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Management with streams (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Course Description

This programme has a flexible structure, which allows you to choose to concentrate on a general background in business and management or to focus on a specialist area. Whichever you choose, the programme provides a solid grounding in key aspects in management and draws upon the Department of Management's areas of research expertise.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Management (Postgraduate Certificate): 1 year part-time
Management (Postgraduate Diploma): 2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

- Management (Postgraduate Certificate):
This programme offers a general introduction to a range of key management issues and allows you to choose specialist modules from our wide range of offerings. This flexibility provides you with a thorough introduction to theoretical issues in management.

- Management (Postgraduate Diploma):
In this programme, you will have the opportunity to explore specialist management issues within the fields of human resource management, strategic management, marketing, and accounting and finance, along with a variety of options. This diploma can be taken as a stand-alone qualification (120 credits), can build on the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and/or can be used to progress directly to the Master's degree. Fees for the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma are pro rata the Master's fee.

Management with streams

- Management with Business Innovation (MSc)

- Management with Business Strategy and the Environment (MSc)

- Management with Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (MSc) (

- Management with Creative Industries (MSc)

- Management with Human Resource Management (MSc)

- Management with International Business (MSc)

- Management with International Business and Development (MSc)

- Management with Marketing (MSc)

- Management with Sport Management (MSc)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Provides a solid introduction to key aspects in management.
An MSc Management differs from the typical MBA in that it covers fewer subjects but in more depth. You will learn more than just the current management fashions and buzzwords - you will also learn about the evidence upon which management theories are based.
Taught by a team with international reputations in their respective areas.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Management with streams (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Moffat Chawala

3980.jpg Moffat Chawala first found out about Birkbeck when it was recommended to him by a friend. His employer, a university in Zambia, was sponsoring him to study abroad, and the structure of Birkbeck’s MSc Marketing, the strong research reputation of the Department of Management, its location in central London and the fact he would gain a University of London qualification meant that Birkbeck was Moffat’s first choice.

From the moment he began the Master’s programme, Moffat found that he had an excellent relationship with his classmates. He says: 'My relationship with the other students has been phenomenal from the word 'go'. We have done a lot of group projects, which gave us an opportunity to get to know each other and share experiences. The students have a multicultural background, which was very important and added another dimension to studying at Birkbeck.'

Moffat continues: 'One thing that is really key to the quality of the teaching is how informed the lecturers are. They have vast experience both in industry and in academia, which is a very good combination.

'The content of the programme is very relevant. Marketing is a very dynamic field but the content of the MSc programme is up to date with the latest things happening in industry.'

One of the key things that Moffat was hoping to gain from his time at Birkbeck was the opportunity to network with others in his field. He explains: 'Studying at Birkbeck has given an opportunity to link up with the best people from industry and academia and I’m sure the relationships I have built here will last even after my studies are completed.'

It was also important for Moffat that he would have the necessary support, and access to good quality facilities. He says: 'The facilities at Birkbeck are excellent. The library is well-stocked with relevant materials and there is 24/7 access to the computer lab. The coursework that we were given was challenging, but manageable and the lecturers were very supportive.'

After graduating Moffat will return to Zambia to teach marketing at undergraduate level. In a few years he would like to return to the UK to study for his PhD, and says that he would like to do it at Birkbeck. 'Studying at Birkbeck has changed my life,' finishes Moffat, 'It is definitely an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.'

(Student Profile)

Bosco Leung

3982.jpg A year after completing his BSc in civil engineering, Bosco enrolled on the MSc in International Business at Birkbeck, while working full-time as a civil engineer for a local government department and participating in its four-year training scheme.
'Working full time, I used my weekends to study. Admittedly, my social life has suffered, but my friends and family have been very supportive.'

The reason for choosing Birkbeck was simple: 'I had heard from friends about the good teachers at Birkbeck, and I already knew about the fantastic reputation of the University of London.'

Originally from Hong Kong, Bosco was interested to learn about business in other parts of the world: 'My fellow students were a very international group. It was fascinating to hear about business in other places, like Russia and Africa.'

Bosco plans to put this knowledge into practice as he hopes to use his qualification to work in other countries.

(Student Profile)

Cemal Erksun

3987.jpg 'The programme contents was very attractive, and the fact that Birkbeck is part of the University of London, which is an internationally recognised and respected university was also an important factor. As an additional bonus, I am living in London, which is an amazing city.'

'I knew about Birkbeck’s Sports Business Centre, and when I came to London for a Birkbeck Open Evening last February, the course director actually invited me to one of the seminars, which was very good.'

Birkbeck’s classes are all taught in the evening which means that students can combine their study with work or other daytime commitments. Cemal doesn’t work, but he finds the evening teaching works well for him. He says: 'Full-time study is demanding, but I have the daytime to go to the library, do the reading for my course and write my essays. I also do a lot of sports during the day, and the University of London sports centre is right next to the library.'

One of the things that Cemal hoped to gain from studying in London was new relationships with others in the sports business world: 'My relationship with my colleagues in my class is very good. It’s a big international community, with students from South America, Asia and Europe. There’s a very nice atmosphere.'

The programme of events and seminars at the Birkbeck Sports Business Centre has been an important part of Cemal’s time at Birkbeck: 'There are regular seminars in term-time and we heard from many great speakers. It was a very good experience for the students, and really broadened our horizons and gave us fresh ideas.'

'The tutors are experts in their fields. The content of the classes was very relevant to what is happening in the sports management world. You can go to the tutors at any time with any question and they will always try to help you.'

In the future, Cemal hopes to go back to Turkey and continue working in sports management. He says: 'Studying this programme has broadened my perspectives and helped me to understand the modern sports management sector. The knowledge I have gained will definitely help me achieve my career aims, and I will use it to do good things for my country.'

(Student Profile)

Deniz Karakoc

4105.jpg As English isn't her first language, studying at Birkbeck was a big challenge for Deniz.
'I hadn't studied for about 10 years, and that was in my country and in my language. But I got so much support here, they make it easy for you and you don't feel under pressure.

'Studying here has really helped my personal development. I have a lot more self-confidence - my language has improved but more importantly for me my knowledge and experience has improved.

'The quality of teaching is first class and it is excellent value for money. The fee was really good and payment was flexible – you could pay in instalments or in one go.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa

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