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Enhance your graduate degree with the skills and specialist knowledge to become a creative manager.

Whether you want to run your own company, change the business environment from within or contribute to solving the world's problems, this course can give you the skills you need.

If you have no previous experience of business and management this course is ideal. Although we assume no prior knowledge of business and management, the course moves at a fast pace to bring everyone to the same level of understanding.

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Course description

The MSc Management is an exciting one year masters course open to applicants from all backgrounds, but primarily aimed at students who have not previously studied business and management. 

Managers are agents of change, innovators and social and business entrepreneurs. Managers are critical, challenging, independent and creative thinkers. Managers have impact on their environment. The course will enable you to develop the necessary skills to foster different ways of thinking, different ways of viewing and understanding organisations.

  • Starting with a pre-course workshop in September to give you an intensive induction, then through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work during the core modules, you'll be challenging established models of thinking, critically reflecting on contemporary management and looking at alternative ways of organising.
  • Sustainability, innovation and social responsibility will be key themes during the course alongside skill-building in key areas such as marketing, accounting and human resource management.
  • During the third semester alongside the business project, you'll meet speakers from industry and academia, who'll provide thought-provoking and inspirational perspectives from their own experience, facing and critiquing current business and management challenges. 

Throughout your time in Manchester you will have access to ongoing research by academics regarded as experts in their field. Course staff are involved in a various research centres across the School and you will be encouraged to attend seminars that might be of interest. Within this forum of intellectual exchange, you will have the opportunity to hone your skills as a researcher, critic and independent thinker. 

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits which can be viewed in the list below.  

Semester 3 modules are also compulsory and will consist of two 15-credit modules and one 30-credit module that focuses on a business research project, during which you work in groups and individually. The project allows you to reflect on everyday challenges faced by managers, builds on your learning and links it with real-world business practice allowing you to showcase your management and research skills.

Recent topic areas include fast fashion, pharmaceuticals and corporate tax avoidance.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, course work, report and group project assessment and presentations.

During the third semester students undertake a business project as part of their final assessment.

Career opportunities

The course is aimed at graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in management, but may never have studied management previously. Typically graduates are able to work in a variety of management roles across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Recent recruiters:

ABS Consulting, Balfour Beatty, EY, JD Morgan, JD Williams, JP Morgan, KPMG, Magna Connections, Michael Page Marketing, NHA Tourism Group Ltd, PwC, Taishin International Bank, TJX Europe and United Nations.


Visit the MSc Management page on the The University of Manchester website for more details!

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