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MSc International Management and Leadership

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- 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.

The MSc International Management and Leadership is designed to be a vibrant and innovative course that focuses on best practice in management and leadership while developing an international focus. It covers contemporary management practice and also community engagement and service. 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. This 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 ordinary degree level and be aiming to enhance your qualifications.

You will study a range of modules and complete a community based project where you will work with either a commercial business, community, voluntary or social enterprise.

You can study for the general MSc International Management and Leadership or tailor your studies with our routes in Events, Family and Smaller Enterprise, Hospitality and Tourism (as follows).

EXIT AWARDS: MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Modules are also available as separate CPD options. CPD fees are available on request.

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 7 years

Start date: September and January

Application deadline: none

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 Heritage Centre, Nairn’s and Glenkinchie

Designed for graduates or experienced professionals from any discipline. Students normally have an honours degree or equivalent. In addition, we also welcome applications from recent graduates with an ordinary degree in a business-related area or those who can show a period of post-graduation work experience.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 5.5. Applicants who obtain IELTS 6.0 may be considered for admission if they are able to fully attend QMU’s Pre-Sessional English course which will take place in the August prior to September entry.

Home/EU - full-time: £6500 per year

Home/EU - part-time: Pro-rata

International - full-time: £12000 per year

International - part-time: Pro-rata

Scholarships: - QMU scholarships for business postgraduate degrees: in 2014 five scholarships of £2500 were available for students on the MBA and MSc International Management and Leadership courses. It is likely that these will be available again in 2015.

- More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
Visit the Fees section of the website. -
Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

All MSc students will study the following core modules:

Contemporary Issues in International Management/ Strategic Thinking/ International Marketing/ Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance/ Organisational Behaviour

All MSc students will then take three further modules in their specific area, for example:
Events Leadership in Action (Events)/ Family Business Governance (FASE)/ International Leadership Power and Policy (General)/ Critical Issues in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership (Hospitality/ Tourism)

You will also complete a 60 credit project (Community Impact and Practice) focused towards your specialism in partnership with an external organisation. The project is designed to have a positive community outcome and could be based within the commercial, public or third sector.

This is your opportunity to discover, propose, plan, lead and deliver an externally driven project. Whilst developing your skills of reflective practice and personal development planning.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to enhance your career prospectus by opening up a wide range of global opportunities. Our graduates take with them enhanced employability and confidence whether they obtain a position with a multinational organisation, work within the public sector, create their own business, gain employment in the third sector or go on to further studies.

Case study:

David Sharp, MSc International Management & Leadership

I work for Japanese conglomerate, Nichii Gakkan based in Tokyo. I’ve quickly risen up the ranks over the past year, having been promoted and secured a tenured position as Area Supervisor in 2014. I was seconded to two of my company’s training teams and to their international corporate sales team where I led a product demonstration to the CEO of a large Chinese company. As an Area Supervisor, I am responsible for staff training and product quality at nine worksites. I have 60 employees reporting directly to me and I am also responsible for liaising between head office and operations staff, and provide cross-cultural dispute resolution consulting to nine managers, three branch managers and a division head.

The real employment value in management degrees such as the MSc International Management and Leadership is that it helps you stand out from colleagues when promotions are being decided. I was selected to be on a 10 person shortlist from over 200 colleagues, and was finally chosen as one of the final three for promotion. During my MSc, Human Resources was broken down into four or five separate subjects. This gave me real in-depth knowledge when it came to workplace psychology and change management. I used this knowledge while working in my company and it helped me stand out in interviews. Very few non-Japanese people ever receive a tenured position in a Japanese conglomerate, and my QMU management degree made all the difference in helping me secure my position.

I found the MSc International Management and Leadership course extremely attractive because it integrates an international angle into all of the subjects studied and because of the sheer breadth of subjects on offer. I came to QMU with extensive overseas experience, but absolutely no education in business or management. The degree allowed me to explore so many different management and business disciplines, whilst also letting me decide on my own essay topic. This combination of a broad education that is also specifically tailored to each student’s needs is what made me choose QMU.

Des Quinn, MSc International Management & Leadership

After 30 years of living in England, working as a therapist in a specialist NHS service in a prison with high risk men, I moved to Edinburgh. I knew that as a nurse, with my specialist background , I would be able to get sufficient work in the short term.

Many of the jobs I wanted to apply for asked for masters level qualification or equivalent experience. Although I had suitable experience I felt I needed a masters qualification to really strengthen my hand. As ba manager in healthcare I held a number of leadership roles so this course seemed like a perfect fit for me.

I had known about QMU through a family connection and was impressed by the different projects and initiatives that were being conducted. The size of QMU appealed as I wanted to study somewhere I could develop relationships with the lecturers and fellow students.

The course modules were a mixture of topics relating to management and leadership and, while some were more enjoyable than others, I embraced learning about aspects of management I hadn’t previously known much about. Most of the assignments required some sort of collaborative approach with fellow students and I found this a great learning experience. I think it worked well because the process of learning together meant we gained more than if we were working on our own. One aspect of the course that I particularly valued was the engagement with people and businesses outside of the University. We had access to places and guest lecturers that we would never normally come across in our working lives. Getting different perspectives on how other industries worked in the real world was a real strength of the course.

I went through a brief period when I felt a bit overwhelmed with the workload. However, the lecturers and library staff were fantastic and the advice and support they offered really encouraged me. I had a real sense of all staff feeling strongly invested in helping students achieve their goals. Whilst studying I did some work as a 'bank' Staff Nurse at a small hospital that that specialises in young people with mental health issues. I also wrote court
reports on mentally disordered offenders as this was an area where I had extensive experience. I’m now the Hospital Director at this hospital and also I am working on a digital product that the University helped me to develop through one of the course modules. This has gone from simply being an idea I occasionally talked about to something with real potential.

The year of study was a real roller-coaster of a journey and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to enrich their life.



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