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International Management and Leadership - MSc/PgCert

Are you currently working in business and looking to enhance your knowledge and skills? Or, do you have a non-business degree and little or no previous business background, but would like to gain this? Available to study full-time or part-time, this MSc in International Management and Leadership will provide you with the skills you need to become a successful business leader in our fast-changing, global economy.

The contemporary business world faces a number of challenges including recruitment, export/import issues, commodities pricing, complex market conditions, data noise, the emergence of AI, and productivity to name but a few. How does a modern leader research, analyse, extrapolate, and synthesise data around these issues to manage, shape and lead modern businesses? How do we manage and lead people within an听 industry setting? How can we ensure that we understand the contemporary business landscape so that this informs our confident decision-making processes?

This course addresses those questions and helps you to kick-start a successful career.

You can study this course full-time, or part-time, to fit around your existing life and work commitments.

Why 性用社?

  • Student-focused teaching and learning: Offering excellent teaching in smaller classes than at many other universities, the 性用社 Business School prides itself on its student-centred, contemporary teaching and assessment practice. Our most recent (2023) QSS (a 性用社 internal student survey) results rated postgraduate teaching quality on International Management and Leadership at 97%.
  • Flexible study options: We offer full-time, part-time and single module study options.
  • An accessible route to a new career: This course has been designed so that you do not need to have come from a business background to apply.
  • Engaging hands-on experiential learning: With an engaging variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods, this course is designed to enable you to demonstrate your practical capabilities to future employers, and to make a full and valuable contribution when you start your first job after graduation.
  • Tailor your future: We offer a flexible, bespoke pathway allowing you to shape your learning to align with your future aspirations.
  • Opportunity to start your own business with support from 性用社: If you opt to complete the Business Incubation Programme module, you will work with mentors, 性用社鈥檚 Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) and our on-campus Business Gateway to 性用社 a new start-up business or social enterprise of your own choice.
  • Industry input and relevance: Input from a wide range of businesses, public service providers, the third sector, and industry experts is central to this course. This ensures that as well as offering in-depth theoretical knowledge, you gain a wealth of contemporary industry insights and contacts. As you progress you will hear from guest lecturers, potentially visit a range of organisations, and engage in a range of other networking opportunities with staff and industry experts. In recent years we have engaged with businesses including: Diageo, New Lanark Heritage Centre and Hotel, Nairns, Waldorf Astoria and others.听
  • Strong professional accreditation and links: Designed in collaboration with the ), the course includes some modules accredited by the CIMA. The 性用社 Business School is a member of the and the 听and a signatory member of 听
  • Prepares you to join a business world that's ever more focused on sustainability: The curriculum takes account of the societal impact of business, and of the responsibility of managers and leaders toward social justice and business and global sustainability.
  • We will set you up for study success and build your confidence: Your studies with us begin with an introductory module exploring what it is to be a master鈥檚 student, designed to place your postgraduate journey within a supportive environment and enable you to make the most of your postgraduate education, whatever your background. As you progress, you鈥檒l complete a range of skills-based assessments, allowing you to demonstrate your practical capabilities to potential employers.
  • Excellent location for business: Where better to learn international management and leadership than in a cosmopolitan capital city that鈥檚 a hub for international business?

International Management and Leadership (MSc/PgCert): More information and what you will achieve

You will:

  • Study the core tenets of management and leadership - finance, strategy, leadership, human management, marketing - and gain an in-depth insight into the contemporary global business world, encompassing the commercial business, community, and voluntary/social enterprise sectors.
  • Benefit from the optimum balance of theoretical and practical learning. You will gain an excellent academic underpinning, along with opportunities to 性用社 real-life, practical experience giving you an employability edge upon graduation.
  • Benefit from a choice of three 鈥榗apstone鈥 modules, including creating your own business, or consulting for a real business on a high-level problem, or undertaking your own specialised research via a master's dissertation. Each of these options is designed to build your skills, knowledge, and employability.
  • Learn key management principles and refine your critical insight, preparing you to become a successful business leader in our fast-changing, global economy.
  • Learn how to take a business idea from first proposal to real-world profit.
  • Focus on best practice in international management and leadership, preparing you for a wide range of careers.
  • Work with real clients and professional mentors, which provides a fantastic opportunity to put learning into practice and build skills that will last a lifetime.
  • Develop and nurture your confidence, as well as your decision-making abilities.

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit awards

You can opt to study for the full MSc (185 credits), a PgDip (120 credits) or a PgCert (60 credits).

You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies toward a named award. Contact Marc Robertson for further information on single module study.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, field trips and projects. The 'capstone' module for the course听is either a 'live' project for a client, the 性用社ment of a business start-up proposal, or a master's level dissertation. Each of these options is intended to draw together elements of the taught course. The dissertation or project will be facilitated, monitored and assessed by tutors within 性用社 and, where appropriate, by staff within the organisation in which it is undertaken.

Assessment will take a variety of forms, including essays, reports, group and individual presentations. In our assessment methods, we have a particular focus on enabling you to demonstrate practical skills 性用社ment, along with theory, making you particularly attractive to potential employers.

Teaching hours and attendance

If you are studying full-time, teaching normally takes place over two or three days mid-week, comprising both classroom-based learning and industry learning. You will also be required to carry out independent learning to support your formal teaching. Your specific timetable will depend on whether you are studying full-time, part-time or an individual module. Learning time varies across modules. Timetables are normally available approximately one month before you commence your studies.

