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Our MSc in Management is designed for graduates with little or no business experience. It will provide you with management knowledge and skills to complement a non-business background.

The course lasts 12 months and is divided into two semesters and a summer period. Semester 1 introduces core areas of management such as Marketing, Business Economics and Operations. In Semester 2, you will be able to specialise by choosing optional units that interest you. Over the summer you’ll put taught concepts into practice. You’ll choose between a dissertation or managerial projects with both profit and non-profit organisations.

We also provide you with guidance on your career choices and help you develop the skills and abilities you need to achieve your career goals. You will enjoy various timetabled and optional career activities during the year. You’ll also select from a variety of optional ways to improve your CV and find the right job for you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Course structure:

Our MSc in Management is a full-time degree that lasts 12 months.

It is divided into two semesters and the summer period which runs from June to September. Each semester includes five taught units.

Semester one, core units:

Marketing; Business economics; Fundamentals of accounting and financial management; Human resource management; operations management.

Semester two, core units:

Methods of management research

You will also select four units from a wide range of optional units.

See our website for the most up-to-date list of core and optional units.

Option to specialise:

This course gives you the option to specialise in the following:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Human Resource Management

In order to graduate with one of these specialisms, you must choose certain units in Semester 2 and complete your dissertation or practice track within the same specialism.

If you select optional units across a range of subject areas, you will graduate with a general MSc in Management.

Dissertation or Practice Track

In the final three months of the degree you can choose the dissertation track or practice track.

Dissertation track:

The dissertation is a 9,000-12,000 word piece of individual research, supervised by a member of faculty. You will plan and execute your own project, using techniques learned throughout the year.

Practice track:

The practice track is a team project that allows you to work with one of our partner organisations to solve a real business challenge. You will apply the theory and skills you have learned to a practical issue and present your work to the company.

Personal career development

We know that an important reason for doing a master's degree is to improve your career prospects.

We have years of experience working with a range of organisations and we will make sure you have access to as many organisations as possible, from day one of your degree. we will also help you to develop the skills needed to achieve your career goals. You will enjoy various timetabled and optional career activities during the year. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of optional workshops and events designed to improve your CV.

Careers support at Bath :

  • A dedicated careers advisor
  • Career training and workshops (including interview practice and support for assessment centres)
  • Industry insight events
  • Opportunities to meet graduate recruiters
  • Support for international students
  • Support for entrepreneurs

A highly ranked business school

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools and a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014. 

We are currently ranked 1st for Marketing and 2nd for Business and Management in The Complete University Guide 2018

Visit our website to learn about our faculty.


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

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