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Management (MA)

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment. As well as giving you the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to operate effectively in a managerial role, the course will develop your analysis, problem-solving and proactive-thinking skills. As the course progresses, the emphasis evolves from operational to a strategic approach.

Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their modules on the Blackboard site and availing of current journals and e-books as well as podcasts and other supporting resources. Onsite students can make appointments with librarians for specific search support or attend speaker’s evenings or study skills ribbon workshops. Each student has a personal tutor and we also provide additional support for dyslexic and disabled students.

Studying the Management MA will give you opportunities to gain immediately applicable skills and managerial awareness; whilst learning about other organisations’ processes and practices from peers and case study analysis.

Students who successfully complete the MA are eligible for membership of the corporate body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


- Analysis of the Business Environment
You will study the main features of the economic and financial environment of the firm, with the aid of common analytical tools and the development of analytical and quantitative skills relevant to managerial decision making.

- Financial Analysis for Managers
In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

- Human Resource Management
You will develop the skills and competencies to carry out the Human Resource Management (HRM) element of your role and work effectively with HRM specialists. You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications of HRM decision making for organisational success.

- Managers and Organisations
This module will give you an understanding of how organisations work, and how to use that knowledge as an effective manager.

- Managing Operations, Information and Knowledge
This module is all about running the organisation more effectively and efficiently, by exploiting internal and external information. It develops your critical understanding of the sources and application of information from a managerial perspective, and examines specific issues of managing operations.

- Marketing for Managers
This module provides you with a grounding in the knowledge, theory and practice of marketing as applied by managers in organisational situations. It is focused on the development of effective market-oriented managerial thinking. Marketing-related tools, frameworks, strategies and tactics are introduced, developed and applied.

- Strategic Management
This module will introduce you to the principles and practices of strategic management.

- Business Research Methods
The module aims to develop your knowledge of and competence in the research process and the application of research methods in the area of business and management. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice. It focuses on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

- Project
This module involves extensive research in a chosen topic. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to work autonomously, and to apply the theory learnt during the course to a substantial real-life problem.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium-size enterprises. When you graduate you will be equipped to pursue a career in specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Some of our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and Unilever as well as the NHS and local councils.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Management (MA) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operation research. Students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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