MSc Strategic ICT Leadership

Postgraduate, Part-time

Strategic ICT Leadership MSc

Develop your ICT and business skills to create more strategic and entrepreneurial approaches to applying ICT in your organisation


This course has been created as a development vehicle for ICT professionals.

The course addresses the development of strategic ICT skills relating to the professional student’s current role, be that in a corporate or public sector context, in larger organisations or in SMEs.  Designed in alignment with the EFQM Excellence Model, the value of this course in helping develop high-level skills has been recognised by the UK government in the report Forging Futures.

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Course details

You'll develop your business, technology and leadership skills, making a strategic contribution to ICT in your organisation at a senior level and using technology to deliver business improvement.

Linking learning and development to your work activities, you can ensure your professional development is part of the strategic plan of the organisation and can consider and reflect on established views of the organisation, colleagues and yourself, to promote innovation and change.

Some credits are derived from your employment activities, so you must be already employed in a company which allows you to demonstrate your developing course knowledge. 

Please discuss your current employment with the course leader before applying to ensure your role is suitable for the course.

Your final dissertation project will allow you to use the tools and approaches you’ve developed on the course.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This course is designed for professionals already employed in the area of computing who wish to develop their ICT management skills. It allows you to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to your company. Your knowledge is further enhanced via a number of taught modules.

    You’ll be mentored and supported by a dedicated programme team to deliver a package of work drawing on your current projects/activities.

    Overall, you’ll attend campus one day per month and receive at least three workplace mentoring visits.

  • note and pen Assessments

    100% coursework, most of which is related to current work-based projects and issues.

  • briefcase Work placement

    To be considered for a place on this course, you should already be in the workplace, employed as an ICT professional.

  • library Facilities

    Taught sessions held at our Merchiston Campus are delivered as ‘senior seminars’ where you will be encouraged to exchange ideas and experiences with course tutors and your professional peer group.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Leadership and Identity ( INF11113 )

The aim of the module is to build leadership capability through analysis of the multiple facets of professional identity. The module draws upon current research to consider identity and professional identity in the context of modern organisations.

The module focuses on leadership identity as one aspect of a professional identity. It covers the evolution of leadership theories from contingency models through transformational leadership to recent models of dispersed leadership.

Leadership theories are explored reflexively to provide contextual learning and situated in change management.

Further information

Masters Dissertation ( SOC11101 )

The work for this module comprises the completion of an individual research project. Each student is assigned a personal Supervisor, and an Internal Examiner who monitors progress and feedback, inputs advice, examines the dissertation and takes the lead at the viva.

There are two preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation:

(1) Project proposal
(2) Initial Report including time plan and dissertation outline

Further information

Project and Programme Governance & Compliance ( INF11111 )

The aim of the module is to develop a deep understanding of the governance and compliance environments that projects and programmes operate within, including the relationship between programmes and portfolios and creating an awareness of the role played by frameworks such ITIL, COBIT, ISO 21500 and UK government guidance in Management of Successful Programmes and Management of Portfolios.

The module focusses on the factors that can enable or prevent effective benefits realisation management including stakeholder engagement, balanced scorecard and strategic decision-making and the Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3). Other topics that could be covered include governance and management of the business impact of organisational change and the management of change within a quality perspective – TQM, Six Sigma, Lean – and their associated challenges.

Further information

Security Audit & Compliance ( INF11109 )

The aim of the module is to let you develop a deep understanding of the framework that information security operates in, and to give you an opportunity to express this in the form of professional written reports. Topics covered include:
• Overview of relevant laws and regulations: national and international, covering Data Protection, computer misuse and other legal issues.
• The relation between governance models and frameworks including: ISACA’s COBIT and ISO Standards (ISO27000 in particular)
• Role of the professions; difference between audit, forensics and security management. Professional ethics and codes of practice
• Risk management, contingency and continuity planning
• Understanding and application of the COBIT domains

Further information

Work Based Learning ( SOC11106 )

Strategic ICT and its impact on business improvement

Leadership in ICT business-led transformation

Business requirements for strategic ICT projects

Evaluation of current use of ICT and whether it is “fit for purpose”

Identification and mitigation of key risks in ICT projects

Planning for successful implementation of a strategic ICT project

Reflective practice – using different models and frameworks to maximise both personal and team 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.

Executive Masters

We run a suite of Executive Masters courses for organisations looking to upskill their staff and professionals looking to develop new skills and advance their career.


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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in a Computing, Information Technology or Business discipline and be currently employed in order to be eligible for this programme. You must be a professional, managing or working with projects or programmes or have a role related in some way to project or programme management.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
All students - Taught modules *£959 tba
All students - Dissertation *£585 *tba
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland (cohort 2021/22) Full MSc cost £6,525 tba

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Participation in this course will indicate your aspirations and dedication to your development, and enhance your chances of promotion. It may also open doors with other employers or improve your standing as a consultant.

Graduates of the course have gone on to hold the following job titles:

  • Head of Business Operations Strategy & Development, Telecomms Company
  • Business Advisor, Government Agency
  • Director of Business Services, Housing Association
  • IT Director, Distillers
  • Lead Service Manager, International IT Services Provider
  • Information Systems and Development Manager, Further Education College
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