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Behind every success are strategists as key thinkers, decision makers and implementers.
Strategy is crucial to the development and success of organisations, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinationals, from charities to governmental agencies and many more across the world. Strategy raises big questions about these organisations – how they start, grow, innovate and change. Behind every success are strategists as key thinkers, decision makers and implementers.
Our MSc Strategy draws upon the excellent reputation we have developed in corporate strategy and will enable you to experience and engage in all key aspects of strategy work, including strategic analysis, strategic decision making and strategy implementation. You will work with experienced practitioners, senior consultants and world-leading researchers to understand and engage in the everyday complexities faced by strategists as they develop and implement important decisions that affect the future direction of their organisation.
12-month full-time course, starts in October
Designed for graduates with a degree in any subject area seeking careers in key strategic roles
In the first term, you will study three core modules.
This module is concerned with the critical choices that organisations face in order to survive and gain sustainable competitive advantage in an international environment with rapid economic, regulatory and technological changes. To understand and critically evaluate these choices and their strategic dimension requires analysis of the environment in which multinational enterprises operate as well as the creation of know-how value at a business and corporate level.
Many innovations in business relate to innovations in the logic of value capture and value creation – or business model. Business model innovation is at the heart of recent disruptive changes in many industries. Thus, the ability to understand, develop and articulate business models is a key capability in today’s business world. The Business Model Innovation module takes a practical approach to understanding and designing business models. This module provides a basis for using recent tools and frameworks for business model design and innovation for both start-ups and established organisations, which students apply to case examples and real-life organisations.
Cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are an increasingly important force in shaping economies, restructuring industries and revitalizing organisations.Accounting for trillions of dollars in spend and affecting large numbers of employees, it is important to consider the motivations, processes and impacts of cross border M&A.
Drawing upon International Business, Corporate Strategy, Business Analytics and Cross National Management modules, the main strategies for engaging in M&A, the practices involved in deal closure and the post acquisition integration process shall be examined across a variety of national contexts.
This module complements the academic content of the programme by helping students develop important career skills such as how to present themselves on the job market and business presentation skills. The ability to present complex data in a clear, concise and convincing way is an important skill for business graduates and in this module we offer students the opportunity to learn and practice presentation in a safe environment. On successful completion of this module students will have learnt to:
In the second term, you will study the below modules.
The nature and prevalence of digital technology have significant implications for strategic management theory and practice. Understanding how digital technologies can be used strategically and their limitations in transforming organizations, including their resources and capabilities is therefore of fundamental importance for the strategic management of organizations. This module provides a theoretical basis as well as practical tools and frameworks for developing, implementing and managing digital strategy by using case examples from real-life organisations.
Given the challenges of implementation and the high rate of failure in strategic change initiatives, this module focuses on developing an understanding of the theory and practice of strategy implementation and the management of change. Within the module consideration is given to the nature and drivers of strategic change; the challenge of strategy implementation; the design of implementation and change processes; and to the formal and informal factors which influence implementation and change. The alignment of the organisation, including structure, systems, resources, processes, and practices; and the role of the individual are explored in relation to their influence on implementation and change. Frameworks, tools, and capabilities to aid the management of change, both at an organisational and sub-unit level, are introduced.
Strategy consultancy is perhaps one of the most prestigious consultancy jobs. Yet, it is one of the most challenging ones as it strives to help shape the future of organisations via interventions in their performance and competitiveness. This module is, therefore, designed to engage students in three components: (1) teaching process consultancy tools; (2) managing the consultancy intervention; (3) a two-week consultancy challenge project with a real company. The module focuses on developing practical, transferable and analytical thinking skills within the context of strategy consulting. The ideas in the course are beneficial to anyone embarking on a career in project management and consultancy or undertaking a senior management role. The module also presents the key success factors for managing the consultancy intervention and ensuring effective results. This part of the course provides the context for understanding the application of the tools to consultancy projects. Students should be able to gain a strong sense of the consultancy industry, the nature of consultancy practice and effective consultancy interventions.
From May to July you will work on the below modules, including a strategy project to develop your skills in preparation for your future career.
Most organisations invest vast amounts of resources in defining and redefining their identity. Occasionally, however, organisations lose their sense of identity and purpose. This module seeks to explore the influence of leadership on an organisation’s purpose. Purposes are seen to be focused on an orientation that provides value within the organisation and beyond. Students will be engaged in critically and reflectively examining the purpose and role(s) of values, leadership responsibilities, and stakeholders, sustainability and ethics.
This module aims to provide a broad overview of qualitative and quantitative approaches as used in management research, together with an understanding of the different research paradigms. This module prepares you for the independent research you will undertake for your final research project.
This module will engage students in applying their skills and abilities acquired in the MSc Strategy programme to critically test, examine and develop conceptual strategic management concepts, theories and frameworks. The module offers two optional routes. The first route is to conduct a Strategy Research Project in the form of a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic in the field of strategic management. This route offers the possibility to conduct an empirical or a purely theoretical study of a relevant strategy theme or concept and report it through a dissertation. The second route is to engage in a real Strategy Practice Project, carried out in collaboration with a company or organization. Students will be given a ‘project brief’ which will include a description of the company/organization and the main objective of the project and actively take part in a strategy project assigned by the organisation. Students report their work to the company as well as to an academic audience and are expected to write a reflective essay that pulls together their experiences in relation to the taught part of the programme.
Our programme-specific scholarship for 2019 entry include the Academic Excellence, UK-EU and International scholarships aimed at high-achieving students with a strong academic or personal profile. We'll automatically consider you for these scholarships when you apply and if you are shortlisted we'll be in touch with the next steps, so it's best to apply as soon as possible. We also offer other scholarships - visit our Apply for Masters page to find out more.
Strategy jobs are commonly seen as the most desirable in large organisations because they provide access to key stakeholders and deal with the overall organisational purpose – the vision, goals, challenges, and opportunities that determine value in an organisation. This degree prepares participants for key strategic roles within organisations, including but not limited to Business Analyst, Business Developer, Chief Strategy Officer, Strategy Consultant, Organisational Change Manager, Policy Advisor, and Strategic Planner.
For those with experience, this programme prepares candidates for roles such as Senior Vice Presidents of Strategy, which is a common route to the job as CEO.
Graduates from our department’s MSc programmes work in multinationals such as Apple, Coca-Cola, GSK, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Unilever as well as the top global professional service firms such as Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, EY, IBM, KPMG and PWC.
Our MSc Strategy will take you through a stimulating period of personal and professional transformation that will enable you to confidently and competently tackle strategic challenges that face all organisations.
Capstone modules such as the Consultancy Challenge and the Strategy Practice Project will give you the opportunity to engage in real strategy projects within UK and international companies. Our practice-based approach will gradually cultivate the necessary practical skills in developing, creating, innovating, leading and changing strategies in real-world situations. You will be challenged to study strategies and to actively demonstrate their viability to different interest groups within and outside of the University.
This programme is endorsed by Ernst & Young (EY), demonstrating the quality of our teaching and the strong relevance of our curriculum to industry needs. Throughout your studies, you will have access to a range of opportunities with EY including guest lectures, networking, internships and a mentoring programme for top performers. These opportunities are designed to enhance your professional development and help you launch a successful future career.
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