MSc Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

The MSc Management is an exciting one year masters course open to applicants from all backgrounds, but primarily aimed at students who have not previously studied business and management. 

Managers are agents of change, innovators and social and business entrepreneurs.  Managers are critical, challenging, independent and creative thinkers.  Managers have impact on their environment.  The course will enable you to develop the necessary skills to foster different ways of thinking, different ways of viewing and understanding organisations.

  • Starting with a pre-course workshop in September to give you an intensive induction, then through lectures, case studies, seminars and group project-based work during the core modules, you'll be challenging established models of thinking, critically reflecting on contemporary management and looking at alternative ways of organising.
  • Sustainability, innovation and social responsibility will be key themes during the course alongside skill-building in key areas such as marketing, accounting and human resource management.
  • During the third semester alongside the business project, you'll meet speakers from industry and academia, who'll provide thought-provoking and inspirational perspectives from their own experience, facing and critiquing current business and management challenges. 

Throughout your time in Manchester you will have access to ongoing research by academics regarded as experts in their field.  Course staff are involved in a various research centres across the School and you will be encouraged to attend seminars that might be of interest. Within this forum of intellectual exchange, you will have the opportunity to hone your skills as a researcher, critic and independent thinker. 

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, course work, report and group project assessment and presentations.

During the third semester students undertake a business project as part of their final assessment.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits which can be viewed in the list below.  

Semester 3 modules are also compulsory and will consist of two 15-credit modules and one 30-credit module that focuses on a business research project, during which you work in groups and individually.  The project allows you to reflect on everyday challenges faced by managers, builds on your learning and links it with real-world business practice allowing you to showcase your management and research skills.

Recent topic areas include fast fashion, pharmaceuticals and corporate tax avoidance.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundations of Management BMAN73061 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Accounting BMAN73071 15 Mandatory
Marketing & Marketing Management BMAN73081 15 Mandatory
Business Performance & Strategy BMAN73091 15 Mandatory
Sustainability and Social Responsibility BMAN73102 15 Mandatory
Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship BMAN73112 15 Mandatory
Comparative Employment Relations and International HRM BMAN73122 15 Mandatory
Organisational Psychology BMAN73132 15 Mandatory
Trends in Global Business and Management BMAN73150 15 Mandatory
Business Research Projects BMAN73160 45 Mandatory

Disability support

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