Management MSc


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MSc Management
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline, excluding business and/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).
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 will help shape your leadership and management skills, allowing you to think creatively and practice your newly acquired knowledge.
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If you have never studied business and management before but you are keen to acquire the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in public, private or not for profit sector management, or to run your own business, the MSc Management course is ideally suited to you.

Taught by staff and visiting speakers who are leaders in their fields, it will challenge and inspire you to think differently about the key disciplines of management.

You will undertake core and elective modules, lectures, case studies, seminars and individual and group project work, building your managerial capabilities to help you thrive in a dynamic marketplace.

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 individual dissertation on an approved, relevant subject, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.



Semester one


Business Economics

The module covers the following:

  • Markets
  • Firms and Market Power
  • Market Structure and Government Policy
  • Government Intervention
  • International Trade
  • International Capital and other Factor Flows
  • The Macroeconomic Policy
  • Balance of Payments and Foreign Exchange

The module aims to provide students who have no previous training in economics with a knowledge and understanding of key economic concepts and tools of analysis relevant to the student of business.

International Accounting

The module covers the following:

  • The roles of accounting in business and its link to global capital markets
  • International accounting harmonisation
  • Comparative international accounting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Managerial accounting for planning and control
  • Discounted Cash Flow and Valuation

The module aims to provide course members with an appreciation of the roles and techniques of accounting in the context of international business reporting and management.

Managing 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, equality and participation equality, 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 the 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
  • provide a guide for exploring management issues in a global context
  • to develop the ability to diagnose and solve organisational problems


Choose one module from the following list:

Creative Problem Solving

The course will introduce students to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the cricual link between creativity, entrepreneurship and economic development the course proceeds with the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, entrepreneurship and economic development the course proceeds with the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process and modern knowledge management practices supported by case studies and examples of successful applications.

Students will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential.

The module aims to encourage students to develop an understanding of entrepreneurial creativity through theoretical analysis and the use of creative problem solving techniques. The module will enable students to generate, evaluate and apply new ideas and concepts within a business planning process. Students will also experience creative problem solving techniques, reflect upon appropriate methods for different stages of problem solving techniques, reflect upon appropriate methods for different stages of problem solving and explore the relationship between creative problem solving and entrepreneurship.

Strategic Marketing in the Digital Economy

The module covers strategic options for the digital economy, strategic usage of social media, email, search engines and mobile platforms, marketing performance measurement in the digital economy, market orientation and concept, marketing strategy and business performance, strategic marketing planning, understanding the market environment, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, product and market life-cycles, competitive advantage, the nature of competition, strategic choice and the evolution of markets, developing and analysing strategic options, implementing marketing strategies, strategic thinking and strategic market outlook, Marketing Simulation Game.

The module aims to:

  • bring forth the necessary strategic considerations for marketing products and services in the Digital Economy of the 21st century
  • analyse the issues surrounding the development of competitive marketing strategies both online as well as offline
  • evaluate the importance and application of strategic marketing tools and techniques
  • examine the relative merits of marketing strategies in different marketing environments online/offline and globally
  • encourage the development of strategic thought and a strategic approach in marketing products/services in the global digital economy
  • encourage the approach of marketing in the digital economy of the 21st century stressing ethical, sustainable and value co-creation perspectives
  • successfully participate in a Marketing Simulation Game where knowledge will be tested in practice
  • galvanise the confidence and ability to engage responsibly and proactively

Semester two


Research Methods

Part I: Introduction Qualitative Analysis. This part of the module will be concerned with the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

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

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 MSc programme and dissertation research involving quantitative and qualitative analysis
Strategy and Leadership

The module will include the following topics:

  • The meaning, nature and evolution of the field of strategy
  • External and internal environmental analysis
  • Strategies for competitive advantage
  • Strategy and organisation
  • The meaning, nature and evolution of the field of leadership
  • Leadership and strategic change
  • Leadership and sustainable strategic management
  • Leadership in public sector strategy

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of strategic management and leadership, and the ability to analyse strategy and leadership in action.



Choose two modules from the following list:


The e-Business module is aimed at future managers and business people who want to know how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can help them to be successful in their careers by understanding how companies use these technologies.

