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Management (Part-Time)

“Managers are the life-blood of organisations” - Peter Drucker

Aimed at professionals who want to improve their effectiveness as a manager. Whether you are early career and establishing yourself as a manager, or with more experience and would like to consolidate your practice with up to date theory and emerging ideas and a qualification, the MSc in Management gives you the opportunity to take  a fresh look at management.

This programme will equip you to build a strong platform of informed management ideas applied to your practice. Drawing on ideas that have stood the test of time and those emerging ideas that are shaping the future you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and practice. 

Entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or international equivalent and to have been worked in a management role for at least 3-4 years but we will also consider your application if you have a recognised professional qualification or have significant management experience.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

Management Practice

This unit will help you to build the foundations of effective management, you will explore management theory and emerging and contemporary issues in management as the context of what needs to be managed is changing along with the way in which we manage.  Managers need to appreciate and integrate with key disciplines in an organisation so in this unit you will explore how managers impact marketing and business growth. Then you will learn how to understand the finances of the business in order to effectively manage budgets and assess the impact of your role on the business bottom line and the top-line.

This unit will help you to:

  • Apply management ideas to your practice
  • Investigate emerging ideas of management
  • Develop marketing and growth strategies
  • Understand finance and accounting to inform decision making

Leadership Strategies for Performance

Managers and leaders translate strategy into action. Central to this is the ability to create the conditions for people to work effectively, to flourish and to perform. In this unit, you will learn how leaders and managers:

  • Deliver performance, have an impact and lead change.
  • Deploy strategies to deliver competitive advantage in an increasingly complex an unpredictable business environment.
  • Shape organisation performance, through: culture; agile use of resources; motivating performance; and creating the conditions for a fulfilling high performance work place.
  • Develop skills in action learning and appreciative change .

 Option Unit:*

A third unit in the programme can be selected dependent on the options available and subject to demand.

Typically, the following are availble as option units:

Project Management

Increasingly for managers, project management is becoming an important part of their role. Consequently, effective project management is becoming an essential requirement for all managers. This unit focuses on the knowledge and  the skills to plan, organise  and lead projects to ensure the project team performs. It will provide you with the essentials to manage projects and your project team, whilst still doing your day job.

Investigating Business Practice

In this unit you will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience.  The unit allows you to bring together the key elements from the programme so far, to tackle a management issue in context.

Research Methods

This unit provides you with the analytical and investigative knowledge and skills to conduct an in-depth management research project for your dissertation.


You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.

*You can select from a range of optional units that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Assessment methods

The assessment for the MSc Management programme is all coursework – consisting of a mixture of reports, individual assignments and projects. 

A typical assessment will be asking students to apply academic theory to work based issues.  Each unit will have 2 pieces of work equally weighted.


The dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a 15000 word project on a research project of your choice which can be embedded within your workplace.  The project can be undertaken as a consultancy project for your employer or as an action learning piece of research or as an empirical project. The completion of the dissertation leads to the award of MSc equal to 60 credits.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 2,820 (Whole course) Home/EU 8 Months
PgDip Part-time £ 5,640 (Whole course) Home/EU 16 Months
MSc Part-time £ 8,460 (Whole course) Home/EU 2 Years
PgCert Part-time £ 4,800 (Whole course) International 8 Months
PgDip Part-time £ 9,600 (Whole course) International 16 Months
MSc Part-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 2 Years

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