MSc Business Strategy, Leadership and Change

The course

Programme code
KPT/JPS (R/345/7/0839) (MQA/FA5527) 08/25
Delivery type
1 year/2 years
Intake date
September, January


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The MSc in Business Strategy, Leadership and Change has been designed to build student knowledge and understanding of formulating and monitoring business strategies, how to develop change programmes and understand the impact of different leadership styles in particular contexts. This knowledge and these skills will enhance students’ personal development, so they become more effective if or when they undertake a managerial role.

The programme has five core courses; one a research methods course, and four strategy-orientated courses which are designed to be of relevance to senior and middle managers, high-potential junior managers, management consultants, entrepreneurs and directors of small and medium-sized enterprises.

In addition, the programme caters for non-specialists who wish to pursue a more general business/managerial career, but with a business strategy emphasis. There are also opportunities to study three optional strategy-oriented courses (from a choice of four), which allow participants to customise the programme according to their needs and interests. The programme will be completed by a dissertation that will take a strategy-oriented perspective. This perspective should emphasise one or a combination of the programme’s key subject themes of business strategy, leadership and change.

The MSc in Business Strategy,Leadership and Change has been designed to equip the next generation of organisational managers with skills which include business strategy, strategic change, leadership, systems thinking and analysis, project management, business economics,demand and inventory planning and quality management and engineering.

The programme’s multidisciplinary approach to managing an organisation will provide participants with rich managerial and organisational insights. Furthermore, the programme aims to develop a critical understanding of the disciplines involved by exploring the nature of thinking strategically, and the role and function of leadership in strategy formulation, implementation and change.

Teaching and Assessment

Our students experience a stimulating teaching environment which blends conventional lectures and tutorials with online material in our Virtual Learning Environment. Programmes are regularly reviewed by research-active staff in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia to ensure that the learning material is relevant and current.

Assessment is through a balance of examinations, coursework and a dissertation.

Course content

Core Courses

  • Competitive strategy
  • Strategic change
  • Leadership
  • Business Models: Themes and Issues
  • Research Philosophy and Practice
  • Leadership and Organistional Performance Dissertation
  • Choose 3 optional courses

Optional courses:

  • Systems Thinking and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management and Engineering
  • Business Economics
  • International Marketing

The MSc dissertation is undertaken between May - August

Business Models

By exploring the major themes and issues in the development of business models, an understanding of the application of business models and their role in modern strategic thinking is gained. Topics covered include business models, value propositions, quality/value arguments.


Understand the role of leadership in business, and specifically in commercial projects. Examines the linkages between effective and appropriate leadership and organisational strategy.

Strategic Change

Looking at organisational change from a strategic perspective, this course differentiates between the concepts and models of change management and consider their application to a variety of situations and environments.

Research Philosophy and Practice

Provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. Develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

*Information correct at time of publication and may be subject to change


This programme is aimed at ambitious professionals and graduate students who wish to move into middle and senior management roles in small and medium enterprises and large enterprises, management consultancy or set-up their own business venture. The programme will enable this to happen by providing candidates with tools, frameworks and ideas to help them play a more effective role in strategy formulation and implementation, developing change programmes and understanding the impact of different leadership styles in particular business settings.


The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

Entry requirements

A relevant first or second class Honours degree or a degree qualification, or equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


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