Manchester Metropolitan University

M.Bus (Hons) Business

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • This course is accredited by the CMI and IOEE, allowing you to access a wide range of additional resources and professional qualifications. 
  • We are a Centre of Excellence for entrepreneurial teaching and learning, recognised by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). 
  • You will be taught in the Business School’s state of the art building in central Manchester. Watch the video to find out more.
  • All levels of study, including the Masters at Level 7, will be treated the same for funding.
  • At Level 7 you will have access to the exclusive Postgraduate facilities on the top floor of the business school and will have the opportunity to network with other Masters students.
  • You will undertake three industrial placements (work experience within a student-led consultancy practice) in years two, three and four as part of your study programme.
  • Staff teaching on this course are research active and apply their work to current business practice through informing government policy, providing consultancy services and supporting entrepreneurs. They share their ‘real world’ experience with you to ensure that you are close to the issues and emerging trends that affect the business community.
  • There are opportunities to study a language alongside your degree studies. In your third year, you can choose a language as one of your option units. Enhance your employability by learning Arabic, Chinese, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Mastery, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit the UNIWIDE website for more information.
  • The Faculty of Business and Law hosts 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. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

You undertake industrial experience in years two, three and four, as part of your timetabled study programme. This develops your business consultancy experience and allows you to put into practice the theory you have learned in to real life business.

About the course

The M.Bus (Hons) Business is a four year, integrated Masters degree, which integrates academic studies in a broad range of business subjects with industrial experience. 

The integrated industrial experience starts in the second-year, when you will be part of a student led consultancy practice operated through the University’s business incubator. This means you are able to gain real business consultancy experience and build on your project management, business strategy and professional skills as you progress throughout the course.

On completion of your studies, you will graduate with a Masters-level degree in Business.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

The first year is designed to give you a thorough grounding in subjects such as finance and accounting, people management, business environment and entrepreneurship.

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Dynamic Business Environment  
  • Finance and Accounting Information for Managers
  • Understanding and Managing People
  • Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Core Units
Dynamic Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the business environment over which organisations have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against.  Topics studied include markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, and social, cultural and ecological factors.

Finance and Accounting Information for Managers

This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements with their analysis. Your studies will cover topics such as: management accounting techniques including costing, budgeting and investment appraisal and financial accounting fundamentals and concepts such as accruals, going concern and the preparation of an income statement, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows and finally IT laboratory sessions will be used to demonstrate how transactions can be recorded and processed using Excel models packages.

Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

This unit focuses on developing your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes. It builds your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths, and the opportunities there are in responsible entrepreneurship. Creativity exercises are used to good effect to help you build a business ideas' portfolio. 

Understanding and Managing People

This unit aims to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work.  You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development.

Year 2

In the second year your studies focus on areas such as marketing, operations, responsible business and ethics, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship.

You will also undertake your first industrial experience appointment during this year, which allows you to put into practice the theory you have been learning into real life business situations.

During class discussions, you analyse business case studies and draw on your work experience to deepen your understanding of how business theories can be effectively applied to the workplace.

Please note you will need to achieve a minimum overall pass rate of 60% in this year to progress onto to the third year of the M.Bus programme. Should you not reach the 60% pass rate, you will transfer to the BA (Hons) Business Management programme.

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Responsible Enterprise
  • Marketing and Operations
  • Managing Effective Organisations
  • Management in Practice 1

Core Units
Management in Practice 1

This industrial experience unit offers you the opportunity to work in small teams on a live project for an industry client and apply your business knowledge. You will be introduced to a range of research, professional and analytical tools. After project scoping, project-planning techniques are explored in relation to your client/partner organisation need and resources available. You will communicate potential solutions to the business problem or opportunity in the form of project reporting to client and academic staff. You will capture your learning and project outcomes/outputs via a portfolio. You will explore ethical aspects of the project.

Managing Effective Organisations

Through exploring research and best practice on how people are managed and organised at work,  this unit prepares you to engage critically with the concept and practice of management. The unit examines some of the most significant activities and processes associated with management, including the ways in which culture, ethics, gender, politics and power come to shape how management is seen and practiced. The unit also looks to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner.

