Postgraduate Taught

MSc International Management and Leadership

Available both full or part-time, this vibrant and innovative course focuses on best practice in management and leadership while developing an international focus. The course offers a practical project in conjunction with a ‘real client’ instead of a dissertation.

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.

Please note this course is due for revalidation in March 2019. Please check back on this page for updates.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.


Why QMU?

  • We want to ensure that your experience is not only student-centred, but is also focused on you as an individual. As part of a smaller cohort of students, the academic team is able to get to know and support you as an individual. You will also form a close knit group with your classmates who will come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. You will be able to share experiences and learn from each other.
  • The variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods used are designed to enhance the student experience and are unlike most offered by many other universities.

Course overview

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.

In a fast changing, global economy, this course 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. You will study a range of modules including commercial business, community, voluntary or social enterprise sectors.

Through the process and personal journey of taking a project from idea through execution and evaluation, students will build up practical business experience and develop opportunities to enhance their employability.

We also want our graduates to be both more aware of the wider societal impact, and of the responsibility of managers and leaders toward business and global sustainability. Vibrant and innovative, the course concentrates on best practice in management and leadership while developing an international focus. It covers contemporary management practice and also community engagement and service.

Please note that this course is due for review and re-validation in early 2019 and so content may be subject to change.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. Individual modules on this course can be taken on a standalone CPD basis and credits subsequently applied to a higher award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Aside from the traditional classroom format, our small class sizes allows us to offer opportunities such as external visits - a unique hands-on learning experience,enabling insight into, and from, real world businessess/ organisations. In addition,we have regular speakers from industry and support agencies with whom you will be able to interact. We have replaced the conventional dissertation with a ‘hands on’ business or community based project where you will work with either a commercial business,
community, voluntary or social enterprise in order to use and develop your management or leadership skills. Assessment methods will take the form of presentations, essays, exams, reports, business plans, interviews and viva.

Teaching hours and attendance

If studying full-time, teaching normally takes place over three days mid-week with flexible benefits. As mentioned previously, this will consist of both classroom-based learning and ‘industry’ learning. You will also be required to carry out some independent learning. Your specific timetable will depend on whether you are studying full, part-time or an individual module. Learning time varies across modules. Timetables are normally available around one month before you commence your studies.

Class sizes

Class sizes are normally 10-30. You will participate in smaller seminar style learning situations. Sometimes, you may have lectures with additional students on other courses who are studying the same modules.

Links with industry / professional bodies

We work continually with a wide range of business organisations and public services, as well as the third sector,individual business leaders and industry experts to develop our courses. This ensures that along with in-depth theoretical underpinnings, the course is rooted in relevance and industry practice. As you progress you will hear from guest lecturers, participate in visits to a range of industries and organisations, and engage in a range of other networking opportunities with staff and industry experts. In recent years we have engaged with: Diageo; New Lanark Heritage Centre and Hotel; Nairns; AG Barr (Irn-Bru); Waldorff Astoria. 


  • Contemporary Issues in International Management (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance (15 credits)
  • International Marketing (15 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (15 credits)
  • New Business Development (15 credits)
  • International Leadership Power and Policy (15 credits)

You will also complete a 60 credit project (Community Impact and Practice) in partnership with an external organisation.

The modules listed over are correct at time of publication (September 2018) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check this site for any updates.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Paula Danby for more information.


There are no formal placements, but there are opportunities to work with and learn from external bodies.

The project element of the course 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. Although we support students to find positions and projects, you are required to secure your own arrangements in line with your personal interests.

External visits will also enable further insight into business/ organisation and allow you to apply your learning and thinking to the environment.


Previous graduates have gone into positions such as Brand Ambassador (White and Mackay, Glasgow), Growth Executive (Skyskanner, Edinburgh), Supply Chain Analyst (Tesco, London),ICT/ Project Graduate Scheme (Kerry Foods, Ireland), Growth Strategy Manager (Ripplematch Recruitment, New York), Event Production Management (Tapass Group, Helsinki), Wealth Analyst (Barclays, London),Training Relationship Manager (KingAbdullah Fund for Development, Jordan).

Entry requirements

This MSc is 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.

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 6.0.

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. 

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Admissions or Paula Danby, Programme Leader, on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

We would be delighted to arrange a visit to the University when we can tell you even more about the courses and facilities.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2019
January 2020
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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