MSc Management

Make a positive impact on your future career. Develop your management skills and gain the confidence to lead teams and make important business decisions.

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Managing teams across a business requires specific skills. On this course, you’ll explore management styles and how to apply them. We’ll also help you identify your own style and hone the skills you need to relate to employees across organisations and cultures.

This course is open to applicants from all subject areas, not just business and management. The field of management is so varied that you can adapt the skills you have learned from your previous studies to shape your future career.

Developing your career in management

You’ll start by developing skills in marketing, finance and supply chains. After building up your knowledge in these
essential areas, you’ll move on to the strategies that help give organisations an edge in a global market. Then put your new expertise to use in your final research project or dissertation.

With your optional unit, you can choose from a range of specialisms, including innovation or entrepreneurship. Or take our mini-internship option for even more work experience.

You’ll start working on your career from day one, with regular contact with professionals and plenty of opportunities to work on industry projects. You could be helping one of the 80+ businesses based at our Innospace incubator.

*From September 2020 this course will offer an internship route and a January start date

Features and Benefits

  • Industry-focused – this course has been developed with industry to make sure you learn the skills employers need.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Practical learning – learn by solving real-world problems which bring the subject alive and help you get to grips.
  • A city of opportunities – with global organisations, and innovative start-ups, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities.Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network.
  • Postgraduate internships – develop business relationships and hone your management skills on an optional short-term internship in addition to your studies. The course also offers the option to undertake an additional 36-48 week internship as part of your course, after you have completed your taught units.
  • Industry insight – we arrange lectures from industry experts and organise live projects for you to work on. Learn what it takes to get ahead in the business world.
  • Desirable skills – management is one of the fastest growing courses in the world. Prepare for management roles in any sector, even if you haven’t got a business or management background.
  • Taught by experts – learn from academics with experience working in industry and undertaking cutting-edge research into their field.
"I feel lucky to have gained so much from my tutors, their knowledge, skills and all round management experience, and their understanding is reflected in the learning." Lewis Madden, MSc Management.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I would 100% recommend that postgraduate students do an internship. Even after my first couple of weeks, I felt so much more confident in myself, my capabilities and my knowledge. It’s even helped me to secure a full-time job at the company I worked for.”

Laura Waldron, Business School graduate

Career Prospects

Every organisation needs skilled and effective managers. This course will give you the confidence to lead teams and make business decisions for start-ups and multinational organisations in any sector.               

If you already have experience in the field, you can use this course as a springboard to managerial roles. Or it can put you in a strong position to set up your own business or go into management consultancy.

Our graduates have taken management roles at a range of organisations. These include General Manager at Aspen Healthcare, Production Manager at HJ Heinz, and Business Improvement Officer at Warwickshire Police Authority.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:1 – or the international equivalent in a non-business-related subject. We’ll also welcome applications from students who have significant experience of business and management theory or practice plus a 2:2, or the international equivalent.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

There are two routes in this course. If you take MSc Management, you’ll study Critical Enquiry for Entrepreneurs and Leaders, and Critical Management Studies. These units focus on understanding organisations in their socio-political context. Your dissertation will then look at a particular challenge a business is facing.

If you choose the MSc Management and Consultancy route, you’ll have Managing Consultancy Interventions, which gives you the tools to work with clients, followed by a Live Client Brief where you’ll put those skills to use working directly with a business. Your Research Project could follow on from that experience too.

We designed both routes to give you the real-world skills you’ll need for your career. And with your optional unit, you can specialise further based on your own interests or goals.

Units on the course are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice, before embarking on your dissertation.

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Core Units

Strategic Management

This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organisation theory and institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and will give students an introduction in this important area of business management.

Marketing in Practice

Go beyond the theory and look at marketing in its practical context. We’ll explore the different principles and models of strategic marketing and examine how they work in a competitive business.

Finance for Managers

This unit investigates and introduces basic theories, concepts and application of financial accounting, management accounting and finance in a modern organisation. Students are not expected to become proficient in specific aspects of the different financial tools and techniques discussed in the unit. Rather, as aspiring middle managers, they are expected to understand how the financial professional in an organisation can integrate with the other management functions to support and achieve the organisational strategic objectives.

Strategic Leadership

This unit builds on the tools and techniques from Strategy Management and is concerned with the strategic choices available to organisations to achieve competitive advantage in a global economy. The managerial decisions, processes and activities, that allow the creation and implementation of an effective global strategy are discussed and reflected-upon through a combination of theories and real-World case studies. This unit explains that strategic management is the one of the most imperative considerations in the global economy. Organisations and managers can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that global markets will remain stable with steady growth.

Logistics and Supply Chain Practices

This unit introduces the core concepts of logistics and supply chain management from both a global and regional perspective. The unit examines in detail the latest practices in logistics and supply chain management utilising real business examples, case studies and theory. These include supply chain analysis, order fulfilment, inventory policy, distribution centre operations, transport planning, sales and operations planning and ethical policies.

Critical Enquiry for Entrepreneurs and Leaders

This unit explores organisations as embedded in socio-political environments. Students will be challenged to question business ethics, develop their understanding of neo-liberalism, globalisation, managerialism and communitarianism with a view to developing ethically, socially and environmentally responsible graduates.

Critical Management Studies

This unit builds on ‘Critical Enquiry for Entrepreneurs and Leaders’ unit. It further enhances students understanding of organisations as embedded in socio-political environments. Students will be challenged to question themes such as business ethics, neo-liberalism, globalisation, managerialism or communitarianism with a view to developing socially, ethically and environmentally responsible graduates. 

Dissertation - Management

This is a final capstone project.  It is a research dissertation on a business problem underpinned by primary fieldwork and/or secondary research on the challenges that businesses face within the area under study.

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 masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. 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:


Placement options

You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Optional internship year (from September 2020)

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.

The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. 

An additional fee applies to this internship.

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 to £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 to £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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