MSc Strategic Management in the Global Environment 2017

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

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
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:
£10,500 (total)
International fees:
£20,000 (total)
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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 2nd in the world (Financial Times Masters in Management rankings, 2016).

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'll 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.

Your research skills and subject knowledge will come together in the independent project you take towards the end of the year. 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

  • You’ll take nine compulsory modules, including your dissertation.
  • Foreign Market Entry Strategy 15 credits
  • Economics for Business 1 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • International Business Theory 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Research Methods 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Quantitative Analysis 15 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll choose two optional modules.
  • Behaviour in Organisations 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Managing for Innovation 15 credits

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

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll 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 good 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 2017

International: applications received before 31 March 2017 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2017 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2017. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2017.


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: £10,500 (total)

International: £20,000 (total)

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

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Strategic Management in the Global Environment International Excellence Scholarship – apply by 30 April 2017
  • Masters in Strategic Management in the Global Environment UK/EU Excellence Scholarship – apply by 31 July 2017

Read more about scholarships and how to apply.

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

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. 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.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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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