Developing Skills for Business Leadership (775N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This core module is principally concerned with the development of a range of definable skills that are key to successful management practice and effective leadership. These include thinking and decision making skills, the management of financial information including working with costings for proposed initiatives and managing budgets, a range of team working and interpersonal skills, and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

The module also aims to develop more specialised skills that are particularly important to effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development. Critical reflection on the relationship between theory and practice is particularly emphasised via the consideration of case studies rooted in real-world contexts.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Group presentation)
70%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.