with peers from other institutions on the course.

From Strategy to Practice

The aim of the module is to review the principles and practice of management in the HE context, considering the key strategic challenges and opportunities for HEIs, developing an understanding of how institutions performance is measures and monitored, and how to translate strategy into action.

The module sets the functional specialisms of HE in a wider organisational context, considering how each can contribute to the effectiveness of the institution as a whole, and developing a critical awareness of current and emerging practices in HE management.

The module gives a critical overview of business and management in higher education, including consideration of the following key areas:

  • The International HE context
  • Business planning and strategy
  • Key strategic challenges and opportunities for HEIs
  • Performance measurement and monitoring in HEIs
  • Evaluating and interpreting organisational performance data
  • Translating strategy into team and individual target and objective setting
  • Strategy evaluation: implementation and review

Managing and Leading People and Change in HE

The module explores elements of contemporary management and leadership thinking, in relation to leading people and change in HE institutions. It offers participants the opportunity to view their role in the context of management and leadership practice and to consider relevant approaches to management and leadership challenges in HE settings.

The module gives a critical overview of management and leadership, including change and leadership in the HE context:

  • Management and leadership theory and practice
  • Employee motivation and engagement
  • Managing and performing in teams
  • Change management and leadership

The assessments are designed to test all course learning outcomes, and include written assignments and presentations.

Module 1: From Strategy to Practice

  • 4500 word individual work-based report

Module 2: Managing and Leading People & Change in HE

  • 4000 word report
  • Group presentation (20 mins plus Q&A)

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

Student Profiles

Kelli Wolfe

Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership

I learnt so much on the PGCert I really wanted to carry on to the PGDip, it's been really satisfying and I've learnt a lot. Everything I've learnt I've used immediately in my role. I've since had an internal promotion and it's paid off in spades for me.

Waheeda Dhansey

Higher Education Administration, Management & Leadership

I was certain that undertaking this programme would benefit me enormously in further underpinning my role as a manager and leader. I believe I could influence and have an even more positive contribution in achieving success that has benefitted my team and the wider team

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How you’re taught

The learning methods encompass short study blocks and directed independent study. 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.

You can choose to start your Diploma with either module. So if you join us in May 2023, you will first be enrolled on ‘Managing and Leading Change’ and you will then be able to progress onto ‘From Strategy to Practice’ which will be delivered in September 2023.  You also have the option of starting in September 2023 with the module ‘From Strategy to Practice’ then join the module ‘Managing and Leading Change in February 2024 (specific dates will be confirmed soon).

Course entry dates

PG Diploma Induction12th September 2023Online MSTeams14:00 - 15:00
From Strategy to Practice19/20/21 Septemer 2023In person Nottingham 9:00 - 17:00

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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.

Organisations do not have to be a University, they can also be companies associated within the HE sector such as colleges, publishers, media agencies etc.

Career Development

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

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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 Certificate 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 May 2023 entry

Study route

Home fees

One year (part-time)


Self-funding students who progress onto the PG Dip may be eligible for a one-off 20% alumni discount. Please see here for full terms and conditions.

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.

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