MSc Global Leadership

Strong leadership is essential to all businesses. Gain the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader in a global context with this specialist masters.

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It’s an exciting time to be working in the global workplace given the changing economic climate, global and local demands to be more sustainable, and the need to respond instantly to consumer needs. Good leadership is an essential component. The global workplace requires leaders who are not only great at working with people, but who have empathy and sensitivity to the needs of diverse groups of people.

Whether you have recently graduated from an undergraduate degree or you are currently working, this course will help you to understand not only the theory that lies behind leadership, but the skills and techniques that will help you to become a good leader.

Develop your leadership style

The course will help you to understand your personal approach to leadership. We enable you to explore this over the course of a two-day leadership development residential, where you’ll work with experts in the field of global leadership. You’ll work in teams, and have the opportunity to learn through practical exercises.

We will use psychological indicators such as personality type and emotional intelligence tools to help you gain a clearer insight into ‘yourself’ and learn how you can gain the best out of working with people.

Combining the theory and practice of leadership ensures you will develop both in-depth knowledge and real-world skills. We’ll help you become a resilient and adaptable leader - and a valuable asset for any organisation.

Features and Benefits

  • Grow your career - suitable whatever your career level, you do not need any prior experience of leadership, we will provide you with all the knowledge you need.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Practical Applications - combine leadership theory with practical sessions such as the leadership development residential.
  • Taught by leadership experts - learn from an international teaching team with a wide range of experience.
  • A city of opportunities – with global organisations, innovative start-ups and established businesses, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities.Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network
  • Cutting-edge research – learn how the experts from the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre provide tailor-made solutions for public and private-sector clients.
  • Postgraduate internship programme – an optional internship allows you to gain work experience in a business environment so you can put your learning into action.
“Manchester Metropolitan has students from all over the world and this gave me the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and learn to approach problems from a different angle.” Anthanisos Basos, Business School graduate

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I would 100% recommend that postgraduate students do an internship. Even after my first couple of weeks, I felt so much more confident in myself, my capabilities and my knowledge. It’s even helped me secure a full-time job at the company I worked for.”

Laura Waldron, Business School Graduate

Career Prospects

Leadership skills are essential if you want to get ahead in your career. This course’s global focus enables you to look for work for multinational corporations, NGOs (nongovernmental organisations) working in international development, government agencies such as the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

Potential roles might include:

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – minimum a 2:2 – or the international equivalent.


"The teaching approach at Manchester Metropolitan University is a very connected approach and we work with a range of employers across public and private sector, right up to global corporations..."

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Course details

With eight units on different topics of leadership, and a final dissertation, you’ll have a broad range of subjects to study. We cover everything from digitalisation to diversity, and you’ll learn plenty of practical skills too.

Although you’ll be developing specialist knowledge on global leadership, you don’t need a business studies background to join us – this is all about building your skills to get you the career you want.

Our experienced teaching staff use a variety of class formats including lectures and workshops. Your assessments will all be some form of coursework. We focus on real-life case studies and evidence-based projects that we believe will be more useful to your career than exams.

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Core Units

Strategic Leadership

Strategic leadership is the cornerstone of business and organisational success and an obvious starting point for the study of global leadership. This unit will introduce students to traditional and current leadership theories, before moving on to focus on the concept and theory of strategic leadership. The unit will also introduce theories of leadership from a global perspective including developing a strategic vision and creating a global mind-set.

Developing Leadership Skills

Effective leadership in a global environment requires self-awareness, self-diagnostic reflection and thereafter development of appropriate leadership skills. This unit will familiarise students with the relevant skills and attributes needed by present day global leaders, help students identify their own developmental needs and support their leadership skills development. This will cover crucial leadership development topics including emotional intelligence, personality differences and leadership coaching.

Ethical and Sustainable Leadership

Leading in an ethical and integral manner is crucial to current local and global organisations. Corporate social responsibility and sustainable leadership is key to success in organisations globally. This unit will provide an understanding of ethics and sustainability, including teleological and deontological theories of ethics, theories and models of ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility, controversies of marketing and corporate social responsibility, politics, power and conflict, religious influence, corruption and the dark side of leadership.

Leading Diversity in a Global Context

The global workplace is characterised by diversity. This unit will explore leading a globally diverse workforce; in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, social identity, stereotyping, discrimination, inter-group conflict and structural integration. This will include organisational approaches to diversity as well as the enablers and barriers to interventions to encourage inclusion in the workplace. 

Leadership in a Digital Era

Digitalisation is a key component of success in present day global organisations. This unit reviews the digital context for work and its implications for leaders. It critically analyses how technology provides opportunities for collaborative working along with the strengths and limitations of technology for people and organisations, including ethics.

Research Methods

Developing a thorough understanding of how leadership research is conducted is essential for success as a postgraduate student. This unit introduces students to the research process of conducting a literature review, understanding philosophical paradigms, and research methodologies including quantitative and qualitative approaches. It discusses how to identify a business issue for research and how to situate this within a relevant body of academic literature. It explores the literature review process and analyses key considerations in research design.

Leadership in Action

This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to practice core leadership skills in a safe environment, working in teams focusing on real life case studies. Students will need to consider why someone should follow them as a leader and justify their arguments based on theory and practice.  To support this learning process, they will participate in a series of experiential exercises and role-plays in a residential weekend.  The unit will be drawing on the experiences of a series of business leaders who are all working for multi-national corporations.

Leading Change

Change is the only constant thing in organizations’. Leading change both locally and globally requires individuals to have the skills, knowledge and understanding on how to manage successful change. Leaders therefore, need to have self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to inter-cultural factors, whilst delivering a change programme. Within this context, the aim of this unit is to enable students to evaluate their own leadership style and approach to change from both an individual and a global perspective.


Experience and expertise of conducting a leadership research project can be critical to higher level learning on leadership. On this unit, students will work on and produce an empirical dissertation on leadership. This will involve identifying a suitable area of research in leadership, conducting a literature review, justifying the research design, collecting data, analysing data, discussing findings, presenting recommendations and conclusions.  Students may choose to carry out a consultancy dissertation, based on a current or potential employer.  The project could be aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Optional internship year

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.

The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. 

An additional fee applies to this internship.

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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