Our course materials are based on real issues faced by contemporary businesses, covering topics ranging from creativity in business to global economics, strategic management and organisational change management.
You’ll learn to creatively address issues such as competition and sustainability and acquire knowledge of the global economic and business environment. You’ll develop leadership and team development skills and an understanding of management and organisational methods. Guest speakers add value to this course, which is updated regularly to reflect current business issues.
You may also choose to introduce a specialism to your course to reflect your area of interest.
This may include:
This is a full-time course splt up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.
Recent graduates, continuing students, management practitioners, business professionals, international applicants and aspiring entrepreneurs can all benefit from our MSc Business Management, which is intended to appeal to people of all ages and from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience.
- 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
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 professional 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.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
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Modules that you will study* as part of this course
* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
The Role and Nature of Strategic Management; Analysing the External Environment: macro-environment, industry and competitor analysis; Analysing internal resources, capabilities and core competencies; Business level and corporate level strategy; International business strategy; Strategic development: mergers and acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures; Strategy Implementation: Structure, Culture and Change.
Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.
Global Economic Environment and Marketing
The global economy, the concepts of markets and their structures; government policies and their impact on businesses; cross country cultural differences their impact on global business decision making; the global marketing concept and strategy planning; the marketing environments and consumer & organisational buyer behaviour; ethics and responsible marketing; marketing research and international market segmentation; managing the international marketing mix & brand development
Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
The module will cover the following content:
1. Organisation Strategy and Strategic Leadership
2. Determining the Strategic Direction: Mission Vision and Values
3. Strategic Decision-making in Practice
4. Transformational Leadership Approaches and Emotional Intelligence
5. The Leader-Follower Relationship and the Psychodynamics of Leadership
6. Team Leadership
7. Strategic Decision-Making in Innovative Contexts
8. Creating Systemic Innovation
9. Authentic and Sustainable Leadership
10. Current Trends in Strategic Leadership
One of the most significant issues a manager faces when attempting to create a successful organisation in today’s fast changing technologically driven business environment is the management of innovation. This module is about the management of innovation and in this module you will learn how to manage it in a practical way. You will do this by examining, discussing and critically evaluating, in detail, both the theory and practice of innovation management in some of the world’s most innovative organisations. You will, during this learning process, in addition to honing your analytical skills, be encouraged to create an extensive ‘toolkit’ which you could use when managing innovation in your future career.
Organisational Change and Management
This module focuses on the behaviour of people at work by placing an emphasis on understanding the vital importance of managing change and culture. It covers two broad areas, namely:
1. Organisational Behaviour: attitudes; perception; motivation; groups and teams; leadership; management of transformational change; power, politics and conflict; and
2. Managerial Process and Skills: activities designed to develop skills relating to the management of people, including corporate social responsibility
By the end of the module you will have developed an appreciation of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment by planning and carrying forward system-wide change programmes.
Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.
Sustaining Organisational Performance
In the first instance the module introduces you to a number of tools and models that can be used to measure the success, or otherwise, of an organisation. The key focus on the Balanced Scorecard, which is a set of measures that gives a fast but comprehensive view of the business. The Balanced Scorecard endeavours to collate important elements that reflect a business’s strategic position e.g. product and service quality measures, product and service development time, customer satisfaction, productivity and so on.
The module then deals with the question... How does the business appear to its shareholders? This section investigates the financial performance of an organisation. The focus is on Finance and Budgetary Control – profit, cost and revenue-related measures - and the Interpreting of Financial Statements.
The module then deals with the question... What must a business excel at? This section takes an internal process perspective and investigates both the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation. The focus is on Operations Management and associated concepts such as Lean operations and quality management.
Innovation and learning
The module than deals with the question... How can a business continue to improve and build capabilities? This section investigates how people and information support the organisation. The focus is on improvement activities and project management.
The module then deals with the question... How do a business’s customers see the business? This section investigates just how well an organisation is meeting the needs of, and satisfying, its customers. The focus is on managing strategy and performance and the relationship management challenges faced by organisations.
Overall the module emphasises the concept of integrative nature of business across the FOUR key areas and what matters most in the need and desire to build high performing organisations that can endure in the complex, global business environment.