Master of Leadership and Change Management (MLCM)

Programme aims/Purpose

The Master of Leadership and Change Management (MLCM) programme is designed to educate and develop leaders in the public and private sectors, state-owned enterprises and non-governmental organisations to improve the efficiency, productivity and effectiveness of their organisations. This Master’s programme adds value by developing skilled, flexible and adaptable leaders to play a pivotal role in organisational change. Graduates of this programme will be able to enhance organisational competitiveness that can lead to value-added economic activity and thereby contribute significantly to Namibia’s National Development Programmes and Vision 2030.


Programme Rationale

The Namibia University of Science and Technology is guided by its vision to be a premier university of science and technology training leaders for the new economy. The development and implementation of the Master of Leadership and Change Management is a critical element to the realisation of the Namibia University of Science and Technology’s vision and Namibia’s Vision 2030. There is a growing awareness in all sectors of the economy of the negative impact of the critical shortage of Leadership and Management competencies in Namibia which will be exacerbated as the economy grows.

The MLCM has been specifically designed to prepare participants to meet the challenges of the changing global context whilst incorporating Namibian specific needs and issues. Graduates of the MLCM will be employed in middle and senior management positions within Namibia and internationally.


Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Master of Leadership and Change Management programme are as follows:

i. A recognised four-year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution, or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 8, which shall include a component of supervised research or a recognised graduate degree with a research component;
ii. At least three years work experience in a managerial capacity (i.e. responsible for the work of a team of employees);
iii. Access to a computer and the internet is advisable;
iv. Competency in English communication in business at post-graduate level demonstrated by either:
o the fact that the undergraduate degree was done in the medium of English, or
o successful completion of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a minimum of band seven (7), or an equivalent test.

Exceptions to the above requirements may be based on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) whereby candidates will be required to demonstrate through rigorous assessments that they possess the necessary competences to succeed in the programme.

An evaluation of the applicant’s academic record and a letter of motivation for wishing to enrol for the MLCM will be used for initial short-listing. Candidates on the final shortlist may be invited to a selection panel interview.


Teaching and learning strategies

The M.LCM focuses on the engagement of students in an interactive learning process in order to provide for the development of generic cognitive and intellectual skills, key transferable skills, and, as the case may be, subject specific and/or professional/technical practical skills.

This learning process will be facilitated both in and outside the classroom, requiring specific tasks to be carried out by the student. This facilitation will make use of, inter alia, lectures, practical projects, tutorials, case studies, problem based learning and individual and/or group work within blocks delivered in three day (Friday – Sunday) monthly study schools. The progress of learning embedded in such tasks will be monitored, recorded and assessed.


Programme Duration

Ordinarily the course-work for the Master of Leadership and Change Management programme will be covered over a period of one and a half (1½) years. Unless the Mini-thesis is completed concurrently with coursework the programme will usually take two (2) years. The entire programme must be completed in a maximum period of four (4) years from the date of registration.

Fees Information

The fees charged for the Master of Leadership and Change Management programme covers tuition, books and course materials, but does not include accommodation and transport expenses which the participants will incur for their stay in Windhoek while attending the programme. Besides, extra costs incurred by the students during their visits to partner institutions for earning credits towards the programme will be met by the respective students. The fees are payable in instalments and such payments must be made before the deadlines. Any different arrangement shall be negotiated between the student and the Bursar’s Office, and confirmed in writing to the programme coordinator.

Requirements for Qualification Award

This qualification will be awarded to candidates credited with a minimum of 240 credits (all at NQF Level 9), and who have met the detailed qualification requirements as set out below. Students are required to complete 11 compulsory courses (worth 132 credits), 2 elective courses (24 credits), and a mini-thesis (84 credits). In addition, candidates must meet the administrative and financial requirements as spelt out in the Postgraduate Prospectus of the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Mode of Delivery
This programme will be offered on the part-time mode of study delivered by one 3-day weekend study-school in Windhoek every month, supplemented by action learning outside study-school blocks. Typically students will be expected to do readings for each course in the week prior to its study-school, and complete assignments for the course in the fortnight following the study-school. Exams will be scheduled approximately each quarter and will cover all the courses completed immediately prior.

Programme Stucture

Assessment Strategies
Participants will be assessed through both continuous formative and summative assessments focused on the achievement of qualification outcomes. These assessments could take the form of problem solving exercises, individual/group assignments and presentations, case studies, report writing, practical application of skills and competencies, tutorials, practical projects, tests and/or examinations.

All the MLCM courses, except for Personal Development Planning, Research Methodology, Entrepreneurship + Innovation, and courses from other Masters programmes at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, will be assessed by both Continuous Assessment (60%) and a Final Examination (40%).

Examination Admission
Students must achieve a Continuous Assessment mark of at least 40% to be admitted to the final examination in a particular course. A minimum of two assessments must be done in each course that will contribute to the Continuous Assessment mark. Students must obtain a sub-minimum of 40% in the Final Examination and an overall final mark of at least 50% to pass each course. The Mini-Thesis will be assessed in accordance with the Namibia University of Science and Technology’s rules and regulations on postgraduate studies.


Transfer of Credits
Transfer of Credits will be dealth with in accordance with the General rules as contained in the NUST Yearbook.


Module Descriptions


Year 1

Semester 1

Personal Development Planning(PDP921M)
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the personal and inter-personal skills needed in their personal, academic and professional spheres. On successful completion of this course students will be able to analyse critically and evaluate the concepts of action learning and reflective practice in the context of their personal development as students, professionals, team leaders and as individuals.

Organisational Behaviour & Ethics(OBE921M)
This course will provide the knowledge, skills and values to undertake an organisational diagnosis of an organisation’s supervisory/managerial environment; identify appropriate methodologies for improving organisational and individual performance and be able to gain approval for and implement agreed interventions. Students will learn how managers optimise employees’ contribution to creating stakeholder value and sustainable competitive advantage ethically in different operating environments.

Organisational Development(ODP931M)
This course will develop competencies to optimise the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of organisation systems. Students will learn to evaluate and lead the transformation of organisations through implementing processes that leads to enhanced organisational performance metrics and sustained change.

Employee Relations Management(ERM941M)
This course seeks to instill competencies to evaluate the employee relations environment of an organisation, develop alternative approaches and outcomes and decide on the most appropriate systems and culture to optimise productivity in the organisation. Students will learn to evaluate and manage sources of co-operation and conflict between the actors (State, Employers, and Employees) to optimise organisational productivity, efficiency and sustainability and evaluate decisions within the situational frames of reference.

Managing Communications & Conflict(MMC951M)
This course aims to explore the range of communication options available in managing and leading change including options to enhance employee participation, negotiation and managing conflict at individual, team and group levels. Students will learn to evaluate the effects of communication, consultation, negotiation and conflict management systems on organisational productivity and efficiency in the case of individual, teams and group contexts.


Year 1

Semester 2

This course seeks to enable the development and implementation of innovative solutions to organisational challenges drawing on leadership and management theories and methodologies. Students will learn to make competitive managerial and leadership related decisions using critical and creative thinking.

Research Methodology(RDM922M)
This skills-based course focuses on providing students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the necessary skills to complete a substantial piece of original research in business and management. It is designed to equip students to carry out research projects independently and/or evaluate research evidence for application in the business environment and/or within any organisation they might find themselves.

Business Process Management(BPM932M)
This course addresses innovation and business process management in promoting the sustainable growth of organisations. In particular, it examines key aspects of how organisational leadership understands and improves its business processes for the delivery of sustainable improvement in business performance. Students will learn to produce a justified and costed business process improvement plan taking account of the organisational context and the requirements of sustainable change.

Sustainable Strategy(SUS942M)
This course provides the skills to analyse and synthesise information pertaining to creating strategies and at the same time ensuring the sustainability of organisations. Students who complete this course will have the knowledge, skills and values to do a situational analysis; to evaluate the executive environment; to apply a strategic management process; to evaluate an organisation’s resources and competitive position; and to recommend and assess a competitive strategy for implementation.

This course aims to provide students with the necessary competencies to apply an integrative approach to good governance by including principles of good social, ethical and environmental practice. Students will learn to evaluate and apply appropriate governance control measures to optimise organisational performance and sustainability by integrating social, ethical, financial and environmental practice.


Year 2

Semester 3


Sustainable Project Management(SUD5442)
This course centres on managing multiple projects/deadlines, and how the basic project management tools are applied to optimise resources (capital, time and human). Students will learn to apply project management skills that will enable them to implement policies effectively and efficiently in any business context.

Marketing & Customer Relationships(VCS521M)
This course will focus on marketing as one of the fundamental areas of business management, with application also to government and not-for-profit organisations. It will provide an orientation to the analysis, planning, implementation, and control of the marketing function in an organisation. By integrating theoretical foundations and practical considerations students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the marketing contexts that emerging economies managers in general are faced with.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation(EPI923M)
This course focuses on businesses that are not intended to be small throughout their duration, but rather those businesses that with hard work and good luck can be expected to develop into large and complex enterprises. A key vehicle is the business plan which helps engage and energise the founding team, investors, strategic partners and vendors. Entrepreneurship teaches the entire spectrum of entrepreneurial activity and skills through the team development of a business plan.

Finance & Accounting(TPM515M)
The principal goal of this course is to provide an understanding of financial information as presented in the financial statements and how this information can be used in financial planning and valuation of the enterprise. This course, therefore, will cover the basic financial statements and how these financial statements are used to evaluate the performance of an enterprise for better business decisions.

This course aims at enabling students to apply their theoretical knowledge and research skills in addressing a research question(s) or problem(s). Students will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a relevant area of business and management theory and practice by conducting research under supervision and produce a comprehensive research report. The mini-thesis will normally be between 20 000 to 30 000 words. There are four types of research projects:

i. a consultancy project agreed with your organisation focusing on significant strategic issues or a major operational changes within the organisation;
ii. an entrepreneurial consultancy project where the client could be an individual e.g. a business start-up or an organisation interested in a particular business;
iii. an action research project where the research is centered around the participant’s work in an organisation and studying the impact of their interventions, and finally
iv. a thesis/mini-thesis focusing on a particular topical issue or market of interest to the participant.

The major purpose of the Master’s Research Project is careful application of an appropriate methodology and technologies to a relevant research topic. A Master’s Research Project is not required or expected to result in new knowledge creation.