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.
Through the programme, you will gain the skills to become a leader in your workplace.
The MSc is for business leaders and for those aspiring to become one. It will provide the transformation you need to become:
- globally responsible
- a 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
- 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'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. This gives you the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager Status (CMgr). This is subject to meeting professional and work experience requirements.
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.
Find out more about the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship.
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What you'll learn
This transformational programme will develop your skills in:
- critical thinking
It will enable you to take a 'deep dive' into leadership theory through the 'lens' of your own workplace experiences.
You'll develop your own leadership identity. You'll also 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
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Phase 1 (Year 1: Semesters 1 and 2)
The focus of this phase is to Explore. It will enable you to understand responsible leadership practice in relation to others, organisational performance and in a global context.
This phase includes four compulsory 20 credit modules. The modules are designed to provide you with a broad understanding of the main theories of leadership and organisational performance.
Two modules per semester are taught in parallel.
Phase 2 (Year 2: Semesters 1 and 2)
Building on the core understanding developed in Phase 1, the focus of this phase is to Challenge. You will develop your learning through two 20 credit modules. These modules will enable you to Shape and Lead the Future of Work.
Phase 3 (Year 2: Semesters 2 and 3)
The focus of this phase is to Demonstrate Impact. This phase will enable you to Apply your learning and development in Phases 1 and 2 and to Demonstrate Impact by undertaking the following 60 credit module:
This practical research-based module, together with the Exploring Theory in Practice modules in Phase 2, will enhance your current and future employability. You will also be able to produce outputs that challenge and develop you, and your organisational and global practices.
How you'll learn
Under normal circumstances, it is delivered using a blended learning model with monthly one-day study blocks on campus, during teaching time
In advance of study block attendance, you'll engage individually and collectively with the programme and module-specific blended learning materials and resources.
Your engagement with the learning activities will be supported and enhanced by our modern and intuitive virtual learning environment, Canvas. Canvas is a web-based system that does not need to be installed on your computer. Canvas runs on:
- any other device with a modern web browser
In line with the Government guidance and University response to COVID-19 in 2020, we modified the design to facilitate the programme primarily through our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. Our delivery plan enables us to respond quickly to any changes in Government guidance and restrictions.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Oral examination
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The design of the programme allows you to apply your knowledge to real world problems and challenges. You'll formulate practical solutions to 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
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.
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
The learning journey enables you to 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 during the course of the MSc.
The programme offers 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 and facilitate growth of your professional network, stimulating new connections and possible directions that your career can take you.
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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
- 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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
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.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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