MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Bristol Business School
- MSc - one year full-time, up to 33 months part-time. PGDip - 22 months part-time. PGCert - 12 months part-time.
- Full-time, part-time day release, starts September
- Programme leader:
- Dr Susan Barnard
- Key fact:
- Whatever your background or UG degree subject area, this course will equip you with a wide range of practical business skills, from market research and strategic analysis tools, to techniques for motivating individuals in the workplace in a variety of different industry sectors.
Page last updated 28 August 2019
The manager's role has become increasingly challenging with intense competition, increasing expectations, sustainability, innovation, technology change and alliances all making managers' tasks ever more complex and demanding. Yet with the ability to deal confidently with challenges like these, you can look forward to a rewarding future in virtually any organisation.
The MSc in Business Management will give you the skills and insight needed for a successful business career in a variety of different industry sectors, as well as the qualifications and confidence to lift you above other candidates in the job market, whatever your background or UG degree subject area.
The tools to take you to the next stage
To succeed in today's management environment, you need to understand and react to the implications of financial, operational, strategic and organisational changes, as well as being able to manage and motivate people.
This course will help you link theory and practice relevant to today's organisations, giving you the personal tools to create, implement and progress the most effective management policies.
Flexible, practitioner-focused teaching
You will gain a solid grounding across all the main business disciplines, while also having the opportunity to tailor the course towards your specific areas of interest with modules covering everything from the strategic and financial, to sustainability, innovation, leading people and managing change.
Many of our tutors have worked in industry, as well as being active researchers in the field of business and management. This combination of practitioner-led teaching, backed by the latest research, means you can look forward to insightful, up-to-the-minute teaching that will equip you to take your management career to the next level.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.
The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of two core modules and two optional modules.
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four core modules and four optional modules.
To achieve the MSc you will study all core modules, four optional modules and the dissertation.
- Managing Finance covers the principles and techniques of information management and looks at how to manage finance to support decision making in a global context.
- Meeting Customer Needs introduces you to how organisations are transformed to better identify and satisfy the needs of their customers.
- People and Organisations provides you with a critical and enquiring understanding to be able to deploy a variety of perspectives for analysing organisations and people.
- Strategic Analysis introduces you to the terminology of economics and strategy to develop your understanding of strategic analysis and practice.
- Managing Change
- Project Management
- Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
- Management Consulting Project
- Customer Relationship Management
- Global Marketing
- Sustainable Procurement
The dissertation gives you the chance to research an area of management of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career or company.
Previous dissertation topics include:
- How does engagement with Corporate Social Responsibility relate to performance?
- Working towards empowerment within a manufacturing team environment a first person and reflective study
- Examination of work-life issues in a small family business
- An exploration of dynamic capabilities and the operating environment of a local aviation company
- Opportunities, barriers and challenges faced by refugee community organisations in Bristol
- The value of mergers and acquisitions an examination of post integration success and failure
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
You'll learn through formal classes and seminar sessions, with a focus also on group work and independent study. Our diverse cohort means you will be able to work with, and learn from, students from many different countries and backgrounds. The work will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your problem-solving skills.
For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.
If you opt for the full-time course, you'll attend the University for 12 months, with between eight and ten hours of teaching scheduled a week during both teaching terms and supervised study during the dissertation term.
The part-time route is designed to help you fit your studies around your other commitments. You should be able to complete the Certificate stage in eight months, the Diploma in 20 months and the full Masters in 31 to 35 months, or in a shorter amount of time, depending on when you begin your dissertation. You'll typically have four hours of teaching a week during each teaching term and supervised study during the dissertation terms.
If you have been out of higher education for a while, we provide skills sessions to help prepare you for studying again as well as sessions for non-native English speakers.
The course primarily uses continuous assessment through marked assignments, which are either organisation or role-focused, and of great practical benefit to you as an individual and to your organisation. You will typically have one shorter assessment during the module and a longer assessment at the end.
For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.
Students who opt to take the Management Consulting module will engage in a team-based 'live' consulting project conducting fieldwork with a local organisation.
Meet leaders of industry
As a student at Bristol Business School, you will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. Our inspirational line up of speakers has included Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer of CMI. Read more about the speakers you can hear from at the Business School
While you are studying with us, you will have access to a wide range of facilities to enhance your learning experience. This includes:
- facilities at Bristol Business School, including our collaborative learning rooms, computer labs, and Bloomberg trading room (the same trading platform used by the city investment banks)
- the University library which is open 24 hours a day
- access to specialist business software in areas such as finance and project management.
The University is also investing in new facilities, including a £50m project to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building, which will provide a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment for business and law students.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Careers / Further study
The MSc in Business Management at Bristol Business School will give you the broad-based skills and insight needed for a successful career in business or management, with the opportunity to work anywhere in the world, and in any sector.
If you are studying the course alongside your current employment, the skills and qualification you gain will help you improve your performance in your current role, while also enhancing your future prospects.
You will have access to careers support while you are studying with us (and for three years after you graduate) through the University's careers service.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
MSc Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee||9750|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||813|
|International-Full Time-Award Fee||13500|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1125|
MSc Part Time Course (33 Months Maximum)
|Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||813|
Supplementary fee information
More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.
For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.
You will need:
- A good honours degree (normally minimum 2.2) in any subject, or equivalent business professional qualification
- An HND in Business Studies or equivalent business professional award at NVQ 4, plus sufficient appropriate work experience. It is unlikely that anyone with less than two years' work experience will be able to demonstrate sufficient appropriate work experience. You may be interviewed prior to acceptance.
- A management role with in-house management education/development, plus sufficient appropriate work experience (part-time route only). It is unlikely that anyone with less than two years' work experience will be able to demonstrate sufficient appropriate work experience.You may be interviewed prior to acceptance.
UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
English Language Requirement
If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
For further details please see our English Language requirements pages.
How to apply
Deadline for application:
The deadline for applying for this course is three weeks before the start date.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333