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: July - January
PG Certificate: September - May
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 assessed unit. There are eight units in total, six assessed and two non-assessed.
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

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.

You will gain a broad perspective of the complexities within organisations and the issues affecting success and failure. The executive master's 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 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.

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.

Find out more about the MSc Strategy, Change and Leadership.

Virtual open week

This programme was covered in our strategy, change and leadership webinar.

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This is a part-time, professional programme only, and, as such, the University will not act as a sponsor for those requiring a Student visa on this programme. If you already hold another valid type of immigration permission, you may be able to study this course. Please contact Student Visa Services for advice.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: part-time (two years) (MSc)
Overseas: part-time (two years) (MSc)

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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 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 2022/23

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 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.

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


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 60 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.

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Expected application closure date

Applications close 30 August 2022.

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Contact details

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

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

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REF 2021 results

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