Management, Strategy and Leadership MSc


Program Description

Building on your graduate capabilities, you’ll gain the management and leadership skills needed to manage:

  • The business or even your own business;
  • People and their performance;
  • Crises and change;
  • Projects and the associated risks.

You will develop strategies to deal with global challenges and opportunities facing businesses, whether it be a business you work or your own business that you are looking to establish. You can combine your management studies with a wide range of specialisms, depending on your preferred career path.

There is also extensive opportunity to choose a specialism to go alongside your Management degree (MSc Management). This gives you the opportunity to study an area that suits you and your career preferences. These specialisms, often referred to as “pathways” are as follows:

  • MSc Management and Finance
  • MSc Management and International Human Resource Management
  • MSc Management and Marketing
  • MSc Management, Strategy and Leadership
  • MSc Management and Entrepreneurship

The pathway-specific modules allow you to tailor your programme of studies to suit your needs for future professional or academic development.

Learn from case studies and real-life projects on how to put the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice. Hear from industry professionals as part of our guest lectures and engage with fellow students and business-minded individuals through our Centre for Entrepreneurship, and set up your own business.

Management (MSc) is dual accredited by CMI. This means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your degree.‌

Teaching & Assessment

  • There are two start dates – September and January.

The September intake will do all their taught modules before undertaking their project. January entrants undertake half their taught modules, then they undertake their project, then the remaining taught modules.

How you will be taught

All staff are research active and whenever relevant, eg their advisory role in public policy, use their expertise to inform teaching at the relevant level.

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, group-work and student presentations. Directed reading is an integral part of all modules with credit given for evidence of wide reading in assessments. All modules provide opportunities for you to acquire and practice applicable skills (e.g. problem solving, case study analysis, group working).

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final assessment held at the end of each Semester with a re-sit opportunity shortly thereafter. Coursework may account for as much as 40-50% of the overall degree.

Course content

The programme begins with a two-week foundation module to bring all students up to a common minimum standard in management and business statistics. The foundation module also introduces you to the university’s learning resources (e.g. the library and study skills support) and encourages you to work in ‘teams’ exchanging your intellectual assets for mutual benefit.

You’ll then study five compulsory modules covering operation and change management, strategic management and organizational analysis, performance measurement and reporting, marketing management strategy, and managing people and organisations. A summer project in your specialist area completes the core modules.

You’ll also take three modules in your specialist pathway (which you will choose after the two-week Foundation module).


At Dundee, our Master’s courses prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world and in whatever sector you plan to work. Employers expect their postgraduate recruits to have advanced technical and communication skills, to be confident team-workers, independent researchers, good project-managers and to be at the leading edge of their specialism. We have designed our degrees courses to respond to these demands.

This qualification gives you the management and leadership skills to increase your employability. The course prepares you to work in small firms, in large multinational firms with global office networks, in the public sector or in international and charitable organisations. It also prepares you for launching and running your own business, or simply becoming entrepreneurial whether it is for a multinational or an SME. Roles generally include meeting a wide cross-section of people, the provision of advice, management and technical services.

At Dundee, you’ll be working with other students from around the world – opening up global possibilities.

Entry Requirements

A good first degree (at least lower second class Honours degree or equivalent) in any subject which has enabled the applicant to develop analytical, communication, problem-solving and team-working skills. If you are concerned that your qualifications do not meet our normal expectation you may apply, but you should include a short personal statement concerning your general interest in your own education, work experience and prior relevant learning. Places are limited and early application is advised even for well-qualified candidates.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 5.5

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

Fees & Funding

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

Fee status Fees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One-off cost Ongoing cost Incidental cost
Graduation fee Studio fee Field trips

Additional costs:

  • May be mandatory or optional expenses;
  • May be one-off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study;
  • Vary depending on your programme of study;
  • Are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

Your Application

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge.

Last updated Feb 2020

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