MSc Digital Leadership

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School

Course Award: MSc

Entry Date: Open Enrolment


Developed in consultation with industry, the MSc Digital Leadership has been designed to equip a new generation of leaders with the skills to drive data driven digital transformation.

Addressing the talent needs of the future, the degree has been designed to prepare you for leadership roles in digital transformation. It will provide you with a critical appreciation of the transformative potential of digital technologies in business and the opportunities and the challenges associated with digital transformation in a variety of organisational contexts.

As well as providing insight into the role of transformational technologies such as Big Data, Robotics and AI, the programme will also provide you with an appreciation of how these technologies can be employed successfully through strategic innovation and change to deliver operational efficiencies and enhanced customer value. The programme will consider the role of business model innovation and networked markets in transforming industries and economies as well as: customer centricity and harnessing customer networks, the strategic role of data, leadership, organisational agility and cultural transformation.

Programme Duration

It can take a student four years to complete a full MSc, but it can be completed faster or over a longer period. It is self-paced.

Programme Outline

The programme comprises of eight courses. Courses are assessed by a written examination and/or written coursework and a research dissertation or capstone project.

Mandatory Courses

  • Digital Business Strategy: Platforms and Ecosystems
  • Digital Leadership
  • Strategic Change
  • Research Philosophy and Practice
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Business Analytics and Introduction to Big Data
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • People Analytics

Programme Fees

Each course is £1,340 and the capstone project is £1,480.

8 courses x £1,340 = £12,200.

NB: Payment is Pay as You Go (you pay on a module-by-module basis). This affords you the flexibility around payment and helps you better plan your finances.

Entry Requirements

Typically, you will hold a recognised first or second class honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification. Students whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Alternatively, Heriot-Watt Online students can take exams in two courses of the programmes, Digital Business Strategy: Platforms and Ecosystems and Digital LeadershipBased on the result from these two courses you will continue the programme at MSc level.

Student Support

Students in Nigeria can also attend scheduled exam-intensive lectures and tutorials with EDC either in person in our Lagos center and Abuja center or online via Zoom ahead of each examination diet. The lecture timetable is released in advance of these sessions.

Exam Structure

Most courses assessed by final examinations

Exams come in multiple formats from one course to another

Case studies/Essays/Scenarios/part pre-exam work/pitch.
The full details of the exam format for each course are available on the respective course portals.

Exam Diet

April, August, and December

Exam Results

Results are released six to eight weeks after the exam

Enquiry Form

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