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MSc Business and Management

Studying our Business and Management Masters course will give you the best start to your leadership career. You'll learn about operations and strategic management, and maximising business impact with limited resources.

Business and Management

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

Our MSc Business and Management course, allows you to gain the knowledge and skills you need to be an inspiring, effective and resilient manager. We combine management theory with developing your practical management skills, and our course is taught by internationally recognised subject experts.

The course focuses on operations and strategic management, and explores the need for managing limited resources effectively, with maximum business impact. This is the ideal course if you're looking to take your first steps into management. We cover the major functions of organisations – accounting, marketing, operations, people and talent management. Finance and economics are integrated through our strategic orientation.

We aim to create industry leaders, managers and entrepreneurs, who're confident in the use of business analytics tools and critical thinking abilities. This allows for better and informed decision making in your management career.

On this masters course there’s an emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management. You’ll also develop an appreciation of corporate social responsibility, ethical decision making and managing change.

Enhance your employability

You’ll have the chance to take part in industry visits, as well as undertaking consultancy projects with businesses across the public, private and non-profit sectors. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your Masters degree to solve a real business challenge. Your best-practice knowledge will put you in the perfect position to help a business looking for a solution to a problem or a new perspective on a strategy. Places on these projects are competitive and involve interviews with the host company. At the end of the project you’ll be able to present your recommendations and a high-quality piece of research or consultancy.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised subject experts, who also teach Stirling’s prestigious MBA. Throughout the course you’ll also be able to engage with senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs. This provides you with a practical perspective on contemporary business topics. We have a series of guest lectures and workshops, giving you many networking opportunities with potential employers.

Hear from our students

We know your time at Stirling will be a dynamic and vibrant experience where you’ll be able to engage with a wide range of business leaders and experts as they share their secrets of success. Hear from one of our students:

 


The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    The course provides you with key skills and experience through:

    • examining the functional areas of management and their inter-relationship in organisations
    • exploring topical issues in management and comparing different management techniques to understand work issues
    • cultivating expertise in the use of key management tools, such as techniques for operations management, strategic and marketing analysis and financial analysis
    • developing personal skills and capabilities relevant to management, such as critical thinking, report writing, presentation, negotiation, networking, problem-solving and group working skills
    • an emphasis on personal and professional development to help you with group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.
    Developing business leaders of the future

    Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture. We understand the importance of your postgraduate degree to help you with your career choices. We know the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in an individual so we focus on your personal and professional development to foster your group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.

    Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict.

    Find out more about Flying Start.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

    64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

    Other routes of entry

    INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you'll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with minimum of 162 in each skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 80 with no subtest less than 17
    • IELA 169 with no subtest less than 162

    (Last updated on 11 October 2019.)

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The MSc Business and Management consists of two 15-week semesters of taught modules and a three-month dissertation period.

When you successfully complete the taught element of the course you’ll be awarded a Diploma. You can then continue for the award of the MSc by completing a 12,500-word dissertation or undertaking a consultancy project with a Scottish business.

 

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2019/20 on this course of study.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, guest speakers, article discussion groups, and presentations. You’ll go on insightful industry visits as well as having the change to work on consultancy projects developed in collaboration with businesses across the public, private and non-profit sector.

    Senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs, engage throughout the year with our postgraduate students. There’s also a series of guest lectures and workshops which provide many networking opportunities.

  • Assessment

    You’ll be assessed by combination of exams and coursework, including written assignments and presentations.

  • Classroom hours

    The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

    The MSc Business and Management is taught on a block-teaching basis to allow deep immersion in the academic subject.

     

    Mon

    Tues

    Wed

    Thur

    Fri

    0900-1000

    Lecture

    SP

    SP

    SP

    SP

    1000-1100

    Lecture

    SP

    SP

    SP

    SP

    1100-1200

    Lecture

    Lecture

    Lecture

    Lecture

    Lecture

    1200-1300

    Lunch

    Lunch;

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    1300-1400

    GW

    GW

    GW

    GW

    GW

    1400-1500

    GW

    GW

    GW

    GW

    GW

    1500-1600

    GW

    GW 

    GW

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    GW

    1600-1700

    GW

    GW

    GW

    GW

    GW

    *SP - Student Presentations and Academic Feedback
    *GW - Academic Guided Group Work

  • Course director
  • Key staff

    Dr Tom Forbes spent six years working in the NHS as a radiographer before entering academia. He has over 20 years teaching strategic management to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has also delivered strategic management and change management courses and acted as a consultant to Local Authorities and the National Health service. His current research interests include the integration of health and social care services and managing change in complex organisational settings.

    Other staff involved with the course are:

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2020/21

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £8,500

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £16,950

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding
    Stirling Management School postgraduate scholarships

    Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Building your employable skills is a key focus of our Business and Management course:

  • Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17)

Since the introduction of the course in 2008, our graduates have forged careers across many sectors such as management, marketing and advertising, government administration, banking and finance. Their job roles have included:

  • research analyst
  • relationship manager
  • salesforce developer
  • strategic planning manager
  • commercial account manager

Our graduates are working in a range of organisations including central government offices, public sector bodies such as the NHS and universities, IKEA Trading, Parabola Ltd (Consultancy), and BDO International.

HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you'll have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Employability skills
     

    Advance your career with work experience

    On our Business and Management course you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by taking part in work based projects, designed to prepare you for your first steps into management.

    Before you start your MSc course, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in our Flying Start leadership Programme. Throughout our two-week programme, we'll challenge your perspective of culture and develop your self-awareness, as well as team-working, problem-solving and presentation skills.


    Consultancy projects

    If you’re seeking to enhance your employability and add value to a business client you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month consultancy project over the summer, as an alternative to the traditional dissertation.

    Consultancy projects allow you to work with an organisation to investigate a ‘real-world’ issue, enhance your transferable business skills and make professional connections that may lead to a job offer in the future. Current clients range from start-up businesses to international organisations in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

    Watch our video to find out more about how taking part in a project with a local business can help increase your employability skills.

     
Rohit Kumr MSc Business and Management
The global reputation of the University of Stirling Management School attracted me to this course. The infrastructure, as well as the knowledge and resources provided by the University, are fabulous for your overall development.
Rohit Kumar
India MSc Business and Management
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I have built a lot of confidence and improved my skills in areas such as time management, leadership and communication. I believe I will be able to transfer these skills and knowledge to the workplace.
Catherine Anum
Ghana MSc Business and Management
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I particularly enjoyed the Flying Start activities at the beginning of the course and the Personal and Professional Development module has really helped me to build my confidence and improve teamwork skills.
Zhuqing Shen
MSc Business and Management
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