Business and Management MSc


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MSc Business and Management
12 months full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree from British University or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their bachelor degree).
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides coverage of key conceptual and practical developments across a wide range of business and management disciplines.
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This is a specialist course in management. It is the most flexible of our masters courses and the scope to tailor it to your own needs and career interests. It will further develop any relevant experience that you already have in business and management.

The course provides a theoretically grounded coverage of key conceptual and practical developments across a wide range of business and management disciplines. It seeks to develop your business acumen and management skills, which are the most sought after by employers.

The course is designed to nurture the development of other soft skills in business and management through small group projects, and a research-led dissertation. It enhances your research skills, thought leadership, the ability to analyse conflicting data and arguments, and the ability to work with others from different cultures.

MSc Business and Management students also have an opportunity to study at the University's campus in Malaysia.

The course acts as a sound basis for a variety of management or management-related careers. Our recent graduates have entered careers in major UK and international business and management consultancies. 

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs 10-week and 5-week Business and Management English language and study skills courses. These courses are designed in collaboration with Nottingham University Business School and prepare students going on to programmes in business and management.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to the Business School's MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website

Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £1,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact

Key facts

  • The Business School, across all three campuses (UK, China and Malaysia), is EQUIS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) - one of the world's leading accrediting bodies for business schools
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 we rank 6th for 'research power' out of 101 UK business and management institutions
  • We are ranked 12th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings 2016 (top 100 worldwide)

Course details

The MSc Business and Management is taught on a full-time basis over one year. During this time, you must accumulate 180 credits to qualify for the award of MSc.

120 credits come from modules taught and examined during two 15-week semesters.

Each taught module typically consists of 10, two or three hour sessions. Assessment is a combination of individual essay or group project and written examination.

The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to an independent dissertation, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.



Semester one

Core modules

Introduction to Research Methods

Part 1: Introduction Quantitative Analysis (compulsory) Survey design and measurement, Introduction to statistics; hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, Regression Analysis and Factor Analysis.

Part 2: Introduction Qualitative Analysis (compulsory). This part of the module will be concerned with epistemological issues as well as the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

The module aims to:

  • instil familiarity with and understanding of key techniques of quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • improve accessibility of research material such as journal articles
  • provide basic skills in support of both other modules taught on the MA Programme and dissertation research involving quantitative and qualitative analysis

Choose one from:

Further Qualitative Research Methods

The module covers in depth exploration of qualitative research methodology including methods of collection and analysis of data. To include, for example, qualitative case studies, ethnography, grounded theory and discursive approaches.

The module aims to:

  • build upon the teaching of basic qualitative research methods in order to enhance students' understanding of key techniques of qualitative analysis
  • provide more advanced skills in support of both other modules taught on the masters programmes and, particularly, dissertation research involving qualitative research
Further Quantitative Research Methods

The module includes matrix algebra, differential calculus, multiple regressions, time series, qualitative response and panel data models.

The modules aims to provide a good training in basic matrix algebra and applied econometrics.


Choose two modules from:

Corporate Financial Strategy

The module covers the traditional content of a Corporate Finance course: Investment, Capital structure, and Divident Decisions From a Shareholder Value Perspective; Capital Market Behaviour (background); Mergers; Real Options.

The module aims to highlight the key aspects of corporate finance and to identify current research issues and approaches.

Managerial Economics

The module covers the nature of organisational economics- applying economics to understand business organisation: the transaction cost approach; principal-agent models, pre-contractual opportunism, post-contractual opportunism and applications to corporate governance; executive pay; the wage premium; internal job markets; the horizontal boundaries of the firm and the "make versus buy decision"; Economic Foundations of Corporate Governance; and Economic Foundations of Corporate Strategy.

The aim of this module is to introduce key concepts and tools that are used in the economic analysis of organisations. Particular emphasis will be given to the ways in which organisations co-ordinate activities and motivate economic agents. It is intended that the concepts and models covered, including principal-agent models, transaction costs, moral hazard and adverse selection issues, should be particularly useful to students planning careers in finance or consulting.

Managing People and Organisations

Classic management topics and critical reflections on management knowledge: I. People in organisations - theories of motivation and of team development, and their contemporary relevance; II. Organisational processes - theories and models for managing organisational culture, strategic change, across cultures and diversity, and learning and leadership; and, III. Critical perspectives on management knowledge - from disciplinary knowledge to the meaning of work, comparative management and its prospects, and from application of classic theory to emerging dialogues in a global age.

The module aims to:

  • introduce key concepts in managing organisations
  • investigate how organisations adapt to their environments
  • facilitate a critical understanding of the core issues in contemporary organisations
  • provide a framework for understanding the systems and management role in organisations, and a guide for exploring management issues in a global context
  • develop the ability to diagnose and solve organisational problems

Semester two

Choose at least three modules from:

Behavioural Economics and Decision Making

The module is split into two parts. The first part focuses upon the methods and models associated with behaviour. These sessions will introduce key concepts in bounded rational behaviour and apply these to specific economics models and financial markets. The second part of the module concentrates on designing your own experiment and interpreting empirical results. You will analyse studies of bounded rational behaviour, labour markets, asset markets, experimental behavioural finance, social dilemmas, preferences, public goods, reciprocity, bargaining and contests.

The module will be interactive, you will undertake experiments and analyse results.

