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5421P - Strategic Leadership MSc

Strategic Leadership MSc

Start in: September 2021

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


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
  • analysis
  • reflection

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
  • sustainability

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

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

Your future

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.

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

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.

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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 2021 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the applicant portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.

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

Open days and events

Open days

The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.

From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:

  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

Find out about upcoming postgraduate open days


We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Nicola Patterson
Degree Programme Director
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2325

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