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UWE Module

Advances in Leadership

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Course director:
Doris Schedlitzki and Gareth Edwards

Page last updated 26 February 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.

Module introduction

This 15 credit postgraduate level module in Advances in Leadership is designed to give you skills and underpinning knowledge of leadership theory. It encourages the use of theory to analyse issues, case studies and personal experiences.

Who is it for?

Aspiring and practising managers and leaders.

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.



This module will cover topics including:

Differing theoretical and practical perspectives of leaders, leadership and management

  • Concepts of Followership
  • Distributed, dispersed leadership and Community
  • Critical Leadership Theory
  • Gender and Leadership
  • Identity and Leadership
  • Review of leadership development models and approaches
  • Aesthetics and Leadership
  • Advanced concepts of power, control and leadership
  • Leadership, Ethics and Sustainability

What do I get out of it?

  • Understand and synthesise different perspectives and concepts of leadership, followership and management.
  • Appreciate and critically evaluate past and current theories and approaches to leadership and developing leaders.
  • be able to explain and critically evaluate processes of leadership, followership and management.
  • Appreciate and critically evaluate the role of identity and power in leadership development.
  • Diagnose current strengths and development needs as leaders and followers within complex systems.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning includes a variety of teaching methods such as: topic and research related pre-reading; theoretical input; experiential learning; group discussion of key critical journal articles; guest speakers; problem-based workshops; artistic workshops.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc. Students are encouraged to relate the knowledge gained throughout the course to their own working environment in a creative way, and to try to find competent solutions to the current problems of leadership in their organisations.


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

  • Critical reflection on your own learning and development process in relation to one chosen topic from the module.
  • To work independently to identify a 'messy, complex' problem in your current or pastorganisation. You will need to unpack and critically evaluate thisproblem in light of leadership, followership and/or leadership development processes and systems.

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 learner 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 (academic year 2017/18)

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

There are currently no dates available for this course.

Dates for the academic year 2018/19 will be announced in the summer 2018.

Please complete our enquiry form below to be notified when new dates are available.

How to apply

How to apply

You may 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 86728

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