The MSc Management programme will equip graduates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in management.
MSc Management has specialist pathways in Human Resources, International, International Entrepreneurship, Financial Analysis and Marketing. All students enrolled on the programme complete common core subjects in general management during Semester one, with modules in Semester two which allow you to specialise in your chosen pathway.
Experience or qualifications in management are neither expected nor required. If you have experience as a manager, you may wish to consider our MBA programme. If you are uncertain about the pathway on which to enrol, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to give you advice.
This programme is specifically designed to provide pre-experience career preparation and post-experience career progression opportunities to those from any disciplinary background at first degree level with the aspiration to enter or progress more rapidly in their business or management careers.
The programme will build on your existing capabilities from your first discipline and develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding of business and management issues, problems and opportunities.
As well as developing your research and reflection skills at postgraduate level, you will be able to link theory and practice throughout each module which include a variety of study methods such as case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project related to real ‘live’ business issues and in some cases by means of a work based learning component.
MSc Management aims to increase your employability and give graduates a competitive advantage in the graduate management and trainee management jobs market.
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and usually 12 hours per week, we recommend students spend approximately 20 hours per week in self-directed study time.
All students will study the following general management Core Modules in Semester one:
MSc Management has five pathways: International Business, International Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Marketing and Financial Analysis. The modules you will study in Semester two vary according your chosen specialist pathway:
For further information on course content and modules click on the pathway heading to get to the its full award map.
12 months full time. Start dates September and February. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters (14 weeks each). Work on the dissertation normally commences in the second semester and is submitted at the 12 month point.
The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, research papers, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, examinations and a final dissertation.
MSc Management aims to develop the managers of the future by providing a level of education to those seeking a generalist, broadly based management qualification. This programme is particularly relevant to those without a business background (either academic or employment) who have not previously committed to a specific/specialist career path. The specialist pathways are designed to provide more focussed routes for those who have more clearly defined career aspirations while still seeking to develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business and management disciplines.
Our Master's programme in Business Administration - unlike other similar programmes - emphasises the social processes that constitute organisations. How do social processes determine the ways in which organisations and management operate and perform? In addition, in Nijmegen we have chosen an integrated approach. This focus on the big picture, including social relationships is what creates a better understanding of the importance of good management and can eventually improve the performance of organisations of all kinds.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/business/
Before the programme starts, you will choose a specialisation:
- Business Analysis and Modelling
- Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management
- International Business
- Organisational Design and Development
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Strategic Management
This programme is closely associated with the research carried out within the Institute of Management Research, where the focus is on research into relationship management, institutional dynamics, decision making and innovative management. You will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of your special subject. The programme combines a thorough training in methodology with action-based learning: you apply the theory you have learned to concrete cases and learn to develop appropriate solutions. And in our Visa Skills Lab, students use computers to make scenario analyses and simulate decision-making processes within organisations.
We provide internationally oriented education and research training. Our students have the opportunity to take part in a Master’s level project on European Human Resource Management, a cooperative venture among six leading European business schools and universities. Here, students work in a multi-cultural team and follow a consultancy in-company project in one of the six countries involved.
- Career Perspective for Strategic Management
The Master's specialisation in Strategegic Management is an advanced study that prepares future leaders for the business world. It offers thorough knowledge of strategic processes from a disciplinary perspective, linked with insights from other business areas. Therefore, the Master's specialisation in Strategic Management trains students in conducting academic research and decision-making and helps them to develop ideas of underlying business solutions based on a thorough academic understanding of business practice. Graduates of our master program face a stimulating future career. Our graduates are greatly valued by their employers for their analytical skills and sound academic understanding of business practices. A master degree in business administration with a specialisation in Strategic Management offers students a wide range of career perspectives, such as consultant, business analyst, researcher and manager.
- Career Perspective for Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management
The Master's specialisation Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management prepares you for the function of a diversity professional in public and/or private organisations. Our graduates are likely to be tasked with the development and implementation of specialized gender and diversity policies and/or diversity and inclusion programs, or can be employed in more general talent management and/or organisational change jobs. Students are trained to become critical academic professionals, and are well positioned to enter national or international management trainee programs. Other jobs, such as policy advisor, program manager, consultant or recruiter are also possible. Students with an interest in academic research have the option to pursue a PhD.
- Career Perspective for Organisational Design and Development
As the Master's specialisation Organisational Design and Development engages you with the construction of labour organisations, the degree offers you a career perspective as a consultant, a staff member or a researcher on redesign and change processes within organisations. Later on in your career, you may move on to senior management positions.
- Career Perspective for Marketing
A Master's degree in business administration with a specialisation in marketing offers you a wide range of career perspectives, such as brand manager, product manager, management consultant, marketing researcher and account manager. Later on in your career, you may move on to senior positions, such as marketing director, or even to a CEO position.
