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MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert International Management and Leadership

Course Description

The MSc is 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.

In a fast changing, global economy the MSc will equip you to assess the wider interconnections between organisations and their local, national and international contexts. You will build up a solid understanding of key management practice and develop your
critical insight.

Our MSc is specifically designed for anyone who may be looking to complement their non-business degree and has little or no prior business background. Alternatively, you may have completed to general degree level and be aiming to enhance your qualifications.

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 requirements 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.


You will normally complete eight core modules. Examples include: Strategy*/ Leadership Power and Policy+/ Organisational Behaviour+/ Operations and Supply Chain Management+/ International Marketing+/ Introduction to Accounting and Finance+/ Contemporary Issues in International Management.+.
You will also complete a project (45 credits)
Modules = * 30 credits & +15 credits


Graduates completing the course are prepared to lead, manage and operate in the increasingly complex and dynamic international business environment. We expect graduates of this new course to be taking up senior management and leadership roles.

Quick Facts

This is a practical international course focusing on best practice in management and leadership.

The student-led real-life project provides an opportunity of practice, while building experience, enhancing
confidence and employability.

This course is designed to facilitate the movement of non-business specialists into management.

Visit the MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert International Management and Leadership 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 andexpertise 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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