12 months
5670 GBP/year
3630 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Take your practical leadership experience you’ve gained in your career and complete a dissertation on leadership or management to convert your experience into a full Leadership and Management (Top-up) degree from the University of Portsmouth. 

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Supported by an expert supervisor, you’ll explore management theory and improve the way you lead and inspire others, and graduate with a recognised academic qualification. 

You’ll choose a dissertation topic you’re passionate about and define a suitable research area with your course director. 

As you continue to work alongside your studies, you’ll be able to apply your learning directly in your workplace and develop your research and critical analysis skills. 

This Leadership and Management (Top-up) course from the University of Portsmouth  is open to anymore with management and leadership experience, but it also offers direct entry routes for officers of the Armed Forces, based on rank and experience, through Recognition of Prior Learning. The University of Portsmouth is also an Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) approved supplier.

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

You’ll graduate as an expert in leadership with a postgraduate qualification to showcase your skills. Holding a recognised MSc certificate will help you appeal to employers and evidence your experience, both in civilian life and during your time in service.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

There are 4 recognised routes of entry: 

  • The award of the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Management obtained within the last 5 years and a minimum of 3 years appropriate management experience.
  • Military applicants may apply on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) via either their Rank or the award of ICSC and a minimum of 2 years work experience at a leadership level.  
  • Police applicants may apply on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) following successful completion of the College of Policing Senior Leadership Development Programme (June 2018 or later) and a minimum of 2 years work experience at Chief Inspector level or equivalent.
  • Via a Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio where the applicant can demonstrate they meet the Learning Outcomes of  a number of prior units. 

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5670 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5670 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    3630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3630 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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