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.

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.

Please note this course is due for revalidation June 2019. Please check back on this page for updates.


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You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.


Why QMU?

Reflecting our aim to provide the optimum balance of theoretical and practical learning, this course is unique in that instead of completing a conventional dissertation, you lead a live business project. You’ll be working with a real-world client who has wisdom to offer – but who also expects results! Our students find this is a fantastic opportunity to put learning into practice and build skills that will last a lifetime.

You will be part of a relatively small cohort of students, allowing our academic team to get to know and support you as an individual. Our students often tell us that they formed close relationships with their classmates that helped them share experiences and learn from each other.

Along with building with your management and leadership skills, this course is designed to nurture your confidence, making your highly employable and effective.

Where better to learn international management than in a cosmopolitan capital city that’s a hub for international businesses, arts and tourism?

Course overview

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 and including the commercial business, community, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors.

You’ll also put this theoretical understanding into action by creating a practical project in conjunction with a ‘real client’ instead of a dissertation.

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 learn full- or part-time and you don’t have to have studied business before.

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. Individual modules on this course can be taken on a standalone CPD basis and credits subsequently applied to a higher award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Aside from the traditional classroom format, our small class sizes allows us to offer opportunities such as external visits. These offer a unique hands-on learning experience, enabling insight into, and from, real world businesses/ organisations. In addition, we have regular speakers from industry and support agencies with whom you will be able to interact directly. We have replaced the conventional dissertation with a ‘hands on’ business or community-based project where you will work with either a commercial business, community, voluntary or social enterprise in order to use and develop your management or leadership skills. Assessment methods will take the form of presentations, essays, exams, reports, business plans, interviews and viva.

This 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, 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 a maximum of 10 students following each named award where you will participate in smaller seminar style learning situations. Sometimes, you may have lectures with additional students on other courses who are studying the same modules.

Links with industry / professional bodies

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 underpinnings, 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.


  • Contemporary Issues in International Management (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance (15 credits)
  • International Marketing (15 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (15 credits)
  • New Business Development (15 credits)
  • International Leadership Power and Policy (15 credits)

You will also complete a 60 credit project (Community Impact and Practice) in partnership with an external organisation.

The modules listed here are correct at time of publication (September 2018) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check this site for any updates.

Single modules for CPD

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


There are no placements on this course, but the out-of-classroom learning experiences will give you the opportunity to apply your learning and gain valuable insight

The project element of the course an important business-facing element of your course and could be based within the commercial, public or third sector. This is your opportunity to discover, propose, plan, lead and deliver an externally driven project, whilst developing your skills of reflective practice and personal development planning. Although we support students to find positions and projects, you are required to secure your own arrangements in line with your personal interests.

External visits will give you further insight into businesses/organisations and allow you to apply your learning and thinking to the environment.


Previous graduates have gone 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

This MSc is designed for graduates or experienced professionals from any discipline. Students normally have an honours degree or equivalent. In addition, we also welcome applications from recent graduates with an ordinary degree in a business related area or those who can show a period of post-graduation work experience.

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.

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

Admissions or Paula Danby, Programme Leader, 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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2019
January 2020
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
Come along to our Postgraduate Open Evening (20 November 2019)

A student Story (see bottom of page for more)

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 story