MSc Business with Operations Management

Programme structure

The MSc Business with Operations Management course combines core and optional modules across the three terms of your one-year course, covering both key business areas and specific content relating to operations management. You'll then have the opportunity to choose between the Dissertation or Business in Practice route to complete your MSc year.


Our modules


In your three terms at WBS you will study eight compulsory core modules, and one or two optional elective modules, based on your choice of the Business in Practice or Dissertation route.


How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed by a mixture of individual and group assignments, and examination.

Operations Management

This is the introductory core Operations Management module for MSc Business with Operations Management. It establishes the basic principles and theories in Operations Management.

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Operations Analytics

Get an introduction to the ideas of quantitative modelling and analysis for management.

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Supply Chain Management

This module will provide a holistic strategic view of supply chain management as a source of competitive advantage.

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Quantitative Methods for Business

The module will equip you with an understanding of descriptive/inferential statistics and data presentation and enable you to apply the major tools needed for MSc level study and for the use of data analysis in the workplace.

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Project Management

Look at project management methods in a modern context, spanning a range of sectors and applications.

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Strategy Analysis and Practice

This module will provide you with a foundation for, and a critical assessment of, theoretical and empirical approaches to strategy.

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Foundations of Financial & Management Accounting

Gain a comprehensive introduction to financial reporting and management accounting.

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Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour

Get an introduction to fundamental economic concepts.

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These are indicative optional modules which may vary year-on-year.
Governance, Corporate Responsibility and Ethical Business Practice

Understand the wider institutional location of business activity within the polity and the society.

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Business Analytics for Managers

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects.

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Forecasting for Decision Makers

This module will train you in the key methods that aid decision making when managers face an uncertain future.

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Digital Business Services

Focus on how digital technologies enable organisations to offer digital services that aim at improving customer experience as well as firm performance. You'll be prepared to engage with technology-related conversations in the modern workplace.

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People & Organisations

Get an introduction into the principles, theories and research underlying the academic disciplines concerning the behaviour, leadership and management of people and organisations.

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International Business

Build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment and link this to strategies for managing in changing global contexts. 

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Business in Practice

The Business in Practice module offers an alternative to the traditional Dissertation route.


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If you select the Dissertation route you will work with an allocated academic supervisor and research a topic relating to Operations Management.

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Research Methodology

If you select the dissertation route, Research Methodology becomes a compulsory module for you and it gives you the academic skills to confidently approach your dissertation topic.

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Our online platform

Our unique online learning platform my.wbs will act as the hub for your learning experience, hosting all of your teaching materials, key information from your CareersPlus and Programme Teams, and our online classroom: wbsLive.

Your learning experience

Your course will be taught through an exciting mix of face-to-face and online learning, utilising the format most suitable to the content, and in a way that helps you balance your workload and make the most of opportunities for extra-curricular activities.

Teaching and assessment will vary to fit the subject being studied. Our faculty have designed your learning experience to fit the subject being studied, with a variety of teaching and assessment styles. 

Your teaching will take the form of lectures and webinars, supported, where relevant, by guest speakers from industry to balance theory and practice. 

Your learning will be assessed by a mix of exams, group work, project work, and tests. Group and project work will enable you to collaborate and gain new perspectives from your international cohort, preparing you for working in teams within a global work environment. 

Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route

Dissertation route

If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to operations management, the 6,000 word dissertation will enable you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout and will usually submit your dissertation in early September. 

In total you will study eight core modules and one optional module, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methodology module. 

Business in Practice route

If you would like to develop further applied skills and specialist knowledge to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop deep functional and industry expertise with practical insights from our faculty and industry experts.

In total you will study eight core modules, two optional modules and also complete the compulsory Business in Practice capstone module.

Learning facilities

You will have access to our outstanding learning facilities, including a Postgraduate-only Learning Space and IT suite, as well as all other University facilities.  

Foreign Language Study

One of the great benefits of this course is that it offers optional free foreign language study in the evenings across all three terms. This is an opportunity to develop the basics of a new language. There is a choice of six different languages, all at beginner-level (please note we are not able to offer classes at intermediate/advanced level).