Strategic Leadership MSc

Strategic Leadership MSc

MSc - part time: 24 months


The Strategic Leadership MSc develops current and future business leaders with the strategic skills, insight and resilience to lead in a global context.

Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation.

About this programme

The Strategic Leadership MSc is a part-time, flexible, work-based programme. It is delivered using a blended learning model with monthly one day study blocks on campus during teaching time.  This will still allow you to study flexibly around your commitments.

Through the programme, you will gain the skills to become a leader in your workplace.

The MSc is designed for business leaders and for those aspiring to become one. It will provide the transformation you need to become a globally responsible and locally connected leader for the future of work.

The curriculum is dynamic and relevant. It combines world-leading research, thought leaders from the world of policy and practice and real-time projects. The MSc is also work-based and experiential. It has been designed to enable you to learn through working on real organisational challenges. You will reflect on your own professional practice and through group action learning.

Throughout the duration of the MSc, you will become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This will give you access to a range of membership support and resources.

When you graduate, you'll receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership. This gives you the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager Status (CMgr), subject to meeting professional and work experience requirements.

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeships

This programme is also available as a progression route when studying the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership.


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You will study modules on this programme. A module is a unit of a programme with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2021 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Your career development

The MSc in Strategic Leadership offers a significant transformation in your career potential, both within your current role and beyond. Find out how we support your personal and professional development and help you shape the next steps in your career journey.

Fees & Funding

Here are the fees you will pay for your programme and some potential funding opportunities.

2021-2022 fees

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Degree Apprenticeship route

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeships Route


The Strategic Leadership MSc is available as a progression route when studying the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship.


Entry Requirements

Here are the academic and English language requirements you need to study on this programme.

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.

Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

You are expected to have a minimum of 3 years’ leadership/management experience.

You must currently be in paid employment.

Applicants will be interviewed before being accepted onto the programme.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

You will need to provide:

  • academic transcripts
  • your cv
  • a personal statement
  • English language test results (if applicable)
  • two references may be requested


All selected applicants will be interviewed for the course.

Start and closing dates

The programme starts in September 2021. Induction week is scheduled w/c 20 September 2021 with teaching commencing w/c 27 September 2021.

Applications close on 29 August 2021. Please note that some scholarship deadlines are earlier.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.

Applying for a Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship

Applying for a Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship 

Our Relationships Manager will support employers and applicants through the application process.

To apply for the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship, you should obtain a Request To Train Form (RtTF) by emailing

You will complete the RtTF and return it to us along with your current CV.

You will be required to complete additional knowledge, skills and eligibility information so that we can access your suitability for the apprenticeship. This includes provision of a copy of your GCSE Maths and English certificates at Grade C or above.