Course information

Length

2 years with placement, 1 year without placement

Course overview

The MSc Business Management (with pathways) gives you the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective manager in increasingly uncertain and technology-dominated environments. You'll also have the option of completing a placement year to put your knowledge and skills gained in the programme into action.

Why study MSc Business Management with Pathways

  • This Masters will equip you with practical and conceptual skills to perform different kinds of management roles in diverse types of organisations such as large corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, non-profits and government agencies.
  • Teaching is practice-oriented and aims to introduce you to different perspectives on real-world organisational problems, strategic approaches, decision-making conundrums, diverse contexts, organisations and environments.
  • We’ll help to shape int a future leader with practical skills and theoretical knowledge to sustainably lead their organisations. 
  • You’ll collaborate with corporations and non-profits who are involved in programme development and delivery.
  • You’ll learn from managers and other business professionals through guest lectures and exciting department events.
  • You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of organisations as we explore the latest research from management theory, organisation theory, strategic management, sociology and economics, translating them to simple applicable skills you can use in your future management career.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of the influential role that managers play in shaping society and the environment.

Pathways

What’s unique about this degree, is that it gives you the option to specialise in particular areas of management through our different pathways. These pathways include:

  • The Business Management general pathway will prepare you to assume any kind of management role, including CEO, in diverse types of organisations.
  • The Marketing pathway will prepare you for management roles, including CMO, in marketing departments of large organisations, marketing agencies, non-profits or entrepreneurial businesses.
  • The Innovation pathway teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries.
  • The Entrepreneurship pathway will teach you the skills necessary to manage small and/or fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses, including family businesses, technology start-ups and other types of new ventures.
  • The Talent management pathway will prepare you for management roles in Human Resources departments, organisational culture champion roles and talent development roles. 

Placement year

You can choose to undertake an optional second placement year, which will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first year of study. The placement is not guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to apply for placement opportunities provided by Career Service or independently acquire placement.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Ivan Zupic or Chris Brauer.

What you'll study

Compulsory modules

All pathways will complete the following compulsory modules

Module title Credits
Strategic Management: Building Competitive Advantage 15 credits
Designing High-Performing Organisations 15 credits
Developing Management Skills 15 credits
Research Project – Management and Marketing 30 credits

Business Management pathway

Students on the Business Management pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list.

Module title Credits
Social Responsibilities of Management 15 credits
Project Management 30 credits
Research Design and Applied Statistics 15 credits

Marketing pathway

Students on the Marketing pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list.

Module title Credits
Digital Marketing and Branding 15 Credits
Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
Marketing Strategy 15 credits

Innovation pathway

Students on the Innovation pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list.

Module title Credits
Innovation Theory 15 credits
Design Thinking 15 Credits
Innovation Case Studies 15 credits

Entrepreneurship pathway

Students on the Entrepreneurship pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list.

Module title Credits
Entrepreneurial Finance 15 credits
Technological Innovation & Market Creation 15 credits
Innovation Case Studies 15 credits

Talent Management pathway

Students on the Talent Management pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list.

Module title Credits
Assessment and Selection 15 credits
Leadership and Talent Management 15 credits
Training, Coaching and Counselling 15 credits

Optional modules

Students from all pathways can choose two of the following optional modules, or they may choose from the above compulsory modules from a different pathway.

Module title Credits
Developing Business Skills 15 credits
Creating Customer Experiences 15 Credits
Consumer Culture 15 credits
Marketing Analytics 15 Credits
Psychology of Marketing and Advertising 15 credits
Digital Research Methods 15 credits
Organisational Behaviour and Health 15 credits
Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
Psychology of Marketing and Advertising 15 credits
Luxury Brands: Retail, Digital and Marketing 30 Credits
Luxury Brand Management 15 Credits
Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Brands 15 credits
Festival Management 30 Credits
Data Visualisation and the Web 15 credits

Placement year

Those who choose to, will then complete a second year in industry. Placements are not guaranteed, but you'll be able to get support with your placement search from the department and from our Careers Service.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to have first or upper second class 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent from any discipline.

Applicants with appropriate work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of work experience, having performed management, marketing or entrepreneurial roles in a corporation, government agency, non-profit organisation or entrepreneurial company and/or in a technology-driven industry.

These may include such areas as:

  • Team manager
  • Management consultant
  • Business founder
  • Brand manager
  • Product manager
  • Account manager
  • Marketing consultant

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.0 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

To find out more about your fees, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

Careers

This degree will help you to become an ethical graduate, able to use your knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively manage diverse types of organisations in different contexts.

After graduating, you’ll be able to identify significant organisational, societal and environmental challenges, important technological trends, diagnose management problems and combine all to create and manage sustainable organisations.

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