MSc in Management and Strategic Leadership

Designed for aspiring senior leaders, this transformative programme will equip you with the relevant competency, knowledge and skillsets in order to successfully navigate the complexities of modern organisations in their current and future competitive environments.

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At a glance

  • The programme normally takes 2 years part-time.
  • You will be taught in block study periods at the Sheffield University Management School.

Next available start date

  • January 2020.

Entry requirements

  • A first degree at 2.1 or above or equivalent work experience and/or professional qualifications.
  • A high standard of English with an IELTS of 6.5, with no less than 6 in each part.

It is important that leaders are equipped with the relevant competency, knowledge and skillsets in order to create real competitive advantage to organisations. Throughout the MSc in Management and Strategic Leadership programme, aspiring leaders will develop interpersonal excellence skills and develop knowledge about leading people and developing collaborative relationships whilst gaining insights into the challenges that tomorrow’s leaders face. The programme provides learners with the skills needed to make optimal decisions in complex situations and thus equips them to assume leadership in a dynamically changing world. Unlike existing leadership programmes, this MSc goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge about classical leadership theory and provides a deep understanding of cutting-edge topics.

* Our campus and how we use it: We timetable across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student's home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.  

Accounting and Financial Management

15 Credits (Year 1 Core)

This module focuses on accounting as a management control practice in relation to strategy and organisational decisions. Short-term and long-term time horizons are covered. Financial and non-financial information for control is included in the scope of the module and topics include budgeting, cost behaviour, capital investment decisions, balanced scorecard, strategic management accounting and using accounting to shape external environment (including CSR reports). Assessment takes the form of an executive summary and a report.

Intelligent Organisations

15 Credits (Year 1 Core)

The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cognitive Computing is causing total reinvention of contemporary enterprises and in particular their business decision making processes. Early adopters of such disruptive technologies gain significant competitive advantage and therefore put pressure on modern organisations to catch up or fade away. This module is designed to equip leaders with knowledge of the next generation business information systems, using AI technologies and analytics to understand, reason, and evolve. The main aim of this unit is to elevate managerial performance via the utilisation of cutting edge innovations from the domain of enterprise knowledge engineering. Assessment takes the form of two reports.

Leading in a Complex and Changing Environment

15 Credits (Year 1 Core)

This module enables and empowers learners to navigate the complex and changing organisational environment by introducing them to aspects of human behaviour in organisations through the lens of the Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB) disciplines. A range of HRM and OB concepts and theories are explored, along with considerations of their application to management for motivation, innovation, change, performance and wellbeing. Cutting-edge topics are covered using research-informed teaching to critically assess relevant models, tools and techniques. Learners are encouraged to engage with and reflect on current debates in HRM and OB, including areas such as recruiting and developing a diverse workforce. Assessment takes the form of an essay.

Collaborative Strategies in a Global Context

15 Credits (Year 1 Core)

This module introduces the nature and role of collaborative strategies in an organisational and global context. In an interconnected and diversified world, organisational leaders have to become increasingly adept at managing partnerships and networks on a global scale, in order to identify and exploit global opportunities, and support organisational strategy. This module examines collaboration-based approaches as a source of competitive advantage. The module highlights the strategies and tactics that allow leaders to build, manage and sustain global partnerships and networks effectively. Further, the module considers the influence and impact of the global context on the development and maintenance of collaborative approaches. Assessment takes the form of a report and presentation.

Foundations of Professional Practice in Leadership

15 Credits (Year 1 Core)

This module will provide learners with a foundation in the professional knowledge and leadership skills needed for leadership practice in their chosen field. During this year-long module, learners will reflect on their own leadership performance, demonstrate professional standards in relation to their leadership behaviour and identify areas for ongoing development. Assessment takes the form of a self-reflection portfolio and gap analysis.

Responsible Leadership: Developing People, Teams and Collectives

15 Credits (Year 2 Core)

This module further develops your growth as a leader and equips you with the knowledge and skills required for leading and developing people, teams and collectives. The module further develops understanding of the most important leadership, leadership development and team working theories, particularly focusing on ethical and value-driven approaches to leadership and team dynamics. This module will teach you how to leverage these theories to build your own leadership capacity as well as high performing work teams that function well within the ever-changing organisational environment and whilst balancing the needs of different internal and external stakeholders. Assessment takes the form of an essay and a personal development plan.

Global Strategy and Innovation

15 Credits (Year 2 Core)

Organisations need the ability to use different strategy development methods and disperse strategic thinking through the organisation in order to remain competitive and adaptable. The module covers strategic issues and methods, including strategic decision-making and the nature and source of competitive advantage to explore how leaders can develop strategies to achieve strategic goals within ever changing international markets. The module also explores theoretical and practical concepts to help leaders address these new strategic and organisational demands. Assessment takes the form of an essay.

Professional Practice in Leadership

15 Credits (Year 2 Core)

This module will build a deeper knowledge and leadership skills set needed for leadership practice in your chosen field. During this year-long module, learners will reflect on their own leadership performance, demonstrate professional standards in relation to their leadership behaviour and identify areas for ongoing development. This module will also help to prepare you for the professional discussion for the end point assessment of the apprenticeship. Assessment takes the form of a self-reflection portfolio and a short professional discussion.

Organisational Governance

15 Credits (Year 2 Core)

This module focuses on financial governance, external accounting and external auditing as key aspects of the business context. The governance of the organisation is understood as a nexus of state, market and other (e.g. civil society pressures) forces. There is some consideration of corporate social responsibility and international aspects of organisational governance are also discussed. Assessment takes the form of an online test and an essay.

Management Inquiry Methods and Project

45 Credits (Year 2 Core)

This is an individual project taken towards the end of the programme and allows the learner to demonstrate the ability to research a management issue within an academic framework and within the context of a specific organisation or industry. It utilises knowledge and skills acquired in the earlier part of the programme, and is executed under the general guidance of an academic supervisor. The module will also equip learners with the frameworks and approaches needed while researching in the field of Management. Assessment takes the form of a project proposal and a project dissertation.

The example course structure listed above may be subject to change in future years. The content and assessment methods on our courses are reviewed annually to make sure they're up-to-date and relevant.

Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees for 2019-20 are:

GBP 12,250 for EU Students. 
GBP 22,600 for non-EU Students.

You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.


There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Beach, Director of Executive and Professional Education

For more information about fees and funding your studies, click here.

How to apply

You must be ambitious and keen to expand your knowledge through rigorous discussion and learning. This programme combines academic work with your own practical experience.

You will have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or equivalent work experience and/or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.

Apply now - please select programme code MGTT220

If you have any enquiries about your suitability, or have further questions on how to apply, please contact:
Nicola Orridge | Executive and Professional Education Programmes Manager