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Management MSc

Course Description

The MSc Management programme will equip graduates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in management.

MSc Management has specialist pathways in Human Resources, International, International Entrepreneurship, Financial Analysis and Marketing. All students enrolled on the programme complete common core subjects in general management during Semester one, with modules in Semester two which allow you to specialise in your chosen pathway.

Experience or qualifications in management are neither expected nor required. If you have experience as a manager, you may wish to consider our MBA programme. If you are uncertain about the pathway on which to enrol, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to give you advice.

Course content

This programme is specifically designed to provide pre-experience career preparation and post-experience career progression opportunities to those from any disciplinary background at first degree level with the aspiration to enter or progress more rapidly in their business or management careers.

The programme will build on your existing capabilities from your first discipline and develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding of business and management issues, problems and opportunities.

As well as developing your research and reflection skills at postgraduate level, you will be able to link theory and practice throughout each module which include a variety of study methods such as case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project related to real ‘live’ business issues and in some cases by means of a work based learning component.

MSc Management aims to increase your employability and give graduates a competitive advantage in the graduate management and trainee management jobs market.

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and usually 12 hours per week, we recommend students spend approximately 20 hours per week in self-directed study time.

Semester 1
All students will study the following general management Core Modules in Semester one;
-Organisational Behaviour
-Marketing: Principles and Management
-Managing Finance and Information
-Dissertation and Research Methods

Semester 2
MSc Management has five pathways: International Business, International Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Marketing and Financial Analysis. The modules you will study in Semester two vary according your chosen specialist pathway;
International Business
-Strategic Management
-Developing Cross Cultural Capability
-Managing Operations in the Supply Chain Context

International Entrepreneurship
-Entrepreneurship: Principals and Practices
-Global Innovation Management
-Corporate Entrepreneurship

Human Resources
-Strategic Management
-Human Resource Management in Context
-International HRM

-Strategic Management
-International Marketing Strategy
-Cross-cultural Marketing

Financial Analysis
-Corporate Reporting
-Global Financial Strategy
-Investment Analysis

For further information on course content and modules please refer to the award map:


12 months full time. Start dates September and February. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters (14 weeks each). Work on the dissertation normally commences in the second semester and is submitted at the 12 month point.


The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, research papers, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, examinations and a final dissertation.


MSc Management aims to develop the managers of the future by providing a level of education to those seeking a generalist, broadly based management qualification. This programme is particularly relevant to those without a business background (either academic or employment) who have not previously committed to a specific/specialist career path. The specialist pathways are designed to provide more focussed routes for those who have more clearly defined career aspirations while still seeking to develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business and management disciplines.

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

Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally hold a first or second class honours degree or equivalent. No work experience is required for admission onto the course. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language capabilities at a level approved by The University of Northampton (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate or equivalent).

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