This practical and engaging part-time MSc in Strategy, Change and Leadership is for professionals who want to build on their management experience and progress their leadership career.

This programme will give you the tools and the knowledge to lead high-performing teams, drive organisational change and develop robust strategic direction from a management perspective.

You will gain a broad perspective of the complexities within organisations and the issues affecting success and failure. The executive master's in leadership and management will help you to understand how to enhance your own impact as a leader, develop a deep understanding of how to drive strategic change and deal with uncertainty, and increase your ability to think about organisational issues and leadership opportunities in different ways.

The programme is delivered through intensive three-day workshops, designed to make a difference to your professional practice month by month. The course is structured to suit busy managers, enabling you to engage in part-time studies whilst performing your demanding work role. Workshops are highly interactive and include mini-lectures, case studies, practical exercises, personal reflection and group work.

You will be taught by leading academics who come from a range of backgrounds in academia and industry. Bristol is a top 5 UK University for research (Times Higher Education, 2022), with 88% of our Business and Management research rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).

The programme attracts a diverse cohort which gives students the opportunity to build a strong network of like-minded professionals across a wide range of sectors.

Download our programme leaflet.
MSc Strategy, Change and Leadership programme leaflet (PDF, 1,589kB)

Programme structure

The programme is delivered through intensive three-day teaching blocks, which have been designed to enhance your professional practice as you learn. There are no examinations and students are supported by Unit Directors responsible for each unit.

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 with one-to-one supervision.

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.

Attendance is compulsory at all taught units, which take place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday for each assessed unit. There are eight units in total, six assessed and two non-assessed.

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.

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

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: part-time (two years)
£10,000 per year
Overseas: part-time (two years)
£13,000 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

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 and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Bristol has an excellent reputation with employers worldwide and our graduates are in demand. We are one of the top 10 UK universities targeted by major employers in the UK and one of the top 50 universities in the world for graduate employability.

Graduates from our MSc Strategy Change and Leadership have progressed their careers to achieve promotions from management roles into more senior roles where they are leading major organisations and processes. Others apply their learning to pursue a leadership career in a new sector or organisation. The opportunities are endless.

Many business owners and Managing Directors who have graduated from the programme have been able to make a powerful impact with positive results for their organisation, whether that's increasing profits, expanding the customer base or improving their brand's profile.

Contact us

Cheralyn Dark, Programme Manager
+44 (0) 117 428 2971
Helen Ballard, Programme Director
+44 (0) 117 394 0534