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7th for Master's in Management in the UK
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Designed for recent graduates of any degree discipline.
Employers need managers who can navigate the complexities of business and show global awareness. Our MSc in Management (MiM) will equip you with these key skills and a range of management techniques to prepare you for a successful career.
This programme is for graduates of all backgrounds who want to kick-start their management careers and achieve an industry-standard level in management studies. It has been developed by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) through a co-design approach - reviewed each year by students, alumni and business representatives to ensure continuous improvement and absolute relevance.
A key part of the MSc Management (MiM) is nurturing your professional and career development. A dedicated careers adviser will help you to create a personalised career plan and you will be invited to attend employer events and access our global network of LUMS alumni.
The size of our intake means connections can be forged quickly, offering you a chance to interact with peers from across the globe. This diversity and breadth of perspectives enrich our learning environment. You’ll also benefit from close contact with our faculty, which is comprised of practitioners, academics and consultants.
Here at LUMS, you will also benefit from our specialist careers support throughout your studies, and beyond graduation. We host more than 100 career events every year, providing you with the opportunity to network with top graduate employers within the UK and overseas, and supporting you to achieve your future career aspirations.
Due to the scope of our leading Management School, the MiM programme offers a far-reaching knowledge base that enhances your employability. Our students graduate with a comprehensive understanding of management complemented by excellent emotional intelligence. Many businesses recruit directly from this programme, making this an excellent choice to launch a successful career in management.
2:2 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject.
We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application. Please be aware that the international qualifications page shows the equivalent grade for a 2:1. If you would like guidance on a 2:2 equivalent grade for this programme, please contact email@example.com
Applicants should have no more than two years' work experience prior to starting the course.
English Language Requirements
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.
If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.
Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Accounting and Finance for Managers
Accounting for Managers is designed as an introductory course to the areas of accounting and reporting. It has four main objectives:
- to discover the accounting cycle - from basic transactions to the preparation of financial statements
- to study the language of accounting and accounting standards
- to understand the importance of financial reporting and the role of financial statements in its process
- to understand and interpret financial statements
Business Ethics and Society
The objective of this course is to attempt to develop moral sensibility and practical reasoning in the context of managerial everyday action in organisations. The course will be concerned with morality in action, as it happens, rather than a removed reflection on codes and principles of ethics. The course will aim to show that ethics in action is diffused and difficult. Nevertheless, managers and employees have a responsibility to `work it out' for themselves. It is this `how to work it out' that the course will keep as its focus. The course will use a number of case studies as a basis to develop this moral sensibility so that managers will be able to act in a morally appropriate manner as part of their ongoing organisational action.
Digital Transformation of Business
The main objective of the module is to understand how to apply and leverage information systems in the way we work. Topics include:
- Corporate computing – architectures, software, networks, and data management.
- Enterprise applications – frameworks for understanding integrated systems in manufacturing and services industries.
- IT as an enabler: changing primary value creating functions (example ebusiness and airlines) and resulting new products and services (examples music business and courier services).
- IT as an enabler: changing strategy and organisation forms (examples knowledge management and eHRM).
- Business Value of IT: methods for determining and optimizing the value of IT investments.
- Managing digitization: aligning business strategy and digitization strategies, challenges and options for companies in different industries
Entrepreneurship: Principles & Practices
The purpose of this module is to examine entrepreneurship in different economic and cultural contexts. The main questions are how does entrepreneurship develop in different economies and cultures and how can we understand this process.
Topics covered include:
- Trends and drivers of global entrepreneurship
- The alchemy of business growth – high impact firms
- Business plans in action
- Opportunity recognition
- Evaluation of opportunities
- Business planning
- Financing startups and venture valuation
The last module of your degree, the Research Project, is the biggest and most intensive piece of work you will undertake on the MSc Management.
For this module, you undertake independent research over a period of ten weeks, using and building on the knowledge gained from the previous modules. Through the project, you will also develop your organisational and analytical abilities. Supervision is provided by academic members of staff from the various Management School departments.
There are the following project options available to students:
- A project based on an independent piece of research, choosing from a number of academic areas put forward by academic staff within the Management School.
- A company project with a local business where you will work in a team of four students on providing a viable solution to a current business issue you will discuss with the company. The team will produce a company report that will be assessed. You will then also have an opportunity to write a reflective paper summarising your experience and consolidating your learning. Throughout the teamwork and individual writing, you will be supported by academic staff within the Management School. Places on the company project are awarded competitively as there are a limited number of projects each year.
The module aims to enhance your understanding of real-world business practices by using economic reasoning. You will learn the definition of key concepts in modern microeconomic theory, how they interact in models and can be applied in practice, including for the analysis and design of firms’ strategies in various market structures.
- Supply, demand, and equilibrium in examples: How do prices and quantities relate on competitive markets?
- Production and costs: Where do (dis)economies of scale come from?
- Monopoly and competition: Can the comparison lead to there a typology of business strategies?
