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Masters in Management

At a glance

  • Ranked in the world’s top 110 Masters in Management by QS, the Economist and the Financial Times
  • Enhance your employability skills through a unique, experiential learning approach and a bespoke careers development programme
  • Benefit from exclusive features, including an international study trip and the opportunity to work on real-life management projects developed in conjunction with partner organisations
  • Create successful strategies and thrive in a world of constant innovation
  • Tailor the programme to your area of focus through a wide range of elective modules in digital leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability, international business and human resource management, among others
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Management
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months
Attendance
Full-time
Programme Director
Kleio Akrivou Photo
Professor Kleio Akrivou

Overview

98% employed post graduation
Masters Careers Survey 2021
95% of students would recommend their programme
Masters Careers Survey 2021

The Masters in Management programme delivers a strong academic and practical grounding in core subjects. This includes strategy, marketing, finance and ethics, as well as offering you a wide choice of elective modules. Your studies will conclude with two capstone modules: an international study visit and an applied management project. These will allow you to start applying your learning in real-world situations and putting your skills and knowledge into practice.

On this postgraduate course, you'll join students from across the globe and prepare for an outstanding career in management and leadership.

Who is this postgraduate programme for?

Students looking to develop more detailed knowledge and experience of management practice to accelerate their career. We expect you to be a recent graduate, with no more than two years of direct professional experience.

What does a MSc Management degree provide?

Employers around the world recognise the importance of a Masters in Management. We aim to ensure that you leave with the skills and mind-set to take on the challenges of international business. The content and quality of our teaching, careers provision, and alumni community will equip you with the confidence for your career.

“By the end of this Masters we aim for our students to have a mastery of contemporary management. Through the lenses of contemporary and traditional angles in key disciplines and the practice of management, we enable students to develop themselves and acquire key skills facing their future career and their organisational roles with confidence. Students graduate with a strong qualification in contemporary, ethical and responsible management practice. This enables them to respond well to current challenges in business, economy and society within the context of their responsibilities.”
Professor Kleio Akrivou, Programme Director
No.11 in the UK
for Masters in Management
(Financial Times 2021)
No.2 in the UK (17 in the World)
For Careers service in Masters in Management
(Financial Times 2021)
UK top 10
No.8 in the UK
for Masters in Management
(The Economist 2021)
No.38 in the World
for Masters in Management
(The Economist 2021)
No.17 in the World
for quality of faculty
(The Economist 2021)

The Henley Pre-Masters Course Suite

Exclusively available to Henley Business School offer holders, the Pre-Masters course suite comprises of innovative short courses designed and developed by Henley faculty on the Futurelearn platform, one of the leading online learning platforms.

Optional modules Credits

This course will provide building blocks of knowledge to help you prepare for your learning journey in the area of your choice as well as equip you with key employability and study skills for successfully navigating your studies and professional career.

This pre-study interactive course is designed by Henley Business School faculty, the University of Reading Study Advice Team and the International Study and Language Institute. The course aims to prepare you for your learning journey at Henley and focuses on helping you build important study skills to succeed in your Masters and beyond. Skills such as curiosity and independent thinking, effective communication and collaboration, digital capabilities, storytelling, empathy and professional integrity are not only important in your course itself but are also sought after by employers in all areas of business. Therefore, they are instrumental in succeeding in your professional career. The learning journey of our Masters programmes is designed in a way that allows you to build such skills and this course intends to demonstrate exactly how, and therefore help you to make the most of your Masters.

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A course delivered online by Henley faculty and you will receive online support from one of our teaching staff members and be able to interact with other prospective students in your course.

