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Management (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Good management is central to business success. Without it, there can be no cohesion, no teamwork, no real sense of direction. This programme is designed therefore to provide an insight into the theories and practical skills needed for successful management and through that - a successful business. It is especially beneficial for those with non-business backgrounds, perhaps in engineering, sciences, social sciences or the arts. It can be equally as effective for those yet to begin their career as those looking to make significant progress in one already begun.

Blending classic management techniques with the very latest in management thinking, the MSc in Management encompasses international issues and diverse national business characteristics and settings.

This intensive and demanding programme is purposely designed towards practice orientation, supplementing the knowledge participants have already acquired - either in business or in their undergraduate studies - with a thorough insight into modern management practice.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, solving problems in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

This will give you the opportunity to go beyond purely theoretical knowledge to gain a more practical understanding of real life management problems. It will also provide invaluable opportunities to engage in teamwork and problem solving strategies.

During the course of their studies students will develop:

a knowledge framework which encompasses diverse perspectives and disciplines within management to understand the complexity of managing an organisation in a changing business environment
an understanding of how the acquired theoretical knowledge can be put into practice. A critical awareness of discipline-based concepts and approaches to analyse and master contemporary management problems
in-depth knowledge and insight in specific management-related areas
the ability to acquire and analyse data and information, to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise a range of information sources needed to develop a sophisticated understanding of a rapidly changing international and national business context

At programme's end, students will be expected to:

demonstrate an ability to apply general management know-how in practical business situations
draw upon specialist know-how, deploying concepts and sources incisively and with sensitivity
demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon different empirical sources, analytical perspectives and sub-disciplines within management studies
demonstrate an ability to conduct methodological research into corporate and management issues, which may relate to overall strategy or a specific management function, that require familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate methodologies
be able to communicate effectively and convincingly on a factual supported basis, both orally and in writing
work under self-direction, having acquired lifelong learning skills and personal development competencies
search for information using different media, including the internet, databases and libraries
have skills in time management and planning work assignments

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

Entry Requirements

A UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. An undergraduate degree in any subject is normally required.

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