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: March - November
PG Certificate: September - February
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Compulsory attendance at all taught units. These take place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday for each unit. 8 units in total.
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.

Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This practical Master's degree will give you a thorough grounding in leading high-performing teams, managing change and developing robust strategic direction. The programme has been designed to deliver a return on investment from day one.

You will gain a broader perspective on the complexities within organisations and issues affecting success and failure. The programme will help you to understand how to enhance your own impact as a leader, develop a deep understanding of how to deal with change and uncertainty, and increase your ability to think about organisational issues and opportunities in different ways.

The MSc enables you to build a strong network of like-minded professionals across a wide range of sectors and can provide a foundation for faster career progression.

Fees for 2017/18

Part-time fees

Overseas (non-EU)

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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, which have been designed to make a difference to your professional practice month by month. There are no examinations and students are supported with one-to-one supervision.

The Master's award can be gained in two years, and this is the most common route. It is also possible to work towards the MSc in 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 Master's in Strategy, Change and Leadership, participants complete an applied work-based project of about 15,000 words. 

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 Master's 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 should include 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 Master's-level 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.


This is a distinctive development programme for those aspiring to or holding senior management and leadership positions.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

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)

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 Email:

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