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MSc International Management and Leadership with Events

Course Description

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 MSc International Management and Leadership with Events route was added to enhance the knowledge and skills of those interested in a leadership role within a public or private organisation. Events have become a key tool for both organisers and participants to network, promote, and sell their products and services. Their popularity and scale around the world means that individuals with the knowledge, skills, and ability to lead in this field are in high-demand by private companies and public organisations seeking managers capable of helping them to achieve their goals in this fast growing and dynamic industry. Throughout this programme there will be an emphasis on developing a wide range of managerial skills that are aligned with QMU’s extensive knowledge of current issues in events management.

We have found the best way to learn about our business courses and the underpinning ethos and differences that drive us is to speak to members of the team that will work with you. We are delighted to arrange a visit or invite you to attend a class, giving you the opportunity to speak to Masters students about their experiences. If you are based outside the UK then you may wish to SKYPE one of the programme team and we can discuss your questions face to face.

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.


Core modules: Introduction to Management Accounting & Finance; International Marketing; Contemporary Issues in International Management; Strategic Management; Human Resources Management.

Route modules: Critical Events Management; Events Leadership in Action; Creative Industries Option; CIP Events Project.

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 for updates.


Graduates completing the Events route of the MSc International Management & Leadership course are expected to acquire the academic knowledge and practical skills necessary to lead, manage and operate in the increasingly global and dynamic Events industry. We expect graduates of this new course to be taking up senior management and leadership roles in both public sector bodies and private firms.

Quick Facts

- This is a practical course focusing on best practice in management and leadership applied to the International Events industry- The student-led real-life Events 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 of Events in either in the public sector or with private firms.

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

Entry Requirements

Honours degree or equivalent and industry experience/ recent graduates who can demonstrate additional capabilities/ graduates with an ordinary degree who a period of post-graduation work experience/ those with substantial industry experience and a commitment to CPD. Exemption may be granted from studying a module/s up to a max of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes. For international applicants, where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you should provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score less than 5.5.

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