Executive Education


Strategic Automotive Dealership Management


For Dealer Principals, Senior Managers, Departmental Managers and those aspiring to these positions.

Our MSc in Strategic Automotive Dealership Management is designed to enable managers from all marques to challenge current practice and develop solutions with the potential to significantly improve the performance of their business.

I have gained a large range of knowledge about the Automotive Retail Industry. Coming from not knowing anything about the Industry and working with people that have worked in it their whole lives has helped a lot. I have also had to work with people from completely different backgrounds, which has taught me a lot about myself and how to treat others using people skills I have developed.

The programme will benefit highly motived senior managers, and those aspiring to these positions, who have the potential to lead themselves and their businesses into a successful future.

The programme aims to:

  • Develop individual skills and develop participants management career progression in the automotive retail sector, mainly through development of both their technical knowledge and skills, and their conceptual and analytical abilities;
  • Develop participants’ automotive retail management roles in which they will be expected to further develop their contribution towards the functional and strategic management of their organisations;
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to develop deep understanding in areas of particular interest by undertaking research and work-based projects;
  • Enable participants to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice to complex issues with the aim of improving business and management practice;
  • Enhance students’ career development in the automotive sector.
  • Encourage participants to pursue personal development and lifelong learning skills and be self-motivating.
  • Provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with the automotive industry.


The course is part time and extends over a period of 33 to 36 months. It involves a combination of short daytime modules and work-based assignments and projects. Work-based assignments give you the opportunity to research key aspects of your business with the aim of delivering business improvements, maximising your return on investment.


Core Modules

  • Information and Decisions Systems
  • Strategic Dealership Management
  • Financial Management
  • Retail Marketing Strategy
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Leading Strategic Change
  • Project
  • Plus 3 work-based assignments
  • Digital and Social Media in the Retail Car Market

Whilst previous formal qualifications are not required, admission will normally be restricted to Dealer Principals, Senior Managers and managers aspiring to a senior role in the automotive industry. Entrants will need a minimum of 5 years’ managerial experience at an appropriate level.

New entrants to the automotive industry who possess a first degree (with Second Class Honours or equivalent) from a UK or recognised overseas University will also be considered.

Programme start date

October 2017

Please be aware that all intakes for the postgraduate/post-experience programmes are recruitment driven requiring a minimum number of students to make a viable study group. You will be advised 6 weeks before the advertised start date whether the programme will run.

Fees and funding

If you are studying for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, tuition fees will be charged on a pro rata basis, according to the number of credits you are studying for.

Provided below is a listing of the 2017-18 tuition fees for this accredited programmes.

Programme BSc (360 credits) MSc (180 credits) Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Strategic Automotive Dealership Management -  £8,750 - -

Funding support may be available via a UK Government Postgraduate Loan. Further information is available at the link below. Part-time postgraduate students should contact Student Advice at Advice@lboro.ac.uk who would guide them through the application process.

Further information >

All Loughborough University Alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on fees.

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Admissions Information

Potential students with questions about the content of the programme are advised to contact us for more information:

Ruth Cufflin
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 228839
Email: R.Cufflin@lboro.ac.uk