MSc in Strategic Leadership. Payroll & pension professionals
The MSc in Strategic Leadership is designed for payroll and pension professionals who wish to add strategic value to their organisations.
Accredited by the Loughborough University the MSc in Strategic Leadership is taught by CIPP tutors who are payroll and/ or pensions professionals working within the industry and by lecturers of the Business and Economics School. Consequently, the language and learning examples used within the tutorials are focussed on payroll, pensions and/or reward and are relatable to students working within the sector.*
This programme can be completed through the traditional MSc route, as well as an apprenticeship route. The content of the programme will be the same regardless of the route taken, with the benefit of allowing employers the opportunity to take advantage of the apprenticeship levy, removing potential cost barriers.
This is a level seven (level eight is the highest e.g. doctorate level) and so requires strategic thinking and expects independent learning, self-development and motivation outside the tutorials. Typically, this programme is aimed at people with experience of payroll and/or pensions as well as experience in management and who aspire to further develop to the most senior levels within an organisation.
The first phase of the programme focuses on the delivery of the taught modules
In the final year the main focus is on the delivery of the business project and preparation for the End Point Assessment.
- Increased confidence both day to day and in managerial situations
- Challenges your understanding and how you do things to find operational efficiencies within your organisation
- Develops your transferable skills, enhancing your career development opportunities
- Can be funded through the apprenticeship levy
- This module has three days on campus but is mainly taken up with a business-relevant project. This project should address an area in your own business, implementing learning and research to create value for your organisation.
Year one - £4,700
Year two - £4,500
Year three - £4,500
Payment is taken in monthly instalments directly from your digital account.
Frequently asked questions for current MSc students
I had been considering the masters for a number of years - I think four years before I eventually took the plunge - having been holding myself back due to various reasons, mainly because of the time commitment and how this would affect my work and family life. If I'm honest there was a confidence issue there too; I hadn't studied for ten years, and never dreamed of doing something at this level.
However I wanted a real challenge, something that would push me and help me to advance my career... and so finally decided that there would never be a "good time" to embark on a two and a half year degree - just get on with it! And with the course of study being so closely related to payroll, I already felt I had a head start with a number of years experience in the profession. Actually it turned out to be about so much more than payroll. It's leadership, people management, business, strategy, reward...
Like any major part of life, the studying bought with it highs and lows. Those moments when you're so deep in thought and that idea finally just clicks in your mind - or the frustration when you just don't get it (the accounting module in my case!). And the occasional sacrifice of your social life - but made worthwhile when you get that good grade in your last assignment.
In the end I have come away with so much more than a degree. I have learned how to plan; to lead; to question; how to really manage people (downwards and upwards); how to sell ideas and make them happen. Everything learned on the MSc can be applied in the real world. My confidence has really soared and I've made new friends (my study group are a great bunch of people - our weekend tutorials were a lot of fun!)
My dissertation was very much linked to my workplace. "Assessing the effect of a narrow-banded pay structure on staff engagement and motivation" looked at the perceived value of pay increases in terms of work engagement and conversely whether the lack of a pay rise demotivates employees.
Since completing the degree I have remained with my current employer but have been given a big new role with new responsibilities. I truly feel that the MSc has given me the tools I need to face this latest challenge, and will continue to do so as I go through my career.
To help you gain employer support we've created a business case to support you:MSc in Strategic Leadership business case for employers
*This is subject to target numbers being met, if target numbers are not met you will be provided the option to study the standard public course.
Please be aware that this qualification is accredited, delivered and owned by the Loughborough University so any details provided will be sent onto the University to proceed with your enquiry and enrolment.