- Career Perspective for Strategic Human Resource Management
The Master's specialisation in Human Resource Management focuses on new insights into personnel and organisation issues. This involves, among other things, using the human resources concept and resource-based staff and organisation management. In addition, topical themes are addressed such as competence management, training management and culture management. The Master's specialisation in Human Resource Management is therefore interesting for students who want to contribute to the development and implementation of personnel management in organisations in the role of adviser, scientific researcher or staff member.
- Career Perspective for International Business
The IB programme prepares students for a position as an International Manager or an International Professional in international business. The manager or professional is able to use a scientific methodological framework to analyse developments in the international external and internal environment of MNEs by looking at management processes from a cross-cultural point of view.
- Career Perspective for Business Analysis and Modelling
Most of the students in the BAM specialisation and in the two-year European Masters in System Dynamics (of which BAM is the Nijmegen component) will find jobs at advisory bureaus or the strategic planning departments of large companies.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/business/
This specialist pathway will help you to develop an understanding of finance within organisations, as well as develop knowledge of key elements of corporate financial management. There is a particular focus on international capital markets and international banking, preparing you for employment in international contexts where the management of capital in mixed financial economies is complex and therefore risky.
This course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the principals of management and finance, in an international context. You will study a core range of stimulating modules and also have the chance to focus in more detail on areas that interest you.
Recent core modules have covered topics including management research methods, international financial management, human resource management, the international economic environment, and marketing and international capital markets and banking. Optional modules cover a diverse range of topics, which might include project management or business ethics.
The course attracts graduates from a wide range of countries, thus making for an excellent cross-cultural mix in learning and teaching sessions. All students on the course are registered as affiliate members of the Chartered Management Institute.
The course is delivered by highly qualified teaching staff with practical experience of financial management and research, and consultancy expertise in credit, banking and financial services.
During this course you will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of different research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, in business. You will learn to assess how the external business environment will affect your business, and develop strategies for responding to this.
You will complete an investment portfolio exercise which will help you develop your knowledge of international finance, and an insight into the challenges facing bankers, policy makers, regulators and investors in financial markets. You will cover the key theories that underpin financial decisions in an international business.
The business environment is very much international these days, which makes global and inter cultural working a reality. Businesses need to be effective at managing people from an international perspective, and during this course you will look at organisational behaviour and human resources management with a focus on the continuous change and the increasing globalisation of business and management practice.
As an MSc student, you will also be required to complete a dissertation which will allow you to apply all the understanding, knowledge, analytical and conceptual tools that you have gained from your modules.
Students will also have the option to take a module of their choice which might focus on ethics, research in accounting or project management.
Compulsory module for MSc students only
A generalist career in international organisations, more specialist employment in the finance, marketing and human resources management (HRM) sectors globally and further academic studies, eg, a PhD on an international management topic.
The world is more interconnected than ever - and successful managers must understand how to operate in an international organisational environment. In the MSc International Management and Business Development, you'll build on your theoretical knowledge, solidify your practical skills and broaden your understanding of business and culture across the globe. You will:
At GCU, we're committed to producing graduates and professionals who can make a positive impact. Through ethical business leadership, cross-cultural respect and meaningful entrepreneurship, you can contribute to the common good - and also find a fulfilling and rewarding career.
The MSc International Management and Business Development isn't just a professional credential. It's an experience that offers a new way of seeing the world.
International Management, Strategy, and Finance
The International Management part of the module provides you with an understanding of the key activities and functions of contemporary business and management. The Strategy component focuses on developing knowledge around strategic management and how firms design and implement strategies at the international level. The Finance component will focus on developing an understanding about the role, importance, and sources of finance when conducting businesses internationally.
Leadership and People Management
Develops an understanding about the role of leadership in the context of people management and how this relationship is important to contemporary organizations that have to manage ever-changing business contexts.
Develops a critical appreciation of organisational change and the implications for devising, implementing and overseeing change.
The module explores forms of, and approaches to, change. This provides an appropriate platform to explore key related issues such as organisation culture, power and stakeholder implications, alternative organisational design options, and human reactions to change.
Enhances your knowledge and decision making abilities needed to develop businesses in new and innovative ways. The module builds an appreciation of the need for an entrepreneurial mind-set across different contexts including commercial enterprises, family-owned businesses, social enterprises and public social partnerships operating at national and international levels.
Developing Personal and Professional Competence
Enables students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. Students will be invited to use the concepts of personal and professional competence development and relate it to what they are experiencing outside the classroom in order to be better prepared for their personal and professional life.
Research Project: Design and Methods
Introduces students to research approaches and time management skills essential for their research project. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.
The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of Management or Business Development.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students are eligible for Associate Membership whilst studying on the programme, and subject to CMI approval, may also be awarded a CMI Diploma Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership.
With business development skills from franchising and internationalising to launching new start-ups, graduates of the MSc International Management and Business Development are positioned for successful employment in many industries. Graduates find roles in process management, people management and business development.