MSc Strategic Management in the Global Environment 2016

Lead global strategic initiatives with a unique blend of skills and analytical techniques

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
International fees:

Strategy is the cornerstone of every business. It provides the overall direction of the organisation and defines its relationship with both the internal and external environment.

This Masters degree helps you appreciate the importance of strategy and the skills required to compete globally. You’ll develop a unique blend of skills, master analytical tools and techniques, and understand how to formulate and implement strategy in the global arena.

Our team of leading academics and business practitioners will show you how to link an organisation’s resources and capabilities with global opportunities, to secure sustainable performance.

You‘ll benefit from the Business School’s strong corporate links, with representatives from firms worldwide providing guest lectures, case studies and career tips. There’s also the option to work on a consultancy project with an existing business, or apply your critical thinking and analytical skills in a research dissertation related to your own interests.

Academic excellence

You will be taught by a team of internationally recognised academics and business practitioners in the areas of strategy, management, business analytics, international business and economics. Their teaching is informed by their world-leading research in these areas, giving you access to cutting-edge knowledge and insights into the latest trends.

Our teaching and research in international business is ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in the world (Financial Times Masters in Management rankings, 2015).

Read more about our world-leading research.

Course content

You’ll gain a broad understanding of international business and strategy, with core modules designed to give you a good grounding in economics and international business theory. You’ll also improve your skills in quantitative analysis to gain confidence in handling and analysing data, and explore the ways in which large amounts of data are used in business analytics.

During core modules you will explore approaches to strategic management and strategies for organisations planning to enter foreign markets. You’ll also gain an understanding of research methods in international business and management studies – taught by expert researchers – and develop your professional skills in a range of different scenarios.

Throughout the year you’ll also be able to pursue your own areas of interest with your choice of optional modules. You could consider global logistics and supply chains, change management, organisational behaviour and more.

Your research skills and subject knowledge will come together in the independent project you take towards the end of the programme. You can either research a topic of your choice to complete a dissertation, or work on a consultancy project where you offer advice to an existing business, either individually or as part of a group.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- Foreign Market Entry Strategy
- Economics for Business 1
- Strategic Management
- International Business Theory
- Business Analytics and Decision Science
- Research Design and Analysis
- Commercial and Professional Skills
- Quantitative Analysis
- Dissertation
- Behaviour in Organisations
- Managing for Innovation
- Operations and Supply Chain Management

For more information on typical modules, read Strategic Management in the Global Environment MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and workshops. Optional modules may use an even wider range including group learning or computer classes. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.


You’ll also be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a business-related subject, with a strong grounding in quantitative subjects.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £10,000

International: £19,000

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

Career opportunities

Graduates are well-equipped with strong analytical knowledge and the skills to fulfil any strategy-related role. You will be prepared for a career in a range of strategic management roles within multi-national companies, government organisations, non-profit organisations and global management consultancies.

Links with industry

The Leaders in Residence programme gives management students the opportunity to explore and develop leadership skills, by engaging with senior figures from the world of business.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with leaders from major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes things like mentoring sessions, workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development embedded in the curriculum.

This is a rare opportunity, where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

Having guest lecturers in a number of different modules has made the course more practical, where opportunities are given to link theories with challenges that firms face.

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