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Management MSc (Brunel Business School)

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Mode of study

1-year full-time; 16-months full-time with placement

PG Code

N200PMANMGT

Start date

January, September

Management MSc (Brunel Business School)

Overview

Professional Practice option available

Listen to an overview of the course

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

Business School of the Year 2013

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

About the course

The Management MSc programme offers:

  • Specialist pathways which reflect the distinctive strengths of Brunel Business School: marketing and branding, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and research.
  • Emphasis on developing employability and career development skills.
  • UK commercial visits and the option of a week-long overseas study tour.
  • Optional 14 week work placement.

The programme possesses considerable strengths including the existence of a diverse and international mix of faculty and students. Students benefit from research-informed teaching, as well as practical and professional support to their academic and vocational development.

MSc Management is offered in four specialisations:

  • MSc Management (General Management) – developing a generalised knowledge of theory and its practical applications to business, public sector and third sector organisations.
  • MSc Management (Branding and Marketing) – combining a generalist study of management with a specialist study of marketing and branding issues followed by a related dissertation topic.
  • MSc Management (Technology and Innovation Management) – combining a generalist study of technology and innovation issues followed by a related dissertation topic.
  • MSc Management (Creative Industries) – combining a generalist study of management with a specialist study of the media industry and media management issues followed by a related dissertation topic.

Aims

  • MSc Management offers students a critically aware understanding of management and organisations relevant to career paths. This is achieved through an advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing contexts in which they operate.
  • This course provides preparation and development for a career in any sector.

Enquiries

For enquiries prior to application:
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265599
Contact Course Enquiries Online

For enquiries after application:
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265265
Contact Admissions Online

Course Director: Dr Grahame Fallon


Course Content

The course will provide you with an advanced and applied understanding of contextual forces on organisations – be they legal, ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological; together with business strategy, markets and customers, financial management and the management and development of people.

Compulsory Modules for all pathways

Entrepreneurship: This module introduces Entrepreneurship as a field of study and as a framework of analysis. It focuses on the nature of entrepreneurship and its importance in society. In particular the module examines:
  • the person - through the analysis and understanding of the psychological and behavioural characteristics of the entrepreneurs. This is achieved by examining and reflecting upon the major theories in the field (psychological theory and cognitive theory).
  • the process – through the review and analysis of the main approaches to entrepreneurship. In addition, the module shows how entrepreneurship unfolds in a wide range of contexts.


Financial Resources Management: This module examines critically the issues and challenges that confront managers responsible for financial management. It concentrates on the concepts, topics and methodological approaches and tools relevant to the analysis of the financial standing of the organisation. It explores the development and implementation of financial strategies and policies, and their major operational implications. Critical thinking, analysis, argument and judgement via the use of case study and other materials are also developed as part of the module.

Business Planning: This module aims to promote an integrative understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in business planning through practice. You will develop critical thinking through the development of a business plan and reflect on the whole process, the team dynamics and their personal development. In addition, this module examines different business models their underlying strategies and decision making process through a variety of case studies.

Strategic Management: This module enables students to appreciate the issues and challenges that confront managers responsible for strategic management. It introduces students to concepts, topics and methodological approaches and tools relevant to the analysis of the strategic position of the organisation. It also concentrates on the development and implementation of strategies and policies, and their major operational implications.

Understanding Business and Management Research: The module is predicated on the dominant role of both quantitative and qualitative methods in management research and the need to enable the understanding of research reports and use this information to improve the quality of work, decision-making, and the understanding of complex management problems. The latter will be instrumental in applying existing management theory and research to practical management problems as action researchers.

Dissertation: A research-based dissertation is an integral element considerable importance to the programme. Students are required to base their dissertation on empirical research into a management problem or issue of their choice (subject to approval). Dissertations are supervised by full-time members of the academic staff of the school who have a wide range of research interests and expertise. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year during which a student completes all of the taught modules of the course. Students are encouraged to write a dissertation relating to the chosen Management MSc pathway.

If placement route is chose: Placement / Consultancy Preparation: The aim of this module is to provide the student with hands-on experience of applying the tools and techniques learnt within the MSc to practical managerial challenges within a demanding professional setting. The experience is intended to enhance the professional skills of the student and increase their prospects of being employed in management positions in a range of companies and locations.

Pathway-specific modules

MSc Management (General Management)

Choose two elective modules from:

International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: This module focuses on business ethics, sustainability and corporate governance in the international context. Both areas will be addressed from the perspective of the dual ‘business’ models of the shareholder and the stakeholder approaches. Further the broader societal impacts of business activities will be considered in-depth. The full range of businesses will be considered – from large corporations through to SMEs. Empirical studies will be used to apply the theoretical resources of moral philosophy, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.

