The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

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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Overview

MSc Business Strategy, Leadership and Change has been developed by leading academics within the Edinburgh Business School to provide a forward-thinking, cutting-edge programme of study that focuses on key challenges that leaders and managers face in the modern business environment.

This is a Conversion MSc

MSc Business Strategy, Leadership and Change is a conversion degree programme led by academics from Edinburgh Business School. It introduces the study of business and management to graduates and professionals from non-management backgrounds who wish to enhance their careers. 

This degree introduces vital business knowledge to those with limited academic experience in the subject and provides an opportunity to develop versatile strategic management skills in just one year of study. Coupled with specialist learning in change management and leadership, this programme aims to complement existing knowledge and prepare graduates for a career shift or management role.

The Edinburgh Business School approach

An Industry Advisory Board made up of business leaders advise us on the current skill-gaps faced by their organisations to ensure that our course content and teaching is industry-focused. 

As a result, the courses on this MSc degree will 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 Masters degree 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.
 

Programme duration

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)

Accreditation

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. 

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide
Sem 1 (Sep - Dec) Sem 2 (Jan - April)
Business Models: Themes & Issues Research Philosophy and Practice
Leadership

Three from:

  • Business Economics
  • Demand and Inventory Planning
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • International Marketing
  • International Trade Law
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management & Engineering
  • System Thinking & Analysis
Strategic Change  
Competitive Strategy  

The MSc dissertation is undertaken between May - August

Business Models

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.

Leadership

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.

Strategic Change

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.

Academic Lead

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.

Entry requirements

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)

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7168 £3584 £896**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7168 £3584 £896**
Overseas £15560 £7780 £1945**

* 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 scholarships.