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    Three years

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Successful organisations need to be flexible and dynamic to deliver value to their customers in a rapidly moving global economy. For those working in a traditional, bureaucratic organisational culture a different skill set is needed. The Agile approach to management requires organisations to delight customers, enable self-organising teams, and aid dynamic work co-ordination through continuous improvement and transparency. As a result, organisational leaders and managers need to be able to master a complex mix of technical understanding, business orientation and team development. Whether you work in the public or private sector, large or small organisation, this MSc is an opportunity to formalise your experience, develop your skill set and be at the forefront of technology process innovation. 

This programme is delivered over six weekends a year allowing you to gain a master's whilst in full-time employment anywhere in the UK. Become part of a unique network of practitioners that maximise their impact through reflective practice and research.   

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course are one of the following:

  • Good honours degree or equivalent
  • Degree and substantial relevant industrial experience
  • BCS postgraduate diploma plus PGD project
  • Qualifications deemed by the university to be equivalent to the above

You will also be expected to be employed. If you don’t have the qualifications above you will be interviewed to assess your suitability for the course. Those for whom English is a second language require a minimum standard for written English of IELTS 7.0.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1 and 2 Core modules

  • Agile Systems Development: Provides a clear understanding of agile approaches such as the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Scrum, XP and SAFe
  • I.T Project Management: Develops the skills and techniques used to manage team-based technology projects in industry.
  • Complexity and Collaboration – This module develops your agile leadership skills so that you are better able to contribute positively to agile projects.
  • User-centred System Design & Evaluation: This is an inherently practical module that introduces the principles of user-centred design and evaluation
  • Critical Analysis: Prepares you for the level of reading and analysis of published material that will be required in the Master’s project.

Year 1 and 2 Option modules:

One optional module from:
  • UX Away from the Desktop
  • Student Initiated Module (SIM)
  • Research Methods


Year 3


Master’s Project: compulsory for the MSc Agile Leadership: A triple module, the individual project is the culmination of the MSc. It enables you to apply what you have learned in a practical situation at work and provides you with feedback on your analysis of work situations.

Further Information

Six taught modules are delivered on a rolling programme to allow students to join this master’s three times a year, in January, April or September. Three modules per year are studied for each of the first two years, see Programme at a Glance.

Successful completion of three modules leads to PGCert Computing; on successful completion of six taught modules PGDip in Agile Software Projects is awarded; MSc Agile  Leadership is awarded on successful completion of the entire course.

The university will provide academic supervision for a project in your workplace, giving you feedback on your reflections and analysis of situations at work. The project encourages you to read more widely and think more critically about tasks and problems at work.

On this course, you will:


  • learn how to work in a team involving other stakeholders in design and planning decisions
  • contribute to facilitated workshops as solution provider, business representative, scribe and facilitator
  • negotiate, learn, revise decisions and enable other people to do these things in groups
  • plan and implement iterative consultation and incremental delivery of product
  • take legal, contractual and service-level issues into account


You will also develop widely applicable skills such as: finding information from multiple sources, evaluating ideas, methods and systems; solving technical and human problems; communicating effectively with stakeholders; applying the results of recent research to your working situation; working as part of a team.


How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Part-time: £765 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan’s MSc in Agile Leadership is designed to allow you to study part-time whilst in full-time employment maximising knowledge sharing between work place, the practitioner network and the University. This course is delivered in Preston over six weekends per year for two years (burst mode) followed by a one year work-based project.

You will be expected to do some reading before the first teaching weekend then do assessment work between the teaching weekends. Exams, if applicable, will be at the end of each module during standard university exam periods.

The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face workshops with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.



To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. .

You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Our course team is research-active in a range of specialist areas and we use research-informed teaching to bring our research insights into the classroom. 

To contact the team for more information on this course: Peggy Gregory