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12 months

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GBP 23000 per year

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About Management at City, University of London


Who is it for?

Your interests span a wide range of management topics and disciplines, from hard skills like problem analysis, critical thinking, finance and strategy to soft skills including teamwork influencing, leadership, negotiating and managing people. You are looking to make that crucial first step into management or may already be working as a manager or entrepreneur.

Either way, this course will develop both your skills-base and your confidence as a manager able to take on any challenge in today's fast-moving global business environment.


The course is based on an MBA style curriculum and is academically rigorous without neglecting the applied, practical aspects of your management education. Academic rigour is balanced with practical relevance.

The curriculum is enriched by opportunities for individualised course of learning and personal development as from term two you are encouraged to choose the subjects which you wish to study depending on your interests and professional goals to build your confidence and leadership qualities.

You'll study the foundations of business management and be able to create a more individualised course of study by tailoring your learning and take advantage of our diverse portfolio of optional modules, studying at Cass and in our sister institutions around the world. We hope to empower you to make conscious choices about business issues and your own future.

Our challenging electives from the portfolio of Masters programme are either London based or held in international locations and invite our students to deepen their knowledge of current management practices and to sharpen their skills required of future global leaders. Some electives will take you beyond the classroom experience and act as capstones to your educational and practical experiences.


What will you learn

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of management
  • Develop your range of hard and soft skills as a manager and entrepreneur
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of management issues that affect all industry sectors as well as different type of organisations from big multinationals, SMEs, family businesses and small start ups
  • Network with your peers and senior managers from industry
  • Gain a highly valuable international, perspective on the challenges of management in every size of business
  • Acquire a flexibility suitable for a wide range of roles in global management, from operations to strategy.

Term 1

Core modules:

This term encompasses a wide range of fundamental knowledge and key skill areas in management discipline.

  • Accounting and Finance

    The aim of the module is to equip you with an understanding of the most common financial and accounting techniques and practices. Seeking a career in professional services, and more generally in the management and business arena, you need to have a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles in finance. The accounting and finance module is designed to teach you key areas of accounting and finance that every modern and successful manager should be aware of.

  • Principles of Marketing and Strategy

    The probability and statistics module will assume that students will arrive with no knowledge of probability or statistics. The module will start with basic concepts such as summary statistics and basic probability and will develop these concepts to more advanced topics such as confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and probability distributions. This module forms part of the CT3 course of the IFoA.

  • Organisational Behaviour & HRM

    Organisational Behaviour (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM) principles and practices encompass the so-called 'soft skills' that employers require from university graduates.  These skills are transferable, meaning they can be used in many different contexts and types of role, and are essential for the effective and modern manager-to-be. The transferable, soft-skills that you will develop on this module include personal qualities and attitudes that help you to work well with others and make a positive contribution to organisations you work for.

  • Quantitative Methods for Business

    This module introduces some principal quantitative methods for analysing data related to various aspects of running a business. In many instances, the application of quantitative methods may improve the quality of business decisions, by grounding those decisions in analyses of available data rather than the gut feelings or preferences of decision makers.

Term 2

Core modules:

In this term we transfer significant curriculum content choice to students which will increase not only your satisfaction with the course but also develop your potential, as course content can be tailored to your personal interests and career aims.

  • Business & Managerial Economics

    This module provides you with an understanding and practical knowledge of economics.  The course assumes no background in economics, covers basic microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and concentrates on the application of that theory and on the making and analysis of economic policy. Managerial economics is a branch of economics that applies microeconomic analysis to decision methods of businesses or other management units. As such, it bridges economic theory and economics in practice. It draws heavily from quantitative techniques such as regression analysis, correlation and calculus. The module integrates many concepts from financial economics, game theory, business forecasting and industrial economics.

  • Research Methods for Business

    TThis module provides a set of analytical and methodological tools that will be fundamental for carrying out research projects based on empirical data. Managers, consultants, analysts, bankers, entrepreneurs, all face the issue of how to draw reliable conclusions from empirical data e.g. data on customers, competitors, geographical areas, etc. Any business needs research and, to be successful, any business needs methodologically sound and rigorous research.

Plus two electives from the following:

  • Advanced Strategy Analysis

    This course asks why some firms are more successful than others and explores what corporate executives can do to enable superior results.  This course revolves around two advanced topics in strategic management: a) knowledge and innovation and b) corporate strategy.

  • Entrepreneurship

    The main aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the basic and essential issues in entrepreneurship and to provide some of the skills you will need to become an entrepreneur or to act entrepreneurially within existing organisational settings. This is an integrative module addressing both the theoretical and practical issues of entrepreneurship.

    The module will start with a general view over the latest theoretical approach to entrepreneurship. It will then move on to the more practical issues in entrepreneurship: identifying the opportunity, gathering the resources and the team.  In this respect, we will be developing a business idea using the business model canvas and we will practice on how to pitch to investors.

  • International Finance

    Business executives cannot ignore the international dimension in finance.  A proper understanding of the fundamental issues behind international trade, international capital flows, the rise to prominence of the multinational corporation, and international debt (including balance of payments debt) has important bearings on business decisions.

