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 - March
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Attendance is compulsory at all taught units, which take place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday for each unit. There are eight units in total.
Start date September 2020

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 the 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.

You will be able to build a strong network of like-minded professionals across a wide range of sectors and this degree can provide a foundation for faster career progression.

To find out more about the programme, download our Strategy, Change and Leadership leaflet.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: part-time (two years) (MSc)
Overseas: part-time (two years) (MSc)
Channel Islands/IoM: p/t (two years) (MSc)

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2020/21

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. 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 MSc in Strategy, Change and Leadership, participants complete an applied work-based project of about 15,000 words.

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.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our:

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


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

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 September 2020. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.

Coronavirus update

The latest advice on term start dates and teaching can be found on our prospective students information pages.

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Get in touch

Contact details

Cheralyn Dark Programme Officer Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2971 Email:

Helen Ballard Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 0534 Email:

School of Economics, Finance and Management
Howard House G.05
Queens Avenue
School website: School of Economics, Finance and Management
Department website: Department of Management

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International students

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

REF 2014 results

  • Business and Management Studies:
  • 24% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2*)

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


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