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MSc International Management and Leadership with Tourism

Course Description

This course is subject to successful validation on April 2016. Once this has taken place, this page will be updated with the finalised course content/ module information.

The MSc International Management and Leadership was designed to be a vibrant and innovative course that focuses on best practice in management and leadership while developing an international focus. QMU’s mission is ‘to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and the communities we serve through socially and economically relevant education and research’. The MSc reflects this mission through its underpinning and distinctive identity which focuses not only on contemporary management practice but also on community engagement and service. A unique aspect of the course is the replacement of the traditional dissertation with a student-led project. You will design, lead and reflect upon a project attached to a community, charity, or third sector enterprise. The context chosen for these projects reflects our staff’s opinion that the responsibility of our graduates as managers and leaders extends not just to boardrooms and shareholders, but also to communities and our wider society.

The ‘Tourism’ route was added to the MSc to enhance the management and analytical skills of those interested in operating at a leadership level within this dynamic industry. The focus on tourism allows students to review a range of key issues, challenges, and developments in leadership and management, with opportunities to study the special relationships between tourism and the wider social, cultural, economic, and ecological frameworks. The tourism industry is recognised as a growing and diverse sector and one of the most important drivers of economic growth on a global scale. The modules of study on this course address the challenges faced by leaders in this constantly changing business environment by supporting the development of the critical thinking skills needed to analyse, evaluate, and make decisions in public and private international tourism organisations.

Teaching learning and assessment

You will attend lectures and seminars, work in groups and carry out independent learning. You will be expected to participate in discussions, develop ideas and engage with experiential learning. Assessment methods will include management reports, essays, web-based discussions, reflections on practice and group work with presentations. A central part of the course experience is the regular involvement with industry, through specific visits, guest speakers and events all of which provide valuable insights into practice, contemporary trends and thinking. Class sizes are normally 10-30.

Teaching hours and attendance

Modules studied on campus require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are full or part-time. In most instances the taught elements of the full-time course occur on Tuesday, Wednesday (AM) and Thursday. Part-time students have the option to select different modules each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies

QMU is an approved centre of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. As an approved centre, we are working towards facilitating CMI professional qualifications within our postgraduate awards. The MSc involves a number of guest lecturers from industry and visits to industry across many sectors, for example Diageo, New Lanark Hertitage Centre, Nairn’s and Glenkinchie Distillery.


Core modules: Introduction to Management Accounting & Finance; International Marketing; Contemporary Issues in International Management; Strategic Management; Human Resources Management.
Route modules: International Tourism Management, Critical Issues in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership, and Contemporary Tourism Management-Threats and Opportunities.

This course is subject to validation and the modules listed here are indicative of those which you may study. Please continue to check the website or contact one of the team for updates.

Visit the MSc International Management and Leadership with Tourism page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This course has been designed as a conversion degree for those who want to obtain a management qualification. This MSc is ideal if you have an honours degree or equivalent in any discipline or if you have an ordinary degree but can bring additional experience and expertise to the course. We especially welcome students from non-business areas who are looking to move into or expand their knowledge in business and management.

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