Entry requirements

2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) undergraduate degree. Your degree can be in any discipline.

If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop the theoretical and practical managerial skills you need for a successful career in the headquarters, stores and supply chains of the retail industry.

This course is for graduates with a degree in any subject. We’ve combined our leading research with our industry partners’ experience to design content relevant to contemporary retailing. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills leaders need to succeed in the rapidly changing retailing industry.

You’ll learn about things like:

  • e-commerce
  • supply chain and distributor relationship management
  • making sense of big and small data
  • sustainability
  • operations management
  • strategy
  • leadership
  • consumer psychology
  • customer experience

This degree balances the latest theory with practical application. You’ll apply what you learn to real-life case studies and explore them from the perspectives of firms, consumers and society.

You’ll have the flexibility to choose one of three options for the summer term:

  • an independent research project
  • an industry internship
  • launch your own retail start-up

Internships are not guaranteed. Places are competitive and we advertise opportunities to students.

Key benefits

  • Graduate prepared to work in many different areas like retail, supply, branding, analytics and management consulting
  • Our MSc students come from all over the world. You’ll learn alongside a tight-knit international community.
  • Make the course your own. Customise your degree to suit your strengths and interests with a range of optional units.
  • Learn directly from experienced industry leaders and academics

We give you the edge

We combine the latest research with many opportunities to apply it. This will help you stand out from the crowd. You'll develop key professional skills and work with our partner organisations on optional projects from day one. Find out more about optional activities.

Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a PhD. Find out more about how we prepare you for career success.

Building for the future

Our new School of Management building opened in June 2022. The latest technology gives you a flexible and modern learning environment. The design focuses on working together, with an open layout to enable effective teamwork.

Our new building encourages engagement with other students and academics. A dedicated Employment Hub provides a space for you to meet and network with our industry partners.

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 383757