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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, this unique Masters degree blends the expertise of leading professors and industry leaders in the areas of Business Strategy, Leadership and Change Management.
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This MSc degree has been developed by leading academics within the School to provide a forward thinking, cutting edge programme focused on the key challenges for leaders and managers in a modern business environment.
We ensure that our teaching is industry-focussed by consulting with an Industry Advisory Board of business leaders who advise us on the current skill-gaps in industry. As a result, the courses on this MSc degree will help you develop key skills in highly employable areas of management including business strategy, leadership, project management, change management, quality management and inventory planning.
You will learn how to critically evaluate and implement the theories, concepts and techniques of business strategy, leadership and change. By applying this knowledge to practical contexts through industry-focused, case-study led projects, you will learn how to develop successful business strategies, leadership styles and change management programmes.
Ultimately, this is a specialist Masters degree in Management that will help you understand how to think strategically and be a successful leader. It will equip you with theoretical tools and practical skills you need to forge a successful career as an entrepreneur or in a range of senior management positions.
The full-time MSc business course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.
Full-time: 12 months/9 months (MSc/PG Diploma)
Part-time: 24 months/21 months (MSc/PG Diploma)
This MSc in Business Strategy, Leadership and Change is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful candidates will be awarded a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute.
Course contentDetailed course guide
|Sem 1 (Sep - Dec)||Sem 2 (Jan - April)|
|Business Models: Themes & Issues||Research Philosophy and Practice|
The MSc dissertation is undertaken between May - August
Semester 1 (mandatory)
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.
Semester 1 (mandatory)
Understand the role of leadership in business, and specifically in commercial projects. Examines the linkages between effective & appropriate leadership and organisational strategy.
Semester 1 (mandatory)
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
Semester 2 (mandatory)
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.
The academic lead for this programme is Robert MacIntosh, Professor of Strategic Management and Head of the School of Social Sciences. He trained as an engineer and has researched strategy development and strategic change for twenty years in a range of public, private, large and small organizations. He has published extensively in top rank journals including Strategic Management Journal. He sits on the board of the charity Turning Point Scotland and of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. His latest book "Strategic Management: strategists at work" is published by Palgrave.
A good Honours degree (first or second class) or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.
The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.
If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£7168||£3584||£896**|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£7168||£3584||£896**|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
** Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.