Introduction

Our MSc in Strategic Studies and Management provides a mix of in-depth business understanding combined with a strategic approach to understanding global threats, risk and growth.

This programme is studied on campus.

The programme delivers clear understanding of cotemporary links between various uses of coercion by states and non state actors and the complexities of managing large and small organisations in the modern governmental, economic and business environment. You will look at negotiation, selling, business rhetoric, communication and web presence and you learn the theories and techniques from economics and sociology applied to business situations, recognising that decisions are affected by human agency, structure and durability. From this, you will then look at decision making and effective leadership, the invention of new goods and services and the delivery of change.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January
Semester 1

Semester 1

Six inter-related taught modules and a summer dissertation of 12-15,000 words.

The Management modules are taught in three week blocks, with a middle week of intensive classroom teaching in each block. The first week of each block is devoted to reading preparation, and the third week is devoted to completion of assessment exercises outside the classroom. The Strategic Studies modules are taught over the whole eleven weeks of each semester, with normally two classes, each of two hours, each week.

Compulsory Courses

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The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

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Managing Change and Innovation (BU5559) - 15 Credit Points

The concepts of change and innovation have never been more topical, especially given the commercial context of fierce business competition, shorter product life cycles and more demanding customers. Increasingly, long-term commercial success is based on an ability to manage change, to act creatively and to promote innovation. These processes interconnect and overlap and often present major challenges to modern organizations. We address these issues through providing detailed case illustrations ranging from the workplace to the wider business market. Learning is encouraged through interaction, reading, investigation, video and case analysis, and critical discussion.

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Global Security Issues (PI5502) - 30 Credit Points

'Global Security Issues' is an elective, second semester module for the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Stage 1

Candidates must take the following courses:

PI5001 Strategic Theory (30 credit points)
BU5038 Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (15 credits)
BU5048 Business Strategy (15 credits)

Compulsory Courses

Only those candidates who complete the above programme at CGS D3, or above, in all courses will be allowed to progress to Stage 2.

Dissertation in Strategic Studies (PI5901) - 60 Credit Points

The Strategic Studies dissertation is a compulsory element of the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

PI5901 Dissertation in Strategic Studies (60 credit points)

Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038) - 15 Credit Points

Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.

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Business Strategy (BU5048) - 15 Credit Points

Business Strategy covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” / “Strategic Management”. The course introduces participants to concepts, frameworks and models that are useful in providing explanations of how companies operate with respect to goal setting, understanding their competitive landscape, assessing opportunities, managing own capabilities, coordinating their activities with other companies, and competing to create value for customers. The course is interactive in nature, applying a learning-by-doing method involving students taking on roles as part of a series of simulation exercises.

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Strategic Theory (PI5001) - 30 Credit Points

'Strategic Theory' is the compulsory, cornerstone module for the MSc Strategic Studies degree programme, and also the MSc Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

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MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038) - 15 Credit Points

Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.

View detailed information about this course

Business Strategy (BU5048) - 15 Credit Points

Business Strategy covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” / “Strategic Management”. The course introduces participants to concepts, frameworks and models that are useful in providing explanations of how companies operate with respect to goal setting, understanding their competitive landscape, assessing opportunities, managing own capabilities, coordinating their activities with other companies, and competing to create value for customers. The course is interactive in nature, applying a learning-by-doing method involving students taking on roles as part of a series of simulation exercises.

View detailed information about this course

Strategic Theory (PI5001) - 30 Credit Points

'Strategic Theory' is the compulsory, cornerstone module for the MSc Strategic Studies degree programme, and also the MSc Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

View detailed information about this course

Managing Change and Innovation (BU5559) - 15 Credit Points

The concepts of change and innovation have never been more topical, especially given the commercial context of fierce business competition, shorter product life cycles and more demanding customers. Increasingly, long-term commercial success is based on an ability to manage change, to act creatively and to promote innovation. These processes interconnect and overlap and often present major challenges to modern organizations. We address these issues through providing detailed case illustrations ranging from the workplace to the wider business market. Learning is encouraged through interaction, reading, investigation, video and case analysis, and critical discussion.

View detailed information about this course

Global Security Issues (PI5502) - 30 Credit Points

'Global Security Issues' is an elective, second semester module for the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation in Strategic Studies (PI5901) - 60 Credit Points

The Strategic Studies dissertation is a compulsory element of the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Only candidates who complete the above programme at the appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to Stage 3.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

By written examination, essay work and class presentation, as prescribed for each course and by submission of a dissertation.

Why Study Strategic Studies and Management?

  • The programme scrutinises the nexus between salient, real-world strategic management and business issues.
  • It delivers clear understanding of the contemporary links between the various uses of coercion by states and non-state actors and the complexities of managing large and small organisations in the modern governmental, economic and business environment.
  • It is linked to the network of Strategic Studies alumni internationally.
  • Strategic Studies and Management is taught by The School of Social Sciences and The Business School at Aberdeen University.
  • MSc Strategic Studies and Management at Aberdeen is taught by published researchers and business and strategy consultants from both schools.
  • Overall, 90% of research activity in the Business School is of international quality (55% is world leading or internationally excellent: 4* and 3* in the 2008 RAE).
  • 80% of research in Business and Management (including Accountancy and Finance) were judged to be of international quality.
  • The University of Aberdeen Business School is a leading international provider of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education, at the heart of an ancient Scottish research-led University.
  • Our campus is an eclectic mix of world heritage standard 'Old Aberdeen' combined with beautiful contemporary buildings such as our library which provides elements of the sky and sea, and inside has a similarity to the Guggenheim Museum. It provides a great range of facilities quite apart from the fantastic view of the beach and city of Aberdeen.
  • We are located on the beautiful North-East coast of Scotland in the vibrant city of Aberdeen, one of the world’s leading centres in business and energy.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,000
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £14,300
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,300
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £15,000
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,300
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £15,000
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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Careers

Management positions across private business, international organisations supporting business, industry associations and wide ranging types of business.

Our Experts

A small and cohesive group of highly skilled academic staff with many years of graduate teaching experience, who are part of a network of high quality academics.

  • Strategic Theory: J.H. Wyllie
  • Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion: Dr Colin Clarke
  • Business Strategy : Dr Raluca Bunduchi
  • Global Security Issues: J.H. Wyllie
  • The Leadership Challenge: Dr Ian Heywood
  • Managing Change and Innovation: Professor Patrick Dawson
  • Summer dissertation coordinator: J.H. Wyllie

Other Experts
Professor Patrick Dawson
Programme Coordinator
Mr James Wyllie

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

The Department of Sociology is held within the School of Social Science. All of our degrees provide thorough advanced level training in the principles of social science with a wide choice of specialised subjects in preparation for the practice of social research and a wide variety of career opportunities.

We provide computer facilities, reading rooms, study spaces and a range of cafes to suit all international tastes.

Centre for European Survey Research

The ECSR has Associate Survey Agencies in more than 100 countries worldwide and can offer basic and applied research in form of quantitative and qualitative surveys as well as other empirical research tools in the social and economic sciences.

New Europe Centre

The New Europe Centre represents a group of researchers at the University of Aberdeen with projects from a number of different funding sources. We are committed to doing quality research in order to better understand the world around us.

Centre for Global Security and Governance

The Centre for Global Security and Governance brings together academic experts, policy makers, and students to define, analyse, and propose remedies to the most pressing security and governance challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
School of Social Science
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3QY