MSc Business & Management will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers worldwide. These include interpreting financial statements, developing marketing and pricing strategies, and understanding strategy and innovation processes. Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds including both business and non-business subject areas.
This programme will provide you with a comprehensive focus on key areas of business education. The wide range of elective modules available will enable you to develop skills across a wide range of business functions including marketing, HR, finance and operations.
Subject guide and modules
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Applied Research Methods
-People & World Organisations
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice
Optional Modules (select two modules from one of the following groups):
-Economic Environment of Business
-International Business strategy
-Management of Innovation
-Marketing Channels & Strategic Sales Force Management
-International Marketing Management
-Managing Multi-Organisational Enterprises & Enterprise Systems
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Employee Relations in Context
-Learning & Talent Development
-Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy
-Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.
Learning, teaching and assessment
You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation. You should ensure that your choice of elective modules is consistent with your intended dissertation topic area.
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills.
Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers. These include:
-Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
-Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
-Improving business performance and employee well-being through influencing organisational behaviour
-Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies
-Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
-Knowledge of strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis; ‘make or buy’ decisions; diversification and corporate parenting
-Understanding innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
-Assessing the macroeconomic business environment (including economic policy and forecasts) and the microeconomic environment (including demand, competition) and their implications for business performance
-Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
-Analytical skills developed through research dissertation
The wide range of elective modules available on this programme enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including marketing, HR, Finance and Operations.
This programme will prepare you for a wide range of professional and management careers across sectors including accountancy, marketing, operations, HR and strategic management. Recent graduate positions include:
-Brand Activation Executive – Unilever (United Arab Emirates)
-Communications and Training Executive – Tesco (UK)
-Management Consultant – Deloitte (India)
-Senior Business Analyst – Lloyds TSB (UK)
-Strategic Project Leader – Rolls-Royce (UK)
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