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. In a world of ever-increasing data noise, how do you research, analyse, extrapolate and synthesise and how does this shape your management and leadership decisions? This course addresses those questions and helps you kickstart a successful career.

Why QMU?

  • Teaching and learning: Excellent teaching in smaller classes than many other universities, Queen Margaret University Business School prides itself on its student-centered, contemporary teaching and assessment practice
  • Flexible study options: We offer full-time, part-time and single module study options as well as September or January start dates.
  • An accessible route to a new career: This course has been designed so that students do not have to have come from a business background to apply.
  • Learn and hone your practical business skills: With a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods, this course is designed to enable you to make a full and valuable contribution when you start your first job after graduation.
  • Tailor your future: we offer a flexible bespoke pathway allowing you shape your learning to align with your future aspirations.
  • Opportunity to start your own business with support from QMU: If you opt to complete the Business Incubation Programme module, you will work with mentors, QMU’s Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) and our on-campus Business Gateway to develop a new start-up business or social enterprise of your own choice.
  • Industry input and relevance: Input from a wide range of businesses, public service providers, the third sector, and industry experts is central to this course. This ensures that as well as offering in-depth theoretical knowledge, you gain a wealth of contemporary industry insights and contacts. You will hear from guest lecturers, have opportunities to a range of organisations, and engage in a range of other networking opportunities with staff and industry experts.
  • Professional accreditation: Designed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the course includes some modules accredited by the CIMA. The QMU Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute.
  • Prepares you to join a business world ever more focused on sustainability: The curriculum takes account of the societal impact of business, and of the responsibility of managers and leaders toward social justice and business and global sustainability.
  • Excellent location for business: Where better to learn international management and leadership than in a cosmopolitan capital city that’s a hub for international business?

Who is this course for?

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. It also interest those who have completed a business degree to ordinary level and are aiming to enhance their qualifications.

More about MSc/PgCert International Management and Leadership and what you will achieve

Within the course you will study the core tenets of management and leadership; finance, strategy, leadership, human management, marketing and gain insight into the contemporary global business world.

The course offers a range of research options including creating your own business, working with a real business on a high-level problem or undertaking your own specialised research via a master's dissertation. 

The MSc/PgCert International Management and Leadership provides you with excellent academic underpinning and the potential for you to develop real-life, practical experience too which gives you an employability edge upon graduation.  An interest in business, management and leadership is expected, however, the course is designed in such a way as to be accessible to anyone with little or no previous business background.

  • Learn key management principles and refine your critical insight, preparing you to become a successful business leader in our fast-changing, global economy.
  • Gain practical business experience and develop skills that will give you an employability edge.
  • Benefit from the optimum balance of theoretical and practical learning.
  • Learn how to take a business idea from first proposal to real-world profit.
  • Focus on best practice in international management and leadership, preparing you for a wide range of careers.
  • Study a range of modules covering all the core functions of management and leadership encompassing the commercial business, community, and voluntary/social enterprise sectors.
  • Work with real clients and professional mentors, which is a fantastic opportunity to put learning into practice and build skills that will last a lifetime.
  • Benefit from a choice of three ‘capstone’ modules (Business Consultancy, Business Incubation or Dissertation), each of which is designed to build your skills, knowledge, and employability.
  • Develop and nurture your confidence as well as your decision-making abilities.

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

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, field trips and projects. The 'capstone' module for the course is either a 'live' project for a client, the development of a business start-up proposal, or a master's level dissertation. Each of these options is intended to draw together elements of the taught course. The dissertation or project will be facilitated, monitored and assessed by tutors within QMU and, where appropriate, by staff within the organisation in which it is undertaken.

Assessment will take a variety of forms, including essays, reports, group and individual presentations.


Teaching hours and attendance

If you are studying full-time, teaching normally takes place over two or three days mid-week, comprising both classroom-based learning and industry learning. You will also be required to carry out independent learning to support 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. 


Core modules:

  • Critical Issues in International Management (20 credits):This module aims 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 contemporary developments. 
  • Accounting for Managers (20 credits): This module develops critical understanding of essential management accounting and finance topics within a business environment, to develop high-level 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 enables students to investigate, analyse and evaluate the role and scope of marketing activities within an international perspective and context; and investigate,critically analyse and assess a focused international marketing opportunity.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits): This module enables students to explain and critique the core theories of strategic human resource management (SHRM), to develop a critical awareness and understanding of the employment relationship and reflect critically on the realities of contemporary human resource management and to 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): in this fast-paced module, students will critically evaluate the concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management and leadership decision-making. Furthermore, students will synthesise competitive conditions, appraise corporate capabilities and consider strategies that lead businesses towards a sustainable and competitive advantage within contemporary industry.
  • Plus one elective module OR Research Methods* (20 credits): The Research Methods 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.

*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 student transcript.

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a Capstone module (60 credits). This takes the form of either a 12,000-word Dissertation, a Business Consultancy in Practice project, or a Business Incubation Programme.

  • Business Consultancy in Practice (60 credits): This is a hands-on practical project where you will work with a business on a live project, determine the project parameters, manage the project, and deliver a consultancy report recommending actions the company can implement. The module aims to develop excellent project and client management skills alongside high-level writing skills that include excellent reflective abilities.
  • 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 of your own design. You will work with mentors, QMU’s Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) and the on-campus Business Gateway to take your business from idea to reality
  • 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. This offers the opportunity to conduct a substantial academic research project around a research topic of your choice.

Elective module options:

In addition to the core modules, students are required to take one further module from a range of options within the School of Arts, Social Science and Management

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


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.

Course presentation 2022


Fees for this course are calibrated to incorporate all transport and activities on field trips as well as practical classes. See Fees and Charges page

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 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 2023
Start Date
January 2024
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding