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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 10000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
GBP 12500 per year

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About Management at Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

This course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment. As well as giving you the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to operate effectively in a managerial role, the course will develop your analysis, problem-solving and proactive-thinking skills. As the course progresses, the emphasis evolves from operational to a strategic approach.

Studying the Management MA will give you opportunities to gain immediately applicable skills and managerial awareness; whilst learning about other organisations' processes and practices from peers and case study analysis. 

Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their modules on the Blackboard site and availing of current journals and e-books as well as podcasts and other supporting resources. Onsite students can make appointments with librarians for specific search support or attend speaker's evenings or study skills ribbon workshops. Each student has a personal tutor and we also provide additional support for dyslexic and disabled students. 

Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

A highlight for many students is the residential weekend organised as part of this course - a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network and get to know your fellow students. Additional networking events with management professionals are also organised throughout your course.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Modules

You will study the main features of the economic and financial environment of the firm, with the aid of common analytical tools and the development of analytical and quantitative skills relevant to managerial decision making.

In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

You will develop the skills and competencies to carry out the Human Resource Management (HRM) element of your role and work effectively with HRM specialists. You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications of HRM decision making for organisational success.

This module will give you an understanding of how organisations work, and how to use that knowledge as an effective manager.

This module is all about running the organisation more effectively and efficiently, by exploiting internal and external information. It develops your critical understanding of the sources and application of information from a managerial perspective, and examines specific issues of managing operations.

This module provides you with a grounding in the knowledge, theory and practice of marketing as applied by managers in organisational situations. It is focused on the development of effective market-oriented managerial thinking. Marketing-related tools, frameworks, strategies and tactics are introduced, developed and applied.

This module will introduce you to the principles and practices of strategic management.

The module aims to develop your knowledge of and competence in the research process and the application of research methods in the area of business and management. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice. It focuses on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

This module involves extensive research in a chosen topic. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to work autonomously, and to apply the theory learnt during the course to a substantial real-life problem.

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Accreditation

Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

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Course Leaders

Simply put: helping people to realise their potential and to tap into that potential.

Keith Patrick

Principal Lecture: Information Management

Keith joined WBS in 2002 as a Senior Lecturer in Business Information Management, having been at London South Bank University for seven years, in a similar role combining teaching, research and course management. He had previously been a Research Assistant at Westminster for two years.

Keith adopts an approach in teaching, research and knowledge transfer that takes in a socio-cultural-technical view of the impacts and implications of IT/IS/ICT from the perspectives of business and organisations, their management, and people in their various guises of user, customer, supplier, and employee.

Keith's career route has been varied, taking an eclectic route through engineering, crisis intervention residential social work, and research. With several breaks for study, including a BA Hons in International Relations from Keele, and an MSc in Office Systems Management from Humberside, subsequent study taken through the part-time and online route, Institute of Education, University of Ulster, and University of Westminster.

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Nuala OSullivan

Senior Lecturer

Nuala OSullivan is an occupational psychologist with a background in consultancy and change management relying on her early career as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. She is a graduate Member of the British Psychological Society Development (GBR BPS) and the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, as well as Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) as well as being a qualified NLP Practitioner and ACAS trained workplace mediator. Her qualifications include BSc in Psychological Sciences and MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

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Nuala is qualified in psychometric testing and has a PGCHE to complement her certificates in managing others in projects: PRINCE2 and DSDM which have helped to develop industry awareness.

Careers

Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium-size enterprises. When you graduate you will be equipped to pursue a career in specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Some of our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and Unilever as well as the NHS and local councils.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015-16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Student Highlight

Stefan Babb

Management MA

The Management MA course is very diverse. Students can learn about multiple areas in business including Finance, Marketing, HRM. I found my professors very helpful during the course and I was able to develop long-lasting relationships with some of the staff. In particular, the support given for my dissertation research was exceptional. I am now the Co-Founder and Finance Director of the Westminster Water Company UK Ltd.

I'm a more knowledgeable entrepreneur than I would've been had I not taken the course.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptember, JanuaryDomestic course feesGBP 10000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 12500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operation research. However students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operation research. However students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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What students think about Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

    Vanessa De Silva, Management Consultant, Expertise Limited, Bermuda

    Testimonial from Vanessa De Silva, Management Consultant, Expertise Limited, Bermuda, student at Westminster Business School, London
    As an international student I was looking for a Master's program that would offer me an experience and education that I could utilise worldwide. The University of Westminster was a simple choice for me knowing the superior level of education, top quality professors and fabulous location offered. The culturally diverse group of classmates held various levels of professional experience which enriched my learning as we continued to develop and challenge each other.

    Having completed the MA Human Resource Management specialising in Employee Relations I have acquired an education which lead me to a fulfilling career rather than a short-term job. As a Management Consultant in an Employment Services firm I work with local and international clients and have continued to develop my practical experience in employee relations, policy development, recruitment and performance management.

    Andrew Behles, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Nexia Smith & Williamson

    Testimonial from Andrew Behles, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Nexia Smith & Williamson, student at Westminster Business School, London
    As a US national with relatively little experience in international accounting standards and practices prior to beginning the course, the WBS Msc in Finance and Accounting provided me with a useful blend of accounting theory and practice that has well equipped me for securing a job in international audit in the UK upon graduation. And with up to six exemptions from ACCA exams, its easy to see a quick and tangible return on investment.

    Owen Coughlan, RBS Global Banking & Markets

    Testimonial from Owen Coughlan, RBS Global Banking & Markets, student at Westminster Business School, London
    A Distinction in my Masters at the University of Westminster gave me the knowledge and confidence to gain a coveted job in an investment bank. Having a solid grounding in theory combined with practice in my Westminster Business School degree enabled me to take on the added responsibilities I needed to advance my career.

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