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
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course provides coverage of key conceptual and practical developments across a wide range of business and management disciplines.
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The MSc Business and Management is the most flexible of our masters courses and can be tailored to your own needs and career interests. It will develop any relevant experience that you already have in business and management, furthering 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.

Students on this course also have an opportunity to study at the University's Malaysia Campus.

It forms a sound basis for a variety of management or management-related careers and 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 us.

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 latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) we ranked 6th for research power out of 101 UK business and management institutions
  • We are ranked 12th in the UK for business and management studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 (top 100 worldwide)
 

Course details

You must accumulate 180 credits to qualify for the award of MSc; 120 from modules taught and examined during two 15-week semesters.

Each taught module typically consists of ten 2-3 hour sessions. Assessment is a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.

The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation on an approved, relevant subject, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.

 
 

Modules

Semester one

Core

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.

 

Either:

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.

 

or

Further Quantitative Research Methods

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

 

Optional

Choose two from the following list:

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.

 
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.

 
Managing People and Organisations

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
 

Semester two

Optional

Choose at least three modules from the following list:

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, and employment law.

 
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
 
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 and 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 course.

 
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 may be available through the Business School. 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.

 
 

Careers

Postgraduate careers team

As a postgraduate student in Nottingham University Business School you will have access to our specialist in-house postgraduate careers team 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 2015, 97% 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 £29,221 with the highest being £55,700.*

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.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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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