Our MSc will give you an understanding of contemporary management issues in an ever-changing business environment, and the chance to apply your knowledge to real-life management challenges. This programme, ranked in the top 10 in the UK in 2018 by the Financial Times, is valuable to both those starting out in business, and those looking to progress in their existing careers.
Management Programme Structure
An overview of the MSc in Management programme structure, including course information for semester 1 and semester 2.
This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses, which are undertaken in semester one. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.
A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.
Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.
Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.
To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2019/20.
Option Courses (Choose 4*)
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Economics and Business Analytics
- Marketing Management
- Organisational Behaviour
- Service Management
- The Entrepreneurial Challenge: Creating a New Venture
- Qualitative Research Methods OR Quantitative Research Methods
Option Courses (Choose 3*)
- Carbon and Environmental Consulting Project
- Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context
- Corporate Strategy (MSc)
- Employment Law
- Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Social and Sustainable Enterprise
- Financial Analysis
- Global Financial Markets and Emerging Economies
- Leadership and Management Development
- Marketing Communications
- Marketing of Services
- Organising for Social Change: Strategy, Governance & Innovation
- Project Management in Business Analysis
- Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
Dissertation (MSc in Management)
Details of the Dissertation
*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.
The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.
Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.
Core and Elective Courses
Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.
Management Degree Programme Table
Expand Your Skills
Management graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly sought after globally. Our dedicated Student Development Team within the Business School will be an integral part of your student experience from day one. We are here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.
The MSc in Management is geared towards providing an integrative understanding and a flexible approach to important management tasks. This will enable students to acquire expertise and skills related to their interests and their intended career trajectory.
This programme is also purposely oriented towards practice, supplementing the knowledge participants have acquired in their undergraduate studies with thorough insight into modern management practice.
Graduates in this programme will typically pursue roles in:
- Business Development
- Management Consulting
- Project Management
- Strategy Consulting
The success of our programmes within the management portfolio is reflected in the career destinations of our graduates.
Career Outcomes of Past Students
Student Development Team
The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one.
In your first semester you can benefit from a series of professional development sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:
- Team working
- Job search strategies
- Presentation skills
- Self awareness
Top Tips for Group Work
For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:
- CV and application advice
- LinkedIn profile reviews
- Careers guidance
- Interview or assessment centre practice
For general enquiries please email the Student Development Team.
MSc Management Dublin Trek
Our staff and students discuss how treks open our students up to a range of career possibilities.
All our MSc programmes have various built-in opportunities to engage with companies; an important step in your skills development and the expansion of your corporate network. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:
- Guest lecturers
- Group consultancy projects
- Career lounges
We aim to provide our students with interaction across a wide range of businesses, gaining valuable insight into their operations, advice from their key decision makers as well as the opportunity to work on 'real life' projects proposed by our industry partners.
More on Industry Opportunities
Edinburgh Award for Professional Development
As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.
By proactively working on your own development, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award for professional development. As well as receiving an official certificate from the University, the achievement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Participants are offered individual coaching sessions; peer support networks; a 'buddy system' and masterclasses on topics such as leadership and advanced communication.
The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence and networking skills. By involving our alumni and network of corporate contacts, we are able to ensure that the activities are industry-relevant and give you the opportunity to build your own professional and global networks.
In addition to the Student Development team, there are a number of other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Student Development Manager
+44(0)131 651 5973
Engagement with Industry
On the MSc in Management you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through group consultancy projects, dissertations, guest lectures, and career exploration treks.
Group Consultancy Projects
During your MSc you may elect for a course which involves a consultancy project; this involves working closely with companies or businesses as part of a team to assist with a real-life active project.
In most cases, the client will ask you to write a report which you will research and develop during the taught component of the course. Furthermore, there is likely to be an opportunity to present your findings back to the business.
Topics range from broad, strategic issues to more specialised business matters. Your group will have to work together to produce clear and practical recommendations while meeting deadlines.
Throughout the year, the School gives students the opportunity to engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.
- Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make the best career choices
- Getting a feel for the culture, people, and values of particular companies
- Building your network of industry professionals and alumni
We run different types of treks:
- Local Treks: involve visiting organisations in and around the Edinburgh area
- Industry Treks: take place over the course of two or three days and are designed to give insight to a particular industry through visiting a series of related organisations, typically in a location away from Edinburgh
- Thematic Treks: generally programme-specific and focus on issues surrounding employability and the main learning outcome of your programme.
More on the Dublin 2018 Trek
Past trek locations attended by our Management students have included Dublin and Gran Canaria, and local trek visits have included J&J, AG Barr and Baillie Gifford.
Within modules of the finance programme our academic team bring in senior figures from relevant international organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.
These lectures are followed by the opportunity to network further with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.
Organisations represented in the past include:
- Baillie Gifford
- Edinburgh Airport
- Tesco Bank
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Student Development Manager
+44(0)131 651 5973