Plymouth Business School

MSc Business and Management

This programme enables graduates from any discipline to engage with current business processes and techniques, while teaching you how to implement this knowledge within contemporary organisations. You learn key management, strategy and analytical skills, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area relevant to your current or future career, which helps you to stand out from the crowd.

Join us in September or January

This programme offers you the option to start your studies in either September 2020 or January 2021.

Careers with this subject

Graduate with a wealth of experience. 

Our graduates have gone on to work in human resource and talent management, operations and global supply chain management, financial management, project management, marketing and strategic management. Graduates have been successful in securing management level jobs with Ernst and Young GmbH, DHL International Ltd., Deloitte LLP, Novell Worldwide, and HP Enterprise Services. 

Words from past student, Justus Kannenberg.

"The University of Plymouth will give you the competitive edge which is necessary to get the job you want and to start a successful career."

Find out why Justus Kannenberg decided to study MSc Business and Management at the University of Plymouth.

Key features

This course is a conversion course, allowing students from outside of a degree in business to seamlessly enter into business management whilst offering business students the opportunity to delve deeper into specialties.

The MSc Business and Management offers you the flexibility and choice at masters level. You can choose to pursue the following award titles:

  • MSc Business and Management
  • MSc Business and Management (International Business)
  • MSc Business and Management (Finance)
  • MSc Business and Management (Marketing)
  • MSc Business and Management (Operations and Global Supply Chains)
Graduate with a wealth of experience. Our graduates have gone on to work in human resource and talent management, operations and global supply chain management, financial management, project management, marketing and strategic management. Graduates have been successful in securing management level jobs with Ernst and Young GmbH, DHL International Ltd., Deloitte LLP, Novell Worldwide, and HP Enterprise Services.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • For students entering the MBM in September, during the first semester you will attend lectures and tutorials for core modules that have been selected to provide you with a fundamental underpinning in the subject area of Business and Management. Core modules studied in semester 1: Leading, Managing and Developing People, and Marketing and Strategy. The second semester of the programme commences with an intensive introduction to the 60 credit Capstone Project, and associated research methods training. You will also pursue your choice of elective module, and complete the remaining 30 credits of the Business and Management ‘core’: Operations and Project Management. During the summer term, you will work independently to carry out your research project. You will receive guidance from a member of academic staff, appointed as your supervisor.

    If you are joining the MBM in January then you will start with the Semester 2 modules of the September starts, also work independently (but with supervisor support) to carry out your research project during the summer term, and complete your programme by doing the remaining modules in Semester 1 of the next September intake.

    Core modules

    • STO7006: Operations and Project Management
    • HRL7005: Leading, Managing and Developing People
    • STO7007: Data Analytics and Finance
    • MKT7001: Marketing and Strategy
    • PBS7000J: Capstone Project 

    Elective modules
    • STO7007: Data Analytics and Finance
    • ACF7003: International Finance 
    • MKT7004: Social Media Theory and Practice
    • STO7003: International Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
    • MAR7005: International Procurement Management                

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Business and Management Programme Specification 1433

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Normal minimum entry requirements are a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Candidates who do not possess a first degree or who have been awarded a third class honours or pass degree may be considered for the programme on the basis of previous work experience or relevant training.

If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent exams. English language requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2020 2021
Home £8,800 £9,950
International £14,800 £15,200
Part time (Home) £500 £550
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Ben Rhodes, MSc Business and Management graduate 

Ben Rhodes has spent the past five years as Chief Executive of Devon and Cornwall Business Council working as an advocate regional business building partnerships and driving the organisation forward. 

Find out more about Ben in our video

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Staff insight

The MSc Business and Management with the University of Plymouth will provide you with what you need to stand out from the crowd.

David Owen, Programme Leader

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International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.

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