Strategy students

MSc Strategy

Behind every success are strategists as key thinkers, decision makers and implementers.

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About The Course

Today's businesses and organisations operate in a global context of disruption and uncertainty. Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, public or private, all are affected by political, ecological and demographic complexities. So what are the implications for those organisations and businesses? They must be quick to change. And they must change strategically.

Endorsed by Ernst & Young (EY) and Gränges, this programme benefits from depth of expertise, knowledge and cutting-edge research. We will teach you the art of strategising and the practice of strategy. You will learn how to develop strategic business models and understand the implications of digital strategy. You will also acquire a deep knowledge of mergers and acquisitions as a potential strategy to address challenges and opportunities.

Working with real examples from industry, you will test your theoretical knowledge in context. In the company project module we tackle a question, task or challenge sourced from companies and supported by faculty and representatives from EY and Gränges. Our teaching is underpinned by our staff’s cutting-edge research, which they bring to the classroom.

Key Facts

12-month full-time course, starts in October

Designed for graduates with a degree in any subject area seeking careers in key strategic roles

Course Content

In the first term, you will study three core modules. You will also study professional development which continues into your second term and researching entrepreneurship which is a theme throughout all three terms of your degree.

  • Building Competitive Advantage

    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.

  • Business Model Innovation

    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

    Cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are an increasingly important force in shaping economies, restructuring industries and revitalising organisations. Accounting for trillions of dollars in spend and affecting various stakeholders (e.g., employees, customers. supplies, shareholders), it is important to consider the motivations, processes and impacts of cross border M&A.

    Drawing upon concepts in International Business, Corporate Strategy, Business Analytics and Cross National Management, 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.

  • Professional Development

    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.

  • Researching Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business

    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.

In the second term, you will study the below modules.

  • Digital Strategy

    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.

  • Managing Strategic Change

    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 Challenge

    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.

  • Professional Development

    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.

  • Researching Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business

    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.

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.

  • Strategic Purpose and Leadership

    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.

  • Researching Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business

    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.

  • Strategy Project

    This module will engage students in applying their skills and abilities acquired in the MSc Strategy programme to critically test, examine and develop 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.

Scholarships

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.

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Careers

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.

Graduates

Transformational Teaching

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.

Ernst and Young Partnership

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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Gränges Partnership

This programme is endorsed by Gränges, a global supplier of rolled aluminium products. The endorsement demonstrates 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 Gränges including guest lectures, networking and internships for top performers. These opportunities are designed to enhance your professional development and help you launch a successful future career.

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