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Are you fascinated by business? Could you help to lead growth within an organisation? Southampton Solent’s MSc Management programme can help you to improve both your management acumen and your employment prospects, furthering your understanding of employee development, management theory and strategic decision-making.

Southampton Solent’s MSc Management programme takes a thematic approach to learning - this is to best reflect the reality of business management. As a result, the curriculum focuses on three main themes across seven core units: personal management development, contemporary international management theory and management research.

Students begin the course by outlining their plan for continued professional development, working with the course team to ensure that learning takes place throughout their entire career. The personal management development unit also looks at the manager’s role in supporting the development of the people around them.

Academic management theory is also explored in depth. Students cover behavioural science as it relates to business leadership and examine some of the most important issues currently facing managers around the world. 

The course concludes with a final master’s project, where students will carry out in-depth academic research into an area of management that interests them. This is a good opportunity to specialise knowledge towards individual career ambitions. 

Students benefit from our relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and are able to hold a student membership throughout their studies. Graduates will be in a good position to pursue further study and achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status. Students also graduate with a range of transferable skills. These include communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork, training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

What does this course lead to?

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere. Recent graduates have pursued a variety of careers in roles such as:

  • HR manager
  • Financial consultant
  • Purchasing coordinator
  • Project developer
  • Account manager.

Who is this course for?

The CMI-recognised master’s degree in management is suited to professionals who are looking to progress their management career within their current organisation or elsewhere.

The flexible delivery of the course makes it ideal for those who wish to study around their work commitments.

What you will study

The course focuses on three main themes across seven core units.

Personal Management Development:

  • Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPD) 
  • This unit will support students in articulating their individual CPD.
  • Business Skills for Leadership 
  • A unit to provide skills support for the leader in the contemporary organisation.

Applied Contemporary Management Theory

  • Management in Context 
  • This unit will provide the student with the theory and practice required to succeed as a manager.
  • Organisational Development 
  • This unit is based on the application and transfer of behavioural science knowledge and practice.
  • Business Issues and Practice 
  • This unit examines some of the most important contemporary business issues and practice faced by organisations, preparing students for the challenges which may be faced in a decision-making role in their career.

Management Research

  • Management Research Methods 
  • This unit will develop the skills of inquiry and management research required primarily for the project but also for all of the MSc programme units.
  • Management/Work-Based/Consultancy Project 
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement resulting in a work-based project, or to progress with a management or ‘live’ consultancy report.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Postgraduate business management courses at Solent are recognised by the Chartered Management Institute and you have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Employment in government agencies
  • SMEs
  • Consultancies and international corporations
  • Self-employment
  • PhD level study.

Where appropriate, you will have opportunities to apply course learning to your own, or other, organisations. This may involve using case studies and live briefs.


You will have the option to complete a work placement, which may form the basis of your final project report. You can also choose to write about an organisation with which you are familiar or your own workplace.

Visit the Management (MSc) page on the Solent University website for more details!





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