This course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment. As well as giving you the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to operate effectively in a managerial role, the course will develop your analysis, problem-solving and proactive-thinking skills. As the course progresses, the emphasis evolves from operational to a strategic approach.
Studying the Management MA will give you opportunities to gain immediately applicable skills and managerial awareness; whilst learning about other organisations’ processes and practices from peers and case study analysis.
Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their modules on the Blackboard site and availing of current journals and e-books as well as podcasts and other supporting resources. Onsite students can make appointments with librarians for specific search support or attend speaker’s evenings or study skills ribbon workshops. Each student has a personal tutor and we also provide additional support for dyslexic and disabled students.
Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.
A highlight for many students is the residential weekend organised as part of this course – a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network and get to know your fellow students. Additional networking events with management professionals are also organised throughout your course.
Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Analysis of the Business Environment
You will study the main features of the economic and financial environment of the firm, with the aid of common analytical tools and the development of analytical and quantitative skills relevant to managerial decision making.
Financial Analysis for Managers
In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.
Human Resource Management
You will develop the skills and competencies to carry out the Human Resource Management (HRM) element of your role and work effectively with HRM specialists. You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications of HRM decision making for organisational success.
Managers and Organisations
This module will give you an understanding of how organisations work, and how to use that knowledge as an effective manager.
Managing Operations, Information and Knowledge
This module is all about running the organisation more effectively and efficiently, by exploiting internal and external information. It develops your critical understanding of the sources and application of information from a managerial perspective, and examines specific issues of managing operations.
Marketing for Managers
This module provides you with a grounding in the knowledge, theory and practice of marketing as applied by managers in organisational situations. It is focused on the development of effective market-oriented managerial thinking. Marketing-related tools, frameworks, strategies and tactics are introduced, developed and applied.
This module will introduce you to the principles and practices of strategic management.
Business Research Methods
The module aims to develop your knowledge of and competence in the research process and the application of research methods in the area of business and management. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice. It focuses on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.
This module involves extensive research in a chosen topic. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to work autonomously, and to apply the theory learnt during the course to a substantial real-life problem.