Class sizes

There are normally around 20-30 students. Sometimes, you may have lectures with additional students on other courses who are studying the same modules.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.


  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Society (15 credits): This module aims to enable you to reach a well-grounded understanding of the theory and practice of international management and relate it to events taking place at a global and national level. Utilising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a discursive element within the module, the ways in which businesses can positively contribute to achieving these will be critically evaluated. This module also explores what it is to be a master's student so that all students enrolled onto the course can access this higher level of postgraduate education in an effective manner.听

  • Finance for Management (15 credits): This module 性用社s your critical understanding of essential management accounting and finance topics within a business environment, enabling you to 性用社 a high-level understanding of how financial information helps to make informed and accurate management decisions. This module is CIMA accredited.听

  • International Marketing (15 credits): This enables you to investigate, analyse and evaluate the role and scope of marketing activities within an international perspective and context; and investigate, critically analyse and assess a focused international marketing opportunity.

  • Data Analytics for Management Decision- Making: This module explores the sources of data, how that data is collected, processed, and presented, and then continues the data lifecycle by considering how this is used within informed decision-making processes within contemporary enterprises. With so much data noise, how can a business be certain that the data they are using is reliable and valid? How can they then link that to a primary function within management and leadership when making decisions?听
  • Leadership in an International Context (15 credits): This module provides you with an in-depth understanding of leadership theory, an opportunity to explore how these theories apply to our experiences of leadership in different contexts, and space to unpack how these experiences are shaped by culture at an organisational, regional, and international level. Delivered in three parts, the module will: compare differing concepts of leadership both traditional and contemporary; consider the role of culture in shaping these concepts and expectations of leaders; and consider the ethics of leadership in the application of power and influence at an organisational level.
  • Strategic Management: concerns itself with assessing what鈥檚 important, determining how to get there, and avoiding the potential pitfalls. By focusing on long-term sustainable success, strategic management enables practitioners to avoid the noise of the day-to-day. The module incorporates strategic concepts, tools and techniques that organisations can employ to assess their environment and resources and make strategic decisions towards long-term success. This is a mandatory module for all 性用社 Business School MSc courses. Much of the knowledge and skills 性用社ed in this module are transferrable and useful in a broad range of management functions.

  • Research Methods: Problems and Solutions: Research has an important role within academic studies but is also a core skill for managers and leaders within contemporary enterprises. This module is designed to 性用社 both theoretical research knowledge, and practical insights into the purpose, nature, execution, and value of research approaches and how these can be effectively utilised in the solving of problems in the context of academic knowledge creation or organisational professional practice.

  • Strategic Human Resource Management (15 credits): This module enables students to explain and critique the core theories of strategic human resource management (SHRM), to 性用社 a critical awareness and understanding of the employment relationship and reflect critically on the realities of contemporary human resource management and to 性用社 analytical and professional skills which can be applied to leading change and managing work and people in their workplace.

    If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a Capstone module (60 credits). This takes the form of either a 12,000-word Dissertation, a Business Consultancy in Practice project, or a Business Incubation Programme.
  • Business Consultancy in Practice (60 credits): This is a hands-on practical project where you will work with a business on a live project, determine the project parameters, manage the project, and deliver a consultancy report recommending actions the company can implement. The module aims to 性用社 excellent project and client management skills alongside high-level writing skills that include excellent reflective abilities.

  • The Business Incubation Programme (60 credits): The aim of this module is to听critically evaluate a range of nascent, micro and family businesses and to 性用社, through inception, investigation and planning, a new start-up business or social enterprise of your own design. You will work with mentors, 性用社鈥檚 Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) and the on-campus Business Gateway to take your business from idea to reality.

  • Dissertation (60 credits): To enable students to 性用社, plan and critically evaluate a piece of research in the relevant degree subject related area, written up in the form of a dissertation. This offers the opportunity to conduct a substantial academic research project around a research topic of your choice.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to allow both undergraduates with a business degree, and those with a non-business degree to progress in their chosen careers by building the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to forge ahead in with that new career.

Previous graduates have entered into positions such as:

  • Brand Ambassador (White and Mackay, Glasgow)
  • Growth Executive (Skyscanner, Edinburgh)
  • Supply Chain Analyst (Tesco, London)
  • ICT/Project Graduate Scheme (Kerry Foods, Ireland)
  • Growth Strategy Manager (Ripplematch Recruitment, New York)
  • Event Production Management (Tapass Group, Helsinki)
  • Wealth Analyst (Barclays, London)
  • Training Relationship Manager (King Abdullah Fund for Development, Jordan).

International Management and Leadership (MSc/PgCert): Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a UK honours degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applicants with an ordinary degree who can show a period of relevant post-graduation work experience in a managerial role.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

Other information

Fees for this course are calibrated to incorporate all transport and activities on field trips as well as practical classes. See听Fees and Charges听page.

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at 性用社. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Applying for this course

For more information on applying, or to apply for this course, please follow the links in the 'Start your application' box at the top right of this page.

Application deadline

Home: End of August for September 2024 start and end of December for January 2025 start.

International: 26th听July for September 2024 start and end of October for January 2025 start.

Please note applications may close sooner should the course become full.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our听2024/25 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

More information and 性用社 contacts

Contact Marc Robertson (Programme Leader) or contact Admissions

We would be delighted to arrange a visit to the University when we can tell you even more about the courses and facilities.

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Course Overview

On campus at 性用社
1 year full time OR 2-7 years part time (or 20 months full-time with a January start)
Start Date
September 2024
Start Date
January 2025
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
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