This pre-study interactive course is designed by Henley Business School faculty to introduce you to the world of coding in Python. According to recent employer surveys, coding is a top 5 employability skill in the new world of work. The World Economic forum includes technology design and programming in the top 10 skills of 2025. Coding is an extremely powerful skill to have going forward in all areas of business and finance. Due to the importance of coding skills in your future, you will be using coding in some of your courses depending on your choice of programme at Henley Business School. So, this pre-study course can be seen as a stepping stone in your learning journey. Even if coding is not directly utilised as a part of your programme, completing this course, earning the certificate and complementing this with some further independent learning, could set you apart in an increasingly competitive job market. Python is the most utilised programming language in the world and so the purpose of this course is for you to learn the fundamentals of Python, and how to use it to solve practical problems in your area of interest.

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Part one: Autumn term

Compulsory modules Credits

This module aims to introduce students to the core concepts and models underlying contemporary strategic management, their theoretical and empirical foundations, their limitations, the arguments surrounding them and their practical application to real issues facing real companies. This module provides students with an understanding of the conceptual and analytical tools of strategic management and economics.

  • Theories, frameworks and introduction
  • Internal resources and competencies of firms
  • External environment in which firms operate
  • The process of internationalisation
  • Globalisation and regional integration
  • Collaborative behaviour and strategic alliances
  • Integration/responsiveness framework and strategy

Academic authors
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Professor Rajneesh Narula
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Dr Jong Min Lee
20 [10 ECTS credits]

To equip students with relevant accounting and financial management knowledge in decision making, especially for those who have little background in accounting and financial management. The module covers relevant topics in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, with a focus on the ability to understand the importance of accounting and financial information in decision making and critical evaluation of the use of relevant information in decision making.

Academic authors
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Professor Liang Han
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module examines existing knowledge about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers. It relies on the tacit knowledge of students and on social and human sciences such as management, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.

Academic authors
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Dr Matthew Sinnicks
20 [10 ECTS credits]
To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at Henley Business School. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

Academic authors
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Professor Peter Scott
0 [0 ECTS credits]

What am I going to do when my course ends, and how am I going to achieve it? This module has been designed to help Accounting, Informatics and Business Management students answer those two questions, and empower them to take the actions required. It’s a suite of sessions that pays close attention to the general pathways Business Management, Accounting and Informatics students tend to take, and their aspirations as expressed during pre-sessional career activities & induction surveys. Students will choose this the mix of custom-made sessions that best suit their stage in life and supplement them with the open careers programmes offered at the University, the online content on the Henley Careers Blackboard site and 1-2-1 careers consultations.

0 [0 ECTS credits]
Optional modules Credits

The module considers fundamentals underlying contemporary marketing, focusing both on theories and practices of marketing. The module deals with marketing on a strategic level.

Academic authors
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Dr Irute Karanicholas
20 [10 ECTS credits]

In this module learners will explore the role of leadership in a digital environment. They will build their awareness of key digital technologies and discuss the impact on managerial practices, processes and strategies.

By the end of the module, learners will gain a critical understanding of:

  • The evolving digital landscape
  • The changing role of leadership in a pervasive digital environment
  • The role of software systems in shaping organisational information and communication
  • Key concepts of data and predictive data science, and its application in informing leadership decisions
  • How to analyse organisational and managerial processes with regards to their potential for automation, and the impact on the nature of work, leadership, company culture and society
  • Digital techniques used by entrepreneurs to rapidly iterate business models and test new processes and products.
  • How to critically appraise their own behaviour with regards to managing digital productivity, managerial work practice and continuing professional development.
Academic authors
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Dr Norbert Morawetz
20

This module provides an introduction to the field of human resource management in terms of the development of the function; its approach to strategy and the deployment of the key practices of human resource management. It is relevant for any students considering a career where they will be managing others or for those interested in a career specialising in HRM.

Academic authors
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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module introduces students to the scholarly literature on entrepreneurship and its recent advances. It shows how theoretical developments have practical applications and so assists students to appraise the increasingly entrepreneurial role of managers in modern business.

Academic authors
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Professor Andrew Godley
10 [5 ECTS credits]

Part two: Spring term

Compulsory modules Credits

Students will learn key knowledge enabling ethical management and corporate responsibility.

