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MSc Managing Business Performance

Course Description

There is a growing demand for graduates who have the skills and knowledge to develop and implement business performance measurement and management systems across different socio-technical settings.

This programme will build knowledge in the field of business performance management and develop expertise in the frameworks, methods, tools and techniques that are commonly used in practice. It will cover both the technical and social aspects of managing the performance of organisations from across the industrial, commercial and public sectors.

Students will develop a critical understanding of the traditional and emerging organisational models and social trends, and develop an understanding of leadership and communication for effective business performance management.


Six core modules are taken over semester 1 and semester 2:

Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
System Thinking and Analysis
Project Management
Measuring & Managing Performance
Research Philosophy & Practice

Two further modules from a wide range of relevant optional subjects such as competitive strategy, HRM, organisational culture, and marketing are also taken.

The MSc dissertation is then completed between May and August.


The MSc Managing Business Performance is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


Visit the MSc Managing Business Performance page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class) or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

Course Fees

2015 entry: Home/EU £6,460 Overseas £14,040

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