The MSc Management course combines core and elective modules across the three terms of and over the summer of your one-year course.
Right from the start, our modules encourage you to think of business as a whole, and the need to pull together the ideas and people it takes to succeed, whilst also considering how to lead and manage the changes that businesses must make to keep ahead.
In your three terms at WBS you will study six core modules, three optional elective modules, and complete your individual dissertation. Our optional modules cover a wide range of topical business subjects, inviting you to dig deeper, look broader, or a bit of both!
You'll be assessed by a mixture of individual and group assignments, and examination.
Build your analytical and critical thinking skills as you learn how and why managers apply behavioural science insights to their strategy, leadership style and day-to-day decision-making.Full details
Behavioural Science research is growing immensely, with many organisations looking to implement behavioural insights as part of their key strategic goals.
This module explores how such research shapes the analytical techniques managers use today. You will explore behavioural science insights into consumer and market behaviour, leadership, negotiation, effective team management and organisational culture.
The analytics perspective will cover a balance of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, involving visualisation, forecasting, data mining techniques and optimisation. This cross-disciplinary training in business models, quantitative methods and data science prepares the manager for today’s work in complex data-driven business situations.
Synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of this course in this 6,000 word dissertation.Full details
You will construct and sustain an argument, using your acquired testing models, to consolidate a hypothesis formed as a result of your learnings on the course.
The investigation of a contemporary research topic will help to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of current problems in your pathway area, as well as your research and communication skills.
Emphasis will be placed on taking a critical approach to the assumptions of prior literature and the methodologies they adopt to address your research question.
Develop the key skills and knowledge to assess the strategy, management and performance of a firm, and how they meet their stakeholder expectations.Full details
This module introduces the key management areas of accounting and finance.
This subject is crucial for a rising manager or future CEO to understand and implement. This module won’t turn you into an accountant or financier, but it will give you the tools and confidence to enter into intelligent discussion with those that are.
Look beyond the consumer experience as you understand how the performance of a firm is assessed by investors. Have they delivered on their strategy? Have managers delivered on past promises? What decisions need to be made now to ensure future success?
Many markets today are uncertain and somewhat unpredictable, so assessing performance must now include evaluating how companies respond and react – not just plan.
This module will equip you with the analytical skills to assess fund investment of companies, and to understand their strategy to meet stakeholder expectations. You will combine theoretical learnings with hands-on experience via simulation, and have the freedom to select the industry or type of company that interests you.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of how customer value is created for customers as you consider both applied and practical marketing and operations theory.Full details
How is customer value created? This module combines key aspects of marketing and operations to develop an analytical understanding of how customers’ wants and needs are generated.
You will develop a strong general management perspective, whilst applying both theoretical and practical marketing and operations insights. This module explores how efficient and effective value propositions are created, communicated and delivered to customers.
The module will evolve your critical thinking skills as you understand how and why managers make decisions regarding marketing and operational issues, and the importance of context.
This module will encourage you to consider the very purpose of a company’s existence, and how and why that has changed over time. Discover how companies must find the right balance between profit, and social or environmental impact in order to prosper.Full details
What is the purpose of a company? Recent years have seen an active debate on this seemingly simple question.
Traditionally, the purpose of a company is to increase its profits. This would be at the forefront of its leaders’ minds, and dictate the decision-making of its managers.
With this though, came the impact of those decisions, and a rising focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) – and in turn the development of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria by which such actions can be measured.
This module compares ESG against firm performance. From shareholders to stakeholders, from CSR to ESG and from purpose to impact and profit. How have these concepts and frameworks evolved, who has shaped them, and how have they revised the role of managers?
You will critically evaluate the growth in ESG metrics and understand how they can both drive positive change, and lead to greenwashing. You will put yourself in the position of a stakeholder, and present your perspective to a company’s management.
The global economy is a dynamic one, which shows no signs of slowing down. This module explores the different business strategies, mitigations and forecasts that managers must employ in this ever-changing climate.Full details
Traditional approaches to strategy formulation often assume markets are, and will remain, competitive. Digital business models that leverage intangible assets now disrupt established markets at speed and scale. The trend towards a single global economy has stalled.
