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Management and Entrepreneurship

  • Develop the competences, skills, awareness and mind-set to become an effective entrepreneur;
  • Cultivate the writing, analytical and reflective skills required to engage in research at Masters level;
  • Join a vibrant research community and receive support and supervision from research-active experts in a range of management areas.

This MA is for highly motivated graduates in management, or related areas, who are looking to enhance their subject knowledge and develop advanced research skills. The programme is particularly suitable if you are aspiring to a career with a significant focus on management and/or organisational development. It will provide you with a strong foundation for a career in management and immerse you in contemporary business practice. You will learn how to lead innovation within an organisational context and develop advanced research techniques relevant to modern management. In addition, you will enhance a range of transferable skills which allow you to work autonomously, plan and manage a substantial project, as well as collate, synthesise and communicate complex information effectively.

Entry requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a management or social sciences related discipline.

In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree who possess demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion.

Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

The programme comprises seven modules and a dissertation.

Modules cover topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, the digital economy, business planning, financial resource allocation, and the relationship between strategy and organisational and national cultures.

You will be introduced to a wide range of research methods and the methodologies applicable to management research, as well as being supervised and supported through both conducting research and writing a dissertation.

In addition to your dissertation, there is also the opportunity to undertake an in-depth research project for a sponsoring organisation, in a management-related discipline, around a topic of common interest.

BUS4521 Strategy, Culture and Change (20 credits)

Strategy, Culture and Change explores national culture and cultural difference and considers the relationship between strategy, culture and change. The module identifies how both external and internal change might impact upon the planning process within organisations and how organisational culture may be affected.

BUS4522 Organisational Research (20 credits)

Organisational Research develops your skills and awareness in research methodologies and techniques that are specifically appropriate for undertaking, analysing and writing-up academic research in the form of a dissertation or practitioner/consultancy research. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methodologies and develop the necessary conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical skills necessary for management studies research.

BUS4523 Business Planning and Finance (20 credits)

Business Planning and Finance examines business planning and financial resource allocation and explores a range of different models and sets of practices. The module will encourage a critical approach which will enable you to distinguish between these different models and their application to a range of private, public and third sector organisations. The planning and financial challenges created by inter-sectoral working will be a substantial focus of the module.

BUS4530 Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Entrepreneurship provides you with a broad introduction to enterprise and entrepreneurship. An inter-disciplinary approach is taken but some emphasis is placed on marketing because of the increasingly competitive environment within which entrepreneurship is often practiced. The module considers the central philosophies of marketing theory and practice and examines them from an entrepreneurial perspective. You will also examine the development of entrepreneurial skills in areas such as communication, working in teams, self-management and problem solving.

BUS4531 Success in the Digital Economy (20 credits)

Success in the Digital Economy questions what determines success and failure in the digital economy. The internet has changed business and society and a new economy of creativity, opportunity, connectivity and content has been created. This module considers this ‘digital economy’, the key concepts underpinning commercial activities, the technologies that are employed, and the implications for entrepreneurs striving for success. The module makes extensive use of case-studies to highlight the victors and victims as a way of understanding key theoretical concepts. You are asked to investigate and assess the potential of real world start-ups and to try to convince other students to become (virtual) investors in a business.

BUS4533 Innovation and Organisational Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Innovation and Organisational Entrepreneurship explores the difference between an invention and an innovation and provides you with an understanding of how a good idea can be transformed by organisations into something that attracts profits. Where do really good ideas come from and how do businesses turn those into products and services that people actually want? At the centre of what entrepreneurs do is the process of innovation – the creation of a new product/service or the repacking of an existing one to provide competitive advantage or even create new markets.

You will select one of the following modules:

BUS4519 Dissertation (60 credits)

Dissertation requires you to undertake a piece of independent research based upon, or linked to, a specific topic or issue related to a relevant organisational or management development matter. You will provide a theoretical rationale for the dissertation, collect and organise research data, present it within a coherent, rigorous and analytical framework, and reach a well-argued and integrated conclusion.

BUS4532 The Consultancy Challenge (60 credits)

The Consultancy Challenge provides an opportunity for you to undertake an in-depth research project for a sponsoring organisation on a topic of common interest. The nature of the topic will be negotiated between yourself, the module/programme leader and the sponsoring company.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed through essays and other written research projects. The dissertation/research project is predominately assessed based on a 25,000-word written thesis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,860 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MA Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MA Part-time £ 27 (Credit) 2 Years

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