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UWE Module

Personal Mastery in Leadership

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Course director:
Harriet Shortt
Key fact:
"I valued the mixed methods approach to assessment in this module. We were required to produce a storyboard, as part of the assessment process and deliver this as a visual presentation and representation of our 'timeline'." Keith, CEO - Bristol based charity

Page last updated 9 April 2018


Bristol Business School's portfolio of professional courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business.

Part of our professional course portfolio includes undergraduate and postgraduate level modules, available to study as a standalone module outside of the full programme qualification. Giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you, whether for personal development or towards a full academic qualification.

Course introduction

This 15 credit postgraduate level module in Personal Mastery in Leadership explores the concepts of self leadership, responsive and responsible leadership and what it means in terms of people's job roles, their identity, their aspirations, their careers, learning and development, effectiveness and well being. The modules explores both individual's and organisation's values and ethics and the impact of these on self-leadership and career management.

Who is it for?

  • Managers, leaders and professionals who wish to review, reflect and develop their leadership capabilities role within organisations.
  • Individuals who wish to examine how they maintain their own well being and resilience in times of uncertainty and change
  • Professionals who are concerned to develop a climate that is supportive of others in times of complexity and change to the benefit of both individuals and organisations
  • Individuals who wish to reflect on their careers and plan for the future

What do I get out of it?

  • A chance to analyse and evaluate your personal leadership style and effectiveness
  • A chance to review the literature and research on relational approaches, effective and ineffective leaders, learning, self leadership, career development, well being and relating it to your own practice
  • A safe space to develop your personal leadership strategy to ensure personal resilience and well being
  • An exploration of different perspectives and reframing of leadership dilemmas and issues

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although students will be asked to submit documentation including a copy of their CV listing work experience and previous study to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Careers / Further study

This module counts towards our PG Certificate in Leadership and Management and PG Certificate in Leadership and Management (Coaching and Mentoring).



What does it cover?

Day 1

  • Examines individual's views of leadership - this introductory session examines what the terms leadership and management mean to them and their organisations  through a variety of media
  • Explores the literature and research on self leadership - this session examines contemporary literature and research regarding self leadership and derailment
  • Analyses individual's characteristics and competencies - participative session which links theory on self leadership to an individual's own capacities and development needs  
  • Analyses individual's roles- individual session examining work roles, themes and patterns, career development and leadership.

Day 2

  • Learning styles and preferences - this session builds on individual assessments of learning styles and work styles and implications for leading self and others
  • Learning theory - this session links the self assessment and practical session to theories and literature of learning
  • Social styles - this session builds on the previous one, examining individual's preferred social style, examining the literature and research and exploring implications for increasing effectiveness in the workplace  
  • Reflective leader - this session explores the place of reflection in self leadership and management in general. It explores the variety of methods available to enable and support reflective practice

Day 3

  • Excitement, commitment vs draining experiences and stress - this session explores the individuals job roles and work experiences identifying experiences that were positive and fulfilling and those that were more negative
  • Well being - this follow up session explores the literature and research on well being, burnout, resilience  and  stress
  • Career development - this session examines the latest research on career learning and development and maintaining skills and capabilities to meet an ever changing job market
  • Personal Development Planning- this final session brings the whole course together what has this course meant for you? What do you wish to achieve, develop, learn?

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

This module will be highly interactive, involving a lot of personal reflection and analysis with lots of peer discussions, coaching and feedback. Learning will be through creative methods as well as through lectures and workshops.

Study time

What commitment do I have to make?

We would recommend approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time to complete the module andassessment. This is only a guideline and will depend highly on the participants learning abilities.

The assessment submission date will be set approximately six weeks after the last taught session. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend this deadline once you have registered for the module. However, if for an unexpected reason you are unable to submit, the University does have an extenuating circumstances policy.


As part of this module, you will be required to complete the following assessment by the set deadline:

  • A personal story board of your learning on the course (a combination of words and images presented on a single sheet of A1 that summarises the participant's learning journey)
  • 3,000 word reflective essay on an individual's leadership journey

On successful completion of this assessment you will receive an overall module mark. This module may then be used towards a selection of our Master's level programmes.


Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

To be able to fully participate in our course, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Session materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and online workbooks and discussions.

As a leaner at the University of the West of England, you will also have full access to our library on campus and all online materials and resources.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Module fee (includes assessment) £725 for May 2018 cohort

Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of your course fee, however the university campus has parking available (at a small charge) and numerous catering outlets.

Course dates

The following dates are available for this three day course:

May 2018 cohort: Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 May 2018


Bristol Business Engagement Centre, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

To apply for the May 2018 cohort, please complete our May 2018 online booking form.

You can take this CPD module as a stand-alone module or as part of our postgraduate (Masters level) programme on a flexible study basis.

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university.

·  An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including a work or academic reference)

·  A brief personal statement to support your application

·  A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied

·   A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

·  If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87166

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