MSc Management

Programme structure

The MSc Management course combines compulsory 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.

Our modules

In your three terms at WBS you will study six compulsory 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!

 

How you'll be assessed

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

Data Driven Decision Making

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.

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Dissertation

Synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of this course in this 6,000 word dissertation.

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Performance Management of the Firm

Develop the key skills and knowledge to assess the strategy, management and performance of a firm, and how they meet their stakeholder expectations.

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Customer Value Management

Gain a comprehensive understanding of how customer value is created for customers as you consider both applied and practical marketing and operations theory.

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Purpose, Impact and Profits

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. 

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Strategies for the Global Economy

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.

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Leading & Managing Change

Develop an understanding of some of the challenges faced by leaders and managers within an increasingly volatile organisational environment.

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These are indicative optional modules which may vary year-on-year.
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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Entrepreneurial Finance

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.

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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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Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module will provide you with a broad understanding of the theory and practice of  entrepreneurship, with a special focus on the entrepreneurial mindset.

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Business Analytics for Managers

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

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

This module will introduce you to current thinking and debate in the area of researching equality and diversity in organisations and the labour market.

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Case Studies in Data Science & Economics

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.

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Developing Consulting Expertise

This module will teach you about the crucial soft and technical skills needed for successfully gaining roles with the tier-1 consulting firms.

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Driving Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Marketing and Strategy

Explore the importance of management of innovation in products, processes, technology and communications.

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Customer Analytics

Challenge your thinking about the appropriate and inappropriate use of customer data for strategic decision-making.

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People & Organisations

Through this module you will be introduced to key theories and research concerning the behaviour, leadership, and management of people and organisations.

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Introduction to Consulting

This module will introduce you to the world of consulting, focusing on the process and the requirement for management consultants.

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Strategic Human Resource Management

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.

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Management Internship

This internship module presents the unique placement opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a company of your choosing.

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International Management

Gain cultural exposure and expand your knowledge of international business and global management.

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Marketing through Social Media

This module develops an understanding of how brand managers can access and use social media channels as part of their marketing strategy in order to build brand presence and maintain relevance in the life of their customers.

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Governance and Corporate Responsibility

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

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Digital Working & Organisational Transformation

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.

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Leading for Innovation

This module aims to develop a greater understanding of how to foster an innovative work environment.

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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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Behavioural Economics

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.

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Digital Marketing Technology & Management

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.

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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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Corporate Finance

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.

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Design in Business

Gain an appreciation of the roles of design within a business context.

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Dissertation

You'll synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of their course in this 6,000 word dissertation.

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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, 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. 

Internships

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.

Consulting

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.

Entrepreneurship

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 includes free foreign language study in the evenings during your first term. 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). Please note that this is a compulsory element of the course.  

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