- Interdependence in decision making processes: What do we mean by oligopoly and collusion?
- Mergers, surpluses, and competition policy: Can society benefit from increased industry concentration?
- Integration, separation, and contractual alternatives: How do vertically related firms (should) write contracts?
The main objectives of the course are:
- To develop knowledge and understanding of the key theories, concepts and models in marketing to guide the development and execution of marketing strategies.
- To develop the skills to critically analyse marketing situations facing organisations.
- To develop written and verbal presentational skills.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the discipline of Operations Management; to a range of approaches that can be used to plan, control and improve operations; and develop understanding of how Operations Management contributes to business competitiveness.
The material covered will include:
- Operations Strategy
- Process Design
- Capacity Planning (and Forecasting)
- Inventory (and Material Requirements Planning)
- Supply Chain and Supplier Relationship Management
- Lean and JIT
- Project Management
- Performance and Quality Management
Organisation Behaviour and Human Resource Management
This module explores the main debates in the field of Human Resource Management and the HR profession. This includes:
- The business environment and strategic HRM
- HRM in a multinational context
- Managing change and HRM
- Ethical stakes and challenges of global business
- Examining HRs role in promoting more ethical and sustainable organisations
- HRM and firm performance
Practical Project Management
This module introduces a practical approach to the management of projects. It engages students with a range of methods, tools and techniques used in industry to organise, plan and control successful project delivery. Also, it features an activity that provides students with the opportunity to apply these methods, tools and techniques.
Typical syllabus topics relate to Methods, Tools and Techniques: Project Definition; Involving Stakeholders in Projects; Activity Planning: Project Risk, Developing Schedules and Budgets; Management Planning: Quality management.
This module is designed to support your core study of the management discipline. It will assist in building advanced study skills and enhancing your professional development, equipping you with information that will help you make the most of your time on the MSc Management.
Designed as a bridge between the more formal taught parts of the programme, this module will provide you with insights into the philosophical and practical issues involved in conducting research.
The initial lectures and seminars introduce you to the role of philosophy in the design of any research project. The remainder of the first half of the module is then concerned with the wide variety of qualitative methods that are available to those involved in social science research. Finally, through a series of lectures and hands-on tutorials, you are shown the basics of conducting a quantitative study which includes the use of an appropriate software package.
The ultimate goal of the course is to develop your’ skills in analysing strategic situations and formulating strategy. After the module you should be able to analyse the competitive situation facing a firm, identify potential sources of competitive advantage and disadvantage and gain an appreciation of international business environments. In these analyses, you will apply analytical techniques from strategy, finance, accounting, organisational theory, organizational behaviour, marketing, economics and operations management.
You will be able to recognize the problems the organisation faces and develop and evaluate alternative courses of action available to the firm to solve those problems. Further, you will be able to persuasively communicate your analytical conclusions, both verbally and in writing. You will develop the ability to view the corporation as a whole and to appreciate the responsibilities and margins of freedom of top executives.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small College Membership Fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2023, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2024 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Application fees and tuition fee deposits
For most taught postgraduate applications there is a non-refundable application fee of £40. We cannot consider applications until this fee has been paid, as advised on our online secure payment system. There is no application fee for postgraduate research applications.
For some of our courses you will need to pay a deposit to accept your offer and secure your place. We will let you know in your offer letter if a deposit is required and you will be given a deadline date when this is due to be paid.
Fees in subsequent years
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year’s duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Read more about fees in subsequent years.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.
Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.
Management and Business
- Advanced Leadership Perspectives MSc
- Advanced Leadership Perspectives PGCert
- Advanced Leadership Perspectives PGDip
- Business Administration MBA
- Business Administration (Executive) MBA
- Business Analytics MSc
- Cyber Security Executive MBA MBA
- Digital Business, Innovation and Management MSc
- Human Resource Management MSc
- Human Resources and Consulting MA
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc
- Innovation and Improvement Science MSc
- Innovation and Improvement Science PgCert
- Innovation and Improvement Science PgDip
- International Business and Strategy MSc
- International Masters Program for Managers No Qual (PGT)
- Leadership and Management PgCert
- Leadership and Management (Health Care) PgCert
- Leadership Practice MSc
- Leadership Practice PgDip
- Leadership Practice (Apprenticeship Pathway) PgDip
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
- Management (Entrepreneurship and Strategy) PhD
- Management (Organisation, Work and Technology) PhD
- Management Science MRes
- Management Science PhD
- Management Science PhD (Integrated)
- Medical Leadership MSc
- Medical Leadership PgDip
- Medical Leadership PgCert
- Organisation, Work and Technology MRes
- Politics, Philosophy and Management MSc
- Professional Development PGCert
- Professional Practice MA
- Professional Practice MSc
- Professional Practice PgCert
- Professional Practice PgDip
- Project Management MSc
- Strategy MSc
- Theory and Practice of Management PhD
- Theory and Practice of Management (IDPM) PhD
The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.
The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.
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