Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Leadership and Management of the Public Sector

This programme is designed to provide the knowledge and skills that managers in the public sector require, given the new political context that the Scottish Parliament has created and the structural changes instigated by the modernisation agenda. As a work based programme, it seeks to incorporate both formal learning and learning which is generated by practitioners in the work-place. The programme has three exit points, Pg Certificate, Pg Diploma and Master of Science. As well as vocationally relevant subject content this programme has a heavy emphasis on reflective practice and developing transferable skills. The programme was developed in close partnership with South Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council to build in real public sector knowledge and challenges.

Entry requirements

Entrants will require either a 1st degree and/or appropriate work role and experience. All candidates will be interviewed with a view to establishing their capacity to: Inspire others; be a good decision maker; be highly motivated; be proactive and dynamic; sustain an appropriate level of performance; demonstrate an aptitude for change and challenge. The learning programme is negotiated by: Employees (prospective students); employers; academic tutors at GCU. Students whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no element below 5.5.

Course modules

Postgraduate certificate level (year 1): Managing in the public service context (30 credits); leadership in practice (for people managers) (30 credits); leadership in practice (for professional managers) (30 credits). Postgraduate diploma modules (year 2): Advanced leadership (30 credits); contextual leadership (30 credits). Master's modules (year 3): Dissertation/ work cased project (60 credits).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow G4 0BA Scotland

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