Manchester Metropolitan University


Business Management

2016 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Discover more about studying at the Cheshire campus by watching this short film.

  • Flexible blended learning approach including online materials.
  • We offer a supportive environment for your studies; each student is allocated a personal tutor and dissertation supervision is carried out on a one-to-one basis
  • The course offers January and September start dates
  • You have the option to study aspects of this course via distance learning from anywhere in the UK.
  • We are a leading provider of business education, demonstrated by our business programmes receiving accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2016. This international accreditation places our business programmes in the top 5% worldwide.

Continuing your professional development

You can follow a range of different routes to support your career development, as we offer each unit of the degree individually, and if it is more convenient to you then you can study one unit at a time. If you decide to take a particular combination of units then you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate, or a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree.

The Principles of Management Practice unit is ideal for junior managers or supervisors, and this is available as a stand-alone unit. This is a practical unit with a series of 6 half day workshops over 3 months that involve group exercises to develop problem solving and decision making skills.

Masterclasses and guest lectures

We regularly invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students. We have previously hosted lectures by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Why study in Crewe, Cheshire?

Studying and living at the Cheshire campus in Crewe offers you the best of both worlds, surrounded by stunning natural beauty, and just a train ride away from some of the most vibrant cities in the UK.
Crewe is a lively Cheshire town with a thriving live music scene, as well as a range of shops, bars, pubs and restaurants. Take a stroll in the restored Queen’s Park, a traditional Victorian park, or get tickets for the latest play in the award-winning Lyceum theatre.

With its roots in the 19th century as one of the world’s greatest railway workshops and a hotbed of craft and invention that brought wealth and prestige to the town, Crewe and the surrounding area are home to a range of major employers including the world-famous Bentley Motors.

Cheshire and Manchester, along with the surrounding region, are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London only an hour and a half hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 30 miles (48km) from Crewe, with flights to a huge variety of European destinations and further afield.

Industry connections

With our regional business connections with blue-chip, corporate, public and SME organisations, you will be taught by very well-connected visiting business professionals and industry experienced academic staff. 

The South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is based at the Cheshire campus, and we work closely with other major employers in the local area such as Virgin Trains. 

Innovation in Business

As well as our range of taught and research based programmes, we work with a range of local and national businesses to meet their needs in this fast-changing economy.

We support organisations through consultancy work, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and they, in turn, work with us to enhance our curriculum to ensure our graduates develop the skills and knowledge appropriate to their professional ambitions.

Case study

Alaa Abo Alzahab

Alaa Abo Alzahab, is currently working as Senior Income and Tax Administrator at the Bank of New York Mellon. Alaa studied BA (Hons) Business Management and MSc Business Management, and graduated in 2011.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Manchester Met and I recommend anyone to study at there as the university has a special studying atmosphere and strong drive for continuous improvement. The Cheshire campus has a sense of strong community and you get to know the lecturers and fellow students personally.

Lectures used recent and past case studies for theoretical aspects of the degree, and incorporated practical scenarios from a well-known companies. This approach increased my knowledge on global business topics, and I find this knowledge useful for my current role at Bank of New York Mellon. "


Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

Taught in eight units, this programme features five core units and an opportunity to choose two elective units. To achieve masters level, you will produce a dissertation on a management topic. 

Full-time and part-time students are taught together via workshops - we utilise a blended approach for delivery of the programmes which entails attending a series of either whole or half day workshops per unit supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Full-time students starting in September will take 4 units in Autumn term and 3 units in the Spring term, then they will work on their dissertation over the Summer. 

Part-time students can study units across 2 - 3 years before starting their dissertation, and they will start with the Academic Professional Practice unit and end with the Research Methods unit.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core units:

  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management Practice
  • Academic Professional Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Principles of Management Practice
  • Managing Change.

Elective units:

  • Sustainable Relationship Marketing
  • International Financial Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Creating and Managing Sustainable Organisations
  • Thinking and Leading Strategically

Core Units
Academic Professional Practice

Focuses on the development/appraisal of professional practice at an individual level, including effective self-management, presentation and critical thinking skills.


Consists of an 18,000-20,000 word dissertation on a subject that reflects your studies.

Managing Change

Explores the nature of individual and organizational change and considers the triggers, sources of resistance and processes for leading effective change from a variety of perspectives

Principles of Management Practice

This unit explores key management principles and their application in modern day organisations. It aims to enhance students’ performance through the use of practical workshops and reflection.

Research Methods

This unit underpins the dissertation through the production of a research proposal and enables the development of key research skills.

Strategic Management Practice

This unit aims to develop a critical understanding of the practice of strategic management and indicate the implications for managers and the management of organisations.

Likely Optional Units
Advanced Management Accounting

Management accounting systems measures and reports financial information as well as other types of information that are intended primarily to assist managers in fulfilling the goals of the organisation (Bhimani, 2008).

Creating & Managing Sustainable Organizations

This unit examines the dynamics of organization and explores the principles and practices underpinning the continued survival of organizations in knowledge based global economies.

Integrated Marketing Communications

This unit provides the opportunity to study Integrated Marketing Communications as a specialist area of postgraduate study.

International Financial Management

Current developments in theoretical foundations underpinning practical tools and models used to plan, control and evaluate firms investment and financial decisions in domestic and international environments

Sustainable Relationship Marketing

This unit considers the development of relationship marketing as a new business paradigm. It explores the value of mutually beneficial business relationships at all levels of the organisation and across the full range of stakeholders and the subsequent impact on the achievement of goals.

Thinking and Leading Strategically

The unit explores the nature of thinking strategically from the individual and organisational perspective and the role and function of strategic leadership in strategy formulation.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

You will be assessed by a combination of assignments and written exams.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You will normally have a good UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline, ideally relevant. Applicants from a different background may be admitted if they have equivalent professional qualifications or proven management experience in a relevant field.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Please note it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent).

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Career options after the course

For those already in business or wishing to embark on a career in business, this course may provide opportunities to gain an internationally-recognised and career-enhancing qualification and to share experience whilst developing new skills and expertise.

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