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.
MSc Business and Management 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.
Open to applications for those with Home/EU fee status. Now closed to all applicants with International fee status.
Applications may be closed earlier depending on how many places are still available.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
Specialist 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 course deposit. For more details, please contact us.
- 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 underpinned by the latest developments
- An inspiring research portfolio worth £799m
- 91.1% of MSc graduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work, self-employment or further study within six months of graduation
- More than 19,000 Business School alumni connect you to a powerful global network of business contacts
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 dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
Corporate Financial Strategy
The module covers:
- investment, capital structure and divident decisions from a shareholder value perspective
- capital market behaviour (background)
- real options
This module covers classic organisational behaviour topics such as understanding organisations, teams and teamwork, leadership, culture, power and control.
The module is concerned to use economic reasoning to consider how individuals are motivated and activities and individuals are co-ordinated with organisations. It contrasts markets and firms as alternative forms of managing resource flows. It shows how incomplete and imperfectly distributed information causes difficulties for each form.
There is an emphasis on the application of economic reasoning to real organisations including financial institutions, manufacturing firms, franchised businesses, online retailers etc and to contemporary business issues such as executive compensation, promotion tournaments etc.
Research Methods for Management Studies
This modules covers the following:
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.
Part III: Introduction to management research
Relating to literature review, asking research questions and objectives, formulating research hypotheses, discussion of findings; quantitative and qualitative research in the dissertation relating to its application.
Research into an issue of management, using qualitative and/or quantitative research skills. You will be expected to demonstrate competence in formulating a research problem and designing a research project and the ability to deal with complex issues of theory and or practice.
At least three from:
Behavioural Economics and Decision Making
This module is aimed at giving you an understanding of behaviour in an economic context. You will learn the use of methods to measure economic preferences as: trust, risk, cooperation, social preferences and social identity. These measures are used in economics and finance to explain human behaviour and decision-making processes. In addition to this you will “play” games in the classroom to get a first hand impression of the structure and meaning of the games used in the lectures.
Together we will understand how rational behaviour predictions conflict with human “bounded rational” decision making. You will analyse studies of bounded rational behaviour, labour markets, asset markets, experimental behavioural finance, social dilemmas, preferences, public goods, reciprocity, bargaining and contests.
Business to Business Marketing
The content of this module will serve as an introduction to the main theoretical and managerial concepts and issues in the area of business-to-business marketing and will focus on aspects of strategic marketing relationships between companies and other stakeholders. Possible topics may include:
- What is a market? A service ecosystem approach to understanding markets
- Organisational buying behaviour and market structures
- How do markets work? Creating and shaping new markets and maintaining market dynamics
- Market relations and sustainable competitive advantage
- Forming business networks: business network partnership attraction
- Business-to-Business marketing strategies
- Innovation in business networks
- Managing business networks: communication, coordination and learning in business networks
- Strategic market relations in the digital world
- Branding and building loyalty: value co-creation in network partnerships
Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
This module covers the following:
- How to build an entrepreneurial organisation
- Entrepreneurial strategy in theory and practice
- Entrepreneurial culture: structure, processes and people
- Building a culture of entrepreneurship in practice
- Entrepreneurship with external stakeholders
- Managing uncertainty and failure
- Building an ambidextrous organisation
- Diagnosing an entrepreneurial change programme
The module covers:
- The nature and perspectives of corporate governance
- Corporate control and ownership across the world
- Taxonomies of CG systems and CG mechanisms
- Shareholder power: Individuals and institutions
- External influences on corporate governance: The market for corporate control
- The role of the board: Executives and non-executives
- Executive remuneration and governance
- Government and governance: The regulatory role
- Corporate governance: A review of the domain
The module covers:
- strategic analysis
- industry analysis
- creating and sustaining competitive advantage
- strategic decision making
- strategy practice and implementation
- strategy and organisation
- strategic leadership
Human Resource Management
The intricacies of managing the human resources within the business context are developed in this module. It examines processes, practices, and procedures associated with HRM management and administration that an employer/manager needs to be familiar with, and analyses the current best practice in the HR function.
This module examines:
- exchange rates and FX markets
- FX market efficiency
- real exchange rate and purchasing power parity
- exchange rate determination
- exchange rate forecasting
- FX predictability: Statistical significance and economic value
- FX volatility strategies
- global equity analysis
- global performance evaluation
Launching an Entrepreneurial Business
This module aims to give you a theoretical understanding and practical experience of launching a new entrepreneurial venture. In so doing, this capstone module enables you to comprehend the role of, and conflicts and interdependencies between, different business and management disciplines; thus, it provides you with an insight into how decision-making in each area can impact on the overall performance of the firm. The module also aims to foster reflexive practice to facilitate lifelong learning.
Operations and Supply Chain Strategy and Practice
The module content is divided into three major parts:
- Strategy – Context of operations and supply chain strategy; the range of strategic decisions within and between operations; the impact of competition on operations and supply chains; supply chain strategies for coordination and integration; topical strategic issues faced by various industries and sector in their operations and supply chains, for example, sustainability, new technologies, etc
- Performance measurement – Concept and importance of performance measurement within operations and supply chain management; selection and application of key performance indicators; importance of intra and inter-organisational benchmarking and approaches to target setting
- Current practice – Current operations management, supply chain management, and logistics approaches in a range of industries/sectors; pertinent issues and drivers of change in practicing operations and supply chain management, including sustainability
Venture Capital and Private Equity
Venture capital and private equity provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life-cycle. This involves selecting early-stage and late-stage investment opportunities, due diligence, structuring deals, valuation, managing portfolio firms, and exit.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
You will be assessed through a combination of individual assignments or group projects and written exams.
Career destinations for our postgraduates include:
- finance and investment analysts
- higher education teaching professionals
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing professionals
- public relations professionals
- university researchers
Postgraduate careers team
Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.
As soon as you have accepted your offer of a place at the Business School, we can begin working with you to support your career planning needs. You can take part in pre-course careers discussions and take advantage of remote and online support through Career Leader, an online assessment tool which helps you to measure your business interests and motivations before starting your course.
Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate.
Average starting salary and career progression
91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.**
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** This is an average of all Business School postgraduates and so reflects the higher salaries earned by our MBAs who have several years professional experience prior to undertaking their studies.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.
You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.
Scholarships and bursaries
There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.
The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study