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MSc Business and Management

Course Description


The University of Stirling has developed an enviable reputation for delivering world-class business and management courses, and for undertaking internationally recognised research. Students are supported by expert academic staff who seek to maintain Stirling’s position as a leader in producing excellent business and management graduates. This is achieved by embedding our research within a 'real-world practice' perspective in our teaching. Such an approach is designed to enhance the skills and confidence of our business and management graduates. We place an emphasis on Responsible Business, Strategic Management and help inform our students on the contemporary debates and tensions about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact. The major functions of organisations - marketing, operations, people and talent management, finance and economics are integrated through our strategic orientation, which develops group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months full-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Professor George Burt

Course objectives

MSc Business & Management gives graduates an insight into modern management practice and an opportunity to develop the functional, strategic and leadership skills required for managing a business.
The main elements of this are:
- An examination of the functional areas of management and their inter-relationship in organisations
- Exploring topical issues in management, comparing different management techniques to understand work issues
- Developing expertise in the use of key management tools, for example, techniques for operations management, strategic and marketing analysis and financial analysis
- Developing generic skills relevant to management, such as critical thinking report writing, presentation, problem-solving and group working skills
- An emphasis on personal and professional development (PPD) to enhance learning throughout the academic year

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

Delivery of the course takes the form of lectures, practical case studies and workshops to allow the theory-practice relationship to be developed and explored, followed by a three-month dissertation period. An important element of the delivery are subject specific practitioners who are able to discuss real-world examples. Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework - individual and group, including written assignments and presentations. The two personal and professional development modules are designed and assessed to enable each student to monitor the development throughout the academic year. The MSc award requires you to complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Since the introduction of the course in 2008, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors around the world in countries such as Japan, Norway, Indonesia, China, Kazakhstan, Italy, Netherlands and Taiwan. In doing so, they are contributing to the performance of a range of organisations including central government offices, public sector bodies such as the NHS and universities, IKEA Trading, Parabola Ltd (Consultancy), and BDO International.


Stirling Management School’s values include responsible and sustainable business, and employability. These values are reflected in our significant emphasis on a key feature and design of the business and management degree, including Flying Start Leadership, personal and professional development (PPD) and the opportunities for summer consultancy projects.
PPD is designed to help all our students discover and develop their individual attributes and characteristics, a greater sense of self-awareness, and team-working skills throughout the academic year to help them open up a vast range of business and management career opportunities. We believe that this emphasis will help ensure our graduates become life-long learners, able to adapt to changing circumstances in the future.

Industry connections

Senior executives from across the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs, regularly engage with our postgraduate students, providing a practical perspective on contemporary business topics through a series of guest lectures and workshops. For example, the HSBC Stirling Management School's Business challenge, the University's business club, Strip Steele business game and a wide range of industry guest speakers.

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

(Student Profile)

Prashant Raizada

I worked with an Agent when deciding to choose Stirling and it was the University most suited to my requirements. I wanted to study abroad from my home country and gain a lot of experience at the same time.

The various course modules have allowed me to understand aspects of the business environment. The module I enjoyed most was the PPD classes. These classes forced me to think about the right path I want to follow for my future. The classes are designed for working in a team and help you to gain experience of the working environment and for a person like me with no work experience, this has been very valuable.

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Anas Taher

The main benefit of studying this course at the Stirling Management School has been that it has given me sustainable competencies that I can use during my future career and I’ve had the chance to gain knowledge from expert staff. I would say to prospective students: don’t hesitate, come here to work and play hard and you may achieve the impossible. My studies have helped because I am ready to use all the learning outputs I have gained here to develop and enhance a business.

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Catherine Anum

I chose to study this course at because I wanted to gain new knowledge and enhance my skills. I am in an industry (engineering), where technical people like me, are lacking when it comes to relevant skills and knowledge in business and management. I was attracted to the Stirling Management School and specifically to the Masters in Business and Management, because of the different areas of business and management offered within the course.

I feel I now have a better understanding of business language. This has been gained from a series of lectures, lots of assignments, group coursework and presentations. I have built a lot of confidence as well as my improvement in areas such as time management, leadership and communication. I believe I will be able to transfer these skills and knowledge to the workplace.

I liked the approach used by the teaching staff. They made sure we understood theoretical and real life knowledge. They were also very friendly and willing to help. The use of various forms of assessments such as assignments and group presentations further deepened my understanding of each module. I would advise prospective students to be proactive, dedicate your time to your studies and make use of the very approachable teaching staff. I believe the skills and knowledge I have acquired at Stirling, will make me a “hot cake” in the job market.

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Lin Chen

As a result of studying at Stirling, I think I have become more confident. The aspect of the course I liked most has been the interaction between lecturers and students. Unlike in my homeland, teachers here pay attention to the interaction with all the students in the class. That gives us, the students, the opportunities to speak and talk about what we think. I would advise prospective students not to be afraid. It might be a new environment but it won’t take long to get used to it. The teachers are very kind so go to them if you need to. You will love this place.

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Florian Kubsch

I chose to study my course at Stirling because I knew that the university and the management school has a good reputation. The course itself was made up of a wide range of modules and I thought that there would be a high degree of personal interaction with the lecturers. One of the benefits of studying here has been the chance to increase my employability, both from my course and the Career Development Centre.

It has been easy to get engaged with my studies and the lecturers have been very accessible and offer support to each student wherever needed and wanted. Overall, the course was made up of a culturally diverse group of students and I have enjoyed learning about various different cultures and backgrounds. I’d advise anyone considering coming to Stirling to get engaged in their studies and make the most of the opportunities offered here including the clubs and societies on offer. Stirling is a perfect place to study. Courses here are high quality and offer the chance to study on a personal level but also with a lot of support.

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Ulrike Plail

This course at Stirling appealed to me because of the variety and content of the modules, compared to other universities where I also had an offer. The course was very international and this has improved my cultural awareness. I feel I have progressed personally as well as increasing my knowledge of aspects of business and management. I enjoyed the PPD module the most as well as the accessibility and helpfulness of the lecturers. I’d advise anyone thinking of coming here to engage with the contents of the lectures and to make use of the extracurricular activities on offer. Overall, the support of the lecturers and staff has been really great.

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Zhuqing Shen

I was influenced by the professional academic environment in Stirling Management School when I made my choice to study this course here. As an international student, I have been enriched by studying in a multi-cultural environment as well as improving my academic knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the Flying Start activities at the beginning of the course and the Personal and Professional Development module has really helped me to build my confidence and improve teamwork skills. I would advise any future students to read the lecture material before the class so that the material covered in the lecture becomes easier to understand in the proper context, especially for international students.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home/EU £6,000; Overseas £13,500

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