Business and Management MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Business and Management
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in business studies, economics or management
Other requirements
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree).
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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

Overview

On this course, management is brought to life as a vibrant and important area of business expertise in modern organisations.
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Our teaching is practically focused and grounded in the latest ideas and principles in management science. We work with prominent organisations and industry to ensure that teaching remains relevant to employers.

The course is flexible and provides you with the scope to tailor it to your needs and career interests – developing any relevant experience that you already have in business and management. It 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 sought after by employers.

You will cover such areas as corporate financial strategy, managerial economics and managing people and organisations along with behavioural and human resource aspects of management. This course is designed to nurture the development of key skills in business and management through small group projects and a research-led dissertation.

Recent graduates have entered careers in major UK and international business and management consultancies.

Academic English preparation and support

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and support. Our presessional courses take your English language and academic skills to the level you need to progress to postgraduate study without taking IELTS again.

Specialist five and 10-week business and management courses are available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once. Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £2,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact us.

Key facts

  • Part of an elite group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools
  • 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with teaching informed by the latest developments
 

Course details

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three hour sessions.

You will complete a 60-credit 12-15,000-word dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.

 
 

Modules

Core

Introduction to Research Methods

Part 1: Introduction Quantitative Analysis

  • Survey design and measurement
  • Introduction to statistics; hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, regression analysis and factor analysis

Part 2: Introduction Qualitative Analysis

This part of the module will be concerned with epistemological issues as well as the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

 

One of:

Further Qualitative Research Methods

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

 
Further Quantitative Research Methods

The module includes:

  • matrix algebra
  • differential calculus
  • multiple regressions
  • time series
  • qualitative response
  • panel data models
 

Optional

Corporate Financial Strategy

The module covers:

  • investment, capital structure and divident decisions from a shareholder value perspective
  • capital market behaviour (background)
  • mergers
  • real options
 
Managerial Economics

This module covers:

  • the role of managerial practices in creating a successful 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'
  • building a successful organisation: why are some firms more successful than others?
  • economic foundations of corporate governance
  • economic foundations of corporate strategy
 
Managing People and Organisations

Thsi module covers classic management topics and critical reflections on management knowledge:

  1. People in organisations - theories of motivation and of team development, and their contemporary relevance
  2. Organisational processes - theories and models for managing organisational culture, strategic change, across cultures and diversity, and learning and leadership
  3. 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
 
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.

 
Contemporary Developments in HRM/OB

The module examines core contemporary topics in OB/HRM to highlight theory and provide you with a business context within which to understand the topic.

Topics include:

  • challenges organisations face in creating and retaining knowledge
  • developing talent across all the major functions
  • managing multi-cultural teams at the domestic and international context
  • the impact of the global economy on employees
  • reconciling individual expectations and the exigencies of the business world
  • employment law
 
Corporate Governance

The module covers:

  • 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
 
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
 
Financial Reporting

The module covers:

  • financial reports
  • regulation of financial reporting
  • creative accounting
  • techniques of accounting analysis
  • standard setting
  • relationship to capital
  • auditing
  • accounting research
 
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 module.

 
Market Relationships: A Strategic Approach

Content is as follows:

  1. What is a market? A service ecosystem approach to understanding markets
  2. Organisational buying behaviour and market structures
  3. How do markets work? Creating and shaping new markets and maintaining market dynamics
  4. Market relations and sustainable competitive advantage
  5. Forming business networks: business network partnership attraction
  6. Business-to-Business marketing strategies
  7. Innovation in business networks
  8. Managing business networks: communication, coordination and learning in business networks
  9. Strategic market relations in the digital world
  10. Branding and building loyalty: value co-creation in network partnerships
 
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.

 
Venture Capital and Private Equity

The module covers venture capital and private equity provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life-cycle. This involves selecting investments, structuring deals, valuation of investment opportunities, leveraged buyouts (LBOs), managing portfolio firms, and exit.

 

 

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

Funding information is available on the school website and 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. 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.

 
 

Careers

Career destinations for our postgraduates 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.

Postgraduate careers team

Taught students benefit from the support of our postgraduate careers team who will help you to explore your career options and develop your career management skills. Our weekly MSc Advanced Career Leaders Programme is complemented by individual careers consultations, networking events and access to a wide range of employer presentations, volunteering activities and work experience opportunities.

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 and move onto the next stage of your career.

Employability and average starting salary

82.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £50,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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