Strategic Leadership MSc

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

About this programme

The Strategic Leadership MSc is a part-time, flexible, work-based programme. It is delivered using a blended learning model with 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 designed for business leaders and for those aspiring to become one. It will provide the transformation you need to become a globally responsible and 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 and 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 will reflect on your own professional practice and through group action learning.

Throughout the duration of the MSc, you will 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), subject to meeting professional and work experience requirements.

Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeships

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.

What you'll learn

This transformational programme will develop your critical thinking, analysis and reflection skills. It will enable you to take a 'deep dive' into leadership theory through the 'lens' of your own workplace experiences.

You will develop your own leadership identity as well as understanding what it means to be a business leader in a global context. You will 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.

Your development

The design of the programme allows you to apply your knowledge to real world problems and challenges. You will 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


Newcastle University Business School is part of an elite group of business schools who hold triple-accreditation from:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)

This accolade is a huge endorsement which reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:

  • a high-quality teaching and learning community
  • innovative programmes
  • active engagement with industry


The Strategic Leadership MSc is a part-time, flexible, work-based programme. Under normal circumstances, it is delivered using a blended learning model with monthly one day study blocks on campus, during teaching time. In advance of study block attendance, you will engage individually and collectively with the programme and module specific blended learning materials and resources. 

In line with the Government guidance and University response to COVID-19 in 2020, we modified the design to facilitate the programme primarily through our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. Our delivery plan enables us to respond quickly to any changes in Government guidance and restrictions.

Skills are assessed through a range of assessments such as:

  • reflective logs
  • e-portfolio evidence
  • individual practice-based assessment reports
  • practice-focused plans
  • essays
  • presentations
  • case study analyses
  • research proposal and research project

Your engagement with the learning activities will be supported and enhanced by our modern and intuitive virtual learning environment, Canvas. Canvas is a web-based system that does not need to be installed on your computer. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University with 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.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School.

MSc Award
October Start
Part-time Study Mode
24 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.

Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

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