Managers must therefore develop their business strategy to demonstrate a much stronger emphasis on economic context, as they must be prepared to operate in a complex, ever-changing global economy.
This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge to assess approaches to strategy in today’s climate, whilst looking ahead to build a more sustainable future to prepare for forecasted economic developments of tomorrow.
Develop an understanding of some of the challenges faced by leaders and managers within an increasingly volatile organisational environment.Full details
You will develop an understanding of some of the challenges faced by leaders and managers within an increasingly volatile organisational environment.
You will be introduced to the major frameworks for understanding how different forms of organisational change might be evaluated, analysed, led and managed. You'll also learn to analyse how the cultural and micro-political dimensions of organisational life impact on both the need for change and the ways in which it manifests itself.
The module will also develop your understanding of various strategies and tactics for the mobilisation of support for necessary change initiatives, and enable you to critically engage with debates about the limitations of organisational change and its ideological dimensions.
The course will draw on recent developments in the field of organisational change management to examine the dynamics of managing change within varying organisational and environmental contexts.
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.Full details
This module focuses on how digital technologies enable organisations to offer digital services that aim at improving customer experience as well as firm performance. The module assumes no prior knowledge of technology and prepares students to engage with technology-related conversations (e.g., designing a new digital service) at the modern workplace.
The module has three themes. The first theme is gaining competitive advantage using a digital business strategy and covers concepts such as motivations for digital transformation. The second theme provides an overview of what today’s managers need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, social media, and data analytics. The last theme focuses on the lifecycle of digital service provision, covering key concepts such as technology selection and sourcing, agile implementation, and risk management
This module will enable you to understand the fundamental need for finance in entrepreneurial companies, the flow of capital around entrepreneurial young companies and how to execute a practical fundraising strategy for a start-up.Full details
This module will enable you to understand the fundamental need for finance in entrepreneurial companies, the flow of capital around entrepreneurial young companies and how to execute a practical fundraising strategy for a start-up.
Please note the structure of this module is subject to approval and may change.
Build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment and link this to strategies for managing in changing global contexts.Full details
The main module aim is to build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment and link this to strategies for managing in changing global contexts. Key questions are: How do changes in this environment affect the ways in which companies do business and managers manage across borders: How should firms and individual managers respond (in theory)? How can they respond (in practice)?
Topics will include: the drivers and processes of internationalisation, cross-cultural management challenges, the assessment of overseas investment opportunities and the specific challenges of emerging markets.
This module will provide you with a broad understanding of the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, with a special focus on the entrepreneurial mindset.Full details
Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive mindset that enables people to identify, evaluate, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts, settings and organisations – it’s not just about starting new businesses.
This module will help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, attitude and skillset – the necessary hallmarks of successful value creators.
Through a combination of lectures, case studies, readings, guest lectures, brainstorming and creativity exercises, you will learn how to research, identify and develop entrepreneurial opportunities, engage in problem-solving, and evolve your critical thinking. You will gain insights into the practical steps needed to establish a new business venture.
By giving students the chance to research and prepare a crowdfunding pitch, we encourage them to gain more insights into the practical steps needed to establish a new business venture and enable value creation.
Please note the structure of this module is subject to approval and may change.
This module will introduce you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects.Full details
This module introduces you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects. It adopts a business analytics methodology which enables you to (a) analyse a complex business situation, (b) identify high value opportunities for business analytics and (c) deliver an effective business analytics project. The module adopts an experiential learning philosophy by giving you a guided and mentored experience of conducting a realistic consulting project.
This module will provide you with training in applying data science methods to contemporary economic problems, giving you the opportunity to conduct a data science project using economic data.Full details
The module aims to provide training in applying data science methods to contemporary economic problems by looking at case studies. Specifically, the module aims to give you the opportunity to conduct a data science project using economic data. You will discover how to replicate and extend a data science case. The module aims to give the appropriate grounding in economic analysis, while developing your research and communication skills.
