Why study this course

Focussed weekend study to fit around your current work role and other commitments

The course offers a blended learning approach - a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions

Develop strategic leadership abilities, enhance your knowledge, and hone management skills all whilst networking with like-minded peers

Intakes in September, January and April

Course summary

Develop your strategic leadership skills, enhance your knowledge, hone your management skills, boost your career aspirations and grow your business. Whatever your motivation, the MBA (Strategic Leadership) degree has you covered.

Businesses and organisations are facing new and emerging challenges in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world and leaders must be equipped to respond. This programme is designed to develop your strategic leadership skills and equip you with the requisite knowledge and skills to enhance and embrace your role in leadership within ever-changing environments.

Key facts




24 Months

Mode of study

Part-time blended

Start date

September, January & April

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

This programme places you and your personal development and career aspirations at its core. You will have the power to shape your learning journey through your studies, work, and associated experiences. You will study via a blended strategy, undertaking your study in two-day blocks equal to two weekends per module.

Furthermore, you will be supported by designated module tutors and will become an integral part of the BGU Business community through your attendance at bespoke business breakfasts, guest lectures and through your attendance at CMI events. Through joining the Business community at BGU you are joining a community that cares about how they do business and who they do business with. In addition, you are immersed into the wider university community and will be challenged to make a positive impact on the societies in which we live and work.

The MBA curriculum is action centred and will challenge you ‘to do’. Core to the notion of ‘doing’ and acting is the spirit in which this activity should be ‘done’. You will be challenged to act in line with the ethos of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.

Why study this course?

  • Study is via a blended strategy where you will carry out your study in two-day blocks equal to two weekends per module - one on-campus weekend in Lincoln and one online (refreshments and lunch will be provided whilst on campus)
  • The curriculum will provide you with the opportunity to achieve Level 7 Chartered Management Institute credits and is accredited by the CMI. The curriculum has been mapped to the CMI Level 7 syllabus in Management and Leadership and as a result, if you successfully complete the programme you will also receive the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.
  • You will be encouraged to self-select a format for your final project that best suits your career ambitions and overarching goals for your MBA. You may opt to complete a business dissertation, applied corporate project, or produce a business plan
  • There is no prerequisite to have studied Business previously, or to have acquired higher level qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to network with peers from a variety of sectors and industries

Who Is this course designed for?

MBA has been specifically designed for individuals with at least two to three years’ business and management experience and is well suited to individuals who wish to formalise and build upon their existing business, management and leadership knowledge and expertise. This is a generalist programme that provides a broad, analytical, and integrated study of business and management.

The main purpose of the MBA (Strategic Leadership) is to provide experienced or early career leaders with a part-time based route to develop and enhance their professional competence as strategic managers and leaders by equipping them with a creative approach to applying a holistic business knowledge to manage and lead organisations in a complex world.

MBA learners will be supported by the Programme Team and the Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to develop the requisite study and academic skills needed for success. Furthermore, you will be encouraged to take advantage of the business facilities and services offered by Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC) and BG Futures, BGUs on-site Business and Enterprise Centre and Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team.

Whether you aspire to be a senior leader, business owner or are simply looking for a new challenge, our MBA is designed and taught by industry experts and academics

Dr James Silverwood
Senior Lecturer

What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

The ability to enhance organisational performance through the dynamic and effectual leadership and development of people is fundamental for Leaders who wish to achieve and maximise organisational success. The aim of this module is to equip learners with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills and occupational competence needed to effectively lead and develop people in pursuit of organisational excellence.

The aim of this module is to equip learners with the requisite knowledge to develop the skills needed to effectively and proactively develop an entrepreneurial response to complex organisational challenges in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments. Furthermore, learners will explore how to set and deliver sustainable strategic goals.

Learners will explore how to critically assess methods for analysing financial data and information required to make strategic decisions. Learners will also develop their understanding and knowledge of financial governance and legislative requirements.

Learners will critique the factors which drive the development of organisational strategy and appraise approaches to successfully develop strategy. The module culminates in learners developing an organisational strategy to achieve a business goal. To complement this activity, learners will propose an approach to implement and monitor the strategy developed to ensure its sustained success.

This module provides learners with the opportunity to initiate, plan and produce a unique and independent piece of work that showcases and further builds on the knowledge, skills and mindset developed throughout the programme to date.

Learners are encouraged to self-select a format for their final project that best suits their career ambitions and overarching goals for their MBA. Learners may opt to complete a business dissertation, applied corporate project, or produce a business plan.

Entry requirements

You may be a graduate with an honour’s degree at 2:2 or above. Consideration will also be given to accepting students who can demonstrate relevant business, management and leadership experience and the ability and commitment to study at master’s level. In all instances you must demonstrate a minimum of 3 years of business and management experience.

How you will be taught

A blended approach is used for delivering teaching and learning, with some sessions delivered on campus and others remotely. All campus and online classes take place over a weekend meaning you can study around the needs of your business or employment.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods, ranging from traditional coursework to more practical assessments such as the creation of Vlogs and Podcasts. Throughout, an emphasis on self-reflection is also present, with you being encouraged to consider how you will apply learning within the workplace. You will be encouraged to self-select a format for your final project that best suits your career ambitions and overarching goals for your MBA. You may also opt to complete a business dissertation, applied corporate project, or produce a business plan.

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Fees & Funding

The course can be studied and paid for on a modular basis. More information on this can be found on our Tuition Fees page.

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