MSc Business Management
You may be interested in the following alternative courses, where you study the same core business modules as you do in MSc Business Management and you also study a specific business area in more detail:
This course is open for applications
Page last updated 1 November 2022
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.
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 undergraduate degree subject area.
You can study MSc Business Management which provides you with a solid grounding across all the main business disciplines or you can choose to study one of three different pathway programmes in International Human Resource Management, Digital Management or Supply Chain Management. You can access information on these courses at the top of this page.
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.
You will study:
- 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.
- Meeting Customer Needs introduces you to how organisations are transformed to better identify and satisfy the needs of their customers.
- 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.
- Personal and Professional Development (Business and Management) is a spine module that applies a practice-focused teaching and learning approach. Emphasis is placed on the relevance and applicability of knowledge to your own individual professional and academic development with respect to your future career. You will also develop your interpersonal and communication skills.
- Management Dissertation and Research Methods or Consultancy Project Dissertation provides the option to choose between a traditional dissertation or consultancy/client-based project (subject to project availability and meeting client needs). The dissertation gives you the chance to research an area 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.
You will study three optional modules from*:
- Managing Change
- International Project Management
- Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
- Customer Relationship Management
- Global Marketing
- Management Consultancy
- Sustainable Procurement
- Emerging Markets: The New World Order.
*subject to availability.
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
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.
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 twelve 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 3-5 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.*
* Subject to project availability and meeting client needs.
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 Lisa Opie, Managing Director of BBC Studios UK Production, and Dr Bevis Watts, Chief Executive of Triodos Bank UK. 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.
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.
You will need:
- A good honours degree (normally minimum 2.2) in any subject, or equivalent business professional qualification; or
- 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.
Personal statement and gathered field admissions process
You are required to complete a personal statement for this course. Please read the personal statement guidance carefully and make sure that you answer the questions on the postgraduate application form within the personal statement tabs, keeping to the advised word count.
Gathered field application process
For this course the University operates a staged admissions process known as a 'gathered field' approach. Please read more information about our gathered field application process.
Applications for September 2023 will open in November 2022.
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.
We are not able to offer deferrals for this programme. However, we appreciate there may be extenuating circumstances to consider and therefore we will consider requests on a case by case basis.
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.