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MSc Business Management

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Course options2017-18

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Southend Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £10,200
Fee (International): £15,950
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Duration: 2 years
Start month: October
Location: Southend Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £5,100
Fee (International): £7,975
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719
Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

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About the course

Do you want a fast-paced career in management? Are you looking for a business Masters to develop your operational management skills and strategic knowledge?

This is a broad business and applied management Masters degree, designed to give you the edge in applying for well-paid managerial positions. It is open to those without a degree in business, as well as those already in work, but without the necessary experience to undertake an MBA.

Our MSc Business Management (MBM) provides knowledge of the main functional areas within organisations, their structure and processes and the changing environments they operate in. We develop your quantitative skills in analysing financial data, so you can make informed decisions to solve complex business challenges.

You learn how to formulate strategies to meet performance objectives, as well as how to manage and allocate resources to sustain competitive advantage. You explore how to run business operations effectively in cross-cultural settings and explore the process of creating your own entrepreneurial venture.

Study areas may include:

  • strategic management and leadership
  • financial decision making for managers, including financial and management accounting
  • supply chain and operations management
  • international marketing
  • human resources management, organisational learning and collaboration
  • business research and consultancy
  • managerial economics
  • entrepreneurship

We help you to reach your leadership potential by developing your transferable employability skills in:

  • team work
  • negotiation
  • networking
  • problem solving
  • project management
  • critical thinking
  • communication, including engaging with different stakeholders

In the summer, you apply your business knowledge and strategic management skills to undertake a company-based research project or dissertation in an area of your choice.

This course can be studied on a full or part-time basis 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.

Our expert staff

MSc Business Management (MBM) is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. We are in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and our students and staff join us from all over the world.

Our expert team of international academics specialise in:

  • management science and data analytics
  • leadership and strategy
  • international management
  • organisation studies

Many of our staff are members of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps organisations in the private and public sectors to use their data more effectively to improve business performance. You are taught by academics actively involved in researching big data and collaborating with businesses to solve real-world issues.

Specialist facilities

You study at our Southend Campus, in a region which is home to a large number of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SME). These entrepreneurial organisations could potentially be used as case studies in your assessments, particularly your final business research project. London is an hour’s train journey from campus, offering potential networking opportunities, and London Southend Airport provides direct links to mainland Europe.

You have access to excellent facilities, including:

  • 24-hour computer suites and study pods
  • an extensive library
  • employability support, events and initiatives
  • study skills advice
  • GP, dental practice and multi-faith chaplaincy
  • our cosy SU Longue, with pool tables and large-screen TV

Unlike our Colchester Campus, Essex Business School in Southend is a town centre campus, so you are amongst the buzz of the High Street, with its excellent bars, shops and restaurants and employment opportunities.

The University of Essex provides initiatives, including those for international students, to help you perform to your best academic potential, such as free academic English classes.

Your future

Our MSc Business Management (MBM) equips you with essential analytic and problem solving skills so you can launch a successful career as a manager or consultant in the private or public sectors. You may also decide to follow in the footsteps of our successful student entrepreneurs and launch your own business.

We have a dedicated employability team within our department, in addition to the University of Essex Employability and Careers Centre.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.

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Example structure

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.

Year 1

This module helps you to identify and understand the main business functions that can support an entrepreneur when determining whether there is sufficient opportunity to launch a new venture.  You acquire the critical, transferable and practical skills required to create or manage a new or entrepreneurial organisation. You explore how new businesses are developed and managed, including spin-offs from large firms and social enterprises, and learn how to identify new business opportunities. Topics include: idea generation; the development of business models; networking; marketing; finance; human resource management; customer relationship management and driving growth.

Managerial Economics applies economic theory to business management, decision making and forward planning. This module explores how economic concepts, such as profit, demand, cost, pricing production, competition and business cycles, can be used to solve business problems.

Matching the ability to supply a product or service with customer demand is vital for any organisation. Excess supply can lead to wastage and increased costs, but too little can irritate customers and result in lost revenue. Supply chain management is a complex and challenging task, but, done right, it can create significant competitive advantage. This module explores how organisations manage their product range and operations to best align supply with demand in a global environment, categorised by expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, and continuous advances in business analytics. You explore areas such as industry competition, resource allocation, organisational learning and competitive dynamics.

This module enables you to master important elements in marketing strategy implementation. You address cross cultural issues and perspectives on international marketing, focusing on buyer behaviour in both B2B and B2C contexts. You explore international market research, the implications for product and service management, marketing communications, channel management, new product development, services marketing and retailing.

Gain the key skills and competencies to carry out management research or prepare a comprehensive business plan, suitable for the completion of a Masters level programme. You address the philosophical issues underlying management research, and discover how to select methods and judge the quality and value of research outcomes.

This module equips you with a critical understanding of a range of economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of enterprise creation and development. Live examples, case studies and journal articles show how these theories apply in practice to real business situations. Working in groups and individually, you have the opportunity to suggest strategies for responding to the issues raised in these case studies. Topics include new business creation, innovative growth and the impact of entrepreneurship on economic and social development.

Gain an advanced understanding of the external context within which international businesses operate, and the opportunities and challenges this poses to entrepreneurial firms, large and small. You are introduced to key international trade theories and practices, and the application of these to the study of entrepreneurship. You also discuss the external challenges facing international firms, particularly economic, financial, political-legal, technological and cultural challenges.

Achieve an advanced understanding of international business and strategy, and the content and processes of different international expansion modes. You examine why firms enter international markets, and explore different forms of international growth by observing current business practice, case study evidence and theory.

This module explores how organisations use innovation to gain a competitive advantage by capitalising on organisational, market and technological change. You examine how innovation strategies are developed and managed and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage innovation at operational and strategic levels.

Explore the impact of internationalization processes on human behaviour within organisations from an international perspective, identifying key aspects of human resource management in multinational firms. You gain an understanding of cross-cultural dimensions of international management, and comprehend trends and challenges in the global work environment

Teaching

We develop your practical management skills and functional knowledge through:

Assessment

  • Coursework and exams.

Dissertation

You undertake a company-based research project or dissertation in an area of your choice.

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Qualifications

UK entry requirements

A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in any discipline. If you do not have a good 2:2 degree or above, we require at least one year of professional work experience post-graduation

International and EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the 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

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.

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Applying

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.

Visit us

Open days

We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Southend 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 southend@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

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 Southend Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

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.

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