Postgraduate Taught

MSc/PgCert 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 previous business background, and may also interest those who have completed a business degree to ordinary level and are aiming to enhance their qualifications.

Why QMU?

  • This course provides the optimum balance of theoretical and practical learning. You will be working with real clients and professional mentors, which 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 abilities.
  • 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 lead 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.
  • The 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 (BIZ) 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 Queen Margaret 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)


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 toward a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

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.

Apart from the traditional classroom format, our small class sizes provide the opportunity for unique learning experiences from real-world organisations.

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.


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. At postgraduate level you will also be required to carry out independent learning as this directly supports your formal teaching. 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 approximately one month before you commence your studies.

Class sizes

There are normally around 20-30 students. Sometimes, you may have lectures with additional students on other courses who are studying the same modules.

Industry links, accreditation and professional registration

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 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, potentially visit a range of 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, Waldorf Astoria and others. 


  • Critical Issues in International Management (20 credits): The aims of the module are to enable students to reach a well-grounded understanding of the theory and practice of International Management and relate it to events taking place at a global and national level, while developing critical awareness of major current developments. 
  • Accounting for Managers (20 credits): This module develops critical understanding of essential management accounting and finance topics within a business environment, to develop critical understanding of the importance of managing customer value parameters (cost, quality, and time) through management accounting practices for value creation 
  • International Marketing (20 credits): The module aims to: enable students to investigate, analyse and evaluate the role and scope of marketing activities within an international perspective and context; and investigate, analyse and assess a focused international marketing opportunity.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits): This module will enable students to: explain and critique the core theories of strategic human resource management (SHRM); develop a critical awareness and understanding of the employment relationship and reflect critically on the realities of contemporary human resource management (eg the nature of the employment relationship in the context of different business strategies); and develop analytical and professional skills which can be applied to leading change and managing work and people in their workplace.
  • Strategy and Leadership (20 credits): This module will provide the concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management and leadership decision-making that enables students to critically evaluate and synthesise competitive conditions, appraise corporate capabilities and lead businesses towards a sustainable and competitive advantage in industry.
  • Plus an elective module OR Research Methods* (20 credits): The module aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the way that research is designed, conducted, and communicated and to use this to develop a viable proposal for future research.

Elective modules:

  • Research Methods (Online) (20 credits)
  • Negotiation (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Society
  • Public Affairs (20 credits)
  • Digital Communications (20 credits)

*dependent upon chosen capstone module. If undertaking the Dissertation, students need to complete Research Methods as their optional module unless they have an equivalent on their transcript.

To obtain the MSc, you will choose to progress with one of the following capstone options:

Business Consultancy in Practice (60 credits): This option will provide the opportunity to design and deliver a live project for a client. You will critically evaluate the consultancy role and practice through a live consultancy project. You will research, develop and deliver the project in collaboration with a business/organisation. The module will be assessed, not on the success of the project, but on your planning, problem solving and reflection upon the consultancy cycle which will include a researched client consultancy report and personal development plan. While there may be the opportunity to work with staff to identify a partner business, the onus to find a real-world project will be on you. Recent project clients have included a major airline, global pharmaceutical company, whisky industry, top five bank, publishing house, European professional basketball team, food companies, charities, big three accounting and consulting organisations, global hotel brands, Irish environmental company,  online retailers, local authority, environmental energy agency, major oil and chemical producer and digital marketing agency.


The Business Incubation Programme (60 credits): the aim of this module is to critically evaluate a range of nascent, micro and family businesses and to develop, through inception, investigation and planning, a new start-up business or social enterprise.


Dissertation (60 credits): To enable students to develop, plan and critically evaluate a piece of research in the relevant degree subject related area, written up in the form of a dissertation.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, 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 Marc Robertson for further 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, or relevant woirk experience at managerial level.

International: 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 the client 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

For International applicants only:  Applications submitted after Friday 04th November 2022 will automatically be considered for the next available intake after January (which will be September).

Applications are still open to Home (UK and Republic of Ireland) applicants after this date.


More information and contacts

Contact Admissions or Contact Marc Robertson, Programme Leader

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

Fees and transitionary scholarships for postgraduate EU students in 21/22 and 22/23

As part of our management of the Brexit transition, for many of our courses, including this one, we have introduced an EU transitional scholarship for EU full-time postgraduate students commencing their studies on campus in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. This provides a 40% discount on international tuition fees. The scholarship is available to EU students for whom the international fee rate applies and covers the courses marked with a # in the Postgraduate Fees – Full-Time Study section of our Fees page. This transitional scholarship is not applicable to students from the Republic of Ireland, who will continue to be eligible for the home fee rate.

Start date

September 2022 and January 2023

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/2023 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.


Course Overview

1 year full-time OR 2-7 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022
Start Date
January 2023
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding