MSc Management will help you follow a career in management to leadership level in a variety of areas. You will be encouraged to work in groups and will be taught by staff and visiting speakers who are leaders in their fields. The course will challenge and inspire you to think differently about the key disciplines of management.
It includes core modules in management, business economics, accountancy, leadership and creative problem-solving and allows you to tailor the course to your requirements with a selection of optional modules. Teaching includes lectures, case studies, seminars and individual and group project work.
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.
The module covers the following:
- Key concepts of business economics
- Firms and market power
- Market structure and government policy
- Government intervention
- International trade
- International capital and other factor flows
- The macroeconomic environment
- Balance of payments and Forex
- Macroeconomic policy
This module covers classic organisational behaviour topics such as understanding organisations, teams and teamwork, leadership, culture, power and control.
Principles of Accounting
This module covers:
- financial statement analysis
- managerial accounting for planning and control
- discounted cash flow and valuation
- evaluating financial proposals
Principles of Marketing
Indicative topics include:
- What is marketing?
- Strategic marketing planning
- Buyer behaviour
- Marketing research
- Segmentation, targeting and positioning
- Managing products
- Marketing channels
- Marketing communications
- Services marketing
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.
Strategy and Leadership
The module will include:
- 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 you to practically interact with real businesses to address some sustainability challenges faced by the organisation.
The module introduces the you to frameworks and theories use to critically assess sustainability, and to integrate sustainability into the business strategy.
The module enables you to develop an understanding of the practical dilemmas facing businesses as they seek to respond to multiple, and often, conflicting stakeholders expectations. You will be expected to critically reflect upon your practical experiences and capture these using a learning journal.
Sustainable Tourism Management
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 compulsory field trip forms an integral part of the teaching of this module.
Topics covered may include:
- tourism management for natural resources
- ecotourism and nature-based tourism
- socio-cultural sustainability
- stakeholder engagement
- community wellbeing
- economics of sustainable tourism
- social impact of tourism
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.
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.
Scholarships and bursaries
See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.