Develop your leadership skills in relation to decision making, problem solving, team working, negotiation and employee performance management. You gain the skills and knowledge essential for managing key areas of organisations, including accounting, human resources, quantitative methods, marketing, strategy and operations. Study innovation and entrepreneurship, and learn how to create and manage sustainable businesses.
This MSc equips you with the necessary tools, techniques and concepts to understand how business is conducted and the various challenges facing managers from an operational and strategic perspective.
Throughout the programme you develop an international perspective on management by applying the skills and knowledge you learn to real-world situations. As part of your studies, you can spend a week in Brussels, home to the European Union, NATO and many other international organisations.
For students who wish to enhance their employability further, this programme offers the opportunity to undertake work experience in the UK or overseas, through the option to undertake the programme with an additional industrial placement of up to 12 months. Although not compulsory, students undertaking the industrial placement often enhance the breadth and depth of their knowledge learned via the first-hand experience gained. Students who wish to undertake this programme without the placement option will utilise extensive industry case studies in order to complete the management consultancy report.
Placements are self-sought and can range from an additional 12 to 50 weeks. This would extend the normal 12 month Masters programme to a maximum of 24 months.
The School offers support to those students seeking the industrial placement option, through extra-curricular engagement with our dedicated placements team. Our dedicated placement team can help you gain a suitable paid position and provide support throughout your placement. Students considering this option should be aware that they will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules and that there may be additional costs for students in terms of visa extensions, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and accommodation, for example.
Through the first-hand, practical experience – derived from the Brussels field trip and industry placement/or industry study– and a comprehensive range of both mandatory and optional modules, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed in your career in business and management, or transition into doctoral studies.
As a student on the Management programme, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 certificate in Professional Consulting and the (CMI) Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
10 Week and 6 Week Pre-sessional courses in Medway for students wishing to progress to degree programmes delivered in Medway.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Internal aspects functions and processes of organizations; the impact of external contextual forces on organisations including: legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international developments; corporate governance with their effects at local, national and global levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations and their environment (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- Markets and customers: the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services; customer expectations; service and orientation. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- The financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations; sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- The change management process and change planning within organisations, leadership and change within organisations. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques; the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, synthesis and reporting, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment. (SB3.7, SB3.9; SB3.12).
- The development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- The comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- The development and implementation of appropriate strategies within a changing environment, strategic risk management and issues of compliance. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
- A range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples include: innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial - and entrepreneurial behaviour and enterprise development, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
You will gain the following intellectual skills:
- Critical thinking and creativity; managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately. (SB3.8, SB3.9).
- Robust theoretical grounding in the broad area of business and management, development of a range of transferable skills as well as demonstrate a systematic understanding of ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material.(SB3.9, SB 3.10).
- Ability to assemble, analysis and synthesise relevant business information to informdecision-making: establish criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems. (SB3.9; SB 3.12).
- Ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice; organise thoughts, analyse, synthesise and critically appraise. (SB3.9).
- Integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists; ability to recognise and use individuals' contributions in group processes and to negotiate and persuade or influence others; team selection, delegation, development and management. (SB5.1, SB3.9).
- Plan, structure, and produce a business report. (SB3.9).
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- Develop an ability to design and interpret research into business and management issues. (SB3.9).
- Develop an ability to understand the nature and scope of businesses operations and attributes of business performance. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrate an ability to manage their workload, solve problems, make quality decisions and manage time effectively. (SB5.1, SB3.9).
- Develop new sets of skills in areas such as people management, strategic management, global business, marketing communication, leadership, performance management and time management skills. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrate an ability to understand the international and ethical dimension to business operations. (SB5.1; SB3.9).
You will gain the following transferrable skills:
- Develop numeracy and analytical skills to be able to address business and management issues. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrates an ability to apply analytical frameworks to make business decisions and inform practice by reflecting on a range of key employability skills. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrate knowledge and ability to manage and work with others from diverse background to help improve business performance. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrate an ability to take advantage of range of sources including uses of use of communication and information technology, to design and interpret research on business and management issues independently. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrate ability to analysis business situations and problems, make decisions and communicate their conclusions. (SB3.9).
- Demonstrate an ability to lead and contribute in team environment and recognise others’ contributions in group processes. (SB3.9).
- The programme aims to:
- Provide a pre-experience Master’s programme for students wishing to pursue a career in business and management.
- Educate individuals as managers and business specialists and thus improve the quality of management as a profession.
- Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in business and management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area.
- Add value to first degrees by developing in individuals an integrated and critically aware understanding of management and organisations and assist them in taking effective roles within management.
- Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed.
- Develop the ability of individuals to critically apply key marketing and management theories in a range of different contexts, through the development of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills.
- Enhance the development of lifelong learning skills to foster individuals’ abilities to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.
- Bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the management of organisations.
- Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.
- Build on the close ties of the University with European institutions.
- Support sustainable national and regional economic success via the development of opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices.