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Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship - Strategic Leadership in Public Services MSc
2 Years Part-Time | September or January Start

This course is for anyone who wants to make a difference through public service. It is designed to integrate world-leading research insights with your own professional experience to further enhance your leadership capabilities.

The course is aligned with the standards of the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship and the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

This innovate, flexible, work-based postgraduate course is designed for aspiring and substantive senior leaders and managers who want to make a difference.

Allowing you to work and study part-time over two years, this course provides an excellent learning platform to develop skills, knowledge and competences in areas of personal and professional development, including leadership, finance and organisational strategy. All of which is required to support your future career aspirations and help you successfully become one of tomorrow’s leaders.

You will draw on your knowledge and experience of leading and managing in public service organisations, engage in discussion and debate on contemporary issues and themes of contemporary leadership and management practice in public service organisations and partnerships. There is particular emphasis on individual and organisational development, and processes and relationships within and between organisations. As a result you will develop your ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in public service organisations; to problem solve, plan and employ critical judgement through careful consideration of current and future management and organisational challenges.

On joining the course you will become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the full duration of the studies and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager status (CMgr), subject to meeting the professional work experience requirements.

Northumbria University is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation. We also have particular expertise in the area of public leadership and management. Our academics frequently publish in relevant academic journals and present at international academic conferences. We are a long-standing institutional member of the Joint University Council for Applied Social Sciences, which is the UK Learned Society for social and public administration.

Please note: Admission to the programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University. If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk. An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years Part Time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Fee Information

Module Information

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Discover more about Newcastle Business School and its double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB international).

This course is student-centred and uses active learning approaches to engage you in your learning. You will draw on academic research and experiences of participants, facilitation, case-studies, group discussions, self-study, peer learning, simulations and networking. Assessment techniques will be varied and will includes 360 degree evaluations and reflections. The course also uses a problem-centred approach in contextualising and applying best practice, allowing you to apply practical lessons to your own context. 

As much of the learning takes place within the workplace you will also receive clear guidance of work related tasks.  This will be outlined in a structured learning plan which will outline the learning activities you’ll need to engage with on a weekly basis. The course will adopt applied assessment which will enable you to relate the learning gained directly to your current role or a role in which you aspire to work.  

Alongside class-based activities you will have the opportunity to hear from expert guest speakers (including Northumbria alumni) and will have the opportunity to visit sites of interest as well as benefit from the different experiences and perspectives of fellow students.

The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with representatives from employers, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute.

This innovative two-year programme is aimed at aspiring and substantive senior leaders and managers who want to make a difference through public service. Apprentices will draw on their knowledge and experience of leading and managing in public service organisations.

They will engage in discussion and debate on issues and themes of contemporary leadership and management practice in public service organisations and partnerships. There is particular emphasis on individual and organisational development, and processes and relationships within and between organisations. As a result they will develop the ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in public service organisations; to problem solve, plan and employ critical judgement through careful consideration of current and future management and organisational challenges.

During the apprenticeship, apprentices will become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the full duration of the studies and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager status (CMgr), subject to meeting the professional work experience requirements. 

How does it work

In partnership with Northumbria University, your organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time (for at least 30 hours a week) in your workplace, and will be supported through learning at work, training and study to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

The course is aligned with the standards of the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship and the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and will be delivered over two years.  Learning will include a range of delivery opportunities including block study, day release and work-based learning. Whilst timely face-to-face contact will be essential the learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to all remotely.

Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by university staff throughout the programme. This will include access to online skills development and support materials for workplace mentors. Managers will also meet with their mentor and professional development coach in the workplace during the programme.

There is also the opportunity to develop a customised Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (Strategic Leadership in Public Services MSc) programme for a large organisation or group of employers. This would enable us to contextualise the content, and offer a more flexible approach to programme design and delivery, to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

 

 

Fees and Funding

Apprentice Funding  

An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status.  Apprentices do not pay for training costs as these are covered by the employer, however please note apprentices are not entitled to apply for any Student Finance.

Employers Funding 

Levy Payers:

Since April 2017 all employers with a payroll of over £3 million automatically pay an Apprenticeship Levy. The levy is set at a rate of 0.5% of the total pay bill minus a £15K allowance. Levy payments may be used by the employer within a 24-month period to cover apprenticeship training costs.

As a business paying the levy you will report to HMRC through the PAYE process. Once you have declared the levy to HMRC, you will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new apprenticeship service account. The online service account will give you the opportunity to select the apprenticeship programme, choose the training provider and advertise apprenticeship vacancies.

The Government will apply a 10% top‑up to the levy funds on apprenticeship training in England. The top-up monthly amount will be paid at the same time the funds enter your apprenticeship service account. That means for every £1 that enters your account to spend in England on apprenticeship training, you receive £1.10 in return.

Non‑levy Payers:

Employers with a salary bill of under £3m (such as many SMEs) are not subject to the levy and will be able to access funding to cover 90% (and in some cases 100%) of the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment. Northumbria University is pleased to announce that we have been awarded this government funding and so are able to offer places on all our programmes to non-levy paying employers, although these places may be limited in number.

Fees: 

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship or to explore signing an agreement with the university please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to discuss options further with you. 

Email: degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk 

Tel: 0191 227 3251

Recruitment Process

You will have complete control over whom you choose to support on the apprenticeship programme, assuming the candidates meet the academic entry requirements. Full details on the entry requirements for the Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship  (Strategic Leadership in Public Services MSc) can be found below. 

We can support your recruitment process and we also understand that you will have employees currently working within your organisation with relevant experience and potential for senior leadership positions, and this programme can be a great way of developing and retaining this talent.

 

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss our Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (Strategic Leadership in Public Services MSc) further or should you have any questions about running this programme for your organisation please email degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk and one of our Business Development Managers will be happy to help. 

You will be taught by experienced staff via a combination of methods that include lectures, seminars and workshops. 

All modules on this programme are supported by professors and research-active academics who are at the forefront of their subject areas. You will also benefit from an executive coach who will help advise you with the application and implementation of your newly developed knowledge and skills in the workplace. Whether you are returning to study after many years or have recent study experience you will have an individual guidance tutor to help you on your learning journey. 

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system in order to ensure a successful learning journey and the development of the necessary academic study skills. Extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers is built into the course. Whatever your background, we will help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that is needed for a Masters degree at a UK university. 

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course. We use tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal, lecture capture software to allow for catch-up streaming, and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

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Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. 

Throughout your course, you will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that is at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Many of those who teach on the MSc are also members of the Public Policy and Public Management (3PM) Research Interest Group within the university. This is an important hub for research activity including doctoral study and research seminars. You will benefit from teaching that is informed by the very latest research and pedagogy. This will be complemented with professional case studies, international examples of good practice, guest speakers, class-based discussions, site visits and your own experience. 

This is a practical work-based Masters degree designed to enhance your career prospects and aims to develop your personal and professional capabilities as a senior leader in the Public Services.

The course supports you in applying cutting-edge theory and enhances organisation practice and builds your capacity to lead investigations, people and projects in the workplace. Overall, this holistic approach to developing your intellectual capability and professional competence to understand, investigate and innovate will support your future career aspirations in senior leadership roles.  

You will emerge as a highly capable professional able to apply best practice to complex social challenges and make a positive impact within your community.  

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for anyone who wants to make a difference through public service. It is designed to integrate world-leading research insights with your own professional experience to further enhance your leadership capabilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

Applicants will also be required to attend an interview face-to-face, or by telephone or Skype.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry%20

English Language requirements 

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualification

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Modules Overview 2019/20

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF7013 -

Public Service Finance and Accounting (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop knowledge and critical appreciation of the key components of accounting and finance relevant to public services and be able to apply these within the context of a successful public, private or not-for-profit organisation. Specifically, this module provides you with a foundation in relation to budgeting, structures of governance, financial compliance and regulation, and financial health. You will consider the role accounting plays in decision-making and in stewardship and accountability, with reference to accounting and reporting frameworks relevant to public sector and public services organisations, and taking into account different methods of public service delivery and joint working. This will be complemented by a consideration of public values, non-financial monitoring and reporting, and related ethical issues. The module is designed to enable you to apply your knowledge to public service management issues, both systematically and creatively, so that theory is converted into practice from a critical and informed perspective in order to enhance organisational effectiveness and sustainability.

More information

HR9720 -

Public Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to engage in discussion and debate on the latest understanding of public leadership theory and practice. There is particular emphasis on distributed and place-based models of leadership and leadership within collaborative networked systems. This module draws on your knowledge and experience of leading and managing in public service organisations. By reflecting on your experiences and combining this with a critical exploration of theories and models, you will start to explore your identity as a public leader.
You will consider contemporary issues and challenges facing individuals and organisations in terms of leading and managing in boundary-spanning contexts; public service motivation theory; and ethical and sustainable practice including the Nolan Principles and emerging ideas of public entrepreneurship. In this way, the module aims to develop your ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in public service organisations; to problem solve, plan and to employ critical judgement through careful consideration of and reflection on current and future social issues. This will help you to demonstrate an appreciation of the changing context of public service, the need for change and adaptability and ability to innovate and respond to complex situations. You will subsequently be able to apply this knowledge and skill in your own context, and subsequently critically analyse opportunities for implementation and recommend potential future improvements.

More information

HR9722 -

Public Leadership and Strategic Change (Core,20 Credits)

The public service environment is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). Within this context organisational change is not only likely, it is essential. Yet existing models of organisational change are typically generic and do not take account of the complexities of the public service context. This module will explore wider issues of strategy and change within the specific VUCA environment of public service organisations. This includes an appreciation of the complexity of multiple stakeholders and constituencies and the emergence of new organisational forms and service delivery mechanisms. The module provides opportunities to consider theory and practice in relation to ideological conceptualisations of governance and public leadership, which have shaped the meaning and processes of adaptation, change and transformation. There will be practical examples of innovation in public services, including community empowerment and participatory governance of public services. You will also consider your role as change agent or change champion in fostering innovation.

More information

NX9732 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

BM9703 -

Evidence-Based Policy and Research Skills (Core,20 Credits)

There is an increasing need for public service leaders to understand good practice in research and to know how to use data to develop meaningful and robust policy and practice. In this module, you will gain an understanding of how knowledge is generated, presented and disseminated and the role that critical management inquiry and data analytics play in decision making for public leaders. You will acquire a skill set which will enable you to carry out and critically evaluate results from research and analysis. Specific topics covered will vary but are likely to include content such as: What knowledge sources to evaluate when investigating a managerial or organizational problem; The Politics and Ethics of Management Research; Systematic Literature Reviews; Evidence-Based Policy vs Policy-Based Evidence; Management Fads, Fallacies and Fashions; Data Management for Decision Making (using specialist software packages such as SPSS); Statistics for Business; Predictive Modelling.

More information

HR9736 -

The Future of Public Service Work (Core,20 Credits)

The future of public services is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Public services are changing, taking on new shapes, legal and regulatory forms. The organisation, nature and meaning of public service work is transforming. In this context, individual and organisational developers have a critical role to play both as strategic partners in public service organisations, supporting and developing front line employees as well as managers, and enabling change.
The module will help you engage with the management challenges involved in understanding the future of public service. It will explore issues concerning management of people, organisations and systems in public services in the context of complexity and wider societal transformations. The module will enable students to navigate this complex environment and understand the changing role of leadership and management, as public service moves from the ‘control’ and ‘standardisation’ paradigm of New Public Management to a world of bespoke public service, and shaping eco-systems in order that desired social outcomes emerge. The module will explore how broader social, economic, technological and political trends are transforming the nature and meaning of work, and the implications of these changes for workforce support and development, strategic workforce planning, public service motivation, diversity and inclusion.
Students will gain an understanding of key theories, concepts and models within the field of performance management, organisational behaviour and systems. The module will enable you to apply these to make sense of your own experiences in public service organisations, to recognise the importance of these aspects of management in an overall understanding of leadership processes, and enable you to apply them to your own leadership and management practice.

More information

NX9723 -

Management Investigation (Core,60 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your management knowledge, skills and personal effectiveness within the work environment through the critical analysis of a work based problem or issue and the identification of realistic recommendations for improvement / implementation as appropriate. You will critically reflect on 'real world' practices, with a view to using these reflections in implementing appropriate change.

You will learn how to conduct a research led investigation into a management issue, topic or problem guided by your programme of study and framed in the context of an organisation.

Your learning will cover:

• Conducting research in organisations
• The identification of a researchable question.
• Primary research, data collection, questionnaire design, etc.
• Secondary research, literature review, further sources of information.
• The analysis of findings
• Writing recommendations and action plan
• Report writing
• Presentation technique
• Reflection on learning process

More information

NX9732 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

SM9703 -

Digital Public Services Environments (Core,20 Credits)

The drivers for data, information and digital technologies (from organisational systems to client facing technologies) to transform public services delivery come from different perspective and directions: improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and appropriate uptake and integration of services and improving innovations through the leadership, collaboration and engagement of stakeholders (including policy makers, public managers, citizens, communities, service providers and the relationships between them). This module critically explores the implications of and provides innovative frameworks for meeting the dual challenges of leadership and collaboration of the ‘digital revolution’ (including GDPR, 5G, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things) - from the political, organisational to the personal including challenges of the architecting and innovation of the environment to support improvements in information sharing, data analytics to the challenges of the innovations offered via digital including management and use of personal data and the tensions between governance, privacy and transparency in public service reform.

More information

Modules Overview 2020/21

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF7013 -

Public Service Finance and Accounting (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop knowledge and critical appreciation of the key components of accounting and finance relevant to public services and be able to apply these within the context of a successful public, private or not-for-profit organisation. Specifically, this module provides you with a foundation in relation to budgeting, structures of governance, financial compliance and regulation, and financial health. You will consider the role accounting plays in decision-making and in stewardship and accountability, with reference to accounting and reporting frameworks relevant to public sector and public services organisations, and taking into account different methods of public service delivery and joint working. This will be complemented by a consideration of public values, non-financial monitoring and reporting, and related ethical issues. The module is designed to enable you to apply your knowledge to public service management issues, both systematically and creatively, so that theory is converted into practice from a critical and informed perspective in order to enhance organisational effectiveness and sustainability.

More information

HR9720 -

Public Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to engage in discussion and debate on the latest understanding of public leadership theory and practice. There is particular emphasis on distributed and place-based models of leadership and leadership within collaborative networked systems. This module draws on your knowledge and experience of leading and managing in public service organisations. By reflecting on your experiences and combining this with a critical exploration of theories and models, you will start to explore your identity as a public leader.
You will consider contemporary issues and challenges facing individuals and organisations in terms of leading and managing in boundary-spanning contexts; public service motivation theory; and ethical and sustainable practice including the Nolan Principles and emerging ideas of public entrepreneurship. In this way, the module aims to develop your ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in public service organisations; to problem solve, plan and to employ critical judgement through careful consideration of and reflection on current and future social issues. This will help you to demonstrate an appreciation of the changing context of public service, the need for change and adaptability and ability to innovate and respond to complex situations. You will subsequently be able to apply this knowledge and skill in your own context, and subsequently critically analyse opportunities for implementation and recommend potential future improvements.

More information

HR9722 -

Public Leadership and Strategic Change (Core,20 Credits)

The public service environment is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). Within this context organisational change is not only likely, it is essential. Yet existing models of organisational change are typically generic and do not take account of the complexities of the public service context. This module will explore wider issues of strategy and change within the specific VUCA environment of public service organisations. This includes an appreciation of the complexity of multiple stakeholders and constituencies and the emergence of new organisational forms and service delivery mechanisms. The module provides opportunities to consider theory and practice in relation to ideological conceptualisations of governance and public leadership, which have shaped the meaning and processes of adaptation, change and transformation. There will be practical examples of innovation in public services, including community empowerment and participatory governance of public services. You will also consider your role as change agent or change champion in fostering innovation.

More information

NX9732 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

BM9703 -

Evidence-Based Policy and Research Skills (Core,20 Credits)

There is an increasing need for public service leaders to understand good practice in research and to know how to use data to develop meaningful and robust policy and practice. In this module, you will gain an understanding of how knowledge is generated, presented and disseminated and the role that critical management inquiry and data analytics play in decision making for public leaders. You will acquire a skill set which will enable you to carry out and critically evaluate results from research and analysis. Specific topics covered will vary but are likely to include content such as: What knowledge sources to evaluate when investigating a managerial or organizational problem; The Politics and Ethics of Management Research; Systematic Literature Reviews; Evidence-Based Policy vs Policy-Based Evidence; Management Fads, Fallacies and Fashions; Data Management for Decision Making (using specialist software packages such as SPSS); Statistics for Business; Predictive Modelling.

More information

HR9736 -

The Future of Public Service Work (Core,20 Credits)

The future of public services is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Public services are changing, taking on new shapes, legal and regulatory forms. The organisation, nature and meaning of public service work is transforming. In this context, individual and organisational developers have a critical role to play both as strategic partners in public service organisations, supporting and developing front line employees as well as managers, and enabling change.
The module will help you engage with the management challenges involved in understanding the future of public service. It will explore issues concerning management of people, organisations and systems in public services in the context of complexity and wider societal transformations. The module will enable students to navigate this complex environment and understand the changing role of leadership and management, as public service moves from the ‘control’ and ‘standardisation’ paradigm of New Public Management to a world of bespoke public service, and shaping eco-systems in order that desired social outcomes emerge. The module will explore how broader social, economic, technological and political trends are transforming the nature and meaning of work, and the implications of these changes for workforce support and development, strategic workforce planning, public service motivation, diversity and inclusion.
Students will gain an understanding of key theories, concepts and models within the field of performance management, organisational behaviour and systems. The module will enable you to apply these to make sense of your own experiences in public service organisations, to recognise the importance of these aspects of management in an overall understanding of leadership processes, and enable you to apply them to your own leadership and management practice.

More information

NX9723 -

Management Investigation (Core,60 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your management knowledge, skills and personal effectiveness within the work environment through the critical analysis of a work based problem or issue and the identification of realistic recommendations for improvement / implementation as appropriate. You will critically reflect on 'real world' practices, with a view to using these reflections in implementing appropriate change.

You will learn how to conduct a research led investigation into a management issue, topic or problem guided by your programme of study and framed in the context of an organisation.

Your learning will cover:

• Conducting research in organisations
• The identification of a researchable question.
• Primary research, data collection, questionnaire design, etc.
• Secondary research, literature review, further sources of information.
• The analysis of findings
• Writing recommendations and action plan
• Report writing
• Presentation technique
• Reflection on learning process

More information

NX9732 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

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SM9703 -

Digital Public Services Environments (Core,20 Credits)

The drivers for data, information and digital technologies (from organisational systems to client facing technologies) to transform public services delivery come from different perspective and directions: improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and appropriate uptake and integration of services and improving innovations through the leadership, collaboration and engagement of stakeholders (including policy makers, public managers, citizens, communities, service providers and the relationships between them). This module critically explores the implications of and provides innovative frameworks for meeting the dual challenges of leadership and collaboration of the ‘digital revolution’ (including GDPR, 5G, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things) - from the political, organisational to the personal including challenges of the architecting and innovation of the environment to support improvements in information sharing, data analytics to the challenges of the innovations offered via digital including management and use of personal data and the tensions between governance, privacy and transparency in public service reform.

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