University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Leadership in Professional Contexts (incorporating the Standard for Headship)

For aspiring and existing leaders in various professional settings, the programme will provide a framework for leadership development which takes account of the circumstances generated by changes in social and economic conditions and by government and local authority policies. Participants will: Extend their knowledge and understanding of leadership and management theory; engage in critical reflection on their own practice by analysing critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex and sometimes ambiguous situations; enhance their skills to lead improvement in professional settings (including education, social services, nursing, other caring agencies and the police); frame enquiries into practice to make an informed contribution to current professional debates; work towards, and demonstrate competence against, a range of professional Standards By providing a flexible programme of modules, the programme will: Show how research generates different perspectives on professional knowledge; enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of a range of theoretical approaches and how these can be applied to improve professional practice; facilitate the generation, leading and evaluation of change solutions in a variety of practice settings.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be graduates or able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency. English proficiency is required.

Course modules

A. Developing and applying leadership (for participants with little experience of leadership); exploring leadership; leading learning and teaching. B. Integrating leadership (for participants with experience of leadership in particular settings); leading professional development; mentoring and coaching; leading change; leading effective school improvement; international education; professional enquiry. C. Demonstrating leadership (for participants who have achieved 120 credits by study or by Accreditation of Prior Learning [APL] and who can provide a CPD portfolio which contains evidence of leadership activity). Dissertation or work-based project (60 credits)

Assessment methods

Each course has requirements for participation in on-line or face-to-face activities and is graded by a summative written assignment on a specified topic, or by grading of the dissertation or report of the work-based project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Mixed mode £ 275 per Credit module (home fees) 1 years
MSc Mixed mode £ 800 per Credit module (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Mixed mode £ 275 per Credit module (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Mixed mode £ 800 per Credit module (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Mixed mode £ 275 per Credit module (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Mixed mode £ 800 per Credit module (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

School of Education
Telephone number: 
01224 274874