Postgraduate study

Business and Management MSc

On this course, management is brought to life as a vibrant and important area of business expertise in modern organisations.
 
  
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 may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£12,465 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,465 - Terms apply
Campus
Jubilee Campus
School/department
 

 

Overview

As we endeavour to select a diverse international student cohort, we have now closed this course to applicants from China.

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.

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.

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 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
 

Full 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 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 assignments or group projects and written exams.

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Semester one

Corporate Financial Strategy

The module covers:

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

Semester two

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.

 

Summer

Dissertation

Your dissertation will develop your ability to undertake independent research in the area of business and management either in the context of further academic research or consultancy.

 

Optional modules

At least three from:

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.

 
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
 
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
 
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.

 
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.

 
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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

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

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

The Business School is also offering a number of 50%, 75% and 100% scholarships for high-achieving students who apply to study a taught postgraduate programme with us in 2019. Further information is available on the school website.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international 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 your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

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
  • 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.

Employability and average starting salary

91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment 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 2016/17. 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.

 
 
 

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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