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MSc Leadership and Strategic Management

1–year Master's degree
Distance Learning
Start September or February
Monthly payments available
PCU will match employer funding*


MSc Leadership and Strategic Management programme is a one-year programme focused on leadership styles and strategic thinking in the managerial field. The programme is designed for working professionals who aspire to become managers and leaders, or those already at executive level who wish to transform their experience into a formal qualification.
During the year, you will gain a deeper understanding of leadership and ethics across cultural contexts, and how these factors impact employee management and strategic decision-making. A unique work-based portfolio allows you to examine and reflect on your own performance and practice and bring that learning into your organization.
This industry-integrated degree programmes is designed exclusively for working professionals, and offers a convenient fast-track to achieving a Master’s degree. Programmes are undertaken in the Digital Campus and offer workplace projects, created in consultation with your lecturer and employer, that can later be implemented into your organization.

*If you are employed by a company which agrees to contribute towards funding your studies, PCU will match employer funding up to 20% of the tuition fee. For example, if your employer agrees to pay 10% of your fees, PCU will match it. If they agree to 50% of your fees, PCU will match it by 20%.

Note: Applicants who apply for and are successfully awarded a scholarship are not eligible to benefit from this bursary, even if their company agrees to cover the cost of their tuition fees.

Programme Essentials

  • Gain specialist leadership and strategic management skills specifically developed in response to industry needs
  • Acquire cross-cultural skills in negotiation, teamwork, leadership and management
  • Enhance and develop your career to achieve a senior management role
  • Reflect on work-based performance and development and implement new learning in your workplace
  • Cooperate on international projects during your studies
  • Engage with PCU’s highly-regarded industry network partners and guest lecturers
  • Opportunity to publish your best work in our CRIS Bulletin, recognized among international journals
  • Extend your local and international networks and set a path for contributing to business and society as a whole
  • Enjoy regular seminars, workshops and guest speakers at our Master Speaker series

Find out more about programme accreditation & recognition →

What You Study

Semester 1

  • Business Research Methods
  • Global Leadership Challenges
  • Work Based Portfolio (start)

Semester 2

  • Strategic Management for the Global Environment
  • Challenges of Globalization
  • Work-Based Portfolio (complete)
  • Dissertation (start)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (complete)
"I never imagined that the combination of tailored classes, attentive and proficient tutors, and a practical approach towards leadership and strategic management scientific theories could be so invigorating. It was mind-blowing to correlate the actions that we, as managers, practice daily, and understand the reasons for those from a scientific standpoint. Even if you are not practised yet, you will have the chance to learn from the beginning how to improve yourself professionally and personally with the help of the theories introduced, experienced colleagues and caring tutors."
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This Master’s degree can be completed over three semesters including the dissertation, with evening and weekend online classes providing the flexibility needed to successfully balance both work and study.
Delivery of the programme is via the Digital Campus, so the programme can be undertaken regardless of your location. Classes are led by our expert lecturers, with active participation and discussion with fellow students encouraged. For students based in Prague, we provide individual mentoring sessions in-person with our lecturing team.

Meet Your Programme Leader


Hon. Prof. Stefano Cavagnetto, Ph.D.

Head of the School of Business and the MSc programme in International Management, Stefano Cavagneto teaches Finance, Business Ethics, Statistics, Programming and Management Research at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He also pursues his own professional and educational interests in mathematics, ethics, behavioural finance and business management. Stefano holds a PhD in Mathematics (Charles University, Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Science of Czech Republic) and is a Doctor in Philosophy of Amedeo Avogadro University, in Vercelli, Italy. He also holds a professional MA in Science Communication (COREP - Centre for Education and Permanent Research - of the Polytechnic-University of Turin). 

See all lecturers from the School Business →

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years full-time relevant working experience in the management area and currently employed in such a role.
    a) Either a British honours degree, first or second class; or
    b) another suitable Bachelor's degree in any subject area; or
    c) a postgraduate qualification or relevant professional qualification.

  • English language certificate. Required Scores: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT score of at least 90. Other English certificates may be accepted. If the applicant has completed a Bachelor’s programme entirely in English this requirement may not apply.

  • Letter of motivation (minimum 500 words) describing career and personal motivation

  • Professional and academic references

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • For all programmes at Prague City University there is a final interview between the applicant and the Programme Leader before the final decision on admission is made.

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Get in touch and start September or February.

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Meet a Graduate

Emil NakovRegional Director Southern Europe & MSc Leadership and Strategic Management graduate

I consider leadership vital for professional success. Good leadership skills allow you to lead others, but also to manage yourself. In the end, most of business is done by people and requires an understanding of people’s personalities, drivers and cultural differences. Strategic management is what I’m primarily interested in, especially when dealing with new markets and customers. It helps you to see the “big” picture, the drivers behind processes and how to plan your activities.

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