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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK fee

£9,090 (2020/21)

International fee

£9,090 (2020/21)

Course level




Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

A robust strategy, implemented well and managed effectively, enables organisations to operate competitively and to thrive in an ever-changing, increasingly challenging business landscape. The success of a strategy’s execution depends largely on the talent and capability of its leadership. Without these, even the sharpest of strategies won't yield the desired outcomes.

Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

Accredited by ILM, this contemporary Strategic Management Masters programme, with an optional specialist Strategic Sustainability Management pathway, is suited to those with strategic responsibility or who are becoming involved with organisational strategy. It is relevant to any profession and all sectors around the world.

The MSc Strategic Management programme has been designed with input from successful business professionals to address strategic needs of global organisations through to small and medium enterprises. It aims to prepare you to be a key player in your organisation’s success.

The programme will provide an advanced understanding of key strategic business disciplines through practical application and leading-edge theory. Learning will be enriched with real-life case studies and guest speakers from industry.

You will gain a fundamental understanding of how to plan, formulate and execute strategy through innovative and entrepreneurial approaches. Core and optional modules will cover areas such as internationalisation, corporate sustainability, human capital and talent management, accounting and finance, marketing and risk management. All highly applicable to the global business environment, today and tomorrow.

ILM Accreditation featuring Dual Award

The MSc Strategic Management programme is accredited by ILM, the UKs leading Leadership and Management Awarding Organisation (part of the City & Guilds Group). It offers a dual award giving you the opportunity to achieve the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management alongside your Masters qualification.

You must complete the following three modules to receive your ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management:

As student on this course, you will benefit from:

  1. A globally recognised ILM Profession Qualification, demonstrating the application of Leadership and Management skills. This is achieved through the completion of the University programme with no additional work required
  2. Further recognition through an innovative and shareable Digital Credential - a dual branded (University of Derby and ILM ) digital badge which tags your skills achievement and links out to career opportunities and employers
  3. Three-years free Student membership to the Institute of Leadership and Management giving you access to a host of high-quality resources to enhance your studies, your personal development and your professional career

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A cutting-edge, globally oriented curriculum based on real-world learning

Throughout this course, you will gain a holistic view of strategic management, exploring the subject in a global context and across professional disciplines. Your learning will be enriched by an international and multi-disciplinary student cohort, all sharing experiences, local practices and cultures. Throughout the course, you'll develop the ability to develop, implement and lead innovative strategy, an attractive and valuable skill set sought by employers worldwide. 

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in one year for your CPD

If you are seeking a postgraduate qualification and do not feel ready to commit to a full Master’s award, then the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management means that you will be able to complete a shorter level 7 qualification in 12 months, for your continuing professional development requirements.

Choose from an Independent study or an Academic Paper

The Masters programme incorporates an independent study which is an in-depth research project that you can undertake around a work-based project suited to your workplace and professional interests. Alternatively, if you are keen to pursue a passion for academic research, then you can option to undertake an academic paper to be put forward for publication in a peer review journal or equivalent.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by completing six 20 credit modules (five core and one of the three optional modules). In addition there is the final research project which is a triple module, worth 60 credits, during which you will undertake an in-depth independent study.

Full MastersFull Masters

Code: 7BM504

Strategic Execution, Management and Leadership 

A brilliant strategy can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there. This module will help you to understand how managers deal with issues involved in strategic execution and management. In a competitive global environment, understanding strategic principles, tools for analysis and techniques for implementation are of great importance to managers, to assist them in enhancing firm performance.

The module covers ways in which business strategies and leadership competencies interact in the firm. Organisations succeed or fail to execute their strategy successfully often based on the talents and capabilities of their leadership.  Without effective leadership driving organisational performance, even the sharpest strategies won’t yield the desired outcomes. 

It is an integrated module, building on concepts from strategy, general management and leadership. You will be challenged to analyse and think critically as well as apply various theoretical concepts and tools. It will help you to develop skills in diagnosing, designing, and executing complex actions in organisations. It challenges you to consider the managerial trade-offs and constraints you will likely face when tasked with achieving results. 

