M.Bus (Hons) Business

Realise your business ambitions with this Integrated Masters course. Combine real-world experience with business theory and entrepreneurial skills to kick-start your career.

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This Integrated Master’s degree has been designed for those who aspire to be leaders. We’ve taken the best elements of our BA (Hons) Business Management degree and combined them with great practical opportunities to build your experience. You’ll work on live projects with real clients in years two, three and four of your course.
It’s an unrivalled opportunity to take what you learn in lectures and apply it to the real world. Our Business School has excellent links with local, national and international organisations. That means you’ll have the chance to work with high-profile clients and learn from business leaders.

Next-level knowledge
The final year of this degree covers more advanced themes than you’ll find in our BA programme. Develop your critical thinking, explore global entrepreneurship and broaden your project management skills.
We’ve designed this course to give you the skills employers are looking for in management and leadership roles. Taking these to the next level will mean you stand out to top employers. It could help you fast-track your career.
It’s also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE).

Features and Benefits

  • Centre of Excellence - we are accredited by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for our leading-edge practices which place us at the forefront of enterprise learning.
  • Professional qualifications – you can become an affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute and apply for a professional qualification.
  • Location – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. The Business School is located in the heart of Manchester surrounded by businesses from small start-ups to huge multinationals
  • Live projects – work on real projects with real clients. Your experience can give you a unique insight into business consultancy.
  • Kickstart your career – a Master’s level qualification will put you ahead of the competition. Industry experience and an in-depth subject knowledge pave the way for high-profile roles.
  • Funding support – all levels of study, including the Master’s elements, will be treated the same for funding.
  • Launch your own business – our incubator, Innospace, provides support to get your company or consultancy going
“M-business is a specialised course, the management in practice unit is something that sets it apart. You act as a business consultant for real clients – putting you in professional situations.” Antonia Merrick, MBus (Hons) Business.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The University business incubator, Innospace, works with the Business School, collaborating with students so that they have an opportunity to work closely with start-up businesses.”

Louise Kenworthy, Incubation Services Manager, Innospace.

Career Prospects

Getting ahead in the world of business leadership requires a range of skills. We’ve worked with our industry partners to ensure you have those skills and the knowledge you need to transition seamlessly from student to professional.

Whether you want to be CEO of a multinational corporation or start your own business consultancy, this course will give you the experience and advanced skills you need to get ahead.

Graduating with a postgraduate qualification will set you apart. Combine this with your industry experience and you’ll really stand out in a competitive jobs market.

Our graduates are working in companies large and small, including BNY Mellon, KP Snacks and O2.

If your ambition is to set up your own business, our incubator, Innospace, can help. Access the support and ideas you need to get your start-up off the ground.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points.

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.


“At the heart of our teaching is a real commitment that our students are ready for the world of work when they graduate. So, from day one students are exposed to contemporary challenges that affect business…”
Listen to what Claire Hannibal, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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.

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. 

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Core Units

Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

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.

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. 

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 three 30-credit units, and two 15 credit units.

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Core Units

Business Research Methods

This 15-credit unit is designed to draw upon a range of research methodologies appropriate to Business School undergraduates and which have application in the workplace. The unit aims to provide you with the critical intellectual tools and the technical skills required to for project management and business and management research. The unit will recognise the strong link between theory, method and data. The unit will provide an understanding of quantitative and qualitative techniques for data analysis, including statistics.

Managing People, Technologies and Organisations

This 15-credit unit builds your knowledge in organisational behaviour and the practices of managing complex organisational systems. The unit will aim to develop your skills in the areas of collaborating and working with others in organisations. Core themes of the unit include: interpersonal capabilities required as managers and leaders; national culture and leadership; ethics and decision making; how do we manage?; how to manage other’s expectations; how is the technology used to help organisations manage themselves? The unit will also build core skills needed for final year projects, and professional life.

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.

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 organisations 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.

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 three 30-credit units and choose one option unit. 

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Core Units

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. 

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.

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.

Option Units

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 or Spanish 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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,  the study and practice of visualisation and analysis techniques utilising appropriate software.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, innovation, technology project management, business analytics or business psychology. 

You will study 120 credits in total. Two 30-credit units, two 15-credit units, and choose one option unit from a wide range of options. 

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    Core Units

    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.

    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. 

    Option Units

    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.

    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 of 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:


    Placement options

    You undertake industrial experience in Years 2, 3 and 4, 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 real life business.

    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, EU and Channel Island students

    UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

    Non-EU international students

    Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 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 degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course 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 and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

    Professional Costs

    You may be eligible to apply for up to two additional professional body awards on successful completion of this degree. These professional awards are optional and subject to review by the professional body in question. The cost of obtaining these additional awards would be funded by you, the student, if you wish.


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