In this module, the aim is to provide students with:

  • an understanding of behaviour in an economic context
  • an understanding of behavioural methods
  • knowledge of theoretical models of behavioural economics
  • knowledge of applicable behavioural tools
  • the ability to interpret results
  • knowledge of how to design an experiment and collect data
Branding and Marketing Communications

Lecture topics to include:

  • What is a brand
  • The marketing communications industry
  • Develop adverts and campaigns
  • The media
  • Ethics and the regulation of marketing communications
  • Measuring and managing brands
  • Cognitive theories of marketing communications
  • Consumer behaviour and marketing communications
  • Practitioner theories of marketing communications
  • Social theory of advertising

On completion of this module students will be able to:

  • distinguish between branding and other forms of marketing practice
  • describe the nature and scope of marketing communications practice and the marketing communications industry
  • evaluate theoretical models of branding and marketing communications
  • identify ethical, social and political issues in branding marketing communications practice
Corporate Governance

The module covers the following:

  • Perspectives on corporate governance
  • Instruments of governance; active shareholders, board of directors, organisational and financial structure, executive remuneration
  • The market for corporate control
  • Government and governance
  • Comparison of national approaches to governance

The module aims to:

  • develop an awareness and understanding of the main themes, perspectives and issues in the area of corporate governance
  • examine strengths and weaknesses of alternative processes and mechanisms in contributing to robust governance regimes
Corporate Strategy

The module covers:

  • strategic analysis
  • industry analysis
  • positioning
  • creating and sustaining competitive advantage
  • diversification
  • strategic decision making
  • strategy practice and implementation
  • strategy and organisation
  • strategic leadership

The module aims to provide an integrated perspective on strategic behaviour and aims to highlight the evolution of strategic thinking over time and how this has affected business over time.

Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

The module covers the importance of entrepreneurship and venture capital to economic development; the start-up process including the role of the individual entrepreneur, the nature of the entrepreneurial opportunity, and new venture legitimacy- seeking activity; investment in entrepreneurial activity including business angles, buy-outs, investment relationships, and corporate restructuring and; exits from, and longevity of, venture capital and other investments in entrepreneurial activity.

The module aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and venture capital, as they relate to start-ups, high growth companies, and established corporations
  • consider the role of the individual in the early stages of an entrepreneurial venture
  • examine the various mechanisms for financial investment and how they relate to the growth of entrepreneurial ventures and the implications for corporate governance
  • examine the consequences of investment for the future of entrepreneurial ventures by exploring exit strategies
Financial Reporting

The module covers: financial reports, regulation of financial reporting; creative accounting; techniques of accounting analysis; standard setting; relationship to capital; auditing and accounting research.

The module aims to:

  • provide a detailed examination of the principles of financial reporting and accounting theory and highlight their links to corporate governance
  • introduce techniques of financial appraisal of accounting data
  • provide a foundation of knowledge and skills as a basis for further in-depth study of financial modules or the dissertation
International Finance

This module examines contemporary developments in the theory and practice of international financial management. It includes analysis of foreign exchange markets and international financial markets, including international banking and the Euromarkets. Emphasis is placed on discussion of risk management techniques to protect against both currency and political risks. Both long term international investment and financing decisions and short-term exporting decisions form part of the course.

The module aims to:

  • develop an in-depth understanding of international finance and financial markets
  • analyse risks that exist in international finance including foreign exchange, foreign trade and investment risks and to select and use appropriate techniques to manage such risks
New Product/Service Development and Management

The ability to develop and manage new product and services is crucial for the long-term survival of the firm and lies at the heart of the marketing concept. This module is designed to develop an appreciation of the latest theory and practice in the management and development of new products and services. This module will explore the strategic role of new product/services in creating a competitive advantage and the associated strategic management decisions.

The importance of understanding the dynamic changing marketing environment and the role of market learning in the development processes will be explored. In addition the uses of traditional and non-traditional market research approaches for identifying customer needs are examined. New product and service development processes will be evaluated. This includes the ideation process, user involvement and role of creativity. Finally the module will focus on launch management and marketing communications.

Innovative products and services are the lifeblood of the organisation in a competitive market place. Therefore, the aims of this module are to:

  • understand the role of marketing in the development of innovative new products and services
  • understand the strategic and financial importance of new product and services
  • investigate traditional and non-traditional market learning/research techniques
  • explore sources of new product ideas, concepts and creativity
  • explore new product /service development models and practices
Strategic Human Resource Management

The module aims to develop an advanced understanding of human resource management. Core elements of the course include recruitment and selection, training, performance management, job design, work-life balance and health and safety.

The module aims to illustrate the relationship between HRM issues and organisational context; to show how HR decisions relate to organisational strategies.



12,000-15,000 word dissertation on an approved subject relating to the MSc Business and Management.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Funding may be available through the Business School.

UK/EU students

Funding information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Postgraduate Careers Service

As a postgraduate student at Nottingham University Business School you will have access to our specialist in-house Postgraduate Careers Service to help you develop your career management skills and explore your career options. Through a combination of your academic studies and the careers support on offer you will be in an excellent position to enhance your career prospects.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,611 with the highest being £34,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career destinations for our graduates include accountants, finance and investment analysts, higher education teaching professionals, investment bankers, IT business analysts, management consultants, marketing professionals, public relations professionals and university researchers. 

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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