You will learn about potential barriers which may arise when executing strategy and will consider your own strategic aspirations and challenges.  You will develop contemporary skills to develop a more realistic, actionable strategic plan.    

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  1. Critically evaluate the contemporary research and debates on the relationship between management and leadership skills, and their impact on organisational strategic implementation plan   
  2. Critically evaluate and benchmark performance against organisational Key Performance indicators (KPIs) and identify risks and challenges strategic implementation.  
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of organisational culture and diversity and their effectiveness for strategy execution and performance. 
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20 Credits

Code: 7BM505

Strategy Formulation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This module will provide a broad, basic understanding of strategy and introduce contemporary issues associated with the formulation of strategies at different levels of the organisation. It introduces basic concepts, principles and major analytical approaches that are utilised in strategic formulation, building dynamic capabilities and managing innovation and entrepreneurship.

The global business environment is becoming more dynamic and complex, requiring managers to formulate and implement strategies based on consistent congruence between the firm and its environment. The module will introduce frameworks for analysing the external and internal stakeholders and will look at the identification of strategic issues, the development of strategic options to address them and making recommendations for when change is needed.

You will develop the ability to behave entrepreneurially in a highly complex and competitive business environment. Innovation and entrepreneurship are not only part of new ventures but also exist in organisations in the private, public, and social sectors. Hence this module recognises the need to embed innovation and entrepreneurship in terms of the creation of new combinations, new ways of doing things, new products and services, and the formation of new ventures in the process of strategic formulation. The module combines both theoretical and practical approaches, drawing on academic research and theories of innovation and entrepreneurship to support the practical development of skills required to form a new business strategy.

The module looks at entrepreneurship as the ability to effectively deploy resources to devise business solutions to complex and multifaceted challenges.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Develop and justify an attractive entrepreneurial or change business idea using strategic tools/ frameworks in the business environment
  2. Critically evaluate the challenges facing organisations moving from start-up to growth stage of organisational development
  3. Learn and use different tools, analytical approaches and frameworks utilised in generating strategic options, building dynamic capabilities and managing innovation and entrepreneurship.
  4. Critically analyse the contemporary issues and opportunities available in the internal and external environment to formulate a business strategy that suits the needs and visions of an organisation.
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20 Credits

Code: 7EC511

International Business Strategies

This module has been designed to build on, and complement, the Strategic Management module and has been structured specifically to explore the global changes that are impacting on multi- and international organizations/corporations and their industries. Additionally, it examines how these changes, and the opportunities and threats which they create, also lure domestic enterprises into the international business arena. It focuses on how various types of enterprise are expanding and relying more on their international operations, and how they develop strategies and establish objectives to either internationalize their domestic operations or expand their current international business operations as part of their overall organisational strategy.

The module encourages you to develop a wider global/international perspective; increase your awareness of organisational, industry and cultural diversity and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  1. Recognize and critically appraise the varied strategic approaches used by international corporations
  2. Critically analyse both quantitatively and qualitatively the key issues facing the successful formulation and implementation of international business strategies
  3. Critically examine and evaluate the global (competitive) environmental factors that influence different types of organisations in the formulation of international strategic and operational alternatives

Module content

  • The International Management Process and the Global Environment
  • Globalisation and Strategy: Defined and Demystified; Implications and strategic gains; the challenges of Global Efficiency, Local Responsiveness, and Global ‘Learning’
  • Competitive Analysis – A Global Perspective
  • The Global Firm and Corporate Governance, Social Responsibility and Ethics
  • The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Economies, Industries and Organisations
  • The International Planning Process and Types of International Strategy
  • International HRM, Marketing and Operations Management – Cultural Divergence or Convergence?
  • The Impact of Country Cultures on International Development
  • Financial Considerations in the Global Marketplace
  • New Economy Imperatives – The Role of Technology in International Business
  • International Management: A Future Perspective
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20 Credits

Code: 7HR529

Transforming Personal Skills

This module aims to equip you with the professional skills you will need as you develop your career and move into more senior leadership roles. Through an experiential approach, you will develop critical skills in business including communication, self-management and self-direction. This module also provides an oversight and appreciation of the challenges of professional working. The module develops your academic study skills, your ability to critically review information and your referencing skills. The development of a portfolio of academic and practical skills will underpin your study at postgraduate level, and support your journey through the programme and within your professional context.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify, search for and critically review relevant academic and business information following academic conventions
  2. Acknowledge supporting material and evidence in written work and present in an effective manner for a range of audiences
  3. Undertake critical self-reflection of business skills and develop strategies for improvement

Module content

  • Orientation and induction to university
  • Self-Management, time management, prioritising, meeting deadlines
  • Effective communication skills for different audiences
  • Presentation skills
  • Team working
  • Learning and reflection
  • Enterprise and initiative
  • Personal organisation and planning
  • Problem solving
  • Academic practice – critical, professional and academic writing skills, avoiding plagiarism, Harvard Referencing
  • Using appropriate information resources (databases, Library resources)
  • Information collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Word-processing, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, SPSS statistical processing
  • Digital literacy and data privacy

This 0-credit module has been designed explicitly for you to reflect on your current personal competencies. By studying this module, you will be directed to a range of resources to help you to develop in the future, with a view to pursuing your CMI Chartered Manager application.

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0 Credits

Code: 7HR530

Career Coaching and Mentoring

The aims of this module are to develop a deeper awareness of career management and to facilitate your' professional development by analysing personality types, coaching styles and career behaviours. The module will enable you to explore your motivations, behaviours and leadership development and asks you explore what it means to be a professional through a systematic consideration of your role in particular workplace settings. A series of personal diagnostics will act as reference points for your development, along with personal tutoring, coaching and career development workshops. You will develop an understanding of your authentic leadership, refine your ability to connect with others and acquire a global mind-set enabling you to work in culturally diverse environments.

The module also develops an understanding, application and evaluation of practical tools to support coaching and mentoring processes, applicable to management issues such as managing team performance, supporting staff through change, innovative problem solving, building supportive relationships and mentoring the growth of talent. Through this journey you will create an individualised leadership and personal development plan and the skills required for ongoing self-reflection and appraisal of your capabilities to support your future career aspirations.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on your personal strengths and weaknesses and use a range of reference points to support your career development
  2. Demonstrate self-awareness in terms of personal motivation, supporting and restricting beliefs and attitude in proactively setting goals for your career and professional development
  3. Understand, apply and critically evaluate the underlying principles and approaches that have contributed to the growth of coaching and mentoring as development tools in the workplace

Module content

  • The changing economic, cultural, organisational and demographic context of careers
  • understanding personality and personal style at work
  • Leading self and others
  • Authentic leadership
  • Cross cultural awareness
  • Mindfulness and resilience
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Definitions of coaching and mentoring
  • Coaching skills, trust and rapport, listening and challenge, question technique
  • Coaching process models; GROW, OSCAR and SCORE
  • Giving and soliciting feedback, Johari window
  • Self-assessment/evaluation tools e.g. skills audits/personal SWOT analysis, personality testing, psychometric tests
  • Ethical standards in professional recognition – their value and implication for career progression
  • Becoming a Chartered Manager (CMI)

This 0-credit module has been designed explicitly for you to reflect on your current personal competencies. By studying this module, you will be directed to a range of resources to help you to develop in the future, with a view to pursuing your CMI Chartered Manager application.

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0 Credits

Code: 7IM998

Independent Study

Independent study normally forms a significant part of a masters programme. This is a major piece of independently researched work, providing an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of a management problem or issue that should normally have a strategic dimension which addresses organisational issues and provides a process for solving management problems.

Independent study will provide you with the opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during the course, by means of an extensive investigation of a significant management area. The module provides an opportunity for those studying any of the specialist programmes to explore an in depth topic relevant to that programme. It also provides the opportunity for you to reflect on the research experience and use what you have learned to guide your future development via a reflective statement and development plan.

As a result of developing and applying an analytical framework based on a specialist issue, you will be able to enhance your own competencies for undertaking future business, management and finance research or analysis. You will be better able to evaluate the research analysis carried out by others and better able to plan your own development.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Act autonomously in designing a research project that critically evaluates a problem or issue to a professional standard. The topic should be relevant to the title of the programme and should meet the University’s ethical guidelines
  2. Act autonomously in critically investigating a discipline relevant issue, employing appropriate research methods to collect data, analyse, compare and draw conclusions, providing recommendations where appropriate. The topic will be relevant to the title of your programme and demonstrate the ability to connect the theory and practice
  3. Reflect on the process of undertaking a significant piece of independent research using the ideas and concepts from the course and plan your future development

Module content

  • The independent study represents a major learning experience for you, providing an opportunity to pursue in considerable depth and with suitable academic rigour a specific area of management and/or strategy, building on the study of relevant concepts, models and paradigms
  • Each study will be supervised by an Independent Studies Supervisor, appointed by the Business School. At the beginning, and as part of this module, a dissertation/project proposal will be individually negotiated and assessed. The proposal will have to demonstrate that the proposed research can be achieved. You will also have to complete an ethical approval form that meets the University's ethics guidelines
  • The final work will comprise a dissertation or action-based study plus a reflective statement and development plan and will be independently assessed by two tutors, one of whom will be the Independent Study Supervisor. It may take the form of dissertation or action based study. Collaborative arrangements are permitted whereby you participate in a joint group study. Where this happens, a means by which individual effort and contribution are to be assessed will be established and documented at the outset, with the supervisor
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60 Credits

Code: 7AG520

Financial Dimensions of Strategic Decisions

Finance and accounting are at the heart of any contemporary organisation, from multi-million-pound global companies to small local charities, yet often the people making major decisions within these organisations have only a very basic understanding of the financial implications of their decisions.

Accountants often challenge managers about their budgets and financial decisions. Managers need to be able to challenge their finance department in a two-way dialogue, built on a mutual understanding of the issues involved, in both a national and international context.

This module introduces and looks at how to interpret the main financial statements for a business; the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow, and addresses current international financial reporting issues including earnings management.

You will not only learn the accounting-based tools and techniques that managers can apply to assist with strategic decision making but will also develop an appreciation of the underlying assumptions and limitations of those tools and techniques. This module emphasises the interpretation of financial information and introduces a variety of theoretical concepts.

This module aims to provide you with the ability to identify, understand, apply and critically evaluate a range of accounting and finance related issues, tools, and techniques which can help an organisation to make better informed strategic decisions in both a national and international context.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of how businesses develop various strategies to mitigate risks in the globalised economy
  2. apply appropriate Management Accounting or Financial Management tools and techniques to achieve a greater level of effectiveness in strategic analysis, planning and control, both in the long and short term
  3. critically evaluate financial data, produce clear financial reports that yields meaningful and relevant management information and its impact on the strategic management process
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20 Credits

Code: 7BM506

Strategic Risk Management

This module aims to provide a deep and systematic understanding of the theoretical and practical tools, along with professional and research skills necessary to understand, model and tackle the major risks that arise from the complexity of business environments which demand strategic decision-making.

The focus of the contemporary business has moved from risk avoidance towards risk recognition, and through appropriate management, this provides opportunities for competitive advantage.

Risk management has become a pivotal aspect of strategic decision making within all organisations. This module seeks to critically analyse the contemporary risks within the context of strategic risk management, and how effective management can lead to successful performance.