    This module aims to allow you to get a solid grasp of the following topics: international trade and the multinational corporation, the global FX and derivatives markets, FX risk and currency exposure, use of derivatives and cash market hedges to mitigate FX exposure, international loans and bond issues, swap-driven financing, natural and real hedges and other strategies to mitigate long-term operating risks.

  • Leadership and Change

    The purpose of this module is to facilitate your understanding of organisational change through the lens of leadership. This will be achieved by introducing you to different theoretical approaches to leadership and organisational change, critically evaluating supporting evidence from research and practice, and encouraging you to reflect on your own role as a future organisational leader. A key aspect of the module will be to reflect on different leadership styles and how these may need to vary across different international work settings.

  • Supply Chain Management

    This module is a combined version of operations management (OM) and supply chain management (SCM) modules with more emphasis on analytical skills. In any industry, managing process, operations and supply chain is one of the most important tasks of a modern enterprise. Therefore, having a thorough understanding of these two areas is critical to your success in your MSc in Management.

    The aim of this module is to provide you with a postgraduate level understanding of the key topics of OM and SCM

Term 3

Core modules:

  • Business Research Project

    Any business needs research and, to be successful, any business needs methodologically sound and rigorous research. This module allows you to demonstrate, on an individual basis, your ability to integrate and apply concepts and techniques you have learned in an in-depth study of a topic of your choice, and to organise your findings in a report. All conducted within a given time limit.

    The aim of the project is to enable you to demonstrate the results of your learning; there is no single prescribed method and any reasonable proposal is acceptable providing that it is agreed with the project supervisor and the course director.

Plus one of the following capstone electives:

  • Business and Society

    This module explores the role of the firm in the 21st Century. It goes beyond corporate social responsibility and the economic concept of the firm and explores the concept of the licence to operate. It attempts to answer the question What is the contract between businesses and society in the early 21st century? A business cannot operate in a vacuum without understanding and managing its impact on the communities (or society) where it operates.

  • Consulting Project

    In this module you will utilise use skills and knowledge gained during the first two terms in order to carry out a consulting project for a company selected by Cass. At the start of the term groups of 5/6 students are assigned to a particular company, with a sponsoring company executive delivering a presentation about the challenge that you should be addressing.

    Each group is also followed by a faculty coach. You will research the assigned business challenge and negotiate terms of engagement with the company executive. You will then be asked to present your findings in a final workshop with senior executives from the company and your peers. The sponsor is invited to give a short talk in response to the presentation.

    Download a copy of the Consulting Project brochure for prospective client organisations [pdf]

  • Global Strategy

    The purpose of this course is to expand your global mindset and provide you with theories, knowledge and practical tools that you can use to achieve success in the global business environment. To this end the course touches upon important topics such as global strategy execution, cross-cultural communication and learning, the challenges of managing projects across the varied customs and practices of the world, and the development of internationally sophisticated employees, teams and managers. Special focus is placed on how employees with a global mindset can effectively execute the international strategies of the firm, guided by an awareness of cross- cultural differences. The last part of the course focuses particularly on the challenge of managing culturally diverse teams, introducing you to the nuances of various cultures but also presenting you with tools to explore and leverage culture.

  • Practicing Management in the Digital Age

    This module builds heavily on the preceding core modules and explicitly complements them. It is organised around seminar presentations by eminent practitioners. The themes chosen will vary from year to year given the nature of the course, but the aim is to select areas that are both topical and problematic, with some preference for emerging themes rather than ones that are the recent "hot topics".

Plus any two electives from Cass based and international modules offered across all MSc programmes.

In summary as our curriculum combines great measure of flexibility in its course structure allowing you to have a significant choice and control over your studies. The Course Director will partner with students to provide the support which allows you to form a learning program as unique and individualised as you are, even if this is general management degree.

See the MSc Management Programme Specification

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Assessment methods


We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each)
  • a Business Research Project (30 credit)
  • three electives (10 credits each).

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Management, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

The course commences in September with a Foundations of Management workshop which prepares students with some of the concepts necessary to complete the course, and includes careers and professional skills development workshops.

Term dates

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-Person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019


How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents also required (may follow at later date)

  • IELTS/GMAT result
  • Two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course, applicants with in excess of three years of experience should consider the MBA programme
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

Please note the GMAT is not compulsory for MSc Management, but it is highly recommended and may be requested as a condition of your offer if you are accepted.

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

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Entry requirements

A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.

Previous study of business, management or finance is not required



Highly recommended, especially for students without a quantitative background

A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application

English language requirements

English language requirements

If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test

If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.


The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

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Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Career pathways

Graduates from the MSc in Management move into a diverse range of careers: consulting, marketing, advertising, luxury goods, wealth management, working for a family business or even setting up their own business.

MSc in Management Employability

Our Graduate Destination Survey of the MSc in Management class of 2014 shows that 70.3% of graduates are now either in work (66.7%) or not job seeking as they are in further study (3.6%)

Examples of where graduates from the MSc in Management are working are:

  • Amazon - Investigation Specialist
  • Applied Value - Analyst
  • CI Radar - Research Analyst

MSc Management alumni have also achieved

  • 2nd highest percentage increase in salary within three years globally
  • 2nd highest salary after three years in the UK
  • Highest career progress in London from first post-graduation job to three years later

You can also view data from our Graduate Destination Survey (pdf) from 2015.

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Notes about fees for this course


£23,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

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