MSc Business and Management
Our MSc Business and Management Masters degree offers an advanced qualification that is designed to equip graduates with a thorough understanding of modern management concepts and techniques. The course explores a core set of concepts and ideas about business and management challenging you to apply your understanding of core topics and contemporary issues in the corporate world. It will prepare you to face the challenges of managing and working in a variety of organisations, both within Europe and internationally.You will gain confidence in strategic areas including financial decision making, leadership in practice and managing across cultures.
Why study this subject?
Studying for a business Masters qualification gives you the opportunity to expand your subject knowledge and build on the skills you have gained during your undergraduate studies. The benefits extend beyond improving your earning potential. Managers in today’s knowledge-based economy need to be adaptable and flexible with strong analytical capabilities. Masters-level study can prepare you for this challenge as well as providing you with specialist subject knowledge in areas such as markets, finance, customers and operations.
If you have not previously studied for a Bachelors degree in business or related subjects, our MSc Business and Management course will provide grounding for a range of specialist careers including marketing, accounting, project management and human resources.
Graduates with a non-business Bachelors degree will complete a pre-course self study pack before beginning their first Level 7 module. The reading material and tutor support provided will help you to adapt to the challenge of postgraduate business study and give you the tools to develop your skills in a new direction with confidence.
Upon commencement of the MSc Business and Management course, you will undertake an induction programme prior to starting your first module which will enable you to familiarise yourself with our virtual learning platform and understand what will be expected of you during your online studies.
The MSc Business and Management degree is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.
Level 7 modules:
- Management: Principle and Practices (20 credits)
- Leadership in Practice (20 credits)
- Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
- Economics for Managers (20 credits)
- Marketing: Principles and Practices (20 credits)
- Business and Management Research Report (60 credits)
Module options (choose a combination of modules equal to 20 credits):
- Managing Across Cultures (10 credits)
- Project Management (10 credits)
- Human Resource Management (10 credits)
- Business Strategy (10 credits)
Teaching methods and style
Unlike a traditional university environment, our online Masters degree course utilises a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit around your work and personal commitments.
You will be supported throughout your MSc Business and Management programme by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.
Methods of assessment
Our MSc Business and Management course includes both compulsory and optional modules, so you can tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations. We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the MSc Business and Management will be based on a combination of written coursework and work on a dissertation or individual project.
At the end of your studies, you will submit a 3,500-4,500 Research Proposal followed by a 13,000-15,000 word Management Report.
You will be able to see your current provisional marks from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your Masters course. We achieve this by:
- showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
- the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;
- assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;
- ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser; and
- the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.
We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism. On successful completion of your MSc Business and Management degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. Recent surveys show that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level and less likely to be unemployed. For some jobs, a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge.
As companies seek out the business managers with the most advanced skills to respond to changes in the economy and marketplace, a Masters degree in business and management could give you the competitive edge you need to advance to these upper level positions.
The specialist knowledge and understanding you will gain could open up rewarding careers in business management, banking, insurance, accountancy, finance, marketing, sales, retail and human resources. You will also be well equipped to start your own businesses or work as an independent consultant in the future.
We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our MSc Business and Management programme:
1 - Academic Entry Route
In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MSc Business and Management programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
- An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.
- If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent.
2 - Open Entry Route
We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route.
In order to satisfy the Open Entry Route requirements for our MSc Business and Management programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:
- At least 5 years’ senior level work experience.
- English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5.
Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.
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