MBA M B A (Leadership Practice)

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Enhance your leadership and managerial skills and gain the practical experience on a placement on this postgraduate course.

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    4 trimesters

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  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Are you a recently-qualified ambitious graduate who has acquired experience in areas such as the voluntary sector, family businesses or held leadership positions in associations such as student unions, sports clubs or societies? If so, then this innovative MBA programme is for you.

It recognises the rise of young entrepreneurs and demand from graduates to acquire higher-order managerial skills to develop their careers quickly.


The MBA (Leadership Practice) programme is designed to develop you as a manager and leader of the future through supporting you in analysing environments, formulating strategy, taking decisions and leading change programmes.

The course incorporates a placement to help you develop practical experience and insight as well as build valuable links between theory and practice and enhance your overall employability.

Through this placement, you’ll formulate a project plan with the aim of introducing a new approach or strategy into a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.

The programme covers the full range of MBA skills as well as additional action learning and critical reflection skills – essential for the modern manager.

You'll acquire creative problem solving, critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills, and apply these to your learning about global economic principles, strategic business issues, organisational management and the realities of the competitive marketplace.

You'll utilise and augment your written and verbal communication techniques, giving you the confidence to present your ideas and strategies to the business world.

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group discussions and other interactive learning experiences. Classroom-based learning is complemented by attendance and participation at a residential weekend, and enhanced by masterclasses with guest speakers from various business sectors, keeping you in touch with contemporary business solutions.

You'll be enrolled as an Affiliate member of the CMI.

On graduation you’ll join our MBA Alumni community, giving you access to future masterclasses and networking.

Subjects include

  • Building High Performance Organisations
  • Management and Organisational Change
  • Marketing within the Global Economy
  • Leading Strategic Decision-Making
  • Reflection on Practice
  • Action Learning in Organisations
  • MBA Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

The Executive MBA (Leadership Practice) will provide you with the opportunity to realise your full career potential. You’ll be in demand as employers worldwide seek graduates with a recognised portfolio who are able to deliver solutions in complex organisational settings.

In recent years, students have come to our MBA with first degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/ not-for-profit sectors.

An Honours degree at 2:2 or above.
Comparable alternative qualifications or professional qualifications, and experience may also be considered at the discretion of the Programme Leader.

English language requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you. 

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £7,025 tba
Overseas £8,075 tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.

Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee in both years of their study.
Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee in both years of their study.
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Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Action Learning in Organisations ( HRM11121 )

Students will attend a number of briefing sessions with staff where the aim, goals and outcomes of the module will be outlined. Students will be introduced to the principles of action learning and introduced to a series of mechanisms and tools for evaluating the performance of an organisation. Students will also be introduced to a series of project planning and project management tools through which they can investigate, define, negotiate, plan and lead the project through to completion.

Further information

Building High Performing Organisations ( ACC11116 )

In the first instance the module introduces a number of tools and models that you can use to measure the success, or otherwise, of an organisation. The key focus is on the Balanced Scorecard model, which is a set of measures that gives a fast but comprehensive view of the business. The Balanced Scorecard endeavours to collate important elements that reflect a business’s strategic position e.g. product and service quality measures, product and service development time, customer satisfaction, productivity and so on.

Financial Matters
The module then deals with the question... How does the business appear to its shareholders? This section investigates the financial performance of an organisation. The focus is on Finance and Budgetary Control – profit, cost and revenue-related measures - and the Interpreting of Financial Statements.

Internal processes
The module then deals with the question... What must a business excel at? This section takes an internal process perspective and investigates both the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation. The focus is on Operations, Supply Chain and Information Technology and E-Business.

Innovation and learning
The module than deals with the question... How can a business continue to improve and build capabilities? This section investigates how people and information support the organisation. The focus is on Innovation, the Learning Organisation and Sustainability.

Customer focus
The module then deals with the question... How do a business’s customers see the business? This section investigates just how well an organisation is meeting the needs of, and satisfying, its customers. The focus is on managing marketing matters, sales management initiatives and the relationship management challenges for both the selling and the buying organisation.

Overall the module emphasises the concept of integrative nature of business across the FOUR key areas and what matters most in the need and desire to build high performing organisations that can endure in the complex, global business environment.

Further information

Leading Strategic Decision-Making ( HRM11120 )

The module will cover the following content:
1. Organisation Strategy and Strategic Leadership
2. Determining the Strategic Direction: Mission Vision and Values
3. Strategic Decision-making in Practice
4. Transformational Leadership Approaches and Emotional Intelligence
5. The Leader-Follower Relationship
6. Team Leadership
7. Strategic Decision-Making in Innovative Contexts
8. Creating Systemic Innovation
9. Authentic and Sustainable Leadership
10. Current Trends in Strategic Leadership

Further information

MBA Practice Project ( HRM11123 )

The following content will be covered within the module:
• Conducting a Literature Review
• Research Philosophy
• Research Ethics
• Research Design
• Collecting and Recording Qualitative Data
• Analysing Qualitative Data
• Collecting and Recording Quantitative Data
• Analysing Quantitative Data
• Analysing Quantitative Data
• Making Conclusions and Recommendations

Further information

Management and Organisational Change ( HRM11117 )

The material covered in the module relates to two broad areas of study: the examination of organisational behaviour, including attitudes, perception, motivation, groups, teams and leadership; and understanding managerial processes, and the development of skills important in the management of people and processes - such as corporate social responsibility. Change management is increasingly important and therefore you will examine the topic by looking at both incremental and transformational change, and the importance of power, politics and conflict.

Focusing on the behaviour of people in a work environment the module places an emphasis on understanding the vital role and importance of people in the change management process. You will develop an understanding of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment, specifically the significance of organisational culture. This in turn develops your ability to plan and carry forward sustainable system-wide change programmes.

Further information

Marketing within the Global Economy ( SOE11140 )

The global economy, the concepts of markets and their structures; government policies and their impact on businesses; cross country cultural differences their impact on global business decision making; the global marketing concept and strategy planning; the marketing environments and consumer & organisational buyer behaviour; ethics and responsible marketing; marketing research and international market segmentation; managing the international marketing mix & brand development

Further information

Reflection on Practice ( HRM11122 )

This module will focus on the importance of reflection and will examine the role of reflection in relation to experiential learning, self-awareness, self-efficacy and the “thinking performer”. It focuses on the student’s professional development and the role that reflection plays in informing continuous professional development (CPD) priorities for managers/leaders. Students will be introduced to the importance of professional development planning and the need to regularly capture tacit knowledge and incidental learning as a means of improving performance.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.