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This unique interdisciplinary Professional Science Masters programme, developed in partnership between The School of Physics and Astronomy and Leeds University Business School, offers you the opportunity to develop both high level physics competencies and key business management skills.

The programme will be especially relevant to you if you are working in, or seeking a career within, the SME advanced technology sector, where a strong background in both applied fundamental science, and an understanding of commercial and business environments is highly desirable. However, the programme will equally be of value to those seeking a more commercially focussed role in larger organisations.

Employers regularly state that STEM graduates lack commercial awareness - this programme will seek to address this skills deficit.

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A unique feature of this programme is that you will not study the Physics and Business Management elements in isolation of each other. The large research project will form a capstone for the programme that brings together both the business and scientific elements to solve a business-specified problem. The research project will be carried out in conjunction with industry and will bring together both business and scientific elements to solve a business-specific problem.

You will benefit from:

  • the highest standards of research informed teaching
  • internationally excellent research quality
  • academic staff at the forefront of their subjects
  • a variety of teaching and assessment methods
  • state-of-the-art facilities
  • working in an active, interdisciplinary environment, with researchers from physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering and business backgrounds.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Research Project 45 credits
  • Current Research Topics in Physics 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Managing for Innovation 15 credits
  • Advanced Management Decision Making 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Forecasting and Advanced Business Analytics 15 credits
  • Innovation Management in Practice 15 credits
  • Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals 15 credits
  • Quantum Many-Body Physics 15 credits
  • Winds, Bubbles and Explosions 15 credits
  • Bionanophysics 2: Advanced Bionanophysics Research 15 credits
  • Superconductivity 15 credits
  • Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses 15 credits
  • Quantum Transport in Nanostructures 15 credits
  • General Relativity 15 credits
  • Quantum Information Science 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Physics and Business Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching methods involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshops and contact with relevant industries. The final stage of study is an individual extended research project which is typically carried out within a research group and may also include external industrial involvement.


Assessment is based on course work, research project performance and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

Career opportunities

You’ll receive sector-specific training to suit your own career objectives and be given the guidance to apply your knowledge by experts from both the business and science communities.

You’ll be well-placed for senior roles in industry, whether that be within small high technology companies looking to develop new markets, or large corporate organisations looking to manage growth and change, in sectors such as Aerospace, Consumer Electronics, Energy and Power, Healthcare, IT and Telecommunications.

Many such organisations need skilled employees with the ability to apply their scientific knowledge in a business management capacity. Furthermore, graduates are increasingly finding careers in companies that are applying digital technologies to improve their business.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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






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