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MSc Business and Management

Course Description

Why take this course?

This dynamic programme will prepare you for a wide variety of different careers in all kinds of organisations, It will provide you with the knowledge and skills in order to ‘hit the ground running’ once you graduate and move into a business or management role. It will particularly suit those of you who wish to pursue a broad-based postgraduate management Master’s.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use case studies to analyse complex problems, explore the uncertainties involved, evaluate possible solutions and plan their implementation
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and internationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings, both in the UK and overseas.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development and consultancy
Financial and risk analysis

Module Details


This first period develops key aspects of management subjects that support you in your development,

Four core units are:


Which focuses on:
Marketing Planning
Segmentation, targeting, differentiation and positioning
Marketing communications tools and media

Human Resource Management

Which focuses on:

Human Resources Management
Labour Supply and Demand
Resource Based Strategic HRM
Training and Development


Which focuses on:

Markets, Competition and Strategy
Uncertainty, Risk and Return

Operations Management

Which focuses on:

Supply Chain Management
Quality, Project Management
Uncertainty, Risk and Return


Develops your strategic understanding of management building on the preceding core units. Also tailors your development through our range of options.

Two core units are:

Corporate Strategy

Which focuses on:

Competitive Positioning and RBV
Intervention, Implementation and Managing Change
International Strategy
Blue Ocean Strategy, M&As
Internal Improvement and Turnaround
Financial Management

Which focuses on:

Interpreting Accounting Reports
Costing and Decision Making
Investment Appraisal
Planning and Control

Specialist options to choose from include:

Strategic Marketing Management
Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Managing Human Resources
Tourism Management
Business Systems


Specialise further in your chosen option which will also be the topic area of your business research project.

Dissertation unit options include:

Critical Marketing/Sales
Innovation and New Product Development
International Human Resource Management
Tourism Management
Business Systems
Work-based Research Project (subject to availability)
International/Independent Learning Project (subject to availability)

Which focusses on your specialist area and:

Research methods skills
Management skills
Employability and recruitment

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of key business and management subjects that are highly relevant for any management career.

There are designated units for those who do not wish to specialise but would rather have a generalist postgraduate management experience.

The specialist option unit: this will develop a deeper understanding of management in an area of your choice. Choices are subject to availability.

The research-based specialist option unit: is a double-sized unit and relates to your chosen specialism. It requires you to undertake a substantial management research project that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic with primary or secondary data collection and analysis.

Programme Assessment

Our friendly and supportive environment uses formal lectures and seminars to provide the basis for the development of relevant knowledge, further enhanced by activity-based case studies.

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

Individual and group coursework
Online activities
Practical exercises
Your choice of independent research

Student Destinations

This course enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector and is ideally suited as an early career step into a wide range of business or management roles and responsibilities. You may find careers as management graduate trainees, financial analysts, commercial managers, trainee traders and technical business consultants. You may even want to start your own business or consider further study towards an MBA.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Market researcher
Business development officer
Recruitment consultant
Sales and marketing coordinator
Account manager

Visit the MSc Business and Management page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Michael McDonagh

205.jpg Michael McDonagh, is a Detective Chief Superintendent for the Metropolitan Police. He runs the Operational Command Unit within the Specialist Operations Business Group and has just completed an MA in Business Management.
Several of my colleagues had recommended the University of Portsmouth as it is a well established provider of further education to the police force. I chose the Learning at Work Partnership Programme because the flexibility of the course suited my lifestyle due to busy work and family commitments.
The Master’s in Business Management has helped me to use knowledge and structures from the academic arena and place them firmly into real-world project management, which has been invaluable to my career development.
I have especially enjoyed the conference days on the course where I have had the opportunity to meet like-minded people and was also delighted to discover that I have been made a 'fellow' of the Institute of Leadership and Management, which I achieved through the research undertaken on this course.
I joined the police in 1986 and haven't looked back. I really enjoy my job and it has been great to gain additional academic qualifications while continuing to work. My only problem now is what to do next – I have been getting up at six every Saturday morning in order to study before my children get up. Now I will miss the challenge of juggling work, study and family commitments. I now look forward to carrying out research into the area of leadership and management with a view of engaging in further academic studies or writing a book

(Student Profile)

Tina Tompkins

214.jpg Tina Tompkins, completed a Masters in Business and Management. She now works as a Lead Commissioning Manager responsible for service redesign and organisational change within the NHS.
I've been able to take on a much more senior position since gaining my Masters degree. It's raised my professional game and totally changed my way of thinking. It's also given me a huge confidence boost which has been invaluable.
Previously I was an accountant working for Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Group, but I was bored with my job and things were changing rapidly within the organisation. I decided having a business qualification would increase my employability if I wanted or needed to change roles in the future.
I chose to study with the Partnership Programme because of its flexibility and being able to fit it around my job. Working long hours meant I needed something which would allow me to study when I could do it rather than being tied into lecture times.
I was able to put together my own syllabus made up of taught units, projects based on my job and even previous work and it means you can work to your strengths. You agree a contract with your tutor about what you will achieve within certain timescales.
The support from my tutor was absolutely excellent, we met up regularly and he helped me put a shape to what I needed to deliver. Never having done an undergraduate degree it really helped knowing there was someone there to help at anytime I needed it. And the contract is flexible enough to allow you to change a deadline if circumstances mean you need to.
My family thought I was absolutely mad but they were very supportive. You need that support structure because working and studying can be very demanding. It was the graduation ceremony which made me realise what I'd achieved in two years, and how my hard work has paid off. I've been asked if I want to do a PhD next but I'll need to think about that!


Portsmouth Business School Scholarship Programme (not including the MBA) - 20+ Awards

The Portsmouth Business School offers a scholarship programme for students who are commencing postgraduate study at the Business School in September 2009. This comprises a limited number of awards to self-funding Home and European Union students. The scholarship will be in the form of a 40% discount from any tuition fees due after any other discounts such as the 20% discount for Portsmouth alumni or partial payments by sponsors.There is a separate scholarship scheme which covers our part time Executive MBA programme and our full time International MBA programme. See separate listing for details.

Value of Scholarship(s)

40% discount off the tuition fees due


Awards will be made on a competitive basis, taking into consideration:• If applicable, management/professional experience (type and seniority),
• Academic achievement (minimum is a 2.1 degree)
A written submission of a maximum of 1000 words, in addition to the personal statement submitted with the application, detailing why you should be considered for a scholarship award, what you intend to contribute to your course, and how you will use your degree in your future career. Please use the web link below for details.

Application Procedure

Application form available via web link below

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Last Updated

30 November 2016

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