MSc Management 2017

This Masters provides you with broad-ranging management knowledge and skills

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£10,000 (total)
International fees:
£19,000 (total)

Our AMBA accredited masters in management provides you with broad-ranging management knowledge and skills alongside critical insight into how organisations operate. Designed to give a comprehensive introduction to all the major management disciplines, this course is ideal for anyone with a non-business background. You’ll develop essential skills including critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative working.

You’ll gain the hands-on practical experience that employers are looking for through real-world business projects and case studies. We create opportunities for you to build applied skills and insight, and offer enriching experiences such as talks from industry speakers and workshops on topics such as leadership.

The course attracts students from a range of cultural and academic backgrounds, creating a stimulating social and learning environment. This provides an important multicultural experience for a career where business is global.

Academic excellence

Teaching on the course is informed by our research knowledge in a range of management areas, giving you access to the latest business trends and real-world challenges as they unfold.

You’ll benefit from the cutting-edge research being conducted in research centres such as the Centre for Decision Research, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change, Leeds University Centre for Interdisciplinary Leadership and the internationally renowned Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL).


This masters is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education, which represents the global standard for the world’s best business programmes. Find out more about AMBA accreditation.

Course content

Taken over both semesters, the Management in Practice module forms an important part of the course. It’s designed to equip you with the professional skills you need to function effectively as a manager in a contemporary business setting. You’ll cover team working, leadership, presentation skills, self-development and employability – and you’ll be able to draw on input from a variety of sources including the Business School’s corporate partners.

You’ll study a range of core modules around this, which build the business knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed as a manager. You’ll be introduced to entrepreneurship and the process of starting a new business, effective decision making and operations and supply chain management. Then you’ll examine approaches to strategic management and gain a broad understanding of accounting, marketing principles and organisational behaviour.

There will also be opportunities to gain specialist knowledge in areas that suit your career plans and interests. You’ll choose one optional module, allowing you to focus on a topic of your choice.

In addition, a module in research design and analysis will prepare you to complete your dissertation in the final semester. This is an independent research project on a topic of your choice, which can be tailored to meet your individual career goals.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • Compulsory modules

  • You’ll take ten compulsory modules including your dissertation.
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Marketing for Management 15 credits
  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Behaviour in Organisations 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Management in Practice 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll also choose one optional module.
  • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective 15 credits
  • Creative Industries Management 15 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Understanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons).

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2017

International: applications received before 31 March 2017 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2017 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2017. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2017.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £10,000 (total)

International: £19,000 (total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Management International Excellence Scholarship – apply by 30 April 2017
  • Masters in Management UK/EU Excellence Scholarship – apply by 31 July 2017

Read more about scholarships and how to apply.

Career opportunities

This course is valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. Graduates are equipped with broad-based knowledge and skills and are able to offer informed contributions to a wide range of roles in business, from corporate managers in all sectors, to entrepreneurs, consultants and managers in the public sector.

This masters also provides a sound basis for postgraduate research.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

I love Leeds because it's a student city, where you are surrounded by like-minded people who get involved, and there are lots of opportunities for broadening your horizons.

Eleanor Conradie, United Kingdom
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The best part of my studies has been getting to hear from different guest speakers... Coming to the University of Leeds has broadened my perspective, [I've gained] a global overview on business.

Sylvia Kwamboka Ong’ondi, Kenya
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It is well structured and well taught... including the important topics for future managers. The world needs managers who think unconventionally and enable positive change...this impacted me a lot.

Sebastian Meyer, Germany
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Leeds University Business School is a place where students grow personally and professionally, creating new opportunities and expanding their networks.

Ilja Samorodov, Lithuania
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The course has inspired me so much, especially the seminars. We had the opportunity to debate with students from different countries... this will play a crucial role in my life.

Chu Cheng Wu, Taiwan
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