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Masters in Business Management

Masters in Management

Our core postgraduate programme in business and management is for recent graduates from any subject. Learn to apply responsible management practices and develop the skills to take on the challenges of international business.

At a glance

  • Deepen your global perspective by studying in different learning environments
  • Ranked top 10 in the UK by the FT
  • Learn to work independently and collaboratively, and set priorities
  • Broaden your network and experience through the international study challenge
  • Create successful strategies and thrive in a world of constant innovation
  • Work in conjunction with organisations to execute an independent piece of research
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months
Attendance
Full-time
Programme Director
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Professor Kleio Akrivou

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 key disciplines and practice, and 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 complex challenges in business, economy and society within the context of their responsibilities.”
Dr. Kleio Akrivou, Programme Director
No. 8 in the UK
for Masters in Management
(Financial Times 2019)
No.1 in the UK
No.4 in the UK (no.13 in the world)
for Careers progress in Masters in Management
(Financial Times 2019)

Compulsory modules Credits

The project serves as a capstone module for the Master''s in Management programme. Students are expected to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme, and to apply it to a contemporary management problem or issue. Projects will typically be developed in conjunction with specific organisations, but could be entirely student-led. They must address a topic that is relevant to contemporary management practice. The project aims to:

  • provide students with an opportunity to define and execute an independent piece of research on a topic of direct contemporary relevance.
  • enable students to apply the academic knowledge developed during the programme to a real-world context.
30 [15 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]

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.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is delivered at University of Reading UK. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary Corporate Social Responsibility subject involving firms, individuals and wider society with a focus on international management of responsibility. A strong component of Ethical theory is being learnt as part of the foundational knowledge of this module.

20 [10 ECTS 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

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The international study trip serves as a final tacit capstone module for the Master''s in Management programme. Students are expected to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme, and to reflect on how this may be useful when immersed in a different institutional context. Also students are encouraged via this module to reflect on how the theoretical content taught in the programme may need to be adapted or modified appropriately to the economic, social, cultural, political, and legal institutional contexts and opportunities/potentialities of a given geographical context. The module aims to:

  • provide a variety of learning experiences, in different institutional contexts, that enable students to reflect on the previously learnt theoretical content of the degree, and how it can be applied in practice.

  • enable students to cultivate ad hoc relationships with a variety of actors and institutions within a limited time frame, and to broaden their range of contacts and experiences.
10 [5 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.

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.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

Optional modules 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.

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 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
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module extends knowledge gained during the programme by critically reviewing theories of marketing in the context of modern day challenges in the business and social environment. It allows consideration of emerging issues in marketing and encourages an integrative, cross-disciplinary perspective. Each session will focus on a topic and reference will be made to leading edge thinking in academic and practitioner journals.

10 [5 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.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

As digital technology moves from being disruptive to becoming pervasive, the breadth and depth of digital change transforms entire systems of production, management, and governance.

This poses a dual challenge to leaders who need to understand how digital technologies continuously reshape their competitive environment and devise strategies to keep their organisation ahead; but also to continuously rethink organisational processes and their own role within them:

  • What is the role of leadership in an emerging work environment where advances in automation and machine-learning mean that core functions such as organising information flows, delegating and prioritising work and even high-level decision-making can now be assumed by systems?
  • How does the ubiquity of connected data affect organisational power structures, leadership legitimacy, ethics and governance?
  • How can leaders build a company culture that embraces continuous individual and organisational development?

Drawing on leading-edge case studies, theory and industry guest speakers, this module critically explores the role and opportunities for leadership in the context of the emerging Digital Organisation paradigm.

Academic authors
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Dr Norbert Morawetz
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.

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.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

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.

20 [10 ECTS 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.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides a comprehensive look at emerging markets as they integrate with the global economy and increasingly become the global mainstream. Students will explore key issues, approaches and challenges associated with emerging markets from multiple perspectives – (i) local firms struggling to overcome various constraints to build global-oriented businesses and compete in global markets, (ii) emerging market champions or multinational enterprises (MNEs) from emerging markets, (iii) multinationals from developed economies trying to tap into emerging markets for new growth, and (iv) local government and global institutions.

10 [5 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.

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.

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.

No.4 in the UK (no.13 in the world)
for Careers progress in Masters in Management
(Financial Times 2019)

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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 programme is in line with the trend of future property market development. You are able to benefit from top educational and industry resources which is a rare opportunity to understand the real estate financial market.

The study trip not only provided a different perspective to business in an international context, but also opportunities to bond with other students from a variety of backgrounds and gain experiences I can draw upon for life.

Alex Finch MSc Management Masters in Management

I had some doubts before undertaking my Master’s as it was in a subject I had no prior academic knowledge in. However, this year has been incredible and I am so thankful that I took the challenge to study a…

Joe Earlam, MSc International Business