Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is designed to develop and implement effective strategies across ambitious growing organisations. Strategic management is for Executive Directors and Senior Managers and those who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective corporate performance. 

The qualification requires aspiring or current directors and senior managers to build knowledge and understanding in strategic direction and leadership and focus growth and performance across all levels of an organisation, making it competitive and responsive to tomorrow’s business. The Diploma is accredited at the postgraduate research at Level 8 to the Regulated Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework.

The qualification rationale is to provide recognition for those who wish to develop their own abilities within the business. The Diploma outcomes look to develop the skills required by organisations globally to provide excellent service and elevate its status and credibility.

The qualification creates learning that advances organisations' thought leadership, offering conceptual and practical insights that are applicable in the companies of today and tomorrow.

Furthermore, we look to develop the senior managers, directors, executives, and leaders of the future by creating and delivering learning appropriate for the industry.

The qualification will link to commerce's key development areas, more specifically within organisational and strategical management, marketing, and enterprise. Contemporary issues are identified and evaluated so that the learner has a true vocational understanding of the industry and an academic perspective.

The qualification will enable learners to become independent, self-directed learners with tools and motivation to continue learning, developing, and reflecting on practice throughout their careers.


Aims and Objectives

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership aims to provide the opportunity for individuals to forge a career in senior management and leadership by seeking greater knowledge and understanding of the industry and to support the individual’s development into senior level positions. The overall learning objectives of Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership are:

  • Understand and apply the principles of strategic leadership in a business environment.
  • Review and apply the principles of business management within the industry
  • Understand and apply the principles of strategic management in a specific environment.
  • Improve the employability of learners in the business world.
  • Analyse problem-solving techniques specific to business and industry
  • Select, collate, review and analyse information from a wide range of sources
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Manage one’s own personal development and growth.


Accreditation, Recognition, and Equivalence

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management has been accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) at Level 8. 

Qualification Accreditation Number: 601/5362/3

This qualification is equivalent to the Doctorate level qualification (FHEQ Level 8) awarded by any UK University due to its accreditation at RQF Level 8.


Course Structure

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership focuses upon developing understanding, skills and abilities to equip the Learner with the awareness and aptitudes to be an effective strategic manager and leader. It has a total of 160 credits. 

Unit 01 - Leadership Qualities and Practice

Unit 02 - Personal Leadership Development as a Strategic Manager

Unit 03 - Strategy Development in Cross-Border and Global Organisations

Unit 04 - Strategic Planning in Cross-Border and Global Organisations

Unit 05 - Strategic Direction in Cross-Border and Global Organisations

Unit 06 - Strategic Communication

Unit 07 - Culture and its Impact on Strategy

Unit 08 - Research Methods


Assessment Methods

The methods for assessing student performance are through each module's assignment to evaluate different aspects of learning outcomes. 


Entry Requirements

We expect learners to have sufficient work experience or previous level qualification. You can contact the online chat support team  (or email at admissions@cmls-global.com) to evaluate your existing qualification or work experience to get a confirmation of your entry to this course. 


Exemption or Credit Transfer 

We accept learners holding the same level qualification to transfer their credits to Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Please note that this qualification's awarding body provides exemption and credit transfer facility to learners where learners have achieved relevant or equal level qualifications to avoid the duplication of learning and assessment. Cambridge Management and Leadership School support learners in recognising their prior learning that they meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding, skills or professional competence they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning. Learners can apply for credit transfer, equivalence, or exemption through Credit transfer, equivalence, and exemptions procedure. 


Who is this course for?

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is suitable for learners who are administrators, managers or leaders in any organisation regardless any sector. You don't need to be in a senior management position to study this qualification. You can also study this course for personal, professional, and career progression.  


Career Paths

Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership provides various careers and encourages learners to gain the skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them achieve their goals and aspirations. Graduates work as a Director or Senior Management roles in HR, Supply Chain, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Manufacturing, Technology, Retail, Banking, and Health care Service. You will also have an opportunity to study our Doctorate of Business Administration (Direct entry to the Thesis Stage) to develop an academic or research career in a wide range of institutional settings, anywhere around the world. 


Apply for Admission

There are three ways to apply for this course.

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Once we receive your application or purchase order, we will contact you with an offer/admission letter and instructions to complete the enrolment at Cambridge Management and Leadership School. 


  1. Study Planner - Level 8 Diploma

  2. Unit 01 - Leadership Qualities and Practice

    The unit explores the links between leadership and management at the strategic level. Different leadership styles and underlying principles and concepts will be considered. The unit will explore how team performance can be evaluated and optimised to realize strategic business and operational objectives. The unit covers the links between strategic management and leadership, key leadership principles, theory and organisational strategy.
  3. Unit 02 - Personal Leadership Development as a Strategic Manager

    This unit is about strategic leadership skills required by directors and senior managers to successfully lead international organisational strategic activity working with partners’ buyers, suppliers, customers and competitors.
  4. Unit 03 - Strategy Development in Cross Border and Global Organisations

    This unit addresses strategy development for cross border or global organisations that face challenges that include political, religious, cultural and social divides and the administrations of organisations operating within particular countries or boundaries.
  5. Unit 04 - Strategic Planning for Cross Border and Global Organisations