Organisational Behaviour: This module explores the main theories and key functions of leadership and management and their application. You will be able to critique these as well as appreciate the contemporary issues facing leaders and managers. You will also be able to critically evaluate characteristics of effective management and how this differentiates from leadership. You will discuss and assess relative strengths and limitations of key approaches to developing leaders and managers in organisations.

International Marketing: The module addresses critical understanding and ability in assessing the effectiveness of international marketing theory and practice. It targets principles and issues that drive markets world-wide. Students will develop insight and investigative ability concerning issues facing a business that needs to research markets and develop and implement market strategies, techniques and methods across a range of international sectors.

Corporate Branding Theory and Issues: The module aims to provide a critical understanding of corporate branding theory through an examination of key theoretical frameworks. Stakeholder theory, as well as models of corporate brand management and building brand equity will be reviewed to enable this understanding. The module aims to explore extant theory on the application of corporate brand management tools in a wide range of business contexts.

Creative Contexts: This module provides a critical consideration and evaluation of the structure, imperatives, recent history and likely future development of the publishing, film, television and new media industries. These industries are changing very rapidly and the module prepares students to creatively navigate this dynamic sector. As a case study, the module focuses specifically on the publishing industry, examining the strategies employed to identify gaps in the market and to mediate their outputs. Students will benefit from the insights of industry professionals who contribute to the delivery of the module.

Media Issues: This module will identify and critically interrogate what it means to be a media professional in the digital age. It will examine the institutions, issues and frameworks that impact on the work of media practitioners, using journalism in all its forms as a case study. Students will explore the political, economic and occupational contexts that impact on practice. Conceptually, the module will examine prescient debates about professionalisation, globalisation and citizenship, as well as consider the impact that digital technology is having on the future of the media.

Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation: This module explores the intersection between knowledge, social network technologies and innovation. It examines how organisations create, utilise and communicate knowledge in the global knowledge-based economy and the wider social and economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The module identifies the exploitation of Web 2.0 which enables social engagement and processes for business development.

Technology Management: The module aims to develop and demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues associated with modern technology management and business development. It forms part of a coherent programme of study that seeks to develop and demonstrate critical reflection on current theory and practice of management.

MSc Management (Marketing and Branding Management)

Corporate Branding Theory and Issues: The module aims to provide a critical understanding of corporate branding theory through an examination of key theoretical frameworks. Stakeholder theory, as well as models of corporate brand management and building brand equity will be reviewed to enable this understanding. The module aims to explore extant theory on the application of corporate brand management tools in a wide range of business contexts.
 

International Marketing: The module addresses critical understanding and ability in assessing the effectiveness of international marketing theory and practice. It targets principles and issues that drive markets world-wide. Students will develop insight and investigative ability concerning issues facing a business that needs to research markets and develop and implement market strategies, techniques and methods across a range of international sectors.

Plus one elective module from:

Organisational Behaviour

Technology Management

Creative Contexts

See above for module details

MSc Management (Creative Industries)

Creative Contexts: This module provides a critical consideration and evaluation of the structure, imperatives, recent history and likely future development of the publishing, film, television and new media industries. These industries are changing very rapidly and the module prepares students to creatively navigate this dynamic sector. As a case study, the module focuses specifically on the publishing industry, examining the strategies employ can employ to identify gaps in the market and to mediate their outputs. Students will benefit from the insights of industry professionals who contribute to the delivery of the module.

Media Issues: This module will identify and critically interrogate what it means to be a media professional in the digital age. It will examine the institutions, issues and frameworks that impact on the work of media practitioners, using journalism in all its forms as a case study. Students will explore the political, economic and occupational contexts that impact on practice. Conceptually, the module will examine prescient debates about professionalisation, globalisation and citizenship as well as considering the impact that digital technology is having on the future of the media.

Plus one module from:

Organisational Behaviour

International Marketing

Technology Management

See above for module details

MSc Management (Technology and Innovation Management)

Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation: This module explores the intersection between knowledge, social network technologies and innovation. It examines how organisations create, utilise and communicate knowledge in the global knowledge based economy and the wider social and economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The module identifies the exploitation of Web 2.0 which enables social engagement and processes for business development.

Technology Management: To develop and demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues associated with modern technology management and business development. The module forms part of a coherent programme of study that seeks to develop and demonstrate critical reflection on current theory and practice of management.

Plus one module from:

Creative Contexts

International Marketing

Organisational Behaviour

See above for module details

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Business School of the Year 2013

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

You can be both generalist and specialist at the same time with bolt-on specialist areas of choice such as: Marketing and Branding, Innovation Management or the Creative Industries.

Employment experience and work placement of 14 weeks

Career progression and finding suitable jobs are key for our students; hence employment experience is part of the degree programme. From your placement you identify a project, linked to the dissertation, and produce an internal consultancy report for a company.

Showcasing the degree certificate to future employers

Your specialist study and specialist placement experience is showcased on your actual degree certificate, to make it obvious for any potential employer looking for a candidate who really stands out.

