Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-Up) - MA

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Why study this course?

This is an online course for those who have already acquired a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) or equivalent. The programme is accessible from anywhere in the world.

More about this course

The Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-Up) MA is a distance-learning course that focuses on developing your professional effectiveness as a practising or aspiring manager.

The modules on this top-up course will enhance your knowledge and skills in management, leadership and strategy. You will explore subjects including research philosophy, developing research questions, using literature sources, qualitative and quantitative methods and ethical issues.

You'll develop the theoretical and practical knowledge to improve your analytical skills, as well as learn how to communicate complex ideas. We'll also show you how to design, plan, organise and deliver a research report that meets professional standards.

Your learning experience will combine London Met's academic expertise and the unique e-learning platform. The online nature of this course means that you can comfortably study from outside the UK.

Upon successful completion of the Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-Up) MA, you'll gain membership to the CMI. This will grant you access to numerous member benefits, including additional qualifications, legal advice, networking opportunities and the latest news from the sector.


The course is assessed through a 5,000-word research proposal written over four weeks, with marks awarded according to the University guidelines.

There is also an 8,000 to 10,000-word dissertation exploring a leadership issue.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the CMI.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good bachelor’s degree (2:2 or equivalent)
  • a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership of 120 credits at postgraduate level from CMI (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (January start)
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module is core for all MBA and MBA pathway students. An MBA programme has a significant role to play in developing its students as responsible and evidence informed management practitioners. This module challenges the criticism often levied at business research and the teaching of research methods by adopting a learning-centred, reflective and integrated approach. This will support all MBA students’ understanding of research-informed practice and research methods. It will prepare them to undertake and to communicate a business research project which links context with management theory, evidence and practice. It will provide a firm foundation in the philosophical and practical factors that characterise business research, the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate recent research studies and support the development of a research proposal. In this way it will support the development of the research-related management knowledge and skills necessary for professional development and the decision making processes appropriate to management practitioners

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  • This module is the essential integrative and concluding module for the MSL Top-up course. It seeks to bring general and specialist areas of the course together and enable students to undertake a research project which investigates a management, organisational or a sector issue with the aim of making ethical and socially responsible recommendations for the future of the organisation or sector. The module also enables students to communicate the aims, process, findings and recommendations of the research in accessible and engaging formats suitable for diverse audiences.

    The full report of the research project will be between 8,000-9,000 words in length. In addition students will produce a summary of the aims, process, findings and recommendations of the research suitable for communicating with a management audience (1,000 words equivalency). This will be in a medium of the student’s own choice, and could be, for example, an article, a website, a video, a poster or a brochure.

    Each student will have completed a research proposal prior to commencing the module which should form the basis of the research project. The project will be agreed by the module leader and the student will then be assigned a supervisor.

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After the course

The Management and Strategic Leadership (Top-Up) MA provides you with a springboard into a variety of careers in British and international organisations. Previous students have gone on to find employment in a range of public, private and third sector organisations.

The course can also enhance your current career. Our alumni have succesffully improved their status in a diverse array of industries around the world, including roles in marketing, finance and general management.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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