Academic authors
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Professor Kleio Akrivou
20 [10 ECTS credits]
To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at Henley Business School. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

Academic authors
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Professor Peter Scott
0 [0 ECTS credits]
Optional modules Credits

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of marketing strategies and practices as they apply in a global context. This will be achieved by analysing the global marketing environment, marketing opportunities and strategy options, and the global marketing mix. As such, the module tackles both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of global marketing management.

  • Theoretical issues relating to the rationale for global marketing and the internationalisation process
  • An analysis of the global marketing environment and factors influencing buyer behaviour
  • Planning global marketing strategy and its evolution over time
  • Factors affecting global product, pricing, distribution and communication programmes
  • Standardisation versus adaptation
Academic authors
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Melisa Mete
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module describes, contrasts and explains traditional and new forms of organization within an international context. The module evaluates a variety of organisational design features such as teams and networks for their capacity to deliver appropriate strategies for 21st century firms and organisations. It considers the future of post-industrial organisation.

Academic authors
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Professor Yipeng Liu
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent a large share of our economies and a leading force in economic development. This module focuses on such enterprises and explores the distinctive features of management in the SME environment. An important component of this module is the preparation of a Business Plan.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This course studies the contemporary international business environment from a macro, meso, and micro economic perspective. Theories from economics, political science, economic geography, and international business are examined. Students learn about global economic developments, the role of institutions and political economics systems, and the impact of technological changes and the differences of regional and national locations in business.

Academic authors
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Dr J. Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module examines organisations that are engaged in creative or cultural activities. Students are required to define the parameters of the creative or cultural industries; to identify the management challenges faced by organisations in these sectors; and examine strategies for addressing them.

Academic authors
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Professor Peter Miskell
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Social and environmental issues and challenges have led to the growth of marketing tools being applied with a sustainable purpose. As a result, organisations and governments are gradually starting to use marketing techniques in order to influence stakeholder behaviour towards pro-sustainable outcomes. It is also increasingly recognised that sustainable marketing can be good for business, leading to competitive advantage, cost savings and brand enhancement. This module is designed to provide knowledge of the link between marketing and sustainability and how to evaluate and implement marketing strategies that promote sustainable products, services and behaviours. This includes the design of a marketing campaign focused on social/environmental issues, including selection of behavioural goals. This module also covers aspects related to the evaluation and monitoring of campaigns and their social and environmental impact.

Academic authors
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Dr Irene Garnelo-Gomez
10 [5 ECTS credits]

In this module students will have an opportunity to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme and apply them to a contemporary business or management problem or issue. Projects can be developed in conjunction with specific organizations (upon availability) or can be student-led.

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Dr Jong Min Lee
10 [5 ECTS credits]

To provide an understanding of how organisations utilise core capabilities and entrepreneurial approaches to deliver innovations for future profit.

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Keith Heron
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module considers the management of transformation from both an organisational and personal perspective. Students are introduced to key models of change and consider how they might be applied and the barriers to their effective implementation. The module also provides an opportunity for students to learn about and to practice some of the skills required in the management of transformation.

Academic authors
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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Part three: Summer term

Compulsory modules Credits

The module provides intensive experiential learning in an international context, either virtually or via direct travel. This is an opportunity for students group visits a particular country, institutions and particular business communities to explore sustainable and wider management issues and the methods the community has found for addressing these issues.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

In this module students will have an opportunity to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme and apply them to a contemporary business or management problem or issue. Projects can be developed in conjunction with specific organizations (upon availability) or can be student-led.

Academic authors
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Professor Yipeng Liu
30 [15 ECTS credits]

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen, it requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our Masters programmes offer you a unique practice-centred approach to teaching equipping you with the tools to become a compelling leader. This approach creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley has a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods depending on your chosen postgraduate course. These include online materials, guest lectures, group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations of core modules form between 15 - 50% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme.

Ongoing support

While Masters students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss module content and you can meet with your academic tutor. Support staff are available to help with anything that may arise during your time at Henley.

