Break into business and gain in-depth knowledge of Operations Management.

Our MSc Business with Operations Management has been designed as a practice-focused course for those early in their career. Build upon the core disciplines of business to learn how to design, run, and manage effective operations across service, manufacturing, public, and private sectors.

Operations management can make or break an organisation, which is why you’ll cover a range of crucial elements, from project management to supply chain management, ensuring you gain a forward-thinking and career-driven learning experience that will help you to make a significant difference in the world of business.


  • WBS CareersPlus service: We offer you a comprehensive pre-arrival, student, and alumni career service. You will have access to one-to-one career guidance appointments, CV checks and tailored mock interviews.
  • Workshops & guidance: You will have the opportunity to attend workshops covering CVs and application forms, looking for jobs, networking, interviews and assessment centres in Term 1, and access to a careers coach with specialist knowledge of your course. Additional workshops including networking, CVs and cover letters and assessment centres, are also provided throughout the year.
  • Masters in Business courses – Business in Practice: If you choose the Business in Practice route for your final assessment, rather than the traditional dissertation route, you will work in teams on a two-week business simulation, setting up and running your own virtual company and competing against other teams. Academic lectures, skills training and other activities will help you develop practical business skills that you can put into practice in the simulation. The Business in Practice route also offers you the opportunity to do a summer internship, which you will need to find yourself but with guidance and support from CareersPlus.
  • MyAdvantage: The University's graduate job site, MyAdvantage lists thousands of graduate job placements and internship opportunities throughout the year, as well as a range of other useful online resources.

Course Details

Gain a broad knowledge of business whilst specialising in the area of operations management. This course does not focus solely on one element of operations management but fuses key elements such as operations analytics, project management and supply chain operations together to develop you into a successful operations manager.

  • You will begin Term 1 with three modules covering key business areas (Foundations of Financial & Management Accounting, Quantitative Methods for Business, and Strategy Analysis and Practice). Additionally, the Operations Management module is the first of your specialist modules.
  • In Term 2 you will study Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour, another key business area, looking at microeconomics but with our unique behavioural science perspective. You will also do two more of your specialist modules (Operations Analytics, and Supply Chain Management). Finally, you choose one optional module, allowing you to explore another field.
  • In Term 3 you will study your fourth specialist module, Project Management, and an optional module. You also follow the course content relating to either the Dissertation or Business in Practice route.

Optional modules

We offer a range of optional modules which reflect the research strengths of WBS across the business and management disciplines. Students on the dissertation route will take one optional module; students on the Business in Practice route will take two. Module availability may vary and that your first choice may not be guaranteed.


Assessment is a mix of exams, assignments, assessed group project work, and tests. Your dissertation or Business in Practice module brings all of your learning together.

Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route:

  • Dissertation route: If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to operations management, the 6,000-word dissertation enables you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout, with the Research Methodology module helping you to prepare. In total, you will study eight compulsory modules and one optional module, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methodology module.
  • Business in Practice route: If you would like to develop further applied skills to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop your business knowledge and personal skills with practical insights from our faculty and our CareersPlus & Corporate Relations team. In total, you will study eight compulsory modules, two optional modules and also complete the Business in Practice capstone module.

Core Modules

  • Operations Management
  • Operations Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategy Analysis and Practice
  • Foundations of Financial & Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour

Optional Modules

  • Governance and Corporate Responsibility
  • Digital Working & Organisational Transformation
  • Leading for Innovation
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Design in Business
  • Digital Marketing Technology & Management
  • Forecasting for Decision Makers
  • Economics in the Global Environment
  • Business IT & Services
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Venturing
  • International Business
  • Leading the Knowledge-Based Organisation
  • Research Methodology

Dissertation or Business in Practice

  • Business in Practice
  • Dissertation

Fees and Funding


The fee for 2019 entry is £28,500. These fees are the same for both UK and international students.

This is payable at the start of the year, or in instalments, but to secure your place on the course you must lodge a £1,500 deposit with us within four weeks of receiving your offer. The deposit is part of the total fee, not an additional cost.

Included and excluded from fees

The fee includes registration, tuition, examination and graduation (Please note: robes and photographs will need to be paid in addition to tuition fees). It does not include study materials, re-examination (re-sits), residential accommodation, meals or travel.

WBS Scholarships

WBS Scholarships of up to 50% towards tuition fees are offered to applicants with an outstanding academic background. All suitable applicants to the MSc, and in particular those from the UK and Europe, will be considered for these scholarships at the time they apply.

University of Warwick students (progressing directly from undergraduate study at Warwick) who are offered a place with WBS will receive a Warwick Loyalty 25% scholarship, with outstanding students receiving up to 50%.

All applicants who are offered a scholarship will be notified at the time they are made an offer for the MSc.


The WBS global community is a network of over 45,000 graduates and students in over 140 countries.

  • Connect today: You can connect with us even before you arrive: our students and alumni can offer you support and advice as you prepare to study here. Join us as a prospective student on LinkedIn and Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news from WBS.
  • Online resources: We make it easy for students to network with other students through our bespoke learning environment, my.wbs. We also make it easy for graduates to find each other through our Online Directory.
  • Professional networks: Once you are studying with us you can join one of our professional networks which bring together students, graduates, and our faculty to explore industry practice and the latest research in specific industry areas.
  • Geographical groups: You can also join a group local to your home which will get you involved with students and graduates at social and educational events, in person and online, all over the world.
  • Mentoring: You can apply to join our WBS Mentoring Programme where we match you up with an experienced WBS alumnus in your field to support your next career steps.

Entry Requirements

  • Academic qualifications: You must have, or be expecting to obtain, an upper second class honour's at Undergraduate level from a UK university, or overseas equivalent. This stream will suit a wide variety of candidates looking to break into the business and we welcome applicants from all academic fields.
  • GMAT & GRE: We do not require a GMAT or GRE score but a well-balanced score (700+) may strengthen your application.
  • English not your first language?: If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English, examples are shown below. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.
  • Educated in the English language?: If you are a non-native speaker of English but have been educated entirely in English for your degree, and completed this within the last two years, this may satisfy the University of your language skills.
  • Pre-sessional English: We do not offer a pre-sessional English class as an alternative to achieving these scores. Any pre-sessional course should be viewed as a way of settling into living and studying in the UK and not as a way of boosting your score.

Required grades

  • IELTS: 7.0 - all four languages elements have to be scored 6.0+, with a maximum of two language components at the lowest level of 6.0 or 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 70 - with 51+ in every section
  • CPE: Grade C (CEFR level C2) or above
  • CAE: Grade C - scoring 60+, no worse than 3 component results at borderline and 1 at weak
  • TOEFL: 100 – minimum language components L21, R22, W21, S23
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 1, 2019
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