Marketing and Operations

This unit will introduce the marketing and operations functions, and the related underpinning theory. It will address the critical links between these two functions and their relationship to other parts of an organisation and the organisation’s overarching strategy. It will address marketing and operations strategy, product/service development, operational and marketing planning, consumers and culture, supply chain management, and, quality and improvement.

Responsible Enterprise

This unit examines the nature and shape of business structure resulting from the responsible business initiatives and approaches enshrined in corporate governance/legal frameworks and implied by the growth/rise of corporate social responsibility and sustainability consciousness. You will explore the identification and analysis of the drivers in the general business environment of sustainability and ethical business practice. You will evaluate business responses to these drivers focusing initially on the business strategy, then more specifically, on individual organisation policies practices.

Year 3

Strategy and leadership are an important element of the third year. You can also choose to specialise in an area of business by selecting one optional unit from a wide range of business disciplines.

During your third year you will also undertake further industrial experience, building on your experiences from year 2.

You will study four 30-credit units:

Core units:

  • Global Strategy
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Management in Practice 2

Option units* (choose one)

  • Business Creation (Business Start-Up) 
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
  • Entrepreneurs Business and Society
  • Foreign Language
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Psychology at Work
  • Strategic Operations for Business Development

*Please note these options may be subject to change and alternative options may be available.

Core Units
Global Strategy

This unit provides a comprehensive assessment of the strategic challenges faced by organisations operating in an increasingly global business environment.  You will examine strategic management concepts and theories and apply them to a wide range of case studies on contemporary multinational firms. This will deepen your understanding of complex management problems and enhance your analytical skills in finding solutions to them.

Leadership in Practice

This unit introduces you to the concepts and models of leadership, and explores how to lead teams and organisations. Key issues covered include diversity and ethical leadership, personality, psychological factors, and use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.

Management in Practice 2

This industrial experience unit offers you the opportunity to work in small teams and negotiate a live project with an industry client and apply your business knowledge. You will build on the research, professional and analytical skills developed during management in Practice 1 by leading a project for a client/partner organisation. You will engage in networking activities to secure a client and negotiate project boundaries. Your consultancy process and project management skills are developed and applied throughout the unit, with a specific focus on leadership and resource management. Project reporting with client and academic staff will take place at regular intervals over the course of the activity. You will capture your learning and project outcomes/outputs via a portfolio, and present the outcome/output to the partner organisation. 

Likely Optional Units
Business Creation

This unit supports you as you put enterprise and entrepreneurship skills into practice by launching your own business.  This practical unit that allows you to experience starting a business first hand.  You will be assessed on their personal and business development via presentations and business model planning and execution.

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This unit assesses the complexities and challenges of business ethics and sustainability by developing a moral imagination and the ability to analyse issues. This involves recognising the wider impact of business upon society and the natural environment and identifying the nature and scope of ethical and sustainability issues. We compare different ethical theories and models of sustainable business and then apply them to issues and actions in the business context. This requires the assessment of information from a wide range of sources and the evaluation of arguments and recommendations in the light of the evidence.

Corporate Financial Management

This unit provides a framework to allow you to appreciate the issues involved in corporate financial management.  It examines the basic principles of financial management and applies them to the main decisions faced by financial managers.  The unit covers the following topic areas; The objectives of financial management, Time Value of Money, Valuation – Bonds / Company, Cost of Capital, Portfolio Theory, CAPM, Efficient Markets Hypothesis, Dividend Theory, Capital Structure, Investment Appraisal Techniques, Real Options.

Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management

This unit allows you to develop strategies using Digital Marketing and Social Media campaigns.  The unit discusses the relationships between digital marketing and social media, and organisational communications and business strategy, before exploring the opportunities available in the digital and social media marketplace. 

Entrepreneurial Practice

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.

Entrepreneurs, Business and Society

The unit aims to engage you in the theoretical elements of the concepts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship through a series of class debates and research workshops. The unit also aims to develop students’ research skills through a rigorous analysis of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice.

Global Human Resource Management

This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.