    The unit examines the range of influences and impacts on cross-border or global organisations and how that contributes to successful strategy formulation and the management of risk.
  6. Unit 05 - Strategic Direction in Cross Border and Global Organisations

    This unit will allow senior strategic managers to explore the influences and impacts upon cross-border and global policy and strategy. It will support improvements in setting direction, the approach to and in forecasting the success of cross-border or global policy and strategy.
  7. Unit 06 - Strategic Communication

    The unit aims to develop the ability to critically assess and appreciate the impact of media for international organisations. It considers stakeholders, political and pressure groups as well as the part played by media owners.
  8. Unit 07 - Culture and its Impact on Strategy

    This unit aims to develop deep understanding of the complexities of organisations that operate internationally and how that affects strategy development. The unit will use reasoned and researched perspectives and aims to develop alternative perspectives.
  9. Unit 08 - Research Methods

    The aim of the unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of academic practice and approaches to research. It utilises a problem‐based learning approach to develop your practical competence in aspects appropriate to academic practice and research in business and management.

Comments ( 5 )

  • Teris C.

    I would like to thank the Cambridge Management and Leadership School for giving me the opportunity to study the Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. An excellent experience that will support me in my operations in my country! I have already been accepted for a DBA (Top up) from a Swiss Institute!

  • TO,
    Director CMLS

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you (CMLS) for your support of the PG diploma Level 8
    (2018-19) in Strategic Management and Leadership. I am grateful for the opportunities and continuing DBA (Top up) with OUS and other EU university under your direction!.

    Attending online CMLS learning always has been helpful by the course director, and have a fantastic experienced, and learning. Upon completion of my PG diploma Level 8, I will pursue further research in DBA. I would like, especially thanks for the Course Director, who was always ready in helping and advising this programme and without academic support from CMLS ‘s academic staff it will be not possible to complete this programme as required.

    Once again, thank you for supporting

    Your generosity truly makes a difference, and i am looking forward to going further for DBA top-up programmes.


    Chartered Manager CMgr-CMI
    DBA Researcher ARU
    International Travel Consultant ITC-IATA
    dated: May 2019

  • I want to thank the Cambridge Management and Leadership for offering me this opportunity to study the level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management. It will greatly enhance my career and I am truly humbled to be accepted. Thank you.

  • Dr. Babar Anwar Khan

    Dear Director& CMLS team,

    It has been a pleasure to study the online Doctorate equivalent Level 8 in Strategic Management and Leadership in a quite flexible manner from my home study desk. There has been so much learning experience during this course and as a busy professional ophthalmologist I found the tutor and his team quite supportive and responsive, off and on and my concerns were always alleviated right on time. The dimensions of the 8 assignments of the course touched on almost all aspects that and Leader or a Manager in any profession should possess. Every assignment in this course was highly diversified. I really got to know that Strategic Leadership and Strategic Management are the 2 qualities that are dependent on each other for any organization to flourish.

    I believe that by doing this course I have reached such a pinnacle in my career that I now have gained the knowledge of how to challenge the status quo locally, nationally, and across borders in the healthcare organization. I have learned that setting SMART objectives for formulation, implementation, execution, and re-evaluation of Strategic Planning with suitable direction is neccessary for the industries to flourish. It must be emphasized that critical analysis is a very important step in any strategy formulation regarding personal or professional project management.

    I believe that on any online course, the guidelines in the given booklet are very crucial to follow and the CMLS very clearly mentioned in each assignment description how we should go about it. I tried to follow the Study planner always 2 days ahead rather than being late and used to study during the weekends. The internet is the big sea and I used to dive in it and get totally absorbed while doing my assignments,as I know myself as the book worm.

    Thanks to my lovely wife and children because they never disturbed me while I was studying on this course and encouraged me otherwise it also may not have been possible to achieve my ambitions.

    Last but not least, once again I want to thank the CMLS Academic Director Dr Arsalan, and the team of CMLS including the Qualifi Academy for giving me the opportunity to accomplish my dreams and complete this course right on time . The assessments by CMLS and Qualifi were also fast and results were announced timely as per my expectations.

    In the near future after some break, I will be planning to do the thesis stage from Asteca University through CMLS certainly .

    Many thanks, CMLS for keeping the promises, professionalism, genuineness, truthfulness, and standards for aspiring students like myself.

    Many thanks once again.

    Best Regards,

    Dr. Babar Anwar Khan
    MD.FRCS(Ophth)(Glasg)UK, FRCS(Ophth)(Glasg)UK, FRSPH(Lon)UK
    Doctorate in Strategic Management and Leadership(Camb) UK
    AdvDip in UK Employment Law
    Dip in Medical Law
    Dip in Health and Social Care
    Dip in Aesthetics
    Dip in Clinical Governance
    Specialty Doctor in Ophthalmology
    Hywel Dda University Health Board NHS
    Eye Department
    Bronglais General Hospital and NREC
    Work Email: Babar.Khan @wales.nhs.uk
    Mobile Phone: 07454019981
    Tel: 01970358516

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