Manchester Metropolitan University

PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Management

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • You will be taught in the multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus near Manchester city centre.  Watch the video to find out more.
  • You will have the opportunity to take an option unit that enables you to focus on a particular area of your choice, such as marketing, logistics, HR or finance.
  • Extensive use of the University's online virtual learning portal (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions.
  • Selected units of study are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. 

Adding value to your employability skills

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activites that include:

Live business project 

Many employers require graduates who posess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business. 

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

  • Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
  • Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
  • BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
  • Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Consultancy dissertation 

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specfic sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. 

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

Postgraduate internship programme

Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All full-time Masters students at the Business School have the opportunity to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies. 

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to twelve weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript. Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes. A dedicated team are on hand to guide you through this process.

About the course

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

The Faculty is home to the Centre for Business and Society, which brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme.

During your studies, you may also have the opportunity to participate in:

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching expertise on the MSc Management programme comes from the Department of Management which includes a rich mix of research-active and industry experienced academics. 

Meet the lecturers: 

Dr Marilena Antoniadou| Programme Leader MSc Management and Senior Lecturer in Management

Dr Linda Alker | Principal Lecturer in Management

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice by undertaking a live business client project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation.

Typically, you will study the following units:

Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The unit will explore innovation management, organisational strategy and the drivers of successful entrepreneurship in a competitive context shaped by globalisation and distributed innovation and business processes.

Management Practice

This unit will help you to build the foundations of effective management. You will explore management theory and emerging and contemporary issues in management, as the context of what needs to be managed is changing, along with the way in which we manage. Managers need to appreciate and integrate with key disciplines in an organisation, so in this unit you will explore how managers impact marketing and business growth. Then, you will  learn how to understand the finances of the business in order to effectively manage budgets and assess the impact of your role on the business bottom line and the top-line.

This unit will help you to:

  • Apply management ideas to your practice
  • Investigate emerging ideas of management
  • Develop marketing and growth strategies
  • Understand finance and accounting to inform decision making.

Investigating Business Practice

This is your opportunity to gain real consultancy skills with a live business client. You will be matched with a business partner and in groups, you will have to investigate a business issue for your client. This will involve setting clear objectives and goals, scoping out the project, assigning roles and responsibilities before undertaking live research and synthesising your theoretical knowledge in order to apply it to the client’s issue. You will then develop a proposal, considering factors concerning the client’s issue, before drawing up and presenting a set of recommendations that the client can realistically, apply to their business as a solution.  This unit provides you with real-life experience in managing a client-consultant relationship, enhancing your C.V and developing your employability skills by allowing you to experience the realities of managing teams, projects and expectations. 

Research Methods

This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.

Dissertation

To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation, supported by an individual tutor. This piece of individual work can be used to inform research in industry or sector that is aligned to your management career aspirations.

This unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. Conducting primary research in the client organisation would be required in order to offer short to medium term solutions to the business, identifying implications of these actions for the wider managerial profession.

You may also wish to do one of four other types of dissertation including:

  • Enterprise Based Business Plan: Developing a Business Plan for a start-up business, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed business area, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise.
  • Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data), with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Action Learning: This involves examining, in a reflective way, a problem-solving ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her organisation through the lens of relevant literature, with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced managerial competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Library based: This would involve answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

Option Unit*

You will have the opportunity to choose one option unit and specialise in a specific subject area of your choice. The following list is indicative of possible options units, however, this is subject to timetabling arrangements.

  • Business Psychology in Action
  • Employee Resources, Relations and Law
  • Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development
  • Strategy and Planning for Digital and Social Media Communications
  • Project Management Concepts and Practices
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts
  • Corporate Finance and Strategy

*The number of units you study will depend on which award you choose – these are flexible around your own commitments and you may continue onto the next level upon completion.

  • PgCert (60 credits)
  • PgDip (120 credits)
  • MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

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 written essays, written examinations, presentations (face-to-face or digital), and multimedia assignments (such as posters and podcasts).

Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.

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: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

You will normally have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent in any subject.

The course is also particularly appropriate for graduates who have not previously studied a business-related subject. We will also consider your application if you do not have a degree but do have substantial management experience.

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.

Apply online now

Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.

Career options after the course

Graduates from this course have taken up management roles for a wide range of employers and sectors. Examples of such roles include:

  • General Manager at Aspen Healthcare
  • Business Improvement Officer at Warwickshire Police Authority
  • Production Manager at HJ Heinz

The programme aims to equip aspiring managers to enter their chosen management field across a diverse range of industries. For those already with work experience, the course seeks to provide opportunities to enhance your leadership abilities and equip you with the broad, critical skills required to work in a variety of managerial positions and to progress up the career ladder. 

Read a student profile

Lewis Madden, MSc Management

Lewis chose to stay at Manchester Metropolitan University after completing his undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He has secured a role within the field of logistics. 

Dedicated careers and employability support

The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships. 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.