Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Leadership and Management DUMF5097

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course aims to provide participants with the opportunity to explore practice in the context of relevant contemporary theory and research in the field of educational leadership and management. The course is distinctly multi-disciplinary in nature. It aims to provide participants with a framework for improving their own leadership and management action and professional practice and hence the quality of their schools. To this end, the course aims to provide the participant with both the systematic acquisition of advanced academic knowledge and the support to explore and develop high level leadership and management skills.


One hour lecture + one hour seminar once a week for 11 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Generic regulations apply

Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses







Essay (50%)

Production of one c2500 word case study project report (50%). Participants will be required to think about an area of their professional practice / workplace that they would like to learn more about and develop. The remit of the 2500-word report will require students to identify a professional concern or challenge they would like to explore using any of the methods introduced during the course.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non-honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

1. To provide an opportunity for study of an advanced nature into the theoretical bases of education leadership

2. To provide a framework to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, strategic leadership and management skills and experience which will enhance the participant's ability to contribute to the organisational effectiveness of their own institutions

3. To provide an international perspective on educative leadership and management

4. To provide the opportunity to engage in reflective debate and practice

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Engage in high level scholarly and professional learning which is both personal and collective

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the components of effective leadership and the ability to relate these to their own professional situation

■ Identify the significance of the international dimension to leadership studies

■ Critically engage in high level critical and analytical thinking to relate theory and practice and apply broad based conceptual awareness

■ Communicate and present complex ideas, through engaging in evidence based research

■ Articulate a sophisticated self-awareness of their own development as leaders

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend at least 75% of all classes.