The module aims to:

  • familiarise participants with the strategic management issues and technology developments associated with e-business
  • provide participants with a solid strategic business view of the uses of web technologies and Information Systems
  • help participants understand how and why e-businesses are successful or not, i.e. what makes them 'tick'
Innovation Management

The module covers the following: 

  • Introduction - What is Innovation Management?
  • Building an Innovation Organisation
  • Innovation and Family Firms
  • Sources of Innovation and Networks
  • Innovation Strategy and Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Selecting the Right Idea
  • Implementing Ideas
  • Capturing Learning
  • Management of an Innovative Firm

The module aims to help students to understand the knowledge and skills required to manage innovation by considerating a number of different perspectives; industrial perspectives, innovation within an organisation, and finally innovation from a managerial perspective.

International Marketing

The course provides an overview of the changing international business environment and its challenges for international firms. It critically reviews contemporary issues in international marketing and provides insights into the development of competitive strategies and international marketing management within the context of consumer goods, industrial goods and services. The module is designed to develop an appreciation of the special requirements for successfully conducting international marketing activities. The course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of current issues in international marketing theory and practice.

The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of current issues in marketing in general and international marketing theory and practice in particular. It encourages critical thinking about international marketing theories and practices.

Launching New Ventures

Launching New Ventures will introduce students to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well. Whereas Entrepreneurship and Creativity focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Launching New Ventures will prepare students to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.

The module will help students build skills across a number of areas central to the entrepreneurial experience, including:

  • opportunity recognition, evaluation and exploitation
  • innovation assessment and management
  • environmental analysis
  • understanding and managing risk
  • the strategy process
  • market research and the marketing plan
  • finance and funding
  • intellectual property rights
Managing for Sustainability

Sustainable companies are those that are managed in socially, economically, and ecologically responsible ways. Today's managers are expected to understand the impact of management decisions and practices on the environment and society. This module considers how sustainability principles are applied in organisations, and how to manage for sustainability. Through use of multiple learning approaches, the module enables students to practically interact with real businesses to address some sustainability challenges faced by the organisation.

The module introduces the students to frameworks and theories use to critically assess sustainability, and to integrate sustainability into the business strategy. The module enables students to develop an understanding of the practical dilemmas facing businesses as they seek to respond to multiple, and often, conflicting stakeholders expectations. Students will be expected to critically reflect upon their practical experiences and capture these using a learning journal.

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
Risk and Society

The module will provide critical foundations in societal aspects of risk. Students will develop conceptual and practical understanding of risk problems in context, including the emergence and development of risk concepts, the character and diversity of risk governance and regulatory regimes, and varieties of public risk management and communication practices across different sectors and public and institutional settings. Students will gain knowledge of social science and public management theories, concepts, techniques, and different critical approaches to explaining and addressing societal risk issues. 

Technology Entrepreneurship

The aim of this module is to offer students an appreciation of the entrepreneurial actions involved in the commercial exploitation of new science and technology inventions. This type of activity is increasingly recognized as vital for the commercialisation of technology from universities and research institutes into knowledge-driven organisations. Political and sociological debates about the significance of technology transfer from universities will also be considered. The importance of intellectual property and patenting as a key asset in technology entrepreneurship will feature strongly in the module.

Students will gain practical experience by researching and devising entrepreneurial strategies for commercializing novel science and technology ideas. This will require working with real patents and patent searching to critically examine contextual (eg. between industrial sectors and countries) and strategic differences (eg. licensing deals, collaborations and new venture creation). Technology entrepreneurs, Science Incubator managers and related professional services (eg. IP lawyers, investors) will assist with the module at appropriate points.

Tourism and Sustainability

This module is concerned with providing an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to environmental, economic and socio-cultural sustainability in tourism. A day long field trip may form part of this module. Topics covered include:

  • Tourism and the environment
  • Sustainability and biodiversity
  • Impact of tourism on physical and cultural environments
  • Eco-tourism and heritage
  • International case studies in environmental tourism

The module aims to:

  • provide an overview of contemporary debates on sustainability
  • use case studies and a possible field trip to illustrate the negative and positive asepcts of the tourism-environment interaction


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. 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 in 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 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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