Executive Education


Strategic Leadership

Loughborough University offers experienced managers the opportunity to gain recognised university qualifications in Strategic Leadership, with the benefits of part-time learning to fit around their work schedule.

The programme will help organisations to retain and develop talent, build management and leadership capability and bring an extra dimension to existing professional development within their organisation.

For the first time we are offering two parallel programme routes - the traditional MSc route and a second route to enable organisations who pay the Apprenticeship Levy to have the option of utilising this funding to develop leadership potential.

We also offer company-specific variants of this programme. For more information please contact our Business Development Manager, via email or telephone as below.

Vicki Unwin
Business Development Manager 
+44 (0)1509222160

The postgraduate programme in Strategic Leadership is specially designed for experienced managers seeking to develop practical skills whilst working towards a university award. In providing a general management qualification, the programme is suitable for managers from all functions and all industry sectors. The course covers a wide range of areas, including finance, marketing, leadership and managing people. 

At each stage of the programme, you will be asked to draw on your work experience and to apply your learning within your own organisational context:

  • Learning objectives reflect the needs of today’s business environment, developing skills and knowledge immediately relevant to you and your workplace. 
  • Assessments require you to relate each topic to your experience, therefore developing your skills in practical ways. 

From beginning to end, therefore, you and your organisation will benefit from investment in this programme.

Programme aims:

  • Develop individual skills and prepare participants for leadership career progression in their chosen industry sector, mainly through development of their technical knowledge and skills, and their conceptual and analytical abilities;
  • Prepare participants for leadership roles in which they will be expected to contribute towards the functional and strategic management of their organisations;
  • 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;
  • Provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with business organisations.


In response to the needs of busy managers, the programme is offered on a part-time, block taught basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty calendar months.


Past students have particularly appreciated the duration and delivery methods of this programme. Modules are taught as 2-day or 3-day workshops instead of weekly classes. Our format facilitates participation by managers from a wide geographical area. We can recommend on-campus accommodation.

Learning methods are tailored to participants' needs, including a combination of:

  • short inputs
  • pair and group work
  • case studies
  • distance learning and
  • work-based assignments and projects.

For the final project element of the programme, participants can attend training in research methods and project design exploring a topic of their own choice.


There are no exams for this programme.

Each module is assessed through coursework. Our coursework assignments require the student to read and research the topic of the module, to address a question that is based within a work environment. Several modules require the student to draw on their own work experience and/or their current work situation.

In addition to coursework, modules may be assessed through group presentations.


Each programme starts with an induction event where you will review and improve your skills in learning, researching and writing. Following this, core modules address the fundamentals of leadership and business competitiveness. The programme builds upon these fundamentals with further modules, so that you can explore areas of specific interest to you. At each stage, the content of assessments addresses real work examples within your own past and current work experience.

For your final year project, you agree the topic with the University to address a problem directly impacting upon your work area. As part of that project, you will be expected to demonstrate benefits to your organisation and your own learning.

Year one

Personal Values and Effectiveness (includes induction) 

3 days - 15 Credits

  • Recognise your natural leadership style
  • Foster more effective and ethical working relationships
  • Learn vital study skills in data collection, analysis and report writing
  • Plan for personal and career development over the course of the degree

Strategy, Governance and Risk 

3 days - 15 Credits

  • How to analyse the market and identify opportunities for business
  • Identifying innovative strategic options
  • Planning for strategic change
  • Evaluating and managing risk
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Implementing successful strategies in a disruptive environment

Managing Organisational Resources 

5 days - 30 Credits (split in to 2 sessions of 2 and 3 days)

  • Understand how a range of functional business areas contribute to successful organisational performance
  • Analysing and interpreting financial information for better decision making
  • How your role influences interaction with your team and organisational effectiveness
  • How to manage performance and get the most from your team
  • Analysing process effectiveness and strategic decision making

Year two

Information Management 

3 days -15 Credits

  • Analysing the role of information systems in a competitive environment
  • Creating a competitive advantage for the business through technology value generation
  • Managing IT risk and responding to legislation on data handling
  • Understanding the implications of cybercrime and information security

Strategic Marketing 

3 days - 15 Credits

  • Understanding the marketing environment, concepts and techniques
  • How to analyse marketing problems
  • Recognising trends in organisations and consumer behaviour
  • Application of marketing theory to gain advantage in your organisation’s competitive arena

Leading and Influencing Change

5 days - 30 Credits (split in to 2 sessions of 2 days and 3 days)

  • How to lead a strategic change in an organisation
  • Being resilient throughout turbulent times
  • How to build innovative, agile and collaborative cultures to gain buy-in for change
  • Managing conflict in times of change
  • Gain confidence in presenting with impact
  • How to recognise and implement a range of negotiation techniques to achieve successful outcomes
  • How to utilise your personal leadership style to inspire and influence a diversity of stakeholders in a variety of situations


Year three

Value Focussed Decision Making

 3 days - 15 Credits


Business Improvement through Innovation 

3 days - 15 Credits (split into 2 sessions of 2 days and 1 day)

  • A group business project demanding innovative and entrepreneurial creativity in a business situation
  • Effective application of design thinking concepts to a business problem
  • Utilising analytical tools to evaluate the commercial viability of potential business opportunities
  • Creating a robust proposal and presenting to relevant stakeholders to gain acceptance


 Business Project 

3 days - 30 credits

This module has 3 days on campus, but is mainly taken up with a business-relevant project. This project should address an area in your own business, implementing learning and research to create value for your organisation.



Applications are welcome from all applicants with a degree-level (or equivalent) qualification or substantial relevant work experience, specifically;

  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a UK or recognised overseas University with a Second Class honours or equivalent
  • Applicants who have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of a British Chartered Professional Institute (equivalent to QCF level 6 or above) or any other relevant qualification
  • Applicants who possess at least three years of managerial experience with a reasonable level of formal academic education
  • GCSE English and Maths (grade C or above), or equivalent are a compulsory requirement.

For full entry requirements for the Apprenticeship Levy route, please visit our Apprenticeships pages.

Programme start date

October 2021

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

Provided below is a listing of the tuition fees for this programme. 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. You should prepare for inflationary increases to course fees in future years.


MSc in Strategic Leadership


Senior Leaders Apprenticeship route, Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership £14,000
Senior Leaders top up for the MSc in Strategic Leadership £  4,833


Important: Please read the additional information provided about Fees and Funding.

For information about the Apprenticeship pathway using Government Levy please visit our Apprenticeships pages.

Useful links

Admissions Information

For further information about the programme, please contact:

Strategic Leadership Programme Team
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 228842

Apprenticeship route

If you are interested in the Apprenticeship programme route please contact our Business Development Manager prior to applying for the programme for information and guidance.

Vicki Unwin
Business Development Manager 
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509222160

Alternatively, if you are unsure of your suitability for the programme or your eligibility for funding via the Apprenticeship Levy please complete the form below. Our Admissions Team will review your details and will contact you with their recommendation or to discuss your options.

Apprenticeship Expression of Interest