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Strategic Leadership MSc

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

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023


The Strategic Leadership MSc is a part-time, flexible, work-based programme. It's delivered using a blended learning model.

You'll have monthly one-day study blocks on campus during teaching time. This will still allow you to study flexibly around your commitments.

The MSc is designed for established organisational leaders and for those aspiring to become one. It will provide the development you need to become:

  • globally responsible
  • regionally connected
  • a responsible leader for the Future of Work

The curriculum is dynamic and instantly applicable to your leadership practice. It combines:

  • world-leading research
  • thought leaders from the world of policy and practice
  • real-time projects

The MSc is also work-based and experiential. It's been designed to enable you to learn through working on real organisational challenges. You'll reflect on your own professional practice and through group action learning.

Throughout the duration of the MSc, you'll 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. There's also the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager Status (CMgr)*

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

 Find out more about the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship

*subject to meeting professional and work experience requirements.



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What you'll learn

The programme will develop your skills in:

  • critical thinking
  • analysis
  • reflection

Enabling you to take a 'deep dive' into leadership theory through your own workplace experiences.

You'll develop your own leadership identity and understand what it means to be a business leader in a global context. You'll expand your knowledge of strategic leadership through critically exploring:

  • leadership theory
  • strategic decision-making in complex systems
  • innovation and change
  • sustainability
  • inclusivity

This will prepare you and your organisation for a future you can shape.


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

How you'll learn

Your development

Practical skills

Apply your knowledge to real world problems and challenges. You'll enhance your leadership practice and gain skills enabling you to:

  • engage in leadership practice which is inclusive, critically reflective and collaborative
  • manage complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty, and be pragmatic
  • take personal accountability aligned to clear values
  • act with integrity in challenging situations

Your future

Career development

The MSc in strategic leadership offers a significant transformation in your career potential. We support your development and help you shape the next steps in your career journey.

Developing as a leader involves reflecting on:

  • the strengths and attributes that you bring to the role
  • how best to apply your talents within any work context

You'll be encouraged to develop a deeper awareness of yourself. This will lead to the articulation of a compelling professional identity.

The programme supports you in this process through:

  • self-assessment activities
  • compelling work based assignments
  • peer feedback
  • group action learning
  • coaching

Careers support

Gain clarity about where you want your career to take you and the contributions you can make. We support you to articulate your knowledge and skills impact through work-based challenges.

We you the opportunity to demonstrate high levels of competence through a professional portfolio. This resource offers you an evidence base for future employment opportunities. It will also enable you to apply for Chartered Manager Status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

We encourage growth of your professional network, stimulating new connections for your career.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 83 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, nationality and international leaders
  • alumni
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is based in a building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.

Our facilities provide:

  • a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • a dedicated Hub, Base, and Lounge providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
  • a contemporary café

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 1503

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