MSc Business Management

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management skills and enhance your qualifications on this flexible course delivered fully online.

  • Napier code:

    31516MM

  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    18 - 24 months

  • Award:

    MSc

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Course introduction

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business, or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our Online MSc Business Management will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

This course is designed to deliver accessible, creative and flexible postgraduate business education and offer a choice in how, when and where you study.

It’s ideally suited to individuals who intend to balance their personal and professional commitments with their studies. This is a fully online course that will build on your existing experience and knowledge and enhance it with contemporary business theory.

You may wish to combine your MSc Business Management with one of the following specialisms to reflect your area of interest:

Banking; Entrepreneurship; Events; Finance; Human Resource Management; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Marketing and Sales; Project Management; Tourism and Hospitality.


Students at Craiglockhart campus

The curriculum is tailored for the dynamic contemporary business environment. It focuses on developing skills in leadership and the application of conceptual management theories to current practice, giving you the expertise you need to take on senior roles.

You’ll gain a sound theoretical grounding in business management and stimulate an enquiring, analytical approach to several subject areas. You’ll develop competencies in innovative and creative problem solving, critical thinking and strategic reasoning, and apply these skills to your studies of business issues.

Our online learning environment uses materials created especially for the course by our module leaders. Your learning experience will be enriched through online discussions that supplement the written materials, as well as case study analyses from diverse sectors and articles from leading academics and practicing professionals.

You’ll be able to study at a pace which best suits your individual needs. However normally we would expect you to complete the course within 18 to 24 months. With the support and guidance of our academic staff you’ll develop a bespoke programme of study that best suits you.

You’ll learn through a combination of self-directed independent online learning materials, online discussion topics and independent study.

For the award of MSc you must successfully pass all eight modules, giving a total of 180 credits. All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.

What you study

  • Sustaining Organisational Performance
  • Global Economic Environment and Marketing
  • Organisational Change and Management
  • Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
  • Managing Innovation
  • Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

In recent years, students have come to our MSc courses with degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/not-for-profit sectors.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
All Students* *£770 *£770
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits, therefore the total cost is currently £6,930.
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Further information on online study