Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership

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About Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University

The PgCert is a specialised programme designed for the needs of the sector aimed specifically at professional managers and administrators in UK higher education (HE). It has a strong reputation for its innovative approach to learning, which enables participants to tailor the programme to their own personal development needs. If you wish to extend your understanding of the sector in which you work, as well as increase your professional abilities and career prospects, then this PgCert is ideal for you.

These courses are not only underpinned by academic rigour, but help participants to develop knowledge and skills that can be easily transferred to the workplace. Ultimately, the courses aim to develop excellent administrators who have the skills, integrity and commitment to make a positive contribution to the societies in which they live and work.

If you completed the AUA Postgraduate Certificate Professional Practice in HE Management during the last five years, you qualify for direct progression to the diploma.

The courses provide opportunities for participants to develop and test their knowledge and understanding of the HE sector, to develop and enhance their skills as reflective practitioners, and to develop management and leadership skills.

How you're taught

The learning methods encompass short study blocks and directed independent study. Study blocks incorporate a range of group discussion and reflection activities, lectures and presentations. They provide an effective way of introducing new topics for study and setting the context of forthcoming learning activities. Independent study is supported by a blend of e-learning materials, with additional support from personal mentors.

The mentor relationship is key support mechanism of the course. Mentior are professional HE managers and administrators and are fully trained to provide support for the participant in facilitiating their own self-directed learning.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.


We provide first-class learning facilities for our students. The transformed Newton building is the home of Nottingham Business School and marks the next phase in the School's development. In Newton, students have an abundance of teaching space, a range of lecture theatres of different sizes, and masses of space for social learning. With wireless connection throughout, students will be able to work on their laptops in any part of the building.

Careers and employability

This course does not currently offer placements, but the course assignments are based on real-world issues. Applicants must therefore be in employment, or be able to gain access to an organisation upon which to base assignments.

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