Principles of Business Analytics

This unit will equip you with skills and knowledge relating to the handling and analysis of a variety of information generated by organisations. The overarching theme of the unit will be to consider principles of business analytics, such as the use of big data, before exploring data warehousing, how organisations can leverage data to aid the decision making process, and the study and practice of visualisation and analysis techniques utilising appropriate software.

Psychology at Work

This unit introduces you to the ways psychology can be used at work. The emphasis is on the practical application of psychological theory to solving everyday challenges at work and learning how to apply psychological insights to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace. You will gain a critical awareness of the field of occupational psychology and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you in your future career.

Strategic Operations for Business Development

Explores strategic drivers, structural and infrastructural pre-requisites for the management of operations and logistics within the context of the external strategic environment and the extended value chain.

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic, Spanish or Urdu alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.

Year 4

Your fourth and final year is when you study Masters level units. On these units, you will further develop your critical thinking and global mindset, and complete your third industrial experience. You will be able to select an option unit, allowing you to specialise in a business area such as finance, marketing, people management, technology or logistics and supply chain. 

You will study 120 credits: 

  • Critical Management Studies 
  • Entrepreneurship in a Changing World 
  • Management Project
  • One option unit*

Option units

  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Strategy
  • Corporate Reputation and Media Management
  • Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise
  • Financial Planning and Wealth Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
  • Strategy Learning and Talent Development

*These option units are indicative of what options may be available in year 4, but may be subject to change. 


Core Units
Critical Management Studies

The unit explores organisation and management theory through a range of contemporary critical and philosophical perspectives. Core topics covered in this unit include: neoliberalism, managerialism, globalisation, postmodernism, poststructuralism, gender, ethics, discourse, responsible enterprise, critical management scholarship and communitarianism.

Entrepreneurship in a Changing World

This unit explores entrepreneurship in a global, national, regional and local context and the policy, cultural and local environments within which entrepreneurs operate and enterprises thrive. Core topics included in this unit may include comparative global policies to support entrepreneurship and develop enterprise culture; the impact of culture on entrepreneurship and enterprise and the impact of enterprise on localities. 

Management Project (Postgraduate)

This project unit is centred around the solving of a business related problem or the exploitation of an opportunity for an organisation. The unit is designed to equip you with the skills required to carry out and write up an empirical management project.

Likely Optional Units
Contemporary Issues in Marketing Strategy

This unit encourages you to critically explore, examine and evaluate current and emergent issues affecting strategic marketing across a range of organisational contexts. 

Corporate Reputation and Media Management

This unit explores the role of corporate reputation management in organisational contexts, the strategic management of media relationships, and media law and practice. 

Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise

This unit examines the dynamic environment of new and emerging technologies, which are critical for organisations to develop successful digital business strategies.

Financial Planning and Wealth Management

This unit examines the core components of financial planning and wealth management, including investment management, financial protection and the design of portfolio solutions for clients. Key topics covered include: Investment Principles and Risk; the Impact of the Macroenvironment on risk and Investment Performance; Investment Theories; Financial Protection; Client Identification and Analysis; Contemporary Issues in Financial Planning; and Wealth Management.

Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices

The unit introduces logistics and supply chain concepts and principles, examines operations and material flows, and critically analyses global supply chain strategies.

Strategic Learning, Coaching and Talent Development

The unit investigates the contribution of strategic learning and coaching policy and practice on organisational and individual performance.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Students need to score an average of 60% in year 2 (level 5) to continue on to year 3 (Level 6).

Students who do not reach this average will be transferred to the BA (Hons) Business Management (Placement or non-placement) degree. 

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 4 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 1 55% coursework; 45% examination
  • Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 3 80% coursework; 20% examination
  • Year 4 80% coursework; 20% examination

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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

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

Your career prospects after the course

The M.Bus (Hons) Business degree is a Masters degree, so on completion of your studies you will have a postgraduate level award.

This, along with intergrated industrial experience gained throughout your studies, will give you the ability to stand out in a competitive jobs market and demonstrate to employers that you have gained advanced skills in business management from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. You will be equipped to apply for graduate jobs in a number of sectors or you may consider setting up your own business.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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.

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