Engaging with businesses at high level

The Business Life programme is really supportive to your career prospects with a range of opportunities such as meeting with industry guest speakers, visits to companies and factories, and international business tours.

Accreditation

Memberships

CMI Accredited CourseChartered Management Institute (CMI): A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

As an active research university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in lectures. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of management and active researchers within one of the six centres of research within the school.

Examples of tutor research used in MSc Managements include:

Dr Grahame Fallon provides masters level students with several of his scholarly papers on foreign direct investment (FDI) for consideration and review in class. Students are directed to draw on these papers for group work purposes, leading to an enhanced understanding of the factors that influence the location and impact of FDI inflows into developed and emerging market economies.

Students are also asked to make use of the papers to identify and evaluate the strategic issues surrounding the FDI location decision making process on the part of multinational enterprises (MNEs).

Modes of Study

1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes 8 modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December); delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term.

Assessment

  • Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May.
  • Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.
  • Coursework and examination assignments place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.
  • The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these various skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design in detail and execute a major project.
  • Assessment may include some numerical analysis tasks as well as reporting on published financial data.
  • Tasks related to the gathering of published data or field investigation to new data.
  • Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

Employability

Employability Outcomes

Previous students of MSc Management have achieved graduate positions at:
  • British Airways
  • Santander Bank
  • HSBC Bank
  • Pharmanel Pharmaceuticals S.A.
  • Surrey County Council
  • Allegis Group


Employability Events, Visits and Training

The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively.

Learn more about the Brunel Business Life Employability Programme.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits
A programme of campus events and external visits linked help to demonstrate theory in practice by leading UK organisations. Typical events have included:

  • Tour of the Mini Car Plant, Oxford
    MSc in Management students joined MSc Supply Chain Management students in 2013 on a visit to BMW’s Mini car plant in Oxford. The visit involved a guided tour around the Mini production line which was in full operation during the visit. Students witnessed in practice many of management topics covered in their degree including international business strategy, new product development, customer focused marketing, operations and supply chain management, and financial resources management.
  • Overseas Business Tour
    Current students have the opportunity to compete for a place on a week-long overseas study tour to learn about a specific international market first hand through organisation visits and presentations. In 2012 the destination was Turkey.

Partnerships with Industry
A series of partnerships have been created at school level with the national and overseas organisations:

  • Hoggett Bowers (human resources)
  • Tricordant (healthcare consultancy)
  • Nomura (financial services)
  • Xerox (information technology and capital equipment)
  • British Airways (aviation)
  • Lloyd Northover (marketing and advertising)
  • Boots (high street retailer)
  • NHS and local health providers (Hillingdon and Buckinghamshire)
  • Private healthcare operators in the UK
  • Start-up clinics from overseas (notably, India as well as the Middle East and Gulf)
  • London Heathrow Airport / BAA
  • British Airways, American Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines

These and other business links are leveraged to provide potential employment-related opportunities (such as visiting speaker events, placements, internships and industrial visits) for MSc Management students.

By the end of the programme students will be able to meet the challenges of progressing or entering into a variety of sectors. They will be equipped with a toolset of capabilities, skills and competences necessary to develop and utilize a range of management skills and approaches in a broad range of organizational and geographical settings.

Work Placements

MSc Management with 14 weeks Work Placement (Optional)
The MSc Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a compulsory work placement component of 14 weeks which allows students to take their learning outside the classroom and pairs them with companies in the UK.

Brunel Business School is amongst the first few Business Schools in the UK to introduce postgraduate placements for students completing their Masters programmes as far back as 2011. This feature, pioneered in the UK for undergraduate students by Brunel University, is becoming more popular amongst more mature students, for whom such a placement can often serve as a springboard to often extremely competitive labour market. Postgraduate work placement employers cover all related expenses with many also providing a salary.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2016/17 entry

UK/EU students: £9,400 full-time

International students: £15,400 full-time

Placement: Additional £800

Brunel University is offering Academic Excellence Scholarships to postgraduate students (15%) and scholarships for Brunel Alumni (15%).

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Entry Criteria 2016/17

  • A 2:1 UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in management, business studies or a cognate discipline (with a large component of management related subjects in their degree).

  • Applicants from non-business/management disciplines (and without any business/management element) will be eligible if they have a first class Honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

  • Applicants with a lower second class degree (2:2) in a management; business studies or cognate discipline may be considered, providing they can show evidence of significant relevant work experience (minimum 2 years full-time post qualification).

  • Applicants with non-degree qualifications will be also considered if they have relevant work experience (minimum 5 years full-time) and will be assessed on an interview basis.

  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Pre-Masters Course

The Pre-Masters course has been designed to prepare international students who have not qualified for direct entry to Brunel University London's Master's degrees. Undertaking a Pre-Master's course will give you time to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. This will ensure you get the most out of your master's studies at Brunel University London and go on to achieve graduation in your chosen field. See details.