Our new MSc Leadership & Innovation programme


The Challenge

Those working in the public sector face a key challenge: how do we develop new ways of thinking and leading to transform public services? Our new programme is designed to equip you to meet this challenge.

This is the first postgraduate course in the world that integrates design thinking and leadership specifically meeting the needs of public sector professionals. It is a three year part-time programme largely delivered by distance learning but offering intense one and two day masterclasses at the University. Developed and delivered jointly by the University of Dundee’s School of Education, Social Work & Continuing Education and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, this programme represents a unique synthesis of disciplines, thinking and learning.

The course team is led by Jon Bolton, and includes Hazel White, Linda Walker, Sharon Jackson, Carey Normand, Gordon Scobbie and myself. This diverse team brings together an exciting mix of specialist knowledge and ideas to help students meet the challenge of change.

The vision

Whether we are delivering public services from the public, private or voluntary sector, we are under pressure to ‘do more with less’. At the same time citizens are demanding new ways of interacting with those services. But this is only possible if we apply radical new thinking to find innovative solutions to these increasingly complex problems.

Professionals of the future need to approach their work with far greater creativity and with more confidence. they will influence and lead with high level abilities; they should be able to collaborate effectively and confidently within complex environments.

This is a pioneering programme that fuses the skills of creative thinking with expertise in advanced professional learning and development. Drawing on the unique knowledge and skills offered by the University of Dundee, the programme enables students to explore transformative ways of thinking about power, resources, partnerships, risks and outcomes, rather than off-the-shelf models of service provision or a single magic solution, and investigate how design can be applied strategically to services.

In developing it we have been informed by the aspirations and ideas of many public sector practitioners, and by over 20 years experience of providing research-driven postgraduate professional education to the sector. your insights and our experience combine to create a programme that will support and inform a new generation of public service change makers.

Flexible learning

We have consulted widely to ensure that the programme meets the exacting needs of professionals like you. We are well experienced in providing flexible, distance learning tools to support your study that maintain and support an active community of learners.

This flexible, part-time programme makes considerable use of distance learning methods – but also provides opportunities for highly engaging workshop and masterclass learning. Throughout the programme we apply our considerable experience of working with students to help them apply their learning into work contexts.

We believe that this pioneering partnership offers a key to the leadership of appropriate, informed and radical transformations in public services.

How to Apply

We welcome applicants who have current or recent appropriate professional experience in public services for a minimum period of two years. Applicants with other experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For general admission to the programme you should normally have obtained an honours degree or other qualification recognised by us as equivalent. English language Requirement: IEltS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Further information contact ESWCE-Apply@dundee.ac.uk


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