Postgraduate Course

MSc Management

MSc Management

Overview

The details
Management
October 2018
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

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 top 25 in the UK for research quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018). 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.

Why we're great.
  • Essex is in the top 5 for social science research (REF 2014) – we use theory to address today’s management challenges
  • Our zero-carbon building reflects our commitment to management ethics
  • You don’t need a degree in management to study this course

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.

Specialist facilities

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.

Your future

In 2016, 87% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE 2016).

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:

  • Groupon
  • HP
  • KPMG
  • 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).

"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)

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in any discipline

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

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 module structure may be subject to change.

Research Portfolio

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.

View Research Portfolio on our Module Directory

Foundations of Management and Marketing

This module introduces you to the foundations of management and marketing, as well as key University and Essex Business School resources to use throughout your studies. You discover the differences between prescriptive management theory and social science approaches to studying management and organisation. You also learn about the range of learning methods appropriate to postgraduate study, including group work, lectures, research projects and presentations.

View Foundations of Management and Marketing on our Module Directory

Management: Principles and Practices

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.

View Management: Principles and Practices on our Module Directory

Marketing: Principles and Practices

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.

View Marketing: Principles and Practices on our Module Directory

Managing for Ethics and Sustainability

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.

View Managing for Ethics and Sustainability on our Module Directory

Financial Decision Making

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.

View Financial Decision Making on our Module Directory

Management Psychology (optional)

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.

View Management Psychology (optional) on our Module Directory

International Environment of Business (optional)

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.

View International Environment of Business (optional) on our Module Directory

Managing Across Cultures (optional)

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.

View Managing Across Cultures (optional) on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • 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

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a research portfolio instead of a dissertation.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£10,710

International fee

£16,750

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold 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 tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2018 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018

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.

Colchester Campus

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Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

 

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