Postgraduate Taught

MSc International Management and Leadership

 Being a successful business leader in our fast-changing, global economy demands a particular range of skills. On this flexible course (available part- or full-time) you will learn key management principles and refine your critical insight.

You’ll learn how to take a business idea from first proposal to real-world profit. You’ll gain practical business experience and develop skills that will give you an employability edge. The course is specifically designed for anyone who may be looking to complement their non-business degree and has little or no prior business background, and may also interest those who have completed a business degree to ordinary level and be aiming to enhance their qualifications. 

Induction for Post Graduate programmes in the Business School will commence w/b 21st September, with teaching on those programmes beginning on 28th September.


Why QMU?

  • This course provides the optimum balance of theoretical and practical learning. You will be working with real clients and professional mentors. Our students find this is a fantastic opportunity to put learning into practice and build skills that will last a lifetime.
  • The flexible capstone module provides bespoke practical and academic pathways, which develop management and leadership skills, making you highly employable and effective.
  • Along with developing your management and leadership skills, this course is designed to nurture your confidence and decision making.
  • Where better to learn international management and leadership than in a cosmopolitan capital city that’s a hub for international business.

Course overview

What gives the best managers their unique vision? How can you drive a team to deliver? How do organisations engage with and shape the world around them? How does that change as you move from a local context to national and international relationships? We’ll prepare you to answer these real-world questions and more – so that your international management career gets off to the best possible start.

On this course you’ll focus on best practice in international management and leadership, preparing you for a wide range of careers. You will study a range of modules covering all the core functions of management including the commercial business, community, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors.

In order to obtain the MSc, students will chose a capstone option from the following:

  • Business Consultancy in Practice —This is a ‘hands-on’ practical project where students work with real clients as a consultant within an external organisation to develop project management skills and reflect on their learning experiences. <'
  • Business Incubation Programme — Students will develop a new business or social enterprise start-up of their choice. They will work with mentors, QMU’s Business Innovation Zone and Business Gateway.
  • Dissertation — This offers the opportunity to conduct a substantial academic research project around a topic of choice.
    The course content reflects our desire to ensure that graduates are fully aware of the wider societal impact of business, and of the responsibility of managers and leaders toward business and global sustainability.

The course is also flexible: you can study full-time or part-time and you do not have to have come from a business background.

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. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award

Teaching, learning and assessment

Aside from the traditional classroom format, our small class sizes allow us to offer opportunities such as external visits. These offer a unique hands-on learning experience, enabling insight into, and from, real-world organisations. In addition, we have regular speakers from industry and support agencies with whom you will be able to interact directly. The course offers students a flexible bespoke pathway depending upon their future aspirations.

Assessment methods will take the form of presentations, essays, exams, reports, business plans, and interviews.

The variety of distinctive teaching, learning and assessment methods will give you the opportunity to hone your skills, readying you to make a full and valuable contribution even immediately when you start your first job after graduation.

Teaching hours and attendance

If you are studying full-time, teaching normally takes place over three days mid-week. 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-time, 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

There are normally around 15-20 students. Sometimes, you may have lectures with additional students on other courses who are studying the same modules.

Links with industry / professional bodies

The course has been designed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), therefore some of the modules are accredited by the CIMA. The QMU Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute. 

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 underpinning, 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 and others.


  • Critical Issues in International Management (20 credits)
  • Accounting for Managers (20 credits)
  • International Marketing (20 credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Strategy and Leadership (20 credits)/ Elective module OR Research Methods (dependent upon chosen capstone module)

To obtain the MSc, you will choose to progress with one of the following capstone options: Business Consultancy in Practice (60 credits) OR Business Incubation Programme (60 credits) OR Dissertation.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

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




Previous graduates have entered 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 (King Abdullah Fund for Development, Jordan)

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

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.

Some modules may require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and have the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

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

Contact Admissions 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 2020/2021 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2020
January 2021
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

A student Story

Cosima Liedlbauer - MSc International Management and Leadership “This course makes sure that every module interlinks with each other which leads to interesting discussions in every class.” Read my student story