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Master's in Management

Course Description

About the MSc programme

The Master’s in Management (MiM) is a two-year programme designed for students wishing to pursue careers in management and leadership. Students are not expected to have prior work experience or a background in business or management before undertaking the programme, although students with up to five years’ work experience and an interest in studying management from a social science perspective are welcome to apply.

We are the only programme in the UK to offer a dual degree with the prestigious CEMS Master’s in International Management programme, ranked 5th in the 2014 Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings.

Year one: foundations of management, including management theory, accounting, managerial economics, marketing, quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry.
Year two: second-year options include:
1. studying courses required to qualify for the CEMS Master’s in International Management, which include spending a term abroad at another CEMS school
2.or spending a term abroad on the MiM Exchange, before returning to LSE to take other courses in strategy and international business
3.or staying at LSE for the whole of the second year and specialising in a particular area of management, for example finance & accounting, human resource management, marketing & consumer behaviour, information systems & digital business, or strategy & international business. Students also have the possibility of designing a management specialism of their own choosing from electives across LSE

Your application

Write a short personal statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what you will ring to the cohort, and what your particular strengths are.
Also answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 300 words each)*:
1. Explain, in your own words, the main things that managers do.
2. How will studying management theory help you to understand management practice?
3. What do you hope to gain by studying management at LSE?
*The total length of your personal statement, including the answers to the above questions, should therefore be between 1,000-1,500 words.

Programme details

Two-year programme enabling students from any background to transition into a management career
Curriculum offers a wide range of optional elective courses from academic departments across LSE
Opportunity to specialise and customise your programme according to your own interests in year two
Internationally diverse class based in the heart of London
CEMS Master’s in International Management programme and MiM Exchange term

Tailored careers support and development of professional employment experience are provided with an optional summer internship and the MiM Capstone Course (including business project).

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Year one:
Foundations of Management I* and Foundations of Management II* will give a basic grounding in the key management disciplines which will be taught chronologically. Students will therefore be provided with an overview of the development of management disciplines and will develop an understanding of the disciplinary anchors in sociology, psychology and economics.
Managerial Economics* provides an introduction to the central issues in managerial economics. The course will analyse the foundations for applying economic thinking to management.
Marketing Management* is a rigorous examination of the key analytical frameworks, technical tools, and concepts that are essential in building an effective marketing strategy. Students will develop a widely applicable analytical tool-kit that relies on: (a) anticipating decisions that managers frequently face, (b) bringing to bear a wide range of fundamental, often competing social science theories to inform these decisions, (c) knowledge about empirical generalisations, and (d) knowledge about moderating conditions.
Organisational Behaviour* seeks to understand individual attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context. It does this by reviewing psychological theories as they apply to organisations, demonstrating the contribution of a psychological perspective to understanding human behaviour at work, and critically evaluating the empirical evidence.
Quantitative Analysis in Management* discusses analysis of variance, simple and multiple linear regression, including ideas of confounding and statistical control, the use of dummy variables, interactions and non-linear effects of explanatory variables, collinearity, diagnostics and model development.
Qualitative Analysis in Management* provides a critical understanding of qualitative management research, with an emphasis on methods and techniques which will be useful and relevant to them both as management scholars and in their future careers.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options.

Year two:
Global Management Practice* (compulsory for CEMS only) seeks to understand the impact of culture on management; to identify the areas in which cultural differences present a challenge in managing people across cultures; and finally to become more self-aware of our cultural conditioning.
Strategy, Organisation and Innovation* explores advanced topics in strategy, organisation and innovation. True to LSE, we will adopt an interdisciplinary social sciences point of view that embraces economics, sociology, political science and psychology.
MiM Capstone Course - Management in Action* provides tailored development of professional skills from the LSE Careers Service and employment and team working experience through a real-world Business Project with an external client.
Dissertation* is based on a research question which students are required to agree with the teacher responsible during Michaelmas Term in year two.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three full units (CEMS: one half unit, MiM Exchange: one full unit) from a range of options.

Graduate destinations

This programme allows students to gain both a rigorous training in the core foundations of general management in year one, and a specialisation in their specific area(s) of interest in year two. This provides our graduates with a tangible advantage when entering employment, as the combination of a broad general training in year one, plus the depth of specialist knowledge and skills in year two, gives our students a competitive advantage in the global graduate job market. In addition to the academic curriculum, the programme also includes elements designed to give practical employment experience, and develop professional skills, through the Capstone Course and summer internship.

Visit the Master's in Management page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Antoine Khadige

After I complete my degree at LSE I will pursue a career in consulting, and it is this career goal that drove me to apply to LSE. The School is very much recognised for its reputation among high end firms in different industries, and the Careers Service has given me a variety of opportunities for exposure to top firms in different fields as well as potential prospects for top MBA schools. Since arriving in London I have very much enjoyed the cultural diversity of the people surrounding me, both students and teachers, making this year a varied and rich one both academically and socially. I am also a fan of the London nightlife!


Entry Requirements

1st or 2:1 or overseas equivalent in any discipline; Graduates of non-UK institutions must submit GRE/GMAT; English standard level.

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