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Management (MSc)

Course Description

Course Description

The Cranfield MSc in Management is a full-time 13-month programme designed for graduates with little or no previous professional experience. The programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to succeed in business, whether at the local or global level. It will give you the confidence to tackle complex business challenges and prepare you to take on demanding managerial roles in the future.

Through your studies, you will gain a sound understanding of core management theories, concepts, tools and techniques, and learn how to apply them creatively in real-life situations.

The programme will:
- Help you to put theory into practice through challenges such as a management consultancy simulation and a three-month internship.
- Enhance your understanding of entrepreneurship through a module on innovation and launching new ventures.
- Prepare you to analyse management data, take management decisions based on imperfect information, and solve complex business problems.
- Enhance your soft skills such as self-awareness, mental toughness, communication, teamwork and cultural sensitivity.
- Help you work out what sort of professional role you are most suited to, what you have to offer and how to pitch yourself to potential employers.

Is this course for you?

The Cranfield MSc in Management is a full-time 13-month programme that has a focus on making connections between theory and practice. It is designed for:
- Ambitious graduates with a good first degree who are passionate about business and want to prepare for their first management professional role
- Business professionals at the beginning of their career who aspire to take on their first line management role
- Individuals who wish to pursue a career in general management


The course comprises 11 core modules and 3 elective modules, as well as a group project focusing on a real-world business challenge and a three-month internship combined with a research project.

- Core

Economics for Managers
Improving Decision Quality with Management Science
Management Consulting
Managing Corporate Sustainability
Managing Operations
Managing People and Organisations
Marketing Strategy and Planning
Research Methods and Statistics
Strategic Management
Managing Profitability, Liquidity and Asset Utilisation

- Elective

Disruptive Innovation
Managing Business Technology Investments
Mastering Project Management
Organisational Performance: Direction, Control and Measurement
Supply Chain Management

Individual Project

In the final term, you will undertake a major research project in association with a three-month internship. You will be required to apply the management knowledge, skills, and analytical abilities you have acquired during the programme to real-life situations. You will have to demonstrate your ability to research issues, critically evaluate data and information, skilfully apply tools and techniques to solve management problems, and write a report concisely, informatively and persuasively. You will also be expected to write an individual reflective review of your own personal development over the course of the programme.

Group project

The Management Consulting module helps you to apply what you have learnt in practice. You will have introductory sessions on the art of management consulting. You will then work in learning teams, playing the role of a management consulting team, in competition with the other learning teams. You will be presented with a real-life business problem from a company and will have one week to understand the problem, gather relevant data, use appropriate tools and frameworks to analyse the data, and propose innovative, pragmatic and achievable recommendations. A panel of experts, including practitioners and academics, will assess your proposed solutions.


Learning is assessed through a combination of assignments and written exams. Modules containing a high theoretical content are assessed by examination, and written assignments are used where practical application is more relevant, or where knowledge and understanding may be demonstrated through discussion or critique of a particular topic.

Career opportunities

Our Career Development Service will help you to plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, and to develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

Career services include: interview skills workshop; career planning workshop; CV and cover letter workshops; searchable online CVs; job matching service; networking opportunities; on-campus company presentations; careers fair; sector events; and individual career consultations.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/MSC-in-Management

Visit the Management (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Either: a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours Degree (or equivalent Bachelors Degree); OR a professional qualification and; not more than three years' relevant work experience

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