Taught course

Strategic Management and Leadership

Oxford Brookes University · Business School

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

Months of entry


Course content

In an increasingly competitive job market our MA programme in Strategic Management and Leadership will aid your professional development and help you to stand out with your employers.

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this 12-month, part-time master’s programme provides you with the option of specialising in a topic that is of interest and relevant to the sector/industry in which you currently work.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for membership of the CMI.

The MA Strategic Management and Leadership programme consists of two modules; Understanding and Researching Organisations (20 credits) and a Dissertation (50 credits).

Understanding and Researching Organisations

You will develop a framework for understanding, analysing and researching organisations. In so doing, this module contains both a (traditional) focus on core research methods but also ensures that you have a sound understanding of the organisational context in which management research takes place.

The module draws on a range of perspectives from organisation theory and supports a critical awareness of organisations including such things as job design, internal processes, cultural dynamics and change. This awareness will be developed in a manner which prepares students for the completion of, high quality, rigorous and systematic management research required for a dissertation. As part of this, you will also develop an appreciation of the use of primary and secondary data common in organisational research as well as the full range of generic methodological issues, procedures and study skills.

The Dissertation

This comprises 20,000 words and, in addition, you produce a reflective practice essay that reviews your personal development arising from the workshop programme. Students receive tuition on how to conduct research, recognise key issues and deliver a research-based dissertation at master's level.

The MA in Strategic Management and Leadership has an explicit 'business practice based' orientation for students in work. Whilst you are required to focus on the generic area of Strategic Management and Leadership in the completion of the dissertation, you are encouraged to specialise in organisation and sector-specific topics which have direct relevance to your work-based environment. For example, the financial services sector, retail sector, the motor industry or other relevant to your work experience.

It is expected that the outcomes of the dissertation will have both practical and professional application to different organisational contexts.

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the course content may vary in some respects from the details shown here.

Information for international students

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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