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The MSc Management programme at Queen’s would be an ideal way of enhancing the utility of your first degree and provides ideal preparation for a wide range of business and management careers.

Designed in consultation with business leaders and managers, the MSc Management degree is aimed at new and recent graduates whose first degree is not in a business discipline and who typically have little or no practical work experience. Previous graduates have been drawn from areas as diverse as psychology, geography, law, politics, computer science and engineering.

Our students develop knowledge across the core business and management disciplines. You will gain appreciation of how business operates in today’s global marketplace and awareness of the linkages between the different functional areas of management (e.g. strategy, marketing, human resource management, and operations management). You will also develop the conceptual and analytical skills necessary to tackle contemporary business problems.

Graduates from the MSc Management programme have obtained excellent positions with leading Northern Irish and global companies, such as Bombardier Aerospace, Rolls Royce and PricewaterhouseCoopers. A survey of the 2007 cohort showed that over 80% were in employment within three months after completion.

Programme Structure

The MSc Management is a full-time programme lasting twelve months and starting each September. Students who successfully complete the degree graduate in December of the following year.

The programme consists of two semesters and the dissertation period. All students study six compulsory modules, three in each semester. Dissertations are carried out individually with supervision by a member of the academic staff.

What modules will I take?

Winning Markets examines the relationship between the theory and practice of marketing in organisational contexts. A range of issues in contemporary marketing are
examined including customer relationship management, market segmentation and fragmentation, consumer buying behaviour and product branding. Students may also
participate in researching and developing a marketing strategy for a local client company.

Operations Management in the New Economy encompasses the design, operation and improvement of the processes and systems employed to create and deliver an organisation’s products and services. A range of issues are covered including operations strategy, supply chain management, and services management. The course includes making decisions about the operations of an online factory, a real-life factory tour, and case studies of contemporary organisations.

People and the 21st Century Organisation is focused on understanding theunprecedented challenges faced by business organisations in managing their human resource. Across virtually every industry, managers are confronted with new conditions of rapid technological change and intense global competition – conditions that demand capacities of leadership, adaptability, and coordination on a scale never before imagined.

As traditional sources of competitive advantage are being eroded, organisational design is becoming a crucial aspect of business success. This course aims to equip prospective managers with the competencies to help design and deliver high-performance organisations that can succeed in the 21st century.

Strategy Making for Tomorrow’s Manager is concerned with the totality of what a business or organisation is trying to achieve. It assesses a wide variety of environmental
and organisational aspects which, when considered overall, help us to understand why some organisations thrive and similar organisations may struggle. The module is intended to prepare you for general management; it looks at the management of the firm from a holistic rather than a functional or specialist viewpoint.

Finance and Accounting for Managers addressees the theory and practice of business finance and accounting at a non-specialist level. This includes topics such as; the function of accounting and control in organisations, financial and management accounting, financial statement analysis, valuation of investment projects, the appropriate financing of investment and the choice of how to distribution benefits to stakeholders. The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the use of accounting information by managers and investors and the fundamental concepts and principles of the investment and finance decisions of firms.

Statistics & Research Methods is intended to develop students’ skills and abilities to investigate, understand and interpret performance and issues in business and management. The module has two specific objectives. First, it aims to introduce students to the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of business and management research, as well as to a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques used therein. Second, it aims to provide students with an introduction to statistics and quantitative data analysis, including the use of SPSS.

How will the modules be assessed?

Assessment involves a combination of coursework, in-class tests, group work and presentations. There are no formal examinations on the MSc Management programme.




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