MSc Strategy, Change and Leadership

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length MSc: Two years part-time
PG Diploma: One year part-time
PG Certificate: Six months part-time
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Open to international students Yes

A Tier 4 student visa cannot be issued for this programme. Our International Student Advice Team can provide information and guidance on whether you are required to obtain a visa to study with us.

Number of places 20-25
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This practical Masters degree will give you a thorough grounding in leading high performing teams, managing change and developing robust strategic direction. The programme has been designed with the current recession in mind to deliver a return on investment from day one.

As a participant, you will:

  • gain a broader perspective on the complexities within organisations and issues affecting success and failure;
  • understand how to enhance your own impact as a leader;
  • develop a deep understanding of how to deal with change and uncertainty;
  • increase your ability to 'think differently' about organisational issues and opportunities;
  • build a strong network of like-minded professionals across a wide range of sectors;
  • enhance your likelihood of faster career progression.

Fees for 2016/17

Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Funding is sometimes available through organisation sponsorship, or more commonly through a combination of individual and organisation funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered through intensive three-day teaching blocks. This is designed to make a difference to your professional practice month by month. There are no examinations.

The Masters award can be gained in two years, and this is the most common route. It is also possible to take it in separate stages across three or four years. The first stage is the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategy, Change and Leadership. This comprises four three-day workshops across a six month period. Following this, participants can study for the Postgraduate Diploma in four three-day workshops running from July to March of the following year. For the final award of Masters in Strategy, Change and Leadership, participants complete an applied work-based project of about 15,000 words. Students are supported with one-to-one supervision.

Core units

PG Certificate (6 months)

  • Introductory unit
  • Leadership
  • Strategy and Organisations
  • Understanding Change & Uncertainty

PG Diploma (12 months)

  • Research Methods
  • Project Management and Systems Thinking
  • Critical Issues in Strategy
  • Leading through Complexity

MSc (2 years)

  • Dissertation: individual research project

Most students opt to take the Masters in two consecutive years, which means they build a deep and lasting network with the same group of participants.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification, and at least five years' relevant work experience, which includes significant managerial responsibility. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


A distinctive development programme for those aspiring to, or holding senior management and leadership positions.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 24% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Cheralyn Dark, Programme Administration Co-ordinator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6694 Email:

Helen Ballard, Programme Director
Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7400

School of Economics, Finance and Management
8 Woodland Road


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