A formative group exercise will be set whereby groups will be given data and asked to conduct a statistical analysis of the economic problem. This will serve as a "dummy run" for the individual assignment, and there will be in-class feedback.
This module will teach you about the crucial soft and technical skills needed for successfully gaining roles with the tier-1 consulting firms.Full details
The module will show you which skills, concepts, tools and techniques might fit within both the constraints of the environment and general consulting models. Further to this, you will discuss your own softer skills and focus on ways to develop your own capability ready for a successful career in consulting.
You will cover the following three module elements:
Key Softer Skills:
- Understanding the different models of consultancy and the influential consulting organisations within each mode
- Professional skills and skill development. The firm versus the individual. Ethics and professional integrity
- Relating to clients - interpersonal factors and skills: listening skills, relationship building, understanding group dynamics, culture, teams and performance, connecting with gatekeepers and champions.
Key Technical Skills:
- Reporting to the client and to the consulting firm, measuring results and formulating proposals, implementation, control, follow up and review
- Consulting Tools: Diagnostic tools, managing data, time and attention management, managing client relationships
- Writing the project report and presentations.
- Developing organisational capabilities within the constraints of different consultancy models
- Managing the intellectual supply chain (i.e. the value chain). Outsourcing and off-shoring consulting services.
Through this module you will be introduced to key theories and research concerning the behaviour, leadership, and management of people and organisations.Full details
The aims of the module are to:
1) Introduce students to the principles, theories and research underlying the academic disciplines concerning the behaviour, leadership and management of people and organisations (Organisational Behaviour, OB and Human Resource Management, HRM) at four levels of analysis: individual, group, organisational and societal.
2) Develop a critical appreciation of the behavioural and social sciences as they relate to the study of behaviour in organisations.
3) Introduce students to a critical understanding of the practice of management, leadership and people management in particular.
4) Provide students with structured opportunities to practice applying OB and HRM principles, theories and research to analyse and solve organisational problems.
This module will introduce you to the world of consulting, focusing on the process and the requirement for management consultants.Full details
The module will be split into three key sections, featuring practical input from industry speakers, and group work activities throughout.
- Why consulting?
- What is consulting? An overview of the history and origins of consulting and the range of consulting roles in existence today
- Understanding the wider role of consultancy including further context - where consulting is of most use - examples of (good and bad) consulting interventions
- Overview of the consulting landscape
- Modern developments in consulting- the role of technology.
The Consulting Process:
- An introduction to the methodology and generic processes that enable successful consulting assignments: entry, client brief, diagnosis, data collection, selecting principles, developing solutions and evaluating alternatives, implementation and project closure. This will include an introduction to diagnostic tools and techniques
- Proposals and assignment management: planning, budgeting, preparation of the assignment, diagnosis, evaluation of the existing situation, choice of methodology, presentation of the process, getting paid
- The typical application process – the unique value that is given to case studies.
The Management Consultant:
- The organisational structure of a typical consultancy – levels, accountabilities and responsibility at these levels
- The make-up of a consultant - personal factors and skills.
The aim of the module is to provide you with a deep understanding of this strategic role of human capital management and the tools with which to analyse and manage it.Full details
Strategic human resource management is concerned with the creation of value through the management of human and social capital in organisations. The value of HRM is realised when the capacities and motives of individuals, groups are directed towards the strategic objectives of the organisation. The aim of the module is to provide you with a deep understanding of this strategic role of human capital management and the tools with which to analyse and manage it.
We will consider what it means to align the HR function with strategic objectives. We will ask whether all human capital is equally valuable. We will debate the extent to which human capital and its associated outcomes are quantifiable in a meaningful way. We will examine whether HRM can support both efficiency and flexibility at the same time. Ultimately, the class will provide a range of models and tools for managing human capital in a strategic way.
This internship module presents the unique placement opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a company of your choosing.Full details
Want to put your theory into practice? This module offers a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience at a company of your choosing, be that in the UK or overseas.
Optimise your critical evaluation skills as you appraise and reflect upon your experience. Understand your successes, why they worked out and how they could be improved further should you ever repeat the process. Analyse your more challenging moments - how and why problems arose, and how they can be avoided or mitigated in the future.
Your placement will last between four and twelve weeks, and will take place any time after the course’s international elective modules conclude in May, with a dissertation to be submitted in September.
Gain cultural exposure and expand your knowledge of international business and global management.Full details
How does culture impact business practice? This module will enhance your understanding of international business and management.
Discover how local areas value and utilise their sustainable resources, and how the political, social and economic climate of a country can mould and shape their business strategy.
Develop your critical thinking skills as you apply your learnings to real-world topic examples such as luxury brand management, digital innovation, design thinking and big data.
Understand the wider institutional location of business activity within the polity and the society.Full details
Understand the wider institutional location of business activity within the polity and the society. The module puts particular emphasis on corporations’ responsibilities in global society and discusses key governance issues related to this agenda. Firms will be seen as both 'takers' and 'givers' of governance and regulation in a variety of formal and informal ways. The module is not a traditional course in business ethics but explores the influence of the non-market environment on businesses’ strategies and operational practices and will confront some 'critical issues' topics.
You'll gain a broad understanding of the tools and organisational arrangements driving the shift towards digital working, and learn the techniques and frameworks to operate effectively in this more dynamic and fluid work environment.Full details
To be effective in modern organisations requires an understanding of the dynamics of digital work. This module equips students with a broad understanding of the tools and organisational arrangements driving this shift towards digital working, and provides them with techniques and frameworks to operate effectively in this more dynamic and fluid work environment.
The module reviews major trends and changes in the workplace arising from the increased adoption of digital tools to support work practices in modern organisations. It reviews major drivers of adoption of these tools and the emergence of new dynamics of interactions and patterns of work.
Look at project management methods in a modern context, spanning a range of sectors and applications.Full details
There are two specific features about project management theory which make it a slightly different type of subject to most other academic modules. Firstly, the subject has its origins in large-scale, complex operations. This means that a large proportion of the published theory concerns the planning and control aspects of the management of such processes. Secondly, most of the concepts were developed in the heyday of the 1960s, where a lot of activity was taking place in the aerospace, defence and construction sectors. This means that most of the basic literature is reasonably old and technically focused.
In the modern context, project management methods are now used for a much wider variety of applications including change management, Third World development programmes and IT-based projects. As a consequence, this module aims to span a range of sectors and be as multi-disciplinary as possible. The planning and control aspects of the module occupy only about 20% of the total time available.
- Develop an understanding of current project and programme management approaches and to make comparisons with your own organisation.
- Develop sensitivity to different project environments and to make comparisons and conclusions about them.
- Increase your understanding of commercial and behavioural issues in the management of projects.
- Provide experience of handling project management problems in a simulation setting.
You'll be introduced to the ways in which economists and psychologists have used behavioural theories and experimental methods to provide extensions to, or alternatives to, the conventional economic wisdom covered in the first term module Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour.Full details
This module introduces you to the ways in which economists and psychologists have used behavioural theories and experimental methods to provide extensions to, or alternatives to, the conventional economic wisdom described in the first term module Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour. It will examine recent cutting-edge research, and consider the implications of that research for individual decision making, the operation of markets and public sector policy making.
Gain an overview of how today's firms use digital marketing practices to achieve their business objectives, giving theoretical and practical subject knowledge and understanding.Full details
This module will provide you with an overview of how today's firms use digital marketing practices to achieve their business objectives, giving theoretical and practical subject knowledge and understanding, cognitive and methodological skills, and social/soft skills.
You can expect to cover similar topics to those in the indicative syllabus: Introduction to Digital Marketing, Website Design, Social Media, Digital Platforms and Tech Giants, Digital Advertising and SEO, Emerging Trends, Analytics and Integrated Marketing, Big Data, Data Science, and Digital Marketing.
This module will train you in the key methods that aid decision making when managers face an uncertain future.Full details
The module aims to providing training on methods that aid decision making when managers face an uncertain future. The module covers methods for short-term and long-term forecasting of product demand and macroeconomic variables. The module discusses how forecasting aids decision-making.
Get an introduction to the principles of Corporate Finance and learn how the basic tools and techniques of modern finance theory can be applied to analyse and improve the investment and financing decisions of the firm.Full details
Get an introduction to the principles of Corporate Finance and learn how the basic tools and techniques of modern finance theory can be applied to analyse and improve the investment and financing decisions of the firm.
Indicative themes include:
- Financial calculus
- Financial markets
- Valuing bonds
- Valuing stocks
- Portfolio choice and diversification
- The capital asset pricing model
- Capital budgeting
- NPV in action
- Market efficiency
- Financing and capital structure
- Payout policy
- Corporate risk management
Gain an appreciation of the roles of design within a business context.Full details
The objectives of this module are to:
- Provide students with an appreciation of the roles of design within a business context
- Develop in students a good understanding of the contribution design can make to innovation and organisational success
- Critically examine various innovation and design approaches and processes, and the scope and content of design in both product and service contexts
- Provide insights into the functions and contributions of professional designers
- Discuss the emergence of 'design thinking' and its importance to business
- Explore the issues related to the management of cross-functional teams
- Examine the impact that design and designers can make on organisational performance.
You'll synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of their course in this 6,000 word dissertation.Full details
You'll synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of their course in this 6,000 word dissertation.
The investigation of a contemporary research topic will help to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of current problems in your pathway area, as well as your research and communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on taking a critical approach to the assumptions of prior literature and the methodologies you adopt to address yourresearch question.
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, individual assessments, 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.
Within your busy year on the MSc Management you can choose a self-arranged internship, which is recognised as an elective module. During your third term and over the summer, if you are successful in organising an internship with a company, we can recognise that as an elective module in your programme of study.
We ask for details up front and that you complete a critical evaluation of your learning experience, reflecting on the skills you’ve acquired and their role in your development.
Our wide range of elective modules allows you to tailor your course of study to reflect the focus you want to follow. Alongside the core content of our MSc Management course, you can choose to specialise in either consulting or entrepreneurship by selecting two specialist electives and basing your dissertation within the chosen area. On completion, you will gain a letter of acknowledgement from the Dean of Warwick Business School to confirm your success in this specialised study area.
A career in consulting can offer rapid opportunities to influence the direction and success of companies. But that’s enabled by a set of skills and a consulting mindset that helps you see the opportunity quickly then helps an organisation manage the changes needed to achieve it.
By taking our two specialist modules in the consulting area – Introduction to Consulting, and Developing Consulting Expertise – plus basing your dissertation in the area of consulting, you will be able to develop your abilities in this area to help prepare you for the workplace.
A focus on entrepreneurship sharpens your skills in making calculated decisions between seizing opportunities and managing risk. You need to see the whole picture yet be clear on your focus. Whether you have the ambition to set up your own business or bring an entrepreneurial mindset into existing companies, we will help you develop the skills needed to create innovative solutions that stand out and find a new space in markets.
We will be offering a number of electives to enhance your skills in this area, covering topics such as entrepreneurial finance and building an entrepreneurial mindset. You will need to select two of these modules, plus base your dissertation in the area of entrepreneurship to achieve this specialism.
Your career in management starts on day one of the course
Immersing yourself in the world of business to gain the skills needed as a successful manager means building upon your communication, teamworking, and presentation skills through both individual and group work. How you analyse and address the business challenges we present you with will develop your personal and professional skills in decision-making, problem-solving, analysis, and critical reflection. We offer you opportunities to get a real sense of the business world with site visits, external speakers, talks from our Professors of Practice and from senior business and industry practitioners.
Foreign Language Study
One of the great benefits of the MSc Management 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).
International Elective Modules
Our 5-day international elective modules immerse you in bespoke learning with our partner schools. These specialist modules enhance your MSc Management knowledge and provide a value-added experience that complements the course’s core content.
Previous partner schools and themes include:
- Design Thinking at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
- The Circular Economy at Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal
- The Luxury Industry at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy
- Digital Transformation at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain
- Sustainable Finance at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium
- Emerging Market Enterprises at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, South Africa