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Masters in Management

A masters in management could well be your black belt in managerial theory and core skills if you want to catapult yourself into a management or consulting career. This particular postgraduate course is concerned with arming you with all the knowledge you’ll need to get started in a management role; whether you’re a business graduate or from an entirely different degree background. Here’s the lowdown…

What will I study on a masters in management postgraduate course?

Postgraduate courses with UK providers will all have their own syllabuses, but generally you can expect to study management from various different angles:

  • Organisational behaviour
  • Operations/human resources management
  • Project management
  • Qualitative analysis in management
  • Quantitative analysis in management
  • Business strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Core management subjects
  • Economics for managers.

As with some undergraduate courses, in some cases it’s possible to tailor your course to focus on a specialist area, like marketing for example. Individual research projects/dissertations and short placements or internships as part of the course are also a common feature of various courses in this discipline across the UK.

This postgraduate course typically takes between one and two years to complete depending on the provider. It’s a good idea to take a close look at all your options and their syllabuses to make sure you choose the right one for you.

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a 2:1 or the equivalent, in your undergraduate degree to be eligible for most masters in management courses. Don’t worry; you won’t need to have extensive business knowledge before starting this course as they’re designed to suit graduates from any degree discipline. They’ll bring you up to speed very quickly; be prepared for an intense couple of years!

As with undergraduate degrees in the UK, international students who don’t have English as their first language will also be required to obtain at least a minimum score set out by their prospective university in an official English language proficiency test.

Where could a masters in management qualification take me?

The opportunities offered on some courses to undertake short work placements in which you can apply what you learn on your course to the working environment can be a great insight into business and the career paths that lie ahead once you pick up your postgraduate qualification. 

This is a popular postgraduate study choice for those with interests in (management) consultancy as a career; but it’s by no means restricted to that! 

A postgraduate degree like this could also be a foot in the door for some professional qualifications. It could make you eligible to skip some exams and enable you to obtain a professional qualification quicker.   

Typical industries for masters in management postgraduates

A solid result in a masters in management postgraduate degree could land in a management role in almost any industry; public or private sector. As far as banking and finance goes, you could be looking at:

  • Consulting
  • Human resources
  • Professional services
  • Accounting
  • In-house finance
  • Entrepreneurialism (starting up your own company)

By Jos Weale, Editor, AllAboutFinanceCareers.com