About the course
How is management changing? How do the actions of managers impact society, the economy and the political environment?
This course is perfect if you do not have a first degree in business, or relevant work experience, but want to study management from both critical and operational perspectives to improve your employability.
You study a broad range of managerial disciplines and examine how they relate to the wider political, social and economic context. You graduate not just with the ability to excel in a management career, but with the capacity to shape organisations for the better.
You explore issues such as:
- contemporary management challenges
- ethics and corporate governance
- marketing theory and practice
- environmentally sustainability
- financial decision making
- corporate social responsibility
You also have the opportunity to develop expertise in a chosen area of management, putting theory into practice by conducting a case study of the performance of an organisation.
MSc Management is taught at Essex Business School, champions of responsible management and sustainable business. We’re ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). As an internationally diverse school, our students and staff join us from across the globe.
You can also study this course part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts, including those for students joining us from overseas. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
"I chose MSc Management because I wanted to improve my business acumen; I’m now confident I can responsibly manage any team or project after I graduate. I’ve enjoyed learning about the theories and practices involved in managing organisations and how the actions of poor-quality managers can negatively impact society. I’ve learned from experienced researchers and approachable lecturers in the company of students from all over the world. Particular highlights were receiving the Big Essex Award and becoming Vice-President of the Yoga and Meditation Society.”
Troy Norbert, MSc Management (to be awarded 2016)
Our expert staff
Our team of academics lead research in business ethics and corporate social responsibility, organisation studies, leadership and strategy, and international management.
Our expert staff have world-class research reputations and have written about, or worked in, a wide range of organisations. This experience is incorporated into our teaching to address the issues currently facing organisations across the globe.
Essex Business School is also home to the Centre of Work, Organisation and Society, which organises research seminars that our Masters students may attend.
Our MSc Management is based at our Colchester Campus.
You benefit from the first zero carbon business school building in the UK, with a stunning winter garden, sun terrace and Eden-style dome contributing to the building’s own micro-climate. The building has excellent learning and social facilities, including study skills workshops and advice provided by the EBS Learning Team.
With a degree from Essex Business School, you can be an attractive candidate to high-profile employers in occupations from financial analysis to management, public administration and accountancy. We encourage you to be creative, innovative and consider the ethical implications of business, so you also have an excellent foundation to start your own business, should you wish.
Read our graduate profiles to see some of the high-profile organisations and exciting SMEs our students have progressed to work for, such as:
- fast-growing digital agency, Footprint Digital
We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
We support you to obtain your dream job by providing advice on work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. Our dedicated employability team works closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre. You can also access employer talks on campus.
In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core and optional module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.
Develop your understanding of research methods and carry out independent research into organisations in a coherent and structured manner. You explore the key methods and theories needed to identify opportunities for research into organisations, a range of both qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection and analysis and a case study approach to research presentation and analysis.
Investigate the foundations of Management and Marketing through an induction to Essex Business School, with structured introductions to the library resources in the University and the range of learning methods used at post-graduate level, including lectures, classes, independent reading, group research projects, presentations and written assignments.
This module introduces key principles and practices in contemporary management and organisational behaviour. You learn through a combination of lectures, group work and individual study and use business case studies to apply theory to real-life situations. You examine some of the most important challenges facing management today and see how these are located in the wider political, social and economic context.
This module introduces you to the theory and practice of marketing. You cover topics such as consumer behaviour, relationship marketing, digital marketing and cause-related marketing. We examine the discipline as both an organisational function and a crucial field of social interaction in a global context.
Explore issues ranging from environmental disasters to corporate greed and from executive pay to ethical bottled water. You discover the relationship between management and corporations on the one hand, and society and nature on the other, engaging in debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility.
Learn to identify and analyse features of academic discourse and the requirements of academic assignments, to engage in self-reflection and critical thinking, and to learn how to read critically and write effectively across a range of genres. You develop an awareness of how your key academic skills can be transferred to professional contexts, enhancing future employability capabilities.
This module introduces you to management accounting and management control principles, investment appraisal and financial control principles, and market and managerial behaviours. You examine a range of issues that relate to financial and managerial decision-making, including incremental costing, budgeting, activity-based costing, capital structure and long term financing, and financial analysis of commercial projects.
This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical transferable skills needed to work effectively in creative problem solving teams. You explore creativity as both an academic discipline and practice in organisations and gain a critical understanding of historical developments and trends in the field of creativity management. You examine theoretical concepts and perspectives and practical techniques, such brainstorming and lateral thinking.
Discover how people construct and account for themselves in relation to organisations. You explore the implications of technology and bureaucracy in the formation of consciousness, challenging taken-for-granted assumptions about organisations and offers insights into the meaning of work. The course uses a variety of media including film and video and the use of novels, art and theatre in order to illustrate the various concepts used.
Investigate some of the main topics and issues in international business and global political economy, applying both mainstream and more critical approaches to understanding them. You explore a range of different literatures addressing the business environment in the international context, discovering the historical, economic, cultural and political forces that shape contemporary global capitalism.
Managers increasingly find themselves working across borders calling for a thorough understanding of issues that relate to cross cultural management. In this course you enhance your understanding of the way in which globalisation and international business activities affect management and management practices across cultures.
Develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of Human Resource Management in domestic and international contexts, as well as an awareness of how Human Resource practices impact both on the individual and wider social structures.
- Tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations
- Courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
- We run an open seminar series
- Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations
- You submit a research portfolio instead of a dissertation.
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.