You will consider, through a variety of live and historical case studies, strategic risk identification and analysis approaches and the strategic management of risk. This will then lead on to the consideration of the risk management process, including risk assessment and risk treatment, as well as disaster management and continuity planning.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the holistic nature of risk management within strategic decision making in organisations
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of risk management tools and models and how they are used to identify and assess risks in an organisation
  3. Critically analyse the risk management strategy in an organisation
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20 Credits

Code: 7EV549

Sustainable Business Management

As a consequence of growing public awareness of the impact of businesses on the environment and the ever increasing body of environmental legislation, there is increasing desire among businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner. This module will provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the corporate sustainability challenge facing organisations as well as the skills required to drive the improvement in organisational culture and environmental performance resulting more sustainable, future fit businesses.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interactions and interdependent nature of business and the environment and the changing role of businesses in a sustainable world
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop programmes to achieve sustainable change and make a business case for financial investment in such programs
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of communication, effective stakeholder engagement and reporting in sustainable business management

Module content

  • Business, development and environment interactions
  • Global mega trends & Sustainable Development risks and opportunities to businesses
  • Fundamental Business and Governance Principles and Issues
  • Effective environmental data management
  • Developing programmes for delivering sustainable solutions
  • Reporting (Green claims, GRI others)
  • Leadership and change for sustainable business practice
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Case for Sustainability
  • Employability Skills
    • Effective Communication and Stakeholder consultation
    • Negotiation - Making environmental business cases
    • Conflict resolution
  • Digital Skills
    • Apply critical criteria to the evaluation of unfamiliar online tools
    • Distinguish between platforms for publishing digital content, recognising the difference between formal publication and information exchange
  • Research Skills
    • Research report and research paper organisation and presentation
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20 Credits

Code: 7HR533

Strategic Talent Development

The growth of human capital has been identified as one of the key drivers of performance at an individual, organisational and a national level. This module is designed to assist you in understanding the strategic deployment of human capital in organisations and the relevant factors and skills which you should be aware of if you are to play a part in influencing and shaping the organisation in terms of its human capability.

In this module, you will critically evaluate alternative approaches to achieving strategic human resource management (HRM) and development interventions within organisations and the challenges this presents, whilst focusing on the resource-based view as a potential source of sustainable competitive advantage.

You will examine a range of talent management strategies aimed at the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of individuals with high potential who are of particular value to an organisation. The module will look at the internal development of talent through learning and development interventions and discusses how developing effective learning and talent development strategies has proved far from straight forward and the problems of evaluating the contribution of these activities to the ‘bottom line.  Guest speakers and practitioners will provide examples of initiatives undertaken giving you the opportunity to review your own organisational practices and consider appropriate fit in relation to future development.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse current and contextual factors and challenges influencing the formation and implementation of HRM and development strategy
  2. Assess the impact of learning and talent development strategies on individual, organisational and national level performance
  3. Critically evaluate learning and talent development practices in order to devise, develop and implement effective learning and talent development strategies, interventions and activities
  4. Demonstrate effective personal development planning skills to support lifelong learning and career development
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20 Credits

Code: 7MK523

Innovation in Marketing

In the current dynamic business environment, it is important to take a visionary approach and embed innovation to help organisations deal with the challenges of a fast-moving marketplace. The landscape of technology and innovation is continuously changing, and it is important to understand the relationship between marketing and innovation and recognise the key factors in building and nurturing innovation within the marketing function. It is important to understand the internal and external marketing factors in supporting a specific innovation.

This module develops knowledge and skill to both digital innovation approaches and embed innovation throughout marketing functions. The core areas cover the factors affecting innovation and disruption.  It also helps to develop the skills to evaluate and build the business case to marketing innovation with implementation and evaluation approaches at the core.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding on how innovation and disruption are influencing organisational growth with key factors facilitating innovation in organisations
  2. Critically evaluate principles of innovation in order to devise, develop and implement effective business case for a marketing related innovation
  3. Develop a plan, understanding the implementation of innovation marketing and communication of innovation
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

Modules within this course will be delivered by expert academics who are practising professionals too. This ensures that module content remains up-to-date and highly relevant and brings through pertinent examples from the business world which are current and topical.

