Taught course

Leadership and Innovation

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme you should normally have obtained an honours degree or other qualification recognised as equivalent. In addition, admission to the programme is subject to you providing evidence that you have a minimum period of two years experience working in an appropriate practice setting. APEL / Credit Claims: Specific APL and APEL arrangements are available which give entry to both the diploma and dissertation level. Recognition of prior learning is available for up to 50% of the award for which you are applying. This will be decided once a fully completed application is received.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Leadership and Innovation is an advanced programme of study for professionals, managers and leaders that wish to develop their leadership and innovation knowledge and skills. It sets out to critically examine the relationship between relevant theory, current service design and systems and the context for change and innovation. Those studying the programme explore the changing nature of and challenges to professional practice, developing notions of professional and inter-professional leadership as well as the role of design thinking and innovation within this context with respect to 'new public governance'.

The aim of this programme is to provide a multidisciplinary understanding of leadership and innovation through a blend of academic insight, reflection on practice and research and inquiry drawing from the context of the participant. Through this process it is intended to create greater awareness and understanding within the public, private and third sectors and those working within them of the challenges involved in ethical leadership and innovation and to enable improved and more effective practice.

The specific aims of the programme are to enable participants to:

  • Critically appraise the approaches, methods and practices of creative thinking and leadership in a variety of contexts that enable innovation in service conception, design and delivery.
  • Approach their work with greater creativity, within agreed ethical and professional standards, and thus engage confidently as leaders to contribute to organisational, local and national policy.
  • Collaborate effectively within complex environments, and promote communication, collaborative practice and integrated approaches within and across a range of professions and disciplines.
  • Be inquiry-minded critical thinkers, and explore how they can play a central role in the processes of knowledge creation, knowledge transfer and the reconstruction of professional practice with individuals, groups, organisations and communities.

Fees and funding

Students will pay their own fees or will be supported by their employer.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)1382 381122