The Business School’s courses are designed with a strong focus on the entrepreneurial perspectives that graduates need.

“I went from an unstable cash-in-hand job in the music industry to working at the leading consultancy in the business. I've only been able to do this because of the strategic, entrepreneurial and creative lens the Masters in Management was able to provide me in a way no other university could match.”
Management Graduate, now working as a Research Consultant and MIDiA, UK

Where are our 2020 graduates now?

98% employed post graduation
Masters Careers Survey 2021
95% of students would recommend their programme
Masters Careers Survey 2021

2020 graduates in this area have secured the following roles:

Assistant Manager at EY
Assistant Strategic Consultant at Hejun Consulting
Associate at Borealis
Associate Consultant at Capgemini
Delivery Experience Specialist at Tesla
HR Business Partner at Amazon
Integrated Marketing at Pepsico
Marketing Specialist at Ferrari
People Management at Tencent
Project Manager at China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Industry of employment for 2020 graduates

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Function of employment for 2020 graduates

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2020 graduates are employed in the following locations:

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Please note the above statistics are based on respondents to our Masters Outcomes Survey in 2021, which was completed by our 2020 graduates.

Respondents are from the following programmes: MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MSc Human Resource Management, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc Management, MSc Management (International Business), MSc Marketing (Consumer Marketing), MSc Marketing (Digital Marketing) and MSc Marketing (International Marketing).

How can Henley Careers work with you?

We have an award-winning careers team that will support you through your postgraduate studies and four years after graduation.

Here is how Henley Careers and Professional Development can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments: Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events: Henley Careers and Professional Development organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for. Additionally, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support: You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources. For up to four years after graduating we’re here to help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart: Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different roles available to you.

For more information  please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

Graduates leave with the skills and determination to practice management and become leaders who make a positive contribution to society. You will understand ethical dimensions of valuing, negotiating and decision making, and develop organisational and people leadership skills. You will learn how to create successful and responsible strategies in a world of constant innovation and change.

UK top 10
for Careers progress in Masters in Management
(Financial Times 2021)

Where are our 2020 graduates now?

98% employed post graduation
Masters Careers Survey 2021
95% of students would recommend their programme
Masters Careers Survey 2021

2020 graduates in this area have secured the following roles:

Assistant Manager at EY
Assistant Strategic Consultant at Hejun Consulting
Associate at Borealis
Associate Consultant at Capgemini
Delivery Experience Specialist at Tesla
HR Business Partner at Amazon
Integrated Marketing at Pepsico
Marketing Specialist at Ferrari
People Management at Tencent
Project Manager at China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Industry of employment for 2020 graduates

22 MIS 037 BM industry

Function of employment for 2020 graduates

22 MIS 037 BM function

2020 graduates are employed in the following locations:

22 MIS 036 BM map

Please note the above statistics are based on respondents to our Masters Outcomes Survey in 2021, which was completed by our 2020 graduates.

Respondents are from the following programmes: MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MSc Human Resource Management, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc Management, MSc Management (International Business), MSc Marketing (Consumer Marketing), MSc Marketing (Digital Marketing) and MSc Marketing (International Marketing).

Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience. Whether you are a prospective applicant or already applied to a Masters programme at Henley Business School. You can ask questions to a current student by clicking the “Chat to our students” button below.

When contacting one of our students, please introduce yourself and the Masters programme you have applied for.

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Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

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“The ability to network was a big benefit of the course. I also enjoyed the depth of knowledge that the lecturers had.”
Edem Hayibor Client Success Consultant at Passle Masters in Management
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“The course is designed to have both theoretical and practical views. The international study challenge is an added advantage.”
Abhijit Holehonnur Arunkumar Assistant Manager at EY Masters in Management
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“I received the MSc Management Scholarship, which massively helped me focus on my course, as I didn't have the financial pressures. I am incredibly grateful and have an extra incentive to get the most out of my studies!”
Annie Clayton Masters in Management

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