New Place Management and Leadership students kick off Masters course

The latest cohort of students began their Masters study at Manchester Metropolitan University in January, with 15 starting the MSc Place Management and Leadership course.

With an induction on 15th January, the new group completed their first residential, Principles of Place Management, Marketing and Branding, which included learning on conceptualising places, attachment to place, and how places are represented, globally and locally.

The cohort also spent time considering place management practices, skills and behaviours, with the Institute’s Co-Chairs, Professor Cathy Parker and Simon Quin. Case studies from Manchester and Hadrian’s Wall were considered along with theory and practice, and the group also looked at digital techniques for place marketing.

As usual for IPM courses, our latest students are drawn from a range of professional backgrounds, some looking to complement years of place management experience with new theory, and others taking their first steps towards careers in place.

January also saw a number of experienced place managers joining the post-graduate programmes through Advanced Standing. We can now recognise your professional experience and qualifications to mean you can graduate more quickly. If you are an experienced place manager, email us for details on this route.

We’ll keep you updated with the progress of our MSc students and themes from future residentials, and look out for student posts that we’ll share via our Twitter account @placemanagement.

You can find more information about the MSc Place Management and Leadership, a part-time course delivered through residentials and distance learning, via the Manchester Metropolitan University website.

If you have a question about the Masters or you’re interested to learn more about study options at the IPM, send us an email at