Delivered entirely online through our user-friendly student portal dashboard and intuitive digital learning environment, you will interact with your tutors and fellow students and through a mix of virtual live classrooms, tutorials and guest lectures. Group discussions and debate are held through forums and community spaces and the use of collaborative tools such as wikis for group projects and assignments. Digital texts, ebooks, journals, databases and more are available electronically via our library.

Manage a virtual company through an advanced business simulation platform

An exciting feature of this course is the ability to run a virtual simulated company and manage all the key aspects of the business such as finance, marketing, strategy and operations.

Using an advanced business simulation game, you can manage a virtual company and practice start-up or scale up business strategy. In this virtual business simulation, you can compete against the markets, or choose to go head to head with other virtual companies. As you practice entrepreneurial leadership, you can play forward and rewind decisions whilst simulating time, money, stress, staff morale and efficiency.

This offers a revolutionary learning experience through a multi-dimensional case study environment that enables meaningful and deeper learning than more traditional static case studies.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our Library, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Careers and Employability Service, IT Support and the Union of Students. All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Study skills

Many of our students are mature learners and have not studied academically for many years. To help you to become an effective student, able to study at postgraduate level, there are a number of advanced study skill resources available to you covering areas such as research skills, critical evaluation in academic context, literature search, referencing, plagiarism and so on.

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend around 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester for the standard study plan.

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed entirely through coursework. You will undertake formative and summative assessments to demonstrate that you have met the module and programme learning outcomes.

Formative assessment opportunities will be available throughout your modules to provide structured learning and feedback. This may be gained through feedback such as self-assessment, peer review, or feedback directly from your tutor.

More formal summative assessments which count towards your grades, such as computer-aided tests, research projects, business reports, case study analysis, collaborative group work and reflective reports will develop your skills and knowledge at masters level. They will tend to be directly related to your personal development or your application of learning to either your own or a case study organisation.

The final assessment on the MSc is the independent study, a triple module worth 60 credits. This is a major research project applied to a workplace, or you may choose to produce an academic paper for publication. You will be supported by an academic supervisor who will guide you through this process towards your final submission.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) and employability

Personal development planning (PDP) is embedded throughout this course. During your studies, you will be encouraged to reflect on your personal brand and consider areas for personal or professional development. You will have access to reflective self-assessment and personal diagnostic tools and a wealth of resources to help you reflect on your current competencies. In addition, personal tutoring, coaching and career development workshops, delivered by the University or the ILM, will all help you to create your individualised leadership and personal development plan.

To further enhance your employability, we have embedded two support modules into the programme:

These modules are designed to help you to reflect on your personal skills, strengths and weaknesses while aiding your long-term career planning and professional development. You will also be able to take advantage of the services offered by the University’s Careers and Employment Service.

Who will teach you

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Yukari Iguchi
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Hospitality and Leisure, Yukari Iguchi, has performed a range of roles including Programme Leader for undergraduate hospitality programmes, International Student Coordinator, International Collaborative Project Manager, and Online and Distance Learning Coordinator.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a UK undergraduate degree (at least a 2:2) with honours in any business-related subject, or an equivalent international qualification. Equivalent professional qualifications will also be considered for entry.

If you do not have the above required academic or professional qualifications but do have significant management experience and a substantial record of achievement, then we will also consider your application.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be available for you based upon past study and experience.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language or you have not completed your undergraduate degree at a UK University, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 7 (six 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module) £9,090

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


This course will develop your ability to formulate, manage and execute business strategy, helping you to become an effective strategic leader and manager. From mid-managers, team leaders, or first line managers, this programme will develop your strategic leadership and management skills helping you to forge a successful career in strategic management roles of small or large organisations, or within your own business.

Throughout the course, you will be able to apply knowledge learnt on the programme directly into your workplace, helping you to make a positive impact quickly, which will be rewarding on a personal level and will be of great value to your employer or to your own business.

If you wish to further your studies, you may choose to progress onto a PhD, DBA or other research degree in the area of business management and leadership.

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