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Entry requirements

This is a specialist masters programme. All entrants should have at least an upper second class (2.1) degree from a UK university or equivalent. The degree must be in business, management, economics, accounting, finance or a degree with at least two modules in these areas. If not then at least two years full-time relevant work experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Management is a new specialist programme designed for business, management or economics graduates who wish to develop their knowledge to Masters level.

The programme introduces students to advanced management concepts through a combination of core foundation subjects before selecting one of two specialist pathways. Student also have the opportunity to choose a mixed pathway route, tailoring the course to their requirements.

The programme is structured into three components; five core foundation subjects (70 credits), one of two specialist pathways (50 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The MSc Management programme is assessed by coursework only; there are no exams.

Each taught module has the following structure:

  • Individual Coursework: 80%
  • Group Coursework: 20%

Coursework can take the form of short essays, extended essays, reports and presentations, through which students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Taught modules contribute two thirds of the overall degree (120 credits). The final assessment is the 60 credit dissertation (10,000 – 12,000 words), where students conduct their own research aligned to their pathway under the guidance of a supervisor.

Students undertaking the Entrepreneurship & Innovation pathway will also be encouraged to explore starting-up their own business.

For those without a business background please also see our MSc International Business programme.

Specialist pathways

To apply and start studying on one of the specialist pathways, please visit the pathway programme pages;


Students studying the Strategy pathway will graduate with an 'MSc Management: Strategy'.

Students studying the Entrepreneurship & Innovation pathway will graduate with an 'MSc Management: Entrepreneurship & Innovation'.

Students will also have the option to study a mixed pathway, graduating with an 'MSc Management'.

Semester 1

Core Modules

  • Organisational development (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary issues in management (20 Credits)
  • Environment of business (10 Credits)
  • Strategic management (10 Credits)

Semester 2

  • Research methods (10 Credits)
  • Dissertation ( 60 Credits)

Pathway 1: Strategy

  • Advanced strategy (20 Credits)
  • Strategic leadership (20 Credits)
  • International strategy (10 Credits)

Pathway 2: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Entrepreneurship: business start-up (20 Credits)
  • Innovation management (20 Credits)
  • Advanced topics in entrepreneurship (10 Credits)

Mixed Pathway

  • Choice of three modules from Pathway 1 and 2 (50 Credits)
The University of Birmingham is a leading global institution, and our graduates are highly valued by employers. Graduates of the MSc Management programme will be well placed for a variety of careers, including consulting, research & policymaking, and senior management positions within both in SMEs and large multinationals. Students undertaking the Entrepreneurship & Innovation pathway will also be encouraged to explore starting-up their own business.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005